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The new documentary The Education of Dee Dee Ricks premieres on HBO Thursday. It charts the story of a self-admitted vain white businesswoman who questions her lavish life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She realizes how lucky she is to be able to afford treatment. This galvanizes Ricks to advocate and raise money for poor, uninsured cancer patients — many who happen to be women of color. Michel Martin speaks with Dee Dee Ricks about her personal transformation and outreach.

Taking Diversity To The Outdoors

Oct 27, 2011

A University of Wyoming survey finds that 78 percent of visitors to America's national parks and forests are white, compared to nine percent Hispanic and seven percent black. Rue Mapp is trying to change that. She speaks with Michel Martin about her website 'Outdoor Afro,' which aims to educate African-Americans about the importance of getting involved with the outdoors.

After Army, NPR ... Mel Ming Leads Sesame Street

Oct 27, 2011

H. Melvin Ming didn't take the easy route to become the new chief of Sesame Workshop. He started in Bermuda and went through the U.S. Army and difficult times at NPR to join the small club of black CEOs in America. Ming replaces NPR's newly hired CEO and former Sesame Workshop CEO Gary Knell.

He recently joined Tell Me More host Michel Martin for a "Wisdom Watch" conversation.

Interview Highlights

On serving in the U.S. Army

In Your Ear: Kevin Sbraga

Oct 27, 2011

As part of Tell Me More's occasional series "In Your Ear," restaurateur and Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga shares some of his favorite songs. They include titles from R&B crooner John Legend and hip-hop icons Wu-Tang Clan.

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs worldwide are celebrating the annual festival of lights today. Diwali is also a national holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, where the massive festival at the capital, Port of Spain, attracts more than 50,000 people each year. Michel Martin learns more from Ravi Maharaj, a Hindu spiritual leader and an organizer of the Trinidadian festival.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently announced that it deported nearly 400,000 people in fiscal year 2011, and that more than half had criminal convictions. Michel Martin learns more from Associated Press Writer Laura Wides-Munoz, and Alex Sanchez, who illegally came to the U.S. as a child and was deported after serving time in a California prison. Sanchez now legally lives in the U.S.

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is proposing an optional 20 percent flat tax plan. An open letter by black women is raising concerns about the 'SlutWalk' movement, which aims to empower females. Singer Mariah Carey is getting criticism for her comment on 20/20 that she "sometimes" trusts her husband. Weighing in are the Beauty Shop women: pop culture and politics blogger Danielle Belton,U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary, 'The Wise Latina Club' Blogger-in-Chief Viviana Hurtado, and Reporter Cynthia Gordy.

When Crime Rings Target The Disabled

Oct 25, 2011



I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, a story about one woman's three-year fight to bring her grandchildren home. The story of this Lakota Sioux woman is just one of those told in an NPR investigation about why so many Native American children end up in foster care. Do they really need to be there? That conversation in just a few minutes.


MICHEL MARTIN, host: And now to matters of personal finance. Most people probably know this: Latinos are now the largest minority group in the U.S. But according to a recent report by a respected research group, they are among the least likely to invest in or keep money in retirement savings accounts, like 401ks. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, just 10 percent of the nation's 50.5 million Hispanics have individual retirement, or Keogh, accounts.

Too Much Drama Between Our Mamas?

Oct 25, 2011

Mommy beef can ensue when one parent always complains about snacks but never brings any, or when someone insists on playing by the rules, even when they don't make sense. This week's parenting conversation focuses on how parents run into and handle conflicts between each other. Michel Martin speaks with regular Tell Me More contributors Dani Tucker and Leslie Morgan Steiner, blogger Sarah Maizes and freelance journalist Jamila Bey.