Morning Edition en J.K. Rowling Posts New Harry Potter Short Story Harry Potter is attending the Quidditch World Cup with his family, as well as Ron and Hermione. He is in his 30s, with "a couple of threads of silver" in his hair and a mysterious cut on his cheek. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:58:00 +0000 editor 70085 at iPhone From Oklahoma Ends Up In Grain Shipment To Japan A Japanese worker found the phone and tracked down the American owner. Farmer Kevin Whitney recovered the phone, which had pictures of his daughter's wedding on it. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 70086 at Afghan Civilians Suffer During Violent Year There is renewed fighting in Kandahar as the outcome of the Afghan presidential election remains uncertain. And a new U.N. report says civilian casualties are up significantly from a year ago. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 70080 at Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 70081 at Cleveland, A Democratic Stronghold, Wins GOP Convention Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We do not know which Republican will accept the nomination for president in 2016. We do know where.<p>MONTAGNE: Cleveland is celebrating that honor. Republicans chose it over Dallas.<p>INSKEEP: Maybe Cleveland just won because it's in the swing state of Ohio, but however it happened, the city takes it as a sign of a comeback. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 editor 70082 at Self-Described Optimist Taylor Swift On The Future Of Music Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We're going to profile the musician Sia in a moment. But first we have a little music economics courtesy of Taylor Swift. The pop superstar wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal yesterday about the future of the music industry.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>She's optimistic, despite the industry's tumultuous business landscape. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:51:00 +0000 editor 70014 at London Netflix Office Searches For Qualified Couch Potato Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A new study of traffic congestion finds, in the U.S., Honolulu has the worst, followed by Los Angeles. In Europe, Londoners spend more than 83 hours a year in traffic.<p>But one lucky person could cut that down dramatically. The London Netflix office is hiring a tagger - someone to watch Netflix titles and categorize them as drama or cult sports movies - a job involving a commute to the couch. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:53:00 +0000 editor 69995 at Buddhist Monks Face Jail Time For July 4 Fireworks Display Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with continuing coverage of last week's fireworks. Albuquerque authorities discovered an unauthorized fireworks show. The city had imposed restrictions because of fire danger. The perpetrators at least have the best excuse ever. The show was at a Buddhist temple. Buddhist monks say they didn't know of the fireworks ban since they do not watch TV, listen to the radio or read the news. They still face possible fines or jail. Ignorance is not innocence. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:35:00 +0000 editor 69997 at Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 69992 at For Brazilians, Game-Day Rituals Lead To Sense Of Community Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Brazil faces Germany today in the semi-finals of the World Cup.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Deep into the tournament, Brazilian fans have developed a game day routine.<p>INSKEEP: So we present to you now, with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in Sao Paulo, Brazil's World Cup ritual in four acts.<p>MONTAGNE: Act one - getting to the game.<p>GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am in a car right now doing what pretty much every single other Brazilian is doing, which is trying to get to where they're going to see the latest Brazil game. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Lourdes Garcia-Navarro 69993 at Goods Sold In Cuban Shops Often Come From Florida Stores Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In recent weeks we've been reporting on changes in Cuba. One is Cuba's small but growing private sector. The government is letting entrepreneurs open their own businesses, which leaves many trying to find the goods their customers want. The U.S. trade embargo means you can't just order from a distributor in Florida. But Cubans can still get U.S. goods. NPR's Greg Allen visited stores in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.<p>GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: On the map, it's right next to Miami. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Greg Allen 69991 at Preliminary Results Show Ghani Winning Afghan Presidency Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Preliminary results are out for the run-off in Afghanistan's presidential elections. And the winner seems to be former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani. His opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, was considered the front-runner after winning 45 percent of the vote in the first round back in April. Now Ashraf Ghani appears to be winning with almost a million more votes than Abdullah. NPR's Sean Carberry joins us from Kabul. Good morning.<p>SEAN CARBERRY, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Hi. And there's a little bit of a delay here. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:17:00 +0000 Sean Carberry 69941 at Funnel Cloud Photo Bombs Wedding Pix Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Weddings are always a whirlwind - from the engagement to the wedding photos, which for a couple in Saskatchewan, Canada involved a real tornado. As the bride and groom posed for a close-up, down the road from their ceremony a funnel cloud swirled behind them. The tornado touched down far enough behind them that the wedding photographer was able to capture the moment - perhaps the best wedding photo-bomb ever. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 69931 at Firecracker Man Calls Himself A Little Nuts Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Remember that old safety advice - if your fireworks don't go off, lean over the top and shake them. That's a joke but this is not. John Fletcher of Michigan celebrated Independence Day by setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body. He's done this for years. In the past, he's fractured ribs and been knocked unconscious. This year, he only got a bloody nose. Though he admits, he says, he is a little nuts. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 editor 69932 at Ex-Georgia President Eduard Shavardnadze Dies. He was 86 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's take a moment to remember Edward Shevardnazde. He was the foreign minister for the Soviet Union in the 1980s. That means he was one of the faces of the Soviet Union during its final period of reform under Mikhail Gorbachev. When that union broke apart, Shervardnazde became the president of his home republic, Georgia. And he has died at the age of 86. We're going to talk about Shevardnazde with Pavel Palazhchenko. He was an interpreter for both Gorbachev and this Shervardnazde. He's on the line. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:49:00 +0000 editor 69927 at 'A Hard Day's Night' Premiered In London 50 Years Ago Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And here's our last word in Business today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT")<p>THE BEATLES: (Singing) It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log.<p>INSKEEP: You hear the screaming in the background. "A Hard Day's Night" premiered at London's Pavilion Theater on July 6, 1964.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The black-and-white film was a cheeky snapshot of the biggest band in history, the Beatles. