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Music
12:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

House Music Is My Religion, Says Professor

Author and professor Lester Spence recently spoke to Tell Me More about his book, Stare in the Darkness, which explores the influence of hip-hop music on American politics. But he says his personal playlist is made up of new and classic house tracks. He offers up his favorite cuts.

Around the Nation
12:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Is Single Life Something To Lament Or Celebrate?

Yesterday, some singles saw Valentine's balloons and heart shaped boxes as reminders of the single life. With more Americans flying solo, how important is it to find "the one"? That's the question Ellen McCarthy set out to answer in a piece for The Washington Post Magazine. Host Michel Martin speaks with McCarthy and author Bella DePaulo.

Health
12:00 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Family Planning, Chinese Zodiac Style

The recent Chinese New Year marked the start of the Year of the Dragon. Children born this year, according to the Chinese zodiac, are supposed to be smarter, stronger and more successful. That's why some Asian American parents are pulling out all the stops to get pregnant. Host Michel Martin speaks with Los Angeles Times reporter Rosanna Xia.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

White House Official Cecilia Munoz On Budget Plan

President Obama's $3.8 trillion budget proposal calls for spending cuts and ambitious increases in education and transportation. But critics say it is nothing more than a re-election tactic. Host Michel Martin speaks with Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Are The French Outdoing Americans At Parenting?

Pamela Druckerman is causing a stir with her new book titled Bringing Up Bebe. The book argues that French parents raise better-behaved children than American parents. Host Michel Martin speaks with Druckerman, as well as Mathieu Garcon, who is a French dad, and Judith Warner, who wrote the modern motherhood book titled Perfect Madness.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

For The Mazatec, Chocolate Not Just About Candy

The gooey goodness can be traced back hundreds of years to Mexico, where chocolate has been cherished by the indigenous Mazatec people. On Valentine's Day, host Michel Martin explores the history and spiritual significance of chocolate with mother and daughter duo, Natividad Estrada and Diana Xochitl Munn.

Music
12:00 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

'The Steve Harvey Morning Show' Co-host's Playlist

Shirley Strawberry is the co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning Show and author of the relationship advice book The Strawberry Letter. As part of Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, she shares some of her favorite songs, including those from Maxwell, Marsha Ambrosius, CeeLo Green and Felanie Fiona.

The Picture Show
4:37 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Westminster Dog Show: Introducing The Xoloitzcuintli

Stewart, a Yorkshire terrier, relaxes in his hotel room after checking in at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel.
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Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:02 am

It's that time of year — where hair dryers, treadmills and lush hotel rooms aren't reserved for us Homo sapiens, but for our canine best friends. The 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is off and running this week at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Organizers say it's one of the oldest sporting events in the country, second only to the Kentucky Derby.

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NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Election Year Budget Stirs Controversy

Even for most avid political junkies, budgets can be as inspiring as watching paint dry. But in an election year, they can be used as a rallying point for both parties. Host Michel Martin discusses President Obama's new budget, and other political news with two of Tell Me More's top politicos.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Film Reveals "Slavery" Persisted After Civil War

Most history books teach that slavery in the U.S. ended with the Civil War, but a new documentary airing on PBS challenges that. The film, "Slavery By Another Name," explores a system of forced labor that brutalized many black Southerners up to World War II. Host Michel Martin speaks with the film's director and co-executive producer.

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