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NPR Story
2:23 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

'Racist' Cake Episode Cuts The Wrong Way

Swedish culture minister Lena Adelson Liljeroth
Courtesy Asa Andersson

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 4:14 pm

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BackTalk
11:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Reactions To D.C. Mayor Calling Residents 'Slaves'

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

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Arts & Life
11:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Pennsylvania Poet Delves Into Metaphors, Myths

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to head into the Barber Shop in just a few minutes. But first, the latest in our series Muses and Metaphor.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Barbershop
11:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Shop Talk: Does 'The Bachelor' Discriminate?

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 2:23 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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.

Take it, Jimi.

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Race
11:55 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Swedish Cake Cutting Becomes International Debacle

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.

Author Interviews
11:10 am
Thu April 19, 2012

An Insider's Look Into The Secret Service

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.

NPR Story
11:06 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Why 'Almost No One Got It Right' In NYC Rape Case

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:10 am

Trisha Meili was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park 23 years ago. The media frenzy and trial led to the convictions of five young men of color, dubbed "The Central Park Five." They were later found to be innocent. Host Michel Martin discusses the crime and its implications with Sarah Burns, author of a recent book on the case.

NPR Story
11:06 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Egyptian-American Poet: Bodies Are Like Poems

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:10 am

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from freelance writer and poet Yahia Lababidi. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

NPR Story
11:06 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Alberto Gonzales: GOP Turns Off Latinos From Party

Originally published on Thu April 19, 2012 11:10 am

The DREAM Act calls for a path to citizenship for some undocumented students. In the past, Republicans have opposed versions of the bill, but some prominent figures like former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales say the GOP needs to find its own voice on the issue. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

Beauty Shop
12:03 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Does Shacking Up Kill Happily Ever After?

The Beauty Shop ladies discuss the prostitution scandal surrounding the Secret Service, and recent studies on "cohabitation" and whether living together before marriage is the surest way to kill "happily ever after." Host Michel Martin checks in with columnist Mary Kate Cary, PJ Media's Bridget Johnson, and bloggers Viviana Hurtado and Danielle Belton.

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