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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 June 24, 2011
Politics

GOP Leaves Talks On Raising Federal Debt Ceiling

The Obama administration has set a hard deadline of August 2 for Congress to come up with a deal and pass it into law. But the parties hit a stalemate on the issue of taxes.

4:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
Law

Drug Industry Wins In 2 Supreme Court Rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court handed the pharmaceutical industry two major victories on Thursday.

4:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
Business

China Hopes To Stand Out At Paris Air Show

China is making its presence known at this year's Paris Air Show. It is the premier event for those who make and buy aircraft. And China is there as one of the world's largest purchaser of jetliners. It is also trying to make its mark as a manufacturer. Eleanor Beardsley reports.

4:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
Afghanistan

U.S. Troop Drawdown Shouldn't Hurt Aid Work

The U.S. Agency for International Development is going to have to do more with less as it faces serious budget cuts. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah talks to Renee Montagne about what the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will mean for U.S. assistance for Afghanistan.

4:00am

Fri June 24, 2011
National Security

Army Gen. Petreaus Would Retire To Head CIA

President Obama's nominee to head the CIA was on Capitol Hill Thursday for a confirmation hearing. The Senate Intelligence Committee asked Gen. David Petraeus about many things, including Obama's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Petreaus also told the panel that to do the CIA job properly, he would retire from the Army.

12:01am

Fri June 24, 2011
Latin America

Rise Of Indigenous Actress Marks Change In Peru

Magaly Solier stars in The Milk of Sorrow, which won the Golden Bear award for best film at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. It's the first Peruvian film the festival has ever featured.
Valery Hache AFP/Getty Images

In 2009, when the Peruvian film The Milk of Sorrow won top honors at the Berlin Film Festival, lead actress Magaly Solier did something surprising — she chose to accept the award by singing a song in Quechua, a common indigenous language of Peru.

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10:00pm

Thu June 23, 2011
StoryCorps

The Teacher Learns A Lesson: Coming Out In Class

Teacher John Byrne talked about coming out to his 10th-grade English class with a former student, Samantha Liebman, in New York City.
StoryCorps

As a high school teacher at Friends Seminary in New York, John Byrne has taught hundreds of students. Recently, he spoke with a former student, Samantha Liebman, about the years before he became the teacher he is today. For one thing, his classrooms were very regimented.

"I would make the kids line up before they came into class," he says, "and then they would stand by their desks and I would say, 'You may sit down when I sit down.' They said, 'Good morning, Mr. Byrne.'

"I was very strict, because I was afraid the kids would discover I was gay," he says.

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7:56am

Thu June 23, 2011
Strange News

Egg Throwing Deemed Legitimate Sport

The World Egg Throwing Federation says its "eggstatic" now that the English Sports Council has deemed most of its games "legitimate sports." The list includes throw and catch and target throwing. Russian egg roulette did not make the cut.

7:50am

Thu June 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Board Rejects Alcohol Road Name Change

Selectmen in Greenwood, Maine, have decided they will not change the name of Alcohol Mary Road. It's named after a Prohibition bootlegger. A local man says it defames his grandmother, who's named Mary, but is no relation to Alochol Mary.

6:31am

Thu June 23, 2011
History

Obama's Afghan Speech Echoed Lincoln's Talk

President Obama has studied the life of President Lincoln. In his second inaugural address in 1865, Lincoln spoke of the Civil War, then nearing its end: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in." A section of Obama's speech had a similar rhythm.

6:25am

Thu June 23, 2011
Asia

No Trace Of Agent Orange At U.S. Base In South Korea

The U.S. military is investigating claims by veterans that they buried barrels of a toxic defoliant at an American base in South Korea three decades ago. Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam War, and it's been blamed for a variety of ailments, including cancer and nerve disorders.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
NPR Story

Wall Street Pre-Economic Crisis Was 'Dirty Business'

Steve Inskeep talks with George Packer about his latest "New Yorker" article "A Dirty Business." The piece follows the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York during an insider trading case. Packer explores why it's been difficult to build prosecutions directly tied to the financial crisis.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
NPR Story

North Dakota Residents Flee Minot's Floodwaters

Some 11,000 people were told to evacuate Minot, North Dakota, yesterday because of flooding. Residents are expecting floodwaters to reach as high as rooftops. For the latest developments there, Renee Montagne talks with reporter Perry Olson.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Afghanistan

Fort Drum Residents: It's Time For Troops To Come Home

President Obama travels to Fort Drum in upstate New York on Thursday. The base has sent many troops to Afghanistan over the past decade. Last night, David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio got reaction on the president's speech from people at Fort Drum.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Law

Feds Capture Fugitive James 'Whitey' Bulger In Calif.

