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Economy
2:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Greek Protesters Rally Against Drastic Cuts

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Even as Greek lawmakers approved another round of austerity, Greek protesters registered their dissent over the weekend. The bailout package is part of an effort by creditors to save Greece from default and a possible exit from the euro. European leaders now need to sign off on the deal, but many people are beginning to wonder if saving Greece is possible. Greeks themselves say austerity is killing them. Joanna Kakissis reports from Athens.

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Movie Interviews
10:01 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Brad Pitt: Making 'Moneyball' And Being Billy Beane

Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the passionate general manager of the Oakland A's, in the Oscar-nominated sports drama Moneyball.
Sony Pictures

In the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball, Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, a baseball manager obsessed with turning his cash-strapped team into a contender. Pitt says that drive is what attracted him to the role that has earned him a best-actor nod.

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Television
10:01 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'

Listen Carefully: Some phrases have made it into Downton Abbey that are a little ahead of their time. Above, Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) tries out a newfangled gadget with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery).
Courtesy Carnival Film & Television Limited/Masterpiece

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:51 am

PBS's hit series Downton Abbey has been praised for its subtle and witty dialogue. But a few anachronisms have slipped into the characters' conversations, and spotting them has become a hobby for many fans.

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The Conservation Beat
2:15 pm
Sat February 11, 2012

EPA to ABQ: Get a Handle on Your Storm Drain Gunk

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Under a new permit issued by the Environmental l Protection Agency, Albuquerque has six months to improve its plan for dealing with storm water runoff.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has more.

more conservation stories on our blog: earth air waves

Health Care
11:18 am
Fri February 10, 2012

White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception

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On a Friday morning, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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Around the Nation
5:39 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Wisconsin Court Decides Who Gets The Cat

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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Middle East
5:29 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Madonna Fan Would Be Irked By War With Iran

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We have no evidence this is a mass movement, but at least one person seems to have a reason to urge Israel's prime minister to delay an attack on Iran. Israeli officials have been speculating out loud about a strike. Now a Facebook page is pushing for the war to wait, at least long enough to keep from disrupting a concert by Madonna in Tel Aviv. The page is called No War with Iran until After Madonna's Performance on May 29. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Greece Waits For Bailout After Meeting EU Conditions

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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Overall economic numbers for this year have been looking better, but almost every forecast for 2012 has included at least a mention that catastrophe could still come from Europe. The crisis over Greece's debt is not over, even after yesterday when lawmakers approved more budget cuts and economic reforms. Now Greek unions are protesting again.

Resolving this crisis has taken years, and there's a reason: a debt crisis has never really been solved this way before. Here's Zoe Chace of NPR's Planet Money team.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Bank Settlement Could Temporarily Spur More Foreclosures

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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News of the foreclosure settlement spread in Washington, just as the Senate Banking Committee was holding a hearing on the housing market.

NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Details were still emerging as the hearing began. And senators wanted to know would this deal do anything meaningful to help homeowners and the housing market.

SENATOR ROBERT MENENDEZ: Do you think the $25 billion state/federal foreclosure settlement is a good deal? Do you think that that's the right amount?

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World
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Maldives President Says He Was Ousted In A Coup

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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To people who visit the idyllic tourist destination of the Maldives, politics can seem far away. But this week, the country's President Mohamed Nasheed stepped down after weeks of demonstrations. He was forced to resign by elements within the police and army. Here's how he described the situation to Al Jazeera.

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PRESIDENT MOHAMED NASHEED: This is a coup. It definitely is, if you find any definition of a coup anywhere. I did not want to defend. That is why there was no blood.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

LinkedIn Profits Exceed Wall Streets Expectations

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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NPR's business news starts with social networking profits.

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INSKEEP: You can get attention on the Internet. You can even draw a massive crowd in seconds. The question always is how to make money. Investors have been scrutinizing Facebook's plans to go public and trying to figure out the company's prospects.

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Business
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

The Last Word In Business

The company will instead focus on home photo printers, high-speed commercial ink jet presses and software. Other companies may license the Kodak brand for cameras, and some disposables will still be out there.

Middle East
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Diplomatic Community Struggles To End Syrian Violence

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. That gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria. NPR's Kelly McEvers is following the situation from Beirut. She joins us once again.

Hi, Kelly.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Obama To Release Fiscal 2013 Budget Next Week

President Obama will unveil his budget for the next fiscal year on Monday. To find out more about the budget proposal, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal.

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2:00 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Many Advocates Not Impressed With States' Foreclosure Settlement

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:02 am

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Here's a sign of just how huge the housing and foreclosure crisis has been. Five big banks agreed to pay about $25 billion to people who've been harmed bank's abuses, plus an extra billion to settle a claim involving a mortgage company. And one of the first reactions is that all that money could not possibly be enough.

