January 16, 2012 In her commentary for MLK Jr. Day, Michel Martin recalls speaking with two women — one black, one white — of roughly the same age who witnessed the same lynching. Martin will never forget a particular comment from the black woman, and asks the broader question of what Americans should keep and leave behind on this day.
January 2, 2012 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin shares that to her chagrin, her stepdaughters proposed to skip the china and use plastic plates for their holiday feast. The episode made Martin empathize with the deficit-cutters in Congress, and consider how tough it is to change the status quo until good-willed people choose to do so.
December 19, 2011 In her weekly commentary, Michele Martin revisits the lessons and life experiences of a broken arm.
December 5, 2011 A recent male college graduate sought Michel Martin's advice about navigating through economic troubles that have disproportionately affected his generation. In her weekly commentary, Martin discusses his letter and asks listeners what advice they would give.
November 7, 2011 In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin looks at the murder of a Lululemon employee in the Washington, D.C., area and the alleged child molestation case at Penn State. In both cases, it seems people knew a potential crime was happening but did nothing about it.
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.