Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Nonbinary students push for changes to Hollins University's admissions policies

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Women's colleges have changed policies for a generation that increasingly identifies as nonbinary, but Hollins University in Roanoke has not. (Story originally aired on ATC on Nov. 26, 2021.)

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A pill to treat COVID patients gets the FDA's emergency authorization

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Pfizer has received emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 pill, giving doctors a new tool for treating the virus. Who qualifies to take it and is it expected to work against the omicron variant?

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News brief: antiviral pill for COVID, Jan. 6 probe, Putin's news conference

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The FDA authorizes the first antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 at home. The House Jan. 6 panel wants to talk to Trump ally Rep. Jordan. Russian President Putin holds his annual year-end new conference.

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The House panel probing the Jan. 6 attack wants to talk to Trump ally Rep. Jordan

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol has requested that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a longtime ally of ex-President Trump, voluntarily provide information to the panel.

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The clear and present danger of Trump's enduring 'Big Lie'

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Fueling the Jan. 6 insurrection was the "Big Lie" that Donald Trump won the election. One year later, many warn that lie has metastasized and now poses an even graver threat to American democracy.

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News brief: COVID testing, omicron disruptions, stranded migrants

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

President Biden announces more measures to make free at-home rapid tests available. Because of COVID, the NHL is pausing games. Hundreds of migrants remain trapped at the Belarus-Poland border.

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Hundreds of migrants remain trapped at the Belarus-Poland border

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere are stranded in Belarus, still hoping for asylum in the European Union. They are living in squalid conditions near the Polish border.

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Who belongs at a women's college in 2021? Students want admissions policies to change

Friday, November 26, 2021

Women's colleges have adapted admissions policies for a generation that increasingly identifies as nonbinary. Hollins University's exclusion of nonbinary applicants has raised hackles.

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The national reckoning over race and history is playing out in the world of birds

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Audubon Naturalist Society is dropping the name Audubon. John James Audubon was a famous ornithologist, who was also an enslaver and a grave robber who seized the skulls of Native Americans.

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They Don't Remember Their Parents Dying On 9/11. But They'll Never Forget

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Many children of 9/11 victims were too young to remember their parents who died. They've grown up living with the tension between having a personal connection to the day but few, if any memories.

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Olympic Runner Caster Semenya Wants To Compete, Not Defend Her Womanhood

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Rules on testosterone levels for women athletes have kept star runner Caster Semenya out of the Tokyo Olympics. At the heart of this heated debate: Who should be considered a woman in sport?

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Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Ban On Gender Confirming Treatments For Trans Youth

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A judge in Arkansas has temporarily blocked a law that forbids doctors from providing gender confirming treatment to transgender youth, meaning an American Civil Liberties Union suit can proceed.

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Best Actor Or Actress? Gender-Expansive Performers Are Forced To Choose

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

There's a growing call for entertainment award categories to no longer be split by gender. Some nonbinary performers say these gendered divisions erase their identity.

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Antisemitism Spikes, And Many Jews Wonder: Where Are Our Allies?

Monday, June 07, 2021

After turning out for racial justice and other movements in the U.S., they are frustrated by the response to attacks and hatred directed at Jews following the latest Mideast violence.

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Lutherans Elect First Openly Transgender Bishop Megan Rohrer

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Rev. Megan Rohrer has been elected as the first openly transgender bishop within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They will lead some 200 congregations in California and Nevada.

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Idaho's Transgender Sports Ban Faces A Major Legal Hurdle

Monday, May 03, 2021

Do transgender women and girls have a constitutional right to play on women's sports teams? That question was argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

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'It's Hurtful': Trans Youth Speaks Out As Alabama Debates Banning Medical Treatment

Sunday, March 28, 2021

States are considering a record number of anti-transgender bills, including many that prohibit gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. Alabama's bill would make providing such care a felony.

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Biden Establishes A Gender Policy Council Within The White House

Monday, March 08, 2021

In addition to establishing the council, President Biden has signed an executive order aimed at reversing Trump administration policies on campus sexual assault and harassment.

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'To Me He's Not A Number': Families Reflect As U.S. Passes 500,000 COVID-19 Deaths

Monday, February 22, 2021

Family members of those who've died from COVID-19 reflect on the milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths, and how their individual loss fits within the magnitude of that number.

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Biden Administration Resurrects Office To Help Women 'At The Breaking Point'

Thursday, February 04, 2021

President Biden pledged that equal pay, paid family leave and affordable child care will be at the forefront of his administration's work. He's creating a Gender Policy Council to take these on.

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