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.

Kurdish Refugees Join Huge Numbers Of Displaced Syrians

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Goodband compares these Knobbed Russets to shrunken heads. Others say potatoes or toads. They're all gnarled and warty and brown, but don't be intimidated: They taste great when ripe. They originated in Sussex, England, in 1819. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

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'The Talk:' How Parents Of All Backgrounds Tell Kids About The Police

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Shark Encounter Wasn't 'Jaws,' Exactly — But It Was Still Jarring

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Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

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Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

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The Beltway's Beaten Path: From Simple Road To Symbolic Borderland

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With New Parenting Apps, More Dads Are Phoning It In

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Letters: A Paper Route Ride Along And Comforting Words From An IT Man

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In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

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Federal Judge Rules Some College Players Are Entitled To Payment

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U.S. Considers Taking To Air To Aid Iraqis Marooned On Mountaintop

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Ebola Casts A Shadow Over Obama's Africa Press Conference

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