Melissa Block http://wrvo.org en Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://wrvo.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 21:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 58703 at http://wrvo.org The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond http://wrvo.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 57482 at http://wrvo.org Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words http://wrvo.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 20:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 56604 at http://wrvo.org TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer http://wrvo.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 56554 at http://wrvo.org Who's Using The Data Mined From Students? http://wrvo.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 56361 at http://wrvo.org On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan http://wrvo.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 56362 at http://wrvo.org What We Know About The Man Behind The Isla Vista Killings http://wrvo.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 56363 at http://wrvo.org Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies http://wrvo.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 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 56369 at http://wrvo.org To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill http://wrvo.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 55899 at http://wrvo.org 'The New York Times' Announces Surprise Change Of Management http://wrvo.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 55782 at http://wrvo.org Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind http://wrvo.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 55441 at http://wrvo.org In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks http://wrvo.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 20:53:00 +0000 Melissa Block 54805 at http://wrvo.org New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://wrvo.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 54738 at http://wrvo.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight http://wrvo.org/post/lbj-carried-poor-texas-town-him-civil-rights-fight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EizAeISiHDM</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Melissa Block 54164 at http://wrvo.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town http://wrvo.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 54092 at http://wrvo.org Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides http://wrvo.org/post/ncaa-finals-two-recent-champions-unlikely-rides Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>It's Huskies versus Wildcats as the Men's Division I college basketball season comes to an end tonight. Facing off are two recent champions: the University of Connecticut, who won in 2011, and the University of Kentucky who won in 2012. They've both had improbable rides to tonight's title game.<p>For more, I'm joined by NPR's Tom Goldman who will be covering the game in Arlington, Texas. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53889 at http://wrvo.org Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence http://wrvo.org/post/another-tragedy-city-all-too-familiar-extreme-gun-violence Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298699681/fort-hood-shooting-the-latest">after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood</a>. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/17/us/gunman-kills-22-and-himself-in-texas-cafeteria.html">Luby's Cafeteria in 1991</a> that left 23 dead. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53742 at http://wrvo.org Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence On Base And In Town, Shooting Summons A Dread All Too Familiar http://wrvo.org/post/base-and-town-shooting-summons-dread-all-too-familiar From Killeen, Texas, where Fort Hood is based, Melissa Block talks to soldiers who were on base during the shooting, as well as with Killeen's mayor. The mayor explains how the town is trying to cope. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53731 at http://wrvo.org As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns http://wrvo.org/post/state-diversifies-texas-educators-grab-bull-horns Texas is in the midst of a population boom and demographic sea change. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53604 at http://wrvo.org As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping http://wrvo.org/post/orthotic-brace-takes-soldiers-limping-leaping A deceptively simple leg brace is changing the lives of hundreds of wounded service members. Soldiers with badly injured legs who thought they'd have to live with terrible pain can walk and run again, pain-free.<p>Earlier this month, Army Spc. Joey McElroy took his first steps in the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, or IDEO (pronounced: eye-DAY-oh). The device squeaked a bit as he stepped briskly on an indoor track.<p>McElroy was hit by a car and thrown from his motorcycle on Dec. 5, 2012.<p>"I knew that when I looked down there was bones comin' out of the leg that didn't look correct. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:57:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53526 at http://wrvo.org Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping Tell Your Bestie: The OED Has New Words http://wrvo.org/post/tell-your-bestie-oed-has-new-words The Oxford English Dictionary is adding some 900 new words and phrases to its pages, with wackadoodle, bestie and DIYer among them. Melissa and Robert review some of the new entries. