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.

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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黄梅花, 18岁. 在2008年中国西南方的毁灭性地震中失去了膝盖以下的双腿。今年将要开始高中的最后一年, 这个地方让她学会英语, 参加 SATs (美国高考)并且希望有机会能在美国或者加拿大念书。 Courtesy of Huang Meihua hide caption

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重塑因地震而破碎的生活

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Meihua and her parents shared a room at a temporary school following the earthquake. She's shown here with her mother in 2009, a year after the quake. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Rebuilding A Life Shattered By An Earthquake In China

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70 Years Later, Remembering The Lives Lost And Shattered At Hiroshima

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M.C. Davis, former gambler and businessman, stands in his 54,000-acre preserve, Nokuse Plantation, in the Florida Panhandle. It's the largest privately owned conservation area in the southeastern United States. Matt Ozug/NPR hide caption

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Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve

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Postal Service Slips Up With Special-Edition Stamp For Maya Angelou

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Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Listen To Part 1

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Nebraska Landowners Sit At The Heart Of Keystone Controversy

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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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