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Make Me Laugh
2:14 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Cristela Alonzo, Making Funny Her Own Way

David Noles

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:52 pm

When Cristela Alonzo started out as a stand-up comedian, she had two rules: "No jokes about being Latino, and no jokes about being female."

She says she wanted to emulate the comedy of Wanda Sykes, someone Alonzo believed was universally funny from the time Sykes first started on the comedy circuits.

Long before Alonzo began her career in stand-up, she knew she was funny.

"I did the Wizard of Oz in third grade, and I was a witch," Alonzo tells NPR's Michel Martin.

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Games & Humor
11:28 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Cristela Alonzo, Making Funny Her Own Way

Cristela Alonzo got a prized spot on the popular late-night TV show, Conan, because her no holds barred standup act makes audiences laugh and think. She steps up to the mic for a talk with host Michel Martin.

Fitness & Nutrition
9:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Surgeon General: Don't Let Hair Get In The Way

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:00 pm

Dr. Regina Benjamin wants a culture of fitness, and she's asking black women to stop worrying about their hair, and hit the gym. She's promoting a contest for the best gym-friendly hairdos.

Around the Nation
9:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Shooter Was On Radar For Years, Expert Says

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 4:53 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We'd like to take a moment to think more deeply about what seems like a barrage of mass shootings this year alone.

In May, a belligerent man in Seattle shot up a cafe, killing five people after he was denied service. Nearly three weeks ago, 12 people were killed and close to 60 people were wounded in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. This past Sunday, six people died in Wisconsin after being gunned down in a Sikh temple.

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Around the Nation
9:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

A Link Between Mental Health And Mass Violence?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Earlier we talked with Dr. Carl Bell. He is a psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Illinois. He's the president and CEO of the Community Mental Health Council in Chicago, Illinois, and we've spoken with him on a number of occasions about issues in mental health, but he has a particular interest in the issue of violence. In fact, he's the founder of the Institute for the Prevention of Violence, has done extensive research in this area, and we caught up with him on Tuesday.

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Can I Just Tell You?
9:54 am
Wed August 8, 2012

What's Hair Got To Do With It?

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 11:28 am

Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas became the first African-American to win gold in the women's all-around event. But following her big moment, the twitter-verse lit up about her hair. Host Michel Martin asks how far has the country really come, when people's choices — about everything from hair to politics — are judged by superficial standards.

Sports
10:43 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Love Of Sports Can Start Early; So Can Injuries

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 11:03 am

Concussions make up about 15 percent of all high school sports injuries, according to Children's Hospital Boston. But how can parents decide whether children should play sports, and how to keep them safe? Host Michel Martin talks with three "sports" moms, including a pediatrician who studies concussions in children.

Sports
10:43 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Is There A 'Concussion Crisis' In Sports?

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 11:03 am

Scientific evidence is mounting on the links between sports and concussions. Host Michel Martin explores what some are calling the "concussion crisis" for athletes. She speaks with Chris Nowinski, author and co-founder of the Sports Legacy Institute, a group focused on researching concussions in sports.

Sports
10:43 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Former Football Star Defends The Game

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 11:03 am

Mounting scientific evidence is linking football to brain trauma. While calls to increase safety measures in football are getting louder, players themselves often resist efforts to change the game. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Pro Bowl NFL player LaVar Arrington, who argues that the risks of the sport are worth it.

Sports
10:43 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Can The NFL Keep Fans Excited And Players Safe?

Thousands of former players or their families are filing lawsuits, alleging that the league downplayed the risks for concussions. But the NFL denies wrongdoing. Host Michel Martin speaks with two sports reporters about the NFL's current approach to reducing concussions.

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