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Unemployment Rate Up, Recovery Hopes Down

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South Sudanese Rejoice On Eve Of Independence

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'Shop Talk': Anthony Acquitted, Obama Called D-Word

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Africa

'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent

Tell Me More has been dedicated to covering stories from Africa. Host Michel Martin speaks to NPR's Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about reporting on the changing continent.

'Africa Is Champion': Reporting From A Changing Continent

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Latin America

Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can 'Bridge The Gap'

Tell Me More has regularly turned to Alfredo Corchado for insight on Mexico. He gives host Michel Martin one last look into his reporter's notebook.

Mexican Journalist Hopes His Reporting Can 'Bridge The Gap'

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World

Despite Progress Of LGBT Rights In U.S., Challenges Remain Abroad

Around the world, it can still be very hard to live as an openly gay man. Host Michel Martin learns more from two LGBT activists: Jamaican Maurice Tomlinson and Nigerian Bisi Alimi.

Despite Progress Of LGBT Rights In U.S., Challenges Remain Abroad

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Playing 'Crazy Eyes' Taught Actress 'It's OK To Be Just You'

Uzo Aduba has won over critics and fans for her portrayal as "Crazy Eyes" on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. Aduba speaks to NPR's Michel Martin about her success and how she got there.

Playing 'Crazy Eyes' Taught Actress 'It's OK To Be Just You'

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Music Interviews

Ghanaian Rapper Hopes To Take His 'Afropolitan Dreams' Back Home

Host Michel Martin speaks with rapper Samuel Bazawule, better known as Blitz the Ambassador, about his new album, "Afropolitan Dreams."

Ghanaian Rapper Hopes To Take His 'Afropolitan Dreams' Back Home

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Wisdom Watch

Former CNN Anchor Kept Cool, But Paid The Price Of Success

Award-winning journalist Bernard Shaw was a CNN news anchor for more than 20 years. He reflects on his career, mentors and how he knew it was time to leave the anchor desk.

Former CNN Anchor Kept Cool, But Paid The Price Of Success

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Beauty Shop Ladies Weigh In On The Importance Of Mentors

Beauty Shop ladies Danielle Belton, Viviana Hurtado, Bridget Johnson and Veronica Miller discuss how their mentors helped them at pivotal points in their lives and how they hope to help others.

Beauty Shop Ladies Weigh In On The Importance Of Mentors

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Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer and her son Jay recall a conversation they had back in the 1980s, when Jay first told Rita he was gay.

Mom No Longer 'Dumb' About Gay Son

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Education

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, talks about the importance of mentoring in academia, especially in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

When Searching For Mentors, Look 'Beyond Race'

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Can I Just Tell You?

Making Space For People Who Are Out Of the Spotlight

In her final "Can I Just Tell You?" essay for Tell Me More, host Michel Martin reflects on and expresses gratitude to the people who've made the biggest impression on her: the listeners.

Making Space For People Who Are Out Of the Spotlight

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