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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Morley Pushes For Peacemaking Through Music

Morley's new album, Undivided, comes out Tuesday.
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Originally published on Mon April 2, 2012 3:16 pm

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BackTalk
12:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Listener Gets Fired Up Over Rhododendrons

Guest host Jacki Lyden and Editor Ammad Omar take a look at listener feedback and updates on stories covered on the program. One listener said he was angered by a conversation on rhododendrons, so they go to two of the nation's top experts for answers. Also, African leaders turn up the pressure on military officers who have staged a coup in Mali.

Barbershop
12:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Shop Talk: What's Race Got To Do With Trayvon?

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away today. 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.

And sitting in the chairs for a shape-up this week are freelance journalist Jimi Izrael. He joins us from Cleveland. Hello, Jimi.

JIMI IZRAEL: Hey, Jacki. How you doing?

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Faith Matters
12:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Santorum Puts New Spotlight On Opus Dei

Recent reports highlight GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's connections with the Catholic group Opus Dei. Critics say the group has an extreme agenda, others say it simply has a strong mission. Guest host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the group's influence on American political culture with John Allen, author of the 2005 book Opus Dei.

Faith Matters
12:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Member: Opus Dei Focused On Religion Not Politics

Rick Santorum's ties to the Catholic group Opus Dei have been recently highlighted in news reports. Guest host Jacki Lyden continues the conversation about Opus Dei with long-time member, John Coverdale. They discuss the role of religion in politics and address claims that the group promotes a conservative political agenda.

Law
12:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Trayvon Martin's Family Boosts Public Profile

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 12:35 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We are continuing our conversation about this very emotional case that has sparked so much discussion around the country. We're talking about the killing of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

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Law
12:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Who Writes Our Laws?

Trayvon Martin's death has put a spotlight on Florida's "stand your ground" law. The American Legislative Exchange Council uses that law as a model and encourages other states to adopt it. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lisa Graves of the progressive watchdog Center for Media and Democracy. She says ALEC is fueled by corporate interests.

Music Interviews
12:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Brian Courtney Wilson On Fame And 'God's Promise'

A few years ago, the Houston native left his job in corporate America to pursue his musical dreams. This year, Brian Courtney Wilson's sophomore album, So Proud, debuted at number one on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. He tells host Michel Martin that he prays that God continues to reveal the music his listeners can lean on.

NPR Story
6:09 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

A Photograph Unlocks Decades of Family Secrets

Author Jasmin Darznik is a professor at Washington and Lee University.
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Jasmin Darznik is the daughter of an Iranian mother and European father. She grew up in California, knowing very little about her family's past in Iran.

That changed one day when Darznik found an old photograph of her mother, Lili, as a child bride. She was standing beside a groom who was not Darznik's father.

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Are Muslims Treated As Outsiders In Their Own Country?

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away this week. Coming up, in a season when many people hope to do a little spring cleaning on their personal finances, we'll talk about taking a peek at your 401K and just how much you might be paying in so-called maintenance fees.

First, though, as the presidential primaries kick into high gear, more candidates are talking about faith and some are bringing up Islam, in particular.

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