Morning Edition

Weekdays, 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Hosted by: Steve Inskeep & Renee Montagne
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Waking up is hard to do, but it's easier with NPR's Morning Edition.  Hosts Renée Montagne and Steve Inskeep bring the day's stories and news to radio listeners on the go.  Morning Edition provides news in context, airs thoughtful ideas and commentary, and reviews important new music, books, and events in the arts.  All with voices and sounds that invite listeners to experience the stories.  Morning Edition, it's a world of ideas tailored to fit into your busy life.

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2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business

Fed Vows To Keep Interest Rates Near Zero

The Federal Reserve has announced it will hold short-term interest rates near zero until 2013 — a highly unusual -decision. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of "The Wall Street Journal" about what yesterday's Fed announcement means for markets and the economy.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business

News Corp. Board Meets After Phone-Hacking Scandal

The News Corp. board of directors met in Los Angeles Tuesday. It was the first time they had gotten together since the phone-hacking scandal that has roiled its British holdings.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Europe

While London Calms, Riots Spread Across UK

There were 10,000 more police officers out on the streets of London Tuesday night. They are trying to stop days of rioting. Gangs of youths have attacked police, burnt buildings and looted stores in escalating violence since Saturday night.

2:00am

Wed August 10, 2011
Education

Atlanta's Schools Work Through Cheating Scandal

Students in Atlanta's troubled public school system started classes this week. It follows a year of controversy after dozens of administrators and teachers were found to have cheated on state tests so that students would appear to have made academic gains.

9:30pm

Tue August 9, 2011
Music Interviews

Noah And The Whale: A Folk-Pop Band, Forever In Flux

Success hasn't come easily for Noah and the Whale, whose sound has changed constantly from album to album.
Courtesy of the artist

Noah and the Whale has inspired a devoted following ever since its first album landed in the British Top 10 in 2008. But success hasn't come easily for the group: Key members have left, prompting striking changes in Noah and the Whale's sound. In a span of just three years, it's released three very different albums.

"You need to be sort of brave, I guess, when you make a record," says Charlie Fink, the band's singer, guitarist and co-founder.

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8:24am

Tue August 9, 2011
NPR Story

Another Wild Ride For U.S. Stock Markets

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Tamara Keith about the latest developments in the U.S. financial markets.

6:10am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Global Markets Are Dragged Down By Fear

An early rally proved short-lived as stocks in Asia and Europe sank again Tuesday. Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management talks to Renee Montagne about the continued slide of financial markets around the world.

5:25am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Lingering Laptop Users Wear Out Starbucks Welcome

Some Starbucks in New York have started blocking their electrical outlets. They want to set a time limit on customers with laptops. Starbucks offers WiFi access and some customers complain they can never find a seat because students, freelance workers and others sit there all day.

5:08am

Tue August 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Nonagenarian Earns Judo's 10th Degree Black Belt

Sensei Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco has became the first woman to earn a 10th degree black belt in judo. She is 98 years old. Only three others have this martial arts' highest ranking: all men living in Japan.

5:01am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Ticket Sales Are Down At U.S. Theaters

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This summer, three movies each it made over $1 billion worldwide. They were all sequels from major franchises: "Harry Potter," "Transformers" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." For the movie industry, generally, though, it's anything but high times. Attendance is down. DVD sales continued to drop sharply, and a high-profile project, the adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower," with big movie makers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, was jettisoned by a studio, fearful of what it would cost.

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4:43am

Tue August 9, 2011
Business

Diaper Business Does Well In Down Economy

Crystal White has a booming business selling cloth diapers, in part because of the way she sells them: diaper parties. Similar to Tupperware parties, parents can touch, see and feel the diapers as well as learn how to get over the "ick" factor. White can also thank consumer belt-tightening from the recession for renewed interest in cloth. But the down economy has made it harder for her to grow her business in other ways.

4:34am

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

Asian Financial Markets Continue Selling Shares

After a day of dramatic plunges, world financial markets began to stabilize. Investors remain on edge amid fears of a possible global recession. Wall Street closed lower Monday-- it's sixth worst decline in the last 112 years. Robert Cookson, Asian markets correspondent for the Financial Times, talks to Renee Montagne about the markets.

4:27am

Tue August 9, 2011
Europe

London Faces 3 Straight Nights Of Arson, Looting

London saw the worst violence and disorder in decades Monday night. It was the third night of unrest in that city. Trouble is also spreading to other parts of Britain – to Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol. Prime Minister David Cameron has cut short his vacation in Italy to try to deal with the crisis.

2:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

Business In Spain Have A Tough Time Getting Credit

The latest phase of the European debt crisis was sparked by a fear that the troubles plaguing Greece, Portugal and Ireland would spread to Spain and Italy. Spain has been struggling for more than two years with an unemployment rate above 20 percent — the highest in Europe.

2:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Economy

U.S. Credit Downgrade Leaves 'Horrible Impact'

Steve Inskeep talks to former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming about the S&P downgrade of U.S. credit. Simpson has been saying that he hopes the S&P downgrade will cause lawmakers to take deficit deliberations more seriously. Simpson was one of the chairmen of President Obama's deficit reduction commission,

2:00am

Tue August 9, 2011
Middle East

Syria's Allies Want Crackdown On Protesters Curtailed

Diplomats from several countries are in Syria to make an appeal to end the government's violent crackdown there. It's been five months of violence and the government continues to launch new attacks. Renee Montagne talks to Christopher Phillips, Syria analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, about the Syrian military's latest assaults.

10:01pm

Mon August 8, 2011
Movies

Los Angeles: City Of Perpetual Cinematic Destruction

A tornado destroys the Hollywood sign (and everything it stands for) in the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow.
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Los Angeles doesn't stand a chance on the big screen. In the movies, the City of Angels has been obliterated by titanic tornadoes, epic earthquakes and a colossal volcano that bubbles up from below the La Brea Tar Pits.

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8:37am

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

U.S. Markets Drop After S&P Downgrade

Investors reacted to Standard & Poor's downgrade of American credit by selling off U.S. stocks. Monday was the first trading day since S&P downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating on Friday.

8:25am

Mon August 8, 2011
Economy

U.S. Stocks Fall On Downgrade Of U.S. Credit

U.S. markets have opened for the first time since Standard and Poor's downgraded the nation's credit rating. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 250 points minutes after the opening bell on Wall Street.

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