This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Now it's time to go behind closed doors. That's the part of the program where we talk about issues that we often discuss only privately.
And today, we want to talk about a subject that continues to spark emotional conversations and intense political debates. We're talking about the subject of abortion and every now and again we are reminded that behind these political debates are individual women making individual choices.
For many brides, picking out "the dress" can be the most daunting part of wedding planning, but for Ali Manson, her dress was never a question. Three generations of women in her family have shared one wedding dress. Host Michel Martin speaks with Manson and Washington Post staff writer Ellen McCarthy, who wrote about the family's tradition.
I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, America's Catholic bishops are meeting in Atlanta this week. They're asking whether reforms meant to protect kids from sexual abuse are working and they're facing questions about whether they're crossing the line from principled to partisan in their fight against the Obama administration's contraception mandate. We'll talk about all of that in just a few minutes.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we open up our mailbox and hear from you about the stories we've covered this week. That's called BackTalk, and it's in just a few minutes.
But, first, it's time for Faith Matters. That's the part of the program where we talk about matters of faith and spirituality. And today, we talk about that big meeting of the American Catholic bishops. They're wrapping up their annual meeting in Atlanta today and they had a lot on their agenda.
Host Michel Martin and Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar crack open the mailbag for listener feedback. This week, not everyone is inspired by the student who had perfect attendance for 13 years. Plus, one listener is confused about whether Martin interviewed her own relative.
And we know you remember that this Sunday is Father's Day. All this week, we've been saluting fathers with essays by dads to dads in our series, Father to Father.
Today, our final essay comes from Everett Young of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
EVERETT YOUNG: September 29th, 2003. I remember the day like it was yesterday, that little dark chocolate baby the doctor put in my arms, seven pounds, seven ounces and 21 whole inches, my first-born son. He was perfect.
Host Michel Martin and the Barbershop guys discuss the trial of Penn State's Jerry Sandusky. The guys also weigh in on the NBA match-up between LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Plus, some boxing fans are fighting mad. They claim judges robbed Manny Pacquiao of the victory he deserved in last week's match. But was it good for boxing?
Miami's Republican Mayor Tomas Regalado moves against his party and his governor. He tells host Michel Martin that Florida's controversial voter eligibility program, that is intended to purge non-citizens from its rosters, isn't necessary.
It's the end of the school year, and teachers and students are enjoying some downtime. But some kids won't be going back to school next fall because about a million students drop out every year. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout crisis with teachers from three cities with high dropout rates: Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it isn't always easy to find flattering looks in plus sizes. Lisa Dolan's had enough of that and started making her own and now she's got a new reality show to let other women know how to flatter their figures at any size. We hear from the star of the new TLC reality show "Big Brooklyn Style" in just a few minutes.