Friday

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Barbershop

Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

The National Football League has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in a settlement over concussion-related injuries. But the league also denies any wrongdoing. So is it a victory for the players? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

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Thursday

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Pop Culture

Was Miley Twerking Or Just Trying?

Miley Cyrus' provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards got some people clapping, but many more fingers wagging. Host Michel Martin talks about the cultural implications of twerking.

Was Miley Twerking Or Just Trying?

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Music

Summer Songs: Professor Longhair's Daughter

Tell Me More's 'Summer Songs' series samples new versions of old classics. This week, Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, shares a daughter's rendition of her father's song: Henry Roeland 'Professor Longhair' Byrd's Cry to Me.

Summer Songs: Professor Longhair's Daughter

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Wednesday

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U.S.

Rep. Lewis: 'I Gave A Little Blood Here And There'

Congressman John Lewis is a senior statesman now, but he was just 23 when he spoke at the March on Washington. He tells host Michel Martin what went through his mind during that historical moment, and what young people can learn about the movement today.

Rep. Lewis: 'I Gave A Little Blood Here And There'

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The March On Washington At 50

Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

Even though the March on Washington was nonviolent, many braced for riots. Host Michel Martin speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch about the story behind the march.

Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

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Music

Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.

Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

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Tuesday

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Education

Sec. Of Education: Graduation Rates 'Nothing We Can Be Proud Of'

Tell Me More checks in with the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, about the biggest challenges educators, parents and students face in schools today. He talks with host Michel Martin about education as a civil rights issue.

Sec. Of Education: Graduation Rates 'Nothing We Can Be Proud Of'

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Education

More Than A Number? Educators On What Standardized Testing Means

Host Michel Martin hears from a group of teachers about how education policies and technology are changing today's classrooms. She's joined by fifth grade teacher Rafe Esquith, third grade teacher Tequila Pennington-Calwise and school librarian Elissa Malespina.

More Than A Number? Educators On What Standardized Testing Means

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Education

Youth Wish List For Changing Education

Host Michel Martin gets perspective from two recent high school grads on what's working, and what isn't in schools. She speaks with Elijah Miles, a freshman at Morgan State University in Maryland, and Kashawn Campbell, a sophomore at UC Berkley.

Youth Wish List For Changing Education

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Monday

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Education

Former Sec. Of Education Wants More Support For Teachers

Education has been called the top civil rights issue of the 21st century. Host Michel Martin asks former U.S. Secretary of Education of Education Rod Paige about whether the nation is winning the battle for equality in schools.

Former Sec. Of Education Wants More Support For Teachers

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Remembrances

Remembering Tell Me More's Teshima Walker Izrael

Host Michel Martin pays tribute to a woman who kept Tell Me More real: NPR executive producer Teshima Walker Izrael. She passed away recently after battling cancer. Martin explains why 'attention must be paid.'

Remembering Tell Me More's Teshima Walker Izrael

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Friday

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Race

What Do Asian-Americans Owe The Civil Rights Movement?

As the US prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to Scot Nakagawa. He recently wrote an article called "Three Things Asian-Americans Owe to the Civil Rights Movement."

What Do Asian-Americans Owe The Civil Rights Movement?

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Arts & Life

Broadway Star 'Comfortable' With Album Of Intensely Personal Songs

Tituss Burgess gained fame as the outrageous character D'Fwan on 30 Rock. But he's also a Broadway singer who's recorded two albums. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Burgess about his latest album Comfortable.

Broadway Star 'Comfortable' With Album Of Intensely Personal Songs

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Barbershop

Are There 'Blurred Lines' Over Summer's Hottest Song?

Robin Thicke may have the hit song of the summer, but Marvin Gaye's family says it sounds too familiar — like the melody in Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Both sides are lawyering up, and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the dustup.

Are There 'Blurred Lines' Over Summer's Hottest Song?

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Thursday

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Children's Health

Florida Deaths Raise Questions About Child Welfare System

At least 20 children, on the radar of child protective services in Florida, have died since April, according to the Miami Herald. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks why it's happening, and what can be done.

Florida Deaths Raise Questions About Child Welfare System

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Movies

Film Shows Ali's Battles Outside The Ring

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a new documentary that looks at the battles boxing's biggest star faced outside of the ring. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to the director, Bill Siegel, and journalist Dave Zirin.

Film Shows Ali's Battles Outside The Ring

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Books

Haiti: 'The Sister I Hardly Knew'

Tell Me More's summer reading series, 'Island Reads,' highlights authors from the Caribbean. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Julia Alvarez. Her book A Wedding In Haiti gives readers a peek into the county that Alvarez calls 'the sister I hardly knew.'

Haiti: 'The Sister I Hardly Knew'

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Music

Summer Songs: Led Zeppelin Reinvented, Acoustic Style

Tell Me More's 'Summer Songs' series samples contemporary artists who've remade old classics. This week, Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, shares an acoustic version of a hit by the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Summer Songs: Led Zeppelin Reinvented, Acoustic Style

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Wednesday

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Politics

Shaking Up The Grand Old Party

Questions about a Republican reboot are growing louder after a party meeting in Boston last week. Guest Host Celeste Headlee speaks with Republican strategist Ron Christie, and journalist Matthew Continetti about shaking things up within the Grand Old Party.

Shaking Up The Grand Old Party

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Around the Nation

Lessons From Getting Shot

Journalist Brian Beutler was mugged and shot while walking through his Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Beutler about his Salon article, 'What I Learned From Getting Shot.'

Lessons From Getting Shot

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Law

Ad Dramatizes Trayvon Martin Shooting

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is dramatized in a controversial ad by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Executive Director Josh Horwitz, talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about trying to overturn 'stand your ground' laws.

Ad Dramatizes Trayvon Martin Shooting

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Tuesday

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Music Interviews

From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Later this year, the jazz legend will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sandoval talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and how American citizenship influenced his music.

From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

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Education

Is It Time To Get Rid of IQ Tests In Schools?

Schools have long used IQ tests to group students. But some experts say labels like 'gifted' or 'disabled' are following students throughout their education — for better and worse. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more.

Is It Time To Get Rid of IQ Tests In Schools?

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Monday

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Digital Life

Can Twitter Boost Literacy?

Despite complaints that Twitter kills language, there's evidence that social media can be used to enhance reading and writing. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Rey Junco, of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Can Twitter Boost Literacy?

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Arts & Life

Faith Ringgold: No 'Knock Down, Drag Out Black Woman Story'

The legendary artist began her career in 1963, the same year as the March on Washington. She talks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her life, work, and why no one originally wanted to hear her story.

Faith Ringgold: No 'Knock Down, Drag Out Black Woman Story'

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Remembrances

Honoring Executive Producer Teshima Walker

Teshima Walker Izrael died on Friday after a two-year battle with colon cancer. She was 44 years old. Tell Me More shares one of the many stories she produced over the years. To add your tributes, use #TeamTeshima on Twitter or email tellmemore@npr.org.

Honoring Executive Producer Teshima Walker

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