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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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9:31am

Fri June 3, 2011
Remembrances

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies At 83

Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian died Friday at age 83. For more on his life, Mary Louise Kelly speaks with NPR's Don Gonyea.

7:35am

Fri June 3, 2011
Strange News

Why Are Some People Mosquito-Magnets?

Ever wondered why mosquitoes seem to be attracted to some people, while others never get bitten? Scientists say mosquitoes flock to people wearing dark clothes, those who move around a lot and pregnant women. Plus, new research shows mosquitoes are attracted to people drinking beer.

7:29am

Fri June 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Sukanya Roy Wins Bee By Spelling Cymotrichous

The Scripts National Spelling Bee came down to a word meaning "having wavy hair." It fell to Sukanya Roy, 14, who wore her straight hair in a pony-tail. In a spelling contest broadcast on prime-time ESPN Thursday, she outlasted competitors with the winning word cymotrichous.

7:11am

Fri June 3, 2011
Europe

Mladic Doesn't Enter Plea At War Crimes Tribunal

Ratko Mladic, the former Serbian commander accused of genocide, has appeared for the first time before the U.N. war crimes tribunal in the Hague. It was a preliminary hearing, and Mladic declined to enter a plea.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Sports

NBA Final Series: Dallas Ties Miami 1-1 In Game 2

The Dallas Mavericks staged a late comeback to take Game 2 of the NBA Finals over the Miami Heat Thursday night. Dirk Nowitski scored the Maverick's last nine points, including a lay-up to give them the lead with three seconds left.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Movies

'Submarine' Examines Teenage Boy's Coming Of Age

In Hollywood, now is the time summer blockbusters start being released. But some good smaller films work their way into the mix too. The coming of age story, Submarine, may be one of the best.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Business

China To Make Mastering Cyber Warfare A Priority

China has rejected allegations of involvement in a cyber-spying campaign targeting the Google e-mail accounts of top U.S. officials, military personnel and journalists. In an Op Ed in a Party-run newspaper, two strategists from the Chinese military, without mentioning Google's recent claims, wrote that China must make mastering cyber warfare a military priority as the Internet becomes the crucial battleground for opinion and intelligence.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Law

'Big Guns' Will Prosecute Ex-IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is scheduled to be arraigned next week on charges he sexually assaulted a maid in a Manhattan hotel. Mary Louise Kelly talks with Sean Gardiner of "The Wall Street Journal," who's been covering the case.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Middle East

Bahrain Accuses Doctors Of Exaggerating Protesters Injuries

Bahrain officially ended a period of martial law this week after mass uprisings nearly shut down the country in February and March. But armored vehicles still patrol the streets, military courts are still in place, and hundreds of people remain in detention. Among the detainees are elected officials, opposition members and even doctors who are accused of treating protesters. NPR's Kelly McEvers reports on how the detention of the upper-middle class is broadening the opposition, not suppressing it.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Economy

New Portugal Government To Deal With Economic Crisis

This weekend, the people of Portugal vote in an election to choose a new government to replace the one that collapsed over its unpopular austerity program. Portugal is deeply in debt, and has promised to make unpopular changes in welfare and labor policies in return for a massive bailout by the IMF and the European Union.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
National Security

Pentagon Papers, Minus 11 Words, To Be Released

The Pentagon Papers that were leaked four decades ago by Daniel Ellsberg have been formally declassified. They will be released in their entirety this month — except for 11 words. Mary Louise Kelly speaks with John Prados of the National Security Archive about what is still a secret.

4:00am

Fri June 3, 2011
Movies

Hulu To Distribute Miramax Films

Originally published on Mon June 6, 2011 3:51 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Fans of the movies "Shakespeare in Love" and "Pulp Fiction" now have a new way to watch those and other Miramax films. As NPR's Nina Gregory reports, the company has just signed a deal with Hulu, the online video service to distribute the Miramax library of movies.

NINA GREGORY: The deal with Hulu is not Miramax's first move into digital distribution. Just two weeks ago, Miramax signed with Netflix to distribute its library, expanding access to Oscar-winners and cult favorites like "Reservoir Dogs."

