Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Young Astronaut Hopeful Gets NASA Tour Of His (Space) Dreams

Monday, August 14, 2017

Murad Rahimov got to see the inner workings of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center after an NPR listener learned of his passion for space.

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Meyers Chuck, AK, 99903

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meyers Chuck is off the grid, with no roads or cars; just a sprinkling of houses on the water, and a post office that's the social hub of town.

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On Her Quiet Folk Debut, Bedouine Wanders And Wonders

Saturday, June 24, 2017

On her eponymous debut album as Bedouine, folk musician Azniv Korkejian explores her itinerant, transnational upbringing and the war in Syria, where she was born.

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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

Saturday, June 24, 2017

David Leveaux's new film follows exiled German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II as he realizes that the new Germany of National Socialism has nothing at all in common with the Germany of his memories.

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

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A Native Village In Alaska Where The Past Is Key To The Future

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Klukwan is home to about 100 people, most of them from the Tlingit tribe. Once their land reached to the mountains. Today, the village is struggling to retain its land and its culture.

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'Gracious Address' By Queen Elizabeth II Won't Have All The Ceremonial Dress

Saturday, June 17, 2017

All the pomp and circumstance of Elizabeth II's speech to Parliament won't be all the pomp and circumstance it usually is. That's a bummer for NPR's Melissa Block as she writes in this commentary.

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Meet The Nanotechnologist Behind The Timpani At The Met

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jason Haaheim was a senior scientist at a nanotech company before deciding he wanted to play in a professional orchestra. He's now principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

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When Planning A Gubernatorial Campaign, First Check The Requirements

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A businessman named Kris Hart had big plans to run for the governor of Pennsylvania. But the would-be Republican politician ran into a roadblock before the campaign even got started.

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In 'Memory's Last Breath' An Academic Confronts Dementia

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gerda Saunders was a university professor when she learned she had early-onset dementia. Now, she's struggling to define herself anew as her defining characteristic — her intellect — begins to fail.

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In This Alaska Family, Life Lessons Are Passed Down On The Water

Saturday, June 17, 2017

In southeast Alaska, the commercial king salmon fishing season has been shut down a month early, because the number of wild salmon returning to rivers to spawn is at an all-time low.

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In Southeast Alaska, The Ferry System Is A Lifeline

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In most of the Inside Passage, there are no roads connecting the communities, so Alaskans depend heavily on ferries: the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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What It's Like To Live In A Small, Rural, Politically Divided Town

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Politics in Haines, Alaska — population 2,500 — has grown intensely bitter lately, reflecting the volume and heat of national politics.

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Leaving Timber Behind, An Alaska Town Turns To Tourism

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Timber used to be the economic engine of Ketchikan, Alaska, but after the pulp mill there closed in the '90s, the town turned to tourism.

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In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dr. Adam McMahan comes to Klukwan, a tiny town in Southeast Alaska, just two days a week. But he's come to know his patients well, and attends to more than just their medical needs.

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In Alaska, A Salmon Fisherman Spends His Life On The Water

Friday, May 05, 2017

NPR's "Our Land" series travels to Sitka, Alaska, to meet a salmon fisherman who's spent his life on the water. Eric Jordan describes the feeling of getting these gorgeous creatures to bite.

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PHOTOS: The Creamy, Sculpted Dunes Of White Sands National Monument

Sunday, April 09, 2017

There's no place like it on the planet: White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. It's the world's largest gypsum dunefield: miles and miles of stunning white landscape.

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When The Border Is Just Next Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The two Nogaleses — one in Arizona, the other in Mexico — are in separate countries, but to the people who live there, they feel like one place: a border city.

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Amid Talk Of Tariffs, What Happens To Companies That Straddle The Border?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

President Trump has called NAFTA a "catastrophe" and threatened to impose a border tax on Mexican imports. How does that impact produce companies with operations on both sides of the border?

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Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hamtramck, Mich., used to be mostly Polish. Now, the population has changed, with a growing population of Muslims, coming mostly from Yemen and Bangladesh.

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