Join The Education Conversation With Tell Me More

Tell Me More will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum on October 10th. Host Michel Martin will discuss the roles of teachers, parents, government, business —- and of course, social media. To do that, Martin wants to start the conversation now with listeners via Twitter. Join Tell Me More on Twitter today by using #npredchat.

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now, we have this programming note for you. On Wednesday, October 10th, NPR's TELL ME MORE will host a live radio broadcast and Twitter Education Forum focusing on issues facing our nation's schools. And leading up to the forum, we've invited educators, parents, reporters and everybody else to join in via Twitter and take on tough issues. Here's one of them.

NANCY EVANS: Hello. My name is Nancy Evans and I'm a parent, educator and sometimes frustrated scientist. I've been following the education conversation at hash tag #NPREdChat. My question on Twitter was, why are we still struggling to get African-Americans and Latinos to major in the STEM disciplines?

HEADLEE: That's a tweet from educator Nancy Evans. Feel free to engage with her and others who are also talking about technology in the classroom and some other pressing challenges facing our nation's schools. Join us on Twitter today using hash tag #NPREdChat and let's begin the exchange of ideas. To learn more, go to npr.org, click on the Program guide and go to TELL ME MORE.

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HEADLEE: Just ahead, we step into the waiting room of Oakland's Highland General Hospital, where uninsured patients with chronic illnesses sit alongside victims of crime and violence.

PETER NICKS: We are bringing the audience in and allowing them that seat next to the person in the waiting room and have that conversation and, you know, hopefully, that can move the ball forward toward building more empathy.

HEADLEE: Emmy Award-winning director Peter Nicks talks about his documentary, "The Waiting Room." That's in just a few minutes on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee.

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HEADLEE: Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco has had his share of commercial success, but the foundation of his new album is all about going back to the roots of hip-hop.

LUPE FIASCO: More of the focus is put on just the depth of the content, you know, just kind of the art of rap.

HEADLEE: Lupe Fiasco talks about his new album, "Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Part One," next time on TELL ME MORE.

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