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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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7:27am

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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6:47am

Tue June 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Man Makes Living 'Prospecting' Diamond District

He's a lone prospector on the street's of Manhattan's Diamond District. Using tweezers and a butter knife, Raffi Stepanian scrapes up bits of gold, diamonds and rubies that fall from workers clothing and shoes. He told the New York Post a week of urban panning earned him more than $1,800.

6:35am

Tue June 21, 2011
Europe

Billboard Pays Off For Irishman Seeking Work

Instead of sifting through more job ads, an unemployed Irishman decided to advertise himself. The 26-year-old marketing grad spent close to $3,000 on a billboard. He used a photo of himself holding a suitcase and the words "Save Me From Emigration." He got several job offers.

5:35am

Tue June 21, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Assad Warns Of Dangerous Economic Climate

The official Syrian News Agency (SANA) released a photo showing Syrian President Bashar Assad addressing the nation from Damascus University on Monday.
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Syria has been hit hard by a protest movement that has disrupted business, farming and trade.

In a speech to the country at Damascus University Monday, President Bashar Assad told his supporters: "The most dangerous thing we face in the coming period is the collapse of the economy."

It's feared financial pressures may be a greater threat than protests.

In normal times, the Lebanese-Syrian border is a busy place. But now, there are hardly any cars, hardly anyone standing in line to cross.

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5:28am

Tue June 21, 2011
Asia

Journalist's Killing Unites Pakistan's Media

Saleem Shahzad is the latest journalist to be killed in Pakistan. Over the last 18 months, at least 16 journalists have been killed there. Last week, other members of the media held a 24-hour sit-in across from Parliament to say the killers of Shahzad would be uncovered regardless of where the trail leads.

4:00am

Tue June 21, 2011
Law

Supreme Court Blocks Climate Change Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a global warming lawsuit brought by Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Iowa and California against five big power companies. The case is being called the court's most important environmental ruling in years.

4:00am

Tue June 21, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

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

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.

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."

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.

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