Wednesday

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Economy

Fixing Poverty Is More Complicated Than Handing Out Cash

If poverty means not having money, wouldn't giving people cash fix the issue? Host Michel Martin speaks with Mauricio Lim Miller, founder of the Family Independence Initiative, and science writer Moises Velasquez-Manoff, about why it's more complicated than that.

Fixing Poverty Is More Complicated Than Handing Out Cash

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Sports

Winter Olympics: Empty Seats Signify Low Interest?

Host Michel Martin checks in on the Winter Olympics, from the athletes to security. She talks with NPR's Sonari Glinton, and McClatchy's William Douglas, who are in Sochi for the Games.

Winter Olympics: Empty Seats Signify Low Interest?

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Code Switch

Love And Romance: Is One Race More Attractive Than Another?

Interracial marriage in America has risen sharply in recent decades. Are people still bringing old myths to their dating experiences? Tell Me More host Michel Martin speaks with NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam and writers Naima Ramos-Chapman and Noah Cho.

Love And Romance: Is One Race More Attractive Than Another?

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Tuesday

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Author Interviews

Fighting Gender Bias: 'Women Need To Be Savvier Than Men'

Host Michel Martin talks to Rachel Dempsey and Joan Williams, co-authors of What Works For Women At Work about why gender bias is still a major problem, and how to fight it in the workplace.

Fighting Gender Bias: 'Women Need To Be Savvier Than Men'

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Black History Month: #AfroGlobal

Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is as known for his creative Twitter feed as he is for his works of fiction like Open City. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear," series, he shares his music playlist.

Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

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Monday

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Health

Fifty Years After Major Report, Surgeons General Work To End Smoking

The first Surgeon General's report on the dangers of smoking came out just over 50 years ago. Now a group of former surgeons generals are finding new ways to prevent smoking. Host Michel Martin speaks with two of them: Dr. Regina Benjamin and Dr. Antonia Novello.

Fifty Years After Major Report, Surgeons General Work To End Smoking

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Behind Closed Doors

The Truth About Miscarriage: Being In 'Gestational Limbo'

Host Michel Martin speaks with Sarah Shemkus about the myths and secrecy around miscarriages. Shemkus recently shared her personal story in a Slate article titled "Losing the Baby: My Week of Gestational Limbo."

The Truth About Miscarriage: Being In 'Gestational Limbo'

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Music

Brazil's Maria Rita Rediscovers Her Mother Through Music

Maria Rita may be the daughter of Ellis Regina, one of Brazil's greatest singers, but she's also a star in her own right. Host Michel Martin speaks to Rita about finding her own voice in the music world.

Brazil's Maria Rita Rediscovers Her Mother Through Music

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Friday

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World

Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting'

As the Winter Olympic Games get underway in Sochi, host Michel Martin speaks with Russian culture expert Jennifer Eremeeva about what the opening ceremonies can teach us about Russia and its people.

Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting'

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Barbershop

Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

Rapper DMX is talking about stepping into the boxing ring with George Zimmerman. But the Barbershop guys ask whether it would be better for both men to step out of the spotlight.

Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

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Thursday

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Technology

Hackathon Organizers Ask, Could A Smart Phone App Have Saved Trayvon?

Could a smart phone app have saved Travyvon Martin? Organizers of an Oakland, California hackathon are asking that question. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ayori Selassie and Kalimah Priforce about Startup Weekend Oakland.

Hackathon Organizers Ask, Could A Smart Phone App Have Saved Trayvon?

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Code Switch

Mean Girls Online: Can We Draw A Line In Social Media?

An article about the ugly side of feminist activism set off a heated debate online.

Mean Girls Online: Can We Draw A Line In Social Media?

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Wednesday

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Sports

Sochi Has Diversity But 'Blackness' Isn't Part Of It

Host Michel Martin gets a preview of the Winter Olympics, from the athletes to the accommodations. She talks with NPR's Sonari Glinton, and McClatchy's William Douglas, who are in Sochi for the Games.

