Melissa Block

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The Experts Known As 'Ice Meisters' Create Perfect Olympic Skating Surfaces

Monday, February 19, 2018

They're not the Zamboni drivers. These skilled technicians know how to make ice for figure skating, speedskating, hockey and curling — each requiring different temperatures, textures and hardness.


Figure Skater Yuzuru Hanyu Takes Another Gold

Saturday, February 17, 2018

At the Olympics, Japan finished one-two in the men's figure skating finals. And for the first time since 1952, there was a repeat Olympic champion: Yuzuru Hanyu.


News Brief: Florida School Shooting, Immigration Plans Stall, Olympics

Friday, February 16, 2018

The 19-year-old shooter at a Florida high school has confessed to investigators. Also, the Senate failed to pass any immigration plan before a self-imposed deadline and we have an Olympics update.


Olympics: U.S. Falls Behind In Skiing, Figure Skating

Friday, February 16, 2018

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin narrowly missed out on winning her third gold medal Friday. And in men's figure skating, top U.S. medal hope Nathan Chen had a disappointing performance.


For Some, Competing At The Olympics Runs In The Family

Thursday, February 15, 2018

For many parents at the Olympics, watching their children compete is nerve-wracking. Beth Heiden Reid has a special perspective: she won a bronze medal in speedskating at the 1980 Games, and was in Korea to watch her daughter Joanne compete in biathlon.


Aerials Skier Ashley Caldwell's 'Bold Move': A Quadruple-Twisting Triple Flip

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Why are these people so crazy?" Caldwell wondered when she first watched aerials skiing at age 12. Now she's the women's world champion, spinning and somersaulting some 60 feet high in the air.


Maame Biney Came To The U.S. From Ghana At 5. Now 18, She's A Team USA Speedskater

Monday, February 12, 2018

Born in Ghana and raised in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, Biney is the first African-American woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. Her father is her biggest fan.


South Korea Celebrates The Official Start Of The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Winter Olympics officially began Friday with opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from 92 countries marched into an open-air stadium to mark the start of the Olympiad.


Everyone Has Anxiety Dreams. Olympic Athletes Have Olympic-Size Ones

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

U.S. winter Olympians — whose sports can defy gravity and involve breakneck speeds on snow and ice — share some of their most common nightmares in a special NPR Up First podcast from Pyeongchang.


With Few Fans And Little Funding, U.S. Biathlon Team Hopes For First Olympic Medals

Monday, February 05, 2018

Biathlon is the only winter sport in which the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal. But hopes are high for Pyeongchang. "I've never seen our team in such high spirits," says biathlete Lowell Bailey.


Colombian Speedskater Gets A Last-Minute Chance To Compete In Olympics

Monday, February 05, 2018

The best athletes in the world are arriving in South Korea this week for the start of the Winter Olympics. Some have trained for years to get there. But one just learned she'd get to compete.


Face-Down, Head-First, 90 Miles An Hour On The Ice

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Olympic skeleton racers' chins rest an inch or two above the ice. "Obviously, you don't want your face scraping across the ice 'cause it does slow you down," says one. "But it also doesn't feel good."


A Kind Of Chaos: The Science And Sport Of Bobsledding

Thursday, December 14, 2017

U.S. Olympic bobsledders explain their craft as they prepare for Pyeongchang in 2018. Success depends on immense precision. One false step or a miscalculated lean can spell disaster.


Tom Petty's Songs Served As Anthems For Many Generations

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

American rocker Tom Petty has died at age 66. Petty is known for hits like "American Girl" and "Refugee" — hard driving paeans to everyday folks.


'They're Scared': Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Some growers say that President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric has made a chronic worker shortage even worse.


Houston Officials Consider How To Prevent Future Floods After Harvey

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More than 100,000 homes in the Houston area were damaged or destroyed by Harvey's floodwaters. Now the city is trying to figure out what steps should be taken to prevent or reduce future floods, if people should be allowed to rebuild in the flood zones, and if authorities will put a brake on development and agree to restore wetlands.


In Texas, An Army Of Volunteers Sprang Into Action After Harvey

Thursday, September 07, 2017

After Harvey flooded out Houston, people sprang into action to help with rescues, medical care and food. The key was social media. People who came to do minor tasks wound up taking on leadership roles.


Writing Mississippi: Jesmyn Ward Salvages Stories Of The Silenced

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The author's books are set in the poor, black Mississippi community where she grew up, a place where, she says, "the past bears very heavily on the present."


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.


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.