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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 August 25, 2011
Business

New Hotel On Las Vegas Strip Could Be Imploded

The down economy has hit Las Vegas especially hard. Now, there's a proposal to implode a new — but never used — hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip. Renee Montagne talks with Oskar Garcia, the Las Vegas reporter for the Associated Press, about the Harmon Tower and the state of the Strip.

12:01am

Thu August 25, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

The Bee's Knees: Music With A Definite Buzz

It's the dog days of summer, but the sound of the season belongs to the bees. Fortunately, buzzing bees have inspired some lovely music. Morning Edition commentator Miles Hoffman has some suggestions.

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7:48am

Wed August 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Dog Eats Store's Diamond Jewelry

When diamonds disappeared from a jewelry store in Georgia, the staff thought it had to be one of their colleagues. They were right. Honey Bun, the canine store greeter, had swallowed $10,000 in jewelry.

7:43am

Wed August 24, 2011
Business

Old Navy T-Shirts Rile Grammarians

Old Navy is out with a new line of T-shirts. The shirts read: Lets Go!! Because of the contraction, it should be Let's Go!! An apostrophe is needed.

4:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
Business

Competitors' Apps Sour BlackBerry Users

Research In Motion has seen its once-dominant share of the smart phone market eaten away by the iPhone and Android. Bloomberg technology reporter Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Renee Montagne about RIM and the new BlackBerries.

4:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Va. Town At Earthquake's Epicenter

Mineral, Va., was very close to the epicenter of Tuesday's 8.5 earthquake. It was the largest quake felt on the East Coast in 70 years.

4:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
Business

Swiss Banking Giant UBS To Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Swiss bank UBS announced yesterday it is cutting thousands of jobs around the world, but it will keep a minimum of two-thousand employees at its U.S. headquarters in Connecticut. Craig Lemoult of member station WSHU reports that leaves 15-hundred Connecticut workers uncertain about their future with the bank.

4:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi Vows To Fight On Against Libyan Rebels

The regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continues to crumble. On Tuesday, rebels stormed Gadhafi's compound in the center of the capital Tripoli.

4:00am

Wed August 24, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Wed August 24, 2011
Music

The Muppets: Still Pulling Strings In The Music World

Kermit and the other Muppets get the all-star treatment on the newly released tribute Muppets: The Green Album.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Records

Muppets: The Green Album is an all-star tribute to the titular characters, featuring 12 classic Muppet songs reinterpreted by contemporary artists. One of them is Andrew Bird, who contributes a cover of Kermit the Frog's signature song, "Bein' Green." Bird says the meaning of the lyrics has evolved for him as he has grown older.

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7:18am

Tue August 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Who's LBJ? The Answer Depends On How Old You Are

Every August, Beloit College in Wisconsin reminds its professors of the gap between them and incoming freshman. For the Class of 2015, LBJ refers LeBron James not President Lyndon B. Johnson.

7:06am

Tue August 23, 2011
Strange News

Ferry Crashes While Captain Was 'Detained'

The coast guard in Finland may file criminal charges against a ferry captain. His boat slammed into a rock near Helsinki, breaking dishes and slightly injuring some of the 54 passengers. It turns out no one was at the wheel. The captain had run to the bathroom, and the lock on the door got jammed.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Business

Ford, Toyota To Collaborate On Hybrid Truck

Ford and Toyota have announced they are collaborating on a hybrid truck. The two companies say they hope their truck combines performance and affordability. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton has details.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in Business.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Africa

Rebels Battle For Control Of Libya Is Not Over Yet

Originally published on Tue August 23, 2011 5:12 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

In Libya, confusion today over what progress the rebels have made in their battle to take Tripoli. The rebel's most dramatic claim, a claim that they'd captured Moammar Gadhafi's son and heir apparent fell apart when Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi made a surprise visit to foreign journalists last night. It raises questions about what is happening with the transitional government in the rebel capital of Benghazi.

