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Welcome to Tell Me More

Welcome to Tell Me More

Welcome to Tell Me More

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Michel Martin welcomes listeners to the new program and shares her thoughts on the making of a new show.

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 what's on my mind is this.

After months of planning and all the rest of that good stuff, we're finally here. Those of you who've been following us online - we've actually been blogging and podcasting for a couple of months now - already know a couple of things about us. Okay, me.

But if you haven't been checking us out, I'd like to tell you a couple of things. I've been a journalist for more than 20 years. I've covered everything from the county council to the White House. I haven't been overseas as much as I'd like, but I've done my share. I've covered earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. I've interviewed golf pros, gangbangers, heads of state, artists, geniuses, as well as people who have done some of the dumbest things you can ever imagine.

Outside of work, well, I like theater, I like sports, I like cooking, I like eating even more. I'll admit to having been bitten by the shopping bug, but with two little kids I don't get to indulge that as often as I might like. In short, I've got a lot going on, and I assume you do too.

And that's why we've created a show that we hope will add value to your life. We'll talk about what's going on in the news, but we'll also talk about what's going on in your life. We're going to do our best to bring you the kinds of conversations you aren't hearing in other places. We're going to go around the world and we're going to try to find out what's deep within your heart. At times - I can't say how often but often enough - we're going to deal with what some people called the third rail issues of American life - you know, you touch it, you get singed - issues like immigration and Don Imus, issues like race and education, issues like how class affects our attitude about climate change.

Why? Well, because it's all part of the American story, because we're affected by those issues, whether we like it or not, whether we wish we were or not. While we were putting our pilot programs together, a couple of times listeners asked us why we had raised certain issues, issues like what it's like to be a white mother raising a black or biracial child, or why some Asian-Americans felt such a sense of shame around the recent Virginia Tech tragedy.

Can I just tell you? Because it's real. Because it's where we live. Because when we refuse to ask the uncomfortable question, we're missing an opportunity to really understand the world as it is. Understanding is what it's all about, and the only way to get there is to talk. So that's why we say TELL ME MORE.

So we made it, our first show, and we'll be back tomorrow. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.

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