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Steve Inskeep, Renee Montagne & David Greene

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.

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Around the Nation
3:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:41 am

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The legal process is scheduled to end in Texas today for Scott Panetti. He's a convicted killer set for execution. He's drawn worldwide attention because he has a 36-year history of chronic schizophrenia. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.

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The Two-Way
4:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Kim Shiflett NASA

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 1:43 pm

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.

"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

She's hardly the only one who doesn't know about this new spacecraft. In fact, none of a half-dozen tourists NPR interviewed in the museum's lobby was aware of the Orion spaceship.

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Strange News
4:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Man Ends Fight With Girlfriend By Driving Into Pole, Walking Away

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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Strange News
4:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

For This Reindeer, The Game Is Hide And Seek

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:58 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Star Wars Fans Force Sands Back From Darth Vader's Tunisia Birthplace

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Attorney General's Talk Doesn't Satisfy Those Troubled By Ferguson

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:44 am

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Asia
5:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chinese Chicken Breeder Builds DIY Orange Submarine

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:24 am

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Sports
4:47 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Actor Mickey Rourke Takes Another Jab At Boxing

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:27 am

At age 62, actor Mickey Rourke last week returned to his other love: boxing.

He fought a match in Moscow and won.

True, some dismissed his opponent.

He's described by the Daily Mail as a man who's lost 9 of 10 pro matches and is homeless.

Still Rourke won, and said of returning to the ring, "It's better to live in fear than go on in shame."

He plans more fights in Russia, though there's no word when he faces Vladimir Putin.

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All Tech Considered
3:21 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Kiva robots maneuver around one of Amazon's newest distribution centers on Sunday in Tracy, Calif.
Brandon Bailey AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:42 pm

For many online retailers, Cyber Monday is likely to be the peak shopping day of the year. To handle the onslaught of orders, Amazon has begun rolling out a new robot army.

The Amazon order-fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif., is more than a million square feet — or 28 football fields, if you prefer — filled with orange and yellow bins flying this way and that on conveyor belts. Chances are, if you ordered a bunch of items in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, Amazon put that box together here.

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Europe
3:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Santa's Black-Faced Helpers Are Under Fire In The Netherlands

People line the road to greet Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, and his "Swarte Piet" (Black Pete) sidekicks in Amsterdam on Nov. 17, 2013. In the past few years, Black Pete has come under fire. Some say it's a beloved tradition that should remain; others say it is a racist stereotype.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 4:49 pm

For an American, watching a Sinterklaas parade, like the one I recently went to in Amsterdam, can be a bit of a shock. Because dancing around the dear old Dutch Santa are his helpers, known as Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete.

And Black Pete is played by scores of white people dressed up in black face ... and wearing Afro wigs.

In the past few years, Black Pete has come under fire. A beloved tradition for some, others say he is a racist stereotype. And the increasingly rancorous debate over Black Pete has gripped the Netherlands.

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Europe
3:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:49 am

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Now, in the radio business, we think a lot about sound and what it means. Sound is not always what it seems, as NPR's Corey Flintoff reminds us from Moscow.

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

After Acquittal, Qatar Detains U.S. Couple In Daughter's Death

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 9:41 am

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Around the Nation
5:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Squirrels Interfere With Cincinnati Zoo's Light Display

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 8:43 pm

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Around the Nation
5:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Scrawny Tree Gets Charlie Brown Treatment

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 8:43 pm

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Asia
4:29 am
Fri November 28, 2014

In Pakistan, Political Oratory Is Flourishing

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:16 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Shoppers Expected Out In Force On Black Friday

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:16 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:16 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Fri November 28, 2014

U.S. Is Home To 1.5 Million Undocumented Asian Immigrants

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:16 am

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Remembrances
10:12 am
Thu November 27, 2014

For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

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