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NPR Story
10:59 am
Tue December 3, 2013

The Season Of Giving... And Getting Scammed?

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 11:09 am

It's the season of giving, but scammers are trying to take as much as they can this holiday season. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sheryl Harris, consumer columnist for The Plain Dealer, about avoiding seasonal scams.

NPR Story
10:59 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Immigration Activists Push For Reform With Water-Only Diet

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 11:09 am

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later this hour, we're going to spend some time talking about money management in the season of giving. We'll talk about some of the scams that always seem to crop up at this time of year, and we'll talk about how you can spot them and avoid them.

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NPR Story
10:59 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Sylvia Porter: Right On The Money

Tracy Lucht is author of a new biography, Sylvia Porter: America's Original Personal Finance Columnist.
Courtesy of the author

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 1:57 pm

Although she's little-remembered today, personal finance columnist Sylvia Porter was one of the best-known and most admired women in 1950s America. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, she also wrote books, appeared on TV shows such as Meet the Press and advised presidents. Her monthly column in the Ladies Home Journal broke ground by encouraging women to control their own finances.

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Code Switch
8:35 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Ketchup: The All-American Condiment That Comes From Asia

Although tomato ketchup is ubiquitous today, the condiment was once made from many diverse ingredients — walnuts, oysters or, in this instance, strawberries.
Kristen Taylor Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 11:22 am

Each week, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. You can see past "Word Watch" entries here.

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Music
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Jimmie 'J.J.' Walker's Dynomite! Songs

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:15 am

You might remember Jimmie "J.J." Walker from his starring role on the legendary sitcom Good Times. But there's more to him than his signature tagline. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he talks about some of the songs that mean something to him.

Health
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Black Churches And HIV: 'Sex Is A Reality ... We Gotta Deal With It'

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:15 am

African-Americans are the racial group most affected by HIV in the U.S., and many black churches are stepping in to do something about it. Pastor Timothy Sloan of Texas talks with host Michel Martin about destigmatizing the disease from the pulpit.

Health Care
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

HealthCare.gov Back On Track?

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 9:58 am

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Economy
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Holiday Sales: Gloomy or Merry And Bright?

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:15 am

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we want to know how the federal health care website is working today after the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline to get HealthCare.gov running smoothly. We'll check in later. But first, Americans are heading online today for another reason. It is Cyber Monday and retailers are offering bargains to kick off the holiday shopping season or so they tell us.

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Technology
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

#NPRBlacksinTech Launches

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:18 am

Tell Me More's Twitter series "A Day in the Life" launches today, and it allows you to experience, in real time, the imprint that African-Americans are making in our country's technology engine. You can follow the conversation: #NPRBlacksinTech.

Art & Design
11:09 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Designer B Michael On Bringing Color To The Runway

Courtesy of b micheal America

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 8:56 am

After a brief career on Wall Street, veteran designer B Michael followed his calling to the world of fashion. He got his start as a millinery designer for the '80s soap opera Dynasty. Soon after, he began designing couture gowns leading him to work with an extensive client list that includes Cicely Tyson, Angela Basset, Lena Horne, Whitney Houston, and Cate Blanchett — to name a few.

After spending decades in the business B Michael says, "Every successful story will tell you they've had to reinvent themselves."

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Code Switch
10:08 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Battle For Fair Housing Still Raging, But Mostly Forgotten

"Every measure of well-being and opportunity, the foundation is where you live...cancer rates, asthma rates, infant mortality, unemployment, education, access to fresh food, access to parks, whether or not the city repairs the roads in your neighborhood," ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones said.
Charles Krupa ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 4:08 pm

It's not something we think about a lot or something that gets reported on often, but once you start digging around some, it's hard not to see the consequences of our country's long, sordid history of housing discrimination everywhere racial disparities manifest. The giant wealth gap between black and Latino Americans and white folks. Shorter life expectancies. Worse educational outcomes. Mass incarceration.

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Movies
3:50 am
Mon December 2, 2013

'Best Man Holiday' Resonates Across Racial Lines

The Best Man Holiday is Malcolm Lee's sequel to his film Best Man.
Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 6:36 pm

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Single Muslim Hipster Seeking Same? You May Be In Luck.

HipsterShaadi.com

Since moving to Canada four years ago, Annie Idris has tried her fair share of Muslim matrimonial sites. Four or five, by her guess. "But I haven't been lucky," she says.

The 31-year-old, whose parents are from Pakistan and who grew up mostly in Saudi Arabia, says it's mostly cultural differences getting in the way — the men are sometimes too conservative for her taste, or they don't share her interests. She's talked to plenty of eligible bachelors, but none have been The One.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Odds Favor White Men, Asian Women On Dating App

A recent study on data from a dating app found all women except black women were most drawn to white men, and men of all races (with one notable exception) prefer Asian women.
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Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Researchers recently took data from the Facebook app Are You Interested and found that not only is race a factor in our online dating interests, but particular races get disproportionately high — and low — amounts of interest.