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:46:00 +0000 editor 69928 at Wash. Retailers To Sell Recreational Marijuana On Tuesday Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with a possible marijuana shortage. True story, Washington state is expected to roll out retail pot sales this week after voters approved a referendum on recreational marijuana in 2012. But there is a backlog of growers and processors awaiting licenses from the state, which means a limited supply. That has sellers worried they'll run out too quickly when stores open. As many as 20 retailers could start selling marijuana tomorrow if all goes according to plan and if they have proper supplies of pot. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:46:00 +0000 editor 69929 at Video Of Extremist Sunni Group's Leader Needs To Be Confirmed Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. In Iraq a high-speed takeover of cities and countryside by a Sunni extremist group and its allies seems to be settling into an entrenched occupation. Iraq security forces are battling the Islamic State. That's the descendent of an al-Qaeda group American soldiers once fought. But Iraqi troops are not making much headway and the group's propaganda is growing ever more grandiose. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 editor 69921 at CBS Lost Appetite For Government Watchdog Stories, Attkisson Says Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>When investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson left CBS this year, she did not go quietly. She contends, the network refused to run stories that might damage President Obama. And her claims have become a flashpoint in arguments over ideological bias in the media. NPR's David Folkenflik has more.<p>DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Attkisson joined CBS News two decades ago and covered medical issues in Congress before becoming an investigative reporter. In recent years Attkisson says, CBS News started to shy away from controversy. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 editor 69922 at Michelle Obama Lobbies Congress Over School Lunch Program Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. President Obama is having a group of teachers over for lunch today. The White House is characterizing the session as part of an effort to ensure that every student is taught by an effective educator. And it's not just the president trying to engage over the well-being of America's children. First Lady, Michelle Obama, is actively lobbying Congress on the details of a school lunch program. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 editor 69923 at Banksy Buyer Turns $60 Art Purchase Into $215,000 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last year, British graffiti artist Banksy took New York by storm with a month-long guerrilla art campaign. Part of that included putting dozens of his signed, spray-painted works up for sale for just $60 each at an anonymous sidewalk stall. It was not a huge success. Over seven hours, just three people bought eight pieces of art. Now two of those have been sold at auction in London for $215,000, roughly 1,800 times the original price. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:14:00 +0000 editor 69803 at 2014 Marks U.S. National Anthem's Bicentennial Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Green. This year marks the bicentennial of "The Star-spangled Banner." It was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. Traditionally, on Independence Day here in Washington D.C., our national anthem is sung by a soloist on the steps the U.S. capital. But today, composer John Williams will do it differently. He's leading the National Symphony Orchestra, the Army Herald Trumpets and two full choirs in a brand-new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" - red, white and something new. Its MORNING EDITION. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 editor 69804 at It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4 "For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 editor 69794 at 2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, at the World Cup in Brazil, the stadiums, the hotels, the beaches have been packed. The games have sure been entertaining, nail-biting in many cases. Let's remember, though, before the tournament kicked off, there were a lot of complaints in Brazil about the cost of hosting the cup. Unfortunately, major international sporting events don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and spent billions on infrastructure, some of which has been barely used since then. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 editor 69795 at China's President Visits South Korea, Snubs North Korea China's president is in Seoul to meet his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 editor 69799 at 20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>OK. I'm fine with that theme you just heard. It begins this segment every morning. But this morning, how about this?<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL NIGHT LONG")<p>LIONEL RICHIE: (Singing) All night long, all night, all night long.<p>GREENE: That is Lionel Richie, the prince of R&B. OK, no, maybe that title belongs to Prince himself. Well, both of those positions are annual headliners at the largest gathering of R&B fans in the country - the Essence Music Festival. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:05:00 +0000 editor 69800 at Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We begin this hour with more positive signs about the nation's economy. The Labor Department this morning said the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly six years last month, and employers added some 288,000 jobs to their payrolls. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.<p>JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The job growth was spread across the economy in business services, retail trade, manufacturing and even government hiring. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 69737 at Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with newsreaders in Sri Lanka could really use. Sri Lanka has been hit by an epidemic of dengue fever, a potentially deadly disease spread by missy mosquitoes, which prompted one newspaper to try something novel. Since people read the news in the mornings and evenings just the mosquitoes are most likely to bite, the paper printed an entire issue with ink made from citronella, which repels mosquitoes and attracted readers. Sales went up 30 percent. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:52:00 +0000 editor 69721 at Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm David Greene. Two major-league pitchers were traveling to join the teams. Ernesto Frieri of the Anaheim Angels had just been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jason Grilli. Both players had a layover in Chicago at the same time. They both decided to hit the bathroom at the same time - same terminal, same bathroom. As they were washing up at the sink, the opposing pitchers who had never met greeted one another - not with dirty glances but certainly with clean hands. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:46:00 +0000 editor 69722 at In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight Sunni militants claimed vast swaths of Iraq last month, thanks largely to the collapse of the Iraqi army.<p>But three weeks later, the army has been able to win back some territory. The gains come after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf, where deep emotion and symbolism are inspiring Shiite volunteers.<p>Najaf is home to the ancient Valley of Peace cemetery, which seems crowded. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:18:00 +0000 editor 69714 at In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight