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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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12:01am

Thu June 30, 2011
Music News

Major Trove Of Classical Music Manuscripts For Sale

J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 171 is part of the Lehman collection. The iron-gall ink Bach used to compose the piece has eroded the paper.
Caroline Cooper

For music lovers, some melodies may seem priceless. But if you ever wondered what music is really worth — like the original manuscript to Maurice Ravel's Bolero? That score and about 200 more, which reside at New York's Morgan Library, are on sale for $135 million. They are part of the esteemed Lehman Collection — a group of nearly 200 scores that reads like a greatest hits of classical music. Christoph Wolff, a professor of music history at Harvard, calls it "the trophy collection."

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7:11am

Wed June 29, 2011
Asia

Malaysia Airlines Bans Babies From First Class

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The sound of a crying baby on a long flight is the definition of no escape. One airline has taken a bold stance on the issue, at least for passengers it wants to baby. Malaysia Airlines doesn't have bassinettes in first class. And that means babies are banned. The airline is now adding the extra roomy super jumbo Airbus to its fleet, but says in first class, there's still no room for babies onboard.

And it is MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:02am

Wed June 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Groom Falls, Couple Takes Vows At Hospital Chapel

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Derek McBride was about to marry his bride when he made a wrong step. On his wedding day the Pennsylvania man fell down the stairs, broke three ribs and suffered a collapsed lung. But the Erie Times-News reports the wedding went ahead. It was moved to the hospital chapel, which nurses decorated with balloons made out of medical gloves. The bride, Casey Messenger(ph), wore her gown and Mr. McBride wore his, the kind the opens in the back.

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5:33am

Wed June 29, 2011
Middle East

Syria Insists It's Ready To Embrace Change

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And let's turn now from economic to political reforms. The Syrian government insists it's ready to embrace a move towards democracy - reforms that meet the demands of protestors in the street. After months of demonstrations and cracking down hard on those protesters, a senior Syrian official says the government has gotten the message. This comes just after members of the opposition were able to meet for the first time in an officially-sanctioned gathering.

NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Damascus.

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7:41am

Tue June 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Hawaii Man Travels 300 Miles On Paddleboard

Bart de Zwart climbed on a 14-foot paddleboard, which looks a little like a surfboard, and he paddled 300 miles from Hawaii's Big Island to the island of Kauai. It took him five days at sea.

7:33am

Tue June 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Newsprint Scented Candle Is Hot Off The Press

The Time of New York scented candle promises to evoke the aroma of black ink on paper. According to its distributor, the candle gives off hints of cedar and musk with a "powdery note and velvet nuance."

5:28am

Tue June 28, 2011
NPR News Investigations

Flawed Child Death Probes Cause Wrongful Convictions

NPR News Investigations, ProPublica and PBS "Frontline" analyzed nearly two dozen cases in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed work by forensic pathologists. Some of the accused were later cleared. Others are still in prison.

4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Law

Ex-Ill Gov. Blagojevich Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence

A federal jury in Chicago convicted former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 wide-ranging corruption charges Monday. Bagojevich was accused, among other things, of trying to sell President Obama's former Senate seat for personal gain.

4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Middle East

Flotilla To Challenge Israel's Economic Blockade Of Gaza

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from the U.S., Europe and Canada are organizing a 10-ship flotilla to challenge Israel's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel says the blockade is necessary to prevent smuggling of arms into Gaza. Hanging over the mission is the dark shadow of last year's flotilla that ended with an Israeli commando raid on a Turkish vessel and left nine activists dead.

The hub of this year's operation is Athens, Greece, where organizers accuse Israel of using diplomatic pressure to sabotage their effort.

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4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Law

Parts Of Ga. Immigration Law Blocked From Taking Effect

A U.S. District judge has blocked two of the more controversial portions of Georgia's new immigration law from taking effect. But the law will continue to require businesses to check the status of new hires. Georgia farmers say that gives them little time to adjust for this summer's harvest. Charles Edwards of member station WABE reports.

4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Economy

State Government Shutdown Looms In Minnesota

At issue is how to fill a five-billion-dollar budget gap. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton wants to raise income taxes on top earners. But Republicans, who control the legislature, oppose any tax hikes. If there's no deal by July first, agencies will stop operating. Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio reports.

4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Law

Supreme Court Overturns Ariz. Campaign Finance Law

The measure offered public funds to state legislative and executive-branch candidates who abide by tight contribution and spending limits.

4:00am

Tue June 28, 2011
Business

Business News

Protesters in Greece are demonstrating against government plans to slash the national budget, raise taxes and sell-off state assets. The prime minister is trying to get another austerity plan though parliament this week.

12:01am

Tue June 28, 2011
Author Interviews

An 'Untold Story': What If Princess Diana Survived?

Princess Diana died on Aug. 30, 1997 in a Paris car crash after trying to escape from the paparazzi.
Princess Diana Archive Getty Images

In 2003, Writer Monica Ali made a literary splash with a debut novel, Brick Lane, about a young immigrant woman who longs for home. Today, Ali is once again attracting attention — this time with a novel about a world-famous royal trying to get as far away from home as possible.

