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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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5:14am

Tue May 24, 2011
Around the Nation

The 'Oprah Show' Gave Chicago Cache

Oprah Winfrey's last new show airs Wednesday. Chicago will miss its iconic talk show host. She gave Chicago cache, not to mention jobs at her Harpo studio and loads of visitors.

4:00am

Tue May 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Mo. Gov. Nixon Visits Tornado-Ravaged Joplin

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon about the tornadoes that hit his state on Sunday.

4:00am

Tue May 24, 2011
Middle East

Saudi Woman Defies Driving Ban

Over the weekend, a Saudi woman was taken into custody twice by Saudi police for defying a driving ban in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Khalid al Moeena, editor of the Saudi News in Jeddah.

4:00am

Tue May 24, 2011
NPR Story

Rescue Workers Converge On Joplin, Mo.

In Joplin, Missouri, thousands of emergency workers continue to pour through huge piles of rubble left after a massive tornado pummeled the town on Sunday. Frank Morris of member station KCUR reports.

4:00am

Tue May 24, 2011
NPR Story

The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Tue May 24, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Stops In London On European Trip

As his European trip continues, President and Mrs. Obama are in London. A dense ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano forced the president to cut short his visit to Ireland and arrive early in London.

1:01am

Tue May 24, 2011
Krulwich Wonders…

Nature's Secret: Why Honey Bees Are Better Politicians Than Humans

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:49 pm

Adam Cole NPR

In the spring, bee hives get so rich with honey, so crowded with baby bees, they often burst in two. Some bees stay in the original nest with a new queen, but a second group, led by the old queen, heads off to establish a new home. If there's a cloud of bees hanging by a tree branch in your back yard, that's them — the house hunters.

How do they choose a new home?

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10:25am

Mon May 23, 2011
U.S.

The Science Of Predicting Tornadoes

On the heels of Sunday night's devastating Midwest tornadoes, NPR's Jon Hamilton talks to Mary Louise Kelly about why tornadoes are still so hard to predict.

10:23am

Mon May 23, 2011
U.S.

Reporter Describes Tornado Devastation In Missouri

A massive tornado smashed into the city of Joplin, Mo., on Sunday night, killing scores of people. It was one of the worst in a series of storms that swept the Midwest. For the latest developments, Renee Montagne speaks with Missy Shelton, a reporter at KSMU, who is in Joplin.

7:19am

Mon May 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Georgetown Graduation Program Misspells University

Georgetown University's Class of 2011 just marked the end of four years of higher learning with a graduation ceremony and an unfortunate spelling error. University was spelled incorrectly on the cover of thousands of commencement books handed out to students and their families.

7:09am

Mon May 23, 2011
Strange News

'Paper Tiger' Terrorizes British Coastal Town

Police in Britain were alerted to a white tiger spotted in a field in the coastal town of Hedge End. They worked with a nearby zoo to get a tranquillizer dart ready to take down the beast. But as the Guardian newspaper reports, the tiger was actually a life-sized stuffed toy.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Atchafalaya Basin Waits For Mississippi Flood Waters

Residents in small towns below the Morganza Spillway are still waiting for the big flood to arrive. While water has inundated nearby forests and swamps, it's yet to reach the few communities in the Atchafalaya Basin.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Tornado Update

Renee Montagne and Mary Louise Kelly report on Sunday's tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Around the Nation

Mexican Drug Lord To Go On Trial In San Diego

The former leader of one of Mexico's most feared drug cartels appears in federal court in San Diego this morning. In a surprise move, Mexico extradited him to the U.S. earlier this month after years of legal wrangling.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Middle East

Saudis Impatient For King's Promised Reforms

Saudi King Abdullah months ago promised changes in what analysts say was a bid to quiet growing frustrations in the desert kingdom. But now, much of the king's words are ringing hollow with many Saudis who say they see little change.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Politics

Obama Defines 'Border' Comment For AIPAC

Before heading to Ireland at the start of his European tour, President Obama on Sunday spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest group of Israel supporters in the U.S. He reiterated his call for substantive peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Asia

Pakistani Troops Corner Militants On Naval Base

Insurgents stormed a major Pakistani naval base in Karachi — setting off a prolonged gun battle with security forces. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility saying it was revenge for the U.S.-led military raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Alex Rodriguez, the Islamabad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about the fighting.

