Melissa Block http://kbia.org en Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions http://kbia.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-abortion-restrictions Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. <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=Federal+Judge+Blocks+Texas+Abortion+Restrictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 58474 at http://kbia.org Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign http://kbia.org/post/mapping-out-end-days-midterm-campaign <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=Mapping+Out+The+End+Days+Of+The+Midterm+Campaign&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. With the end of August comes the traditional beginning of the fall election season. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Melissa Block 58346 at http://kbia.org Federal Judge Rules Some College Players Are Entitled To Payment http://kbia.org/post/federal-judge-rules-some-college-players-are-entitled-payment College athletes scored a major victory in court Friday. A federal judge issued a ruling that the NCAA violated antitrust law by prohibiting athletes from payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The ruling addressed football and basketball players in particular. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:02:00 +0000 Melissa Block 57437 at http://kbia.org Player In Baseball's Steroid Scandal Surrenders To DEA http://kbia.org/post/player-baseballs-steroid-scandal-surrenders-dea <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=Player+In+Baseball%27s+Steroid+Scandal+Surrenders+To+DEA&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The man accused at being at the heart of Major League Baseball's biggest doping scandal surrendered to federal agents today. Anthony Bosch is founder of the Biogenesis Anti-aging Clinic in South Florida. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 57218 at http://kbia.org What's The Big Screen Recipe For A Good Guy-Cry? You Tell Us http://kbia.org/post/whats-big-screen-recipe-good-guy-cry-you-tell-us <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=What%27s+The+Big+Screen+Recipe+For+A+Good+Guy-Cry%3F+You+Tell+Us&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMzQ0NTcxMDEzNTE2Mjg4MDQ3OGJiOA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>OK, grab the tissues, get a firm shoulder to lean on. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Melissa Block 57173 at http://kbia.org Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://kbia.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 55958 at http://kbia.org U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama http://kbia.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 55409 at http://kbia.org The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond http://kbia.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 54708 at http://kbia.org Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words http://kbia.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 20:36:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53816 at http://kbia.org Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies http://kbia.org/post/singing-star-all-black-cowboy-movies-herb-jeffries-dies Herb Jeffries was the first singing star of all-black cowboy movies in the late 1930s, garnering him the nickname the "Bronze Buckeroo." The jazz baritone had a seven-decade career, including singing with Duke Ellington's Band. He died Sunday in California, at age 100. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53561 at http://kbia.org Who's Using The Data Mined From Students? http://kbia.org/post/whos-using-data-mined-students Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53549 at http://kbia.org On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan http://kbia.org/post/memorial-day-revisiting-stories-fallen-afghanistan Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>At Arlington National Cemetery on this memorial day President Obama paid tribute to the country's war dead. The President had just returned from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVAL RECORDING)<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: For more than 12 years men and women like those I met with, have borne the burden of our nation's security. Now because of their profound sacrifice because the progress that they have made, or in a pivotal moment. Our troops are coming home. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53551 at http://kbia.org What We Know About The Man Behind The Isla Vista Killings http://kbia.org/post/what-we-know-about-man-behind-isla-vista-killings Scott Gold, senior writer for The Los Angeles Times discusses Elliot Rodger, the man who police say went on a stabbing and shooting rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., last week before killing himself. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53552 at http://kbia.org To Pay For Hepatitis C Drugs, Medicare Might Face A Steep Bill http://kbia.org/post/pay-hepatitis-c-drugs-medicare-might-face-steep-bill The federal Medicare program for the elderly and disabled will cover two new drugs that can cure hepatitis C, a liver disease that can cause cancer and lead to death. The drugs are very expensive, but they cure hepatitis C in most cases. The government and insurers are concerned about these costs; three million Americans have hepatitis C, most of whom don't know they have it. Fri, 16 May 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Melissa Block 53060 at http://kbia.org 'The New York Times' Announces Surprise Change Of Management http://kbia.org/post/times-announces-surprise-change-management <em>The New York Times</em> has announced that Dean Baquet, the newspaper's managing editor, will replace Jill Abramson as the executive editor. Both Abramson and Baquet were named to their current jobs in 2011. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik comments on the move. <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=%27The+New+York+Times%27+Announces+Surprise+Change+Of+Management&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5Njc0ODg4MDEzNDA5MTE5NDRhNDMzYw004)"/></div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Melissa Block 52937 at http://kbia.org Stanford Dumps Its Holdings In Coal, With Climate In Mind http://kbia.org/post/stanford-dumps-its-holdings-coal-climate-mind Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. One of the nation's top universities is taking a stand against coal. Responding to dire warnings about the effects on climate change, Stanford made this announcement: the school's nearly $19 billion endowment fund will no longer make direct investments in companies that mine coal for energy. Wed, 07 May 2014 21:11:00 +0000 Melissa Block 52608 at http://kbia.org In Answer To Palestinian Unity, Israelis Step Away From Peace Talks http://kbia.org/post/answer-palestinian-unity-israelis-step-away-peace-talks Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Elsewhere in the Middle East, Israel has broken off peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israeli leaders say they're doing that because the Palestinian Authority is forming a joint government with the militant group Hamas.