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Remembrances
11:57 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Donna Summer Defined Disco Culture Of 1970s

Disco queen Donna Summer has died of cancer at the age of 63. For many music fans, Summer's soaring voice and glittering style epitomized the excess and electricity of the 1970s. Host Michel Martin takes a look back at her music and her legacy with Mark Anthony Neal, a Duke University professor of black popular culture.

Education
4:33 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Janitor Cleans Up, Gets Ivy League Diploma

Columbia University janitor Gac Filipaj shakes hands with his boss, Donald Schlosser, the assistant vice president of facility operations.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 5:58 pm

Gac Filipaj is thrilled that he graduated this week from Columbia University.

"I'm still wearing the gown. I'm going to wear it for awhile," he told Tell Me More host Michel Martin just after Columbia's commencement ceremony. "And I look pretty well in that, to tell you the truth."

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Around the Nation
12:51 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

After Tornado Devastates, Joplin High Bounces Back

The main entrance of Joplin High School was severely damaged in a May 2011 tornado.
Mark Schiefelbein AP

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

Nearly one year ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo. The tornado was the deadliest in the U.S in almost 60 years, killing 161 people and injuring more than 900. But life for Joplin's residents is finally starting to return to normal.

That includes life for students at Joplin High School. The school was destroyed by the tornado just hours after last year's commencement ceremony. Although the school's old location is still in ruins, the city has found a temporary solution to keep classes going.

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Wisdom Watch
12:11 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Glenn Close: Mental Illness Shouldn't Be Old News

Actress Glenn Close and her sister Jessie, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her late 40s.
Dan Hallman

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 4:33 pm

U.S. audiences know her from the Oscar-nominated films Fatal Attraction, Air Force One and Albert Nobbs, and the Emmy-winning TV series Damages. But when Glenn Close is not wowing viewers onstage or onscreen, she devotes her time to raising awareness of mental health issues.

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Health
12:03 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Glenn Close: Mental Illness Shouldn't Be Old News

Acclaimed actress Glenn Close is perhaps best known for her films Fatal Attraction and Albert Nobbs. But she's also an advocate for mental health issues and even co-founded the group "BringChange2Mind" to help reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. She talks with host Michel Martin about how mental illness affects her own family.

Remembrances
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Fuentes Criticized Power Before It Was Fashionable

Mexican author Carlos Fuentes died Tuesday at age 83. He was a prolific novelist whose work was read by everyone from the Mexican elite to the working class, making him one of the country's most influential social critics. Host Michel Martin speaks with OC Weekly columnist Gustavo Arellano about Fuentes' influence, both in Mexico and abroad.

NPR Story
11:30 am
Wed May 16, 2012

How To Address France's New, Unmarried First Lady

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 12:19 pm

France's new president was inaugurated Tuesday, and he's moving into the presidential palace with his longtime "companion." Host Michel Martin and the Beauty Shop ladies weigh in on political protocol when it comes to heads of state, politicians and their unmarried significant others.

Your Money
11:45 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Buying Facebook? Investing 101 For Newbies

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 8:20 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn from getting a start in the job market to getting started investing and call us crazy, but we are guessing that, even if you never read the business pages or watch those cable shows where people are talking really fast over a stock ticker, then you still might have heard that the social networking site, Facebook, is offering stock for sale to the public for the first time on Friday. It's called an initial public offering and shares would cost at least $34 apiece.

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NPR Story
11:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

The Joys, The Challenges Of Adopting From Ethiopia

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 11:45 am

The desire to adopt has taken some would-be parents around the world. Now, the East African nation of Ethiopia is second only to China when it comes to international adoptions to the U.S. Host Michel Martin speaks with three parents about understanding Ethiopian adoption.

NPR Story
11:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Why So Many Ph.D.s Are On Food Stamps

The number of people with graduate degrees — master's degrees and doctorates — who have had to apply for food stamps, unemployment or other assistance more than tripled between 2007 and 2010.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 8:16 pm

With the economic troubles of the past few years, it's no surprise that the number of people using food stamps is soaring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that an average of 44 million people were on food assistance last year; that's up from 17 million in 2000.

What might be surprising, though, is one subgroup that's taken a particularly hard hit.

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