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Lee, here. Blogging from a freezing Milwaukee...

To keep in-step with the Season, we've prepared for you a special holiday gift of Tell Me More conversations. Enjoy!:

Christmas Eve

Star power, once again, graced our studios. We take a special peek at the new film (in theaters on Christmas Day), The Great Debaters.

Denzel Washington, who directed and starred in the film, paid a visit to NPR, as well as his co-stars: Jurnee Sollett (you might remember her as Eve in the 1997 film Eve's Bayou), Denzel Whitaker (a.k.a. the 17-year-old super kid; he's super mature, super enlightened) and Nate Parker (the studious actor also played Hakim in the film Pride, which debuted earlier this year).

We were also pleased to be joined by Ken Tolson, the grandson of Melvin Tolson, who's renowned work as an educator, poet and mentor is chronicled in the film.

It's the sophomore production with Washington as Director (his first was the emotional true story of Antwone Fisher in 2002).

Christmas Day

We take you inside the Advent Conspiracy. Sounds bizarre, we know. But, I think that's exactly why you'll want to tune in. Michel Martin talks to the folks behind the "conspiracy" to ask them all the questions you're probably wondering.

Also, hear from listeners who spend their holiday at the workplace.

(Speaking of which, how are you spending Christmas Day? If you don't celebrate, for whatever reason, or if you do, we want to know ... what's your tradition, if any? Please, do share...)

Finally, as the bow on our holiday gift to you, we'll spend Christmas with our Mocha Moms. They'll be joined by their children to tell us what the holidays mean to them.

Enjoy your gift! Send us your feedback. Let us know which conversations you like the most. And, don't forget to let us know how you're spending the holidays...

Amidst all of the holiday hustle and bustle, Tell Me More wishes you the Season's best — from our family to yours. Cheers!



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I appreciate the interveiw about the demolition of public housing in new orleans this afternoon. Jst to clarify same facts however, not all of the projects received damage during katrina (most notabley Laffitte)

I also think that the discussion was presented in a very limited manner and did not address the larger issue of affordable housing and homelessness facing the city of new orleans right now. The loss of 80 percent housing stock 2 years ago, and the slow response from any government agency (local, state, or federal) has left the city with a housing crisis. This crisis cannot be seen, or presented as a seperate issue from the demolition of public housing.

Also, better research needs to be done around the truth of the issues. The local new orleans newspaper "the times picayune" released several factually incorrect articles around public housing the week before the vote. Though Malcolm Suber used the inflammatory word "propaganda", he does have a point. Private interests and blatant bigotry play a key role in the misinformation that was spread by that newspaper (which noteabley was pro-segregation during the civil rights era). One of the headlines that past week was that new orleans has a "housing surplus". We can take one look at underpasses all over the city that house part of the 12,000 homeless, and the 42% rent increases since the storm to know that there is no housing surplus. It would be of great use of all news outlets to seriously review the facts that comes from that particular publication.

thank you


Sent by mayaba | 2:44 PM | 12-26-2007

I enjoyed Michel's interview with Denzel Washington, a man and actor I greatly admire, but I wonder why she did not challenge Mr. Washington on his reference to the "Willie Lynch" letter -- which has been discredited by scholars as an internet hoax but continues to be perpetuated in popular culture, i.e. The Great Debaters.

Sent by Steve Crawford | 11:43 AM | 12-28-2007

I was proud of Denzel Washington who stood up to Michel Martin, when she was obviously trying to bate him into taking him down a Racist route.

3 seperate ocations she tried to lead him and each time he did not give her the answer she wanted.

Michel should keep her personal views to herself and let her guest tell what they beleive verses being push in a direction.

Not everyone believe we live in a black and white world. If we can only get Michel to join us.

Sent by tyler | 12:53 PM | 12-28-2007