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Africa
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Liberia Presidential Runoff: Tubman Withdraws, Incumbent Remains

In Liberia, the second round of the presidential election is set for Tuesday. The incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, came out ahead in the first round. She was to face former Justice Minister Winston Tubman, but he has withdrawn. The development raises questions about the election's legitimacy.

Business
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

Business
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Analysis
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Politics In The News

In less than two months, the first caucuses and primaries of the 2012 presidential election season will be held. And in just under two weeks, a congressional Supercommittee is due to deliver one-point-two trillion dollars in cuts and revenue to reduce the deficit.

Asia
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

U.S. Urges Pakistan To Nudge Haqqani Millitants Toward Peace

Washington is no longer demanding that Pakistan launch a military offensive against the Haqqani network which is based along the Afghan border. Instead, the U.S. wants Pakistan to supply intelligence on the militants and get them to the negotiating table.

Europe
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Greek Prime Minister Papandreou To Step Down

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 6:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The political drama in Greece now turns to who will govern that economically troubled country. Prime Minister George Papandreou has vowed to the opposition's demand that he step down to make way for a coalition government. The idea is that a government of national unity can steer Greece through austerity measures and save a bailout deal that's widely seen as the country's last chance. The new premiere is expected to be named today. Joanna Kakissis joined us from Athens with the latest. Good morning.

: Good morning.

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Around the Nation
4:00 am
Mon November 7, 2011

2 Penn State Officials Leave Amid Sex Abuse Scandal

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 5:40 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Child sex abuse charges have now stained a legendary story of college football, the long-running success story of Penn State.

INSKEEP: Jerry Sandusky was a player at Penn State under Coach Joe Paterno in the 1960s. Later he became Paterno's defensive coordinator, a leading figure for decades.

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Arts & Life
12:01 am
Mon November 7, 2011

At Arena Stage, A Million-Dollar Toast To Playwrights

The Book Club Play, revamped by author Karen Zacarías as part of her residency in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, is a comedy about life, love and literature.The cast, from left, included Eric Messner, Kate Eastwood Norris, Tom Story, Ashlie Atkinson and Rachael Holmes.
Stan Barouh Arena Stage

A reporter once asked the late playwright Robert Anderson, author of I Never Sang for My Father, if he could make a living writing for the theater. His reply: "You can make a killing, but not a living."

True enough: For the playwright who hasn't had a hit on Broadway, making a living can be tough. But Arena Stage, a major theater in Washington, D.C., wants to change all that.

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NPR Story
9:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon Makes Market Debut

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:15 am

Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.

Strange News
5:53 am
Fri November 4, 2011

England's Oldest Family-Run Business Still Selling

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 10:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with congratulations to R.J. Balson and Son. The butcher shop on the south coast of England has been named Britain's oldest family-run business, and is it ever. Balson's began selling sausages and bacon in 1535 when Henry VIII was king and still married to Ann Boleyn. Twenty-five generations later, owner Richard Balson tells the Daily Mail his son will join the business next year, and that son has a son, too. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
5:46 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Employee Cleans Up German Artwork

A cleaning woman working at the Ostwall Museum in Berlin noticed a wet stain on the floor by a modern-art sculpture. She scrubbed away the stain, not realizing it was part of the piece called, "When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling." Back in 1986, another cleaner in Germany wiped away a grease stain valued at 400,000 euros.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Details Unearthed On America's 'Ally From Hell'

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 10:20 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Ever since the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a fresh layer of tension has crept into relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. The Navy Seals who landed undetected in Abbottabad left Pakistanis wondering if they might land somewhere else next. Some Pakistanis ask if the U.S. might seize Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

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StoryCorps
10:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Memory Loss Sparks A Plan For Running, And Living

Gweneviere Mann with her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, visited StoryCorps in New York City, where the pair will be running their second marathon Sunday.
StoryCorps

Remembering even the smallest details of her life can be hard for Gweneviere Mann. She has suffered from short-term memory loss since 2008, caused by complications from an operation. But that's not enough to stop Mann and her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, from running a marathon — with a unique strategy.

Recently, Mann, 41, sat down with Salem, 34, to talk about her daily life.

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Strange News
6:19 am
Thu November 3, 2011

When ATM Machines Bite Back

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 am

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Strange News
6:15 am
Thu November 3, 2011

Woman Passes Driver's Test While In Labor

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:54 am

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Planet Money
5:10 am
Thu November 3, 2011

When Governments Pay People To Have Babies

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How much is a baby worth?

Let's set aside for a moment all those goo-goo feeelings about that big ball of cute chubba-chubba. A baby is also an economic investment.

Businesses get a new worker and a new consumer for products. Parents get someone who will support them in their old age. Governments get a taxpayer — and a guarantee that the country lives on.

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Strange News
7:15 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Police Say Railroad Robbers Got Away With Pork

Police are on the hunt for the bandits who robbed a Union Pacific Railroad car after it made an emergency stop in Victorville, Calif. They made off with 20 boxes. Police told the Victorville Daily Press that the robbers couldn't have known what was in the car; they made off with $200 worth of pigs feet.

Strange News
7:07 am
Wed November 2, 2011

NBA's Kevin Durant Plays Flag Football At Okla. State

The pro basketball season still hasn't started, but Kevin Durant got a workout. The Oklahoma City star drove across the state to a flag football game. On Twitter the other night, he wrote, "This lockout is really boring. Anybody playing flag football?" An Oklahoma State student invited Durant to join a game his team had planned.

Strange News
7:08 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Liquor-Shop Shenanigans: A Nonagenarian And A Ghost

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 10:28 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with tales of British alcohol. The one stop shop in Essex refused to sell whiskey to Diane Taylor. She didn't have proper I.D., and the shop said rules are rules, even though she is 92. Ms. Taylor at least caused less trouble than the ghost supposedly inhabiting a pub in Birmingham, England. At Halloween, the ghost has smashed bottles of wine it didn't like. It's not clear why the staff thinks it's a ghost and not a customer. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Strange News
6:59 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Russia Encounters Glitch In Daylight Savings Switch

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Monkey See
5:30 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Mindy Kaling On Diets, High School And Other American Pastimes

Mindy Kaling is an Emmy Award-nominated writer and an actress on NBC's The Office.

Autumn deWilde

Much of Mindy Kaling's humor is rooted in something that might seem unfeasible: using logic to explore American culture. But it works — and works well — because Kaling uses a type of circular logic that's all her own. Just consider this recent Tweet: "Can everyone buy my book please? I wanna quit the business and homeschool my kids real weird."

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NPR Story
12:33 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

MF Global Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 8:44 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with bad bets and a big bankruptcy.

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Planet Money
8:51 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Is Europe's Bailout 'A Gigantic Con Game'?

Italy needs the backing of Europe's bailout fund. But Italy's a huge economy — much, much bigger than Greece, Portugal, and Ireland combined. And the Europeans don't want to put enough money into their bailout fund to back Italy.

So they're getting creative.

The rest of Europe is likely offer investors insurance that will pay back the first 20 percent of any losses on new Italian bonds.

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Planet Money
7:33 am
Mon October 31, 2011

The New EU Rescue Fund: Where Will Money Come From?

A $1.4 trillion rescue fund is a central part of the deal reached by European leaders to stave off financial catastrophe on the continent. But there are many big question marks about the fund.

Strange News
7:22 am
Mon October 31, 2011

London Cash Machine Has Cockney Language Option

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

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