Melissa Block

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The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chinese immigrants came to the Mississippi Delta as agricultural laborers. Many moved on to become grocers in African-American neighborhoods. Some stores remain, but many folks have moved on and away.


How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Chelsea Milling Co. is known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes: for muffins, cakes, biscuits and more. Here's how the family-owned manufacturer has managed to thrive for generations.


Here's What's Become Of A Historic All-Black Town In The Mississippi Delta

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Founded by former slaves in 1887, Mound Bayou, Miss., was one of the country's first all-black towns. Here's a look into its historic past and uncertain future.


A Night At Red's Juke Joint In The Mississippi Delta Is A True Blues Experience

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A visit to a classic, hole-in-the-wall blues bar in Clarksdale, Miss., where owner Red Paden enlightens us about the blues and the Delta.


River Guide Wants People To Paddle The Mighty Mississippi, Not Fear It

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Few people that live in the Mississippi Delta ever go out on the river. John Ruskey, owner of Quapaw Canoeing Company, wants to change that and get people connected with this wild place.


A Student's Perspective On Mississippi: Beautiful, Engulfing And Sometimes Enraging

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In 1962, the University of Mississippi was at the heart of the desegregation battle. More than 50 years later, a junior on campus talks race, belonging and his sense of pride in Mississippi.


William Faulkner's Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

Monday, February 13, 2017

As Melissa Block's "Our Land" road trip takes her to Mississippi, she visits William Faulkner's home: Rowan Oak, in Oxford, Miss. With curator William Griffith, they talk about Faulkner's running theme of the South in conflict with itself.


Pig Farming In Iowa Means Dirt Under Your Fingernails And A Strong Sense Of Pride

Monday, February 06, 2017

The hours are long. The work is hard, and dirty. But this pig farmer in northeast Iowa loves what he does.


Harry Truman Still Casts A Long Shadow In Independence, Missouri

Sunday, February 05, 2017

It's where Harry S. Truman grew up, where he lived after the presidency, and where he's been laid to rest. Melissa Block stopped by the local soda fountain to talk about how this place stays relevant.


'Big Brutus,' World's Largest Electric Shovel Turned Into Museum

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Big Brutus is the world's largest electric shovel, standing 16 stories in the fields of southeast Kansas. The coal mine it helped dig has long been shut down, and Brutus has been turned into a museum.


Despite Economic Troubles, Residents Of Kansas Town Remain Proud

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Independence, Kan., is shrinking with the population down to about 9,000 people. Many businesses have closed up shop, and the city's hospital shut down in 2015. But the folks who live there remain proud of their town and its history.


Uzbek Family In Kansas Starts A New Chapter In Their American Journey

Monday, January 23, 2017

To launch our road trip series "Our Land," we travel across the country as Donald Trump takes office, and we meet freshly minted citizens at their naturalization ceremony in Kansas City, Mo.


With Trump Tapping Into Economic Fears, Wisconsin Turns Red For First TIme Since 1984

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The last time Wisconsin voted for a Republican for President was 1984. That all changed on November 8. We go to Kenosha County to ask why.


View From Nearly 99: Frances Kolarek Reflects On Politics And Change

Monday, November 07, 2016

The former newspaper reporter was born in 1917, before women won the right to vote. She calls Hillary Clinton the most qualified presidential candidate she has seen in her lifetime.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Monthlong Residency At A Remote National Park

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.


Surge Of Cuban Migrants Arrive On U.S. Shores

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cubans who recently made the dangerous migration to Florida by boat talk about what drove them to leave their homeland, about leaving their families behind, and what awaits them here in the U.S.


Improved U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Creating A Surge Of Cuban Migrants

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cuban migrants have received preferential treatment for more than a half-century. But as the U.S. and Cuba normalize relations, that policy could change and Cubans are racing to reach U.S. shores.


As U.S.-Cuba Ties Normalize, Cubans Fear Special Migrant Status Will End

Monday, October 24, 2016

Florida is seeing a surge of Cuban migrants desperate to make the dangerous sea crossing. They fear an end to current U.S. immigration policy, which gives Cubans who reach U.S. land special status.


After Going For Gold, Athletes Can Feel The Post-Olympic Blues

Thursday, September 08, 2016

After years of training and all the attention and hype, athletes can experience a profound letdown, even depression, when the games are over. They can struggle to fill a void in their lives.


After Second Gold, Boxer Claressa Shields Looks Ahead To What's Next

Monday, August 22, 2016

After her first Olympic gold medal in 2012, endorsements didn't follow. This time around, Shields isn't worried. "Everybody wants a tough, strong woman in their life!" she says.