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Our Land with Melissa Block

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Feb 9, 2017 7:58 AM

NPR's Melissa Block needs your help to decide her next road trip destination. She's in search of people who are making a difference in their community. Have an idea of who she should visit? Fill out this form.

As a new Presidential administration takes office in Washington, DC, NPR special correspondent Melissa Block is embarking on a road trip and listening tour of the U.S. for an exploration we're calling "Our Land."

Over the next several months, she'll profile communities small and large to capture how people's identity is shaped by where they live. Questions she'll explore: what it means to be from there, what gives them pride, how a community's identity has evolved over time, and what the future looks like to the people in that place. Each story will be strongly rooted in a sense of place, both from the voices heard and the scenes described.

The first leg of Melissa's itinerary includes three cities called Independence: from Independence, Kansas to Independence, Missouri (home of Harry S Truman); and Independence, Iowa. Melissa will then navigate South to states to be determined soon.

These "Our Land" reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.  Follow Melissa's travels via Twitter, the NPR On the Road tumblr, and Instagram

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