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4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Law

Judge Expected To Dismiss Strauss-Kahn Charges

It's back to court for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday. New York City prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to dismiss all criminal charges against Strauss-Kahn because they aren't sure the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault is telling the truth.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Sports

NCAA Tunes In On Longhorn Network

TV money is changing the college sports landscape. Lured by bigger and bigger paydays, many conferences and some individual teams, are starting their own television networks. The University of Texas has launched the Longhorn Network.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Africa

Gadhafi's Son Resurfaces, Takes Journalists On Tour

Originally published on Tue August 23, 2011 6:41 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, Host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And I'm Renee Montagne. In Libya, what had looked like a day of triumph for rebels, turned grim yesterday. It was unclear how much progress rebels had actually made in taking the capitol Tripoli, and Moammar Gadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, made a surprise appearance, then flashed the victory sign, after rebels claim to have captured him.

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4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Middle East

Egypt Asserts A New Dynamic With Israel

David Greene talks to James Hider, the London Times Middle East bureau chief, about the recent conflict between Egypt and Israel. If, under former strongman Hosni Mubarak, Egypt was willing to ignore minor offenses by Israel, the new Egypt is not. The quick escalation of tensions shows the new dynamic in the Middle East, and an Egypt determined to assert its own foreign policy identity.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Europe

Will Srauss-Kahn Return To French Politics?

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 9:52 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

We turn now to Eleanor Beardsley in Paris to see how the news is being taken there. Good morning, Eleanor.

ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: You know, what is the reaction in France?

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4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
NPR Story

That's So Cool: Frozen Grapes Beat The Beat

Morning Edition listeners give their suggestions for food and drink to enjoy during summer to beat the heat.

4:00am

Tue August 23, 2011
Europe

Spain's Parliament To Debate Austerity Package

Members of the Spanish parliament are cutting their vacations short for an emergency debate on the government's austerity plan. Spain's huge debts are contributing to the financial chaos in Europe, and the Spanish government is trying to find a balance between stimulus and deficit reduction, ahead of an upcoming election.

12:01am

Tue August 23, 2011
Author Interviews

'The Great A&P': Revolutionizing Modern Retail

Brothers George and John A. Hartford opened the first A&P Economy Store in 1912. This storefront photo dates from around 1915.
Hartford Family Foundation

Long before there was Walmart, there was The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., a giant retailer that used its scale to bring down prices while earning the scorn of independent retailers.

The company, better known as A&P, got its start in the mid-1800s selling tea in Lower Manhattan. But in 1912, brothers John and George Hartford opened an all-new "no frills" Economy Store, revolutionizing the way we buy our food.

Author Marc Levinson talks to NPR's Renee Montagne about what made the burgeoning chain so successful.

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12:01am

Tue August 23, 2011
Food

A Month Of 'Fast' Food: Recipes For Ramadan

The most traditional way to break the fast during Ramadan is with a date — as the prophet Muhammad used to do. Learn more about the tradition of eating dates during Ramadan, and check out Yvonne Maffei's Dates with Cream recipe.
Yvonne Maffei My Halal Kitchen

It's Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast all day long — from sunup to sundown. The fast is broken each day with a celebratory meal called an iftar. Muslims follow a lunar calendar, which means Ramadan falls at a different time each year. When Ramadan falls in August — as it does this year — it means long, hot days without food or water.

Yvonne Maffei, who writes the food blog My Halal Kitchen, talks with NPR's Renee Montagne about how to prepare and persevere when it's hot and you're hungry.

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2:17pm

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Fighting Surrounds Journalists' Hotel In Tripoli

Rebel fighters swept into Tripoli over the weekend and said Monday that they control much of the capital. But parts of the city remain in the hands of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, including the streets around the Rixos Hotel, where western journalists have been camped out for weeks, covering the story. Reuters correspondent Missy Ryan, who is at the hotel, talks with David Greene.

7:39am

Mon August 22, 2011
Around the Nation

After 20 Years, Message In A Bottle Is Picked Up

Ashley and Seth Cooper celebrated their first anniversary in Alaska. While beachcombing they spied a champagne bottle with a note in it. It had been tossed into the sea by a couple on their honeymoon. When Cooper tracked them down, she discovered they were still happily married.

7:27am

Mon August 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Chicago Judge Officiates Inmate's Wedding

Tharvin Benitez was standing in a Chicago courtroom in handcuffs and orange prison fatigues. Benitez was before a judge facing 30 years in prison on drug charges. His girlfriend was expecting a baby, and he asked the judge to please officiate the wedding before she delivered.

4:00am

Mon August 22, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli

It appears to be just a matter of time before the rebels take complete control of the capital. There are reports of heavy fighting near Moammar Gadhafi's compound but there is no sign of Gadhafi.

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