Sochi Has Diversity But 'Blackness' Isn't Part Of It

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Tuesday

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Politics

House Republicans' New Immigration Proposals: 'Trap' or Opportunity?

House Republicans recently rolled out a set of immigration "principles" at their annual retreat. Fernando Espuelas of Univision, and National Review columnist Mario Loyola, tell host Michel Martin their thoughts on the proposals.

House Republicans' New Immigration Proposals: 'Trap' or Opportunity?

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Money Coach

MyRA and IRA: Understanding Options For Your Retirement Savings

Host Michel Martin talks with financial planner Louis Barajas about how IRAs work, and how investors can use them to help people prepare for retirement.

MyRA and IRA: Understanding Options For Your Retirement Savings

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On Aging

Not Dead Yet: Aging Parents Also Struggle With Caretaking

There's a lot to be said about the difficulties of caring for an aging parent, but writer Judy Oppenheimer says things are hardest for the actual aging parent. She speaks with host Michel Martin about her Slate article "Not Dead Yet."

Not Dead Yet: Aging Parents Also Struggle With Caretaking

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Parenting

Calling Kids With Disabilities 'Heroes' Can Be Damaging, Says Parent

Sarah Sweatt Orsborn's young daughter has a disability, but she says that doesn't make her toddler a hero. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Orsborn and fellow mother, Eliana Tardio.

Calling Kids With Disabilities 'Heroes' Can Be Damaging, Says Parent

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Can I Just Tell You?

Why Doing The Right Thing Doesn't Always Work In A 'Rules World'

Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts on rules and how they trap people from following their instincts, in her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay.

Why Doing The Right Thing Doesn't Always Work In A 'Rules World'

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Monday

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Your Money

MyRA: Understanding President Obama's Retirement Savings Plan

Almost half of American households live with little to no savings. President Obama has a new plan to fix that — the "myRA" savings account. Host Michel Martin talks about the plan with TIME magazine's Rana Foroohar and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

MyRA: Understanding President Obama's Retirement Savings Plan

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Television

Seinfeld, Coca-Cola and Cheerios: Which Super Bowl Ads Scored?

The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Super Bowl, but for some people, the ads stole the show. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans to find out which commercials hit the mark, and which fell short.

Seinfeld, Coca-Cola and Cheerios: Which Super Bowl Ads Scored?

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Black History Month: #AfroGlobal

Hollywood, Bollywood, Make Way For Nollywood

As part of Black History Month, Tell Me More is featuring exciting voices from Africa and the Diaspora. Host Michel Martin speaks to Nollywood director Jeta Amata about being part of a film industry that is now bigger than Hollywood.

Hollywood, Bollywood, Make Way For Nollywood

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Faith Matters

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

Antoinette Tuff prevented a mass shooting at an elementary school last year by calming down the mentally ill gunman. Tuff speaks with host Michel Martin about her new memoir Prepared for a Purpose, and that fateful day in Georgia.

How One Woman's Faith Stopped A School Shooting

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Barbershop

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

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Thursday

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Africa

Egypt: 'A Very Divided Nation Right Now'

The third anniversary of the Egyptian uprising finds its democratically elected president on trial. So where does that leave the rest of the country? Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Cairo Bureau Chief Leila Fadel about the latest in Egypt.

Egypt: 'A Very Divided Nation Right Now'

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U.S.

Effects Of Gun Violence Are Long Lasting And Wide Ranging, Says Expert

About 20 children and adolescents head to the hospital for gun-related injuries every day, according to a new report from the medical journal Pediatrics. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Robert Sege, one of the study's authors, about the wide effect of gun injuries.

Effects Of Gun Violence Are Long Lasting And Wide Ranging, Says Expert

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Sports

Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

Labor leaders say most of the players on Northwestern University's football team want to form a union. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Wildcats' quarterback Kain Colter, and National College Players Association President Ramogi Huma about the effort.

Could Northwestern Football Union Even Out College Priorities?

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Music

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South Africa's award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing its message of peace and unity for 50 years. The group joins host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.

'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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