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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

Tue July 5, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Latin America

Cancer-Stricken Chavez Returns To Venezuela To Convalesce

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez quietly slipped back into the country on a pre-dawn flight from Cuba Monday. For nearly a month, he's been in Havana where doctors had removed a cancerous tumor.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Africa

No Formal Peace Talks Set In Libya

A senior Libyan official said progress has been made in talks with rebels on ending more than four months of fighting. But a top rebel leader has denied that any negotiations are taking place.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Europe

Strauss-Kahn To Face New Sex Charges In France

Just as pressure on former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is easing in New York, it is ramping up in Paris. A young novelist, who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her during an interview in 2003, is officially bringing charges against him. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers announced he will counter-sue for defamation of character.

4:00am

Tue July 5, 2011
Business

Dallas Tests Where Section 8 Recipients May Live

Originally published on Thu July 7, 2011 9:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

In this country we could see some changes in a government housing program known as Section 8. Critics have complained that this subsidized rent program gives recipients enough money to live in poor, minority neighborhoods, but not enough money to live anywhere else. Now the Department of Housing and Urban Development is rethinking the way it calculates rent payments.

The city of Dallas has been testing these changes and Jeff Cohen from member station WNPR has this report.

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2:07am

Tue July 5, 2011
Commentary

Presidential Campaign Debt Can Linger For Decades

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Everyone knows after the vacation come the bills, and that's as true for political candidates as anyone.

I got an e-mail a few weeks ago. "Dear Kit," it began. "I'm writing to you about a special woman in my life, and in yours: my wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton."

In 2008, Hillary Clinton was running for president, and I was on her mailing list as a journalist, not as a donor.

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6:49am

Mon July 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Maine Lobster: Not Just For Melted Butter Anymore

The lobster catch is at an all-time high this season so the industry wants to reach a wider market. If you don't want to spend time cracking the shell, you can now try lobster pot pie and lobster pizza. There's lobster macaroni and cheese.

6:35am

Mon July 4, 2011
Around the Nation

NYPD Sets Off Confiscated Fireworks Stash

New York City's police department started its Independence Day celebration a few days early. At a firing range in the Bronx, the NYPD detonated more than 5,000 lbs. of confiscated illegal fireworks.

4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
NPR Story

Syrian Security Forces Kill 2 Anti-Regime Protesters

In Syria, the city of Hama has been the scene of the largest anti-government protests in the country.

Rallies have often been met with armed retaliation by security police. That didn't happen at Friday's mass rally, and the city's governor was fired. There were reports of tanks advancing on the city.

Hama is a sensitive place. Thirty years ago, the Syrian army crushed an Islamist rebellion there, killing tens of thousands.

Now, a new generation is on the streets, demanding democracy.

A Coming Backlash?

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4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Asia

Ousted Leader's Sister Is First Female Thai Prime Minister

Yingluck Shinawatra speaks to the media the day after her party won an overwhelming victory in Sunday's national election. The party is loyal to Yingluck's brother former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

Elections in Thailand produced the country's first female prime minister on Sunday. Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, is a businesswoman with no political experience other than her carefully stage-managed election campaign.

Yingluck's real test will be to make peace with a political establishment and military that deposed her brother former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a coup five years ago.

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4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Africa

Southern Sudan Set To Become Newest Nation

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who is in southern Sudan, which becomes the world's newest nation on July ninth. It comes six years after a peace deal that ended a two-decade civil war between Sudan's north and south.

4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Mon July 4, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

KFC is trying to get a new image — a healthier one. To do that, it's pushing its grilled chicken again — this time focusing on bigger sizes and better flavors. KFC needs to drum up all the business it can get because its U.S. sales have been sliding.

7:49am

Fri July 1, 2011
Food

Sweet Treat: July Is National Ice Cream Month

In declaring July ice cream month, President Ronald Reagan cited nutritional benefits, and said it should be observed with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." Americans eat more ice cream than anyone else in the world — on average 20 quarts a year.

7:43am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business

Israelis Protest Price Of Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is among the most common foods in Israel. When the dairy industry raised the price, more than 150,000 people joined a Facebook campaign to boycott it. Stunned, executives lowered the price by 25 percent, saying the protest changed the rules of the marketplace.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Europe

Monaco Welcomes Guests For Royal Wedding

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

Move over, William and Kate. Monaco will have its own royal wedding when Prince Albert II and his fiancee, Charlene Wittstock, marry this weekend. The pair attended Britain's royal nuptials in April.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

The tiny European territory that lost its beloved Princess Grace in a car crash in 1982 is finally getting a new princess. Prince Albert II of Monaco, 53 and a longtime bachelor, will wed South African Charlene Wittstock over a weekend of royal ceremonies and celebrations.

