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Code Switch

Navigating Military Service, Parenting And The Brass Ceiling

Being a woman in the service has its rewards, and it has its challenges. Two female veterans turned authors have new books they hope will reach those who might follow in their boot steps.

Navigating Military Service, Parenting And The Brass Ceiling

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U.S.

Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says

Author Colin Woodard says it's better to think of the U.S. as 11 distinct nations instead of 50 states. He speaks with Tell Me More about how those nations came about, and why they play a role in everything from gun control to tax policy.

Forget The 50 States; The U.S. Is Really 11 Nations, Author Says

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Books

Africana Book Awards: There's More To Africa Than Animals

The Africana Book Awards are supposed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children's literature about Africa. Guest host Celeste Headleee speaks to award winners Karen Leggett Abouraya and Ifeoma Onyefulu.

Africana Book Awards: There's More To Africa Than Animals

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Friday

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Education

Getting To The Root Of The Problems In School Districts

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding Missouri's controversial school transfer policy with Don Marsh of St. Louis Public Radio; Ty McNichols, who leads the city's Normandy School District; and Eric Knost, Superintendent of Mehlville School District.

Getting To The Root Of The Problems In School Districts

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Barbershop

Should Jonathan Martin 'Man Up' Or 'Leave It On The Field?'

The Barbershop guys meet us in St. Louis this week. They'll weigh in on the Miami Dolphins' bullying debate, and ask whether a California high school's mascot is offensive.

Should Jonathan Martin 'Man Up' Or 'Leave It On The Field?'

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Thursday

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Africa

Congolese Rebels Put Down Arms, But Will Another Group Rise Up?

The Congolese rebel group M-23 is has been condemned for its years of brutal violence against civilians. But now, they've vowed to lay down their weapons. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the issue with NPR's Eastern Africa correspondent Gregory Warner.

Congolese Rebels Put Down Arms, But Will Another Group Rise Up?

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Wednesday

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Politics

Detroit Mayor 'Asked To Save City While Holding Kryptonite'

Election results in Virginia, New York, Detroit, and New Jersey are getting national attention. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, and Jerome Vaughn of Detroit's NPR member station WDET, to talk about Tuesday's winners and losers.

Detroit Mayor 'Asked To Save City While Holding Kryptonite'

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Texas Tangled In Hair Braiding Controversy

For women, hair care can be a sensitive issue. But now one woman is picking a fight over hair care with the state of Texas. Host Michel Martin speaks with Isis Brantley who is suing the state for the right to teach hair braiding.

Texas Tangled In Hair Braiding Controversy

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Code Switch

Comediennes Of Color: 'I Am Funny'

Two comediennes of color, Anjelah Johnson, and Debra Wilson, both formerly of Fox's sketch comedy series MADtv, spoke with Tell Me More host, Michel Martin about the discussion on the lack of diversity at Saturday Night Live.

Comediennes Of Color: 'I Am Funny'

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News

Disgust Or Pity For Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's use of crack has embarrassed the city he serves and made his name into a punch line. In her "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin looks beyond the jokes, to what Ford's situation says about addiction.

Disgust Or Pity For Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor?

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Tuesday

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Books

Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

The new book "The Baby Chase" follows an Arizona couple all the way to India and back, in their quest to have a baby. Host Michel Martin is joined by author Leslie Morgan Steiner and Rhonda Wile, a nurse who hired two surrogates in India to have her children.

Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

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Monday

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Middle East

Syrian Humanitarian Crisis As Bad As Rwanda?

The U.S. says the Syrian humanitarian crisis is spiraling out of control. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State.

Syrian Humanitarian Crisis As Bad As Rwanda?

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Law

Jury Nullification: Acquitting Based On Principle

A new billboard in D.C. is asking jurors to forget about the law, and go with their gut when it comes to acquitting defendants. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with two former federal prosecutors about the pros and cons of jury nullification.

