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.

Will Russian Athletes Be Barred From Rio's Summer Olympics?

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Nashville Singer-Songwriter Guy Clark Dies At 74

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Dirk van der Maelen, a Social Democratic member of Belgium's Federal Parliament, defends the country's motto, seen here: "Unity makes strength." He think Belgium needs to remain unified, now more than ever. But there are also renewed calls for the country to split into two. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Belgium Terrorist Attacks Prompt A Renewed Sectarian Debate

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Belgian police and soldiers secure the area outside the Zaventem Airport in Brussels on Tuesday. The airport has been closed since the March 22 suicide bombing, and there's still no date for reopening it. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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A Week Later, No Word On When Brussels Will Reopen The Airport

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In the wake of the Brussels bombings, Belgians are visiting a makeshift memorial in the heart of the city and raising flags of countries around the world. In a country known for its divisions, some Belgians say the traumatic events has united them in ways they didn't expect. Melissa Block / NPR hide caption

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In Divided Belgium, Some Find That Trauma Unites Them

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ISIS Recruiters Feed On Working-Class, Heavily Muslim Molenbeek

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Protesters Disrupt Planned Brussels Vigil

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Hillary Clinton held her primary night event on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mychal Watts/WireImage hide caption

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Think Twice Before Telling A Woman To Smile

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Nikko Adam, 22, gets a hug from his mother, Patti Trabosh, after his family picked him up from his sober living facility for a weekend outing. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A Family Engulfed By Heroin Fights To Keep A Son Alive

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With this shot of Mount Fuji, astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted, "your majesty casts a wide shadow!" Scott Kelly/NASA hide caption

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Astronaut's Photos From Space Change How We See Earth

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Paramedic Phil Salamone carries naloxone, a drug used to reverse an opioid overdose. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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A Small Town Wonders What To Do When Heroin Is 'Everywhere'

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First U.S. Factory OK'd For Cuba Aims To Plow A Path Into 21st Century

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'I'm Still Here': NPR Reporter On Trying To Reconnect With Syrian Refugee

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Melissa Block reporting in China in 2008. She was on a reporting trip to southwest China when a massive earthquake hit, leaving some 90,000 dead or missing. NPR hide caption

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Melissa Block Looks Back On More Than 12 Years Hosting 'All Things Considered'

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