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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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4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Africa

Questions Linger: Who Is Fighting For Gadhafi?

Among the prisoners held by anti-Gadhafi rebels in western Libya are many sub-Saharan Africans --from Ghana, Chad and other countries. Rebel leaders have long accused Moammar Gadhafi of recruiting black African mercenaries. Interviews at a rebel prison appear to corroborate the allegations. The prisoners — Libyans as well as sub-Saharan Africans — say Gadhafi's army is running short of food and ammunition, and is plagued by desertions. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Weather Could Delay Launch Of Atlantis

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 12:53 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

At this hour, final preparations are underway for the launch of Atlantis, the last American shuttle to venture into space.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Hundreds of thousands of spectators will be on hand in Central Florida to watch the final shuttle launch if the weather permits that launch. We're going to talk about that and more with NPR's science correspondent Joe Palca, who's in our studios here in Washington. Joe, good morning.

JOE PALCA: Morning.

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4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Thousands Of Reporters Converge On Space Center

As hordes of reporters wait for the launch, it's unclear if they'll see a blast off or a lot of rain.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Administration Extends Assistance To Jobless Homeowners

People who fall behind on their mortgage payments because of a job loss are about to get some additional breathing room. The Obama administration is pressuring mortgage servicers to increase the forbearance period to 12 months for homeowners who have lost jobs. NPR's Tamara Keith reports.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

Silver Prices Pressure Native American Silversmiths

A rise in the global price of silver is hurting Native American artists like Floyd Lomakuyuaya of the Hopi Reservation. The spike is threatening not only their livelihoods, but also part of their cultural heritage.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Movies

'Boyz N The Hood' Rings Out, 20 Years Later

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:41 am

Boyz N The Hood, made by John Singleton in 1991, was the story of three friends — played by(from left) Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ice Cube – growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
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In the original trailer for John Singleton's 1991 film Boyz N The Hood, violent images play over a thudding drum track, as voice over introduces viewers to the hard heart of South Central Los Angeles. "This is Los Angeles, gang capital of the nation." Then, "In South Central L.A., it's tough to beat the streets."

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11:54pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Monkey See

A Day Of One's OWN: One Man Watches Oprah's Network

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 12:01 am

This may be the most harrowing assignment I have ever tackled for NPR: spending a day watching Oprah Winfrey's new cable channel. Winfrey has admitted she could have done a better job with OWN, which launched in January. Ratings have been disappointing and the original CEO has left. Now that her daily talk show is over, Winfrey says that she's going to focus her attention on making OWN more successful. I figured I could check it out to see how it's doing.

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10:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
StoryCorps

Alzheimer's Brings Daughter, Dad Together

Betsy Brooks remembered her father, Charles Brooks, during a recent visit to StoryCorps in New York with her boyfriend, John Grecsek.
StoryCorps

Betsy Brooks remembers her father, Charles, as a "razor-sharp" former Marine. The two had their share of arguments, she says. But that all changed late in her father's life, as Betsy recently told her boyfriend, John Grecsek.

Charles was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was 78. Betsy tells John about her relationship with her dad before, and after, the diagnosis.

"We butted heads from the moment we could," Betsy says.

Her father was a Marine — and very proud of it.

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7:31am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Friends Don't Let Friends Drink And Buy Puppies

New York City's West Village is home to a pet shop called Le Petite Puppy. It's within walking distance of several bars. The manager says inebriated bar patrons will stumble in and attempt to buy a puppy without thinking through the responsibilities that entails. So the store's banned puppy sales to drunk customers.

7:25am

Thu July 7, 2011
Strange News

Russian Motorists Fall For Ruble Prank

Drivers in Moscow stopped in the middle of a 10-lane highway this week to pick up what looked like strewn money. It turns out, the road was not paved with rubles. Just bookmarks printed to look like a 1,000 ruble note.

