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A bi-coastal, 24-hour news operation, Morning Edition is hosted by NPR's Steve Inskeep and David Greene in Washington, D.C.; Renee Montagne at NPR West in Culver City, CA; and Bill Wheelhouse in Springfield, IL. These hosts often get out from behind the anchor desk and travel to report on the news firsthand.

Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.  The WUIS/SJ-R Business Report with Tim Landis brings it home.

Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based around the world, WUIS and Illinois Public Radio journalists, and producers and reporters in locations in the United States. This reporting is supplemented by NPR Member Station reporters across the country as well as independent producers and reporters throughout the public radio system.

Since its debut on November 5, 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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4:13 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Russian Court Suspends Opposition Leader's Prison Sentence

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 11:17 am

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4:13 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Looking Back On Last Summer's War In Gaza

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 11:17 am

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Many, many years from now, children who were growing up in the year 2014 will remember living through the war between Israel and Hamas. When that war ended, NPR's Emily Harris asked parents how they explained the war to children.

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Europe
6:48 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Greece To Hold Elections After Parliament Fails To Elect A President

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 8:11 am

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Animals
5:24 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Exercising Penguins Are A Hit With Tourists In Japan

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Around the Nation
5:19 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Pa. Town To Ring In New Year With Giant Nail

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 8:11 am

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Book News & Features
4:06 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer reads to children during a book distribution event.
Courtesy of First Book

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 3:41 pm

When it comes to learning to read, educators agree: the younger, the better. Children can be exposed to books even before they can talk, but for that a family has to have books, which isn't always the case.

There are neighborhoods in this country with plenty of books; and then there are neighborhoods where books are harder to find. Almost 15 years ago, Susan Neuman, now a professor at New York University, focused on that discrepancy, in a study that looked at just how many books were available in Philadelphia's low-income neighborhoods. The results were startling.

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Sports
4:06 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Calif. Law Tries To Prevent Young Brains From Football Injuries

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 8:11 am

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Middle East
4:06 am
Mon December 29, 2014

United Arab Emirates Shows Off Its Military Might

Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter pilot, flew in the first UAE airstrikes in the American-led campaign against ISIS.
AP

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 2:30 pm

The United Arab Emirates has been building its military strength for decades, but in 2014 it came out in the open as an ambitious regional power — and one that's openly allied with the United States.

The tiny country, perched on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf, has a reputation for flashy displays — usually of wealth and commerce from shopping hub Dubai. But lately it has taken to showing off its military strength.

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Around the Nation
6:02 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Give A Goat Your Old Christmas Tree

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:52 am

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Around the Nation
6:02 am
Fri December 26, 2014

We Raise A Glass To The Leathers Family And Their Names

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:52 am

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Research News
4:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:04 pm

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Delivery drivers plan their route with as many right turns as possible. Left turns - they're just a hassle. But get this - there is a species of ant that prefers left turns. And this got NPR's Richard Harris curious.

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NPR Story
4:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Do Fish Have Fingers?

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 1:15 pm

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4:11 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Turkish President's Aggressive Behavior In 2014 Gets More Notice

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:52 am

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

28 Years Later, Lynda Alsip Gets Her Mustang Back

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Animals
6:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Dog Races To Catch Up With Ambulance

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Book News & Features
3:52 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

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NPR Story
3:52 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

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Around the Nation
3:52 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Ecologists Take On Tiny Green Beetles That Infest Ash Trees

Originally published on Thu December 25, 2014 6:00 am

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All Tech Considered
7:02 am
Wed December 24, 2014

In Its Strange Journey, 'The Interview' Becomes An Art House Film

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain will show The Interview starting on Christmas Day.
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Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:59 am

A buddy flick about killing North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un will be shown on Christmas Day after all, at least in about 200 independent theaters. This kind of small-scale distribution model and the politics surrounding The Interview give what was once a big-budget Hollywood release the spirit of an art house film.

In the satirical film, which is at the center of a geopolitical tussle, Seth Rogen and James Franco play television producers who get an interview with Kim but are then hired by the CIA to "take him out."

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Middle East
6:03 am
Wed December 24, 2014

British Citizens Warned To Behave In The United Arab Emirates

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:02 am

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Around the Nation
6:03 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Rand Paul Gets In On Festivus Actions

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:02 am

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Movies
4:08 am
Wed December 24, 2014

More Than 200 Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 6:46 am

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Sending Your Holiday Mail By Way Of Rudolph, Wis.

Around Christmas, people around the world covet a Rudolph, Wis., postmark on their cards and letters.
Carrie Antlfinger AP

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 10:18 am

Those seeking holiday joy could look for it in places with seasonal names like Christmas, Fla., Santa Claus, Ind., or Snowflake, Ariz. — but you don't have to leave home to enjoy Rudolph, Wis.

For most of the year, the tiny town of Rudolph — population just a few snowflakes north of 400 — is best known for the cheese factory off Main Street. But around Christmas, people around the world covet a Rudolph, Wis., postmark on their cards and letters.

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NPR Story
4:02 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:02 am

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Economy
4:02 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Despite Some Clouds, U.S. Economic Forecast Looks Sunny

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 2:25 pm

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Around the Nation
6:16 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Christmas Tree And Menorah Conrolled By Tweets

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 am

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Europe
6:16 am
Tue December 23, 2014

The Woman Who Mistook A Hat For A Parrot

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 am

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Politics
4:05 am
Tue December 23, 2014

As Head Of Armed Services Committee, McCain Gets A Bigger Bullhorn

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 am

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Around the Nation
4:05 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Murder Of 2 NYPD Officers Widens Rift Between Mayor, Police Union

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 6:28 am

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Business
4:05 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Year Later, Delivery Services Up Their Holiday Game

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 4:12 pm

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Well, here's an idea for a lampooning December movie - it's the holidays and shipping companies can't get their act together. They disappoint millions of customers because they can't deliver gifts on time.

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