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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

Fri April 22, 2011
Law

Torture Trial Starts For Salvadoran In Florida

In a courtroom in Orlando, Fla., Friday, an immigration hearing resumes that involves a former top Salvadoran military official. Gen. Eugenio Vides Casanova faces possible deportation. He's charged with participating in torture and human rights abuses in El Salvador nearly 30 years ago.

4:00am

Fri April 22, 2011
Business

Business News

Mary Louise Kelly has business news.

12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Monkey See

A New 'Doctor Who' Tries To Make Peace With Its Impatient Stateside Fans

It's a problem that might baffle even the intrepid Doctor Who: how to dissuade the show's devoted fans from downloading it illegally.

Those fans span generations — from those who remember the cult-y British science fiction show as a rickety affair, with visible zippers in costumes and esoteric plotlines, to newer converts impressed by the slick, accessible and very funny new reboot starring Matt Smith as the eleventh incarnation of the Time Lord, who scoots around the space-time continuum by way of a bright blue police call box.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Your Money

Late-Shift Worker's Lament: 'It's Killing Me'

Sleep deprivation has been in the news this week — it's a particular problem for air traffic controllers, who often work long graveyard shifts. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 15 percent of Americans do some type of shift work.

A request on NPR's Facebook page asking people to share their own stories of working on the night shift brought more than 2,000 responses.

We talked to some of those folks to learn more — and below, you can find some of the comments they wrote in response to our Facebook post.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Author Interviews

'Selfish Reasons' For Parents To Enjoy Having Kids

Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 8:30 pm

The long-term effects of parenting aren't proven, says author Bryan Caplan, seen here with his family.
Emily Korff Veralana Photography

An economics professor has a plan for raising children: have lots of them, and don't stress about nurturing their potential. Bryan Caplan, author of the book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, says that a child is helped the most if they are in a positive atmosphere.

And if they follow that step, Caplan says, parents can relax — and focus on having even more children. Caplan, who teaches at George Mason University, has three children himself — twin 8-year-olds and an infant.

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12:01am

Fri April 22, 2011
Author Interviews

'Crossing State Lines': 54 Writers, One American Poem

This year, National Poetry Month brings an ambitious collaboration: a cross-country relay race of 54 poets contributing to one poem about America. The practice is known as renga, an ancient Japanese tradition of collaborative poetry in which one poet writes their lines then hands it off to the next.

The resulting poem, Crossing State Lines: An American Renga, was co-curated by California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes.

Muske-Dukes tells NPR's Renee Montagne that a poetry relay race was no easy task.

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10:00pm

Thu April 21, 2011
StoryCorps

A Father And His Daughter: 'Always My Buddy'

Jennifer Wells recently asked her father to look back on the day she was born, 27 years ago — and to tell her how he felt about becoming a dad. Steven Wells started his story with, "I was scared to death."

Jennifer's mother stayed in the hospital for a week. It fell to Steven to take their new baby home and look after her.

"I mean, I'm a blue-collar kind of guy," he says. "I've worked in factories and construction; I was a firefighter — and I've got a little baby girl in the house."

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10:31am

Thu April 21, 2011
Business

McDonald's Reports 1st-Quarter Sales, Income Growth

The world's biggest burger chain reported Thursday that first-quarter sales grew to about $6 billion, nearly 10 percent higher than the first quarter of last year, and net income grew nearly 11 percent. McDonald's cited strong sales of new products like specialty coffees, smoothies and oatmeal, and modernization efforts like updating lighting and seating, and adding more 24-hour outlets.

7:33am

Thu April 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Deputies Nab Troublesome Squirrel Aka Chewy

It took them two weeks, but deputies in Oklahoma City finally got their squirrel. The furry fugitive chewed through wires in several patrol cars, earning the nickname Chewy. The department announced Chewy's capture in a tweet

7:27am

Thu April 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Royal Wedding Is All That And A Papa John's Pizza

Papa John's hired a food artist to make a mosaic pizza with the images of the royal couple. Kate Middleton gets a lovely mushroom veil, a shredded cheese dress and olives for her dark locks. And for Prince William, a stunning salami and pepper suit.

4:40am

Thu April 21, 2011
Business

Apple's iPhone 4 Tracks Where It's Been

Two computer researchers say the new iPhone quietly keeps track of everywhere you take it — even if you turn off the GPS function. The iPhone 4 is constantly recording its location relative to nearby cell phone towers and WiFi signals. In other words, it's all the information needed for a detailed map of everywhere the phone's owner has been.

4:20am

Thu April 21, 2011
Politics

Obama Kicks Off Social Media Campaign At Facebook

As part of a three-day visit to the West Coast, President Obama kicked off his social media campaign with an online town hall from the offices of Facebook. Obama is trying to sell his deficit-reduction plan. He also is trying to organize supporters and raise money as his reelection campaign gets underway.

