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A bi-coastal, 24-hour news operation, Morning Edition is hosted by 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 report first hand on the day's most important issues and news. While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host. For information on a recent story, or the most recent broadcast, click here.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. And I am so sorry for what's about to happen. (SOUNDBITE OF AIR HORN) GREENE: Yeah. Residents of one neighborhood in Southern California have been waking up to that for weeks at around 4 a.m. The villain responsible became known as the air horn guy. And The San Diego Union-Tribune reports police may have captured him. They arrested John Nuggent, who they think was taking revenge on...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: In India, a nationwide cash crunch has brought economic life in streets and villages to a virtual standstill. This is because last week, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi invalidated 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. These are the country's largest. NPR's Julie McCarthy is on the line from New Delhi. Julie, good morning. JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: Good morning. GREENE: Now, let me get this straight....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning, I'm David Greene. And these have been turbulent times in Turkey - terrorism, an attempted coup. So there was something reassuring about this famous cat on an Istanbul sidewalk known for sitting on a stoop, reclining backwards as if nothing was wrong. You can imagine the anger when that cat disappeared, especially because that cat is a bronze statue memorializing a real cat who died back in August....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Out for an errand in Alberta, Canada, David Schnerch came across a bobsled team from Jamaica - yes, the Jamaican bobsled team, made famous by their 1988 Olympic debut. They're still at it - until their van broke down. Schnerch wasn't having that. He drove the team to the Olympic Park himself. And afterwards, with another competition to get to, Schnerch handed them the keys to his...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Journalists in Washington all have something in common it seems. If the name Gwen Ifill ever came up, everyone would have some story about how she remembered a random fact in your life even if you hadn't seen her in a while or how she gave you a reassuring hug at just the right moment. The PBS anchor and longtime Washington journalist died yesterday at age 61 after a battle with cancer. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning, I'm David Greene. You know, Denver is gorgeous - skyscrapers bathed in sunlight, black and white shots from the blizzard of 1913. It's all on the city of Denver Instagram feed. And the city of Denver would love to know who's running that Instagram feed. It is not the city, despite the fact that it looks official. The city hasn't figured out who it is. They are cool with the account, but they would...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. You know, Thanksgiving is still a week away, but one mom in Ohio has been preparing the entire month. She taped a sign to her living room that read this room has been cleaned and is officially closed until Thanksgiving. It went on to say special permission will be granted only if her kids have showered and have clean clothing. Her son posted the note to social media admitting his...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Everybody knows when you are accused of a crime, you get a lawyer. But in practice, that is not the case for thousands of kids. The Justice Department says about half the young people locked up in detention facilities never had an attorney. And now, a new report finds that even when juveniles do get legal advice, it often comes from lawyers who urge them to plead guilty. Here's NPR's Carrie Johnson. CARRIE JOHNSON...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. With a national divide, some people say Christmas songs and decorations come out too soon. Others feel they can't come soon enough. Either way, they are here. In Raleigh, N.C., Springsteen's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" played in a public park November 2. By Election Day, a sad-looking tree was in my local coffee shop. Tomorrow, a giant tree arrives at New York's Rockefeller...

What Does Trump's Victory Mean For NATO?

Nov 11, 2016

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has ensured peace in Europe since the end of World War II, woke up Wednesday to what seemed like a nightmare: an incoming U.S. president who openly questions the value of the alliance. During his campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized NATO, calling the organization "obsolete." He also suggested that America might not defend fellow NATO countries that didn't help reimburse the U.S. for the cost of its troops and bases in Europe. That threat...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A couple of days into defeat, advice swirling around social media for dejected supporters of Hillary Clinton is take a deep breath or take a walk, which Margot Gerster did in the woods of Chappaqua, N.Y. And she ran into someone else doing the same thing - Hillary Clinton. So Gerster may not have been happy with the final election results, but she was thrilled to get a photo...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Wedding rings get lost and happily found all the time. Rarely, though, do they turn up entwined with a vegetable. So it made news when an 82-year-old man in a town in Germany pulled up a gnarly carrot while gardening in the same plot where he lost his wedding ring three years ago. And the carrot was actually wearing the gold band, apparently slipping into it as the carrot grew....

Toy Hall Of Fame To Reveal Class Of 2016

Nov 10, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. It is time. Here's the list of 2016 finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame. Some of the nominees are Care Bears, Transformers, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Nerf foam balls - God, I love those at the beach - also Uno the game, pinball, Dungeons and Dragons, the swing - that's a simple one and also... (SOUNDBITE OF BUBBLE WRAP RUSTLING, POPPING) GREENE: ...Bubble wrap. It's MORNING...

