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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.

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NPR Story
2:09 am
Wed February 26, 2014

U.S. Response To Syria's Humanitarian Crisis Criticized

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 4:43 am

Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson describes the response to the Syrian crisis as "strategic despair." He and Michael Abramowitz of the Holocaust museum, tell Renee Montagne about what they saw.

NPR Story
2:09 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Obama Tells Pentagon To Plan A Full Afghan Departure

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 4:43 am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security agreement that would keep U.S. troops in his country. Despite the pressure, Obama is giving Afghan officials more time to finish a deal.

Asia
4:21 am
Tue February 25, 2014

7 Ton Mango Vanishes From Popular Roadside Attraction

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:06 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Around the Nation
4:21 am
Tue February 25, 2014

S.C. Man Tries To Use A Trillion Bill To Pay Restaurant Check

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:06 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Latin America
2:11 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Brazil, EU Agree To Huge Underwater Cable Project

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:06 am

Workers will lay cable across the Atlantic to guarantee the neutrality of the Internet and shield Brazil from U.S. surveillance.

Environment
2:11 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Colorado Becomes First State To Restrict Methane Emissions

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:06 am

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas production. The rules require companies to find and repair equipment leaks. The rules also will reduce air pollution that contributes to smog.

Europe
2:11 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Political Crisis Deepens Ukraine's Dire Economic Conditions

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:06 am

As Ukraine steadies itself, a first order of business is to fix its economy. Renee Montagne talks to Simon Johnson, former chief economist for the IMF, who is now a professor at MIT.

Around the Nation
4:34 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Warehouse Worker Fired Over Stuck Vending Machine Snack

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. We've all been there. Go to the vending machine, insert coins, and watch helplessly as your Twixt bar gets just to the tipping point and then stuck.

Sports
4:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

TV Replay Confuses Daytona 500 Watchers

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 8:24 am

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won Sunday's Daytona 500. But during a rain delay, Fox Sports showed a replay of the 2013 race won by Jimmie Johnson. Thousands of fans took to Twitter to congratulate Johnson.

Movie Reviews
3:55 am
Mon February 24, 2014

'Child's Pose' Feels 'Terrifyingly Authentic'

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:34 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film will be handed out in a couple weeks. And though Romania's "Child's Pose" is not one of the finalists, film critic Kenneth Turan says its as good as any of them.

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Politics
2:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

America's Richest Political Activists Pour Money Into SuperPACs

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:34 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Some of America's richest political activists are pouring money into new SuperPACs as they seek to influence the issues in upcoming Senate and House races. Billionaires including Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, and Fred Eychaner used SuperPACs to support their favored presidential candidates in 2012.

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Environment
2:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Steyer: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Get Canada Better Oil Price

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:34 am

David Greene talks to billionaire financier and liberal activist Tom Steyer about his position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Environment
2:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 4:34 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. So in the words of that political scientist in Peter's piece, wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. When he sat down to speak with us he said his goal is to use his money to limit carbon emissions.

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Television
3:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Music From Above: Building A Studio In The Trees

The treehouse at Bear Creek Studio featured on "Treehouse Masters."
Screenshot from Animal Planet video.

If you’re walking outside this weekend in Woodinville, Wash., that’s not just birdsong coming from the trees.

Bear Creek Studio was featured on an episode of Animal Planet’s show Treehouse Masters. The crew from the reality show built a recording space for the music studio 18 feet up in the cedar trees.

The episode airs Friday at 10 p.m. and has brought in a couple of musical guests. CeeLo Green drops in to play and is joined by the treehouse’s Fall City designer Pete Nelson, who takes a turn at the microphone – for better or worse.

Movies
4:17 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Analysis: Who Oscar-Winning Actors Thank

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:31 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We finally have analysis of actors giving thanks at the Oscars. You know, I want to thank my director or some inspiring figure. Twice in recent years, winning actors thanked Oprah; twice, they thanked Sidney Poitier. Three actors name-checked God; four thanked Meryl Streep - and that was the headline: Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God.

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