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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

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.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 7:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

NPR's business news starts with music in the cloud.

(Soundbite of music)

MONTAGNE: Apple has reached deals with Warner Music and EMI, among other labels, to allow consumers to listen to music on the Web. That's according to The Wall Street Journal. The deals are critical for Apple's effort to set up an online digital storage system for consumers.

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4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
World

Canada's New Opposition: New Democratic Party

Canada's parliament resumes work Thursday after national elections gave the majority to the ruling Conservative Party. And for the first time in its history, the socialist-leaning New Democratic Party will take on the role of "official opposition."

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Obama Nominates Bryson For Commerce Secretary

John Bryson is the former chairman and chief executive of energy company Edison International. He also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and served on a United Nations advisory group on energy and climate change.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Afghanistan

Gates To Discuss Afghanistan On 'All Things Considered'

Osama bin Laden's death could create an opportunity for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. There were reports last week that a European official met with a representative of Mullah Omar, a powerful Taliban leader with close ties to bin Laden. On Wednesday's "All Things Considered," host Robert Siegel will ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether the U.S. would be open to those talks.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Casino Revenue Helps Tribes Aid Local Governments

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 6:33 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Many cities and counties around the country are still struggling with budget shortfalls. But in Washington State, some local officials are being thrown a lifeline from Native American tribes. Tribes don't pay taxes, but those with casinos have to give some of their earnings to local governments.

As NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports, some tribes are giving above and beyond what they have to.

HANSI LO WANG: Prosecutor Mark Roe is sitting in his office in Everett, Washington, and he's holding a photocopy of a check.

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11:53am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

Single-Family Home Prices Hit 5-Year Low

Prices for single-family homes have fallen to their lowest level since the housing bubble burst in 2006. The latest S&P/Case-Shiller index for March shows prices dropping in 18 out of 20 major metro areas. The nationwide index fell for the eighth straight month. A glut of foreclosures is a major reason home values continue to deteriorate.

6:50am

Tue May 31, 2011
Religion

Vatican Cracks Down On Rome Monastery

Officials at the Vatican have shut down a monastery attached to one of Rome's oldest churches. Santa Croce is known these days for more contemporary methods of worship. Like the nun who was once a lap dancer performing a suggestive "Holy Dance."

6:45am

Tue May 31, 2011
Europe

Head Over Heels For Cheese

About 200 people gathered in England Monday for the traditional cheese rolling contest. The idea is to slip and somersault to the bottom of Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in pursuit of a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese. Police had canceled the event out of concerns over safety and ticket prices, but rebel cheese rollers still turned up.

6:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Latin America

Mexican Teacher Praised For Protecting Students

A kindergarten teacher in northern Mexico was honored Monday for her courage after a video showed her calmly instructing children to duck and cover as gunfire rattled outside their school.

5:28am

Tue May 31, 2011
Science

Sensorium: A Feast For The Senses And Memories

Can you think of a favorite meal you really enjoyed? What if you could remember these special meals — the food and how it tastes? Chef Bryon Brown has created a theatrical dinner project in Washington, D.C. that uses memory science to help diners remember what they eat.

5:14am

Tue May 31, 2011
Health

Energy, Sports Drinks Aren't So Healthy For Kids

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine is a no-no for children, so energy drinks should be off limits. Sugary sports beverages are also an issue. The doctors recommend that children drink water instead.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sports

5 Years Later: Heat, Mavericks Meet Again In NBA Finals

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the NBA Finals, which start Tuesday night. The Miami Heat takes on the Dallas Mavericks.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

Business News

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

12:01am

Tue May 31, 2011
Movie Interviews

Shabana Azmi, Acting On Her Convictions

Identity Crisis: Shabana Azmi stars in playwright Girish Karnad's Kennedy Center production of Broken Images, about a Hindu short-story writer who wonders if she's betrayed her language and identity by writing an English best-seller.
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

In a typical Bollywood dance number, a beauty queen might be seen singing in the rain as she awaits her lover's return. The leading lady is known for her beauty, her dance skills and her ability to deliver a convincing lip sync.

But Shabana Azmi is not your typical Indian movie star.

Yes, she's beautiful and she'll do the mainstream dance numbers — but during her 40 years in cinema, Azmi has also portrayed women fighting for a place in Indian society.

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10:12am

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

Study: Revamp Workday To Combat Obesity Problem

A new study suggests that efforts to address the obesity epidemic should include dramatically changing the workday. Some are already dong so, using treadmill desks at work to burn calories. And in Portland, Ore., city officials are trying to get desk-bound workers up and about.

8:29am

Mon May 30, 2011
Middle East

Yemeni Government Responds To Protestors

Freelance reporter Tom Finn, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, discusses the latest deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces. Warplanes reportedly bombed the southern cit of Zinjibar. And in the city of Taiz, security forces reportedly killed at least 15 protesters.

7:49am

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

New Rules For Vietnamese Police

In Vietnam, black sunglasses are now banned for its police officers, along with smoking and chatting on the job. And traffic cops have been order to stop hiding behind trees to catch errant drivers. Vietnamese officials hope the changes will improve the police force's notoriously bad reputation.

7:43am

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

Knoxville Zoo's Giant Tortoise Ends Dry Spell

At the Knoxville Zoo, Al the giant tortoise hadn't seen a female turtle in almost 30 years. It's been about 20 years for his 90-year-old zoomate, Tex. Last Wednesday, Al quickly mated with a visiting female named Patches. So far, Tex is taking it slow with his potential mates.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has this morning's business news.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Economy

Finding New Uses For Troubled Golf Courses In Florida

Dozens of golf courses have closed in Florida in recent years, leaving communities with a dilemma: what to do with the vacant land? Some have been turned into parks, some have been developed and some towns have begun operating the courses themselves.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Business

Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has today's Last Word in business.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
U.S.

Obama Visits Joplin, Mo.

President Obama visited Joplin, Mo, on Sunday as the town begins cleaning up after a devastating tornado killed more than 135 people and flattened the area.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Health

Obesity And The Workplace

A new study links rising rates of obesity to the increasingly sedentary workplace.

6:16am

Mon May 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Bikeshare Program Rides High In D.C.

Bicycle-sharing schemes are a fixture in European cities like Copenhagen, but now they are taking root on American soil. In Washington, D.C., over the past eight months, the nation's largest bike-share system has become so popular, it may become a victim of its own success.

4:20am

Mon May 30, 2011
Books

Indy Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads

Chris Silas Neal

Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food. We hope that all three figure into your summer plans this year. As it happens, those themes also happen to be featured prominently in some of the books that our trusty independent booksellers are recommending for your summer reading pleasure.

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