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7:18am

Thu June 2, 2011
Asia

Tap Shoes May Not Shuffle Off To North Korea

A new report from the United Nations reveals some unexpected items seized as they were headed to North Korea — like dozens of tap-dancing shoes. The U.N. has banned North Korea from importing luxury goods, and apparently that includes tap shoes.

7:13am

Thu June 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Talk Of Warrant Spurs Motel Guests To Call Police

A man checked into a Maryland hotel and proceeded to have a loud phone conversation about the warrant for his arrest. Other motel guests could hear him through the walls and they called police.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Politics

Mitt Romney To Make GOP Presidential Run Official

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today formally gets into the GOP race for the White House. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who brings us up to date on the field of candidates so far.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Middle East

Opposition Tries To Define Syria's Political Future

Some 300 Syrian activists are gathered in southern Turkey to chart ways to step up their campaign against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Wal-Mart Makes A Move Into South Africa

South African regulators have given Wal-Mart approval to buy a controlling stake in retailer Massmart. Liabo Setho, a business reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tells Renee Montagne there had been huge opposition to the deal from trade unions, suppliers and industry groups.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Health

USDA Food Pyramid To Be Replaced By Plate Graphic

Step aside, pyramid. Make way for the plate. The USDA is unveiling its new and improved nutrition guidelines graphic. Its designed to help consumers better visualize what it means to eat healthier.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Sports

Novak Djokovic Close To Tying McEnroe Record

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Jon Wertheim of "Sports Illustrated" about the incredible year Novak Djokovic is having in tennis. With a victory over Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals, Djokovic can equal John McEnroe's record of 42 straight wins to start a season.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Media

Subcontractors Abuse Foreigners Who Staff U.S. Wars

An article in the latest issue of The New Yorker focuses on the mistreatment of foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reporter Sarah Stillman tells Mary Louise Kelly that workers are enticed overseas by shady contractors, and when the U.S. draws down operations, they're laid off but given no return ticket home.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Law

DOJ Advocates Changes For Crack Cocaine Offenses

The Obama administration says it will support leniency for people already behind bars for crack cocaine offenses. The proposal could send thousands of federal inmates home early. This is a major civil rights issue since law disproportionately affects minorities.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Brazil Moves Forward Constructing World's 3rd-Largest Dam

A controversial dam in the heart of Brazil's Amazon has moved one step closer to construction. Environmentalists say it will devastate the ecosystem and force tens of thousands of people to relocate. Brazilian authorities say they need the energy for the growing nation.

7:18am

Wed June 1, 2011
Around the Nation

What's New York's Most Photographed Attraction?

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 7:20 am

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Good morning. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

Forget the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. One researcher found that the Apple store on Fifth Avenue is the most photographed tourist attraction in Manhattan. Eric Fischer mapped and analyzed millions of pictures taken throughout New York City, then uploaded to the photo sharing website Flickr. The Apple store is open 24 hours a day with a glass entrance reminiscent of the Louvre in Paris. Times Square came in at number four.

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7:11am

Wed June 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Duck Lays Eggs In Its Nest At Home Depot

For a nesting duck in Maine, a Home Depot store has become just "home." According to the Bangor Daily News, the female mallard built her nest amid fowers and fertilizers. Protected by a "do not disturb" sign, she's laid seven eggs.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Afghanistan

Why Regional Neighbors Should Help Stabilize Afghanistan

Osama bin Laden's death has put more pressure on the United States' strategic partnership with Pakistan, and its ongoing commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Thomas Barnett, chief analyst of Wikistrat, an online community for global strategists, tells Renee Montagne that the U.S. relationships with Pakistan and Afghanistan aren't worth the effort.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Asia

After Crises Japanese Lose Faith In Their Government

In Japan, public distrust of the government is growing following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. The country's prime minister is expected to face a vote of no confidence tomorrow.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Asia

Another Pakistani Journalist Is Killed In Pakistan

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep reports from Pakistan on the death of another prominent Pakistani journalist. Saleem Shazhad, who had been critical of the government, had been tortured. Inskeep also talks to Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi about attitudes in Pakistan now that Osama bin Laden is dead.

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