4:00am

Mon May 23, 2011
Business

Readers Ask: How Do I Get My E-Book Signed?

Authors are finding solutions to this new problem. This week, Robert Kiyosaki of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series is holding a digital book signing event. During a live chat on Facebook with the author, you can order an e-book, have it e-signed and e-delivered to your e-reader.

12:01am

Mon May 23, 2011
Author Interviews

The Heart Of Dean Young's Pre-Transplant Poetry

Dean Young has published more than 10 books of poetry. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure more than a decade ago.
Laurie Saurborn Young

Poet Dean Young has dealt with impermanence a lot in his career, but it's a particularly poignant theme in Young's latest collection, Fall Higher. The new collection was published in April, just days after the poet received a life-saving heart transplant after about a decade of living with a degenerative heart condition.

Young, whose work is often frank and rich with twisted humor, tells NPR's Renee Montagne that as he recovers from surgery, he's also slowly returning to his everyday writing habits.

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6:58am

Fri May 20, 2011
Books

Amazon: E-Book Sales Eclipse Books In Print

Online retail giant Amazon.com says that as of now, it's selling more electronic books than books in print. Since April, the company says that for every 100 paperbacks or hardcovers, it moves 105 e-books.

6:53am

Fri May 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Teacup Poodle Chases Bear Up A Tree

A 200 lbs. black bear wandered into Robert Carroll's backyard, and his poodle came to the rescue. According to the Kirkland Reporter, the poodle charged the bear — chasing it up a tree and over a fence.

5:04am

Fri May 20, 2011
Politics

Gingrich Backpedals Medicare Comments In Iowa

DACS placeholder - newt is in iowa doing more damage control. meanwhile democrats are saying the fuss over newts comments says even more aobut the gop THAN ABOUTNEWTS FAMOUS LACK OF DISCIPLINE., Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.

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4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
NPR Story

Miss. Farm 'Looks Like A 12,000 Acre Lake'

Renee Montagne speaks with John Michael Pillow, a farmer in Yazoo City, Mississippi, about the flooding along the Mississippi River. Most of his farm is submerged under 10 feet of water.

4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Proposes Financial Support For Egypt

NPR's Soraya Sarharddi Nelson has reaction to President Obama's speech from Cairo.

4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
NPR Story

IMF To Work Out Details For Chief's Selection Process

Now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned as head of the International Monetary Fund, competition for the top job is heating up. One issue is whether the managing director's office will once again be occupied by a European. That's been the case since the IMF was founded, a fact that has rankled emerging market nations like China, South Korea and Brazil. The IMF's membership recently agreed the office should not be the sole domain of one region. NPR's John Ydstie reports.

4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
Middle East

Obama Uses Speech To Support Democratic Change

President Obama is to host Israel's Prime Minister at the White House Friday — a day after calling on Israel to take bold steps for peace with the Palestinians. Obama spelled out some details for what a peace deal might look like. He also used Thursday's speech at the State Department to talk about how the U.S. is supporting democratic change in a tumultuous time for north Africa and the Middle East.

4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
Middle East

Palestinians, Isael Call Obama's Speech Short-Sighted

Reporter Sheera Frenkel has reaction to President Obama's speech from Jerusalem.

4:00am

Fri May 20, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Anti-Government Activists Skeptical Regime Will Change

NPR's Peter Kenyon has reaction to President Obama's speech from Beirut.

12:01am

Fri May 20, 2011
Author Interviews

Truth Mirrors Fiction In Pakistan's 'Bloodmoney'

David Ignatius is a foreign affairs journalist and the author of Agents of Innocence, Body of Lies and The Increment. He lives in Washington, D.C.
W.W. Norton & Company

"Americans did not like lying to others," David Ignatius writes in Bloodmoney. "It made them uncomfortable. Their specialty was lying to themselves."

Lying — to everyone, really — is the theme of his new espionage novel, set in present-day Pakistan. In the book, a Pakistani official asks whether Americans are conducting covert operations on Pakistani soil. And, as truth is so often stranger than fiction, it's a subject that has come under much scrutiny in the weeks since al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a covert operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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