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12:00pm

Thu January 26, 2012
NPR Story

Chinese New Year Unique For Adoptive Families

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 10:50 am

A traditional dance troupe performs in New York's Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year. For many children adopted from China, the holiday is a time to learn about their heritage.
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Chinese New Year celebrations kicked off earlier this week to herald the Year of the Dragon. Like many Americans raising children adopted from China, David Youtz and his wife like to use the holiday to instill in their children the importance of their ethnic heritage.

"We want them to feel a lot of pride in where they came from," Youtz says. "I think that's especially important when you're an adopted person."

The Mandarin speaker is the father of four Chinese daughters, three of whom are 7-year-old triplets.

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12:00pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Music

Best Actor Oscar Nominee Talks Music

Demian Bichir recently received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of an undocumented immigrant in the drama, "A Better Life." As part of Tell Me More's ongoing series "In Your Ear," Bichir talks about the music that moves him.

12:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Politics

Republican, Democrat SOTU Seatmates React To Obama

On Tuesday, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address of his four-year term. It largely focused on growing the nation's economy. Host Michel Martin talks with two members of Congress who sat next to each other during the address: Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.

12:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Politics

Valerie Jarrett: Obama's SOTU A Call To Action

Host Michel Martin speaks with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett about President Obama's State of the Union speech. Jarrett discusses job loss and growth, and says America is moving in the right direction when it comes to combating unemployment.

12:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
U.S.

Valerie Jarrett Explains Obama On Economy, Energy

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 12:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, NPR's senior business editor, Marilyn Geewax, will be with us once again. She'll be fact-checking the economic portions of the president's speech.

But we have more now with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She's one of the president's closest advisers. She's a key member of the team. She was with the president at the State of the Union address last night, and she's with us from the White House.

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12:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Economy

Fact-Checking The State Of The U.S. Economy

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The economy was such a focus of the president's speech last night that we thought it was appropriate to check in with NPR's senior business editor, Marilyn Geewax. Marilyn, thanks for coming in once again.

MARILYN GEEWAX, BYLINE: Hi.

MARTIN: Now, you just heard from Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett. And the president said that, quote, "the state of the union is getting stronger," but I think you heard Ms. Jarrett say that a lot more is yet to do. So where are we, really?

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12:00pm

Wed January 25, 2012
Beauty Shop

State Of Disunion For Seal And Heidi Klum

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 12:01 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, it's time to head into the Beauty Shop. That's where we get a fresh cut on some of the week's news. The ladies are going to weigh in on the president's State of the Union address, and reaction from Capitol Hill and the Tea Party.

We'll also talk about a comprehensive new survey about how black women see themselves and their place in society. This is the first time this has been done in years, if at all - very interesting findings.

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12:00pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Africa

Nigerian Authorities Underestimating Unrest?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News.

Coming up, award season is here. We're going to take a closer look at the Oscar nominees and this year's winning children's books. That conversation is just ahead.

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12:00pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Movies

'The Artist,' 'The Help' Take Oscar Nominations

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, when you are looking for selections for your child's library or for gifts for the other little people in your life, you may have looked for books with that gold or silver sticker from the American Library Association. It's their seal of excellence, if you will. Well, their picks for best kids' books came out yesterday and we will speak with one of the winners a bit later in the program.

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12:00pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Books

Black History Just A Sidebar In History Books?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'll talk prizes for a different type of storytelling: children's books. And you might remember those special books in your school library, the ones with the shiny gold, silver or bronze seals. Those books were winners of the John Newbery Medal or Randolph Caldecott Medal for excellent writing and illustrations in children's books. The awards are given out each year by the American Library Association.

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