Listeners Deeply Affected By Eldercare, House Music

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations heard on the program. Hear one listener share his personal experiences with the challenges of caring for elderly loved ones. Also, a recent Tell Me More exploration of the popular house music subculture inspired listeners to share why, for some, the music is more than just a genre, it's a lifestyle. And as an update: a world famous female track star who was suspected of being a man has been vindicated. Hear the latest developments in this week's BackTalk.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And now it's time for Backtalk, where we lift the curtain on what's happening in our blogosphere and get to hear from you, our listeners.

Lee Hill, our digital media guy is back here with me again. Hi, Lee. What's up?

LEE HILL: Hey, Michel. Well, this week we begin our look at the challenges of eldercare. In our Tuesday parenting segment we discussed juggling the needs of children and a spouse while caring for an elderly parent. And after that we heard from lots of listeners including Fred, who told us about his experience caring for his older relatives.

FRED: I don't have siblings. I don't have other relatives to rely on to take care of my elders. And until recently I had three very old people, now I have two. And they're always turning to me. And for many years I had to put aside my love life, my work life, my finances can go into disarray because people have needs and I respect them. They took care of me when I was a baby. I don't resent this work, but it's a real life challenge.

MARTIN: Fred, let me say, you hang in there. We hear you. We appreciate you. And I want to thank all who wrote in with stories and suggestions about how to cover this obviously very important and emotional issue. So thank you for that.

Lee, this week we also gave listeners a peak into Baltimore nightlife as we explored the subculture of house music. Our producers paid a visit to Club Paradox in the Charm City.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. SONIA HELLYER: My name is Sonia Hellyer. I've been coming for how many years? It's been at least probably 14 years, I would say. And I just love house music.

MARTIN: Now, as a compliment in that piece, TELL ME MORE contributor Lester Spence posted a blog on our website about his diehard love for house music. He wrote about how it got him through some difficult times. And that inspired readers to share their own stories.

Here's a post from blogger Nancy. She writes: I was exposed to house by DJ Marques Wyatt in L.A. at an afterhours called: Does Your Mama Know? And she sure as hell didn't. House music spoke to the deepest pits of my soul, having been fortunate enough to never get involved in drugs. I'm amazed that I can still stay up till 4 a.m. dancing. You know that's right.

HILL: That's (unintelligible) right there.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HILL: All right, thanks, Nancy.

MARTIN: Okay, Lee, any updates?

HILL: Yes, two things. Well, back in 2007 we covered an immigration rally in Los Angeles that turned violent after police ordered crowds to disperse. And right after the dust settled, we spoke to journalist Patricia Nazario. She was there on the scene covering the event for the local NPR member station KPCC. Michel, she told us how she was beaten repeatedly with a baton by members of the LAPD. Well, last Friday, a jury awarded Nazario $40,000 as part of almost $2 million in settlements to resolve lawsuits filed by others who were injured at the rally.

And another thing we have reported on this program was a controversy surrounding world track star Caster Semenya of South Africa. Now, there were questions about the athlete's incredible speed and deep voice that led to a highly publicized investigation about her gender.

And the ongoing debate and ambiguous results from gender testing sidelined her career, Michel, for nearly a year. But this week, Semenya was cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations to compete as a woman.

MARTIN: Well, that is a very interesting story. Thank you, Lee.

HILL: Thank you, Michel.

MARTIN: And, remember, with TELL ME MORE, the conversation never ends. To tell us more, you can call our comment line at 202-842-3522. Please remember to leave your name. You can also log onto our website, go to NPR.org, click on Programs, then on TELL ME MORE and blog it out.

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