Melissa Block http://kanw.com en Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://kanw.com/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 45756 at http://kanw.com The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond http://kanw.com/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 44710 at http://kanw.com Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words http://kanw.com/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 20:36:00 +0000 Melissa Block 43943 at http://kanw.com Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies http://kanw.com/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 43749 at http://kanw.com Who's Using The Data Mined From Students? http://kanw.com/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 21:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 43739 at http://kanw.com On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan http://kanw.com/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 21:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 43741 at http://kanw.com What We Know About The Man Behind The Isla Vista Killings http://kanw.com/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 21:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 43742 at http://kanw.com To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill http://kanw.com/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 43321 at http://kanw.com 'The New York Times' Announces Surprise Change Of Management http://kanw.com/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 43207 at http://kanw.com Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind http://kanw.com/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 42927 at http://kanw.com In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks http://kanw.com/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 20:15:00 +0000 Melissa Block 42360 at http://kanw.com New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://kanw.com/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 42318 at http://kanw.com LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight http://kanw.com/post/lbj-carried-poor-texas-town-him-civil-rights-fight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EizAeISiHDM</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41810 at http://kanw.com LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town http://kanw.com/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 41748 at http://kanw.com Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides http://kanw.com/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 41583 at http://kanw.com Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence http://kanw.com/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 21:55:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41459 at http://kanw.com 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://kanw.com/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 20:02:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41445 at http://kanw.com As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns http://kanw.com/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 41353 at http://kanw.com As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping http://kanw.com/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 20:04:00 +0000 Melissa Block 41286 at http://kanw.com Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping Tell Your Bestie: The OED Has New Words http://kanw.com/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 40551 at http://kanw.com