Behind the Curtain at TMM

Friday, We Thought You'd Never Come ...

I think I speak for all of us here when I say we're glad to put this week to rest ... And I mean that in a good way, of course. Let's just say there was a lot of heavy lifting at work to find the right voices and add new textures — and, quite simply, more — to stories shaping the way people live in many different parts of the world (be sure to check out this week's Wednesday and Thursday editions).

We think we succeeded. ... I know we tried.

Before taking off, a few updates to recent Tell Me More stories:

Gandhi's Things
Last week, we reported on plans to sell items once-belonging to Mahatma Gandhi. We told how news of the auction sparked controversy among many Indians who were quick to point out that Gandhi advocated against capitalism and materialism.

Update: Yesterday, while bidding was taking place, the current owner of the items, James Otis, announced he was calling off the auction.

Oakland Shooting
Also, last month we reported on the case out of Oakland involving Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, who was allegedly shot and killed by a white police officer. The shooting ignited racial tensions in the area. The officer later resigned from his post and has since been charged with murder.

Update: The family of Oscar Grant has filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against officers allegedly involved.

R&B Stars Chris Brown and Rihanna
Both on the program and here on the blog, we've been following news about Chris Brown, 19, and his girlfriend, R&B singer Rihanna, 21. Brown was arrested last month because he allegedly assaulted Rihanna in Los Angeles during an argument that unraveled just hours before the Grammy Awards.

Update: Yesterday, Brown was charged with two felonies in connection with the incident: assault and making criminal threats. We still have our eye on this, and the larger theme of domestic violence, particularly among younger couples. Stay tuned for more conversations.

And special thanks to NPR's Cheryl Corley from the staff here for being a great TMM captain this week, and for taking the show and seasoning it with her own spice. And to Korva Coleman, who guided us through the latter part of last week. It's a big perk to rub shoulders with such pros.

Speaking of pros, Michel Martin is back next week ... I know, we missed her, too!

Enjoy the weekend.

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