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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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4:08pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Music Interviews

Booker T. Jones: Back To Memphis

Otis Redding's 1966 recording of "Try a Little Tenderness" is an American classic, but not just because of Redding's spirited vocals. Backing him up on that song are Booker T. and the MGs, who produced countless soul hits in 1960s Memphis as the house band for Stax Records. Decades later, bandleader Booker T. Jones still has Memphis on the brain.

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11:06am

Thu May 5, 2011
NPR Story

General Motors Sees Profits Jump

Originally published on Thu May 5, 2011 11:06 am

General Motors reported its highest quarterly profit in more than a decade, helped by fuel-efficient cars and smaller sport utility vehicles that were in demand as gas prices marched higher. GM's results follow strong earnings reports at crosstown rivals Ford and Chrysler.

6:58am

Thu May 5, 2011
Around the Nation

High School Students Accused Of Counterfeit Ring

Police in Florida uncovered a counterfeit ring at Jensen Beach High School. Students were passing fake bills at the school's cafeteria. A freshman confessed to printing lunch money on his home computer. According to the Treasure Coast Palm newspaper, the boy's parents bought the paper for him for a class project.

6:53am

Thu May 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Donald Trump To Set The Pace At Indy 500

The pace car for this year's Indy 500 will be driven by Donald Trump. His selection prompted a Facebook protest from people who disagree with Trump.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
NPR Story

Bin Laden Corpse Photos Won't Be Released

President Obama has decided not to release the photos of Osama bin Laden taken after he was shot dead in Pakistan by U.S. forces. NPR's Rachel Martin reports.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
NPR Story

Last Known World War I Combat Veteran Dies

The last known combat veteran of World War I has died at a nursing home in the Western Australia city of Perth. Steve Inskeep remembers Claude Stanley Choules who was 110 years old.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Business

Business News

Linda Wertheimer has business news.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Business

Warner Bros. To Buy Flixster

Warner Brothers has announced it is buying the popular movie site Flixster and its subsidiary Rotten Tomatoes. The movie studio is hoping the purchase will help it in its quest to rescue DVD sales and better compete against Netflix.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the last word in business news.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Law

Defense Rests In Trial Involving Journalist's Murder

In Oakland, California, the prosecution and defense have rested in the trial of a man accused of ordering the murder of a well-known journalist. Chauncey Bailey, an editor for a local community paper, was gunned down in August 2007. Prosecutors say Bailey was killed because he had run afoul of the leader of a local Black Muslim group.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Politics

Ind. Gov. Daniels Takes Time To Consider Presidential Run

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is expected to make an announcement soon on whether he will run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Daniels was in Washington D.C. Wednesday, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute about his record on overhauling education in Indiana. But he gave no indication if he will run for president.

4:00am

Thu May 5, 2011
Politics

Bill To Bar Abortion Tax Subsidies Passes House

Lawmakers in the House have voted to pass a bill that would ban tax subsidies for many private insurance plans that include coverage for abortions services.

12:01am

Thu May 5, 2011
Author Interviews

'This Is A Book' Of Demetri Martin's Miscellany

Demetri Martin, the standup comedian famous for his Beatle-ish bangs and stream-of-consciousness on-stage drawings, has now brought his doses of comedy to print in his first book — and it's appropriately titled This Is a Book.

This Is a Book features essays, drawings, one-liners and charts, all penned in Martin's characteristically unconventional, understated style. He talked with Morning Edition's Linda Wertheimer about his new material, and his jump from the stage to the page.

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7:42am

Wed May 4, 2011
Latin America

Cuban Cigar Roller Sets Another World Record

A champion Cuban cigar roller has set his fifth world record. Jose Castelar Cairo rolled a stogy nearly as long as a football field. The cigar was put on display for tourists.