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Melissa Block 52714 at http://wrvo.org Fake Chef, Real Recipes — And The Food's Disgusting http://wrvo.org/post/fake-chef-real-recipes-and-foods-disgusting Nick Preuher is no chef; he only plays one on TV. More accurately, he has pretended to be one, appearing on various local morning television shows as a prank. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Melissa Block 52207 at http://wrvo.org Letters: Genetic Experiments And Hopes For Saving Voices http://wrvo.org/post/letters-genetic-experiments-and-hopes-saving-voices Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Finally this hour: Your letters. We heard from Aaron Berger, a high school biology teacher in Minneapolis. He listened closely to our conversation this week about mitochondrial DNA. A debate is raging over whether women who want to have children but have errors in their DNA should be allowed to get a healthy transplant.<p>Berger wrote to add something he did not hear on our air: Mitochondria are the organelles that allow our cells to release energy from the nutrients in our food. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Melissa Block 52001 at http://wrvo.org More Findings, More Questions About Value Of Mammograms http://wrvo.org/post/more-findings-more-questions-about-value-mammograms Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>There's new evidence out today that's raising questions about whether women in their 40's and 50's should routinely undergo mammography to detect breast cancer. A new analysis of a big Canadian study found no evidence that regular mammograms save lives. The study even suggests that for many women, regular breast X-rays may do more harm than good.<p>NPR's Rob Stein joins us now to talk about this report. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Melissa Block 51288 at http://wrvo.org Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation' http://wrvo.org/post/sidelined-brain-injury-ex-nfl-player-copes-desperation The home of Sean Morey bears the impressive signposts of his 10-year career in the NFL: a Vince Lombardi trophy for his Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. A hefty Super Bowl ring. A framed photograph showing Morey in midair, launching himself like a missile to block a punt. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:48:00 +0000 Melissa Block 50718 at http://wrvo.org Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation' JPMorgan Chase Agrees To Pay $5.1 Billion To Feds http://wrvo.org/post/jpmorgan-chase-agrees-pay-51-billion-feds JPMorgan Chase agreed pay $5.1 billion to settle litigation over mortgage assets sold during the housing bubble. The deal, announced late Friday afternoon, is to resolve claims the company misled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the housing market crashed. It is part of a tentative $13 billion deal the company is trying to reach with federal and state agencies over its mortgage liabilities. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Melissa Block & Dan Bobkoff 46207 at http://wrvo.org Brazil's New Middle Class: A Better Life, Not An Easy One http://wrvo.org/post/brazils-new-middle-class-better-life-not-easy-one Tens of millions of Brazilians have risen out of poverty over the past decade in one of the world's great economic success stories. The reasons are many: strong overall economic growth, fueled by exports. A rise in the minimum wage. A more educated workforce. And big government spending programs, including direct payments to extremely poor families.<p>But becoming middle class in Brazil means a better life, not an easy one. The new, lowest rung of the middle class is what in the U.S. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Melissa Block 44371 at http://wrvo.org Brazil's New Middle Class: A Better Life, Not An Easy One The Secret To One Brazilian Street Treat: Make It With Love http://wrvo.org/post/secret-brazilian-street-treat-make-it-love Melissa Block is in Olinda, Brazil where a street vendor teaches her the secret to making Brazilian-style tapioca. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Melissa Block 44304 at http://wrvo.org 'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City http://wrvo.org/post/treme-cookbook-captures-flavor-show-and-city If you find yourself craving New Orleans food, you could go there and melt in the sweltering heat for a dose of gumbo or praline bacon. Or you could settle in on your couch, as I've been doing, and torture yourself watching reruns of the HBO series <em>Treme</em>. It's set in post-Katrina New Orleans and, along with the music, it puts the city's food on center stage.<p>Now, if you want to cook the food for yourself, there's <em>Treme: Stories and Recipes From the Heart of New Orleans</em>. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:29:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42912 at http://wrvo.org 'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City Amazon CEO To Buy 'Washington Post' And Sister Papers http://wrvo.org/post/amazon-ceo-buy-washington-post-and-sister-papers Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The man who pushed the book publishing industry into the digital age is now buying one of the country's most storied newspaper companies. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, is acquiring The Washington Post and its small sister papers. The news broke after the markets closed today. NPR's David Folkenflik covers the newspaper industry, and he joins me now. And, David, this was, I think, the best-kept secret in Washington. Tell us some details of this transaction and how it came about.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Well, it's an astonishing development. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42157 at http://wrvo.org