As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from Jim Lounsbury of Sydney, Australia. He is a writer and filmmaker who listens to NPR on his iPhone. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters and less to #TMMPoetry.
Host Michel Martin remembers American artist Elizabeth Catlett, who died this week at the age of 96. Catlett is known for integrating social justice activism in sculptures and prints. That activism caught the eye of the U.S. government at the height of McCarthyism. For years, she was banned from entering the U.S. from her adopted home of Mexico.
Bitter debates about the national debt date back to the earliest days of the Republic, economist Simon Johnson says. Back then, the nation's failure to borrow was the problem. In White House Burning, Johnson and co-author James Kwack explore the meaning of the national debt and prospects for managing it.
Dark Girls, a documentary about color prejudice among African-Americans, has become a hit on the film festival circuit. Actor-director Bill Duke says discrimination by light-skinned blacks toward dark-skinned ones is not a thing of the past.
Two highly regarded revivals of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1970s hits Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita are opening within two weeks of each other on Broadway. Jeff Lunden talks with Lloyd Webber and Rice about their hit shows and the collaboration that led to them.
ABC's new drama Scandal, from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, depicts a powerful black woman in Washington, D.C.: Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a top-flight crisis manager. Critic Eric Deggans says the show is an example of programming increasingly aimed at black female viewers.
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