Michel Martin http://wqcs.org en Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Forum http://wqcs.org/post/tell-me-more-education-special-and-twitter-forum For generations, education has been key to the American dream of advancement and opportunity. Today, NPR's <em>Tell Me More with Michel Martin</em> (<a href="https://twitter.com/TellMeMoreNPR">@TellMeMoreNPR</a>) is broadcasting from member station WLRN and hosting a Twitter education forum on where the nation's schools now stand.<p>We talk to Alberto Carvalho (<a href="https://twitter.com/MiamiSup">@MiamiSup</a>), superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:52:00 +0000 Michel Martin 18067 at http://wqcs.org Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Forum Does Access To Good Health Trickle Down? http://wqcs.org/post/does-access-good-health-trickle-down I got a chance to travel a little bit recently — and no I won't be showing slides, no matter how much you beg me. And call me a nerd but on our little car trip I found myself thinking about health care.<p>Certain provisions of last year's health care overhaul are going into effect today and they remain controversial...but that's not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something deeper, about our country's attitudes about health and wealth, which are in front of us even when we aren't looking for them.<p>I will start by telling you we forgot to pack a prescription. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 16:53:00 +0000 Michel Martin 14645 at http://wqcs.org Does Access To Good Health Trickle Down? Rodney King's Personal Struggle With Alcohol http://wqcs.org/post/rodney-kings-personal-struggle-alcohol I still cannot stop thinking about Rodney King, whose drowning death in his swimming pool this weekend seemed like the kind of ending only the authors of a Greek tragedy would write. It's as if the Gods are sending some sort of message.<p>But what message? Was it really too much to ask that this man, who made mistakes in his life, but who knew what they were, who openly mourned the suffering of others, could end his life peacefully in his own bed?<p>Still, it's worth remembering just how that whole Greek tragedy got started. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:52:00 +0000 Michel Martin 12570 at http://wqcs.org Rodney King's Personal Struggle With Alcohol Asking The Uncomfortable Questions http://wqcs.org/post/asking-uncomfortable-questions All week, we've been celebrating our fifth anniversary on the air. We actually hit that milestone on Monday, and we've been trying to have some fun with it — talking with 5-year-olds about what's fun about being 5; about five-year financial plans; and we checked in with some of the guests who were with us at the very beginning.<p>At this point, I realize you might be saying to yourself: Five? Big whoop! Come back to me when you're in double digits at least.<p>I can hear that. But I think the decision to acknowledge something or not is a dilemma all of us have at some point. Wed, 02 May 2012 17:40:00 +0000 Michel Martin 10098 at http://wqcs.org Asking The Uncomfortable Questions In Rush To Punish, Are We Missing Something? http://wqcs.org/post/rush-punish-are-we-missing-something Have you noticed that the good thing about a job and the bad thing about a job are usually the same thing? The good thing and the bad thing about my job is that sometimes there are stories you just cannot get out of your head. Right now, there are two stories like that for me, and they are both kind of tough to talk about, so please be forewarned.<p>The first one, we <a href="https://www.npr.org/2012/04/19/150960148/why-almost-no-one-got-it-right-in-nyc-rape-case">talked</a> about last Thursday. That was the anniversary of a terrible crime that riveted New York and much of the country. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:03:00 +0000 Michel Martin 9709 at http://wqcs.org In Rush To Punish, Are We Missing Something? Trayvon Martin Was Afraid, Too http://wqcs.org/post/trayvon-martin-was-afraid-too Do you mind if I take a few minutes to tell you about my son? He has three beautiful sisters but right now I'll just tell you about him. He is 8 now and he loves anything that involves dirt, any ball, and running around. He still has deliciously long eyelashes and long musician's fingers; he is learning to play the guitar. He likes to act like he's older than he is — a couple days ago he asked me if I thought his Nerf basketball set was "old school" and if his next babysitter could be "hot"; whatever that means. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:50:00 +0000 Michel Martin 7943 at http://wqcs.org The Power Of Memoirs, Biographies http://wqcs.org/post/power-memoirs-biographies We hope you enjoyed digging into our <a href="https://www.npr.org/series/146654105/black-history-month-memoirs">Black History Month memoirs</a> as much as we did.<p>And if you are hungry for more good, true stories about people you may not know much about ... for Women's History Month, which starts on Thursday, we will be doing much the same thing.<p>We will be checking out recent biographies of famous and not so famous women whose life stories have been explored by talented writers.<p>We will hear about women as varied as the Egyptian monarch Cleopatra, the famous designer Coco Chanel ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 6870 at http://wqcs.org The Power Of Memoirs, Biographies What Enslaves Us That We Won't Give Up? http://wqcs.org/post/what-enslaves-us-we-wont-give I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend of mine who teaches very low-income kids. He talks about his kids a lot, as teachers I know often do. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:52:00 +0000 Michel Martin 6479 at http://wqcs.org What Enslaves Us That We Won't Give Up? Your Problem, Not Mine — Until It Is http://wqcs.org/post/your-problem-not-mine-until-it Here's another one of my stories about how the personal gets political. You know how it sometimes happens that without planning it, you and your friends wind up doing the same thing around the same time? Well, it so happened that a number of my friends got married around roughly the same time I did, so as you might imagine, we started comparing notes.<p>One day I decided to check out the wares in the salon of a famous designer I had heard a lot about. Did I say "salon"? Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:20:00 +0000 Michel Martin 5424 at http://wqcs.org Your Problem, Not Mine — Until It Is Sparking A Better Political Discourse http://wqcs.org/post/sparking-better-political-discourse It's here. It's really here. The presidential election, I mean. And if you like politics or love it as I do, then this is the best of times ... and the worst.<p>The best of times because this is, in part, what democracy is about. We get to see the candidates almost as often as we want to, or perhaps more than we want to if we live in Iowa or New Hampshire. And while the attack ads get old and the applause lines get stale, this is as good a time as any to remember that in parts of the world right now, people are dying for what we have. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Michel Martin 4315 at http://wqcs.org Sparking A Better Political Discourse