Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

In Vermont, A Case Of One Man Whose Gun Was Seized Under Red Flag Law

Thursday, August 22, 2019

While the political focus may be on mass shootings, states are far more often using red flag laws to prevent cases of individual gun violence, including suicide.

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How Red Flag Laws Are Used In Vermont

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recent mass shootings have accelerated calls for more "red flag" or "extreme risk" laws. But they're far more likely to be used in cases of threatened suicide.

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World Cup Semifinal Match: U.S. Versus England In Lyon, France

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

It's expected to be a doozy of a game at the Women's World Cup Tuesday. The U.S. takes on England in the semifinals. The U.S. is the defending champion and England is ranked No. 3.

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U.S. Women Defeat France In Hard-Fought Quarterfinal Victory

Friday, June 28, 2019

In one of the most highly-anticipated games at the Women's World Cup: top-ranked and defending champion United States defeated France in the quarterfinals.

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'I Am A Woman': Track Star Caster Semenya Continues Her Fight To Compete As Female

Friday, May 31, 2019

Male and female athletes compete in separate categories because of advantages that come with testosterone. But what should be the rules for women who have naturally high testosterone levels?

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'A Song For Any Struggle': Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down' Is An Anthem Of Resolve

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Petty's song has been used by striking workers in defiance, by political candidates to show grit, on national stages in the aftermath of tragedy. We asked what "I Won't Back Down" means to you.

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Militias Test The Civility Of An Arizona Border Town

Monday, April 15, 2019

Out-of-state militias have arrived to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border, raising tensions and fear in tiny Arivaca, Ariz.

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Peter Kaiser Takes First In Iditarod — Marking A Win For Alaskan Natives

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Kaiser is the first musher of Yup'ik descent to win the Iditarod sled dog race. His win is a significant point of pride for Alaska's indigenous people.

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20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The groundbreaking novel Speak told the story of Melinda, a teen who stopped speaking after a sexual assault. In her poetry memoir, Shout, Anderson opens up about being raped when she was 13.

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In 'Diane,' An Older Woman Faces Up To Her 'Unlived Life'

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The feature film stars Mary Kay Place as the titular Diane, a woman trying to save her adult son from a drug addiction — and confronting her deep-seated guilt. She appears in every scene.

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Opinion: Saudi Women's Rights Activists Awarded For Their Work — While On Trial

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Three women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia were honored with a prestigious award this week. But they can't receive it because they are on trial for their activism.

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Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

Saturday, March 16, 2019

On his new album titled c.1300-c.2000, the pianist begins with a medieval song by Machaut and ends with an étude by Philip Glass.

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At 83, Mary Lane Upholds The Blues Tradition: 'I Still Got It'

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Arkansas-born blues singer looks back on her career and discusses Travelin' Woman, her first album in more than 20 years.

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Parkland Family Reflects On A Year Of Anguish And Activism

Monday, February 11, 2019

"Everybody should consider what it would mean to lose their child, their spouse," says Philip Schentrup. His daughter Carmen was among the 17 students and staff killed in Parkland, Fla., last year.

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There's No Rest For Anyone In 'The Dreamers'

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Karen Thompson Walker's new novel imagines a pandemic that puts victims into a deep sleep, giving them strange dreams from which they may not wake up — and panicking those still awake.

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2018 Brought A 'Tectonic Shift' In The Gun Control Movement, Advocates Say

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

More than half the states passed dozens of gun control measures in 2018, including what are known as "red flag" laws, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Gun Shops Work With Doctors To Prevent Suicide By Firearm

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Of all the deaths by gunfire in Colorado, suicides account for about 80 percent. A coalition of doctors, public health researchers and gun shop owners are working together to prevent that self-harm.

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's estimated that nearly half of all Americans over 65 own a gun or live with someone who does. And 7 million in the U.S. have dementia, a number that's expected to double within two decades.

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

Saturday, September 22, 2018

"The language of type can be immensely clarifying," says author Merve Emre. In The Personality Brokers she describes how a mother-daughter duo started a multi-million dollar "people sorting" industry.

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In Chicago, The Obamas' Civic Engagement Programs Are In Action

Friday, September 07, 2018

The Obama Foundation has raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars so far to build the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago's South Side. Key to the Foundation's mission are programs to train the next generation of civic leaders.

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