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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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7:33am

Wed June 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Obama Lookalike Gets Around Town

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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7:18am

Wed June 25, 2014
Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba

Cuba Maintains U.S. Embargo Is Harsh Financial Persecution

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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6:59am

Wed June 25, 2014
Games & Humor

Move Over Video Games, Board Games Aren't Dead Yet

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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The word gamer is pretty much synonymous with this sound.

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MONTAGNE: And also the image of someone glued to a video game. But many people are still getting together in real life to play games - board games, card games. And businesses are cropping up to provide venues for old-school gamers. Marielle Segarra has more.

MARIELLE SEGARRA, BYLINE: This is Brooklyn Game Lab, a gaming workshop and store in New York City.

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5:32am

Wed June 25, 2014
Heirs Of The Revolution: A Changing Cuba

Revived Mariel Port Attracts Investment From Brazil

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:20 am

Brazil is pouring nearly a billion dollars into Cuba's Mariel port. Brazil, via Cuba, will practically have its own port near U.S. shores — so it's a major geostrategic move.

5:04am

Wed June 25, 2014
NPR Story

FIFA Probes Whether Uruguay Star Bit Italian Opponent

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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5:04am

Wed June 25, 2014
NPR Story

Political Challenge Compounded As Migrant Children Head To U.S. Border

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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5:04am

Wed June 25, 2014
Remembrances

Prolific Character Actor Eli Wallach Dies At 98

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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The actor, Eli Wallach, has died at the age of 98. He was a prolific character actor, playing in films alongside Clark Gable and Peter O'Toole. He was Mr. Freeze in TV's "Batman" and starred Broadway productions, written by his friend Tennessee Williams. In all, Eli Wallach acted in over 200 films, TV and stage productions over 70 years. Tom Vitale has this appreciation.

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5:04am

Wed June 25, 2014
NPR Story

Draft Of 'Like A Rolling Stone' Sells At Auction

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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And today's last word in business. "Like A Rolling Stone" - the only handwritten copy of that famous Bob Dylan song about a person down on his luck, sold at auction this week to someone who clearly isn't.

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An anonymous bidder got it for $2 million. That's believed to be a record. This draft version of the song also includes rejected phrases, including dry vermouth, you'll tell the truth - also, something about Al Capone leading into the line, like a complete unknown.

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5:04am

Wed June 25, 2014
NPR Story

Ex-Credit Suisse Banker Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 12:48 pm

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NPR's Business News starts with more banking fines. The former Credit Suisse banker David Higgs has been handed $950,000 in fines and penalties by New York court. Higgs pled guilty to conspiracy for his part in hiding subprime mortgage bond losses, back in 2012, worth $100 million. Last year, his former boss was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in the same case. This is one of the few criminal prosecutions to come out of the 2008 financial crisis. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

9:47am

Tue June 24, 2014
Business

1 Editor Cleared, 1 Found Guilty In U.K. Phone-Hacking Trial

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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A British jury has reached verdicts in a trial stemming from a scandal involving hacking by tabloids. Several former editors and executives of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers face charges. Former News of the World editor, Andrew Coulson, was found guilty. Other editors were not. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has been covering this story. Hi, David.

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Hey, Steve.

INSKEEP: OK, so what are the verdicts here?

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6:57am

Tue June 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Report: Jerry Sandusky Case Was Unnecessarily Delayed

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:42 pm

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A new report is calling into question how the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation was handled. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys. Now, Pennsylvania's attorney general says Sandusky could have been brought to justice sooner. NPR's Jeff Brady has this story.

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Reports that Jerry Sandusky was abusing children at circulated for years. So when he was arrested in 2011, Kathleen Kane had this question.

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6:52am

Tue June 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: When California lawmakers began debate today, expect the case of Elliott Rodger to come back into focus.

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6:41am

Tue June 24, 2014
Iraq

Kerry's Iraq Mission Takes Him To Kurdistan

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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6:27am

Tue June 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Security Camera Footage Could Track Suspects

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Somebody may have been using a drone to spy into a Seattle apartment complex. A woman said the little aircraft was hovering outside her window. Two men piloting that craft packed up their gear and fled before police arrived. But that is not the good part, this is - police believe they have a chance to track down the man suspected of this disturbing covert video surveillance because they were being covertly recorded by a security camera. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:21am

Tue June 24, 2014
Animals

New York Bill Would Ban Selfies With Tigers

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Lawmakers in New York State have passed a bill banning selfies with tigers. Apparently dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid are filled with pictures of single men showing off their adventurous, yet tender, sides by cuddling with the big cats. Now, anyone caught posing next to a tiger could be fined up to $500. But single New York men looking for mates worry not. Selfies with bears and lions are still fair game. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:07am

Tue June 24, 2014
NPR Story

No Joy For Stephen King Fans Who Confuse Book Titles

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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And our last word in Business today is a thriller.

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Or is it a coming-of-age novel?

INSKEEP: Well actually, it's a case of mistaken identity. "Joyland" is the title of bestseller Stephen King's new book.

