April 18, 2011 An upcoming special election in Washington, D.C., has posed a conflict for Jewish residents observing Passover, resulting in a lawsuit against the city. In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin suggests that the nation's capital, and all of America, could do more to accommodate differences.
April 11, 2011 In this week's commentary, host Michel Martin explores the impact of the budget debate on the residents of the District of Columbia. The budget deal contains provisions that ban D.C. from using its own tax money to provide abortions to low income women, as well as continuing a controversial private school voucher program. Martin examines what these agreements mean for the rights of Washingtonians.
April 4, 2011 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin explores the widening gender gap in educational achievement — a problem for everybody, not because girls are getting ahead of themselves but because boys, a huge swath of the population, are not getting enough education.
February 14, 2011 A controversial Super Bowl ad featuring a black woman attacking her male companion continues to stir debate. In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin asks why acts of domestic violence, as seen in the ad, are considered funny — and wonders what children take away from such commercials.
February 7, 2011 Sunday's Super Bowl coverage was one of the most watched TV programs of all times. But this year's championship comes at a time when questions are being raised about brain injuries in football players and the impact of the sport on young boys. In her weekly "Can I Just Tell You?" commentary, host and football fan Michel Martin contemplates the future of America's favorite sport.
January 31, 2011 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin kicks off the program's February series focused on Black History Month. She notes the similarities between uprisings in the Middle East and the so-called "Great Migration" of 5 million Southern blacks in the U.S. fleeing to other parts of the nation.
January 24, 2011 In her weekly commentary, Michel Martin examines the case of Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teen who disappeared over the holidays. Barnes' disappearance has not been largely covered by national media, and Martin argues that her case should be receiving more attention.
January 10, 2011 A video posted on YouTube last week shows a man being beaten by two teenagers in a Washington, D.C. Metrorail station while a group of bystanders watched. Michel Martin discusses the responsibility we face when we witness a public attack, and acknowledges that being the bystander puts us in a moral dilemma.