Monaco hasn't seen an event like this since Albert's mother, Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, married his father, Prince Rainier, 55 years ago.

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4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business

Minnesota's Government Closed For Business

Thousands of state workers in Minnesota are being told to stay home Friday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a new state budget. That also means tax refund checks will not be going out and zoos and parks will likely be closed this holiday weekend. This is the second shutdown for Minnesota in six years.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business

Amazon Cuts Ties With Calif. Affiliates To Avoid Tax

Under a new law signed by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, online retailers like Amazon are supposed to start collecting sales taxes, even when they're based outside the state. Amazon says the new law is unconstitutional, and it won't collect the tax. One way the company is trying to avoid it, is by severing ties with about 10,000 small businesses and individual blogs based in the state which link to Amazon.com through their websites.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Africa

Moroccans Vote On New Constitution

Moroccan voters go to the polls on Friday in a nationwide referendum on political changes proposed by the king. Morocco, like other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, was swept by pro-democracy demonstrations at the beginning of the year. Demonstrators protested a lack of freedoms, weak economy and political corruption.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Asia

China's Communist Party Celebrates 90 Years

As China's Communist Party celebrates its 90th anniversary, President Hu Jintao has warned that its long rule has led to grave corruption. With 80 million members, it's now the world's largest political party. But facing rampant corruption and growing dissatisfaction, can this revolutionary party survive?

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4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Business

U.S. Firms In China Pay More As Wages Rise

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about his recent trip to China, and the pressures on foreign businesses operating there.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Law

Sex Case Against Ex-IMF Head May Be Unraveling

The former head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn has another court appearance Friday. He's charged with assaulting a hotel maid in Manhattan in May. Friday's proceeding is being described as one that could ease his bail conditions. Sources say government officials have uncovered inconsistencies and possible misstatements by his accuser.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Movies

'Larry Crowne' Is 'Hollow And Unconvincing'

Larry Crowne stars Tom Hanks, who also directed and co-wrote the movie. It co-stars Julia Roberts. This movie's love connection between student and teacher is one of the most unconvincing in memory.

4:00am

Fri July 1, 2011
Sports

NBA Locks Out Players Over Contract Dispute

The NBA's labor deal has expired, and the basketball league has locked out its players. It's the second pro sports league shut down by labor strife. The other is the NFL.

8:08pm

Thu June 30, 2011
StoryCorps

Daughter And Dad: Strong Ties And Big Questions

Aimee Gerold, 14, spoke with her father, Bob, at StoryCorps in Pensacola, Fla.
StoryCorps

Bob and Alice Gerold adopted their daughter, Aimee, from China when she was a baby. Now 14, Aimee has many questions about how her parents met, and why they decided to adopt. She spoke with her father recently to get the answers.

"How did you meet Mom?" Aimee asks.

"I can tell you the date: Sept. 14, 1984," Bob says.

Interrupting him, Aimee asks, "Back when dinosaurs roamed the land?"

"Yeah, I was protecting her from the dinosaurs," Bob says.

More specifically, Aimee asks, "So, when did she like, decide to date you?"

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7:26am

Thu June 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Receipt Reveals A Lot About ATM User

Hedge fund manager Dvid Tepper is said to have left behind an ATM receipt at a bank in East Hampton, New York. It was passed along to the Wall Street gossip blog "Dealbreaker.com." The receipt shows a savings balance of just under $100 million.

7:10am

Thu June 30, 2011
Around the Nation

Man Times His Heart Attack Perfectly

Dr. William Phillips was giving a talk on heart disease at the Central Maine Medical Center. Suddenly a man in the audience complained of chest pain and collapsed from a heart attack. The man happened to be surrounded by cardiac nurses who grabbed a defibrillator and saved his life.

6:10am

Thu June 30, 2011
Asia

Clashes Rage In Pakistan's Baluchistan Province

While Pakistan battles an Islamist militancy that seeks to overthrow the state, another lesser-known conflict rages on its soil. In the southwest province of Baluchistan, separatist fighters are clashing with security forces and killing anyone they see as the enemy.

6:06am

Thu June 30, 2011
Afghanistan

Banker Flees Afghanistan In Fear For His Life

Over the past couple of years, hundreds of millions of dollars have disappeared from Afghanistan's biggest private bank. Abdul Qadeer Fitrat was in charge of investigating what happened to the money at Kabul Bank. Fitrat tells Renee Montagne he resigned and fled the country because his life was in danger.

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