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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

Tue August 30, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi Family Members Flee Libya To Algeria

Many of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's family members have turned up in Algeria. It's not known if Gadhafi is with them. The Algerian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Gadhafi's wife Safia, his sons Hannibal and Mohammed, and his daughter Aisha entered the country across the land border.

12:01am

Tue August 30, 2011
The Record

Songs Of The Summer: How To Win The Season

Summer songs: best if played outside before September 21.
Mike Weinberg flickr.com

Ann Powers spoke with David Greene on NPR's Morning Edition about summer songs — those tracks that, as she wrote last week, hit the perfect balance of fun cliches and light-hearted rhythm. They also often hit the top of the charts. But what do those summer songs do to draw us in?

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12:01am

Tue August 30, 2011
Crime In The City

Moscow, In A Time Of Fear

Remembering Russia's Dark Past: Tom Rob Smith's crime novels follow Soviet security agent Leo Demidov through 1950s Moscow, when Josef Stalin ruled the Kremlin and simply associating with the wrong people could land you in jail.
And all that Malarkey via Flickr

The novels of Tom Rob Smith are set mostly in the Soviet Union of the 1950s, a time and a place where oppression was palpable and any wrong move could get a person sent to a prison thousands of miles away.

Smith's first thriller, Child 44, was the story of a Soviet security agent whose job was to spy on fellow citizens. While many authors are virtual tour guides in the places where they set their novels, Smith had actually only been to Moscow once before — in 1997, on a high school trip.

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7:26am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

School Superintendent Gives Himself A Big Pay Cut

Larry Powell is superintendent of 325 schools in Fresno County, Calif. Powell is giving back $800,000 over the next three years. He wants to preserve education programs from budget cuts. He'll work his final three years before retirement making less than a starting teacher's salary.

7:20am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Baltimore's Mayor Inadvertently Wakes Up The City

Some Baltimore residents were getting robocalls from the mayor around 4 a.m. Saturday reminding them that Hurricane Irene was on the way. The city's automatic phone calls were supposed to stop by 9 p.m. Friday, but a glitch kept them going through the night.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Big Apple Reboots After Shutting Down For Irene

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 6:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning Im David Greene. Renee Montagne is on assignment in Afghanistan.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And Im Steve Inskeep.

The nation's largest city works to return to business today after the flooding from Irene.

GREENE: New York took a direct hit from the storm. The destruction was not as awful in New York as some feared. Still, this is a metropolitan area of more than 19 million people.

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4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Africa

Libyan Loyalists Keep Fighting For Moammar Gadhafi's Regime

In Libya, the tide has turned against Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters. And that has left an uncomfortable question for the new rebel authority: What to do with his loyalists and supporters?

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

India's Government, Anti-Corruption Crusader End Deadlock

An aging anti-corruption crusader in India has ended a two-week fast. He and the government reached a compromise on dealing with officials and politicians who demand bribes. Millions were riveted by the standoff.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Business

Business News

Japan's finance minister moves to the prime minister's office after the country's ruling party voted him in Monday. Yoshihiko Noda is known as a fiscal hawk. Noda will be Japan's sixth prime minister in only five years.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Not A Monster Storm, But Irene Still Packed A Punch

Hurricane Irene destroyed houses, flooded cities and caused billions of dollars of damage. But the destruction was less than expected because Irene turned out to be less powerful than forecasters predicted.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 7:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Our last word in business today is tempest in a teapot. I know it's a cliche, but there is really no other way to describe the storm brewing over a change that the British tea maker Twinings made to its Earl Grey recipe in the UK. The distinctive flavor of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oil. Bergamot is a kind of orange, and Twinings recently jazzed up the 180-year-old recipe with some extra citrus flavor.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Analysis

Politics: Irene Is Not Just A Weather Story

Major storms like Hurricane Irene often bring with them political consequences. Over the last few days, politicians from the president on down to local mayors, have been showing up on the airwaves.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Some Areas Stunned By Irene's Mild Touch

While Hurricane Irene did not turn to be the storm of the century, it did cause millions to lose power, forced hundreds of thousands to be evacuated and resulted in a number of fatalities.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Europe

Britain's Gang Violence Is Not A 'Quick Fix Issue'

David Greene interviews former LAPD and NYPD Chief William Bratton, who recently was tapped to be an adviser to the British government — as officials there try to reduce youth gang violence.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Irene Spares Jersey Shore From Major Damage

Residents along the New Jersey Shore were expecting the worst from Hurricane Irene. Many there boarded up windows and put sand bags around front doors. But the region was spared all but minor damage.

4:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Washed Out Bridges Strand Vermont's Small Towns

Vermont became an unexpected casualty of Hurricane Irene. The storm dropped up to seven inches of rain Sunday — flooding streams and sending rivers crashing over their banks. In the state highway system alone, 12 bridges were washed out.

12:01am

Mon August 29, 2011
Pop Culture

'Comedy Person' Wyatt Cenac Does News For Laughs

Wyatt Cenac joined the cast of The Daily Show in 2008.
Martin Crook

Are dogs racist? Why is TV the best roommate you'll ever have? Those are some of the questions comedian Wyatt Cenac addresses in his new DVD and CD of stand-up comedy, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person.

Cenac is best known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he goes out into the field to interview real people — and then makes them look ridiculous. In one recent story, he reported on the growing threat of importing oil from dangerous regimes — like Canada.

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11:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
Economy

No Big Rescue Plans From Fed Chief Bernanke

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, host:

And I'm David Greene.

Nervous investors - and these days that's most investors - were all ears this morning as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech in Wyoming. The investors were listening for any clues about additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the sagging economy. Bernanke did not outline any big rescue plans, but he did say the Fed has tools it can use if necessary.

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8:24am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

FEMA's Challenge: To Get People Ready For Irene

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DAVID GREENE, host:

That is part of the reason the government is urging people to begin now taking this storm very seriously.

Craig Fugate heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he joins us on the line from Washington, D.C.

Good morning.

Mr. CRAIG FUGATE (Administrator, FEMA): Good morning.

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7:35am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Real Clowns Steal Fake Jewelry

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 11:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Two clowns walked into a Colorado jewelry store this week, guns blazing. The men wore white face paint, black lipstick and wigs. They pointed guns at employees and forced the owner to unlock his jewelry cases. The clown duo made off with the loot. But the joke was on them, Sonny's Rocks Jewelry Store in Denver does not display real jewelry. The display cases are full of fake gold and platinum, which is exactly what ended up in the clown's garbage bags.

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7:29am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Squirrel Blamed For Flag Thefts At Police Memorial

Though the suspect remains at large, police in Toledo, Ohio, got his picture: A squirrel, fleeing with a tiny American flag and a plastic flower purloined from the Police Memorial Garden. One officer told the Toledo Blade, he "knew what he was doing." The bandit was later spotted up a tree, with two tiny flags.

4:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Hurricane Irene Puts East Coast On Notice

Hurricane Irene is taking aim at North Carolina. The storm is expected to come ashore there but warnings and watches extend up the East Coast.

4:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Politics

Perry's Presence Felt At Romney's N.H. Appearances

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has been meeting with voters in New Hampshire. At this week's town hall sessions, he's faced tough questions about climate change and the future of Medicare and Social Security. Romney downplayed new polls showing he is no longer the GOP presidential frontrunner, thanks to a surge by new candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

4:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene has business news.

12:26pm

Thu August 25, 2011
Business

Buffett Gives Bank Of America $5 Billion Boost

Warren Buffett has given the country's biggest bank a $5 billion vote of confidence. Bank of America's share price had been sliding. But Buffett announced Thursday that his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway is investing $5 billion and will receive 50,000 shares of preferred stock, and now the bank's shares are up about 12 percent. Three years ago, Buffet helped another bank in crisis when he put $5 billion into the Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs.

7:14am

Thu August 25, 2011
Around the Nation

Flagstaff Residents Warned Of Rogue Panda

A lit up construction sign in Flagstaff, Ariz., was supposed to inform drivers not to turn left at an intersection. Instead, commuters were warned: "Rogue Panda On Rampage." The altered sign appears to be the work of pranksters.

7:10am

Thu August 25, 2011
Games & Humor

Boasting Rights: Nick Helm's Joke Is The Funniest

A joke by comedian Nick Helm was named the funniest at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Here the winner: I needed a password eight characters long. So, I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

4:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
Business

How Well Can Cook Fill Jobs' Shoes At Apple?

There's a new CEO at Apple. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has taken over for Steve jobs who resigned yesterday. "Wired" senior writer Steven Levy, who's written two books on Apple, talks to Renee Montagne about the future of the company without Steve Jobs at the helm.

4:00am

Thu August 25, 2011
Economy

Military Branches Try To Deflect Budget Cuts

A Congressional panel has roughly three months to come up with a plan to cut the deficit. The Pentagon is likely to get hit with hundreds of billions of dollars in additional budget cuts. Each branch of the military knows the cuts are coming — so they are trying publicly and privately to minimize the damage to their bottom lines.

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