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Arts & Life
12:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras Indians Tout Generations-Old Traditions

This 2008 image shows a Mardi Gras Indian marching in the annual Super Sunday second line parade in New Orleans, La.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Today is Mardi Gras, and people all over the world are celebrating with decadent meals, carnivals and parades.

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Parenting
12:00 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

When Parents Are Addicts, What Happens To Kids?

Family, friends and fans flocked to New Jersey during the weekend for the funeral of Whitney Houston. The music legend was public about her struggle with substance abuse, and her daughter is one of millions who had to cope with that addiction. Host Michel Martin and a panel of parents discuss how parents' addictions affect their kids.

U.S.
12:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Can USDA Make Good With Female, Hispanic Farmers?

Latino and women farmers have complained for decades about discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency is offering to address those concerns, but many affected farmers are not satisfied. Host Michel Martin speaks with Frederick Pfaeffle, the USDA's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.

History
12:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Smithsonian Sheds Light On Founding Father's Slaves

Many Americans use Presidents' Day to reflect on the nation's core values, but the founding fathers often had complicated relationships with those ideals. A new exhibit explores that issue. "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" highlights the lives of slaves owned by the third U.S. president and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Host Michel Martin speaks with the exhibition's lead curators.

Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Haitian Heritage In Cuba ... As Heard Through Song

In this encore broadcast, Michel Martin hosts the Creole Choir of Cuba for a performance chat. The group is credited with introducing the world to the rhythms of the Haitian community in Cuba. The 10 members are descendants of West Africans who were enslaved on that island. They sing songs of their ancestors, infused with contemporary sounds.

Opinion
12:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Destination Ghana: A Son's First Trip Home

NPR producer John Asante visits the Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm in the eastern region of Ghana during his first trip to the West African nation.
Martin Ackon

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 5:00 am

As part of Tell Me More's series on memoirs for Black History Month, NPR producer John Asante explores his own family history. He describes his journey to Ghana — the birthplace of his parents and the burial place of his father. Asante shares what the trip taught him about his family and himself.


When most people are asked the question, "So, where ya from?" the response is pretty straightforward. You typically respond with a city, a state or a country. From there, you gauge how much more about your past you want to divulge.

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BackTalk
12:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Listeners Hyped About Hairless Mexican Dog

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar share listener comments on this week's conversation about the debut of the xoloitzcuintli at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. They also share an update on Apple, which had a spate of negative publicity about working conditions in Chinese factories.

Barbershop
12:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Shop Talk: Ethnicity Driving 'Linsanity'?

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 11:16 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barber Shop, 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. He joins us from Cleveland. Here in D.C. with me, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar. Sports Illustrated reporter Pablo Torre is in New York City. And from National Review magazine and the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Mario Loyola.

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Your Money
12:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Week Of Sweet, Sour Economy For Ordinary Americans

The labor market is improving, but Friday's consumer price index news shows that workers' paychecks are not keeping up with limited inflation. Hundreds of people visited NPR's Facebook page to comment on whether things are really getting better. Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax sift through the stats and comments.

Faith Matters
12:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

American Muslim Women Lift The Veil On Love Lives

Love InshAllah features personal essays from 25 women of different backgrounds and circumstances. Fans of love stories are curious and fascinated, but critics say the collection is salacious and sensational. Host Michel Martin and the book's contributing editor Ayesha Mattu discuss these stories of faith, love and the will to open up.

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