NPR’s Michel Martin is traveling the country to tell the stories of people and cities that are shaping the national dialogue, but whose voices are seldom heard in the first person. Michel Martin is coming to Detroit on Thursday, May 21 at the Carr Center to share the stories of Detroit’s diverse creative community in a live stage show. NPR Presents Michel Martin: Motor City Drive: The creative forces and people fueling Detroit’s future. You can be part of the experience and live audience. Click here for ticket information.
In January, Martin took the stage in Miami to discuss immigration and highlight the positive contributions of immigrants to American culture and entertainment. The hour-long special broadcast is an edited version of the live show.
Driven by their search for a better life, generations of immigrants have found hope within U.S. borders – but their ambitions are never without cost. With its rich cultural history and close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, Miami has seen extraordinary growth and diversification in its population over the last fifty years. The city is now home to one of the largest foreign-born communities in the U.S., and every resident has their own story.
In Miami, Martin shares the stage with Orange is the New Black star Diane Guerrero; award-winning author Edwidge Danticat; Richard Blanco, the fifth and youngest poet to read at a U.S. presidential inauguration; reggae musician Etana; and NPR Alt.Latino co-hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd. A live, on-stage dialogue takes shape around their personal narratives – the challenges and victories they encountered along the way, and how their cultural legacies have influenced their approach to life and success.