Melissa Block appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Chinese immigrants came to the Mississippi Delta as agricultural laborers. Many moved on to become grocers in African-American neighborhoods. Some stores remain, but many folks have moved on and away.
Friday, March 17, 2017
The Chelsea Milling Co. is known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes: for muffins, cakes, biscuits and more. Here's how the family-owned manufacturer has managed to thrive for generations.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Founded by former slaves in 1887, Mound Bayou, Miss., was one of the country's first all-black towns. Here's a look into its historic past and uncertain future.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
A visit to a classic, hole-in-the-wall blues bar in Clarksdale, Miss., where owner Red Paden enlightens us about the blues and the Delta.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Few people that live in the Mississippi Delta ever go out on the river. John Ruskey, owner of Quapaw Canoeing Company, wants to change that and get people connected with this wild place.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
In 1962, the University of Mississippi was at the heart of the desegregation battle. More than 50 years later, a junior on campus talks race, belonging and his sense of pride in Mississippi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.