Melissa Block As special correspondent, Melissa Block produces richly reported profiles of figures at the forefront of thought and culture, as well as stories and series on the critical issues of our day. In addition, she is a guest host on NPR news programs.

A print made in 1890 commemorates the 1863 storming of Morris Island by the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first all-black units of the Union Army. The men lost that battle, but proved themselves as soldiers. Kurz & Allison/Library of Congress hide caption

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150 Years Later, America's Civil War Still Divides

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Alzheimer's Research Advocate Tom DeBaggio Dies

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Photographer Sally Mann and Larry Mann, in her home gallery in Lexington, Va., have been married for 40 years. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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From Lens To Photo: Sally Mann Captures Her Love

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A baby cheetah, a little over a month old, gets its daily weigh-in. Bilal Qureshi/NPR hide caption

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'4 Pounds Of Fury': Baby Cheetah Gets A Foster Mom

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As winter approaches, Bill Thompson gave Melissa Block's backyard in Washington, D.C., a bird feeding makeover. "It's the time of year most folks start feeding actively, cause we get a lot of the northern birds coming down for the winter, to what they feel is our milder climate," he says. Here, an Eastern bluebird sits on an icy feeder. Bill Thompson III hide caption

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Bird Feeding Tips For The Urban Yard

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Artist Maira Kalman set out on a yearlong adventure to paint and write the story of American democracy -- and out of it came the book And The Pursuit Of Happiness, a quirky, graphic diary with vivid paintings and whimsical handwritten text. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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A 'Love Letter To America' In Quirky Illustrations

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Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) (right) speaks to a potential voter during a campaign rally at Tonsler Park in Charlottesville, Va, on Oct. 10. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Enters The Heated Battle For Virginia's 5th

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White House Shifts To Campaign Mode

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Chicago Mayor Daley Won't Seek Re-Election

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Scientists: Bacteria Consuming BP Oil

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Soul queen Irma Thomas is ingrained in the genetics of New Orleans. Getty Images hide caption

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Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen Of New Orleans

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Paul Greenberg has been fishing striped bass since childhood. As an adult, he received the International Association of Culinary Professionals' award for his New York Times Magazine article on Chilean sea bass. Courtesy of Paul Greenberg hide caption

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Farmed Fish, Food Fish; Wild Fish, Few Fish

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Tom DeBaggio, a herb and gardening expert, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 1999. 1999 File photo/Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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A Decade Of Alzheimer's Devastating Impact

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Perriello visited constituent Irene Lewis last week to wish her a happy 105th birthday. Her granddaughter says Lewis still plants her own tomatoes. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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GOP Gunning For Virginia's Perriello In Midterms

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