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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 August 19, 2011
Asia

Brawl Breaks Out During U.S., China Basketball Game

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, host:

It was billed as a China-U.S. Basketball Friendship Match. Friendship? Well, that seemed to disappear. With over nine minutes left in last night's game, things devolved into quite a brawl.

(Soundbite of yelling)

Unidentified Man: It's a friendship game. What are you guys doing?

(Soundbite of scream)

Unidentified Man: It's a friendship game.

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12:01am

Fri August 19, 2011
Food

Seasonal Dessert Recipes To Sweeten Your Summer

Public television host Chris Kimball says Summer Berry Pudding is one of his favorite summertime desserts. You can try a recipe for the pudding here.
Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated

It's that time of year again; when the peaches are sweet and the blackberries are ripe on the bush. So how about skipping straight to dessert?

Chris Kimball hosts public television's America's Test Kitchen, where he and a team of full-time cooks test recipes to perfection. He says that when it comes to summertime desserts, it's important to highlight the best aspects of what's in season.

"You take the principle ingredient, usually fruit," he says, "and you let it shine."

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7:01am

Thu August 18, 2011
Strange News

Engine-Powdered Cooler Loaded With Rum And Coke

In Australia, police caught a man riding what can best be described as a scooter. The engine-powered cooler on wheels was "fully loaded" with rum and coke. Chris Petrie may have gotten away with his creative approach to bar hopping, had he not guzzled beers when he built the scooter.

6:57am

Thu August 18, 2011
World

Lost Emperor Penguin To Head Home This Month

The penguin became a worldwide sensation after it lost its way and ended up 2,000 miles from home in New Zealand.

6:49am

Thu August 18, 2011
Asia

India's Anti-Graft Crusader Agrees To Public Fast

A renowned Indian anti-corruption crusader has struck a deal with police to hold a 15-day public hunger strike against graft. The deal ends a bizarre standoff at a New Delhi prison where the activist's brief detention had turned into a sit-in protest. Renee Montagne talks to Amol Sharma, who's been covering the story for The Wall Street Journal.

6:44am

Thu August 18, 2011
Sports

Good Guys, Bad Boys Loved By Fans When They Win

Let's examine our mixed feelings about athletes and their public personas. Fans tend to like it when nice guys do well but they don't really mind when bad guys succeed. When it comes down to it, we just like winners.

6:05am

Thu August 18, 2011
Around the Nation

First Responders Must Sit Out Sept. 11 Ceremony

The firefighters, police, medics and volunteers who rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks will not be invited to the tenth anniversary memorial ceremony in New York. This announcement has led to anger and frustration among many first responders. But the mayor's office says the new site at Memorial Plaza is simply too small.

4:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
NPR Story

Retailer Doesn't Like What It Sees On 'Jersey Shore '

Retailer Abercrombie and Fitch is offering to pay one of the stars of MTV's "Jersey Shore" program to not wear its clothing in public. The company says Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino's image is contrary to the image it wants to cultivate.

4:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

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

4:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
NPR Story

Obama To Propose Jobs Measure After Vacation

President Obama is off to New England later today for a family vacation. He returned to the White House last night after a three-day bus tour through the upper Midwest. The campaign-style trip produced little in the way of new ideas for boosting job growth. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

4:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
Africa

Rebels Try To Wrest Control Of Zawiya From Gadhafi Troops

David Greene talks to NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on the latest on the fighting in western Libya. Rebels are trying to seize the oil refinery in Zawiya from Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

4:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
Europe

London Riots: Does The Punishment Fit The Crime?

Two weeks after the shooting by police of a man in London led to rioting and looting, Britain is coming to terms with how to deal with the perpetrators of that violence. Courts have been working around the clock, but there are criticisms that initial sentences have been too harsh. Renee Montagne speaks to Paul Lewis, of the "Guardian" who has been covering events.

4:00am

Thu August 18, 2011
Business

Business News

The Justice Department reportedly is investigating Standard and Poor's to see whether the nation's largest credit ratings agency improperly rated mortgage securities prior to the financial crisis. The New York Times says the probe started before S&P downgraded the nation's credit rating earlier this month.

12:01am

Thu August 18, 2011
Theater

Wendy Wasserstein, 'Lost' And Found

From the late 1970s until her death in 2006, at the age of 55, playwright Wendy Wasserstein was a force in the New York theatre. She won the Pulitzer, the Tony and many other awards for writing about her generation of educated, successful women struggling to balance their professional and family lives.

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7:32am

Wed August 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Young Fill-In Mayor Has Bieber Fever

In Forney, Texas, Caroline Gonzalez, 11, recently served as mayor for a day. She won an essay contest aimed at getting young people interested in local government. Her first order of business: rename Main Street. So in a ceremony Tuesday, a sign went up for Justin Bieber Way.

7:23am

Wed August 17, 2011
World

Mouse Grounds International Flight

The Scandanavian airline SAS grounded a plane after a security guard spotted a mouse aboard. The passengers were trying to fly from Stockholm to Chicago. The Swedish newspaper The Local described an extraordinary mouse hunt involving traps and potentially smoke.

6:39am

Wed August 17, 2011
Sports

College Football Booster Tells Of Illicit Gifts

An investigation by Yahoo Sports is sending shockwaves through college sports. The website reports a University of Miami football booster, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, gave players thousands of illicit gifts over eight years. The gifts, which included money, cars and visits from prostitutes, are prohibited by the NCAA. David Greene talks to Dan Wetzel, a reporter for Yahoo! Sports.

4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Movies

'Senna' Captures Racing Legend's Personality

Brazil's Ayrton Senna was the boy genius of Formula One racing. He won three world championships before he died in a crash in 1994 at age 34.

4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Economy

Pentagon Gears Up For Budget Cut War

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the case against sweeping cuts that could reduce the Pentagon's budget by up to a trillion dollars. The Pentagon has already been ordered to cut 400 billion dollars over the next ten years. If additional cuts are ordered, some analysts say it will force the U.S. to make tough choices about its role as the sole military superpower.

4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
NPR Story

Sarkozy, Merkel Want Balanced Budgets For Eurozone

European financial market-watchers are monitoring reaction to yesterday's meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two leaders are trying to stop the European debt crisis from expanding.

4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 7:41 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, host:

And our last word in business today is a big number: eight million. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number eight million yesterday. It went to Second Sight Medical Products for an invention the company says enhances visual perception for a certain kind of blindness.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
World

Greenlanders Divided On Arctic Oil, Gas Exploration

This week we are looking at the fast-changing region of the Arctic, which is believed to have vast oil and gas reserves — and other mineral riches, too. Mineral companies are looking for them, and the region's people are watching anxiously — wondering what change we'll mean for them.

4:00am

Wed August 17, 2011
Business

Mobile Landscape Changes With Google's Bid For Motorola

Google has entered the phone business with its 12 billion dollar acquisition of Motorola's mobile division. David Greene talks to Steven Levy, author of "In The Plex," about what the means for Google and consumers.

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
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.

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