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.

Investigator: BP Wasn't Prepared For Disasters At Deepwater Oil Wells

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House Makes Little Movement Toward Avoiding Automatic Budget Cuts

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DOJ Joins Whistleblower Case Against Lance Armstrong

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Falters In Protecting Elderly

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Comcast To Buy Rest of NBCUniversal From GE

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Fugitive Ex-LAPD Officer Apparently Barracaded In Cabin

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Obama To Focus On Job Creation, Economic Growth In State Of The Union

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Obama To Announce Withdrawal Of 34,000 U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

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Data-Mining App Tracks People And Predicts Their Locations

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U.S. Economy Shrinks For First Time In Over Three Years

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President Obama Renews Push For Immigration Reform, Praises Bipartisan Plan

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U.S. May Build Base For Drones In Northwest Africa

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Congress Could Limit Senators' Ability To Filibuster

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Grapes, a spiky cluster of wooden stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is part of Ai Weiwei's repurposed furniture series. Cathy Carver/Courtesy Hirshhorn Museum hide caption

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In 'According To What?' Ai Weiwei Makes Mourning Subversive

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Exit Polls Project Netanyahu Will Lead Israel For Another Term

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