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Wisdom Watch
11:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

For Elaine Chao, A Tough Voyage To U.S. Leadership

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 12:16 pm

Elaine Chao made history when she became the first Asian American woman appointed to a U.S. president's cabinet. She served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, and before that directed the Peace Corps. But making her mark on the U.S. was not easy. As a child, she spent 37 days traveling by boat to get from Taiwan to America. Elaine Chao talks about her journey and her career with host Michel Martin.

Election 2012
11:53 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Candidate Wants To Green Up The White House

Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein delivers remarks during a press conference on July 11 in Washington, D.C.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:51 am

President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are dominating the airwaves, but they aren't the only people running for president. Dr. Jill Stein is running as the Green Party nominee. She started her career as a medical doctor and is now campaigning on issues like the economy, education and health care. Host Michel Martin speaks with Stein about her "Green New Deal" and why she says choosing a third party is anything but a wasted vote.

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Food
10:50 am
Tue July 17, 2012

'Blind Cook' Serves Up Tough Competition On 'MasterChef'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I think I'm on firm ground when I say that reality TV is not the place most of us go looking for heroes. But this season, many viewers are finding inspiration, as well as some awesome cooking tips, on Fox's cooking competition, "MasterChef."

People are tuning in to watch Vietnamese-American grad student Christine Ha because of moments like this one, where her apple pie is being judged by Chef Gordon Ramsay.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MASTERCHEF")

GORDON RAMSAY: What do you think this pie looks like?

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Parenting
10:50 am
Tue July 17, 2012

In Twitterverse, Make Room For Grandma!

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, they say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their commonsense parenting advice.

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Election 2012
10:50 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Urban League: Black Turnout Could Be Key In 2012

The cliche "every vote counts" is sure to get a workout this election season. A new report from the National Urban League says the African-American vote could play a critical role in November. Host Michel Martin talks with Chanelle Hardy of the National Urban League and David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

Around the Nation
10:50 am
Tue July 17, 2012

'Witness 9' Accuses Zimmerman Of Molestation

New — and perhaps surprising — information has come up in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February. A woman known as 'Witness 9' is accusing Zimmerman of sexually molesting her for about a decade, beginning when they were young children. Host Michel Martin gets the latest developments from NPR's Greg Allen.

Economy
11:48 am
Mon July 16, 2012

AFSCME: Attacks On Public Sector Harm Middle Class

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the country's largest unions, is facing a difficult climate. Local governments are slashing employee pensions and state governments are considering measures to curb collective bargaining rights. Host Michel Martin talks with Lee Saunders, AFSCME's new president.

Election 2012
11:48 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Romney Strikes Back Against Bain, Tax Attacks

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll check in with one of the millions of people who've been laid off in recent years. Former newspaper writer, T.M. Shine, long - and I mean long - months of unemployment could have made him bitter, but he decided he'd want to make his life about something else. He wrote about this for the Washington Post magazine and he'll be with us in just a few minutes.

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Arts & Life
11:48 am
Mon July 16, 2012

A Writer's 'Cold, Calculated Acts Of Kindness'

After he was laid off in 2008, writer T.M. Shine adopted a unique approach to finding a job. He says his new goal is being nice to people, and he put that right at the top of his resume. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shine about his journey from unemployment back to work, which he wrote about for this week's Washington Post Magazine.

Music Interviews
11:48 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Gospel Singer Regina Belle Reaches 'Higher'

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:18 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. For nearly 25 years, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Regina Belle has been wowing audiences with her powerful voice. Much of that recognition has been for her work in R&B, but in 2008, after an award-winning career in secular music, Regina Belle went back to her roots and released her first gospel album, "Love Forever Shines."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOVE FOREVER SHINES")

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