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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

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
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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12:01am

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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12:51pm

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.

6:51am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Government Sector Isn't Adding New Jobs

The unemployment report for June comes out Friday. Businesses have been doing some hiring, but not fast enough pace to bring down the unemployment rate. Another problem is the sharp decline in the number of government jobs.

6:46am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

NASA Workers Saddened By Shuttle Program's End

Workers throughout NASA are upset that the space shuttle program is ending. But maybe none more so than the people at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the astronauts live and train.

6:39am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Space View Park Perfect To See Atlantis Launch

After 30 years of space shuttle takeoffs, crowds are gathered at Space View Park in Titusville, Fla., to see the final launch of Atlantis.

6:31am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Shuttle's Final Launch Gets Mega Attention

Weather permitting, the space shuttle Atlantis will bast off Friday for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Africa

Questions Linger: Who Is Fighting For Gadhafi?

Among the prisoners held by anti-Gadhafi rebels in western Libya are many sub-Saharan Africans --from Ghana, Chad and other countries. Rebel leaders have long accused Moammar Gadhafi of recruiting black African mercenaries. Interviews at a rebel prison appear to corroborate the allegations. The prisoners — Libyans as well as sub-Saharan Africans — say Gadhafi's army is running short of food and ammunition, and is plagued by desertions. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Weather Could Delay Launch Of Atlantis

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 12:53 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

At this hour, final preparations are underway for the launch of Atlantis, the last American shuttle to venture into space.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Hundreds of thousands of spectators will be on hand in Central Florida to watch the final shuttle launch if the weather permits that launch. We're going to talk about that and more with NPR's science correspondent Joe Palca, who's in our studios here in Washington. Joe, good morning.

JOE PALCA: Morning.

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4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Thousands Of Reporters Converge On Space Center

As hordes of reporters wait for the launch, it's unclear if they'll see a blast off or a lot of rain.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Administration Extends Assistance To Jobless Homeowners

People who fall behind on their mortgage payments because of a job loss are about to get some additional breathing room. The Obama administration is pressuring mortgage servicers to increase the forbearance period to 12 months for homeowners who have lost jobs. NPR's Tamara Keith reports.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

Silver Prices Pressure Native American Silversmiths

A rise in the global price of silver is hurting Native American artists like Floyd Lomakuyuaya of the Hopi Reservation. The spike is threatening not only their livelihoods, but also part of their cultural heritage.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Fri July 8, 2011
Movies

'Boyz N The Hood' Rings Out, 20 Years Later

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:41 am

Boyz N The Hood, made by John Singleton in 1991, was the story of three friends — played by(from left) Morris Chestnut, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ice Cube – growing up in South Central Los Angeles.
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In the original trailer for John Singleton's 1991 film Boyz N The Hood, violent images play over a thudding drum track, as voice over introduces viewers to the hard heart of South Central Los Angeles. "This is Los Angeles, gang capital of the nation." Then, "In South Central L.A., it's tough to beat the streets."

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11:54pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Monkey See

A Day Of One's OWN: One Man Watches Oprah's Network

Originally published on Fri July 8, 2011 12:01 am

This may be the most harrowing assignment I have ever tackled for NPR: spending a day watching Oprah Winfrey's new cable channel. Winfrey has admitted she could have done a better job with OWN, which launched in January. Ratings have been disappointing and the original CEO has left. Now that her daily talk show is over, Winfrey says that she's going to focus her attention on making OWN more successful. I figured I could check it out to see how it's doing.

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10:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
StoryCorps

Alzheimer's Brings Daughter, Dad Together

Betsy Brooks remembered her father, Charles Brooks, during a recent visit to StoryCorps in New York with her boyfriend, John Grecsek.
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Betsy Brooks remembers her father, Charles, as a "razor-sharp" former Marine. The two had their share of arguments, she says. But that all changed late in her father's life, as Betsy recently told her boyfriend, John Grecsek.

Charles was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when he was 78. Betsy tells John about her relationship with her dad before, and after, the diagnosis.

"We butted heads from the moment we could," Betsy says.

Her father was a Marine — and very proud of it.

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7:31am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Friends Don't Let Friends Drink And Buy Puppies

New York City's West Village is home to a pet shop called Le Petite Puppy. It's within walking distance of several bars. The manager says inebriated bar patrons will stumble in and attempt to buy a puppy without thinking through the responsibilities that entails. So the store's banned puppy sales to drunk customers.

7:25am

Thu July 7, 2011
Strange News

Russian Motorists Fall For Ruble Prank

Drivers in Moscow stopped in the middle of a 10-lane highway this week to pick up what looked like strewn money. It turns out, the road was not paved with rubles. Just bookmarks printed to look like a 1,000 ruble note.

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