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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 May 19, 2011
NPR Story

Gingrich Falters Out Of Presidential Starting Gate

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has called House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare plan "radical" and "right wing social-engineering." Steve Inskeep talks with Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of the National Review, about Gingrich's comments. What Gingrich said didn't win him any favors with the GOP establishment in Washington, and could have already derailed his presidential bid.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
NPR Story

Advocates Try Again To Legalize Gay Marriage In N.Y.

Gay marriage advocates in New York are preparing another effort at persuading the state legislature to approve same-sex marriage. Recent polls show that a majority of New Yorkers support same-sex marriage. A similar bill failed a year and a half ago.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Needs To Convey Vision For Democracy Uprisings

Renee Montagne talks with Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center, about what President Obama needs to convey to the Arab world in today's speech on the Middle East.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
Europe

Russians Wait To Find Out Who's Running For President

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and his Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are sending confusing signals about which of them intends to stand as candidate in next year's presidential election. Moscow is rife with speculation over which of the two men will emerge on top.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Frito-Lay Uses Time Square For PR Stunt

NPR's Neda Ulaby goes inside one massive PR stunt. Frito Lay setup in Times Square with Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef to promote the company's products as healthy and all-natural.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
Business

Investors Snap UP Share's In LinkedIn's IPO

LinkedIn is the first social networking site to go public. Renee Montagne speaks with Steve Blank, a veteran of Silicon Valley, about what makes Internet start-up companies worth billions of dollars, and when are they overvalued.

4:00am

Thu May 19, 2011
Business

TV Networks Offer Advertisers Plenty Of New Shows

In New York this week, TV networks are unveiling their new fall schedules to media outlets and advertisers. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters about some of buzz-worthy shows. Masters hosts The Business on member station KCRW, and is an editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter.

12:01am

Thu May 19, 2011
Music Interviews

Johnny Clegg: South Africa In Song

Johnny Clegg's new album, Human, is his first to be released in the U.S. in 17 years.
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Long before Paul Simon teamed up with South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, there was Johnny Clegg.

As a teenager in Johannesburg, Clegg sought out Zulu migrant workers and learned their traditional songs and dances. In the 1970s, he started a band, Juluka, which brought black and white musicians together on stage. That was illegal under Apartheid, and so the group was harassed and banned from the radio.

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7:20am

Wed May 18, 2011
Asia

Chinese Farmers Watch As Watermelons Explode

Hundreds of watermelons have been spontaneously combusting. According to China Central Television, many farmers in one eastern province are newcomers to the lucrative melon market. Apparently they've been applying lots of a chemical that accelerates growth. Add heavy rainfall, and the watermelons grow until they burst.

7:13am

Wed May 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Don Gorske Really, Really Likes Big Macs

Don Gorske recently attended a ceremony at a McDonald's restaurant in Fond du Lac, Wis. The retired prison guard was going to eat his 25,000th Big Mac. He's been tracking how many he's eaten since he bit into his first one in 1972.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

High Gas Prices Fuel Partisan Senate Debate

Democrats say it's time to end billions of dollars in tax breaks for the biggest oil companies. Republicans last night blocked a bill that would have abolished those subsidies. GOP senators say it's time to expand domestic drilling. But today, Democrats are expected to block that Republican legislation. NPR's David Welna reports.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

Bahrain's Government Cracks Down On Dissent

The Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain is ruled by a 200-year-old Sunni dynasty. Bahrain's majority Shiite population has been largely excluded from top government jobs and now wants change. Renee Montagne talks to PBS NewsHour reporter Margaret Warner, who's in Bahrain's capital Manama.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

Queen Elizabeth Visits Ireland

Renee Montagne talks with Fintan O'Toole, columnist for the "Irish Times," about Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland. She is the first British monarch in more than a century to visit the Irish Republic.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Vicksburg, Miss., Still Waiting For River To Crest

Hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of farmland remain underwater in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The high water is set to crest at the Mississippi river town tomorrow. But it will take weeks for the river to recede and much longer for residents and farmers to recoup their losses.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Harsh Spring Hurts Farmers, Businesses, Sun Lovers

This is not the spring to be selling gardening supplies, beer at a baseball park, or renting bicycles in the Upper Midwest. This weather has been unusually cold, wet and raw. And that's kept many who would be buying at home and indoors, and it's impacting the bottom line of many businesses.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
Middle East

Israel Monitors Protests In Syria

Steve Inskeep talks to professor Moshe Ma'oz about the complex relationship between Israel and Syria. Ma'oz is professor emeritus in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
Business

Tenn. Lawmakers Debate Amazon's Sales Tax Breaks

Amazon.com is trying to find a state that will allow it to build distribution centers without making it collect sales tax from customers in that state. The online giant already pulled out of deals in Texas and South Carolina after lawmakers tried to force sales tax collections. Amazon has several distribution centers in the works for Tennessee. The General Assembly is weighing the creation of thousands of jobs against sales tax revenue.

