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Movie Interviews
12:00 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Dolly Parton Makes A 'Joyful Noise' On Big Screen

Oscar nominees Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah star in the new film Joyful Noise. Parton wrote a dozen songs for the movie. "Well, I love to write," she says. "Especially when I've got a challenge."
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What would you do if the little town you lived in — and loved — was slowly dying, with no jobs and little hope?

In the new film Joyful Noise, a small-town Georgia church faces hard times with hallelujahs when a national competition offers their financially strapped choir its only chance at survival.

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Religion
12:00 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

SCOTUS Issues Landmark Religious Freedom Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously voted last week that churches are not bound by some workplace discrimination laws. It's being called the most significant ruling on religious freedom in decades. Host Michel Martin discusses the decision with The Washington Post editorial writer and legal affairs expert Eva Rodriguez.

Money Coach
12:00 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Early Tips For Tax Day

As many people begin to receive their W-2 forms, host Michel Martin and accountant David Baldoza discuss tips on getting a head start on filing taxes.

Parenting
12:00 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Advantages And Drawbacks Of 'Accordion Families'

In sociologist Katherine Newman's new book, The Accordion Family, she argues that globalization and weak economies have caused households to expand and incorporate grandparents, parents and children under one roof. Host Michel Martin speaks with Newman and two other women who live in multi-generational homes.

World
12:00 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Tensions Simmering 1 Year After Arab Spring

The nations that were touched by that movement are still struggling with uncertainty — from the violence in Syria, to confusion in Yemen and unease with Egypt's elections. Host Michel Martin and Al Jazeera Washington bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara discuss those issues, and rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

World
12:00 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Iran As A Cautionary Tale For Arab Spring Leaders?

The prominent Iranian dissident Ebrahim Yazdi was recently sentenced to eight years in prison, partly because he wrote a letter to Tunisia's Islamist leader that urged him not to go down Iran's path. Just over a year since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution, host Michel Martin hears from Yazdi's son, Youseph.

Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Civil Rights Today: Freedom To Succeed, Fail

Host Michel Martin discusses the legacy of MLK Jr. and the future of civil rights with panelists. Martin is joined by Kai Wright of Colorlines.com, Viviana Hurtado of 'The Wise Latina Club,' civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, and R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay members of the GOP.

Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

MLK Jr.'s Legacy And Today's Civil Rights Leaders

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:12 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We're continuing our discussion of Dr. King's legacy and how he's influenced - or hasn't - today's civil rights and human rights struggles.

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Education
12:00 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Kerry Kennedy: Bullying Is A Human Rights Issue

For many, the struggle for freedom from abuse begins on the playground. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights has a new effort to address bullying in schools. Kerry Kennedy is the president of the organization and the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy. She speaks with host Michel Martin.

Author Interviews
12:00 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Can Hip-Hop Change The Style Of Politics?

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 4:12 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. In a moment, my weekly Can I Just Tell You commentary. That's in just a few minutes.

But first, we have been talking about the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. on politics and human rights struggles around the world. But now I want to switch gears and talk about the influence of another powerful 20th century phenomenon: hip-hop.

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