Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Regina Spektor releases new album 'Home, Before And After' after a 6-year break

Saturday, July 02, 2022

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to musician Regina Spektor, who's known for her lyricism, about her first album in six years, "Home, Before And After."

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YouTube Minecraft player Technoblade — now also known as Alex — dies from cancer

Saturday, July 02, 2022

One of the most popular Minecraft players on YouTube, known as "Technoblade," died this week after a battle with cancer. In a farewell message, he finally divulged his first name: Alex.

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'Night of the Living Rez' chronicles one tribe's struggle with poverty and addiction

Saturday, July 02, 2022

NPR's Melissa Block talks with author Morgan Talty about his book, "Night of the Living Rez," a series of short stories about members of a Native American tribe wrestling with poverty and addiction.

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Saturday sports: USC, UCLA go to Big Ten; Serena Williams returns at Wimbledon

Saturday, July 02, 2022

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Howard Bryant of Meadowlark Media about the coming changes in college sports conferences, NBA free agency, and Serena Williams' Wimbledon comeback.

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Strict border policies contribute to rising immigrant deaths

Saturday, July 02, 2022

NPR's Melissa Block speak with Houston Chronicle reporter Elizabeth Trovall about how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on immigration policy and how the death of 53 migrants this week is related.

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Baratunde Thurston shows us a good time outdoors, but poses the big questions, too

Saturday, July 02, 2022

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to writer and comedian Baratunde Thurston about his new PBS series, "America Outdoors," which takes viewers on numerous adventures but also has a serious bent.

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25 years ago, Britain handed control of Hong Kong back to China

Saturday, July 02, 2022

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with two friends from Hong Kong born 25 years ago, when China resumed control over the city. They've faced difficult decisions since, personally and politically.

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Some abortions are necessary to save the life of a patient

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Even states that are banning abortion typically give exceptions to save the life of the patient. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Dr. Lisa Harris, an OB-GYN in Michigan, about those exceptions.

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Health insurers are now required to post prices they pay to hospitals

Saturday, July 02, 2022

The federal government says insurers must publicly post the amounts they pay hospitals and doctors. It's another step toward price transparency in the country's complicated health care system.

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Americans are deeply divided on transgender rights, a poll shows

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

An NPR/Ipsos poll shows a stark partisan split on laws that prevent transgender youth from accessing medical care for gender transition.

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Students and teachers spoke on gender and race classroom discussion bans in hearing

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., chaired a hearing on new laws that restrict classroom discussion of gender, sexual orientation and race. Students, parents and teachers are among those who spoke.

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Accusations of 'grooming' are the latest political attack — with homophobic origins

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Old accusations of LGBTQ people "grooming" and "recruiting" children have gained new traction. When have we heard this before? What counternarrative are activists using to win over public opinion?

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The buzzword grooming is an age-old trope that feeds off fear

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Old accusations of LGBTQ people "grooming" and "recruiting" children have gained new traction. When have we heard this before? What's the most persuasive counter-narrative to win over public opinion?

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Hundreds of anti-LGBTQ bills have already been introduced this year. Here may be why

Thursday, April 14, 2022

2022 is set to break records for anti-LGBTQ legislation, with hundreds of bills introduced across the U.S. Who's behind this wave of legislation, and why is this becoming such a potent wedge issue?

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The White House announces moves to gender neutral passports

Friday, April 01, 2022

The Biden administration soon will allow people to indicate their gender as X on U.S. passports. Until now, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming people had to choose male or female.

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Teachers fear the chilling effect of Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' law

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Now that Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the Parental Rights in Education bill into law, teachers fear it will muzzle speech and further stigmatize LGBTQ youth.

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How Florida teachers plan to deal with 'Don't Say Gay' rules

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Florida's governor has signed what critics call the "Don't Say Gay" bill. Teachers share how they plan to comply and how it will affect classroom discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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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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