Thursday

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U.S.

Federal Employees Return To Work

Yesterday Congress brought the country back from the brink of defaulting on its debt. Host Michel Martin talks to Joe Davidson of The Washington Post about how federal workers will bring the government back to life.

Federal Employees Return To Work

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Wednesday

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Economy

Staying Put: Why Income Inequality Is Up And Geographic Mobility Is Down

Most migration is driven by economics, but Americans are no longer packing up their bags in search of a better life. Journalist Timothy Noah tells host Michel Martin why income inequality is up and geographic mobility has gone down.

Staying Put: Why Income Inequality Is Up And Geographic Mobility Is Down

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Noor Nisa was pregnant, and her water had just broken. Her husband was determined to get her to the hospital, but his borrowed car broke down, so he went to find another vehicle. Lynsey Addario ended up taking Noor Nisa, her mother, and her husband to the hospital, where she delivered a baby girl. Lynsey Addario hide caption

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Can I Just Tell You?

Michel Martin's Movie Suggestions For Politicians

Some politicians and commentators amp up their rhetoric at the expense of the facts. In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin suggests that they get a reality check... at the movies.

Michel Martin's Movie Suggestions For Politicians

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Tuesday

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Economy

Is The U.S. In A Debt Crisis?

The Thursday deadline for raising the federal debt limit is fast approaching, but the government is still shut down. Host Michel Martin asks Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine's Rana Foroohar, if the U.S. is in a debt crisis.

Is The U.S. In A Debt Crisis?

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World

Malala Yousafzai: A 'Normal,' Yet Powerful Girl

A year after she was shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala, and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, talk with host Michel Martin about their hope for Pakistan's future.

Malala Yousafzai: A 'Normal,' Yet Powerful Girl

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Parenting

Dodge Ball: Causing Harm Or Teaching Resilience?

A New York school has taken soccer balls, footballs — and maybe even the fun — out of recess. Officials say hard balls are a safety concern, but critics say they're being too cautious. <em>Tell Me More</em>'s parenting roundtable weighs in.

Dodge Ball: Causing Harm Or Teaching Resilience?

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Monday

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Friday

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Health Care

In Mississippi, Bankruptcy Follows Broken Legs

According to a recent study, more than half of the Mississippians who file for bankruptcy do so because they cannot pay their medical bills. Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell tells host Michel Martin what's causing such devastating costs.

In Mississippi, Bankruptcy Follows Broken Legs

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Barbershop

Is 'Hip-Hop' Mayor's Sentence About Politics Or Justice?

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.

Is 'Hip-Hop' Mayor's Sentence About Politics Or Justice?

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Thursday

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Technology

Latino Hackers: Encouraging Innovation

Latinos are some of the biggest consumers of social media in the U.S., but when it comes to developing the technology, the numbers aren't very high. Host Michel Martin speaks with Oscar G. Torres, who is hosting hackathons to encourage Latino innovation.

Latino Hackers: Encouraging Innovation

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The Picture Show

For MacArthur 'Genius,' 'Love' Is The Essence Of Her Art

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems has been celebrated for her art and activism for decades, and now she can add a MacArthur "genius" grant to her collection. In a conversation with NPR's Michel Martin, Weems discusses life, love and turning 60.

For MacArthur 'Genius,' 'Love' Is The Essence Of Her Art

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Wednesday

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Television

'Raising McCain': Not Your Mother's Talk Show

The daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain has made a name for herself with her very own brand of politics. Now Meghan McCain is hosting a new TV show that explores her Generation Y perspective.

'Raising McCain': Not Your Mother's Talk Show

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Tuesday

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Parenting

Wait, Yelling Hurts Kids?

Many parents agree that spanking is bad for kids, but what about yelling? A new study suggests that might be even worse. For more, host Michel Martin is joined by parents Mari-Jane Williams, Jolene Ivey and Lester Spence.

Wait, Yelling Hurts Kids?

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Monday

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Performing Arts

The Fat Lady Sings For New York City Opera

The New York City Opera will close its doors this month after 70 years of production. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to composer Anthony Davis whose work X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X premiered at the opera almost 30 years ago.

The Fat Lady Sings For New York City Opera

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Music

Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy and Fela Kuti. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he explains why their music is still on his playlist.

Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

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Friday

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Politics

Government Shutdown? 'This Is Democracy In Action'

The debate over the Affordable Care Act has been at the heart of the government shutdown. Host Michel Martin asks two conservative thinkers why they think shutting down the government is a better option than allowing Obamacare to kick in.

Government Shutdown? 'This Is Democracy In Action'

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Movies

'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

A new film The Fade shows that from Accra to New Jersey, the barbershop has a special place in the black community. Host Michel Martin talks to the film's director, Andy Mundy-Castle about what he learned from following four barbers across the world.

'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

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Barbershop

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

A confrontation between motorcyclists and an SUV resulted in a badly injured biker and the SUV driver being beaten. But who's to blame? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

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