Melissa Block

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Meet The Nanotechnologist Behind The Timpani At The Met

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jason Haaheim was a senior scientist at a nanotech company before deciding he wanted to play in a professional orchestra. He's now principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


In 'Memory's Last Breath' An Academic Confronts Dementia

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gerda Saunders was a university professor when she learned she had early-onset dementia. Now, she's struggling to define herself anew as her defining characteristic — her intellect — begins to fail.


In This Alaska Family, Life Lessons Are Passed Down On The Water

Saturday, June 17, 2017

In southeast Alaska, the commercial king salmon fishing season has been shut down a month early, because the number of wild salmon returning to rivers to spawn is at an all-time low.


In Southeast Alaska, The Ferry System Is A Lifeline

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

In most of the Inside Passage, there are no roads connecting the communities, so Alaskans depend heavily on ferries: the Alaska Marine Highway System.


What It's Like To Live In A Small, Rural, Politically Divided Town

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Politics in Haines, Alaska — population 2,500 — has grown intensely bitter lately, reflecting the volume and heat of national politics.


Leaving Timber Behind, An Alaska Town Turns To Tourism

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Timber used to be the economic engine of Ketchikan, Alaska, but after the pulp mill there closed in the '90s, the town turned to tourism.


In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Dr. Adam McMahan comes to Klukwan, a tiny town in Southeast Alaska, just two days a week. But he's come to know his patients well, and attends to more than just their medical needs.


In Alaska, A Salmon Fisherman Spends His Life On The Water

Friday, May 05, 2017

NPR's "Our Land" series travels to Sitka, Alaska, to meet a salmon fisherman who's spent his life on the water. Eric Jordan describes the feeling of getting these gorgeous creatures to bite.


PHOTOS: The Creamy, Sculpted Dunes Of White Sands National Monument

Sunday, April 09, 2017

There's no place like it on the planet: White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. It's the world's largest gypsum dunefield: miles and miles of stunning white landscape.


When The Border Is Just Next Door, Crossing It Is A Fact Of (Daily) Life

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The two Nogaleses — one in Arizona, the other in Mexico — are in separate countries, but to the people who live there, they feel like one place: a border city.


Amid Talk Of Tariffs, What Happens To Companies That Straddle The Border?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

President Trump has called NAFTA a "catastrophe" and threatened to impose a border tax on Mexican imports. How does that impact produce companies with operations on both sides of the border?


Hamtramck, Michigan: An Evolving City Of Immigrants

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hamtramck, Mich., used to be mostly Polish. Now, the population has changed, with a growing population of Muslims, coming mostly from Yemen and Bangladesh.


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.