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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 May 13, 2011
NPR Story

Flood Forces Towboats Into 'Unchartered Water'

Originally published on Fri May 13, 2011 6:48 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

In Rosedale, Mississippi, John Janoush is in the middle of the Mississippi Delta, which means he is in the middle of a flood zone. Janoush is vice president of Jantran, which operates towboats. One of those boats can push as many as 30 barges loaded with grain or other goods. Now six of his towboats are stuck on the Arkansas River, a tributary of the Mississippi.

JOHN JANOUSH: We're in unchartered waters, here. Mississippi has gotten so high, it's actually started to flow up the Arkansas River.

INSKEEP: Oh, okay.

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4:00am

Fri May 13, 2011
NPR Story

Politics In The News

The once-dormant race for the Republican presidential nomination is beginning to heat up. Earlier this week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich officially declared his candidacy, and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is doing the same today. Steve Inskeep talks to NRR's Mara Liasson and Ken Rudin about the Republican presidential field.

4:00am

Fri May 13, 2011
Politics

Mitt Romney Takes On Healthcare In Mich. Speech

Mitt Romney, who is exploring another run for the White House, was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thursday, talking about healthcare. It's an issue that's likely to be among the most difficult he'll face in his bid for the Republican nomination for 2012.

4:00am

Fri May 13, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

12:01am

Fri May 13, 2011
Author Interviews

In Football And Life, Ryan Plays Like He Means It

In Play Like You Mean It, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan describes how his passion for football led him to pursue a coaching career.
Jim Rogash Getty Images

Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets, has been called a lot of things: boastful, brash, profane and even fat. But one thing you can't call him is ineffective.

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10:00pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Arts & Life

A Typo Spells Romance For RP Salazars

A mistyped email started a romance between Ruben and Rachel Salazar. The two were married on November 24, 2007.
StoryCorps

This is the story of a romance that began with a typo. In 2007, Rachel Salazar was living in Bangkok, Thailand, and Ruben Salazar was in Waco, Texas. Their email addresses were nearly identical.

One morning, Ruben checked his email, and he found a note intended for someone else. "I discovered it said RP Salazar followed by two numbers," he says. "I figured, 'Hey, my email is the same exact thing without the numbers, so they probably sent it to the wrong person."

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7:14am

Thu May 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Rockies Grounds Crew Member Trapped Under Tarp

A rain delay offered some comic relief at Tuesday's Mets-Rockies game. A member of the Rockies grounds crew slipped and disappeared under the tarp. No one noticed, until they saw a bump in the otherwise flat surface.

7:07am

Thu May 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Michigan Police Nab Dangling Caped Crusader

Police in Petroskey, Mich., received a call that Batman was dangling along a wall at the Meyer Ace Hardware. They went on the roof and pulled up the guy in the costume. Mark Wayne Williams is accused of trespassing.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Law

Wiretaps Help Prosecutors Get Hedge Fund Manager Convicted

Wiretaps played an important role in the government's case against a billionaire hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. The guilty verdict is being appealed, and it's expected the legal team will question whether the wiretaps were legal.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Sports

NBA Playoffs Will Go On Without Boston's Celtics

Originally published on Thu May 12, 2011 6:23 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

First, the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the NBA playoffs, and now the Boston Celtics are gone, after they lost a deciding game to Miami by 10 points.

NPR's Mike Pesca is tracking the fall of the pro basketball elites - and maybe the rise of some new ones.

Mike, good morning.

MIKE PESCA: Soon we'll be left with no one.

INSKEEP: Except for you, of course.

(Soundbite of laughter)

INSKEEP: It's kind of hard to beat the Heat when they've got LeBron James and he scores 33 points.