7:24am

Wed May 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Zombie Removal Vehicle Attracts The Living

Emily Midling wanted her beat-up Ford Explorer to stand out in Kalamazoo, Mich. That's why she had official-looking emblems put on each side of the SUV. They read "Kalamazoo County Department of Zombie Removal." And of course, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette, the cops pulled her over to get a closer look.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Steve Inskeep has this morning's business news. (00:00)

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
NPR Story

Facebook Reconnects Tornado Victims With Lost Pictures

The tornadoes that raged Alabama scattered lives, families and debris. And also water bills, check stubs and photographs. One person picked up so many personal documents she found scattered in her yard, she decided to create a Facebook page for them. NPR's Zoe Chace reports.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Army Cops. Floods Missouri Farmland

The Army Corps of Engineers has blown up a levee along the Mississippi River in Missouri to help ease flooding in Illinois. Floodwaters are pouring onto thousands of acres of Missouri farmland. Preliminary readings indicate the action by the Corps saved the tiny town of Cairo, Illinois. Jacob McCleland of member station KRCU reports.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Business

More Companies Try To Compete With Apple's iPad

Steve Inskeep talks to Bloomberg technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about the latest crop of tablet computers. Can any of them can compete with Apple's iPad, and why companies even bother making them given Apple's lead in the market.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Asia

Pakistan: Bin Laden Raid Must Not Serve As Precedent

Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR's Julie McCarthy in Islamabad about Pakistan's reaction to the U.S. led operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Hang On To Strategic Border Crossing

A strategic border crossing from western Libya and Tunisia came under fire twice over the weekend, falling briefly back into the hands of troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The crossing is a lifeline for Libyan rebels and citizens.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Middle East

Syria Hopes Arrests Will Still Stop Protester

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about recent arrests of protesters in Syria. (03:45)

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Business

Sony Customers Furious Over PlayStation Hacking

Sony has shut down a second video game network after another security breach. The successful cyber attacks have exposed customer information and pose a big risk to the company's reputation.

4:00am

Wed May 4, 2011
Middle East

Hamas, Fatah Hopeful Reconciliation Deal Will Last

A reconciliation pact is set to be signed on Wednesday in Cairo between two key Palestinian factions: Hamas and Fatah. The deal was brokered by Egypt and by independent Palestinian groups which pushed the long time rivals into mending their differences. Both sides say they know the agreement is fragile and that much work remains.

12:01am

Wed May 4, 2011
Politics

Ahead Of 2012, Bin Laden Death A Dilemma For GOP

For nearly a half a century, Republicans have generally held an advantage over Democrats on national security issues. But the killing of Osama bin Laden has given President Obama the biggest national security success a Democrat has had in a long time, and Republicans hoping to challenge him next year are wondering what it may mean to them.

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7:49am

Tue May 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Naked Marathon Runner Tased By Police

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

It's easy to criticize Brett Henderson, but you could praise his determination. Mr. Henderson ran a marathon through downtown Cincinnati. And according to his mom, he was wearing a pair of borrowed shorts, which kept slipping as he ran. He was determined to finish, so he took them off and proceeded naked. Police ordered Mr. Henderson to stop, but still he kept running. He might even have finished that marathon, except for the cop finally shot him with a stun gun.

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7:42am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

On Word Of Bin Laden's Death, Teacher Shaves Beard

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Ten years ago, a schoolteacher in East Wenatchee, Washington vowed a mighty vow. He would not shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed. Gary Weddle kept that promise, much to his wife's chagrin, growing a scraggy, waist-length beard. But as the Daily Astorian reports, on Sunday night, he whipped out the razor. His wife says he looks 10 years younger - nice smile, too.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Military Families Relieved Bin Laden's Dead

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Let's hear what some members of the military and their families are thinking about the death of Osama bin Laden. Some are feeling proud, others excited, others relieved, and still others worried. There's still a lot of concern about friends and loved ones in harm's way. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

CARRIE KAHN: It's a pretty typical day in Laura Crawford's house on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base just north of San Diego. She's just put her four year old son down for a nap and is now feeding her 15 month old twin girls.

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4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Neighbors Didn't Question Pakistani Compound

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

The compound where Osama bin Laden was killed has been sealed off since yesterday by Pakistani troops. News reporters were kept several hundred yards from the building until just a short time ago.

NPR's Julie McCarthy managed to reach the outer perimeter of the compound. After spending the day speaking with neighbors, she joins us now.

Julie, can you tell us what you're seeing?

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4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Business

Congress Gets More Time To Debate The Debt Ceiling

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

NPR's business news starts with more time for a debt deal.

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