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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

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.

4:00am

Wed July 6, 2011
NPR Story

GOP Presidential Candidates Define Foreign Policy Positions

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Charlie Black, who advised John McCain's presidential campaign, about the foreign policy of the top GOP frontrunners in the 2012 campaign. Strategy in the Middle East, Libya and Afghanistan has already divided the candidates as few other issues have.

4:00am

Wed July 6, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Wed July 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Montana Assesses Oil Spill In Yellowstone River

Cleanup continues as Exxon Mobile tries to determine the scope of the oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River. Rising waters due to snow melt could make it difficult for crews to get to some affected areas. Last week, a 12-inch pipeline carrying crude oil burst upstream of a refinery in Billings.

4:00am

Wed July 6, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Wed July 6, 2011
Author Interviews

A Yacht, A Mustache: How A President Hid His Tumor

It's In The Mustache: According to Algeo, President Grover Cleveland believed that if anything happened to his trademark mustache during his surgery at sea, the public would know something was wrong.
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In the summer of 1893, President Grover Cleveland disappeared for four days to have secret surgery on a yacht. It was the beginning of his second term as president and the country was entering a depression, a delicate time in which a president's health was inextricably linked to that of the nation. So Cleveland decided to keep the surgery a secret — and so it stayed for years.

Today, that secret is the subject of Matthew Algeo's new book, The President Is a Sick Man. Algeo tells NPR's Steve Inskeep about the presidential illness that launched a cover-up:

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7:15am

Tue July 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Retired Marine Fights HOA Over Flag Pole

Retired Marine Mike Merola flew an American flag on a 20-foot pole in Houston. The Lakeland Village Community Association sued, saying the pole violated community design rules. The case inspired Texas to pass legislation protecting the flag.

7:08am

Tue July 5, 2011
Europe

Driver Fined In Spain For Going To Slowly

A driver in Valencia, Spain. thought he would beat the system. Suspecting the presence of speed cameras, he slowed way down. A few months later, he was shocked to get a ticket in the mail for driving too slowly.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Europe

German Smokers Want 'Health Mafia' To Butt Out

Australia has proposed some of the world's toughest restrictions on cigarette marketing and advertising. And American health officials recently unveiled graphic new warning labels scheduled to appear next year.

It's all part of a growing international effort to get tough on smoking. But in Germany, anti-smoking activists are facing a tough battle even getting basic restrictions enforced.

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4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Author Interviews

You Too Can Be A Successful Screenwriter

Renee Montagne talks to screenwriters and comedians Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. They're out with a new guide for hopeful screenwriters: "Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!"

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Latin America

Cancer-Stricken Chavez Returns To Venezuela To Convalesce

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez quietly slipped back into the country on a pre-dawn flight from Cuba Monday. For nearly a month, he's been in Havana where doctors had removed a cancerous tumor.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Africa

No Formal Peace Talks Set In Libya

A senior Libyan official said progress has been made in talks with rebels on ending more than four months of fighting. But a top rebel leader has denied that any negotiations are taking place.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Europe

Strauss-Kahn To Face New Sex Charges In France

Just as pressure on former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is easing in New York, it is ramping up in Paris. A young novelist, who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in 2003, is officially bringing charges against him. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers announced he will counter-sue for defamation of character.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Business

Dallas Tests Where Section 8 Recipients May Live

Originally published on Thu July 7, 2011 9:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

In this country we could see some changes in a government housing program known as Section 8. Critics have complained that this subsidized rent program gives recipients enough money to live in poor, minority neighborhoods, but not enough money to live anywhere else. Now the Department of Housing and Urban Development is rethinking the way it calculates rent payments.

The city of Dallas has been testing these changes and Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR has this report.

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