A Warm Welcome: Michel Martin Takes Helm At Weekend 'All Things Considered'
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
We're going to take a couple minutes now to tell you about some changes to our sister program, Weekend All Things Considered. Tomorrow, NPR's Michel Martin takes the reins as host of the program, and she's here to give us a preview. Welcome and congratulations.
MICHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: Thank you, Ari.
SHAPIRO: Well, what can we expect from the show in the next couple days?
MARTIN: Well, of course, we're trying to figure out the latest in some of the stories, the big stories that we've all been following this week, including that terrible shooting in Oregon and what's going on in Syria. But I have a little surprise for you, Ari. I hope it's a surprise. We are going to be relaunching what was one of our favorite segments from a show I formerly hosted on NPR called Tell Me More and that is our Barbershop roundtable.
SHAPIRO: Oh, I'm so glad they're coming back.
MARTIN: Our weekly roundtable - thank you. And I will just tell you that there's a little twist. I'm not going to give it away. It's a reveal. You'll just have to tune in, Ari.
SHAPIRO: OK, we'll listen to that. And what are some your favorite moments that you've been doing interviews for this week leading up to the big weekend debut?
MARTIN: We're going to talk about something that I know that many people associate with the weekend and that is sports. But I have to tell you, Ari, it's been a very difficult season for some people, particularly high school athletes. There've been a number of serious injuries on the field, particularly in high school football. We're going to talk with a college player, Nahshon Ellerbe, who was a high school standout and also a former pro player, Nate Jackson, about why so many young people stay in the game despite the danger.
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NATE JACKSON: We believe that football is a very, very important event and that's why we'll sacrifice our lives for it. It's a proving ground for manhood. And everybody in your community - wherever you are in America, in every high school, they rally around the football team. And it's the focal point of all the energy and the school pride. And so there's so much momentum around it.
SHAPIRO: Wow, that's really intense - give up our lives for football.
MARTIN: I know. It is intense. And this is a man who knows what he's talking about. He's played six seasons in the NFL and he's also written a best-selling memoir about his time in the NFL. Worth hearing - worth hearing - somebody who knows what he's talking about. We're also going to be talking with another athlete who's written a memoir. His name is Caron Butler. He's an NBA all-star. A little different story here - this was a kid who racked up something like 15 arrests for drug dealing before he was old enough to drive and how he got from there to being an NBA all-star - very interesting story.
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CARON BUTLER: I lost friends in this and I know the outcome. Either I'm going to have to hurt somebody, somebody's going to hurt me or I'm going to spend the rest of my life like this, incarcerated.
SHAPIRO: Wow, sounds like must-listen radio. With NPR's Michel Martin, the new host of Weekend All Things Considered. Thanks for the preview, Michele.
MARTIN: Thank you, Ari.
SHAPIRO: And you can hear her in that role Saturday and Sunday on this local NPR station.
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