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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 June 21, 2011
Law

High Court Limits Wal-Mart Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in American history. It was a nationwide class action lawsuit brought against Wal-Mart on behalf of 1.5 million female employees.

12:01am

Tue June 21, 2011
Author Interviews

'Nerd Do Well': Simon Pegg On 'Becoming A Big Kid'

Growing up in Gloucester England in the 1980s, Simon Pegg idolized American action heroes. Obsessed with Star Wars, he was the kind of kid who put a picture of Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia on his bedroom wall. In short, a nerd, who would channel his boyhood passions into a career in comedy and professional nerdom.

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7:31am

Mon June 20, 2011
Strange News

Sun-Powered Bikini Charges Phone, Other Devices

Brooklyn-based designer Andrew Schneider has unveiled a sun-powered bikini. The iKini consists of tiny solar panels sewn together — enough to power a cell phone. Schneider told the International Business Times a wearer should dry-off the iKini before plugging in any devices.

7:24am

Mon June 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Gloria Linares Accomplishes Marathon Goal

Her goal was 50 by 60. Gloria Linares wanted to run a marathon in each state by the age of 60. She completed her goal on Saturday in Alaska.

4:00am

Mon June 20, 2011
NPR Story

Weitz Recruits Ex-Gang Members For 'A Better Life'

Chris Weitz has directed a variety of movies from "About a Boy" and "American Pie" to "New Moon" of the "Twilight" series. Now he's out with a movie about an illegal immigrant from Mexico who's working as a gardener in Los Angeles, and is trying to keep his son out of gang life. Renee Montagne talks with Weitz about the film, "A Better Life."

4:00am

Mon June 20, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Mon June 20, 2011
NPR Story

NATO Strike May Have Killed Libyan Civilians

NATO says one of its airstrikes in the Libyan capital of Tripoli went astray and may have killed civilians. The military alliance said the errant strike early Sunday may have been due to "a weapons system failure." Libyan officials say nine civilians were killed, including two children.

8:05am

Fri June 17, 2011
Around the Nation

Lawmaker Confronted Over 'Soprano' Comment

California lawmakers got in a shoving match in the state assembly. Republican Don Wagner criticized a bill, comparing it to insurance sold by Tony Soprano. An Italian-American Democrat demanded an apology. Colleagues broke up the fight.

8:02am

Fri June 17, 2011
Arts & Life

Potter's J.K. Rolling To Announce New Project

Author J.K. Rowling, Of Harry Potter fame, has launched a new website. There's not much there except illustrations of two owls and a link to a clock — counting down to six days from now, when the author plans to announce her mysterious new project. Rowling's publicists are only saying it is not a new book.

6:30am

Fri June 17, 2011
Education

University Of Wisconsin-Madison Seeks Chancellor

The University of Wisconsin at Madison is losing its chancellor. Carolyn Martin was embroiled in the recent political battles over the budget for higher education in her state. She's acknowledged the "turmoil" of the past year but wouldn't say how big a role it played in her departure. She'll become president of Amherst College in Massachusetts.

6:16am

Fri June 17, 2011
Politics

Liberal Bloggers: Obama 'Not Our Boyfriend Anymore'

President Obama took his licks from progressives who are meeting in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation Convention, the annual gathering of liberal bloggers and other social media activists.

The panel that drew one of the biggest crowds at Netroots Nation so far was called "What To Do When The President's Just Not That Into You."

"It's like the president's not our boyfriend anymore," Joan McCarter, an editor at the Daily Kos website, said during the discussion.

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4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
NPR Story

Syrian Activist Dodges Authorities On Streets, Online

When one man first began writing about the uprising against the regime in Syria, he was terrified. But now he and other Syrians realize there is a certain measure of virtual freedom to be had online. He uses his real name in interviews now, and believes Syrians will not go back to living in fear of the authorities.

4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
NPR Story

Russia Keeps Mum On What To Do About Syria

Throughout the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, Russia has kept analysts guessing. On Libya for example, the Russians refused to back a UN Security Council resolution and accused NATO of over-stepping its military mandate. But then, Moscow demanded Moammar Gadhafi leave power, and even offered to mediate his exit. NPR's David Greene has more on Russia's diplomacy.

4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has today's Last Word in Business.

4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Europe

Greeks, Government Divided On Spending Cuts

Greece seems to be heading for early elections as the country digests the results of the political turmoil of the last three days. Prime Minister George Papandreou looks to be staying in power at least for now. But there is growing opposition to his policy of bowing to pressure from international lenders for more spending and benefit cuts.

4:00am

Fri June 17, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has this morning's business news.