Of the 2.4 million heterosexual interactions researchers reviewed, the findings show:

  • Women get three times the interactions men do.
  • All men seemed to be more interested in people outside their race.
  • Black men and women get the lowest response rates to their messages.
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Code Switch
1:55 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders

Matthew Diller, dean of Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law, talks with press about the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project in June.
Cardozo School of Law

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 10:34 am

In the American criminal justice system, you have the right to an attorney. And if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

That's not the case if you're a defendant in U.S. immigration court. Immigration proceedings are civil matters, and the Constitution does not extend the right to court-appointed attorneys to immigrant detainees.

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Books
11:29 am
Wed November 27, 2013

A Year Inside The New York Jets

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 8:17 am

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Music Interviews
11:20 am
Wed November 27, 2013

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 11:27 am

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I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. My next guest needs little introduction because John Legend is, at a young age, already an R&B legend. His musicianship, impeccable phrasing, versatility and buttery sound have earned him nine Grammy awards. But it's been a while since he's delivered a solo. But now he's back with a new disc of original material titled "Love in the Future."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL OF ME")

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Around the Nation
11:20 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Tell Me More Hosts 'Friendsgiving'

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 8:17 am

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Religion
11:03 am
Wed November 27, 2013

How Hannukah Got Americanized

Contrary to what some Americans believe, Hanukkah traditionally isn't one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dianne Ashton, author of the book Hanukkah in America, about how and why the holiday has gained more importance in this country over the decades.

Technology
10:39 am
Wed November 27, 2013

A Day In The Life: Blacks At The Cutting Edge Of Innovation

NPR Staff

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 12:17 pm

NPR's Tell Me More is again using social media to reach out to a new community of leaders — this time, to recognize black innovators in technology. African-Americans represent just 5 percent of America's scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

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Middle East
10:28 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Iranian Expats: Iranian State 'Not A Monolith'

The United States, along with five other world powers, has signed an agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program. What do Iranian expatriates in America think of the deal, which would temporarily ease western sanctions? Host Michel Martin speaks to human rights activist Sussan Tahmasebi and writer Roya Hakakian.

Barbershop
10:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Barbershop Guys Take Time To Listen (For A Change!)

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Books
9:59 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is 'Almost White'

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Music
9:58 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Music Is Motivation For Olympian John Carlos

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Music Interviews
9:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Blitz The Ambassador: Fighting Against Invisibility

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NPR Story
9:12 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Mashing Up Holiday Favorites For The 'Thanksgivukkah' Table

Sweet potato latkes
Courtesy Joan Nathan

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 6:21 pm

The second night of Hanukkah is converging with Turkey Day this year, forming a rare and delicious holiday that's being called "Thanksgivukkah."

As if cooking a 15- or 20-pound turkey isn't enough, many families will be trying to add traditional Hanukkah foods to the table. Joan Nathan, one of the country's foremost authorities on Jewish cooking, has some ideas on how to elegantly combine the two holidays: sweet potato latkes with celeriac root and apple (recipe below), ginger cookies decorated with menorahs and turkeys, and even kale salad with olive oil.

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Code Switch
7:14 am
Wed November 27, 2013

'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

This still from a video of an alleged "knockout game" assault has been played over and over on news reports on the supposed trend.
HLN

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 7:00 pm

There are a few variations, but this is generally how "the knockout game" works: A teenager, or a bunch of teenagers, bored and looking for something to get into, spies some unsuspecting mark on the street. They size up the person, then walk up close to their target and — BLAM — punch him or her as hard as possible in an effort to knock the person out. The most brazen perpetrators even post the videos on sites like YouTube and Vine.

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The Salt
2:23 am
Wed November 27, 2013

After Years Of Pasta, Rice Returns To A Filipino Family Kitchen

Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil with her grandmother, who taught her to make the Filipino dish lumpia, in 2009.
Courtesy of Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 10:40 am

NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris dips into those stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.

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Code Switch
2:19 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs

Hence We Come, by Norman Lewis
Courtesy of The Kinsey Collection

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 5:44 pm

Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.

"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. "I own all her family and the leave taking would be so distressing that I could not."

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NPR Story
10:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Meet Mensch On A Bench, Jewish Counterpart To Elf On The Shelf

Courtesy of Neal Hoffman

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:27 pm

During a visit to a store last holiday season, Jewish father Neal Hoffman felt bad telling his son Jake that he couldn't have an Elf on the Shelf. The widely popular Christmas toy is intended to watch children's behavior for Santa. Hoffman kept thinking, maybe there could be something similar, but rooted in Jewish tradition.

Hoffman, a former Hasbro employee, decided Mensch on a Bench was the answer. "A mensch means a really good person. It's a person that you strive to be," he says.

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