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Michel Martin Is Going There

NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate a community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership following the shooting death of Michael Brown. i i

NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate a community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership following the shooting death of Michael Brown. August Jennewein /UMSL hide caption

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NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate a community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate a community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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However the story demands to be told, Michel will tell it

September 15, 2014; Washington, D.C. – NPR's Michel Martin is taking the studio to the story, she's going where the nation's most important conversations are happening. Martin will be telling these stories from their epicenter and in partnership with NPR Member Stations, giving local stories national resonance. NPR Presents Michel Martin, a series of live events across the country, launches Friday Sept. 19 in New York City.

This week together with New York City flagship public radio station WNYC, in the first of many collaborations with Member Stations, NPR Presents Michel Martin: A Broader Way. This conversation will take audiences through the Broadway landscape, a canon that has traditionally been created by, for and about the White experience. Martin will share the stage with award-winning playwrights Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park), David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly), and Kristoffer Diaz (Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), to hear how they are challenging Broadway's status quo. Tony-Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson will perform an excerpt from August Wilson's American Century Cycle. Tickets are already on sale and the event will be webcast Friday night.

In October, Martin will join WFAE in Charlotte to examine The Voting Rights Divide and in December, Women and Leadership in Washington DC. In January 2015 she will be in Dallas with KERA, tackling Football and Ethics, and Miami in February to explore Children and Immigration with WLRN. Each event topic, dynamic and execution will be specific to the city's character and flavor. The events will carry through to related stories on NPR's news magazines and the conversation will continue on social media.

Rather than radio playing out on stage, NPR Presents Michel Martin will hold fresh, dynamic conversations with a live audience and people around the world joining on social media, to explore issues through their narratives and personal experiences. Guests with different perspectives and histories will be connected in civil discourse to share ideas, hopes, frustrations and solutions. The public can take part in the conversation by following @NPRMichel on Twitter and on Facebook at Facebook.com/NPRMichel.

NPR is the leading provider of non-commercial news and entertainment programming in the U.S. More than 27 million people listen to NPR programs each week via 800+ radio stations throughout the country. In partnership with Member Stations, NPR strives to create a more informed public – one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. As a digital innovator, and a leader in the public media community, NPR assures that the unique mission of nonprofit public media is not only preserved, but grows.

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Media Relations Contact: Cara Philbin 202.513.2757 / cphilbin@npr.org