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Every weekday for over three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with two hours of multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform, challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.

A bi-coastal, 24-hour news operation, Morning Edition is hosted by NPR's Steve Inskeep in Washington, D.C., and Renee Montagne at NPR West in Culver City, CA. Even as hosts, Inskeep and Montagne often get out from behind the anchor desk and travel across the world to report on the news first hand. While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host.

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4:00am

Fri March 25, 2011
Middle East

View From Syria

Protests against the Syrian government have been taking place at a small border city. Those leading the protests say that dozens of people have been killed by government troops. The Syrian government has pledged to consider lifting some repressive laws to ease the crisis. Phil Sands, a reporter for the National, an English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, talks to Renee Montagne about the protests.

7:02am

Thu March 24, 2011
Strange News

Ferret Hops Train In London Travels To Scotland

An unusual passenger arrived on a train platform in Scotland. A ferret came all the way from London. The animal was found after the train departed from Haymarket Station in Edinburgh. The ferret was missing an owner and a ticket. An animal shelter has taken him in. A spokeswoman said "he's obviously someone's pet."

6:59am

Thu March 24, 2011
Strange News

Dance Partners Marry On His 100th Birthday

Back in 1983, Forrest Lunsway had a blind date. Rose Pollard went out with him, and they discovered they both loved to dance. Lunsway was in his 70s then but he waited 20 years to propose. Pollard put him off, saying she'd marry him on his 100th birthday. They got married on Saturday.

4:00am

Thu March 24, 2011
Politics

Obama Faces Criticism Of Libyan Mission

There's a tradition in which politicians try to hold back criticism of the president while he's on foreign soil. President Obama had not even stepped off Air Force One Wednesday when Speaker John Boehner released a letter listing pointed questions on the administration's plan for Libya.

4:00am

Thu March 24, 2011
Asia

Japan Nuclear Update

NPR's Jon Hamilton reports on the latest developments relating to Japan's damaged nuclear power complex.

4:00am

Thu March 24, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Facing Deadlock, Libyan Rebels Struggle To Regroup

Originally published on Thu March 24, 2011 2:49 pm

A Libyan rebel observes at a front-line checkpoint near Zwitina, the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya, south of Benghazi, eastern Libya, on Thursday.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

In key Libyan cities, anti-government rebels have been unable so far to dislodge forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, despite help from airstrikes and a no-fly zone from the Western coalition. Yet the rebels' provisional body is moving ahead with efforts to build a political structure to better define what the revolution stands for.

Meantime, there's creeping fear and paranoia in the rebel capital that people loyal to Gadhafi are trying to undermine those efforts through violence and intimidation.

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12:01am

Thu March 24, 2011
Books

Ian Rankin Switches To A New Hero In 'Complaints'

Detective John Rebus of the Edinburgh police force has retired after 17 novels and a slew of short stories. His creator, Scottish author Ian Rankin, has now written a new book with a new protagonist, a cop who works in the division of internal affairs — in other words, a cops who chases cops. The book, The Complaints, feels like it has the potential to become a new series.

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9:58am

Wed March 23, 2011
Remembrances

Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies At 79

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday of complications from congesive heart failure. She was 79. Taylor was English by birth and became an American movie star after she was discovered by a talent scout at age 9. In her later years, Taylor put considerable energy and money into the fight to find a cure for AIDS.

7:37am

Wed March 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Jury Finds 'Wally The Beer Man' Not Guilty

Wally the Beer Man is a fixture at Minnesota Twins baseball games. He even has his own trading cards and bobblehead doll. But he got in trouble when police accused him of selling alcohol to a minor. The beer salesman said he was set up in an unfair police sting. A Minnesota jury found him not guilty.

7:30am

Wed March 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Computer Geek Uses Technology To Catch A Thief

Someone snatched Mark Bao's laptop but the 18-year-old had a program that automatically backed up his files on remote servers. When the thief used the server, his files were transmitted to the backup site. Bao was able to track down the thief and contacted police.

4:00am

Wed March 23, 2011
Africa

Sarkozy, Libya Update

Steve Inskeep talks to Arthur Goldhammer of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University about French President Nicolas Sarkozy's role in calling for military action in Libya. They also discuss what that means for Sarkozy as he faces an election next year.

4:00am

Wed March 23, 2011
Asia

Japan Relief Update

Elderly residents of northern Japan have been especially hard hit by the twin disasters that struck Japan earlier this month. Many old people died in the tsunami and earthquake. Survivors are staying in temporary shelters and are having trouble getting adequate heat, food or medicine.

4:00am

Wed March 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Shrinking Detroit

Census data released this week revealed that Detroit lost nearly 250,000 people in the past decade. That's roughly one person every 22 minutes, according to a local analysis of the numbers. Mayor Dave Bing says he will challenge the count. NPR's Alex Kellogg talks to Steve Inskeep about the figures.

4:00am

Wed March 23, 2011
Conflict In Libya

What Does The U.S. Do After Air Strikes On Libya?

Some foreign policy experts call the intervention in Libya a war of choice, and an ill-advised one at that. Steve Inskeep talks Richard Haass, the president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, about his criticisms of the mission in Libya.

12:01am

Wed March 23, 2011
Health Care

As Health Law Turns 1, Debate Far From Settled

Wednesday marks a year since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.

But in those ensuing 12 months, the debate has barely missed a beat.

On Capitol Hill, Democrats have continued to sing the measure's praises.

"With this landmark law, we made health insurance and health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, "by extending coverage to 32 million more Americans."

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9:13am

Tue March 22, 2011
Economy

Silicon Valley Job Outlook Brighter, Still Cloudy

In California's Silicon Valley, the economy is finally showing signs of a turnaround. Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook are generating a lot of new excitement, and there's even been a slight uptick in hiring. Still, the recession has done considerable damage to the region's economy, and the unemployment rate remains high.

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8:27am

Tue March 22, 2011
Strange News

Man Outraged When Burrito Price Goes Up

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

This is a time of momentous news - a tsunami, a war, and also in San Antonio inflation in the price of burritos. A man walked into Taco Bell and ordered seven Beefy Crunch Burritos and discovered the price had gone from $.99 to a buck forty-nine. OK. Seven burritos, an extra fifty cents each, it was just too much. The man fired an air gun at an employee and when police chased him, he fired an assault rifle before being subdued.

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8:18am

Tue March 22, 2011
Animals

Snow Leopard Released After Visit With Putin

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Snow leopards are an endangered species native to Asia. They're also one of the official mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. So when Russian scientists found one of the rare cats earlier this month, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took the time to visit him over the weekend. The World Wildlife Fund has said the leopard should be released into the wild, which it was, right after Putin and the cameras took their leave.

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