Oct 10, 2013 — Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems has been celebrated for her art and activism for decades, and now she can add a MacArthur "genius" grant to her collection. In a conversation with NPR's Michel Martin, Weems discusses life, love and turning 60.
Aug 8, 2013 — The legendary filmmaker is using the fundraising website Kickstarter to raise money for his latest movie — and he's drawing some criticism for it. He talks to host Michel Martin about funding his own films and the state of the industry today.
Apr 24, 2013 — Hector Ruiz is one of the few Latinos who have led Fortune 500 companies. He grew up poor in a small coal-mining town in Mexico. He shined shoes to help his family get by, and walked across the U.S.-Mexico border each day to go to high school in Texas. Host Michel Martin talks with him about his new memoir, Slingshot.
Apr 17, 2013 — The South African trumpeter is one of the giants of African music. Over his long career, he pioneered jazz fusion and even managed to bump the Rolling Stones from the U.S. charts. Still, at age 74, he says, "I feel like I'm just beginning."
Apr 1, 2013 — The Galloway brothers, Clinton and Carl, spent most of the 1980s fighting to get poor minorities in Southern California access to cable television. It was a struggle that took them from City Hall to the Supreme Court. Clinton Galloway talks with host Celeste Headlee about his new memoir, Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.
Mar 13, 2013 — Katherine Paterson is the author of many young adult novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Bridge to Terabithia. The American Library Association recently honored her with the Wilder Award for her work. Host Michel Martin talks to Paterson about how she's been able to tell so many authentic stories about young people.
Feb 13, 2013 — One of Kenya's most famous citizens is author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o. His criticism of that nation's post-colonial government led to his arrest and eventual exile. But he says he can't be knocked down. Host Michel Martin talks with Ngugi about his new memoir, In the House of the Interpreter.
Jan 30, 2013 — Singer Ella Jenkins has been entertaining and educating children for more than 50 years. She's been dubbed the 'First Lady of Children's Music' and was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ella Jenkins about her career and new album Get Moving with Ella Jenkins.
Jan 2, 2013 — Comedian Jimmie Walker is best known for his Good Times sitcom character J.J. Evans. But there's more to Walker than just laughs. For Tell Me More's Wisdom Watch series, host Michel Martin talks with Walker about his long career in showbiz, detailed in his memoir, Dyn-O-Mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times.
Dec 19, 2012 — Rap pioneer Joseph Simmons, also known as 'Run' of Run DMC, had a successful music career spanning more than three decades. For Tell Me More's 'Wisdom Watch' series, host Michel Martin talks with Rev. Run about his evolution from rapper to preacher.