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Steve Inskeep, Renee Montagne

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

Thu June 2, 2011
Law

DOJ Advocates Changes For Crack Cocaine Offenses

The Obama administration says it will support leniency for people already behind bars for crack cocaine offenses. The proposal could send thousands of federal inmates home early. This is a major civil rights issue since law disproportionately affects minorities.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Brazil Moves Forward Constructing World's 3rd-Largest Dam

A controversial dam in the heart of Brazil's Amazon has moved one step closer to construction. Environmentalists say it will devastate the ecosystem and force tens of thousands of people to relocate. Brazilian authorities say they need the energy for the growing nation.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Politics

Mitt Romney To Make GOP Presidential Run Official

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney today formally gets into the GOP race for the White House. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who brings us up to date on the field of candidates so far.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Middle East

Opposition Tries To Define Syria's Political Future

Some 300 Syrian activists are gathered in southern Turkey to chart ways to step up their campaign against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Business

Wal-Mart Makes A Move Into South Africa

South African regulators have given Wal-Mart approval to buy a controlling stake in retailer Massmart. Liabo Setho, a business reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tells Renee Montagne there had been huge opposition to the deal from trade unions, suppliers and industry groups.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Health

USDA Food Pyramid To Be Replaced By Plate Graphic

Step aside, pyramid. Make way for the plate. The USDA is unveiling its new and improved nutrition guidelines graphic. Its designed to help consumers better visualize what it means to eat healthier.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Sports

Novak Djokovic Close To Tying McEnroe Record

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Jon Wertheim of "Sports Illustrated" about the incredible year Novak Djokovic is having in tennis. With a victory over Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals, Djokovic can equal John McEnroe's record of 42 straight wins to start a season.

4:00am

Thu June 2, 2011
Media

Subcontractors Abuse Foreigners Who Staff U.S. Wars

An article in the latest issue of The New Yorker focuses on the mistreatment of foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reporter Sarah Stillman tells Mary Louise Kelly that workers are enticed overseas by shady contractors, and when the U.S. draws down operations, they're laid off but given no return ticket home.

7:18am

Wed June 1, 2011
Around the Nation

What's New York's Most Photographed Attraction?

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 7:20 am

Transcript

MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Good morning. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

Forget the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty. One researcher found that the Apple store on Fifth Avenue is the most photographed tourist attraction in Manhattan. Eric Fischer mapped and analyzed millions of pictures taken throughout New York City, then uploaded to the photo sharing website Flickr. The Apple store is open 24 hours a day with a glass entrance reminiscent of the Louvre in Paris. Times Square came in at number four.

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7:11am

Wed June 1, 2011
Around the Nation

Duck Lays Eggs In Its Nest At Home Depot

For a nesting duck in Maine, a Home Depot store has become just "home." According to the Bangor Daily News, the female mallard built her nest amid fowers and fertilizers. Protected by a "do not disturb" sign, she's laid seven eggs.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Casino Revenue Helps Tribes Aid Local Governments

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 6:33 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Many cities and counties around the country are still struggling with budget shortfalls. But in Washington State, some local officials are being thrown a lifeline from Native American tribes. Tribes don't pay taxes, but those with casinos have to give some of their earnings to local governments.

As NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports, some tribes are giving above and beyond what they have to.

HANSI LO WANG: Prosecutor Mark Roe is sitting in his office in Everett, Washington, and he's holding a photocopy of a check.

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4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Afghanistan

Why Regional Neighbors Should Help Stabilize Afghanistan

Osama bin Laden's death has put more pressure on the United States' strategic partnership with Pakistan, and its ongoing commitment to the war in Afghanistan. Thomas Barnett, chief analyst of Wikistrat, an online community for global strategists, tells Renee Montagne that the U.S. relationships with Pakistan and Afghanistan aren't worth the effort.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Asia

After Crises Japanese Lose Faith In Their Government

In Japan, public distrust of the government is growing following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. The country's prime minister is expected to face a vote of no confidence tomorrow.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Asia

Another Pakistani Journalist Is Killed In Pakistan

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep reports from Pakistan on the death of another prominent Pakistani journalist. Saleem Shazhad, who had been critical of the government, had been tortured. Inskeep also talks to Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi about attitudes in Pakistan now that Osama bin Laden is dead.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Business News

Originally published on Wed June 1, 2011 7:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

NPR's business news starts with music in the cloud.