MONTAGNE: "Joyland" is also the title of the debut coming-of-age novel by Emily Schultz published back in 2006.

INSKEEP: Aw. Some readers thought they were ordering the newest Stephen King book from Amazon and instead they got confused.

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5:07am

Tue June 24, 2014
NPR Story

Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 2:38 pm

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he hopes a new study can influence the business community by applying the science of risk management.
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The U.S. economy faces great risks from climate change, according to a new study that focuses on the current and future effects of climate change on everything from jobs, to crop yields, to energy production.

Though the study presents no new climate science, it paints a dire picture of the business and economic effects if action isn't taken, including crop yields that fall by more than 70 percent in the Midwest and billions of dollars' worth of property literally underwater on the East Coast.

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5:07am

Tue June 24, 2014
NPR Story

How Much Does Iran Dominate Iraq's Government?

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 10:10 am

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Next, let's try to make sense of the warring sides in Iraq. Sunni Muslim extremists have captured much of that country. Secretary of State, John Kerry, was in Baghdad yesterday seeking ways to help the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government.

On this program yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, suggested neither side is much worth helping.

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7:29am

Mon June 23, 2014
Middle East

Netanyahu Blames Hamas For Kidnapping Of Teens

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu joins us next. Israel's military has been rounding up politicians or operatives linked with Hamas. That military operation on the West Bank came after the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. Prime Minister Netanyahu, welcome back to the program.

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Thank you. Good to be with you, Steve.

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7:16am

Mon June 23, 2014
Space

Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:15 pm

The Cassini spacecraft has been taking radar images of Titan for years now. This modified image of the Ligeia Mare, a sea on Titan's north pole, is a composite of some of those.
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With its large sand dunes, rivers, big lakes and seas, Saturn's biggest moon is one of the most Earth-like planetary bodies in the solar system. But Titan is no place to call home.

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6:49am

Mon June 23, 2014
Animals

Summer Has Arrived And So Have The Great Whites

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. Summer has arrived and so have the great whites. A new report finds a big jump in the numbers of great white sharks off the East Coast - up to 5,000 of them. Scientists say the surge in sharks on both coasts is because they've been protected since the late '90s. But swimmers need not fear. Only 13 people have been killed by sharks in U.S. waters in the last 100 years. Still, seals - a favorite shark snack - should be afraid, very afraid. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:23am

Mon June 23, 2014
Politics

Administration Focuses On Challenges Working Families Face

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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5:43am

Mon June 23, 2014
Europe

Concert Hall Encourages Less Stuffy Classical Music

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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5:34am

Mon June 23, 2014
Latin America

Change Is Coming But What Does That Mean For Communist Cuba?

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 1:14 pm

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Let's go now to David Greene who's in Miami, just back from a week reporting in Cuba. It's a hard place to get in, and he's been looking into the changes and reforms that are being put into play in what has been a largely closed Communist state for decades now. David, welcome back, and tell us what we'll be learning from your reporting in the coming days.

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5:22am

Mon June 23, 2014
Middle East

Egyptian Court Sentences Al Jazeera Reporters To Prison

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

Two journalists in Cairo got seven years in prison and third received 10 years. Egypt's government accused them of helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

5:22am

Mon June 23, 2014
NPR Story

Portugal Snatches Victory From U.S., Match Ends 2-2

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 11:11 am

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You know, I was driving with the windows down on Sunday afternoon and suddenly heard roaring crowds cheering and chanting U.S.A.. It was a lovely summer day here in Washington, D.C., and the car rolled between two outdoor restaurants where people watching the World Cup on TV saw the U.S. score a goal to go ahead. In the end, the U.S. only tied Portugal 2 to 2. They were playing in the city of Manaus, in the thick heat and humidity of the Brazilian Amazon. NPR's Tom Goldman was there.

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5:22am

Mon June 23, 2014
NPR Story

How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:45 am

One of 30 copies of the first protoype meter made by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Sevres, France. 1875-1889
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7:03pm

Fri June 20, 2014
Business

Universal Bets Wizarding World Will Bring In Big Money Magic

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:18 pm

The fire-breathing dragon that helped Harry and his friends escape from the banker goblins sits on top of Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando's newest attraction.
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Universal Orlando Resort's new Diagon Alley attraction is true to the books — a place where people who love magic can buy anything from wands to butterbeer.

At the end of the street is Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and on top, the fire-breathing dragon that helped Harry and his friends escape from the banker goblins.

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7:56am

Fri June 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Is A Threat On Facebook Real? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 10:48 am

The Supreme Court will look at a case in its upcoming session dealing with what constitutes a "true threat" on Facebook.
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This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a man on Facebook who threatened to kill his wife.

In 2010, Pennsylvania resident Anthony Elonis got dumped, lost his job and expressed his frustrations via the Internet.

"He took to Facebook as a form of, what he says, a form of therapy," says criminologist Rob D'Ovidio of Drexel University, who is following the case.

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7:00am

Fri June 20, 2014
Research News

6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:29 am

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