5:38am

Thu July 7, 2011
Asia

North Korea Accused Of Paying For Nuclear Secrets

The father of Pakistan's nuclear program tells The Washington Post that North Korea paid kickbacks to Pakistani military officials in exchange for sensitive nuclear technology.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
NPR Story

Verizon Wireless Ends Unlimited Data Plans

Starting Thursday, the nation's biggest wireless carrier will no longer offer unlimited data plans to new customers. That means Verizon customers who watch lots of videos and stream music on their smartphones will likely have to pay more for their monthly service in the future. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Media

British Tabloid Under Fire For Hacking Victims' Phones

Six years ago today, suicide bombers killed 52 people by targeting London's public transit system. There are allegations that British police collaborated with tabloid magazines to hack into the victims' voicemail messages left that day.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Media

Hacking Scandal Puts Spotlight On Murdoch's Tabloid

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid "News Of The World" is facing new allegations in a phone hacking scandal that has set off a fire storm in Britain. Murdoch's top news executive at News International is under increasing pressure to resign.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Texas Urged To Stop Mexican National's Execution

In Texas Thursday, Humberto Leal Garcia is scheduled to be put to death. Leal was convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1994 — but he is a Mexican national and was not informed of his right to notify his embassy or consulate at the time of his arrest. President Obama, the United Nations and others have asked Texas to stay the execution, but the state has refused.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Economy

Debt Ceiling Fate Boils Down to Semantics

With the August deadline on the debt ceiling looming, President Obama and Republicans say they have agreed on a set of spending cuts. The president is insisting that the package include some revenue. The debate seems to center on when is a tax increase not a tax increase. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Renee Montagne about Thursday's deficit reduction talks at the White House.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Minn. State Workers Angry There's No Budget Deal

Minnesota's government has had been shutdown for nearly a week. There continues to be a standoff over taxes and spending between the Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the state's legislature. Hundreds of laid off state workers rallied at the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday.

12:01am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Record

Beyonce's Twin Kingdoms: Pop And Hip-Hop

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This week, Beyonce's fourth studio album — appropriately titled 4 — is the number one album in the country, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's an accomplishment each of the singer's four solo albums have managed.

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12:01am

Thu July 7, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Making A Case For Menotti

Is composer Gian Carlo Menotti (born 100 years ago Thursday) ready to be ranked with the greatest 20th-century composers?
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One hundred years ago, in a country town on Italy's Lake Lugano, Gian Carlo Menotti was born. It didn't take long before little Gian Carlo took pen to music paper. By the time he entered the Milan Conservatory at age 13, he'd already composed two operas.

On the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth, Morning Edition music commentator Miles Hoffman makes a case for Menotti as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.

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7:23am

Wed July 6, 2011
Strange News

Facebook's Zuckerberg Is A Hit On Google Plus

Google's latest attempt to compete with Facebook is its new social network called Google Plus. The launch party was by invitation-only but some how Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg got in. Now more than 40,000 follow Zuckerberg, making him the most-followed person on Google Plus.

7:13am

Wed July 6, 2011
Strange News

Parent's Gamble On Baby Boy's Name

Parents have named their son GoldenPalace.com. As part of an ad campaign, the Internet casino paid $15,000 for the naming rights. But it's not even original. Other children and even a grownup share the same name.

6:58am

Wed July 6, 2011
Law

Baseball Great Clemens Goes On Trial For Perjury

The trial of Roger Clemens, one of baseball's most dominating pitchers, begins Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He is charged with perjury and obstruction of Congress. In 2008, during testimony on Capitol Hill, Clemens denied ever using performance enhancing drugs.

6:33am

Wed July 6, 2011
Environment

White House Study Explains Why GOP Targets EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency has become a target of House Republicans and of GOP presidential hopefuls. They say its rules are job killers. A new White House report finds air pollution rules from the EPA cost far more than other government regulations. But they also result in far more benefits than other government mandates.

6:29am

Wed July 6, 2011
National Security

Somali Man To Face Terror Trial In New York

The Obama administration says it has brought an accused terrorist back to the U.S. for a civilian trial — a move that won't go over well with many in Congress. The suspect was grabbed by the U.S. military from a ship at sea in the Middle East back in April. He was held aboard a Navy vessel for two months of questioning.

4:00am

Wed July 6, 2011
NPR Story

Jury: Casey Anthony Didn't Killer Her Daughter

For more than two years, television and talk radio pundits have been fixated on the Casey Anthony murder trial. The 25-year-old mom was accused of killing her two-year-old daughter and then lying about it for months. On Tuesday, jurors in an Orlando courtroom agreed she is not guilty.

4:00am

Wed July 6, 2011
NPR Story

Parliament Election Dispute Deadlocks Afghan Government

Afghan parliamentarians are struggling to hold a unified line against what they see as an unconstitutional push by President Karzai to overturn 25 percent of last September's parliamentary elections. The continuing deadlock has tarnished all sides and exposed the fragility of Afghan democracy.

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