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.
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.