Melissa Block http://kgou.org en In World Cup's Final Weekend, Messi Bears Brunt of Argentina's Hopes http://kgou.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 33184 at http://kgou.org Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill http://kgou.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 33117 at http://kgou.org U.S. Readies To Step Onto Stage For Knockout Round Drama http://kgou.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 32408 at http://kgou.org The Young Cuban Who's Bringing Activism In Line With The Revolution http://kgou.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 32169 at http://kgou.org 3-D Printing Lends Doctors A Hand, Building Tailor-Made Body Parts http://kgou.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 31917 at http://kgou.org The Shape Of Extremist Ambitions In Iraq And Beyond http://kgou.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 31535 at http://kgou.org Spelling Co-Champs Beat The Bee, Leaving Judges Without Words http://kgou.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 30367 at http://kgou.org Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies http://kgou.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 30066 at http://kgou.org Who's Using The Data Mined From Students? http://kgou.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 30054 at http://kgou.org On Memorial Day, Revisiting Stories Of The Fallen In Afghanistan http://kgou.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 30062 at http://kgou.org