(Soundbite of music)

MONTAGNE: Apple has reached deals with Warner Music and EMI, among other labels, to allow consumers to listen to music on the Web. That's according to The Wall Street Journal. The deals are critical for Apple's effort to set up an online digital storage system for consumers.

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4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
World

Canada's New Opposition: New Democratic Party

Canada's parliament resumes work Thursday after national elections gave the majority to the ruling Conservative Party. And for the first time in its history, the socialist-leaning New Democratic Party will take on the role of "official opposition."

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

Obama Nominates Bryson For Commerce Secretary

John Bryson is the former chairman and chief executive of energy company Edison International. He also co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and served on a United Nations advisory group on energy and climate change.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed June 1, 2011
Afghanistan

Gates To Discuss Afghanistan On 'All Things Considered'

Osama bin Laden's death could create an opportunity for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. There were reports last week that a European official met with a representative of Mullah Omar, a powerful Taliban leader with close ties to bin Laden. On Wednesday's "All Things Considered," host Robert Siegel will ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates whether the U.S. would be open to those talks.

11:53am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

Single-Family Home Prices Hit 5-Year Low

Prices for single-family homes have fallen to their lowest level since the housing bubble burst in 2006. The latest S&P/Case-Shiller index for March shows prices dropping in 18 out of 20 major metro areas. The nationwide index fell for the eighth straight month. A glut of foreclosures is a major reason home values continue to deteriorate.

6:50am

Tue May 31, 2011
Religion

Vatican Cracks Down On Rome Monastery

Officials at the Vatican have shut down a monastery attached to one of Rome's oldest churches. Santa Croce is known these days for more contemporary methods of worship. Like the nun who was once a lap dancer performing a suggestive "Holy Dance."

6:45am

Tue May 31, 2011
Europe

Head Over Heels For Cheese

About 200 people gathered in England Monday for the traditional cheese rolling contest. The idea is to slip and somersault to the bottom of Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in pursuit of a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese. Police had canceled the event out of concerns over safety and ticket prices, but rebel cheese rollers still turned up.

6:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Latin America

Mexican Teacher Praised For Protecting Students

A kindergarten teacher in northern Mexico was honored Monday for her courage after a video showed her calmly instructing children to duck and cover as gunfire rattled outside their school.

5:28am

Tue May 31, 2011
Science

Sensorium: A Feast For The Senses And Memories

Can you think of a favorite meal you really enjoyed? What if you could remember these special meals — the food and how it tastes? Chef Bryon Brown has created a theatrical dinner project in Washington, D.C. that uses memory science to help diners remember what they eat.

5:14am

Tue May 31, 2011
Health

Energy, Sports Drinks Aren't So Healthy For Kids

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine is a no-no for children, so energy drinks should be off limits. Sugary sports beverages are also an issue. The doctors recommend that children drink water instead.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Sports

5 Years Later: Heat, Mavericks Meet Again In NBA Finals

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the NBA Finals, which start Tuesday night. The Miami Heat takes on the Dallas Mavericks.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

Business News

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

4:00am

Tue May 31, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

12:01am

Tue May 31, 2011
Movie Interviews

Shabana Azmi, Acting On Her Convictions

Identity Crisis: Shabana Azmi stars in playwright Girish Karnad's Kennedy Center production of Broken Images, about a Hindu short-story writer who wonders if she's betrayed her language and identity by writing an English best-seller.
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

In a typical Bollywood dance number, a beauty queen might be seen singing in the rain as she awaits her lover's return. The leading lady is known for her beauty, her dance skills and her ability to deliver a convincing lip sync.

But Shabana Azmi is not your typical Indian movie star.

Yes, she's beautiful and she'll do the mainstream dance numbers — but during her 40 years in cinema, Azmi has also portrayed women fighting for a place in Indian society.

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