Melissa Block

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Projects Across The U.S. Memorialize Coronavirus Victims

Monday, May 25, 2020

As the U.S. nears the grim milestone of 100,000 dead from COVID-19, various projects around the country are trying to make sure that those who have died are remembered for who they were.


Los Angeles, D.C. And Chicago Still Seeing Plateau, Not Decline In New COVID-19 Cases

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The White House says coronavirus indicators are trending down across most of the U.S., but are a concern in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles. City health officials say progress is being made.


Virologist Spends His Days 'Hunting The Thing That Wants To Hunt Us'

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Christopher Mores is among those trying to unlock secrets of the novel coronavirus. He spends 14-hour days with his team throwing everything they have at this pathogen, looking for ways to defeat it.


Meet The Team Behind The Coronavirus Tracker Watched By Millions

Monday, April 13, 2020

A small team at Johns Hopkins University early on created what's become one of the most authoritative interactive online dashboards, tracking COVID-19 data around the world.


U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients

Saturday, April 04, 2020

There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.


'A Matter Of Common Decency': What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Authors explore questions of morality, evil, solidarity and survival in Albert Camus' The Plague, Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders and Karen Thompson Walker's The Dreamers.


All Nerddoms Welcome: The Intergalactic Krewe Of Chewbacchus Parades In New Orleans

Sunday, February 02, 2020

In New Orleans, arguably the most far-out pre-Mardi Gras parade is staged by the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus: home to "revelrous Star Wars freaks, Trekkies, Whovians... and all super-nerds."


Nerd Out With Mardi Gras' Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus

Saturday, February 01, 2020

In New Orleans, the most fanciful pre-Mardi Gras parade is by the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, home to "revelrous Star Wars Trekkies." We check in as they gear up for tonight's parade.


Writer John McPhee Explains His 'Old-Man Project'

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Author John McPhee tells us why he is undertaking what he calls an "old-man project" — writing about the scraps of unwritten stories he's thought about over the years.


Iranian Americans Anxiously Follow Events In Iran

Friday, January 10, 2020

The U.S. and Iran may have pulled back from the brink of war but tensions remain high. Iranian American activists and writers talk about their fears and hopes for what's next.


Drug Overdoses Contribute To Rise In Midlife Mortality In Ohio River Valley

Monday, December 23, 2019

Life expectancy in the U.S. has taken a significant downward turn. This is especially true in Ohio and West Virginia, which have the highest rates of overdose deaths among people ages 25 to 64.


How Rick Perry Became A Key Figure In The Trump Impeachment Probe

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged President Trump to make that now-infamous July phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. But what's Perry's connection to Ukraine?


Gun Control Is Front And Center In Virginia Races

Friday, October 11, 2019

A mass shooting there this spring that left 12 dead has put the issue into sharp focus. Democrats — bolstered by large cash infusions from gun control groups — hope to turn the state legislature blue.


10 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, 'This Music School Will Never Stop'

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Nearly 10 years ago, an earthquake devastated Haiti, destroying a legendary music school. A youth choir and orchestra have been touring the US and hope to rebuild their school in Port-au-Prince.


Political Roundup: The Whistleblower, The Democrats And The White House

Sunday, September 22, 2019

President Trump's conversations with world leaders are echoing through Congress and the campaign trail.


'Blinking Guy' Channels Meme Fame Into Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser

Sunday, September 22, 2019

If you've been on social media in the past two years, you've probably seen Drew Scanlon's face as the "blinking white guy" gif. He's now raising money for multiple sclerosis research.


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.


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.


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.


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.