Thursday

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New York City's Fire Commissioner On Extinguishing Racial Gap

Two years after a federal judge ruled that New York City's fire department's tests discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, nearly 62 percent of graduates from the most recent class of the FDNY's training academy are minorities.

New York City's Fire Commissioner On Extinguishing Racial Gap

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World

Abortion In Haiti: Dangerous And Illegal

In Haiti, abortion is illegal and women are turning to dangerous ways to end unwanted pregnancies. Host Michel Martin talks with Jacqueline Charles, of the Miami Herald, about the issue.

Abortion In Haiti: Dangerous And Illegal

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Africa

Female Doctor Beats Odds To Bring Air Ambulance To Nigeria

Experts said Dr. Ola Orekunrin's dream to create air ambulance service in Nigeria was impossible. But as a doctor and helicopter pilot, she had the skills and dedication to make it work. Orekunrin tells host Michel Martin about Flying Doctors Nigeria.

Female Doctor Beats Odds To Bring Air Ambulance To Nigeria

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Food

'King Cocktail' Serves Up Prohibition History, Hangover Cure

Prohibition ended 80 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Dale DeGroff, the man many credit with reviving the art of the cocktail, joins NPR to talk about the era's lasting effect on American life, current trends in bartending, and to share a few of his favorite recipes.

'King Cocktail' Serves Up Prohibition History, Hangover Cure

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Movie Interviews

Gyptian: New Album 'Like Insanity'

Although Jamaica is a small island, it packs a big punch in the world of music. Host Michel Martin speaks with dancehall reggae artist Gyptian about his latest album Sex, Love & Reggae.

Gyptian: New Album 'Like Insanity'

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Wednesday

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Your Money

Shopping With Your Values In Mind

Shopping is on everyone's mind during the holiday season — not just what to buy, but where you buy it. Host Michel Martin speaks with columnists David Sirota and Mario Loyola about shopping with your values in mind.

Shopping With Your Values In Mind

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Economy

Retirees Fear Losing Pensions In Bankrupt Detroit

A federal judge has given Detroit the green light to enter bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin speaks with Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley about what it means for Motown residents.

Retirees Fear Losing Pensions In Bankrupt Detroit

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Tuesday

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Immigration Activists Push For Reform With Water-Only Diet

Immigration activists across the country are fasting to pressure Congress into action. Host Michel Martin speaks with one of the activists, Rudy Lopez, along with NPR Correspondent Ted Robbins about the Fast For Families movement, and the prospects for immigration reform.

Immigration Activists Push For Reform With Water-Only Diet

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The Season Of Giving... And Getting Scammed?

It's the season of giving, but scammers are trying to take as much as they can this holiday season. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sheryl Harris, consumer columnist for The Plain Dealer, about avoiding seasonal scams.

The Season Of Giving... And Getting Scammed?

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Sylvia Porter: Right On The Money

Before there was personal finance guru Suze Orman, there was Sylvia Porter, a pioneer in the genre. Host Michel Martin speaks with Tracy Lucht, the author of Sylvia Porter: America's Original Personal Finance Columnist.

Sylvia Porter: Right On The Money

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Monday

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Economy

Holiday Sales: Gloomy or Merry And Bright?

Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, Black Friday... will all the steals and deals be enough to actually boost the nation's economy? To find out, host Michel Martin speaks with Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal.

Holiday Sales: Gloomy or Merry And Bright?

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Health

Black Churches And HIV: 'Sex Is A Reality ... We Gotta Deal With It'

African-Americans are the racial group most affected by HIV in the U.S., and many black churches are stepping in to do something about it. Pastor Timothy Sloan of Texas talks with host Michel Martin about destigmatizing the disease from the pulpit.

Black Churches And HIV: 'Sex Is A Reality ... We Gotta Deal With It'

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Art & Design

Designer B Michael On Bringing Color To The Runway

B Michael is one of few top-tier African-American fashion designers. His work has been described as "politely sexy" and is worn by some of Hollywood's top names. Host Michel Martin talks with the veteran designer about his inspirations.