7:54am

Tue May 17, 2011
Business

Wal-Mart's Profits Up, Portugal Gets Bailout

The country's biggest retailer said its profits in the most recent quarter rose about 3 percent over this time last year to $3.5 billion. Also Tuesday, European officials approved a bailout package for Portugal worth about $100 billion.

7:34am

Tue May 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Twitter Follower Helps Track Down Missing Computer

Sean Power said his laptop was stolen on a trip to New York. He'd installed a program that let him locate the computer if anyone turned it on. He could even see the user through the built-in camera. He reached out to his Twitter followers, one of whom sent updates as she went to the restaurant where a man was using the computer.

7:27am

Tue May 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Truant Students Get A Wake-Up Call

The sound of a telephone ringing will hopefully coax some 250 Iowa students out of bed each school day. That's how many students officials at Marshalltown High School say are chronically late. The school will graciously provide wake-up calls to those who have been tardy five or more times.

6:10am

Tue May 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Report: Schwarzenegger Fathers Child With Staffer

Former Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that he fathered a child outside his marriage 10 years ago.

4:00am

Tue May 17, 2011
Economy

Rhode Island City May Be Forced To Declare Bankruptcy

In Rhode Island, city of Central Falls has been in receivership for nearly a year. The state has taken over its schools. And while the receiver has raised taxes, the city is running out of cash and is thinking about bankruptcy as a serious option. From member station WRNI, Catherine Welch reports.

4:00am

Tue May 17, 2011
Business

IMF Chief Strauss-Kahn Wants To Clear His Name

Lawyers for the head of the International Monetary Fund say Dominique Strauss-Kahn will fight the charges that he sexually assaulted a housekeeper at a luxury Manhattan hotel. The Frenchman remains in custody after a judge denied his request for bail.

4:00am

Tue May 17, 2011
Politics

Potential GOP Candidates Find Their Way To Iowa

The Republican Presidential field remains a work in progress. Major personalities such as Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump have announced they won't be candidates. New Hampshire, home of the first primary, is already jousting with rival Iowa, which has party caucuses a week earlier. NPR's Don Gonyea reports the primary buzz has already started in those states.

4:00am

Tue May 17, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

12:01am

Tue May 17, 2011
Author Interviews

You Bug Me. Now Science Explains Why

Traffic. Mosquitoes. People who snap their gum. People who crack their knuckles. There are so many things in the world that are just downright annoying.

But what makes them annoying? It's the question that NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and Science Friday's Flora Lichtman set out to answer in their new book, Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.

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12:01am

Tue May 17, 2011
Money Counts: Young Adults And Financial Literacy

Financial Lessons Learned: Save Up, Set A Budget

Stephanie Downs from Concord, Calif., says she learned the importance of being financially independent.
Courtesy of Stephanie Downs

Part of a series on young people and financial literacy

Budgeting, saving and understanding bills are all important skills for developing money smarts.

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11:34am

Mon May 16, 2011
Business

Nasdaq Withdraws NYSE Bid; China Buys Stake In Saab

Nasdaq and the U.S. Intercontinental Exchange had been trying to lure the New York Stock Exchange away from a $10 billion offer from a German exchange. But Nasdaq said Monday it was clear that regulators would not approve the deal. Also, struggling carmaker Saab has found a lifeline. China's largest car distributor will inject funds in return for a stake in the brand, which GM sold to a Dutch company last year.

7:01am

Mon May 16, 2011
Europe

Norway Hosts World Beard, Mustache Championship

Contestants from around the world converged on Norway over the weekend to compete in the World Beard and Moustache Championship. Categories included: natural goatee, sideburns freestyle and Hungarian mustache. The top prize went to Elmar Weisser of Germany and his facial hair sculpture of a moose.

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