12:01am

Fri June 17, 2011
Movie Interviews

Journalists Navigate New 'Times' In 'Page One'

In Page One, Andrew Rossi provides an extended glimpse of The New York Times through the keyhole of its media desk.
Magnolia Pictures

There was a time when The New York Times was known as a leader in daily news. Today, the new documentary Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times finds that paper struggling to get a footing in the new media landscape.

Beginning in 2009, filmmaker Andrew Rossi spent over a year embedded with the Times' media desk. Rossi tells NPR's Renee Montagne that he was attracted to the "play within a play" quality of shadowing media writers at a time when the paper was renegotiating its place in the media world.

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10:00pm

Thu June 16, 2011
StoryCorps

A Writer And His Father, And 'A Barrier Between Us'

Walter Dean Myers, 73, spoke with his son, Christopher Myers, 36, about his efforts to make an impression on his father.
StoryCorps

Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. He became an author, writing young adult fiction that's especially popular with teenage readers. But as he tells his son, Christopher, there was one person Myers always wanted his writing to impress: his dad.

"He bought you a typewriter at one point," Christopher says. "Why do you think he knew that that was important to you?"

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1:08pm

Thu June 16, 2011
Politics

Embattled Rep. Weiner Plans To Resign

Embattled Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner has told friends and House leaders that he plans to resign from Congress. The reports Thursday follow a sexting scandal in which Weiner sent lewd emails and tweets to several young women. NPR's David Welna talks to Steve Inskeep.

7:07am

Thu June 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Baby Delivered In Convenience Store Parking Lot

Lisa Cravener and her husband were on their way to a hospital in Colorado, but the baby wouldn't wait. They pulled over in a 7-Eleven parking lot and minutes later a baby boy arrived. People are calling him Big Gulp.

7:00am

Thu June 16, 2011
Around the Nation

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Gets Gaga's Meat Dress

Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress goes on display at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday. It's part of a Women Who Rock exhibit. The dress is made from layers of Argentine beef. It's been preserved in a meat locker, treated with chemicals and dried out by taxidermists.

6:54am

Thu June 16, 2011
Asia

'Wandering Falcon' Describes Pakistan's Tribal Areas

Jamil Ahmad spent decades as a civil servant in the northwest tribal regions of Pakistan. He started writing stories about the people and tribes he met. Some 40 years later, those stories are published in the book The Wandering Falcon. Steve Inskeep sat down with Ahmad recently in Pakistan.

6:41am

Thu June 16, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Assad Family Instills Legacy Of Fear

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered the military to crack down on a rebellious town in the north. In 1982, President Hafez al-Assad, Bashar's father, ordered a military operation that killed at least 30,000 people. Joshua Landis, who writes the blog "Syria Comment," talks to Renee Montagne about the Assad family's legacy.

4:00am

Thu June 16, 2011
NPR Story

Boston Wins NHL Championship In Vancouver

The Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972. They beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the finals Wednesday night.

4:00am

Thu June 16, 2011
NPR Story

Injured Tiger Woods Won't Play At U.S. Open

Steve Inskeep and Sports Analyst Christine Brennan preview the U.S. Open Golf tournament, which begins Thursday at Congressional Country Club in suburban Washington, DC. Because of injuries, Tiger Woods will not be competing. The field is wide open, but Brennan says keep an eye on American Phil Mikkelson and English golfers Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

4:00am

Thu June 16, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. Companies Target Chinese Consumers

As China continues to make inroads in markets around the world, many U.S. companies are trying to reach Chinese consumers. In our continuing series on China, Renee Montagne talks to James McGregor with business lobbying firm Apco Worldwide about what U.S. businesses need to do to be successful in China.

4:00am

Thu June 16, 2011
Business

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Thu June 16, 2011
Business

Profitless Pandora Gains In Internet IPO

Originally published on Thu June 16, 2011 1:10 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Online music company Pandora went public yesterday, and investors gobbled up the shares. NPR's Nina Gregory notes all this excitement is for a company that has yet to make a profit.

NINA GREGORY: Pandora is a service that lets listeners customize online radio stations, and investors are likely relying on its popularity. The service has over 90 million registered users, which makes a potential for revenues from advertising high.

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7:39am

Wed June 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Deputies Record Daily Grind On Micro Video Cameras

Deputies in Johnson County, Kansas, are being equipped with micro video cameras. The Kansas City Star says the cameras are attached to helmets or earpieces. The company that makes the cameras says people behave when they know they're on video.

7:21am

Wed June 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Big Apple Is Abuzz With Bees

New York City recently made it legal for residents to keep bees, and that has led to swarms of them. Earlier this week, police had to divert traffic in Manhattan's Chinatown when 15,000 honey bees swarmed the area. They've also covered a mailbox in Little Italy and buzzed a fire escape Uptown.

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