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5:20am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Baltimore's Mayor Inadvertently Wakes Up The City

Some Baltimore residents were getting robocalls from the mayor around 4 a.m. Saturday reminding them that Hurricane Irene was on the way. The city's automatic phone calls were supposed to stop by 9 p.m. Friday, but a glitch kept them going through the night.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Big Apple Reboots After Shutting Down For Irene

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 4:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning Im David Greene. Renee Montagne is on assignment in Afghanistan.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And Im Steve Inskeep.

The nation's largest city works to return to business today after the flooding from Irene.

GREENE: New York took a direct hit from the storm. The destruction was not as awful in New York as some feared. Still, this is a metropolitan area of more than 19 million people.

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2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Some Areas Stunned By Irene's Mild Touch

While Hurricane Irene did not turn to be the storm of the century, it did cause millions to lose power, forced hundreds of thousands to be evacuated and resulted in a number of fatalities.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Washed Out Bridges Strand Vermont's Small Towns

Vermont became an unexpected casualty of Hurricane Irene. The storm dropped up to seven inches of rain Sunday — flooding streams and sending rivers crashing over their banks. In the state highway system alone, 12 bridges were washed out.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
NPR Story

Hard Hit North Carolina Assesses Irene's Wallop

North Carolina's Outer Banks took some of the hardest pounding from Hurricane Irene. While the cleanup has begun, damage is still being assessed.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Europe

Britain's Gang Violence Is Not A 'Quick Fix Issue'

David Greene interviews former LAPD and NYPD Chief William Bratton, who recently was tapped to be an adviser to the British government — as officials there try to reduce youth gang violence.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Analysis

Politics: Irene Is Not Just A Weather Story

Major storms like Hurricane Irene often bring with them political consequences. Over the last few days, politicians from the president on down to local mayors, have been showing up on the airwaves.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Irene Spares Jersey Shore From Major Damage

Residents along the New Jersey Shore were expecting the worst from Hurricane Irene. Many there boarded up windows and put sand bags around front doors. But the region was spared all but minor damage.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Business

Japan Gets 6th Prime Minister In 5 Years

Japan's finance minister moves to the prime minister's office after the country's ruling party voted him in Monday. Yoshihiko Noda is known as a fiscal hawk. Noda will be Japan's sixth prime minister in only five years.

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Use Upper Hand Over Gadhafi Loyalists

In Libya, the tide has turned against Moammar Gadhafi and his supporters. And that has left an uncomfortable question for the new rebel authority: What to do with his loyalists and supporters?

2:00am

Mon August 29, 2011
Business

Britons Upset With Twinings Earl Grey Recipe Change

Originally published on Mon August 29, 2011 5:16 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Our last word in business today is tempest in a teapot. I know it's a cliche, but there is really no other way to describe the storm brewing over a change that the British tea maker Twinings made to its Earl Grey recipe in the UK. The distinctive flavor of Earl Grey comes from bergamot oil. Bergamot is a kind of orange, and Twinings recently jazzed up the 180-year-old recipe with some extra citrus flavor.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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10:01pm

Sun August 28, 2011
Pop Culture

'Comedy Person' Wyatt Cenac Does News For Laughs

Wyatt Cenac joined the cast of The Daily Show in 2008.
Martin Crook

Are dogs racist? Why is TV the best roommate you'll ever have? Those are some of the questions comedian Wyatt Cenac addresses in his new DVD and CD of stand-up comedy, Wyatt Cenac: Comedy Person.

Cenac is best known for his work on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, where he goes out into the field to interview real people — and then makes them look ridiculous. In one recent story, he reported on the growing threat of importing oil from dangerous regimes — like Canada.

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9:40am

Fri August 26, 2011
Economy

No Big Rescue Plans From Fed Chief Bernanke

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, host:

And I'm David Greene.

Nervous investors - and these days that's most investors - were all ears this morning as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered a speech in Wyoming. The investors were listening for any clues about additional steps the Fed might take to shore up the sagging economy. Bernanke did not outline any big rescue plans, but he did say the Fed has tools it can use if necessary.

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6:24am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

FEMA's Challenge: To Get People Ready For Irene

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DAVID GREENE, host:

That is part of the reason the government is urging people to begin now taking this storm very seriously.

Craig Fugate heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and he joins us on the line from Washington, D.C.

Good morning.

Mr. CRAIG FUGATE (Administrator, FEMA): Good morning.

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5:35am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Real Clowns Steal Fake Jewelry

Originally published on Fri August 26, 2011 9:41 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Two clowns walked into a Colorado jewelry store this week, guns blazing. The men wore white face paint, black lipstick and wigs. They pointed guns at employees and forced the owner to unlock his jewelry cases. The clown duo made off with the loot. But the joke was on them, Sonny's Rocks Jewelry Store in Denver does not display real jewelry. The display cases are full of fake gold and platinum, which is exactly what ended up in the clown's garbage bags.

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5:29am

Fri August 26, 2011
Around the Nation

Squirrel Blamed For Flag Thefts At Police Memorial

Though the suspect remains at large, police in Toledo, Ohio, got his picture: A squirrel, fleeing with a tiny American flag and a plastic flower purloined from the Police Memorial Garden. One officer told the Toledo Blade, he "knew what he was doing." The bandit was later spotted up a tree, with two tiny flags.

2:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Business

Business News

David Greene has business news.

2:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Fri August 26, 2011
Africa

Somali Children Most Affected By Africa's Drought

More than 12 million people face starvation unless they are able to reach emergency food supplies in the horn of Africa. Somalia is particularly hard hit with a famine already declared in vast swaths of the food-growing south, which is also destabilized by a decades long civil war.

10:01pm

Thu August 25, 2011
StoryCorps

A Family That Teaches Together Talks Shop

Robin Weems' son Jason (left) teaches kindergarten across the hall from his parents' first-grade class in Baltimore, Md.
StoryCorps

When classes begin at Leith Walk elementary school in Baltimore, Md., Monday, teacher Robin Weems will meet her new first-grade students. And she won't be alone: Her husband, a retired Marine, is her classroom assistant.

And just across the hall from the Weems' first-grade class is their son Jason's classroom, where he teaches kindergarten.

Recently, the husband-and-wife teaching team sat down to speak with Jason about their unique work arrangement.

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