March 31, 2011 The debate over Libya does not break down along ideological lines. Linda Wertheimer talks to two liberals who disagree over whether the U.S. should be intervening in Libya. Phyllis Bennis, the director of the New Internationalism Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, opposes the allied military action. Marc Lynch, who writes for Foreign Policy and heads the Middle East studies program at The George Washington University, is in favor.
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March 30, 2011 In the past ten years, the racial makeup of at least two majority-black cities has shifted dramatically. Newly released census data shows that Detroit and Washington, D.C.'s black populations have dropped significantly. To understand what the change means for the cities, and the implications for other majority-black metro areas across the U.S, host Michel Martin speaks with demographer and Howard University associate professor of sociology and anthropology Roderick Harrison.
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March 29, 2011 Heavy fighting between two men who both claim the presidency in the Ivory Coast has brought the country to the brink of civil war. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo was declared to have lost December's presidential election to his rival, Allasane Outtara but has refused to give up power. The U-N says up to a million people have already been displaced by the fighting. Efforts at mediation have so far failed. Host Michel Martin hears the latest from Associated Press reporter Marco Chown Oved in the commercial capital, Abidjan.
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March 29, 2011 U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with other international leaders, including Arab ministers, in London Tuesday to discuss the way forward for international intervention in Libya. The meeting came as the U.S turned command of the No-Fly Zone there over to NATO commanders. Last night, President Obama explained his decision to get the U.S involved in televised speech. Host Michel Martin discusses the role of European and Arab countries in the conflict with Washington bureau chief for Al Jazeera International, Abderrahim Foukara and NPR foreign correspondent Philip Reeves.
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March 28, 2011 The controversy around a spate of shootings involving police in Miami has pitted the city's mayor against its embattled police chief. Seven men have been shot and killed by police in the past eight months. Two were reportedly unarmed. Mayor Tomas Regalado has joined calls by the city's predominately black inner-city communities for Miami Police Department Chief Miguel Exposito to resign. Host Michel Martin discusses the political fallout and background to the shootings with Charles Rabin, a reporter with the Miami Herald, who's been covering the story.
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March 28, 2011 The situation in Libya has become so problematic for the Obama administration that the president will address the nation Monday night to explain his policy. He set the groundwork Sunday by sending out the secretaries of State and Defense to the Sunday talk shows.
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March 26, 2011 A critical move for the United States in Libya now is to move the rebel forces center stage and get out of the way, says Stephen Hadley, former national security adviser to President George W. Bush. He favors arming the Libyan forces fighting against Moammar Gadhafi, and playing more of a supporting role.
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President Obama has "often confounded his opponents by defying political stereotypes," says Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University.
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March 25, 2011 On issues from Libya to the budget, the president is under political attack from the right and from the left, by Republicans and members of his own party. But even so, Obama has managed to hold on to sizable support in public opinion polls.
March 24, 2011 For decades, the Hispanic population in the United States has seen rapid and steady growth. New numbers out from the Census today show that, in just the last ten years, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the increase in the U.S population. To discuss how that growth in numbers has manifested in American culture and politics, guest host Farai Chideya speaks with syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano and Veronica Vargas Stidvent, a former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and now a University of Texas McCombs School of Business program director.
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March 23, 2011 A sweeping health care overhaul was signed into law a year ago, promising to make insurance companies more accountable, offer more health care choices and reduce costs for patients. But perceptions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have been mixed. Guest host Farai Chideya explores the broad impressions, including the public and political responses to the law, with Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News.
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The USS Barry launches a Tomahawk cruise missile Saturday in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. The operation targeted radar and anti-aircraft sites along Libya's Mediterranean coast.
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March 22, 2011 There is much talk about the U.S. war against Libya. But is it really a war? The nature of how we think of, define and declare war changed over time. In fact, the United States hasn't formally declared war since World War II.
March 18, 2011 Basketball takes center stage in Tell Me More's weekly "Barbershop" conversation. Among other topics, host Michel Martin discusses President Obama's picks for March Madness as well as the discord between former Duke basketball star Grant Hill and fellow NBA veteran Jalen Rose. Weighing in on the discussion are author Jimi Izrael, columnist Ruben Navarrette, sports reporter Pablo Torre and cultural commentator and professor Marc Lamont Hill.
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March 17, 2011 As college basketball's "March Madness" gets under way, players' academic performance has come under focus. A new report shows that 10 of the 68 teams in the NCAA tournament are not on track to graduate half of their players. In an op-ed in today's Washington Post, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said if schools fail to graduate at least half of their players, they should not compete in the post-season. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with the study's author, Richard Lapchick, and The Nation magazine sports writer, David Zirin.
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A microphone is ready for broadcast on Election Day in November 2010 at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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March 14, 2011 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin considers the recent controversy surround NPR executives and calls on the public to consider a broader view of the value of public broadcasting.
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March 14, 2011 President Obama and his staff have been preoccupied with the political turmoil in the Arab world. Now there's the terrible tragedy in Japan, a leading U.S. ally and trading partner. And at home, the budget crisis has still not been resolved.
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