October 3, 2011 In her weekly commentary, Michel Martin says the controversial bake sale hosted by a Republican student group at the University of California, Berkeley, is upsetting for several reasons. The prices were based on customers' race and gender, with white males paying the most.
August 22, 2011 Educated black men are twice as likely as their white counterparts to be unemployed. But they're not the only ones struggling. Michel Martin wonders why people ask what President Obama is doing for low income African-Americans, when other political leaders are never asked the same question regarding low-income whites, blacks, Latinos or Asians.
August 1, 2011 Michel Martin discusses how keeping track of the debt negotiations reminds her of an attempt to exit a packed parking garage. She wonders what prompts people to set aside common respect and place their immediate wants above everything and everyone else.
July 18, 2011 In her weekly "Can I Just Tell You" commentary, host Michel Martin discusses popular reactions to crimes on the street versus corporate crimes, such as the 1980s Central Park wilding case versus the recent News Corps phone hacking scandal. Martin says a justice system worthy of its name gives fair treatment to the rich and powerful...and the poor and unpopular.
July 11, 2011 Women were often the first to sound the alarm ahead of a financial crisis, says host Michel Martin. Now, as the U.S. struggles to make a critical decision about the deficit, she wonders why so few women are at the negotiating table while the seats are filled with the very people who created the problem.
June 27, 2011 In this week's "Can I Just Tell You?" commentary, guest host Tony Cox reflects on teaching black young men as a communications professor at California State University. He remains convinced that education is an effective weapon to fight the poverty and hardship that many of these young men face.
June 20, 2011 Some may not remember that when former Rep. Anthony Weiner's political career began 20 years ago, he capitalized on racial tensions among city residents. In her weekly commentary, Michel Martin argues that we can't expect more from our politicians if we allow them to use race as a wedge issue in political campaigns.
June 13, 2011 In the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Katrina, photographs are often the only way for people to grasp the destruction. But host Michel Martin argues in her weekly commentary that the biggest problems of our times are those we cannot see — like the deficit, or the routine corruption in financial institutions.
June 6, 2011 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin notes that reality TV shows usually feature lavish lifestyles. But in real life, the luxuries are earned through working — something not often seen on those shows. Martin argues that reality shows set unrealistic examples of how to behave in life and relationships.
May 30, 2011 The number of combined U.S. fatalities from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is now more than 6,000. In honor of Memorial Day, guest host Allison Keyes considers how — and whether — Americans truly take the time to remember U.S. troops. She asks listeners to thank military members for their service.
May 9, 2011 On Thursday, demonstrators began a march from Cuernavaca to Mexico City to protest the drug war. In her commentary, host Michel Martin wonders why the U.S. worked so hard to hunt down bin Laden but lacks the resolve to stop a war that has killed 35,000 people in Mexico over the past five years.