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Melissa Block

Many children of 9/11 victims were too young to remember their parents who died. They’ve grown up living with the tension between having a personal connection to the day but few, if any memories.
Family members of those who’ve died from COVID-19 reflect on the milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths, and how their individual loss fits within the magnitude of that number.
There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics, and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.
The Obama Foundation has raised more than a quarter of a billion dollars so far to build the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side. Key to the Foundation’s mission are programs to train the next generation of civic leaders.
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?
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.
The former newspaper reporter was born in 1917, before women won the right to vote. She calls Hillary Clinton the most qualified presidential candidate she has seen in her lifetime.
After years of training and all the attention and hype, athletes can experience a profound letdown, even depression, when the games are over. They can struggle to fill a void in their lives.
Caster Semenya, the favorite in the women’s 800 meters, is controversial. The South African runner is widely believed to be intersex, with testosterone levels much higher than other female athletes’.
American women are expected to dominate team sports at the Olympics. That includes water polo, where they are defending champions and have medaled every time since the sport was introduced in 2000.
Vashti Cunningham, 18, is on a roll. She set a world junior record and won the world indoor championship in March, while still in high school. She’s now turned pro and has her eyes set on Rio.
Host Melissa Block speaks to West Virginia University law professor James Van Nostrand about the impact of EPA power plant rules in his state.
The Molenbeek district of Brussels is the home to many of the terrorists behind last year’s attacks in Paris and last week’s Brussels bombing. We find out why it’s fertile ground for radical Islam.
Two businessmen — one of whom was born in Cuba — have been granted permission to build the first U.S. factory on the island nation since 1960. They plan to produce small tractors for Cuban farmers.
NPR’s Melissa Block has an essay about her experience trying to reconnect with a Syrian migrant she interviewed last summer.