NPR advance team in China reports on earthquake’s aftermath

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NPR’s Melissa Block recorded a live account of yesterday’s earthquake in central China and later reported from the scene of a collapsed middle school where parents grieved over the bodies of their dead children. Raw audio of both scenes, as well as coverage from yesterday’s edition of All Things Considered in which Block describes being surrounded by an angry mob and forced to leave the middle school, are posted here. The ATC reporting team, including co-host Robert Siegel, were on assignment in a city near the quake’s epicenter, gathering material for a series of special broadcasts planned for next week. Their web diary of the trip, Chengu Diary, is providing updates on the quake’s aftermath. Associated Press reports on how Block’s interview with a religious leader unexpectedly became live reporting from a disaster scene.

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