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4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Middle East

Al-Jazeera Reporter Missing

Until recently, the whereabouts of a reporter for the Al-Jazeera English-language channel were unknown. Dorothy Parvaz, who was born in Iran, flew to Syria last month. Syria has deported her to Iran.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Business

France Moves To Ban Shale Gas Drilling

Lawmakers in France's lower house of parliament have voted to ban a controversial gas and oil drilling technique. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is widely used in the United States, but environmentalists say it can pollute ground water.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Yazoo County Prepares For Raising Floodwaters

Yazoo City, Miss., is already flooded by local rivers that have been unable to flow in to the Mississippi River. Many residents have evacuated — and now, the community is bracing for even more floodwater.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Middle East

Coordinated Response Needed To Syria's Crackdown On Protesters

Steve Inskeep speaks with the former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Edward Djerejian about U.S. policy towards Syria. He says the relationship has long been troubled by the complex geo-politics of the Middle East.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Latin America

Energy Needs Has Chile Planning To Dam Rivers

Chile's economy is growing and with it is a bigger demand for energy. Some of the nation's rivers are being dammed with mega-hydroelectric projects that have many up in arms about environmental consequences.

12:01am

Thu May 12, 2011
Movies

Will Ferrell Plays It Straight In 'Everything Must Go'

Will Ferrell on bicycle
John Estes Roadside Attractions

From Ron Burgundy to Ricky Bobby to his famous George W. Bush impersonation, Will Ferrell is one of the funniest performers in America. His characters are often the butt of some joke — neither as smart, or as hip, as they think they are. That might describe Nick Halsey, the character he plays in his latest movie, Everything Must Go.

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11:34am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

Galleon Group Founder Rajaratnam Guilty Of Fraud

In a big win for federal prosecutors, a jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam on 14 counts of conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors say the financier, founder of the Galleon Group, made tens of millions of dollars in illegal stock trades using inside information gleaned from networks of corporate insiders.

7:18am

Wed May 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Swiss Man Rockets Over Grand Canyon

Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy has flown over the Grand Canyon. He did it while wearing a jetpack. His other feats include flying over the English Channel.

7:05am

Wed May 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Creative Prom Invite Gets Student Suspended

In Shelton, Conn., high school senior James Tate wanted to ask someone to prom in a special way. In the middle of the night, he and friends brought a ladder to the school and taped this message in tall letters to the side of the building: "Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to prom with me?" She said yes, but the school suspended Tate for trespassing.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

GM To Invest Billions In 17 Factories

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says his company will invest $2 billion dollars to upgrade 17 plants. The company also plans to hire up to four thousand people — two thousand of whom will come from the company's pool of laid-off workers. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

How Does Buying Skype Help Microsoft?

Steve Inskeep talks to Bloomberg News technology analyst Rich Jaroslovsky about what Microsoft's plan to purchase Skype could mean for how you communicate in the future.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the last word in business news.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Indiana Law Slashes Planned Parenthood Funding

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.

There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.

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4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Makes Economic Argument For Immigration Change

President Obama is trying to jumpstart the debate on overhauling the immigration system. He gave a speech on the U.S.-Mexican border Tuesday — laying out his principles and arguing that fixing the system would give a boost to the economy. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Rebels Try To Push Gadhafi Forces Away From Misrata

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has the latest news on the fighting between Libyan rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Wet Spring Delays Planting In Corn Belt

In the upper Midwest, it's time to plant corn. But wet fields have kept farmers out of the fields, and they are now playing a furious game of catch-up.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Intriguing Exhibits Highlight Intel's Science Fair

Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles brings together more than 1,600 high school students from all over the world to compete for more than $4 million in prizes. Renee Montagne speaks with writer Judy Dutton and competitor Taylor Wilson about this year's fair. Dutton has written a book called Science Fair Season.

2:46pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Opinion

West Bengal: Can Trinamool Party Oust Communists?

Supporters of Mamata Banerjee rally in Calcutta wearing the Trinamool party colors and logo. The three leaf clover-like symbol represents leaves of grass and grass flowers - to suggest a grassroots party.
Sandip Roy

Commentator Sandip Roy grew up in Calcutta. He moved back there earlier this year after living in the U.S. for 2 decades.

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