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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 May 12, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Thu May 12, 2011
Latin America

Energy Needs Has Chile Planning To Dam Rivers

Chile's economy is growing and with it is a bigger demand for energy. Some of the nation's rivers are being dammed with mega-hydroelectric projects that have many up in arms about environmental consequences.

12:01am

Thu May 12, 2011
Movies

Will Ferrell Plays It Straight In 'Everything Must Go'

Will Ferrell on bicycle
John Estes Roadside Attractions

From Ron Burgundy to Ricky Bobby to his famous George W. Bush impersonation, Will Ferrell is one of the funniest performers in America. His characters are often the butt of some joke — neither as smart, or as hip, as they think they are. That might describe Nick Halsey, the character he plays in his latest movie, Everything Must Go.

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11:34am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

Galleon Group Founder Rajaratnam Guilty Of Fraud

In a big win for federal prosecutors, a jury in Manhattan on Wednesday convicted hedge fund titan Raj Rajaratnam on 14 counts of conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors say the financier, founder of the Galleon Group, made tens of millions of dollars in illegal stock trades using inside information gleaned from networks of corporate insiders.

7:18am

Wed May 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Swiss Man Rockets Over Grand Canyon

Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy has flown over the Grand Canyon. He did it while wearing a jetpack. His other feats include flying over the English Channel.

7:05am

Wed May 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Creative Prom Invite Gets Student Suspended

In Shelton, Conn., high school senior James Tate wanted to ask someone to prom in a special way. In the middle of the night, he and friends brought a ladder to the school and taped this message in tall letters to the side of the building: "Sonali Rodrigues, Will you go to prom with me?" She said yes, but the school suspended Tate for trespassing.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

How Does Buying Skype Help Microsoft?

Steve Inskeep talks to Bloomberg News technology analyst Rich Jaroslovsky about what Microsoft's plan to purchase Skype could mean for how you communicate in the future.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the last word in business news.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Indiana Law Slashes Planned Parenthood Funding

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And in Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels signed a law yesterday that makes his state the first to ban all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The bill also imposes some of the nation's toughest restrictions on abortion. Planned Parenthood has clinics across the country and it receives funds through Medicaid and from government grants.

There has long been a prohibition against using federal money for abortions. But many Republicans say that paying for any services at Planned Parenthood indirectly subsidizes abortion.

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4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Makes Economic Argument For Immigration Change

President Obama is trying to jumpstart the debate on overhauling the immigration system. He gave a speech on the U.S.-Mexican border Tuesday — laying out his principles and arguing that fixing the system would give a boost to the economy. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Rebels Try To Push Gadhafi Forces Away From Misrata

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro has the latest news on the fighting between Libyan rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Wet Spring Delays Planting In Corn Belt

In the upper Midwest, it's time to plant corn. But wet fields have kept farmers out of the fields, and they are now playing a furious game of catch-up.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
NPR Story

Intriguing Exhibits Highlight Intel's Science Fair

Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles brings together more than 1,600 high school students from all over the world to compete for more than $4 million in prizes. Renee Montagne speaks with writer Judy Dutton and competitor Taylor Wilson about this year's fair. Dutton has written a book called Science Fair Season.

4:00am

Wed May 11, 2011
Business

GM To Invest Billions In 17 Factories

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says his company will invest $2 billion dollars to upgrade 17 plants. The company also plans to hire up to four thousand people — two thousand of whom will come from the company's pool of laid-off workers. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports.

2:46pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Opinion

West Bengal: Can Trinamool Party Oust Communists?

Supporters of Mamata Banerjee rally in Calcutta wearing the Trinamool party colors and logo. The three leaf clover-like symbol represents leaves of grass and grass flowers - to suggest a grassroots party.
Sandip Roy

Commentator Sandip Roy grew up in Calcutta. He moved back there earlier this year after living in the U.S. for 2 decades.

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8:19am

Tue May 10, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Troops, Tanks Crush Protesters' Uprising

The government in Syria says it has the upper hand in the crackdown on protesters. The government has used tanks and troops to put down demonstrations in cities across the country. Anthony Shadid, of The New York Times, talks to Renee Montagne about what he witnessed Monday when he was allowed into Syria for a few hours.

6:56am

Tue May 10, 2011
Games & Humor

Common Words Added To Official Scrabble Book

Collins Official Scrabble Words has long been a go-to on the international Scrabble circuit. Until recently, that reference book didn't allow some very common words. Finally, Collins is adding nearly 3,000 new words to its official list.

6:48am

Tue May 10, 2011
Around the Nation

No Beer Is Not A 9-1-1 Emergency

In Bridgeport, Conn., a man was arrested for dialing 9-1-1 dozens of times. He called three times on Sunday, and told emergency responders he was out of beer. He offered them money to go buy some.

4:01am

Tue May 10, 2011
Afghanistan

Bin Laden's Death May Speed Afghan War Settlement

Osama bin Laden's death has changed the political situation in Afghanistan, according to Vali Nasr, an adviser to the State Department. He tells Steve Inskeep there's a great deal of possibility, both within the U.S. and in Afghanistan, to think about how to end the war more quickly through some form of a political settlement.

4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Obama To Lay Out Plan For Immigration Overhaul

President Obama on Tuesday travels to El Paso, Texas, where he's expected to talk about immigration and his goals for legislation this year. The president is trying to push a plan that would include a path to legalizing undocumented workers.

4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Asia

Authorities Deny Chinese Writer Permission To Leave China

Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who has been an outspoken critic of his government, has been barred from attending a literary event in Australia. The organizers of the event say the Chinese government cited security reasons for its decision. The writer has been barred from leaving China a number of times.

4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Business

High Demand, Low Supply Hikes Used Car Prices

Demand for used cars is up and so are the prices. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports on why the market for used vehicles is hot right now.

4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Forces Tighten Grip On Homs

The latest city in Syria to be surrounded by tanks and troops is the northern city of Homs. Residents of the country's third largest city say tanks moved in under cover of darkness and electricity, water and phones have been cut off. Activists say more than a dozen people have been killed and scores more detained and interrogated.

4:00am

Tue May 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Volunteers Moved To Help In Earthquake Study

Volunteers across southern California are helping the U.S. Geological Survey keep track of seismic movement. Through the NetQuakes program, families are installing shoe-box sized sensors in their homes. These monitors measure ground movement and then send measurements to the USGS over the Internet.

12:01am

Tue May 10, 2011
Monkey See

Dick Van Dyke Talks About His 'Lucky Life' And What Stan Laurel Left Him

Crown Publishing Group

On Tuesday's Morning Edition, Dick Van Dyke talks to Renee Montagne about his new book, My Lucky Life In And Out Of Show Business, and touches on everything from the beginning of his career in television to the eulogy he gave at the funeral of one of his heroes, Stan Laurel.

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6:56am

Mon May 9, 2011
Around the Nation

At 94, Texas Mayor Decides To Step Down

Olive Stephens was elected mayor of Shady Shores, Texas, in 1972. Richard Nixon was president, and the TV show Dallas had yet to premiere. Thirty-nine years later, Mayor Stephens is preparing to retire this month. She is leaving office at age 94.

6:54am

Mon May 9, 2011
Strange News

House Cats Purrs Her Way Into Record Books

Smokey is being honored by the Guinness record people. She's the world's loudest house cat. The 12-year-old feline's purr reached more than 67 decibels.

4:36am

Mon May 9, 2011
Middle East

Sectarian Clashes Hurt Egypt's Transition

Relations between Egypt's Muslims and Christians have degenerated to a new low. Riots left 12 people dead and a church burned.

4:00am

Mon May 9, 2011
NPR Story

Dallas Knocks Lakers Out Of NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers have won the last two NBA championships. They won't add to that this year. The Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks 122-86. Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the game.

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