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One of the most respected news magazines in the world, Morning Edition airs Monday through Friday on more than 660 NPR stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR's international services.

Its cast of regulars includes some of the most familiar voices on radio: correspondent Susan Stamberg; commentator Frank Deford; news analysts Cokie Roberts and Juan Williams; and newscasters Jean Cochran and Carl Kasell.

Produced by NPR in Washington, D.C., Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based in 17 countries around the world, and producers and reporters in 17 locations in the U.S. Their reporting is supplemented by NPR member station reporters across the country and a strong corps of independent producers and reporters in the public radio system.

Since its debut in 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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National Security
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

After Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Mideast Allies

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:47 am

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NPR Story
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

A Peek At The New Dr. Seusss Book, In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:47 am

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NPR Story
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Trump Draws Large Crowd, Attacks Rivals In South Carolina Campaign Stop

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:50 pm

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Donald Trump, by all appearances, is having fun.

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Strange News
4:02 am
Tue July 21, 2015

In Transylvania, Donating Blood Will Get You Concert Tickets

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:20 am

An electro-dance festival in Romania "vants to suck your blood."

Concert-goers will get free or discounted tickets for donating blood for transfusions.

Organizers aim to raise awareness about donating in a country where less than 2 percent of people give blood.

The Festival is being held in Transylvania, home of Dracula. Let's hope the Count doesn't make an appearance looking for music from the children of the night.

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Sports
3:24 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Los Angeles Angels Blow Dry Their Wet Field With A Helicopter

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:20 am

There may be a drought in California, but the Los Angeles Angels had a home game rained out Sunday, their first in 20 years.

They needed to dry the field on Monday, so they called in a helicopter to hover overhead.

The field was blow-dried, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia was unimpressed.

He recalls a youth league game years ago when wet base paths were doused in gasoline and set on fire.

Presuambly the fire went out before the game began.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Tue July 21, 2015

The Secret Talks That Led To The Negotiations With Iran

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 12:22 pm

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In the many months that Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers met to negotiate a nuclear deal, ministers and diplomats were filmed and photographed at the negotiating table, sightseeing, waving from hotel balconies.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Tue July 21, 2015

There's Little To See, But Cubans Gather Outside U.S. Embassy

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:38 pm

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Sports
5:20 am
Mon July 20, 2015

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:14 pm

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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Shots - Health News
4:54 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

At a Minecraft camp in Shaker Heights, Ohio, kids trade secrets about making their virtual worlds come to life.
Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:49 pm

It's family vacation time, and I've taken the kids back to where I grew up — a small plot of land off a dirt road in Kansas.

For my city kids, this is supposed to be heaven. There are freshly laid chicken eggs to gather, new kittens to play with and miles of pasture to explore.

But we're not outside.

I'm sitting in my childhood bedroom watching my 7-year-old son and his 11-year-old-cousin stare at a screen. The older kid is teaching the younger the secrets of one of the most popular games on Earth: Minecraft.

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Business
4:41 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 7:18 pm

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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NPR Story
3:57 am
Mon July 20, 2015

How Should Republicans Deal With Donald Trump?

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 6:40 am

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NPR Story
3:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

The Target Of A Major Terror Attack, A Kenyan Mall Reopens

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:28 pm

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NPR Story
3:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Scientists Say They Can Read Your Mind, And Prove It With Pictures

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 5:07 pm

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David. Hey, David.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yeah?

MONTAGNE: What am I - what am I thinking?

GREENE: (Laughter) I have no idea. I'm not a mind reader.

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NPR Story
3:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Springsteen Crashes The Show ... And No One Seems To Mind

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:16 pm

You could see being upset if you came to a concert to hear a band — and they suddenly stopped playing.

That happened Saturday night at Wonder Bar on the Jersey shore.

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers were just 20 minutes into their set when ... Bruce Springsteen crashed the show. He played for nearly two hours.

The Houserockers had no hard feelings.

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Animals
5:55 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Plantigrade Pastry Purloiner Persnickety

A Colorado bear recently had itself a heck of a breakfast: 24 pies.

The owners of the Colorado Cherry Company bakery between Lyons and Estes Park say they've experienced bear break-ins before, but this one was a little choosy.

Apparently during his early morning ransack, the bear went for apple and cherry pies — but left the strawberry rhubarb pies untouched.