4:00am

Thu April 21, 2011
Asia

U.S. Tries To Mend Pakistani Relations

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on a delicate mission to Pakistan. With relations already frayed over the Raymond Davis case and U.S. drone attacks near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, Mullen shot back with his own specific complaints about the relationship between Pakistan's spy agency and one of the main Afghan insurgent groups.

7:37am

Wed April 20, 2011
Strange News

Teen's Prom Dress Made Out Of Starburst Wrappers

High school senior Tara Frey doesn't have to worry about anyone else showing up to prom wearing the same dress. Unless another mom happened to weave one out of Starburst wrappers. The dress took six years and countless bags of the candy to complete.

7:32am

Wed April 20, 2011
Asia

Malaysia's Schools Want Students To Slim Down

Schools across Malaysia are assessing students on their weight. It's part of a government plan to curb obesity. Students could potentially see an "O" for obesity on their report card.

4:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
NPR Story

British Military Advisers To Help Libyan Rebels

In Libya, British military experts are on their way to the city of Benghazi to help rebel forces. Britain says the officers will not be involved in fighting, but the move raises the question of whether the international mission in Libya is expanding. Mary Louise Kelly talks to NPR's Peter Kenyon about the latest news from Libya.

4:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
Business

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

4:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Mary Louise Kelly has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
Afghanistan

U.S. Tries To Lay Groundwork For Afghan Peace Talks

Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Pakistan and Afghanistan this week for talks with military officials there. The visit comes as U.S. officials try to lay the groundwork for peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the war in Afghanistan.

4:00am

Wed April 20, 2011
Politics

Will Pentagon Budget Cuts Hurt Military Readiness?

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Now, as the U.S. maneuvers to try to end the war in Afghanistan, here in Washington, President Obama has set his sights on the Pentagon. To be specific, the Pentagon budget. Right now the U.S. spends about as much on its military as the rest of the world combined. The president says that's too much and he's calling for $400 billion worth of cuts in security spending by 2023. Now whether that can be done without damaging the military is an open question.

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9:20am

Tue April 19, 2011
Business

Goldman Sachs' Profits Fall But Beat Expectations

The investment bank's profits dropped 21 percent in the first quarter, compared with the same quarter last year. Its earnings per share took an even bigger hit — down more than 70 percent from last year. That's still better than what Wall Street analysts were expecting. "We are pleased with the results," Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said.

7:31am

Tue April 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Helicopter Lets Loose 20,000 Plastic Easter Eggs

Thousands turned out in Orange Park, Fla., for an Easter egg drop sponsored by Elevate Live Church. The helicopter had to make three trips to unload all 20,000 plastic eggs.

7:18am

Tue April 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Florida Probes Agency's 'Cape-A-Bility Challenge'

When a Florida unemployment agency launched a "Cape-A-Bility Challenge" to its "Everyday Superheroes" campaign, it ordered 6,000 capes to hand out to the jobless. The gimmick included a cartoon villain: Dr. Evil Unemployment. The Orlando Sentinel reports jobless clients aren't the only ones wondering why the agency spent $14,000 on capes.

6:27am

Tue April 19, 2011
Remembrances

Former Md. Gov. William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

William Donald Schaefer, the famously feisty mayor of Baltimore and later the governor of Maryland, died Monday at the age of 89. As mayor, he used any method he could to transform a crumbling, post-industrial Baltimore into a tourist destination.

5:08am

Tue April 19, 2011
Media

'LA Times' Story Wins Pulitzer, Community Applause

The Los Angeles Times won two Pulitizer Prizes Monday. One was for its exposure of deep-seated corruption in the poor city of Bell, California. Reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives investigated how much city officials in Bell made. The city manager there was making $1.5 million.

4:47am

Tue April 19, 2011
Middle East

Syrian Government Forces Fire On Protesters

The Syrian government's crackdown against demonstrators hasn't deterred them from taking to the streets. There are reports that security forces have fired on a large protest in the country's third-largest city Homs. Philip Sands, of The National, and English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, talks to Renee Montagne about the protests.

4:00am

Tue April 19, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Goes On Local TV With His Take On The Budget

Four TV anchors from local markets across the country were invited to the White House Monday to interview President Obama. His policy agenda was to talk about the federal budget. The political strategy is also familiar: leap over the national press corps and into people's living room. NPR's Mara Liasson reports.

4:00am

Tue April 19, 2011
NPR Story

Most South Carolinians Satisfied Their Reps Voted Against Budget Deal

Members of Congress are back in their districts for the next two weeks. Many are beginning to hear a lot from their constituents about the continuing budget battles. In South Carolina, all six of that state's House members voted against the compromise funding bill. Julie Rose of member station WFAE reports on how those bi-partisan votes were received back home.

4:00am

Tue April 19, 2011
NPR Story

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

12:01am

Tue April 19, 2011
The Record

Gold Panda: Breaking Down Found Sound

When I first encountered the music of British producer Gold Panda on an episode of All Songs Considered, I loved what I heard. However, I had little to no idea what I was hearing or where the sounds came from. When it comes to electronic music, that can be a barrier to entry for some listeners.

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