Jury Nullification: Acquitting Based On Principle

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Education

Teaching Science Through Hip Hop

Engaging students in science class is no easy task but using hip-hop may be one way to get their attention. Research scientist Danielle Lee uses hip-hop to bridge the gap between culture and science.

Teaching Science Through Hip Hop

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Education

New Scholarship Boosts Urban Art

Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to the Hip Hop Sisters president Lynn Richardson, about a new college scholarship focusing on urban art. Joining them is Hiwot Adilow, a slam poet and scholarship recipient.

New Scholarship Boosts Urban Art

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Friday

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Law

Does Race Make A Difference To 'Stand Your Ground' Laws?

People on both sides of the debate over so-called "stand your ground" laws are using the same statistics to bolster their arguments. Host Michel Martin takes a closer look at the actual numbers with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Davis of the Tampa Bay Times.

Does Race Make A Difference To 'Stand Your Ground' Laws?

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Law

Sanford's New Rules Say No Guns On Neighborhood Watch

More than a year and a half after Trayvon Martin was shot in Florida, Sanford's new police chief has issued new guidelines for neighborhood watch groups and volunteers. Host Michel Martin learns more from NPR correspondent Greg Allen.

Sanford's New Rules Say No Guns On Neighborhood Watch

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BackTalk

Appeals Court Blocks Stop-And-Frisk Changes In New York

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar update law and order stories from New York, Alabama, and Georgia, and they share some listener love for poet Nikki Giovanni.

Appeals Court Blocks Stop-And-Frisk Changes In New York

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Barbershop

Can We Compare Allen Iverson To Muhammad Ali?

The Boston Red Sox win the World Series and basketball bad boy Allen Iverson officially retires. The Barbershop guys weigh in on sports news and the other big stories of the week.

Can We Compare Allen Iverson To Muhammad Ali?

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U.S.

Does The Word "Redskins" Cause Psychological Damage?

Members of the Oneida Nation met with representatives from the NFL on Wednesday to discuss the growing call to change the Washington Redskins name. Host Michel Martin finds out how the meeting went from the Nation's representative, Ray Halbritter.

Does The Word "Redskins" Cause Psychological Damage?

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Music

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend is an R&B superstar. His new solo album, Love in the Future, is partly inspired by his wife, model Chrissy Teigen. He speaks with host Michel Martin about working with Teigen and where he draws the line between sexy and sleazy.

John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

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Beauty Shop

Jay Z Adds Another Problem To Add To His 99: Barneys

Host Michel Martin talks with the Beauty Shop ladies about the thin line between creative and offensive Halloween costumes. They also discuss claims of racially profiling by retailer Barneys.

Jay Z Adds Another Problem To Add To His 99: Barneys

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Actress Laverne Cox On The Music That Gets Her Dancing

Laverne Cox had a breakout role as transgender prisoner Sophia Burset in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" segment, she shares some of the pop songs that make her want to dance.

Actress Laverne Cox On The Music That Gets Her Dancing

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Tuesday

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U.S.

Sandy Relief: Still Rebuilding A Year Later

One year ago, Superstorm Sandy battered the northeastern coast causing massive damage to homes and businesses. But how does the recovery look today? Host Michel Martin speaks to WNYC reporter Stephen Nessen and New Jersey relief volunteer Jim Davis to find out.

Sandy Relief: Still Rebuilding A Year Later

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Poetry

Poet Nikki Giovanni On The Darker Side Of Her Life

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated living poets, known for beautiful descriptions of family, friends, politics and even food. Host Michel Martin talks with Giovanni about her "truth telling" and some of the surprises in her latest collection, Chasing Utopia.

Poet Nikki Giovanni On The Darker Side Of Her Life

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Parenting

Pocahontas And Gangstas: Has Halloween Gotten Too PC?

Each year, Halloween brings out the funny, scary and sometimes racist costumes. This year, a young man is getting criticized for wearing blackface to portray slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Our diverse panel of parents gives their take on when dress-up goes too far.

Pocahontas And Gangstas: Has Halloween Gotten Too PC?

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