To celebrate Renee Montagne's last week hosting Morning Edition , we listen back to some of her favorite stories, including a piece about schoolgirls in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This story originally aired Nov. 25, 2010. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And I'm Renee Montagne. And as many of you listeners know, this is my last week hosting MORNING EDITION. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And, Renee, we are going to miss you on the show. And we've been...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Donald Trump is the president-elect with something north of 270 electoral votes. But in an unusual order of things, although he has claimed victory and received a phone call, a congratulatory phone call from Hillary Clinton as well as President Obama, Secretary Clinton has yet to speak. We are expecting that any time now. We are seeing John Podesta now in a televised image coming into the room, and perhaps...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Finally, we have come to the end, the end of a presidential process that began well over one year ago, kicking off in primaries that included close to 20 Republican candidates and half a dozen Democrats. DAVID GREENE, HOST: It's amazing to think about that. Let's just listen back now to some of the memorable sounds from the 2016 presidential campaign. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) DONALD TRUMP: I am...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: It wasn't so long ago that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on this program that the Republican Party was at an all-time high. Some people guffawed. But it was true that Republicans dominated everything but the White House. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Now President Trump will soon be able to send Supreme Court nominees to a Senate where McConnell's Republicans still hold a majority. Although we're still...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: As we wait for Hillary Clinton's concession speech, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. With Renee Montagne, I'm Steve Inskeep. DAVID GREENE, HOST: And I'm David Greene. We are trying to make sense of election results from around the country last night. And one of the states we're focusing on is the state of Arizona. John McCain retained his Senate seat in that state. Donald Trump looks to be on his way to...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Ahead of yesterday's election, popular polls had consistently showed Hillary Clinton as the likely winner of the presidential race. With President-elect Donald Trump's victory, many people this morning are wondering how could pollsters have gotten this so wrong. One pollster did get it right. The USC/LA Times Daybreak Poll initially seemed an outlier this election cycle. It predicted Trump ahead of Clinton for...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a tale of a very costly hot dog. Sausage sizzles in parking lots are popular in Australia. And one Aussie thought, why take my car over to the big-box (ph) sizzle when I can send my drone? So he guided the drone to the barbie. Unfortunately, the Aviation Safety Authority frowns on aerial hot dog delivery. And now the high-flying couch potato faces a fine, turning his sausage...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. 2016 is the year the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title, the year the Cleveland Indians made the World Series. And now Cleveland has just one more goal. The Cleveland Browns would like to win just one game. The NFL team is 0-9. Week by week, they get closer to the Detroit Lions, who once lost every game in a season. Coach Hugh Jackson has set an ambitious goal - somehow, some...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Let's go next to the city of Istanbul, Turkey. It's on the dividing line between Europe and Asia. And it's where NPR's Peter Kenyon covers the Middle East. He's been listening to responses to last night's election here, what people are saying there. Hi, Peter. PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. INSKEEP: What are you hearing? KENYON: Well, besides shock, which I guess isn't surprising. Reactions are ranging from...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: OK. Michigan is one state where it is worth keeping an eye on today. Another one of those states is, as always, the state of Florida. The polls are open there. Renata Sago is a reporter for our member station WMFE, and she's on the line from Orlando. Renata, good morning. RENATA SAGO, BYLINE: Good morning. GREENE: So you're playing an important role here. Can you indeed confirm that we have reached Election Day,...

Copyright 2016 WKSU-FM. To see more, visit WKSU-FM . RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: And of course there'll be time enough to look ahead. But now let's look to the voting. Today, in a major swing state, Ohio, republic - reporter M.L. Schultze of member station WKSU has been out at polling stations. We spoke to her earlier, and she joins us again now from Canton, about an hour south of Cleveland. Good morning. M L SCHULTZE, BYLINE: Good morning. How are you? MONTAGNE: Fine, thank you. And what are you...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. For those feeling a little stressed out on this Election Day, the San Francisco Zoo is offering to ease your anxiety with cute animals. Today, the zoo is live streaming the antics of three fluffy, red pandas - Tenzing, Hunter and Hillary. And if Hillary in a zoo isn't distraction enough, USA Today is offering photos and videos of adorable dogs titled "Puppies" because election...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: This has been a challenging year for people writing political comedy. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Granted there's no shortage of material. The problem is how to satirize actual events that seem like satire to begin with. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Over the summer, we heard about this problem from Dave Mandel from the HBO series "Veep." (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST) DAVE MANDEL: We at "Veep" sort of joke that if we had...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Astronaut Shane Kimbrough cast the ultimate absentee ballot. He is absent from the planet. He's on the International Space Station, but a Texas law lets him vote in Houston where NASA astronauts are based. Hopefully somebody will save him a souvenir post-election newspaper. The New York Times is printing an extra 225,000 copies for people who want to save them. You know, you get...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Police in Shenzhen, China, posted photos of people being made to sit in front of their cars and stare into their high beams for 60 seconds. The crime - blinding other drivers with their brights. That may seem like a touch of torture, but in one survey in China, 90 percent of respondents approved of the punishment. And there were lots of likes for this comment on social media - ...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was pulled over for speeding. An officer in Fort Worth pulled over a car and discovered the big-name NASCAR driver at the wheel. He was heading to the Texas Motor Speedway. No good reason to speed - Earnhardt was not late for a race. He's sitting out the rest of the season with a concussion. As cool as it would have been to be the officer who ticketed Dale...

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, died early Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease. Reno's goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte and sister Margaret Hurchalla confirmed her passing to NPR. Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends, D'Alemberte told The Associated Press. She was 78. Reno served longer in the job than anyone had in 150 years. And her tenure was marked by tragedy and controversy. But she left...

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