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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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4:00am

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)

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

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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.

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4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Bin Laden's Death Ends A Key Chapter In Terror War

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers says the death of Osama bin Laden, quote, "closes a key chapter in the war on terror." But in a statement released yesterday, he also said the fight will go on until al-Qaida has been eliminated. Rogers is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He's on the line with us now.

Good morning, sir.

Representative MIKE ROGERS (Republican, Alabama): Good morning. Thanks for having me.

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4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Bin Laden's Death Reminds Port Authority Of Sept. 11

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Other reactions from among the first responders to the World Trade Center. On 9/11, members of the Port Authority Police Department rushed to help rescue thousands of people. Port Authority was in charge of the towers. Thirty-seven Port Authority officers were killed that day, the largest loss of any police department in the nation's history. Back then, NPR's Chris Arnold reported on the department and he returned yesterday following the news of Osama bin Laden's death.

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4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Military Families Relieved Bin Laden's Dead

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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

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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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4:00am

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Oscar Winner's New Project: Osama Bin Laden

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is art meets life.

It should come as no surprise that there are movies in the works about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. One project involves Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who directed the movie "Hurt Locker."

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12:00pm

Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

Looking Back At A Decade Of Pursuing Bin Laden

The hunt for Osama bin Laden started in the flames of Sept. 11, 2001. America is still at war with Afghanistan, where bin Laden began his campaign against the West. NPR Photographer David Gilkey, who is embedded with troops in Helmand Province, gives the troops' reaction to bin Laden's death.

11:24am

Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

Bin Laden's Death 'Huge Victory' For Obama

Originally published on Mon May 2, 2011 12:16 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is special coverage from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne with Steve Inskeep.

As we've been reporting all morning, President Obama announced last night that Osama bin Laden has been killed in his hideout in Pakistan, by American special forces.

For an update on what's happening at the White House this morning, we turn now to NPR's Mara Liasson. Good morning.

MARA LIASSON: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: What is the latest?

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10:53am

Mon May 2, 2011
NPR Story

Bush's Policy Adviser: Bin Laden's Demise 'Tribute' To Obama

Stephen Hadley, the principle White House foreign policy adviser to President George W. Bush, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that Obama conducted a "well-run operation" to kill Osama bin Laden. He says that it was Bush's No. 1 priority while he was in office — and Bush "took some satisfaction" that he put things in place in the intelligence community.

10:50am

Mon May 2, 2011
World

'Stars And Stripes' Snaps Military Reactions

The military newspaper Stars and Stripes reports U.S. service members reacted with "shock and awe" to the death of Osama bin Laden. Photos on the paper's website are from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. One shows troops solemnly watching the news. Another, shows Brigadier Gen. Tom Cosentino, who was in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, shaking hands with another officer — both smiling broadly.

10:34am

Mon May 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Celebrations Break Out After Bin Laden's Death

Originally published on Mon May 2, 2011 12:16 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

News of Osama bin Laden's death prompted celebrations across America. At a baseball game between the Mets and Phillies, chants of USA broke out at the top of the ninth as fans read the news on their smartphones. A crowd gathered outside the White House when President Obama addressed the nation last night. And thousands of people came to Ground Zero in New York City. They waved American flags and even sang the national anthem in the hours after they heard the news.

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10:02am

Mon May 2, 2011
Business

Stocks Move Higher On Bin Laden's Death

News of the death of Osama Bin-Laden is having an effect on financial markets. Stocks are up Monday morning in New York and the price of commodities like oil are down slightly.

9:59am

Mon May 2, 2011
Asia

Pakistani Analyst Reacts To Bin Laden's Death

Steve Inskeep talks to political commentator Ayesha Siddiqa about the death of Osama bin Laden. She's the author of Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy, among other books.

9:37am

Mon May 2, 2011
Around the Nation

'My Beautiful Karen Is Smiling in Heaven'

Investment banker Richard Pecorella lost his fiancee Karen Juday in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She worked as a secretary at the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of the North Tower. He talks to Steve Inskeep about how he got the news Osama bin Laden had been killed.

9:21am

Mon May 2, 2011
National Security

Osama Bin Laden's Trail Really Hadn't Gone Cold

Elite U.S. military forces launched a targeted operation against a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In that raid, Osama bin Laden was killed. The compound had been under surveillance for some time.

8:58am

Mon May 2, 2011
Middle East

Few In The Arab World Supported Osama Bin Laden

To talk about the reaction of the Arab world to Osama Bin Laden's death, Renee Montagne talks to Rami Khouri, an international affairs analyst at the American University of Beirut. He's also the editor-at-large of the Beirut–based Daily Star newspaper

8:46am

Mon May 2, 2011
National Security

Sharing Intelligence Became A Priority Post Sept. 11

Ambassador John Negroponte served in the Bush administration as the permanent representative to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004. He was ratified by the Senate as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. on Sept. 15, 2001, four days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

8:38am

Mon May 2, 2011
Asia

Reaction Varies In Pakistan To Bin Laden's Death

Osama Bin Laden was living in Pakistan when U.S. forces found him and he was killed in a firefight. U.S. officials have said they acted without the prior knowledge of Pakistan. Retired Pakistani Gen. Talat Masood talks to Renee Montagne about what Pakistan may have know about bin Laden.

8:06am

Mon May 2, 2011
National Security

Bin Laden's Death Ends Nearly Decade-Long Search

Osama bin Laden has been killed in a firefight in Abbottabad, Pakistan. His death ends the search for the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks.

7:52am

Mon May 2, 2011
Afghanistan

Osama Bin Laden's Death 'Justifies' Afghan Mission

NPR photographer David Gilkey is embedded with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine regiment in Helmand rovince. Earlier, he talked to Marines about the death of Osama bin Laden.

7:40am

Mon May 2, 2011
Analysis

After Ten-Year Mission, Osama Bin Laden Is Dead

Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. He was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. For some analysis, Renee Montagne talks to counterterrorism expert David Kilcullen of the Center for a New American Security.

7:29am

Mon May 2, 2011
Around the Nation

Ex-Rep. Harman: We Can't Rest Here

Former Rep. Jane Harman of California became a leading voice on national security following the attacks on Sept. 11. Harman was the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. She talks with Steve Inskeep about the death of Osama bin Laden.

7:01am

Mon May 2, 2011
Asia

Pakistani Journalist Comments On U.S. Operation

Steve Inskeep speaks with Najam Sethi, editor-in-chief of the Friday Times in Pakistan, for analysis on the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed there by U.S.-led forces.

6:55am

Mon May 2, 2011
National Security

Warning Issued For Possible Anti-American Violence

Moments after President Obama announced late Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, the State Department warned people to be on alert for possible anti-American violence.

6:52am

Mon May 2, 2011
Analysis

Bin Laden's Death Is A Triumph For President Obama

The White House started calling members of Congress late Sunday night to let them know Osama bin Laden had been killed in a raid in Pakistan.

6:43am

Mon May 2, 2011
National Security

Is Bin Laden's Death A Blow To Al-Qaida's Network?

Osama bin Laden has been killed in a firefight in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Dan Byman, a senior fellow and director of research at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, talks to Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about bin Laden's death. Byman was a professional staff member on the Sept. 11 Commission.

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