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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.

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4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Europe

Sarkozy, Merkel Discuss Plan To Contain Europe's Debt Crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are discussing what additional measures can be taken to contain the crisis. France is struggling to maintain its triple-A bond rating — while the Germans try to limit expectations that they will always come to the rescue of countries in trouble.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Politics

Economic Issues Drive Obama's Midwest Bus Tour

President Obama will host a forum on rural economic development in Iowa Tuesday. It's the middle stop on a three-day bus tour of the upper Midwest. As he talks about job growth, Obama is also testing out the themes that are likely to define his 2012 re-election campaign.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Economy

Va. Truck Stop Owner Irked At Washington Politicians

Corey Berkstresser's father bought the Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid 80s. The family has worked hard to build up the business. But these days, gas prices are up and the effects of the bad economy are showing up everywhere. Even the tips the waitresses get are down. Everyone is blaming Washington for the mess.

4:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Middle East

Navy Aids In Syria's Crack Down On Protesters

In Syria, the navy is being used for the first time against the protest movement there. Gunships have been shelling the coastal city of Latakia, where more than 30 people have been killed over the last four days. Residents say they fear the crackdown could get worse.

7:40am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Pterodactyl Swoops Down On Surfer Statue

A bronze statue of a young surfer can't seem to catch a break. Since the sculpture was unveiled four years ago near San Diego, pranksters have dressed him up as a birthday clown, a Hooters waitress and cupid. Over the weekend, a stealth artist outdid them all with an elaborate prehistoric diorama of a volcano and a pterodactyl carrying the much maligned surfer away.

7:28am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Runaway Blimp Crashes In Woman's Backyard

A 94-year-old Ohio woman didn't think much of the bang she heard during a weekend thunderstorm, until police started knocking on her door. They were coming to retrieve a blimp that had crashed in her backyard. The blimp became untethered at a Columbus airport, which is two miles away. It was on a 20-city tour to advertise a brand of vodka.

6:36am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Statue Of Civil War General Forrest Still Draws Fire

The 25-foot statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, controversial Civil War general and early member of the Ku Klux Klan, sits off Interstate 65. It's behind a gate that's secured with six padlocks because Forrest's hard-charging style draws fire.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Perry, Bachmann Share Billing At Iowa Fundraiser

It was a political whirlwind of a weekend in Iowa, culminating in an event last night in Waterloo. Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann and new entrant in the race, Texas Governor Rick Perry, gave back to back speeches at the same County GOP dinner. People in the audience were sizing both up, as the campaign moves into a new phase. NPR's Don Gonyea has the latest.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Defiant Gadhafi Pushes Rebels To Fight On

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 6:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Let's turn now to another story we're following: Libya, where rebel forces have made some dramatic gains. Rebels have fought their way out of the mountains to a key coastal city just 30 miles from the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

In a defiant speech last night, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi exhorted his followers to fight, even as reports surfaced of talks between the regime and the rebels.

We've got NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro on the line. She's in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

And Lulu, what is the latest?

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4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Middle East

Mubarak Returns To Cairo Courtroom For Trial

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is scheduled to resume today in a heavily-guarded courtroom at the police academy in Cairo. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Europe

UK Stunned By Rioters' Racial, Economic Diversity

Many people in Britain are still reeling in shock from the violent riots that broke out in a number of English cities just over a week ago. The country is now experiencing a period of political sniping over why the riots broke out, and how they can be avoided.

4:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Mon August 15, 2011
Movies

Dominic Cooper On Becoming 'The Devil's Double'

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 9:09 am

In The Devil's Double, Dominic Cooper plays two characters: Saddam Hussein's oldest son, Uday, and Iraqi military man Latif Yahia, who was made to undergo plastic surgery so he could become Uday's body double.
Lionsgate

Evil though Saddam Hussein may have been, his oldest son, Uday, was in some ways worse. In the years before 2003, when Uday Hussein was killed by American special forces, he was a drug-addled playboy capable of rape and murder on a whim.

In the 1980s and '90s, Uday was a dangerous man — but he was also in danger. Like his father, he needed a body double, so he called upon Latif Yahia, an old school chum who looked just like him, and forced him to fill that role.

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12:01am

Mon August 15, 2011
The Picture Show

Jumping Dogs And Photo-Toons: Meet Photographer Elliott Erwitt

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:34 am

Paris, France, 1989
Elliott Erwitt Magnum

Photographer Elliott Erwitt loves babies, bare bottoms and dogs — specifically, jumping dogs. And he'll go to great lengths — however unorthodox — to get the shot. To get a dog to jump? Bark at it, Erwitt says: "You have to speak their language. ... Sometimes they bark back, sometimes they jump." But it's a perilous approach. "Once, one of them peed on my leg as a consequence," he says.

