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One of the most respected news magazines in the world, Morning Edition airs Monday through Friday on more than 660 NPR stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR's international services.

Its cast of regulars includes some of the most familiar voices on radio: correspondent Susan Stamberg; commentator Frank Deford; news analysts Cokie Roberts and Juan Williams; and newscasters Jean Cochran and Carl Kasell.

Produced by NPR in Washington, D.C., Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based in 17 countries around the world, and producers and reporters in 17 locations in the U.S. Their reporting is supplemented by NPR member station reporters across the country and a strong corps of independent producers and reporters in the public radio system.

Since its debut in 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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The Changing Lives Of Women
3:02 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Germany's Paradox: Family-Friendly Benefits, But Few Kids

German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen (at left, shown here with German Chancellor Angela Merkel) has been the main government architect of measures aimed at helping women reconcile careers with having children.
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Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

Germany is regarded as one of the most generous countries in the world when it comes to helping women raise families. The government invests about $260 billion each year into 156 separate family-friendly benefits, including health care, generous parental leave, subsidized day care and tax breaks.

Yet on a continent with low birthrates, Germany has the lowest of all, with just 1.39 children per woman.

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Joe's Big Idea
2:59 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Envisioning The Future With Cori Lathan

AnthroTronix Founder and CEO Corinna Lathan, at the company's offices in Silver Spring, Md.
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Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

Computers were created to be useful tools, but all too often it's still a chore to get technology to do our bidding.

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New England News
8:58 am
Mon May 6, 2013

13 Conn. Communities To Hold Municipal Elections

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Voters in 13 Connecticut communities are going to the polls today to choose their mayor or first selectman and other municipal leaders.

Polls are scheduled to be open until 8 p.m. in the city of Groton and towns of Andover, Bethany, Union and Woodbridge.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill urged voters to participate. Elected officials make decisions on budgets, schools and land planning.

She’s asking voters to report problems at the polls to her office or state Election Enforcement Commission by telephone, email or mobile device.

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New England News
8:50 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Markey Again Asks Gomez To Sign "People's Pledge"

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Democrat Edward Markey is pressing his Republican opponent in the state's special U.S. Senate election to sign a pledge to discourage outside groups from spending money on TV, radio and Internet campaign ads.

Markey sent a letter to Republican Gabriel Gomez Friday asking that he join him at the Omni Parker House in Boston today to sign the so-called "People's Pledge."

Gomez refused to sign the pledge and instead demanded Markey return the millions he's received from political action committees during his three decades in Congress.

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Sports
8:34 am
Mon May 6, 2013

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

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In the NBA playoffs, David West scored 20 points and the Pacers beat the Knicks 102-95 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Elsewhere, Oklahoma City held off Memphis 93-91. Kevin Durant scored 35 points.

In other NBA news, Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year and fourth time in his career. Lastly, the Brooklyn Nets general manager says P.J. Carlesimo will not return as coach. The Nets were eliminated from post season play in Game 7 of their first round series with Chicago. 

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Around the Nation
7:13 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Auction House To Take Bids On Neil Armstrong's EKG

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Being the first person to set foot on the moon would make anyone's heart skip a beat. Well, not apparently Neil Armstrong. An auction house in Amherst, New Hampshire, is about to take bids on Armstrong's EGK. It's a printout of the Apollo 11 astronaut's heart rate as he first stepped onto the surface of the moon in 1969. The printout is about six inches long and shows some fairly steady beats. Well, that's for one man. No word yet on mankind. It's MORNING EDITION.

Europe
6:59 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Police Ask Passersby To Return Cash From Stolen Safe

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

When thieves in a small Belgian town tried to shake the cops, they dumped the safe out of the getaway car. The safe popped open, spilling $1.3 million worth of cash. People scrambled to pick it up. One woman even brought out a broom. Well, it's now two weeks later and police are asking for the money. They have setup a mailbox for people to drop off cash anonymously. Only half the money has been returned so far. Oh, and somebody has already broken into the mailbox.

weather
6:51 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Forecast

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Newschannel 13's Meteorologist Paul Caiano gives the WAMC Morning Edition forecast.

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Business
5:25 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Spice Girls Musical To Close Early

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 6:48 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now our last word in business. Critics and ticketholders wanted something more from the Spice Girls musical. So the last word in business today is: sad spice.

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Analysis
5:11 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 6:44 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And we have Cokie Roberts on the line. She joins us most Mondays. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.

GREENE: So one of those last words in Emily piece, tightrope, I mean, that...

ROBERTS: Right.

GREENE: ...feels like that's where President Obama is on Syria. I mean, he was already in a difficult position, and now we have an American ally we believe bombing Damascus. What sort of position is the White House in?

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