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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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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
Business

Profitless Pandora Gains In Internet IPO

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

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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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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.

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.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
NPR Story

Product Safety Commission To Draft Table Saw Regs

A key debate in Washington is over how much the federal government should regulate industry. One unexpected battleground: power tools. NPR has learned that federal regulators are taking steps towards new safety requirements for table-saws. These saws have open spinning blades and can cause severe injuries. But the industry is resisting. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
Asia

Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants Tied To Bin Laden Raid

Pakistanis who fed information to the CIA in advance of the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound have been arrested by Pakistan's intelligence agency. While people have been taken into custody, there are differing reports about who they are.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
NPR Story

Iowa Residents Hope New Levee Will Save Hamburg

In southwest Iowa, crews have been working to save a tiny town from the rising Missouri River. Hamburg, Iowa, is of particular concern, following the breach of a nearby levee. Crews are building up another earthen levee just outside of town.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
NPR Story

N.H. Voters Already Contemplate 2012 Presidential Election

People in New Hampshire take their role in presidential politics seriously. Their state has the first primary in the country — just after Iowa's caucuses. Monday evening, Republican presidential hopefuls debated each other. The next day, NPR's Ari Shapiro went out to hear more about what's on the minds of the state's voters.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
Asia

Japanese Kids In Fukushima To Receive Radiation Detectors

Authorities in the Japanese city of Fukushima will give radiation detectors to 34,000 children between the ages of four and 15. They will wear the devices for three months, and readings will be taken on a monthly basis. The move is aimed at reassuring parents near the failed nuclear reactor that radiation levels are safe.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
Around the Nation

What Does More Deer Mean For Forests?

The white-tailed deer was a rare creature across the East Coast 100 years ago. Now it is widely overpopulated, but what does that mean for forests? A decades-long experiment has found unsettling implications for bio-diversity and the long-term survival of forests.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed June 15, 2011
Economy

Bernanke: Government Borrowing Is Unsustainable

The influential group, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, held a meeting Tuesday that featured heavy-hitters from the economic world, including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. They warned that the budget crisis is worse than many people assume, and fixing it will be very painful.

6:46am

Tue June 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Church Relic Stolen During Celebration

A nearly 800-year-old relic was stolen from St. Anthony's Church in Long Beach, Calif. The church brought out its relic, kept in a case with angel-shaped handles, to celebrate the Saint's Feast Day. The congregation is hopeful the item will be returned.

6:41am

Tue June 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Insurance Company Wants Feds To Pay For Ferrari

A Ferrari worth $750,000 was stolen years ago but was later recovered. That's how an FBI agent ended up at the wheel with a prosecutor as a passenger when it crashed. The prosecutor says they were just on a little drive before the car went to the impound lot.

6:30am

Tue June 14, 2011
Africa

U.S. Tries To Use Libya's Assets For Aid Purposes

Senators from both parties are trying to release some of the assets of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, which were frozen several months ago. But figuring out how to do that isn't simple. Stuart Levey, of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks to Steve Inskeep about how it could happen. Earlier this year, Levey left the Treasury Department as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

5:48am

Tue June 14, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Blogger Monitors Country's Uprising

In Syria, refugees are still fleeing into Turkey after government forces cracked down on a rebellious northern town. Other details are more difficult to get hold of. For example, what is daily life like across the country? Steve Inskeep talks to a woman who blogs from Damascus, who writes under the name Jasmine Roman.

4:34am

Tue June 14, 2011
Law

High Court Upholds Nevada Ethics Law

The Supreme Court has upheld a Nevada law that bars lawmakers from voting on or even debating matters in which they have a conflict of interest. A Nevada council member had challenged the law, asserting that it prohibited his first amendment rights.

4:00am

Tue June 14, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Tue June 14, 2011
Business

Business New

Steve Inskeep has business news.

4:00am

Tue June 14, 2011
Africa

Gasoline Shortage Tries Libyans' Patience

Volunteer Ibtisam Saadeddin, who wears a khaki uniform and a badge and pins with photos of Moammar Gadhafi, says she patrols the line at the women-only gas station to make sure no fights break out.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

For Libyans, one of the main hardships caused by the worldwide campaign against their leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is a nationwide shortage of gasoline.

Fighting has nearly ground to a halt the oil-rich nation's ability to refine fuel. A naval blockade keeps any fuel tankers from leaving or reaching the North African nation's ports.

The shortage has led to cars lining up as far as the eye can see outside Libyan gas stations providing what little fuel is left at normal prices. But being a woman there means you may not have to wait as long to fill up.

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12:01am

Tue June 14, 2011
Theater

At Long Last, Curtain To Rise On 'Spider-Man'

Reeve Carney (left) as Peter Parker and Jennifer Damiano as Mary Jane Watson on the Spider-Man set at the Foxwoods Theatre. Carney previously starred in Taymor's film The Tempest; Damiano earned a Tony nomination in 2009 for her performance in Next to Normal.
Jacob Cohl

After months of previews, cast injuries, scathing reviews, innumerable jokes and the firing of its creator and director, the $75 million musical Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark officially opens Tuesday night on Broadway. The show — the most expensive in Broadway history — has been almost completely revamped.

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7:38am

Mon June 13, 2011
Sports

Jason Terry's 'Ink' May Have Helped Mavericks Win

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry had no choice but to win the NBA title. Before the season started, he had himself tattooed with an image of the championship trophy. After the Mavericks won the championship Sunday, he said, "When you do something crazy like that, you have to back it up."

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