Melissa Block

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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.


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.