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.
February 6, 2013 In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin talks about the different choices of two remarkable women: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot by the Taliban for supporting girls' education; and Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who was the biracial child of segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond.
December 19, 2012 The Newtown shooting has led some Americans to wonder if there's an epidemic of gun violence in this country. In her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin asks what would happen if Americans brought the same imagination and energy to stopping gun violence as it brought to previous epidemics that threatened public health.
November 14, 2012 One demographic group was overlooked in this year's presidential election, according to host Michel Martin. That's the 65.7 million Americans who are unpaid caregivers for adults, children or both. In her regular essay, Martin explains why it's important for political leaders to pay more attention to caregivers.
August 8, 2012 Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to win gold in the women's all-around event. But after her big moment, the Twitter-verse lit up about her hair. Michel Martin asks how far the country has really come when people's choices — about everything from hair to politics — are judged by superficial standards.
July 18, 2012 The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was among the earliest black journalists to gain a wide following in mainstream media. His insights into education, poverty, race and crime were published in The Washington Post and appeared in more than 200 other newspapers. Host Michel Martin recalls the life and work of Raspberry, who died Tuesday at age 76.