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Strange News
5:38 am
Fri July 17, 2015

A Siberian Town Throws A Party For Pests — And Masochists

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:55 am

When you have visitors you can't get rid, sometimes you just have to embrace them. That's the idea behind a festival on this week in the remote Siberian town of Berezniki, which is celebrating mosquitoes.

Revelers dress in mosquito costumes, vie to catch the most mosquitoes — and, perhaps oddest of all, hold a "most delicious girl" competition.

A panel of judges inspect contestants for who can get the most bites. The winner two years back had over 100.

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Shots - Health News
3:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

You don't have to be outdoors to be hurt or injured by a nearby lightning strike, like this one in New Mexico. The pain for survivors can be lifelong.
Marko Korosec Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:19 am

Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That's higher than the average for recent years, the service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning, it turns out, are not struck directly — instead, the bolt lands nearby.

That's what happened to Steve Marshburn in 1969. He was working inside a bank and says lightning somehow made its way through an ungrounded speaker at the drive-through window to the stool where he was sitting.

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History
3:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Seven Decades Ago, A New, Enormous Kind Of Explosion

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:55 am

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Sports
3:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

2-4-6-8, A 401(k) Would Be Great: Calif. Law Makes Cheerleaders Employees

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:55 am

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Religion
3:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 12:00 pm

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Race
3:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Is Obama Finally Becoming The President African-Americans Wanted?

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:55 am

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The Salt
9:03 am
Thu July 16, 2015

The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Cottage cheese peaked in the early 1970s, when the average American ate about 5 pounds of it per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:52 am

As you know, here at The Salt we've been a little obsessed with yogurt lately.

But there's a flip side to the story of the yogurt boom. What about that other product made from fermented milk that had its boom from 1950 to 1975, and has been sliding into obscurity ever since?

Cottage cheese took off as a diet and health food in the 1950s.

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Parallels
6:41 am
Thu July 16, 2015

The View From Inside Syria

Saeed al-Batal, a Syrian photographer, posted this image from Douma, Syria, on his Facebook page on March 31.
Courtesy of Saeed al-Batal

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:46 pm

Syria's civil war has created the worst refugee crisis in the world, with more than 4 million people fleeing the country. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, though we rarely hear from them.

Over the past year, NPR's Morning Edition has spoken three times with Saeed al-Batal, a photographer and filmmaker who doesn't use his real name for security reasons.

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Around the Nation
3:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After 25 Years, The Days In Illinois Can Have One Happy Hour Again

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

It's happy hour in Illinois. Well, not right this instant, but many are happy that happy hour is back.

Alcoholic drink specials were banned in the state more than 25 years ago, but Gov. Bruce Rauner overturned that yesterday.

There are still some restrictions: So-called volume specials — like two-for-one, or all-you-can-drink — are not allowed.

Happy hour also has to end by 10 p.m. That's fine with your hard-working, overnight-hours Morning Edition staff, so long as happy hour can start at noon.

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Animals
3:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Stab It With A Dinglehopper! Seagull Goes After Eagle In Alaska

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

Seagulls don't get a lot of respect; they seem to be all screeching and scavenging for food. But at least one sea gull showed the guts of a hero recently.

Photographer David Canales caught what he called this "epic aerial battle" while kayaking in Alaska: A bald eagle, one seagull trapped in its talons, under ferocious assault from another gull.

Unfortunately, for all its fellow seagull's daring, the eagle's snack did not appear to escape.

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Politics
3:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

2016's Campaign War Chests Are Just Jewelry Boxes Next To The Super PACs

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:51 pm

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U.S.
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

U.S. Immigration Agency Again Drops 'Family Friendly' Detention Centers

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:42 am

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Middle East
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

For Families Of Americans Held Or Missing In Iran, Nuclear Deal Is A Loss

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

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Europe
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After Years Of Recession, Greeks Fear Bailout Will Only Make Lives Harder

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:46 pm

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The Two-Way
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Harry Kroto, pictured in 1996, displays a model of the geodesic-shaped carbon molecules that he helped discover.
Michael Scates AP

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

Researchers in Switzerland say they've solved a nearly 100-year-old astronomical mystery by discovering what's in the wispy cloud of gas that floats in the space between the stars.

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