In Untold Story, Ali imagines what might have happened if Princess Diana had survived that 1997 car crash in Paris — and then gone on to fake her own death.

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8:01am

Mon June 27, 2011
Business

Michael Jackson Items Popular At Music Icon Auction

Michael Jackson's famous red and black jacket from the video Thriller fetched $1.8 million. His crystal-covered glove went for more than $300,000.

7:55am

Mon June 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Wounded Afghan Vet Catches Ball At Yankee Stadium

Michael Kacer lost his left arm in a rocket attack in Afghanistan. But he still has one good arm, and he demonstrated how good at Yankee Stadium Friday night. He was in the stands when a foul ball spun his way. Kacer reached over the railing and snatched the ball with his hat.

6:48am

Mon June 27, 2011
Africa

Mozambique Tries To Address Doctor Shortage

NPR's All Things Considered launches a series of stories that will run through the summer about pregnancy and childbirth. The series is called "Beginnings," and it starts with a visit to the sub-Saharan African country of Mozambique.

6:37am

Mon June 27, 2011
Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa Adopts Circumcision Program

Four years ago, the World Health Organization determined medical circumcision reduces a man's likelihood of contracting HIV by 60 percent. Since then, large-scale circumcision programs have been growing slowly in sub-Saharan Africa. Two-thirds of the world's HIV positive people live there.

6:30am

Mon June 27, 2011
Middle East

Syria Allows Reporters To Travel To 'Massacre' Site

Syria's government has finally allowed a small group of western journalists into the country. They were allowed to travel to Jisr al Shughour, where Syrian officials say armed gangs staged a massacre. More than 300 soldiers and security personnel were killed.

6:24am

Mon June 27, 2011
Economy

Obama Turns His Attention To Deficit Reduction

After weeks of leaving deficit-reduction talks to Vice President Biden, President Obama will meet personally with Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate. They're trying to work out a plan to stem the tide of red ink. But no matter what happens, the government will need to keep borrowing money. And that means lawmakers will need to raise the federal debt ceiling within the next five weeks.

4:00am

Mon June 27, 2011
Asia

Shehrbano Taseer Recalls Her Father's Assassination

Earlier this year in Pakistan, the governor of Punjab province, who was an outspoken defender of civil rights, was gunned down. His daughter, Shehrbano Taseer, is a journalist in Pakistan, and she talks to Steve Inskeep about her father's legacy and her own fight against extremism.

4:00am

Mon June 27, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Mon June 27, 2011
Business

1 Man Does It Fast, Cheaper Than Big Pharma

Drug companies aren't the only ones making money inventing new medicines for the market. A man in Massachusetts has brought three drugs to market almost on his own. His process is the same as the big drug makers, but he farms out each aspect of the process to independent labs and specialists. When the drug starts to succeed in trials, he sells it to one of the big companies. Curt Nickisch of member station WBUR reports.

4:00am

Mon June 27, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

12:01am

Mon June 27, 2011
Science

In Old Age, Illness And Dying Can Be Postponed

Dr. Mark Lachs says his older patients are like reliable cars. After a certain age, they are less likely to break down, and just keep rolling right along.
Adrian Kinloch

Gerontologist and commentator Mark Lachs says research in aging shows that once people reach a certain age, rates of disease, disability, and death start to decline.

I have a 98-year-old patient who's not only independent but rather dashing. He recently asked a series of questions that reminded me of one of the most intriguing scientific papers in gerontology.

Is it okay if he has a little cheese and butter from time to time? In modest amounts, he assured me.

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7:23am

Fri June 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Fan Tells Brewers Star To Go Fly A Kite

Baseball star Nyjer Morgan of the Milwaukee Brewers sent a tweet to followers asking, "Wat should ur boy do today?" A follower replied, "Fly a kite!" Morgan stood up, went outside and actually flew one.

7:17am

Fri June 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Summertime Prankers Hit The Streets

Drivers in Kentucky were the latest to see an electronic alert on an interstate warning of zombies ahead. And, the manager of Legoland discovered his car had been replaced with a life-sized replica made of 200,000 Legos.

7:01am

Fri June 24, 2011
Middle East

Syrian, Turkish Troops Mass At Shared Border

Washington is calling on Syria to remove its troops from the border with Turkey. Aid officials say hundreds of Syrians fled makeshift camps into southeastern Turkey as the military approached.

Ankara doesn't want to lose its economic engagement with Syria, but nonetheless is shifting its rhetoric in support of the people demanding more freedoms.

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6:39am

Fri June 24, 2011
Around the Nation

New Jersey Legislature Approves Cuts In Benefits

State lawmakers have approved deep cuts in benefits for government workers and retirees in New Jersey. State and local workers will have to contribute more to their health insurance and pension plans. And they'll lose collective bargaining rights over health benefits.

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