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6:59am

Fri August 12, 2011
Animals

Officials Enlist Geese To Patrol Brazilian Prison

In Brazil, prison officials needed to goose up their alarm system at an overcrowded prison. They could have done many things, but instead they turned to geese. According to the warden, geese will honk loudly when they sense strange movements — like someone escaping over a wall.

6:55am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Halloween Prop Frightens Young Fisherman

A boy in Illinois was fishing when something caught his hook. He got a look at the terrible sight only briefly before it fell off the hook again. He alerted authorities that he had found a severed foot. A search and rescue team spent eight hours looking for what turned out to be a Halloween prop.

6:50am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

A Different Wall Divides Berlin These Days

Writer Hogler Teschke talks to Renee Montagne about his thoughts on the divisions that remain in Germany 50 years after the Berlin Wall was built. He says the financial crisis has created a new "invisible wall," and he believes it will take at least one more generation before identities aren't attached to the ideas of East and West.

6:47am

Fri August 12, 2011
Europe

Berlin Neighborhood Remembers Wall's Construction

It will be 50 years ago Saturday that construction began on the Berlin Wall. The barrier that divided East and West Berlin eventually grew to be 27 miles long. In one area in the center of the city, a section of the wall still stands.

6:28am

Fri August 12, 2011
Education

Detroit Residents Monitor Fate Of Local Schools

Detroit Public Schools will continue closing schools this year, in an effort to keep up with a steady decline in the number of students. Neighbors fear that a closed school will add to the city's rapid decline in population.

5:22am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

'Bad News Bears' Kid Runs For Congress

David Pollock played one of the kids in the movie made famous in the 1970s. He played Rudi Stein, the nervous kid with glasses who got on base by intentionally getting hit with a pitch. Pollock is running as a Democrat in the new 26th Congressional district in California.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Middle East

U.S. Gropes For Coherent Policy In Egypt

Although the U.S. military used its influence to help ease former President Hosni Mubarak out of power, Washington gets very little credit for that. Egyptians of all political stripes distrust the U.S., and want the Americans to stay out of the way of a revolution that they have embraced.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
NPR Story

GOP Presidential Candidates Spar In Iowa Debate

Republican presidential candidates debated in Ames, Iowa, Thursday night — just two days before Saturday's straw poll. The debate featured two frontrunners: Mitt Romney, who leads in national polls, and Michele Bachmann, who has polled well in Iowa. It also marks the debate debut of former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Spain Criticized For Giving Tax Break For Pope's Visit

Many Spaniards are grumbling at the cost of their government's red carpet welcome for Pope Benedict, who heads to Madrid next week for World Youth Day. Local priests have issued a rare complaint about tax breaks offered to the event's corporate sponsors. The Spanish government is paying millions for the pope's security, at a time when it's also slashing public salaries and the education budget.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

When French customers complained that they didn't have time to shop for bread, a Parisian baker created a vending machine for baguettes. It's no ordinary vending machine. The partially cooked bread is steamed once a selection is made.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Business News

In a letter to employees, the U.S. Postal Service says it will be insolvent next month. That's due to a significant decrease in the volume of mail and a significant increase in retiree health care costs. The Postal Service proposes cutting 20 percent of its workforce. The unprecedented move would require congressional approval.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Economy

Financial Exchanges Struggle To Find Their Footing

Renee Montagne talks to Greg Ip of "The Economist" about Europe's bad financial week and the impact it's having on U.S. and world markets. Ip is the U.S. economics editor for the magazine, and he's been in London this week.

4:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Utah Criticized For Limiting Liquor Licenses

Utah's hospitality and tourism industry is suing the state for outlawing Happy Hour and refusing to increase the number of liquor licenses. Currently, there are no liquor licenses left in the state for bars, clubs, hotels or music venues. Based on Utah's quota system, it could be two years before one is available.

12:01am

Fri August 12, 2011
Spotlight on Country

Jeff Bridges: An On-Screen Country Singer Enters The Studio

Jeff Bridges' self-titled studio album comes out Aug. 16.
Dustin Cohen Courtesy of the artist

In the 2009 film Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges played a country singer named Bad Blake. The character was fictional, but Bridges' passion for country music is real. Now he has recorded an album with some of the people who helped him portray a musician on-screen. His studio album, Jeff Bridges, comes out Aug. 16 on Blue Note Records.

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10:00pm

Thu August 11, 2011
StoryCorps

In Meeting His Dad, A Son Finds 'Another Part Of Me'

George Robinson and his daughter, Katie, at a recent visit to StoryCorps in Edina, Minn.
StoryCorps

George Robinson's parents never married, and he didn't know his biological father. Growing up, Robinson always wondered what his dad was like. It took Robinson more than 40 years to find him, eventually tracking him down on the Internet, and it turns out his father never knew he had a son.

Robinson recently told his 19-year-old daughter, Katie, about finally meeting his father.

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