Melissa Block

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Stuck on veggie ideas for Thanksgiving? The Smitten Kitchen has some advice

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Deb Perelman, creator of the hugely popular Smitten Kitchen website, whips up some budget-conscious, vegetable-centric Thanksgiving side dishes. Her new cookbook is Smitten Kitchen Keepers.

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The midterms are being called a 'rainbow wave' of LGBTQ candidate victories

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

LGBTQ advocacy groups are calling the midterms a "rainbow wave," citing a record number of LGBTQ candidate victories. Among them is the country's first lesbian governor, Maura Healey of Massachusetts.

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Remembering NPR's Ken Barcus, a tough editor with a big heart

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Ken Barcus, longtime Midwest bureau chief on NPR's National Desk, has died at age 67. He took great pride in countering stereotypes of the Midwest and in mentoring scores of young reporters.

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Courts have blocked a number of the anti-LGBTQ laws from going into effect

Thursday, October 06, 2022

This year has seen a record number of anti-LGBTQ laws enacted, many targeting transgender youth. But courts have blocked a number of those laws from going into effect.

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At the U.S. Open, line judges are out. Automated calls are in

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Electronic line judging has replaced humans at the U.S. Open. But the voices making calls are real people, recorded with varying levels of urgency to sell the call, depending on how close the shot is.

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Humans are no longer the line judges at the U.S. Open

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Electronic line judging has replaced humans at the U.S. Open. But the voices making calls are real people, recorded with varying levels of urgency to sell the call, depending on how close the shot is.

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An all-trimester abortion clinic prepares to open in Maryland, one of few nationally

Thursday, September 01, 2022

An ob-gyn and nurse-midwife are gearing up to open an all-trimester abortion clinic near Washington, D.C. They aim to provide abortions later in pregnancy and serve women from states with bans.

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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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