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.

Bedouine's self-titled debut album is out now. Polly Antonia Barrowman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Her Quiet Folk Debut, Bedouine Wanders And Wonders

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Christopher Plummer as the exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II in The Exception — a man with the outward trappings of power, who hasn't made a real decision in decades. Marc Bossaerts hide caption

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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

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The mail plane flies into Meyers Chuck. Meyers Chuck is off the grid, with no roads or cars; just a sprinkling of houses on the water. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Meyers Chuck, AK, 99903

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Daniel Day-Lewis, the three-time Oscar winner and incomparable film chameleon announced his retirement from acting. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

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Klukwan, a small native village in southeast Alaska, is home to about 90 people. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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A Native Village In Alaska Where The Past Is Key To The Future

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the royal robes, delivers the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in central London, on May 18, 2016. She won't be wearing it when she gives her speech to Parliament this year, and NPR's Melissa Block will have to wait until 2018 for all the pageantry to return. Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Gracious Address' By Queen Elizabeth II Won't Have All The Ceremonial Dress

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When Planning A Gubernatorial Campaign, First Check The Requirements

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Jason Haaheim is principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Justin Haaheim/Courtesy of Jason Haaheim hide caption

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Meet The Nanotechnologist Behind The Timpani At The Met

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In 'Memory's Last Breath' An Academic Confronts Dementia

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It's clear the Wilbers take real pride in the quality — and sustainability — of their wild catch. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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In This Alaska Family, Life Lessons Are Passed Down On The Water

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First Mate Aaron Isenhour steers the MV LeConte, a ferry heading from Haines, Alaska to the state capital, Juneau. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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In Southeast Alaska, The Ferry System Is A Lifeline

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Local Haines politics has gotten pretty intense lately. A group of Haines residents is trying to recall half of the borough assembly. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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What It's Like To Live In A Small, Rural, Politically Divided Town

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During the cruise ship season, tourists flood the streets of Ketchikan. The borough of Ketchikan is home to about 13,000 people. In just one day, Ketchikan may see 13,000 cruise ship visitors. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Leaving Timber Behind, An Alaska Town Turns To Tourism

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Dr. Adam McMahan has been practicing medicine in rural Alaska for three years. It's the kind of intimate, full-spectrum family medicine the 34-year-old doctor loves. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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In Rural Alaska, A Young Doctor Walks To His Patient's Bedside

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Salmon troller Eric Jordan alongside his fishing boat, the I Gotta, on the dock in Sitka, Alaska. Jordan, 67, has been a commercial fisherman all his life. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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In Alaska, A Salmon Fisherman Spends His Life On The Water

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