October 9, 2013 As the shutdown drags on, many Americans are wondering whether the federal government will meet its obligations, and services for military veterans are a particular cause for concern. Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts about the promises the nation has made to service members — and those they've made to each other — in her 'Can I Just Tell You?' essay.
June 26, 2013 In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin shares her thoughts on the Paula Deen controversy. Martin says it might be time for a truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., to help people move on from insensitive things they did in the past.
May 8, 2013 In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, the host of Tell Me More talks about a new report that shows an increase in suicide rates among baby boomers. She says the figures are more than just numbers for her. Martin's brother took his own life three years ago.
April 10, 2013 President Obama apologized for his recent declaration that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is 'by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.' But was the compliment out of bounds, or was it the reaction that went over the top? Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts in her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay.
March 28, 2013 As the nation watched the historic Supreme Court arguments over gay marriage, host Michel Martin recalls an affirmative action case she followed at the Court in 1979. In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, she explains how — as gay rights activists fight for equality in marriage — the fight for equal economic opportunity remains for many African-Americans.
March 21, 2013 Republican Sen. Rob Portman recently announced that after years of opposition, he now supports same-sex marriage. He credits his own gay son with helping to change his mind. NPR's Michel Martin suggests politicians look out for all constituents' needs and rights, not just those inspired by family ties.