Can I Just Tell You?Can I Just Tell You? NPR's Michel Martin gives a distinct take on news and issues

'Tell Me More' is For You

The new program has found its niche in listener participation. This summer, there are three areas where you can get involved.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

Every now and again when I have something on my mind, I like to talk about it in a commentary.

And today, well, it's really more of an invitation. Have you noticed that often when people asked how you are, they don't really want to know? Oh, sure, if you're getting married or something, or your kid graduates from medical school, they kind of want to know.

If you won the lottery, they really want to know. But short of that, maybe not so much. And that trip you just took, don't really want to hear about it. And your summer reading, if I'm not in your book club, don't bother. Can I just tell you, here at TELL ME MORE, we actually do want to know how you are and what you're up to. Why? Because you're our eyes and ears. Oh, sure, we've got that national and international network of crackerjack NPR correspondents. Love them.

But let us know what's going on in the far corners of your house, your hood, your world. So that's why I'm issuing a special invitation to participate in three specific issues we're pursuing this summer.

The first will be familiar to those of you who've been following my blog. It's about getting your money straight. That's right, your money, your moolah, your dough. We're seeking listeners in three distinct categories who want to work with our financial guru, Alvin Hall.

The categories are: someone who wants to get debt under control, someone who wants to buy a first home, someone who wants to start a small business. We, along with Alvin, will select a group of finalists from our blog. And Alvin has agreed to work with the finalists all summer long.

Obviously, you'll be putting some of your business out in the street, so you have to be comfortable with that. But if you are, please write to us at npr.org/tellmemore and put Money Coach in the subject line.

The second thing we want to know is, have you had a travel experience that's changed your life? If so, we want to hear about it. This is a segment we call Postcards, and it's part of our commitment to covering international news. Yes, we have our seasoned foreign correspondents, our anchor buddies, reporters and hosts like me, stationed around the globe.

But travel isn't just for the people who get paid to do it. What did a recent travel experience mean to you? Did you learn something about yourself you never expected? We want to know. So drop us a postcard. If we select yours, we'll ask you to read it on the air. Again, it's npr.org/tellmemore, and put Postcard in the subject line.

Please, no more than a page or so. If it's too long, we will get out the red pen. And finally, speaking of reading, what are you reading these days? It's the slow, summer season - or almost - and we know many of you are breaking out the beach books. What's hot? We're particularly interested in books by any of the new African and Caribbean writers making the scene and those of you who have selected books with the tropics as a theme. Hot topics - get it? Hit us at npr.org/tellmemore and put Books in the subject line. So next time we ask you, what's up? Get out your keyboard, because we really mean it when we say TELL ME MORE.

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MARTIN: That's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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Can I Just Tell You?Can I Just Tell You? NPR's Michel Martin gives a distinct take on news and issues