Behind the Curtain at TMM

With History, There’s Always More To Tell

Ione Brown, grandmother of NPR's Michele Norris, is featured in a Minnesota newspaper in 1950.

hide captionIone Brown, at age 47, is featured in a northern Minnesota newspaper, the Park Region Echo in 1950. Brown is the maternal grandmother of NPR's Michele Norris, co-host of All Things Considered. In an upcoming interview with host Michel Martin, Norris shares her family's complex history with matters of race, as chronicled in her new memoir The Grace of Silence..

'The Grace of Silence' by Michele Norris

Is the planet spinning faster? Can you believe September is two-thirds of the way over?

Are you happy or glad about that?

As for us, we’ve got so many things to tell you about.

Coming up, an interview with Isabel Wilkerson, formerly of The New York Times. She was the first black woman to win an individual Pulitzer Prize for reporting, and her new book will make it very clear why. Eight years in the making (although one can argue it was a century in the making) is her amazing new book about the Great Migration. It is titled “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration,” and we will be speaking with her about it this week.

We also have an upcoming conversation planned with a name that is familiar to NPR listeners, my colleague and friend Michele Norris .

Now, those of you who are regular listeners to the morning show, Morning Edition, may remember the powerful series co-hosted by Michele and fellow NPR host Steve Inskeep over the course of the elections. Those were moderated conversations with groups of listeners in York, Pennsylvania who talked about the sensitive issue of race.

Michele thought there might be a book in that. But it turns out that, The Grace Of Silence, the book that she wrote — that found her — is very different from the one she set out to write. And it also speaks very clearly to the Isabel Wilkerson book. How?

You’ll have to tune in to find out.

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