President Obama says the banks will spread the money around.

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Monkey See
10:01 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

How One George Lucas Fan Takes Fan Filmmaking Into His Own Hands

One of the posters promoting Jamie Benning's latest fan documentary, Raiding The Lost Ark.
Jamie Benning

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:09 am

Blame Jar Jar Binks.

If George Lucas had never created that annoying, slapstick-prone CGI character in The Phantom Menace, history would be different. No amount of "meesa so sorry" can make up for this abomination. And to add insult to injury, Lucas is sending a 3D Jar Jar Binks into theaters on February 10th.

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Performing Arts
10:01 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Colonial History, Through The Eyes Of The Colonized

Pascale Armand plays Jekesai, later christened as Ester, who's taken in by a black Catholic missionary when she flees an arranged marriage in 1890s Rhodesia.
T. Charles Erickson McCarter Theatre

Actor and writer Danai Gurira sometimes refers to herself as a "Zimerican": She was born in Iowa, but spent most of her childhood in Harare, Zimbabwe — where her new play, The Convert, is set.

"I grew up there from age 5 to 19," Gurira says. "I'm back there every year, but I feel like there are things that I had to dig out through this process of creating this play."

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The Record
10:00 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

What The Grammys Say About Pop Music Now

Skrillex at the Sasquatch Music Festival in May.
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Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 7:34 am

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Around the Nation
5:04 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Wisconsin Couple Marks 80 Years Of Marriage

Roy Fleming, 100, was 20 when he exchanged vows with his bride Dorothy, who was 15. The secret to their long marriage? Dorothy jokes that she's the boss.

Games & Humor
5:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

British Awards Honor Year's Best Jokes

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2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:25 am

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The big Swiss bank UBS awarded some of its investment bankers millions of dollars in bonuses for their work last year. Now, according to The Wall Street Journal, it's taking some of that money back.

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Or clawing it back. That's our last word in business today. Claw back provisions implemented after the financial crisis allow banks to recover bonuses from employees. A trading scandal last year cost UBS more than $2 billion and pushed it into the red.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

After 3 Wins, Santorum Campaigns In Texas

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 4:33 am

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Rick Santorum headed in a different direction after his wins on Tuesday.

Here's NPR's Wade Goodwyn in Dallas.

WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: North Texas was a good choice for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to keep his campaign's momentum going. He met with evangelical pastors in the morning, Tea Partiers in the afternoon and a Republican women's group at night.

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: It is our pleasure to introduce to you Rick Santorum. Give him a Texas welcome.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

States Agree To Bank Settlement

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 4:43 am

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Politics
2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Obama To Hold Talks With Italy's Prime Minister

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And that settlement is, of course, a priority for President Obama. But so is the debt crisis in Europe. Today, he hosts Italy's new prime minister, the technocrat who succeeded the controversial-but-flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi last fall. Mario Monti has not yet turned around Italy's economy, but as NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, he's changed the government's image abroad.

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Afghanistan
2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

U.S. Strategy For Afghan War Reaches Critical Stage

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 3:28 am

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We're going to look now at American military strategy for the war in Afghanistan. There's been some confusion lately about whether American forces would end their combat mission sooner than planned and also about how long the U.S. will remain in Afghanistan. So to try to make sense of it all, we're joined by NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman.

Good morning.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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Middle East
2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Does Russia Have A Cogent Middle East Strategy?

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 9:27 am

Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad has put it at odds with other countries in the Arab world.

Russia drew a lot of flack from Arab countries and the West when it vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at pressuring Assad to stop his crackdown on protesters. That has some analysts in Russia doubting whether the Kremlin really has a cogent strategy for the Middle East.

The dilemma for Russia policy in the Arab world can be illustrated by two very different events that took place this week.

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Business
2:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Business News

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NPR's business news starts with an austerity deal for Greece.

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The Conservation Beat
4:59 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

House Dems Report Leniency in Drilling Penalties

A new report by House Democrats finds lax and inconsistent federal oversight of oil and natural gas drilling on public lands.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel Overgaard has more.

more details, including NM violations, on our blog: earth air waves

Music Interviews
3:05 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

A Ballet Dancer's Workout Music? Classical, Of Course

Jared Angle and Janie Taylor perform in George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements.
Paul Kolnik

Morning Edition has been asking people what music makes them move, in order to create The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix. The mix already includes a good selection of Kanye West, 2Pac and Madonna — which is just fine for some people.

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Fronteras
10:29 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Tax Proposal Would Eliminate Credit, Affect Latinos

Credit: John-Morgan

A proposal in Congress could raise the tax bill for millions of undocumented immigrants by restricting who is eligible for a popular tax credit. From the Fronteras Changing America Desk, Jill Replogle has the story.

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