As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet, in the form of a haiku, from Scott Heath. He's a professor of African-American literature and black pop culture. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.
As fans celebrate the first weeks of baseball season, there's a new reality show hoping to win over sports fans. "Ball Boys" is set in a sports memorabilia shop called Robbie's First Base. The cast includes the father and son who own the shop and two employees.
On the show, the guys - what do you think they do? They talk about sports and they get the occasional visit from legendary athletes like Pete Rose and football legend Jim Brown.
Here's a clip from when Jim Brown came into the shop to verify his signature on a helmet.
Some of the hottest artists in Latin music descend on Miami for the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards. All week long, host Michel Martin checks in with Jasmine Garsd, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino podcast, to find out which artists have pushed the boundaries of Latino music this year.
Bird watchers Jeff Gilligan and Judy Meredith were on a cruise ship when they spotted a boat with three fishermen signaling for help. The bird watchers say they alerted the crew, but the ship didn't stop. They later learned that only one of the three survived. Gilligan and Meredith discuss the incident with host Michel Martin.
And now it's time for Backtalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and hear from you, the listener. Editor Ammad Omar is here once again.
Ammad, what do you have for us today?
AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: OK, Michel. In just a few minutes we're going to hear the next installment of our Muses and Metaphor series - that's in honor of National Poetry Month and we've been asking listeners to tweet poems in 140 characters or less.
And now we head into the Barber Shop for our weekly visit. That's where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.
Sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael with us from Cleveland. Civil rights attorney and author Arsalan Iftikhar here in Washington, D.C. From Durham, North Carolina, Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal. And in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eric Deggans, TV critic for the Tampa Bay Times.
An Afro-Swedish artist created a cake of a naked black woman. As a statement on female genital mutilation, the artist screamed every time attendees cut into the cake. Host Michel Martin discusses the incident that has sparked outrage with David Landes, editor of Sweden's The Local. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.
Reports that members of the secret service brought prostitutes to their Colombian hotel room have caused a firestorm. The incident has many asking if it's reflective of the agency's culture. Host Michel Martin speaks with former secret service agent Dan Emmett about the latest allegations and his new memoir Within Arm's Reach.