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Arts & Life
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Politics
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Stories Of President George H.W. Bush, From 41 Closest Friends

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Could Finland Teach The U.S. A Lesson On Guns?

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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Code Switch
6:39 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Ruby Dee: An Actress Who Marched On Washington And Onto The Screen

Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee at the 1989 Cannes Festival for the showing of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
Courtesy of David Lee/All Rights Reserved

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:58 am

Born Ruby Ann Wallace in the early 1920s in Cleveland, actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee most identified with the part of New York City where she was raised.

"I don't know who I would be if I weren't this child from Harlem, this woman from Harlem. It's in me so deep," Dee told NPR's Tell Me More in 2007.

She died Wednesday of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 91.

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Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Who Runs The World? Rutgers Says Beyonce

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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So it's summer, or close enough. A lot of college campuses are open for business. In most classrooms, if a student walked in playing Beyonce loud enough for everybody to hear, most professors would probably ask him or her to turn it off, but in Professor Kevin Allred's class that student might be asked to turn it up.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)")

BEYONCE KNOWLES: (Singing) My persuasion can build a nation. Endless power, the love we can devour. You'll do anything for me. Who run the world? Girls.

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Around the Nation
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

How Dreaming Big Led One TV Star To His Big Break

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. You might have heard of television personality, Cesar Millan. You might know him as the Dog Whisperer or from his hit TV show "Cesar 911," which airs on Nat Geo Wild. But what you might not know is that before the TV fame, the grooming stores, the dog psychology center, he was a homeless, undocumented immigrant from Mexico with a dream. Our friends at All Things Considered capture the story of how his career took off as part of their series called My Big Break.

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Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

President's Student Loan Action Might Be Too Little, Too Late

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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Education
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Is Teacher Tenure Really The New Brown V. Board Of Education?

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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Politics
11:52 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Did Eric Cantor Forget That All Politics Are Local?

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:31 pm

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Code Switch
4:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Fight Over The Redskins Name Moves To Prime Time

A longer, two-minute version of the spot that aired during the NBA Finals was posted online by ChangeTheMascot.org earlier this year, around the time of the Super Bowl.
AP

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 9:11 am

If you were watching the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs face off Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, you might have caught a surprising political spot during halftime.

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Author Interviews
11:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Difficulty And Drama Of Building A Top Black Magazine

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 4:10 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of many pivotal events in the civil rights movement, and to commemorate "Freedom Summer," Tell Me More is diving into books that explore that theme.

Back in 1969, faces of color doing any job in major media were few and far between. But that was the year an unlikely group of businessmen and salesmen decided to create a magazine specifically for black women: Essence.

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Beauty Shop
11:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

'Washington Post' Op-Ed Tone Deaf On View Of Sexual Assault?

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:23 pm

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I'm Michel Martin, and this TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We are continuing our discussion with our Beauty Shop panel of journalists and commentators. Andra Gillespie, Bridget Johnson, Connie Schultz and Alexis Wilkinson are with us. Bridget Johnson, I just wanted to ask you briefly about, you know, your take on Hillary Clinton, and the rollout of the book and the storylines that are emerging around her assumed presidential candidacy so far - not announced, but that seems to be where things are going.

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Beauty Shop
11:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What Does Cantor's Loss Say About The Republicans' Future?

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:23 pm

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Can I Just Tell You?
11:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Do You Want The Truth, Or Do You Just Like Your Story Better?

Looking at the question of academic success among school-aged black males.
Christopher Futcher iStock

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:23 pm

Finally today, another of my sad but true stories. A while back I was working on a lengthy television documentary with a colleague who was a very experienced producer, a veteran of many lengthy and complicated projects; in other words: she knew what she was doing. We had gotten to the final edit stage of a project where we were going back over a story that had been huge news at one point, but about which there had been a lot of misinformation, and one of the things we were trying to do with our piece was correct the record.

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Economy
11:24 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Could Detroit's Automakers Save Its Art Treasures?