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>For years, Hamas has run the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority holds power in the West Bank. Israel says it cannot negotiation with any leadership allied with a violently anti-Israel faction. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Melissa Block 51911 at http://kbia.org New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline http://kbia.org/post/new-browser-plug-would-literally-annihilate-headline Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This next story is literally about the word...<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Literally.<p>CORNISH: ...literally. As in a literal sense or manner.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>That's also the name of a free Internet browser extension created by New York programmer Mike Lazer-Walker.<p>MIKE LAZER-WALKER: So all it does, you install it in your Web browser, and then any website you visit, any time the word literally is printed, it instead replaces it with figuratively.<p>CORNISH: That's literally all it does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 51852 at http://kbia.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight http://kbia.org/post/lbj-carried-poor-texas-town-him-civil-rights-fight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EizAeISiHDM</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Melissa Block 51200 at http://kbia.org LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town http://kbia.org/post/drilling-frenzy-fuels-sudden-growth-small-texas-town South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.<p>Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.<p>Before the boom, jobs were few and poverty was high. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Melissa Block 51121 at http://kbia.org Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides http://kbia.org/post/ncaa-finals-two-recent-champions-unlikely-rides Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>It's Huskies versus Wildcats as the Men's Division I college basketball season comes to an end tonight. Facing off are two recent champions: the University of Connecticut, who won in 2011, and the University of Kentucky who won in 2012. They've both had improbable rides to tonight's title game.<p>For more, I'm joined by NPR's Tom Goldman who will be covering the game in Arlington, Texas. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Melissa Block 50904 at http://kbia.org Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence http://kbia.org/post/another-tragedy-city-all-too-familiar-extreme-gun-violence Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298699681/fort-hood-shooting-the-latest">after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood</a>. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/17/us/gunman-kills-22-and-himself-in-texas-cafeteria.html">Luby's Cafeteria in 1991</a> that left 23 dead. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:55:00 +0000 Melissa Block 50754 at http://kbia.org Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence On Base And In Town, Shooting Summons A Dread All Too Familiar http://kbia.org/post/base-and-town-shooting-summons-dread-all-too-familiar From Killeen, Texas, where Fort Hood is based, Melissa Block talks to soldiers who were on base during the shooting, as well as with Killeen's mayor. The mayor explains how the town is trying to cope. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Melissa Block 50736 at http://kbia.org As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns http://kbia.org/post/state-diversifies-texas-educators-grab-bull-horns Texas is in the midst of a population boom and demographic sea change. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Melissa Block 50601 at http://kbia.org As Texas Gets More Diverse, Educators Grab The Bull By The Horns Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping http://kbia.org/post/orthotic-brace-takes-soldiers-limping-leaping A deceptively simple leg brace is changing the lives of hundreds of wounded service members. Soldiers with badly injured legs who thought they'd have to live with terrible pain can walk and run again, pain-free.<p>Earlier this month, Army Spc. Joey McElroy took his first steps in the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis, or IDEO (pronounced: eye-DAY-oh). The device squeaked a bit as he stepped briskly on an indoor track.<p>McElroy was hit by a car and thrown from his motorcycle on Dec. 5, 2012.<p>"I knew that when I looked down there was bones comin' out of the leg that didn't look correct. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Melissa Block 50515 at http://kbia.org Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping Tell Your Bestie: The OED Has New Words http://kbia.org/post/tell-your-bestie-oed-has-new-words The Oxford English Dictionary is adding some 900 new words and phrases to its pages, with wackadoodle, bestie and DIYer among them. Melissa and Robert review some of the new entries. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Melissa Block 49631 at http://kbia.org Fake Chef, Real Recipes — And The Food's Disgusting http://kbia.org/post/fake-chef-real-recipes-and-foods-disgusting Nick Preuher is no chef; he only plays one on TV. More accurately, he has pretended to be one, appearing on various local morning television shows as a prank. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Melissa Block 49070 at http://kbia.org Letters: Genetic Experiments And Hopes For Saving Voices http://kbia.org/post/letters-genetic-experiments-and-hopes-saving-voices Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Finally this hour: Your letters. We heard from Aaron Berger, a high school biology teacher in Minneapolis. He listened closely to our conversation this week about mitochondrial DNA. A debate is raging over whether women who want to have children but have errors in their DNA should be allowed to get a healthy transplant.<p>Berger wrote to add something he did not hear on our air: Mitochondria are the organelles that allow our cells to release energy from the nutrients in our food. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Melissa Block 48850 at http://kbia.org More Findings, More Questions About Value Of Mammograms http://kbia.org/post/more-findings-more-questions-about-value-mammograms Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>There's new evidence out today that's raising questions about whether women in their 40's and 50's should routinely undergo mammography to detect breast cancer. A new analysis of a big Canadian study found no evidence that regular mammograms save lives. The study even suggests that for many women, regular breast X-rays may do more harm than good.<p>NPR's Rob Stein joins us now to talk about this report. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Melissa Block 48069 at http://kbia.org Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation' http://kbia.org/post/sidelined-brain-injury-ex-nfl-player-copes-desperation The home of Sean Morey bears the impressive signposts of his 10-year career in the NFL: a Vince Lombardi trophy for his Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. A hefty Super Bowl ring. A framed photograph showing Morey in midair, launching himself like a missile to block a punt. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:23:00 +0000 Melissa Block 47487 at http://kbia.org Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation'