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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.

Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.

Produced and distributed by NPR in Washington, D.C., Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based around the world, and producers and reporters in locations in the United States. This reporting is supplemented by NPR Member station reporters across the country as well as independent producers and reporters throughout the public radio system.

Since its debut on November 5, 1979, Morning Edition has garnered broadcasting's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

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8:33am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Survey: Cell Phones Help Users Avoid Others

Even if your cell phone has been switched off, it still has at least one use: avoiding other people. A new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that young adults frequently use their phones to avoid interaction.

8:14am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

What's The Hurry? App Recommends Scenic Routes

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 8:38 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The point of using GPS navigation is to find the quickest way between point A and B. Now a new phone app encourages travelers to slow down and enjoy the scenery. The free BMW app lets users upload routes offering the loveliest views plus eateries. One Arkansas route takes driver to the state's oldest continuously operated general store. Another alerts drives outside Denver to watch for bighorn sheep. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

8:07am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Fair's Butter Cow Unwitting Vegan Messenger

One highlight at the Iowa State Fair is the famous butter cow. But the 600 lbs. butter sculpture had an unlikely message on it this weekend: "Go Vegan." According to the Des Moines Register, animal rights activists have admitted they snuck past a guard and hung the sign on the cow.

5:15am

Tue August 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad For Kids?

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 12:01 am

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As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.

In a new report out on Tuesday, they say research shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty.

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4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Economy

Va. Truck Stop Owner Irked At Washington Politicians

Corey Berkstresser's father bought the Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid 80s. The family has worked hard to build up the business. But these days, gas prices are up and the effects of the bad economy are showing up everywhere. Even the tips the waitresses get are down. Everyone is blaming Washington for the mess.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Middle East

Navy Aids In Syria's Crack Down On Protesters

In Syria, the navy is being used for the first time against the protest movement there. Gunships have been shelling the coastal city of Latakia, where more than 30 people have been killed over the last four days. Residents say they fear the crackdown could get worse.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

David Greene has business news.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
NPR Story

401(k) Owners Hope Markets Play Nice

Over the last two decades, employers have been shutting down defined-benefit pension plans and steering their workers into 401(k)-type savings plans. But the returns on many of these retirement funds have been dismal for more than a decade.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Europe

Sarkozy, Merkel Discuss Plan To Contain Europe's Debt Crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are discussing what additional measures can be taken to contain the crisis. France is struggling to maintain its triple-A bond rating — while the Germans try to limit expectations that they will always come to the rescue of countries in trouble.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Politics

Economic Issues Drive Obama's Midwest Bus Tour

President Obama will host a forum on rural economic development in Iowa Tuesday. It's the middle stop on a three-day bus tour of the upper Midwest. As he talks about job growth, Obama is also testing out the themes that are likely to define his 2012 re-election campaign.

7:40am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Pterodactyl Swoops Down On Surfer Statue

A bronze statue of a young surfer can't seem to catch a break. Since the sculpture was unveiled four years ago near San Diego, pranksters have dressed him up as a birthday clown, a Hooters waitress and cupid. Over the weekend, a stealth artist outdid them all with an elaborate prehistoric diorama of a volcano and a pterodactyl carrying the much maligned surfer away.

7:28am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Runaway Blimp Crashes In Woman's Backyard

A 94-year-old Ohio woman didn't think much of the bang she heard during a weekend thunderstorm, until police started knocking on her door. They were coming to retrieve a blimp that had crashed in her backyard. The blimp became untethered at a Columbus airport, which is two miles away. It was on a 20-city tour to advertise a brand of vodka.

6:36am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Statue Of Civil War General Forrest Still Draws Fire

The 25-foot statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, controversial Civil War general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan, sits off Interstate 65. It's behind a gate that's secured with six padlocks because Forrest's hard-charging style draws fire.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Perry, Bachmann Share Billing At Iowa Fundraiser

It was a political whirlwind of a weekend in Iowa, culminating in an event last night in Waterloo. Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann and new entrant in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry, gave back to back speeches at the same County GOP dinner. People in the audience were sizing both up, as the campaign moves into a new phase. NPR's Don Gonyea has the latest.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Defiant Gadhafi Pushes Rebels To Fight On

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 6:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Let's turn now to another story we're following: Libya, where rebel forces have made some dramatic gains. Rebels have fought their way out of the mountains to a key coastal city just 30 miles from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

In a defiant speech last night, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi exhorted his followers to fight, even as reports surfaced of talks between the regime and the rebels.

We've got NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on the line. She's in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

And Lulu, what is the latest?

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4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Middle East

Mubarak Returns To Cairo Courtroom For Trial

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to resume today in a heavily-guarded courtroom at the police academy in Cairo. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Europe

UK Stunned By Rioters' Racial, Economic Diversity

Many people in Britain are still reeling in shock from the violent riots that broke out in a number of English cities just over a week ago. The country is now experiencing a period of political sniping over why the riots broke out, and how they can be avoided.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Mon August 15, 2011
Movies

Dominic Cooper On Becoming 'The Devil's Double'

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 9:09 am

In The Devil's Double, Dominic Cooper plays two characters: Saddam Hussein's oldest son, Uday, and Iraqi military man Latif Yahia, who was made to undergo plastic surgery so he could become Uday's body double.
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Evil though Saddam Hussein may have been, his oldest son, Uday, was in some ways worse. In the years before 2003, when Uday Hussein was killed by American special forces, he was a drug-addled playboy capable of rape and murder on a whim.

In the 1980s and '90s, Uday was a dangerous man — but he was also in danger. Like his father, he needed a body double, so he called upon Latif Yahia, an old school chum who looked just like him, and forced him to fill that role.

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12:01am

Mon August 15, 2011
The Picture Show

Jumping Dogs And Photo-Toons: Meet Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:34 am

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Photographer Elliott Erwitt loves babies, bare bottoms and dogs — specifically, jumping dogs. And he'll go to great lengths — however unorthodox — to get the shot. To get a dog to jump? Bark at it, Erwitt says: "You have to speak their language. ... Sometimes they bark back, sometimes they jump." But it's a perilous approach. "Once, one of them peed on my leg as a consequence," he says.

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6:59am

Fri August 12, 2011
Animals

Officials Enlist Geese To Patrol Brazilian Prison

In Brazil, prison officials needed to goose up their alarm system at an overcrowded prison. They could have done many things, but instead they turned to geese. According to the warden, geese will honk loudly when they sense strange movements — like someone escaping over a wall.

6:55am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Halloween Prop Frightens Young Fisherman

A boy in Illinois was fishing when something caught his hook. He got a look at the terrible sight only briefly before it fell off the hook again. He alerted authorities that he had found a severed foot. A search and rescue team spent eight hours looking for what turned out to be a Halloween prop.

6:50am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

A Different Wall Divides Berlin These Days

Writer Hogler Teschke talks to Renee Montagne about his thoughts on the divisions that remain in Germany 50 years after the Berlin Wall was built. He says the financial crisis has created a new "invisible wall," and he believes it will take at least one more generation before identities aren't attached to the ideas of East and West.

6:47am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

Berlin Neighborhood Remembers Wall's Construction

It will be 50 years ago Saturday that construction began on the Berlin Wall. The barrier that divided East and West Berlin eventually grew to be 27 miles long. In one area in the center of the city, a section of the wall still stands.

6:28am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Detroit Residents Monitor Fate Of Local Schools

Detroit Public Schools will continue closing schools this year, in an effort to keep up with a steady decline in the number of students. Neighbors fear that a closed school will add to the city's rapid decline in population.

5:22am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

'Bad News Bears' Kid Runs For Congress

David Pollock played one of the kids in the movie made famous in the 1970s. He played Rudi Stein, the nervous kid with glasses who got on base by intentionally getting hit with a pitch. Pollock is running as a Democrat in the new 26th Congressional district in California.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
NPR Story

GOP Presidential Candidates Spar In Iowa Debate

Republican presidential candidates debated in Ames, Iowa, Thursday night — just two days before Saturday's straw poll. The debate featured two frontrunners: Mitt Romney, who leads in national polls, and Michele Bachmann, who has polled well in Iowa. It also marks the debate debut of former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Spain Criticized For Giving Tax Break For Pope's Visit

Many Spaniards are grumbling at the cost of their government's red carpet welcome for Pope Benedict, who heads to Madrid next week for World Youth Day. Local priests have issued a rare complaint about tax breaks offered to the event's corporate sponsors. The Spanish government is paying millions for the pope's security, at a time when it's also slashing public salaries and the education budget.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

When French customers complained that they didn't have time to shop for bread, a Parisian baker created a vending machine for baguettes. It's no ordinary vending machine. The partially cooked bread is steamed once a selection is made.

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