Melissa Block http://kwit.org en In World Cup's Final Weekend, Messi Bears Brunt of Argentina's Hopes http://kwit.org/post/world-cups-final-weekend-messi-bears-brunt-argentinas-hopes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>After a month of riveting soccer and global passion and, yes, some serious interest here in the U.S., the World Cup wraps up this weekend in Brazil. Tomorrow, the host country will try to gain a bit of redemption in a third-place match against the Netherlands. And Sunday, the main event - Germany plays Argentina in the final at hallowed Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. NPR's Tom Goldman will be there. And he joins me now for a preview of this weekend's matches. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 48212 at http://kwit.org Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://kwit.org/post/obamas-request-immigration-funds-meets-pushback-hill President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Obama%27s+Request+For+Immigration+Funds+Meets+Pushback+On+The+Hill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Melissa Block 48157 at http://kwit.org Humpty's 2nd Fall Calls For An Artist, Not An Army http://kwit.org/post/humptys-2nd-fall-calls-artist-not-army Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Now to a modern twist on an old tale of an anthropomorphic egg.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>We're talking, of course, about Humpty Dumpty. You know, the one who sat on a wall and had a great fall. And then there was the mess with all the king's horses and all the king's men. And Robert, you know the rest. They couldn't put Humpty together again.<p>SIEGEL: But Mr. Dumpty may have a happier ending at the Enchanted Forest theme park in Salem, Oregon. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 48048 at http://kwit.org U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama http://kwit.org/post/us-readies-step-stage-knockout-round-drama In its first match of the knockout round, the U.S. soccer team plays Belgium on Tuesday. NPR's Tom Goldman previews the game, explaining what to expect from the matchup. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 47509 at http://kwit.org The Young Cuban Who's Bringing Activism In Line With The Revolution http://kwit.org/post/young-cuban-whos-bringing-activism-line-revolution <em>Morning Edition</em> host David Greene talks to Melissa Block about his recent reporting trip to Cuba. Specifically, he speaks about a young man named Isbel Diaz Torres, a new kind of Cuban activist. Greene argues that Torres' interests serve to extend Cuba's socialist revolution, rather than oppose it. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Melissa Block 47291 at http://kwit.org 3-D Printing Lends Doctors A Hand, Building Tailor-Made Body Parts http://kwit.org/post/3-d-printing-lends-doctors-hand-building-tailor-made-body-parts Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That's the sound of another 3-D technology, that's increasingly being used in medicine, 3-D printing. Doctors are now using 3-D printers to make replacement body parts, among other things. The printer we're hearing is at the Food and Drug Administration offices, outside Washington D.C. This is an area they are starting to regulate. So NPR's Rob Stein went and got a little tour of the FDA lab.<p>ROB STEIN, BYLINE: Is that white, plastic thing, below the nozzle there - is that what's being made?<p>STEVE POLLACK: That's the object that's being built. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Melissa Block 47063 at http://kwit.org The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond http://kwit.org/post/shape-extremist-ambitions-iraq-and-beyond NPR's Deborah Amos, author of <em>Eclipse of the Sunnis</em>, talks to Melissa Block about the extremist vision for establishing a new Sunni caliphate, as well as what it might look like if a group like ISIS managed to do so. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Melissa Block 46699 at http://kwit.org Letters: The World Cup And The Stanley Cup http://kwit.org/post/letters-world-cup-and-stanley-cup Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's time now for your letters. And first, a few moments to set some things straight. Yesterday, my co-host Audie Cornish spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of BP, who stepped down in 2007 amid a scandal involving a male escort. Now Browne has written a book urging the business world to create a better environment for gay and lesbian employees.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>JOHN BROWNE: Certainly, if you look at the S&P 500, there isn't one out, gay CEO.<p>BLOCK: Well, several of you pointed out an oversight on Browne's part. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Melissa Block 46500 at http://kwit.org Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words http://kwit.org/post/spelling-co-champs-beat-bee-leaving-judges-without-words Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Melissa, can I have a word for a moment?<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Absolutely. How about, thymelici?<p>SIEGEL: Oh, the dancing chorus in ancient Greek plays?<p>BLOCK: Yeah.<p>SIEGEL: No, I was thinking more of, encaenia.<p>BLOCK: Encaenia. The academic ceremony for conferring honorary degrees?<p>SIEGEL: Well, of course. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Melissa Block 45639 at http://kwit.org TV Offerings Are Hotter Than Usual This Summer http://kwit.org/post/tv-offerings-are-hotter-usual-summer Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, BYLINE: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Instead of taking their usual summer vacation, the TV networks are working to get your attention this summer. They're hoping to lure your eyes away from cable channels and online shows. To talk about some of the hot summer programming that will be on the schedule, I'm joined now by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans. And Eric, summer is usually when the networks slow down, but not this year. Thu, 29 May 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Melissa Block 45580 at http://kwit.org