A notorious Boston gangster has been captured by authorities near Los Angeles. James "Whitey" Bulger is on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders. The 81-year-old has been on the run for 16 years.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Business

Valvoline Introduces Greener Motor Oil

As drivers get their cars ready for summer road trips, Valvoline is marketing a new, greener car oil. Scott Graf of member station WFAE in Charlotte reports.

4:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

7:33am

Wed June 22, 2011
Around the Nation

Online Dating Is For Those Young At Heart

Molly Holder was almost 90 when a Scottish man in his early 80s caught her eye on Match.com. When she began messaging with Edward Nisbet, they discovered a common love for poetry and grammar. The pair met for the first time in January and tied the knot earlier this month.

7:27am

Wed June 22, 2011
Around the Nation

U.S. Government's Mob File Up For Auction

Back in the 1960s, Robert F. Kennedy was leading investigations of the Mafia. A folder from that era contained information and mug shots of men like Carlo Gambino and Meyer Lansky. In the 1990s, somebody accidentally left the file in a New York City taxi. It's up for auction now, with an estimated sale price of $10,000.

6:32am

Wed June 22, 2011
Sports

NFL, NBA Face Tough Contract Bargaining Sessions

Billions of dollars are at stake this summer as the leagues for professional football and basketball try to negotiate new contracts with their players' unions.

6:28am

Wed June 22, 2011
Europe

Europeans Concur: Not Pulling Our Weight In Nato

NATO's secretary general says since defense budgets are being cut as governments struggle with deficits, one answer is to have more bilateral cooperation among member states. The British are trying to patch up the holes created by their 8 percent military spending cuts by working more closely with the French.

6:21am

Wed June 22, 2011
Africa

Tunisia's President Ben Ali Convicted In Absentia

Former Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has been tried in absentia on charges he embezzled large sums of cash and jewelry. Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia in January and the kingdom has refused to extradite him. Steve Inskeep talks to David Gauthier-Villars, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, who has been covering Tunisia.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Business

JPMorgan Securities to Settle Fraud Charges

J.P. Morgan Chase will pay more than $150 million to settle charges the firm misled investors about the riskiness of the mortgage backed securities the firm was selling. The Securities and Exchange Commission says J.P Morgan Securities designed the packages to do poorly and then hid that fact from investors. The company neither confirms nor denies the allegations.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in Business.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Afghanistan

U.S. Troops To Find Out How Many Will Leave Afghanistan

President Obama will announce his decision on how many American troops to withdraw from Afghanistan Wednesday night. In late 2009, the president had approved a "surge" force of 30,00 troops. At the time, he promised to begin bringing them home in July 2011. With that deadline approaching, a debate has emerged inside the White House about how many troops to pull out.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
NPR Story

Mexico Captures Reputed Head Of Drug Cartel

Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Jason Beaubien about the capture of one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
NPR Story

Huntsman's Campaign Wastes No Time, Hits The Road

After formally announcing his Republican presidential campaign Tuesday, Jon Huntsman went straight to New Hampshire to start drumming up votes. On Wednesday, he travels to South Carolina, a critical stop for the former Utah governor and former ambassador to China because he doesn't plan to campaign in Iowa.

4:00am

Wed June 22, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

5:12pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Music News

Bon Iver Gets Bigger And More Complex

Bon Iver.
D.L. Anderson

It's been three years since For Emma, Forever Ago, the debut album that landed Justin Vernon's band Bon Iver on virtually every best-of list for 2008.

Now, Bon Iver has released the follow-up to For Emma, titled Bon Iver. The song titles draw from the names of places — real, imagined or a combination of both, like "Minnesota, WI."

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