I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, you know those kids who always have their fingers on a keyboard texting? You might think they are wasting time and money, but in a few minutes, we'll talk with a texting champion who has turned his habit into a $50,000 prize. We'll have that conversation in just a few minutes.
It may not be an Olympic sport, but Wisconsin teen Austin Wierschke was just named the fastest texter in America. The texting champion was awarded $50,000. Wierschke speaks with host Michel Martin about how he keeps his thumbs in shape.
Now we're going to talk about an important struggle in this country. We often talk about everyday heroes, people who, with no special credentials and no recognition, do remarkable things. Our next guest found someone like that and decided to make a film about him.
I'll admit it. I was wrong. I was one of those naifs who thought that the past couple of decades of developments in our social and political life — the first black president, two female vice presidential nominees, four female Supreme Court justices (three serving at once), more than a dozen female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies — all that and then some would take certain dumb conversations off the table. But I was wrong, so let me go back and say again what nobody should have to say.