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NPR brings you news from around the country and the world.  Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne take you around the globe for the stories you'll be talking about all day.  While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host. 

WEMU features include Green Room, Issues of the Environment and Cinema Chat.  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.

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, tells us what she's been reading in a feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

This week, Brown says the media is taking a closer look at the gap between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party. "There's a kind of fire bomb that's about to go off when the debt talks again resume," she says.

The Republicans Are 'Playing With Fire'

Writer Malin Alegria's first novel, Estrella's Quinceanera, covers familiar territory for anyone who has ever been a 15-year-old girl battling with her mother — but the fact that the book's sassy protagonist, Estrella Alvarez, is Mexican-American makes her unique in the world of young adult fiction.

Centenarian Sets Marathon Record In Toronto

Oct 17, 2011

Over the weekend, Fauja Singh became the oldest person to complete a marathon. He is 100. Singh said he was "overjoyed" at finishing in just over eight hours. Toronto was his eighth marathon. He ran his first at age 89.

In 1941, Bertie McConnell attended rush parties for Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. But then World War Two intervened, and she left college to work at an ammunition plant. Decades later, her daughter was a teacher at the same university, and shared her mother's story in class. Members of the sorority responded by inviting Bertie McConnell to become a pledge at age 90.

Walmart's Top Man In China Steps Down

Oct 17, 2011

Ed Chan was president and chief executive of Walmart China for the last five years, overseeing the retailer's rapid expansion in the China market. Walmart says Chan's resignation, and the departure of another executive in China, are for personal reasons, and are not related to a food labeling scandal the company is facing right now.

President Obama spoke at the long-delayed dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Sunday. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, Obama said, barricades and bigotry have come down. But the nation still faces severe economic challenges and too many neighborhoods with too little hope.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The world of IndyCar racing has lost one of its stars. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed yesterday during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas. Wheldon was trailing a pack of cars when he was unable to avoid a massive pile-up.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Oh, here we go. (Unintelligible) a huge crash. Up at turn number two. Oh, multiple cars involved.

There's been an explosion in the number of Americans who take vitamins and other dietary supplements. But do they do any good? And might they actually be doing harm? Two new studies raise serious questions.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Cleanup is under way in cities around the world after a weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people turned out. They protested greedy bankers, inept politicians, government austerity, the growing gap between rich and poor, and above all, the system that runs the global economy.

There was some violence in Rome, dozens of arrests. Other places were more peaceful. And in London on this Monday, the protests are still going on. So let's talk about that and more with NPR's Philip Reeves, who's on the line. Hi, Philip.

The Last Word In Business

Oct 17, 2011

Reaching out to younger audiences, and perhaps just for some fun, the London Philharmonic is releasing the album "The Greatest Video Game Music." It's orchestral versions of well-known video game melodies. The album includes the theme song for Supermario.

Steve Inskeep talks to best-selling Egyptian novelist and political activist Alaa Al Aswany about whether the Arab Spring gains are being eroded by Islamists and the military.

Pebble Mine Development Polarizes Alaska

Oct 17, 2011

In southwest Alaska, officials are counting votes on a controversial initiative to stop an open-pit copper and gold mine. If passed, the initiative could stop the developers from getting permits they need to start digging at Pebble Mine. The mine's location, near the spawning grounds for the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world, worries conservation groups, commercial fishermen and sport fishers. Daysha Eaton of member station KDLG reports.

If you ask Colson Whitehead to describe the man at the center of his new novel, Zone One, he'll tell you: "It's about a guy just trying to make it to the next day without being killed — so it's about New Yorkers."

But character Mark Spitz isn't just any New Yorker. He's one of the only human survivors of a mysterious plague that has swept the world, turning billions of people into zombies. New York is devastated and Spitz is charged with clearing the undead from lower Manhattan.

Scotland's National Piping Center reports that Bob Dylan doesn't know how to play the bagpipes. But a spokesperson says "he's always wanted to learn."

Police Chase Down Toll Cheating Trucker

Oct 14, 2011

Port Authority police say Nelson Vaquiz tried an ingenious way to avoid the toll for trucks crossing the George Washington Bridge into New York. They say as Vaquiz drove through a gateless toll lane, he pulled on a cable that flipped up his license plate so cameras couldn't read it.

As long as daughters pout when fathers proclaim, "I don't want you to see that boy," Footloose will endure. As long as kids want to dance and Hollywood wants to profit from that passion, it will do more than endure. It will be remade.

During World War One, German troops stole a painting from a French museum. Nearly a century later, "A Fisherman's Daughter" by French artist Jules Breton has been returned to the government of France.

Annie Leibovitz has shot some of the world's most famous portraits — from John Lennon to President Obama. And yet she risked losing ownership of her works to pay off a loan. That was 2009. Leibovitz says she's learned her lesson and is on better financial footing. She's opened a new exhibit in Russia.

Business News

Oct 14, 2011

Steve Inskeep has business news.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on U.S. trade policy during a speech yesterday at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. From member station KUOW in Seattle, Amy Radil reports.

The Last Word In Business

Oct 14, 2011

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Alabama business owners are furious about the state's new immigration law. They say it is costing them business. Some wonder if the state will ultimately change the law, which is leading legal and illegal immigrants to flee the state.

Scott Simon To Interview Herman Cain

Oct 14, 2011

Steve Inskeep has a preview of Scott Simon's upcoming interview with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Raj Rajaratnam was once one of the wealthiest hedge fund managers in the world. Now, the former billionaire and Galleon Group co-founder faces 11 years in prison for his role in an insider trading case. A judge in Manhattan handed out the sentence Thursday morning.

Runner Confesses To Bus Ride During Race

Oct 13, 2011

Rob Sloan finished third in a marathon outside New Castle, England. Spectators saw him running through bushes and jumping on a public bus.

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