This month, the Census Bureau introduced a new method to calibrate the U.S. poverty rate. The old formula had been used for nearly half a century. To learn how the two measurements compare, and how the new guidelines might give a more complete picture of national poverty, host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute and Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
And now, it's time for BackTalk, where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and get to hear from you, our listeners. Ammad Omar is with me. He's an editor here at TELL ME MORE. Welcome back, Ammad.
AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Thanks, Michel.
MARTIN: Now, I understand that our parenting conversation this week got quite a response.
The Barbershop guys weigh in on the Penn State scandal, Rick Perry's debate flub, and Herman Cain's handling of sexual harassment accusations. Host Michel Martin hears from former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, as well as author Jimi Izrael, attorney Arsalan Iftikhar and sports reporter Pablo Torre.
In 1942, the first black recruits allowed in the Marines trained at a facility in North Carolina called Montford Point. They're being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal. But at first, the U.S. didn't want them fighting. Host Michel Martin speaks with the head of the Montford Point Marines Association, and 90-year-old former Marine James Rudolf Carter.
Thursday's Latin Grammy Awards featured more than 6,000 entries across 46 categories. Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 won nine out of 10 nominations, and Shakira won "Person of the Year." Host Michel Martin discusses highlights with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR Music's Alt-Latino podcast.