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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.

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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

Tue July 12, 2011
Middle East

U.S.: Syria's Government Orchestrated Attack

U.S. officials accuse the Syrian government of orchestrating Monday's attack on the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Damascus. Supporters of President Bashar Assad scaled the embassy fence, smashed bullet-proof glass and security cameras, and climbed onto the roof. The French Embassy was also targeted.

The assault came three days after a surprise visit by the American and French ambassadors to the city of Hama to show support for peaceful protests there.

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4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Immigration Activists Picket MLB's All-Star Game

Protesters have backed off a planned boycott of today's Major League All-Star Game in Phoenix. Instead, they'll hand out white ribbons to rally opposition to Arizona's tough anti-immigration law. Meanwhile, the game will be missing some of its top stars, including Alex Rodriguez, Placido Polanco and Albert Pujols. They're out with injuries.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Economy

Why GOP Lawmakers Wouldn't Accept 'Grand Bargain'

Over the weekend, House Speaker John Boehner bowed out of the so-called "grand bargain" bipartisan debt-reduction deal. Steve Inskeep talks with Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan about why pressure mounted on Boehner to walk away from the compromise.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Business

E.U. Worries Debt Crisis Will Spread To Italy, Spain

In Europe, politicians are still arguing over a second bailout plan for Greece. They're also trying to stop investor panic from spilling over to other economies in the eurozone — specifically Italy and Spain. Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about the European debt crisis.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Business

Business News

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Business

Google Announces Global Science Fair Winner

More than 7,000 individuals and teams competed in Google's global science far. The grand-prize winner takes home a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip to the Galapagos.

4:00am

Tue July 12, 2011
Media

Hacking Revelations Mount Against British Tabloids

Police have told Prince Charles and his wife Camilla that the voicemail on their mobile phones was likely hacked by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. And former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his family's medical records were illegally obtained by another Murdoch tabloid. This all spells big trouble for the planned big expansion of Murdoch's News Corp. television holdings.

2:57am

Tue July 12, 2011
Theater

The RSC In NYC: 41 Actors, Five Plays, Six Weeks

A scene from the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of As You Like It in their specially constructed theater at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Stephanie Berger

Right now, in New York City, one of the world's finest theater ensembles is putting on a repertory season of five Shakespeare plays. England's Royal Shakespeare Company – the RSC – has brought 41 actors, along with a replica of their main theater, and put it smack in the middle of the Park Avenue Armory.

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12:01am

Tue July 12, 2011
Author Interviews

The 'Line In The Sand' Dividing The U.S. And Mexico

Two armed American border guards confront a group of immigrants attempting to cross illegally from Mexico into the United States in 1948. In A Line in the Sand, Rachel St. John traces the history of the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Much of America as we know it evolved in the 19th century, as we'll explore in a series of three conversations this week with writers who seek out new ways to understand old events.

It's easy to define the squiggly border between Mexico and Texas: It's determined by the Rio Grande river. But the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border is not so obvious — the straight lines are drawn seemingly at random across mountains and deserts.

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1:15pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Politics

Obama Says No Short-Term Deal On Federal Debt

As talks resumed Monday after a weekend of no progress with congressional leaders, President Obama insisted that now is the time for a far-reaching deal on the federal debt. He warned that the U.S. will default on its debts if a deal is not struck soon, and said he will not sign a proposed short-term deal that would postpone the reckoning. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about Obama's news conference.

5:52am

Mon July 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Sen. Inhofe Ordered To Take Remedial Pilot Lessons

A man landed his plane in south Texas on a runway that was supposed to be closed. So the FAA ordered him to take remedial pilot lessons. So now, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) has introduced a bill to strengthen the position of pilots who contest FAA enforcement of safety rules.

5:42am

Mon July 11, 2011
Media

Lights Out At 'News Of The World'

The last edition of the News of the World hit newsstands in the United Kingdom Sunday. And in that last issue, the paper's staff managed to vent same of their anger at being shut down in the crossword puzzle.

4:39am

Mon July 11, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Isnkeep and Mary Louise Kelly have the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. General: Afghan Forces Will Have To Step Up

Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, the No. 2 U.S. officer in Afghanistan, steps down from his post today. The commander met last month with U.S. troops in Helmand Province.

4:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
Asia

U.S. Suspends Millions In Aid To Pakistan

Washington is suspending military aid to Pakistan. The aid deferral is due to Pakistan's expulsion of U.S. military advisers and because of its perceived lack of zeal in pursuing militants. But this is only the latest in a series U.S. reprimands for Pakistan.

4:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
Sports

U.S. Beats Brazil In Women's Soccer World Cup

The U.S. women's soccer team beat Brazil in a stunning penalty-kick shoot-out in the quarterfinals of the women's World Cup Sunday.

4:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
Business

Business News

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

4:00am

Mon July 11, 2011
Latin America

Brazil's President Vows To End Poverty For Millions

In recent years, Brazil has flexed its economic muscles and gotten the world's attention. But Brazil has also turned heads by reducing poverty for tens of millions of people. Now the country's new president is on a crusade to eliminate extreme poverty. Much of the government's efforts are centered in the far northeast, which is a traditionally poor area, but also a region with China-like economic growth.

12:01am

Mon July 11, 2011
Author Interviews

How Trains 'Railroaded' The American Economy

Much of America as we know it evolved in the 19th century, as we'll explore in a series of three conversations this week with writers who seek out new ways to understand old events.

There's no shortage of intrepid tales about the advent of the American rail system: starting in the 1860s, rail companies built one track after another, across mountains and deserts, from the Midwest to California. Brilliant engineering combined with the muscle of immigrant labor unified America — or so the story goes.

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12:01am

Mon July 11, 2011
Books

The Authors Behind The Author Of 'The Hypnotist'

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There's something about the frozen vistas and the unpronounceable street names of Sweden that seem to lend themselves to crime fiction. Stieg Larsson proved the point with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. And now comes a new thriller tipped to be this summer's Nordic hit. It's called The Hypnotist. It's by the Swedish writer Lars Kepler.

Except it turns out Lars Kepler doesn't actually exist. He's a pseudonym for the husband-and-wife writing team of Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril.

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12:51pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Fla. Space Coast Looks Ahead; Ex-Astronaut Reflects

Shannon Walker, who was selected as an astronaut in 2004, checks in with NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce at Kennedy Space Center, where cheers went up as Atlantis departed for its 33rd and final voyage. Nearby, among throngs of spectators, NPR's Greg Allen talks about the mood along Florida's Space Coast as the shuttle program ends after 30 years. Atlantis will drop supplies at the International Space Station and return to Earth on July 20.

12:32pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Atlantis Reaches Orbit; Houston Takes Over

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report that Atlantis lifted off from its Florida launchpad on schedule, reached orbit and is on its way to the International Space Station. From Johnson Space Center in Houston, NPR's Wade Goodwyn relays what's happening at Mission Control; and NPR science correspondent Joe Palca talks about what's next for Americans in space.

12:22pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Countdown To Atlantis Lift-Off: Bittersweet Cheers

Counting down to NASA's final space shuttle launch Friday, Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne share footage from the shuttle program's roaring start 30 years ago. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports a celebratory but bittersweet mood at Kennedy Space Center, and NPR's Greg Allen reports from crowds viewing the launchpad from Florida's Space Coast. And finally, Greenfieldboyce narrates the lift-off.

11:58am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Endeavour Astronaut Weighs In As Atlantis Gets Set

The crew was strapped in for the final launch of space shuttle Atlantis, set to blast off at 11:26 ET on a 12-day mission that will end NASA's shuttle program. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk with NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce, who has a view of the launchpad and an eye on the sky at Kennedy Space Center. She gets a visit from astronaut Mike Fink, who flew on the shuttle Endeavour's final mission just last month. The hosts also check in with NPR's Greg Allen, who's among the thousands gathered on Florida's Space Coast to watch the final launch.

8:21am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Bad Weather Hangs Over Kennedy Space Center

The space shuttle Atlantis is fueled and the astronauts are waiting to see if there will be a launch Friday. The weather could delay the final bast off of a shuttle. After 30 years, NASA is ending the program. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce and Wade Goodwyn talk to Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about the mission.

7:47am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Court Rules Against Dillard's In Hot Dog Case

Nolan Koewler was fired from a Dillard's department store in Evansville, Ind., after July 4, 2010. He'd taken two leftover hot dogs after a company picnic. After losing his job, Koewler sued. He said he didn't hear his boss's instructions to save them. Indiana's Court of Appeals has ordered the store to pay him unemployment benefits.

7:41am

Fri July 8, 2011
Strange News

Fried Fish Boycott 'News Of The World'

Just before word came that the scandal-ridden News of the World would fold, one final insult: a boycott. Fish and chips are traditionally wrapped in newspapers. And according to a satirical website, fish were refusing to be wrapped in the British tabloid.

7:10am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

'Space Junkie' Expects To Cry At Last Launch

Self-described "Space Junkie" Lloyd Behrendt was only 18 months old when his Dad took him to see the first rocket launch from Cape Canaveral in 1950. He's been to hundreds of launches since. Behrendt will be at the Kennedy Space Center for the final shuttle launch.

7:05am

Fri July 8, 2011
Afghanistan

Ambassador Eikenberry To Leave Afghanistan

The top American diplomat in Afghanistan steps down this month. Renee Montagne speaks with the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, who has worked there over the last decade — first as an Army general and currently as ambassador.

7:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Around the Nation

Royal Couple To Visit Southern California

Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visit Southern California this weekend. They'll hobnob with celebrities, meet veterans, inner-city children and attend a polo match.

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