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Education
12:00 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Michelle Rhee On 'Take No Prisoners' Approach

Host Michel Martin checks in with Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, D.C. Public Schools. As chancellor, she made a number of controversial changes that were both applauded and denounced. A year ago, she started StudentsFirst, a group formed in response to increasing demands for a better public education system in America.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Unemployed For More Than A Year? You're Not Alone

A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR found that nearly 5 million Americans have been unemployed for a year or more, with some parts of the population harder hit than others. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax, unemployed bus driver Vincent Brandon, and Ellen Wright, an underemployed paralegal.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Ivorians Try To Bring Peace With New Parliament

On Sunday, Ivorian voters headed to the polls. Many hoped for a peaceful election, especially after the violent fall out of last year's presidential vote. But opposition parties called for a boycott. Host Michel Martin speaks with Associated Press reporter Laura Burke in Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan.

NPR Story
12:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Catholics Honor Virgin Of Guadalupe For Feast Day

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 12:05 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Switching to another part of the world now, this is an important religious day for some Catholics, especially those from Mexico and other parts of Central and Latin America. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That's when the faithful celebrate the appearance of an apparition of the Virgin Mary known as the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City back in 1531.

Since then, the image of Guadalupe has become an icon throughout Latin America as a symbol, not just of faith, but also of native pride and resistance against oppression.

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Music
12:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Steve Stoute Looks To Beyonce For Inspiration

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series 'In Your Ear,' author Steve Stoute describes the music that has left a memorable mark on his mind. He talks about the songs, 'Otis' by Kanye West and Jay-Z, and 'Best Thing I Never Had' by Beyonce. Stoute is the author of 'The Tanning of America,' a book about the intersection of hip hop and big business.

Law
12:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Limbo Status Inevitable For Migrants, Expert Says

This week Tell Me More's 'In Limbo' series has explored four personal stories of immigrants in the middle space between legal and illegal. To better understand the complex laws that have affected their lives, host Michel Martin speaks with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies.

BackTalk
12:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Listeners Weigh In On Immigration, Male Mentors

Tell Me More Editor Ammad Omar and host Michel Martin comb through listener feedback from recent segments, including immigrants' personal stories and male mentoring in light of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. They also discuss news updates from Florida A&M University, where a suspected hazing incident has shaken the campus.

Barbershop
12:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Shop Talk: Kids To Clean Schools If Gingrich Wins?

This week, the Barbershop guys discuss a series of comments by Newt Gingrich suggesting that underprivileged kids could improve their work ethic by cleaning school bathrooms. Also, after nearly 30 years and numerous appeals, Philadelphia prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Politics
12:00 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

At Age 35, Why Congress Needs Hispanic Caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has grown and changed since its inception, and few people know that better than the chair, Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas. His late father was one of the founders of the group. He speaks with host Michel Martin about the CHC's evolution and its mission.

Economy
12:00 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Does Re-Entry Turn Tax Takers To Tax Payers?

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 12:56 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, what happens when a young woman who's lived in the U.S. since she was three days old discovers that she is undocumented. We'll hear her story in just a few minutes. It's the latest in our series called In Limbo. It's being in limbo in immigration status. But first, we want to talk about an unemployment problem you may never have thought about.

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