Melissa Block

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William Faulkner's Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

Monday, February 13, 2017

As Melissa Block's "Our Land" road trip takes her to Mississippi, she visits William Faulkner's home: Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Miss. With curator William Griffith, they talk about Faulkner's running theme of the South in conflict with itself.

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Pig Farming In Iowa Means Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Monday, February 06, 2017

The hours are long. The work is hard, and dirty. But this pig farmer in northeast Iowa loves what he does.

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Harry Truman Still Casts A Long Shadow In Independence, Missouri

Sunday, February 05, 2017

It's where Harry S. Truman grew up, where he lived after the presidency, and where he's been laid to rest. Melissa Block stopped by the local soda fountain to talk about how this place stays relevant.

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'Big Brutus,' World's Largest Electric Shovel Turned Into Museum

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Big Brutus is the world's largest electric shovel, standing 16 stories in the fields of southeast Kansas. The coal mine it helped dig has long been shut down, and Brutus has been turned into a museum.

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Despite Economic Troubles, Residents Of Kansas Town Remain Proud

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Independence, Kan., is shrinking with the population down to about 9,000 people. Many businesses have closed up shop, and the city's hospital shut down in 2015. But the folks who live there remain proud of their town and its history.

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Uzbek Family In Kansas Starts A New Chapter In Their American Journey

Monday, January 23, 2017

To launch our road trip series "Our Land," we travel across the country as Donald Trump takes office, and we meet freshly minted citizens at their naturalization ceremony in Kansas City, Mo.

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With Trump Tapping Into Economic Fears, Wisconsin Turns Red For First TIme Since 1984

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The last time Wisconsin voted for a Republican for President was 1984. That all changed on November 8. We go to Kenosha County to ask why.

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View From Nearly 99: Frances Kolarek Reflects On Politics And Change

Monday, November 07, 2016

The former newspaper reporter was born in 1917, before women won the right to vote. She calls Hillary Clinton the most qualified presidential candidate she has seen in her lifetime.

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Making Art Off The Grid: A Monthlong Residency At A Remote National Park

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

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Surge Of Cuban Migrants Arrive On U.S. Shores

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cubans who recently made the dangerous migration to Florida by boat talk about what drove them to leave their homeland, about leaving their families behind, and what awaits them here in the U.S.

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Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cuban migrants have received preferential treatment for more than a half-century. But as the U.S. and Cuba normalize relations, that policy could change and Cubans are racing to reach U.S. shores.

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As U.S.-Cuba Ties Normalize, Cubans Fear Special Migrant Status Will End

Monday, October 24, 2016

Florida is seeing a surge of Cuban migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea crossing. They fear an end to current U.S. immigration policy, which gives Cubans who reach U.S. land special status.

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After Going For Gold, Athletes Can Feel The Post-Olympic Blues

Thursday, September 08, 2016

After years of training and all the attention and hype, athletes can experience a profound letdown, even depression, when the games are over. They can struggle to fill a void in their lives.

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After Second Gold, Boxer Claressa Shields Looks Ahead To What's Next

Monday, August 22, 2016

After her first Olympic gold medal in 2012, endorsements didn't follow. This time around, Shields isn't worried. "Everybody wants a tough, strong woman in their life!" she says.

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A Farewell From Rio, Where The 2016 Games Are Set To Wrap Up

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Olympics offered two weeks of sports, filled with joy and pain for athletes and their friends and families. We look back on the competitions and the culture inside the Olympic Village.

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Brazil Men's Soccer Redeem Loss To Germany For Olympic Gold In Penalty Kick Shootout

Sunday, August 21, 2016

For two years, the humiliating loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup semi-final haunted the men's soccer team of Brazil. Saturday night, they played Germany again, and this time, it went Brazil's way.

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U.S. Women Look To Defend Gold In Water Polo On Friday

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Olympics can be rough on parents who are watching their kids compete. Like the Fischers, whose daughters, 19 and 17, are part of the women's water polo team that's one game away from gold.

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U.S. Sisters To Compete For Gold In Women's Water Polo

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The U.S. women's water polo team is headed to the finals Friday. They play Italy for the gold. NPR watched Wednesday's semifinal with the mother of two of the U.S. players, Aria and Makenzie Fischer.

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In The Summer Games, Norway Rallies Around Its Women's Handball Team

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Norway isn't renowned for its prowess in summer sports. One exception: women's handball. The sport is huge in Norway.

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The Art Of Table Tennis: Tiny Details Matter A Lot

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Olympic table tennis wrap up Wednesday when China and Japan compete in the men's team final. Technical factors — such as lighting and air flow — can either delight or plague table tennis players.

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