Melissa Block http://publicradioeast.org en In World Cup's Final Weekend, Messi Bears Brunt of Argentina's Hopes http://publicradioeast.org/post/world-cups-final-weekend-messi-bears-brunt-argentinas-hopes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>After a month of riveting soccer and global passion and, yes, some serious interest here in the U.S., the World Cup wraps up this weekend in Brazil. Tomorrow, the host country will try to gain a bit of redemption in a third-place match against the Netherlands. And Sunday, the main event - Germany plays Argentina in the final at hallowed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. NPR's Tom Goldman will be there. And he joins me now for a preview of this weekend's matches. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 46161 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://publicradioeast.org/post/obamas-request-immigration-funds-meets-pushback-hill President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Obama%27s+Request+For+Immigration+Funds+Meets+Pushback+On+The+Hill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 46083 at http://publicradioeast.org Humpty's 2nd Fall Calls For An Artist, Not An Army http://publicradioeast.org/post/humptys-2nd-fall-calls-artist-not-army Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now to a modern twist on an old tale of an anthropomorphic egg.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>We're talking, of course, about Humpty Dumpty. You know, the one who sat on a wall and had a great fall. And then there was the mess with all the king's horses and all the king's men. And Robert, you know the rest. They couldn't put Humpty together again.<p>SIEGEL: But Mr. Dumpty may have a happier ending at the Enchanted Forest theme park in Salem, Oregon. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 45957 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-readies-step-stage-knockout-round-drama In its first match of the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team plays Belgium on Tuesday. NPR's Tom Goldman previews the game, explaining what to expect from the matchup. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 45250 at http://publicradioeast.org The Young Cuban Who's Bringing Activism In Line With The Revolution http://publicradioeast.org/post/young-cuban-whos-bringing-activism-line-revolution <em>Morning Edition</em> host David Greene talks to Melissa Block about his recent reporting trip to Cuba. Specifically, he speaks about a young man named Isbel Diaz Torres, a new kind of Cuban activist. Greene argues that Torres' interests serve to extend Cuba's socialist revolution, rather than oppose it. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Melissa Block 44957 at http://publicradioeast.org 3-D Printing Lends Doctors A Hand, Building Tailor-Made Body Parts http://publicradioeast.org/post/3-d-printing-lends-doctors-hand-building-tailor-made-body-parts Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That's the sound of another 3-D technology, that's increasingly being used in medicine, 3-D printing. Doctors are now using 3-D printers to make replacement body parts, among other things. The printer we're hearing is at the Food and Drug Administration offices, outside Washington D.C. This is an area they are starting to regulate. So NPR's Rob Stein went and got a little tour of the FDA lab.<p>ROB STEIN, BYLINE: Is that white, plastic thing, below the nozzle there - is that what's being made?<p>STEVE POLLACK: That's the object that's being built. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Melissa Block 44676 at http://publicradioeast.org The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond http://publicradioeast.org/post/shape-extremist-ambitions-iraq-and-beyond NPR's Deborah Amos, author of <em>Eclipse of the Sunnis</em>, talks to Melissa Block about the extremist vision for establishing a new Sunni caliphate, as well as what it might look like if a group like ISIS managed to do so. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Melissa Block 44205 at http://publicradioeast.org Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words http://publicradioeast.org/post/spelling-co-champs-beat-bee-leaving-judges-without-words Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Melissa, can I have a word for a moment?<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Absolutely. How about, thymelici?<p>SIEGEL: Oh, the dancing chorus in ancient Greek plays?<p>BLOCK: Yeah.<p>SIEGEL: No, I was thinking more of, encaenia.<p>BLOCK: Encaenia. The academic ceremony for conferring honorary degrees?<p>SIEGEL: Well, of course. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42781 at http://publicradioeast.org TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer http://publicradioeast.org/post/tv-offerings-are-hotter-usual-summer Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Instead of taking their usual summer vacation, the TV networks are working to get your attention this summer. They're hoping to lure your eyes away from cable channels and online shows. To talk about some of the hot summer programming that will be on the schedule, I'm joined now by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. And Eric, summer is usually when the networks slow down, but not this year. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42674 at http://publicradioeast.org Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies http://publicradioeast.org/post/singing-star-all-black-cowboy-movies-herb-jeffries-dies Herb Jeffries was the first singing star of all-black cowboy movies in the late 1930s, garnering him the nickname the "Bronze Buckeroo." The jazz baritone had a seven-decade career, including singing with Duke Ellington's Band. He died Sunday in California, at age 100. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42386 at http://publicradioeast.org Who's Using The Data Mined From Students? http://publicradioeast.org/post/whos-using-data-mined-students Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42381 at http://publicradioeast.org On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan http://publicradioeast.org/post/memorial-day-revisiting-stories-fallen-afghanistan Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>At Arlington National Cemetery on this memorial day President Obama paid tribute to the country's war dead. The President had just returned from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVAL RECORDING)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: For more than 12 years men and women like those I met with, have borne the burden of our nation's security. Now because of their profound sacrifice because the progress that they have made, or in a pivotal moment. Our troops are coming home. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42383 at http://publicradioeast.org What We Know About The Man Behind The Isla Vista Killings http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-we-know-about-man-behind-isla-vista-killings Scott Gold, senior writer for The Los Angeles Times discusses Elliot Rodger, the man who police say went on a stabbing and shooting rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., last week before killing himself. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42384 at http://publicradioeast.org To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill http://publicradioeast.org/post/pay-hepatitis-c-drugs-medicare-might-face-steep-bill The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are very expensive, but they cure hepatitis C in most cases. The government and insurers are concerned about these costs; three million Americans have hepatitis C, most of whom don't know they have it. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41583 at http://publicradioeast.org 'The New York Times' Announces Surprise Change Of Management http://publicradioeast.org/post/times-announces-surprise-change-management <em>The New York Times</em> has announced that Dean Baquet, the newspaper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik comments on the move. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=%27The+New+York+Times%27+Announces+Surprise+Change+Of+Management&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5Njc0ODg4MDEzNDA5MTE5NDRhNDMzYw004)"/></div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41383 at http://publicradioeast.org Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind http://publicradioeast.org/post/stanford-dumps-its-holdings-coal-climate-mind Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. One of the nation's top universities is taking a stand against coal. Responding to dire warnings about the effects on climate change, Stanford made this announcement: the school's nearly $19 billion endowment fund will no longer make direct investments in companies that mine coal for energy. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 40814 at http://publicradioeast.org In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks http://publicradioeast.org/post/answer-palestinian-unity-israelis-step-away-peace-talks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Elsewhere in the Middle East, Israel has broken off peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israeli leaders say they're doing that because the Palestinian Authority is forming a joint government with the militant group Hamas.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>For years, Hamas has run the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority holds power in the West Bank. Israel says it cannot negotiation with any leadership allied with a violently anti-Israel faction. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 Melissa Block 39754 at http://publicradioeast.org New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This next story is literally about the word...<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Literally.<p>CORNISH: ...literally. As in a literal sense or manner.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That's also the name of a free Internet browser extension created by New York programmer Mike Lazer-Walker.<p>MIKE LAZER-WALKER: So all it does, you install it in your Web browser, and then any website you visit, any time the word literally is printed, it instead replaces it with figuratively.<p>CORNISH: That's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 39657 at http://publicradioeast.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight http://publicradioeast.org/post/lbj-carried-cotulla-him-civil-rights-fight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EizAeISiHDM</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Melissa Block 38718 at http://publicradioeast.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town http://publicradioeast.org/post/drilling-frenzy-fuels-sudden-growth-small-texas-town South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.<p>Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.<p>Before the boom, jobs were few and poverty was high. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Melissa Block 38620 at http://publicradioeast.org Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town