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 3:23 pm

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Let's turn now to Detroit where the city's effort to come back from bankruptcy just got a boost. The Big Three automakers - Ford, General Motors and Chrysler - have put down some serious financial muscle to help save the Detroit Institute of Arts, the DIA - $26 million to be exact. That could help save the city from having to sell the art to satisfy creditors. It's not just art admirers who are keeping their eye on this deal. People, from retirees worrying about their pensions to the creditors Detroit owes, could be affected by this.

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Parenting
11:53 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Dad Advice: How to Quiet Your 'Inner Screaming' And Survive

When a woman becomes a mom, she gets lots of advice. But what about dad, who's also trying to figure out what each cry means? Tell Me More hears from dads about lessons learned in fatherhood.

Money Coach
11:53 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Getting More Out Of A Summer Job Than Money

Summer jobs aren't just about the extra money. Finance expert and educator Alvin Hall shares tips for teens on how to get a good job and get the most out of it.

Law
11:53 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Supreme Court: Immigrant Children Lose Place In Line At Age 21

The Justices ruled that young people who turn 21 while waiting for visas must start the process over from scratch. Michel Martin learns more from Muzaffar Chishti, of the Migration Policy Institute.

U.S.
11:53 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Children Flood U.S.-Mexico Border, Overwhelm Patrol Agency

There's been a dramatic influx of unaccompanied minors showing up at the border. Dianne Solis of The Dallas Morning News talks about what's behind the numbers.

Technology
11:53 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Arab Entrepreneurs Head To Silicon Valley To Grow Their Ventures

Nafeesa Syeed's book tells stories of women making a way for themselves and others in the Arab world.
Courtesy of Nafeesa Syeed

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:35 pm

Top tech entrepreneurs from across the Middle East and North Africa are in Silicon Valley this week visiting companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google. The week culminates in the TechWadi forum, where the most impressive Arab entrepreneurs from around the world will be recognized.

Throughout the week, Arab innovators will be brainstorming with successful CEOs, learning how to expand their companies and getting tips on pitching to investors.

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Music
12:14 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:20 am

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If you are a fan of reggae - and you know what? - even if you aren't, then you certainly know Bob Marley and the Wailers.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IS THIS LOVE")

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: (Singing) I want to love you and treat you right. I want to love you, every day and every night. We'll be together.

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Music
12:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Laverne Cox Loves 'Trouble'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

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Author Interviews
12:10 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

One Man's Search For His Personal Narrative And 'Asian Self'

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon immigrated from the Philippines as a young boy when his parents — like so many before them — moved his family to the U.S. in search of a better life.

But, at some point Tizon realized that much of what he saw and heard around him told him that what he was — an Asian man — was shameful, weak and at the bottom of the manhood hierarchy.

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Mental Health
12:09 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

When A Killer Comes From Your Family

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

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Health Care
11:58 am
Mon June 9, 2014

An 'Integrity Problem' at Veterans Affairs?

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 2:45 pm

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I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start off the week by taking another look at the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Interim VA secretary, Sloan Gibson, a former West Point grad and a retired banker, is leading the department after Secretary Eric Shinseki submitted his resignation. And that came, as you probably remember, after weeks of disturbing reports that secret wait lists were created at a number of VA facilities to hide how long veterans were actually waiting for care.

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Code Switch
8:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

The race question on the census is constantly changing.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:22 pm

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Code Switch
7:44 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Former Model B. Smith Reveals Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease

Former model B. Smith operated restaurants in New York City and Washington, D.C.
PR Newswire

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 11:02 am

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans have the memory-robbing disease and African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to develop the late-onset version of the illness.

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Barbershop
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

NBA Finals: Did The Heat Take Down Miami?

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Latin America
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

World Cup Makes Brazilians Crazy, But Soccer's Not To Blame

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Switching gears now - let's talk World Cup. Every four years, people around the world tune into the same thing at the same time over the same four weeks. They're watching the World Cup. This year's tournament will be held in Brazil, and the first match between Brazil and Croatia is just six days away.

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Faith Matters
11:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Rabbi: American Jews Should Not Worry About Anti-Semitism

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