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12:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

International Outrage Grows Over Nigeria Kidnapping

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 1:59 pm

Nigerian officials are offering a $300,000 reward for anyone who can help locate the more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from school. BBC journalist Tomi Oladipo shares the latest from Nigeria.

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5:57 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

After 6 Decades, 'Jet' Magazine Decides To Go All-Digital

Jet magazine founder John H. Johnson started the publication to spotlight black achievements and report on events that he thought were important to black communities. But as the media and political landscape around Jet changed, the magazine struggled.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 7:33 pm

When I was growing up, my aunt used to stack dozens of magazines high on a side table at the top of her stairs. It was an accidental library of black magazines — lots of Ebony and Essence, the stray Black Enterprise here and there, but especially the digest-sized Jet. When I was at that age where kids want to consume every written word, I would blow through those old issues of Jet by the pile. That's probably the only real way to "read" Jet, since every article seemed to be shorter than 300 words. It was black news, bite-size.

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Law
11:25 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Justice Delayed Brings Freedom For Missouri Man

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 10:55 am

Mike Anderson has been reunited with his family after spending almost a year behind bars. A clerical error left him free after he'd been sentenced to 13 years in prison. Anderson shares his story.

Education
11:25 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Sexual Assault On Campus Challenges Students

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 11:40 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR news. We'd like to turn now to something you or a student or a family you know might have been talking about lately - a lot of educators and officials seem to be talking a lot more about the subject lately. It's the issue of sexual violence on college campuses or involving college students.

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Education
11:25 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Professor Launches Academic Boot Camp

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 11:40 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Let's turn to another subject that interests us very much which is education. And we've talked on this program before about how more students are graduating from high school today without basic skills in subjects like reading and math. And some students have to take years of remedial courses so that they can catch up, and that's in college. And that can be discouraging and expensive.

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Africa
11:25 am
Wed May 7, 2014

South Africa's 'Born-Frees' Look Beyond Mandela's Party

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 11:40 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's turn now to South Africa, where elections are being held today. Twenty years ago, the country went to the polls for the first democratic elections after the end of apartheid.

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Code Switch
8:52 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery

Leslie Jones played an "image expert" on last weekend's SNL.
NBC

Almost 21 years ago, Whoopi Goldberg was honored at the New York Friars' Club. More than 3,000 people crowded into the New York Hilton to hear Goldberg roasted by her celebrity friends.

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Code Switch
3:03 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

An Arkansas voter enters an early-voting polling place on May 5.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:04 pm

Three states are holding primaries Tuesday, and voters might understandably be confused over what kind of identification they need to show at the polls.

In Indiana, it has to be a government-issued photo ID. In Ohio, you can get by with a utility bill. In North Carolina, you won't need a photo ID until 2016. But that law, along with ID laws in many other states, faces an uncertain future.

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Parenting
12:38 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother's Day

Barbara Gerber and her son, Kayden
Stephanie Natale Courtesy Barbara Gerber

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 4:34 pm

Children across the country will be rolling out the breakfast trays and handmade cards for Mother's Day. But the holiday brings up mixed feelings for many foster mothers and their children.

"It can be really confusing for a child when there's Mother's Day and the child is supposed to celebrate their 'new mom,'" says Cris Beam, author of To The End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care. "The child is still really attached, and it's a complicated holiday, and they need sometimes a new way to think about this other parent."

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Television
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Viewers Not Laughing About SNL Slavery Skit

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, we're switching gears now. You know that terrible feeling you get when you tell a joke that bombs? You think you're saying something hilarious or edgy or clever and crickets or gasps or worse, thousands of people lighting up Twitter to say just how unfunny or messed up you are.

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Behind Closed Doors
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Advice Columnist Couldn't Reveal His Secret ... Until Now

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues that people often keep private. Our guest today is used to dealing with sensitive issues. Steven Petrow is an advice and etiquette columnist who's just moved his column from the New York Times to the Washington Post.

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Your Money
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Is Bitcoin Where The Smart Money Is Now?

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to turn to matters of personal finance. It turns out that money is more than what you have in your pocket. Today we want to take a look at the digital currency known as bitcoin.

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Law
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 12:38 pm

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Code Switch
2:45 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Can Student Journalists Ban 'Redskins' From Their School Paper?

This mural by the football field features Neshaminy's mascot.
Aaron Moselle NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

"Redskins."

That word sits at the center of a controversy in suburban Philadelphia. It's pitted student journalists against school board members, but has left the school community largely shrugging its shoulders.

Student editors at Neshaminy High School in Bucks County have vowed not to print the word, which is the school's Native American mascot.

The Neshaminy School Board, however, is expected to vote later this month on a policy that would reverse the ban.