Designer B Michael On Bringing Color To The Runway

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Music

Jimmie 'J.J.' Walker's Dynomite! Songs

You might remember Jimmie "J.J." Walker from his starring role on the legendary sitcom Good Times. But there's more to him than his signature tagline. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he talks about some of the songs that mean something to him.

Jimmie 'J.J.' Walker's Dynomite! Songs

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Technology

#NPRBlacksinTech Launches

Tell Me More's Twitter series "A Day in the Life" launches today, and it allows you to experience, in real time, the imprint that African-Americans are making in our country's technology engine. You can follow the conversation: #NPRBlacksinTech.

#NPRBlacksinTech Launches

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Friday

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Music

Music Is Motivation For Olympian John Carlos

For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, 1968 Olympic medalist John Carlos tells listeners about the music that's inspired him over the years. His favorites include Billie Holiday and Curtis Mayfield. This segment initially aired July 30, 2012 on Tell Me More.

Music Is Motivation For Olympian John Carlos

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Thursday

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Music Interviews

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

Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend is an R&B superstar with a new marriage and a new album, Love in the Future. He talks with host Michel Martin about his life and work. This segment initially aired Oct. 31, 2013 on Tell Me More.

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

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Wednesday

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Food

Mashing Up Holiday Favorites For The 'Thanksgivukkah' Table

The second night of Hanukkah is converging with Turkey Day this year, forming a rare and delicious holiday that's being called "Thanksgivukkah."

Mashing Up Holiday Favorites For The 'Thanksgivukkah' Table

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Technology

A Day In The Life: Blacks At The Cutting Edge Of Innovation

Every day until Dec. 20, African-American tech thinkers will live-tweet about their day and answer questions in a special Twitter series hosted by NPR's Tell Me More. Join the conversation at @TellMeMoreNPR or #NPRBlacksinTech.

A Day In The Life: Blacks At The Cutting Edge Of Innovation

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Tuesday

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Economy

Secretary Of Labor Says Raising Minimum Wage Will Grow Economy

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has only been in office for a few months, but he's already making waves. He's pushing for a higher minimum wage and immigration reform. Perez speaks with host Michel Martin about his goals for the U.S. labor force.

Secretary Of Labor Says Raising Minimum Wage Will Grow Economy

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Religion

Meet Mensch On A Bench, Jewish Counterpart To Elf On The Shelf

The popular holiday toy Elf on the Shelf now has a Jewish counterpart. It's called Mensch on a Bench. Host Michel Martin talks to the creator, Neal Hoffman, about how he came up with the idea.

Meet Mensch On A Bench, Jewish Counterpart To Elf On The Shelf

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Food

Pie Pops: Bite-sized 'Pocket Pies' On A Stick

Michel Martin talks with Andrea Smetona, author of the recipe book Easy as Pie Pops, about the bite-sized treats on a stick. For the Thanksgiving table, there's even a sweet potato pie pop.

Pie Pops: Bite-sized 'Pocket Pies' On A Stick

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Education

Reporters' Notebook: Philadelphia, A Laboratory For Hybrid Schools

Michel Martin talks with NPR education correspondents Claudio Sanchez and Eric Westervelt, about a new NPR series looking at problems within Philadelphia's public school system, and the lessons the rest of the country can take from Philly.

Reporters' Notebook: Philadelphia, A Laboratory For Hybrid Schools

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Movie Interviews

Winnie: Not 'Just The Woman Who Stood By Mandela's Side'

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the latest biopic about former South African president Nelson Mandela. Host Michel Martin speaks to Naomi Harris who plays his former wife, Winnie, in the film.

Winnie: Not 'Just The Woman Who Stood By Mandela's Side'

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World

Do Sanctions Really Work?

Foreign leaders are gathered in Geneva, trying to come up with a plan to ease sanctions on Iran, in exchange for promises about their nuclear program. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks NPR's Tom Gjelten about when sanctions work, and why they sometimes don't.

Do Sanctions Really Work?

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Music Interviews

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

The Grammy-winning musician's new recording, "We Are America," protests the controversial detention center. But she tells NPR she doesn't like to call it a protest song. It's more of a "let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive" song.

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

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