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Code Switch
7:23 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jessica Cleaves: A Silky, Soulful — And Funky — Voice Goes Silent

Jessica Cleaves made a name for herself as a lead singer with the group Friends of Distinction. She later played with Earth, Wind & Fire as well as George Clinton
YouTube screengrab

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Technology
11:35 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Teen's App Helps Pay Family's Bills

Courtesy of Michael Sayman

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:51 pm

Michael Sayman is a 17-year-old game developer from Miami, whose app — 4 Snaps — has been going strong in the iTunes App Store. Sayman was highlighted at Facebook's development conference last week by Mark Zuckerberg. He graduates from high school this month and starts an internship at Facebook headquarters later this summer. Sayman spoke with Tell Me More about his app, how he used the proceeds to help his family and how some schools and teachers are overlooking the importance of tech.

How did you get into tech?

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Africa
11:35 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Nigerians Urge Leaders: Forget Politics, Find Our Girls Now

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to start the program today with a story we've been covering closely for the last few weeks - the kidnapping of more than 200 girls at a boarding school in Nigeria last month. There have been a number of new developments we want to tell you about, including mounting pressure on the government of Nigeria to step up its efforts to find the girls. That pressure coming from the streets of Nigeria, online and in cities around the world.

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Digital Life
11:35 am
Mon May 5, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls Reaches Activists Around The World

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I am Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Continuing with our top story today we want to look at what activists have been doing around the world in response to the kidnapping of those 200-plus schoolgirls in Nigeria. On Twitter, activists have started a hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls to keep focus on the crisis and to keep-up pressure on the government.

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Race
10:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Post-Sept. 11 Hate Crime Reveals A 'Hurting' America

W.W. Norton

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:48 am

Just days after the Sept. 11 attacks, Rais Bhuiyan was working at a Dallas gas station when Mark Stroman walked in, asked him where he was from, and then shot him in the face.

Bhuiyan, a former air force officer from Bangladesh, survived. But that shooting was one of three attacks Stroman carried out after Sept. 11. He killed two other South Asian immigrants, whom he perceived to be Muslim or Arab.

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Media
10:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

How A Disgraced Reporter Tested The Public's Trust In Journalism

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 11:35 am

New York Times rising star Jayson Blair was busted in spring 2003 for plagiarizing and making up stories. Filmmaker Samantha Grant's new documentary, A Fragile Trust, sheds light on the scandal.

Code Switch
9:36 am
Mon May 5, 2014

After Decades, A University By And For Latinos Will Shut Its Doors

The National Hispanic University sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in a working-class Latino neighborhood.
Shereen Marisol Meraji

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:34 am

The National Hispanic University was created more than 30 years ago to educate first-generation college students from Latino backgrounds. Next year, the only school of its kind west of the Mississippi will close its doors.

NHU sits in the shadow of the East San Jose foothills in California's Silicon Valley. All the classrooms and faculty offices fit in one modern three-story building in the heart of a working-class Latino neighborhood. But the postwar elementary school right next door used to serve as the institution's hallowed halls.

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Code Switch
1:13 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Artists Bring Back The Human Zoo To Teach A Lesson In History

A picturesque group in the Eskimo village, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
American Stereoscopic Company Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 9:31 am

In 1914, 80 African men, women and children were brought to Oslo for the sole purpose of being gazed upon in a thatched hut "village" for five months.

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Code Switch
11:46 am
Sun May 4, 2014

California's Latino Plurality Brings A Sense Of Déjà Vu

A group of children visit the Avila Adobe, the oldest existing house in Los Angeles, Calif. When the house built in the early 19th century, the state had a large population of Spanish descendants.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

In March, provided California state demographers guessed it right, the state reached a historic milestone: For the first time, Latinos are the largest population group in California.

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Code Switch
4:21 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Who's Waiting On Death Row?

Holding cells at a former prison.
Tracy King iStockphoto

News of Tuesday's botched execution in Oklahoma got us thinking more generally about who is in prison and who is facing the death penalty.

Here are some figures that may surprise you:

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Barbershop
11:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Does 'Rich Bigot' Sterling Deserve A Break?

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Faith Matters
11:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Yiddish Culture Takes Center Stage

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 1:57 pm

An effort to preserve the Yiddish language is getting a boost from the theater world. The artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene talks about preserving the language through art.

Paying For College
11:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Tough Lessons On Debt For College Students

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 3:49 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. This spring, we joined our colleagues at Morning Edition for a series called Paying for College. It's exactly what it sounds like. We're trying to figure out how people are navigating the college money maze.

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Politics
11:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Obama Administration Lost Overseas?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to start the day talking about politics. Obama is back home after a trip to Asia. And Secretary of State John Kerry is on an overseas tour of his own now. He's in Africa meeting with heads of state. Yesterday, he warned African union officials in Ethiopia about the threat of possible genocide in South Sudan.

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U.S.
2:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Members of Dance Academy of Mexico perform during last year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Milwaukee.
Rick Wood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

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Books
10:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Playwright Pearl Cleage Opens Up

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:45 am

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