Morning Edition

Weekdays at 5 a.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One
  • Hosted by Clay Masters, Steve Inskeep, David Green, and Rachel Martin

For more than two decades, NPR's "Morning Edition" has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports. With nearly 13 million listeners, "Morning Edition" draws public radio's largest audience.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: One of the most prominent far-right politicians in Europe has been convicted of, quote, "inciting discrimination" against Dutch Moroccans. His name is Geert Wilders, and he's been an outspoken critic of Europe's immigration policies, especially in his own country, the Netherlands, and has adapted Donald Trump's campaign slogan for his own purposes. Make the Netherlands great again. Joining us now for more details...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to roll back government regulations, and two of his Cabinet picks announced this week underscore his intention to do just that. Trump plans to nominate fast food executive Andrew Puzder to head the Labor Department and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. If confirmed, the two men would signal a sharp break from the policies of the Obama...

Remembering John Glenn

Dec 9, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: And I'm Steve Inskeep with an epic American sound. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Godspeed, John Glenn - 10, nine, eight, seven... INSKEEP: That's the countdown as John Glenn sat in a space capsule and was soon the first American to orbit the Earth. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) JOHN GLENN: Oh, that view is tremendous. The capsule turning around, and I could see the booster during...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Burnout - you know what this is. If not from personal experience, then you've heard tell from friends or family who are just so stressed and emotionally spent they can't get through a workday anymore. Some employers admit it's a real problem. But Noel King from our Planet Money team has the story of one small company that might have figured it out. (SOUNDBITE OF PHONE RINGING) LEAH POTKIN: This is Leah with...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're now going to get an update on President-elect Donald Trump's transition and how he's been messaging to the public throughout that transition. We've got Sean Spicer on the line. He's the communications director for the RNC. Sean, thanks so much for being with us. SEAN SPICER: Good morning, Rachel. Thanks for having me. MARTIN: You are someone who thinks a lot about messaging and communications. And as such,...

Never mind legalizing pot. Kokomo, Ind., has legalized pinball. The city council ended a ban that stretches back to 1955. Back then, the council said pinball worked against "peace and good order." Wives complained about husbands who gambled away their entire paychecks. In more recent times, the ban seems to have been ignored. At last the city council has revoked it, taking its chances on keeping the peace. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We have a global conversation this morning about resistance to globalization. NPR's Frank Langfitt is in North East England in the U.K., which voted this year to leave the European Union. Hi, Frank. FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: And David Wessel is in our studios here in Washington. Good morning, David. DAVID WESSEL: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: He's with the Brookings Institution and The...

A dad in Mexico who planned an epic party for his daughter Rubi's 15th birthday. He made a video talking about the festivities - three bands, a horse race and at the end, he said, "everyone is cordially invited!" The video went viral and more than a million people said they would come to Rubi's party. It spawned all kinds of internet memes. Rubi's favorite? The one about Donald Trump allowing undocumented Mexican migrants in the U.S. to return to Mexico so they can go to her party. Copyright...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: OK, let's stay in Texas now, where after two decades of futility, the Dallas Cowboys are back on top of the NFL. And commentator Frank Deford says, love them or hate them, this is a good thing. FRANK DEFORD, BYLINE: Admit it. Even though you may despise the Dallas Cowboys with every fiber of your being, you're glad to see them back as a powerhouse, aren't you now? No, the Cowboys were never America's team any more...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: On this day, December 7, back in 1941, Japanese planes bombed Hawaii's Pearl Harbor. Seventy-five years later, a few survivors of that attack are still alive. Here's Wayne Yoshioka from Hawaii Public Radio. WAYNE YOSHIOKA, BYLINE: The USS Arizona memorial stands over the wreckage of the sunken Navy battle ship where 1,100 sailors have been entombed since December 7, 1941. Ninety-five-year-old Lou Conter is one of...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Here's a question people are still asking. What caused a deadly fire Friday night at a concert venue in Oakland, Calif.? No answer yet, but city leaders are releasing public records showing the city knew about potential hazards. The fire at a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship killed 36 people. Here's NPR's Richard Gonzales. RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: So far, 35 of the 36 bodies found amid the charred debris from...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Last night, the New York Jets held a moment of silence before their football game against the Indianapolis Colts. It was to mark the passing of a former teammate, Joe McKnight. The running back was shot and killed in New Orleans last week in what began as a road rage incident. The shooter was initially released by authorities but now has been arrested. We're joined by reporter Eve Troeh of member station WWNO for...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump has suggested he will be leaving his business to avoid any conflict of interest arising from his global enterprises. But no matter who heads up the family firm, it is likely to reap benefits. NPR's Julie McCarthy has been looking into Trump's economic interests in India and what the future president and property developers there stand to gain and lose. JULIE MCCARTHY, BYLINE: On a...

What's Next For The Dakota Pipeline?

Dec 6, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: The big question in the battle over a pipeline is, what now? The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday it would deny the permit needed for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River. The company building the pipeline says it's not going to stop. The protesters are staying put, even as winter storms are bearing down on them. Amy Sisk of the Inside Energy public media collaboration joins us from...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump has made another Cabinet announcement. This morning he appointed Dr. Ben Carson as his secretary of Housing and Urban Development. For more on the latest member of the new Trump administration, we're joined now by a longtime adviser and friend of Ben Carson. He is conservative talk show host Armstrong Williams. Mr. Williams, thanks for being with us. ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS: Yes, good...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: OK, for more on the politics of the pipeline, we're going to talk now with NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley. He's on the line. Hi, Scott. SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Rachel. MARTIN: We just heard how some are criticizing the Obama administration for in some ways overreaching in this decision. Can you clarify how much do we know about what the White House involvement was? HORSLEY: Well,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Protesters in North Dakota celebrated yesterday when the Army Corps of Engineers blocked - at least for now - a pipeline over the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Our next guest did not celebrate. North Dakota Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer spoke of a, quote, "lawless president" and vowed to fight on for the pipeline. He joins us now by phone. Congressman, welcome to the program. KEVIN CRAMER: Thanks for...

You can re-enact that scene in the old movie Christmas Vacation. A family goes into a forest and cuts down a ridiculously tall tree. The U.S. Forest Service is selling Christmas tree removal permits for $5 in the Green Mountain National Forest of Vermont. You go into the forest. You cut down the tree yourself. There's only one catch: the tree you choose cannot be more than 20 feet tall. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning, I'm Steve...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. An old commercial features a cop who ends a story with the words, you can't make this stuff up. This may have occurred to sheriff's deputies in Maryland who responded to a disturbance at a dollar store. A customer was misbehaving - OK, not exactly a customer. Actually, a beaver had slipped inside to the holiday aisle of the store. The animal knocked over some decorations before...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the story of the world's largest metaphor. A company in China is building a replica of the Titanic. It's a full-sized reproduction of the giant ocean liner that sank in 1912. Tourists can stay in faithfully reproduced first class cabins and eat in the dining hall like Leo DiCaprio in that movie. One difference - this Titanic will be permanently docked in a landlocked Chinese...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: I'm Steve Inskeep here to help you argue about something other than politics - college football. On Sunday, we find out who's in and who's out of all the big bowl games. The selection process always gets people riled up because the big prize here is the college football playoff, now in its third year. Four teams get picked. They play. The winner is the national champion. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Derek Jeter retired from the New York Yankees but hasn't given up sports. The one-time baseball star took up golf. He says he's addicted to the game and played the other day with Tiger Woods. But as golfers know, it's a tricky game. Jeter says it's probably the most frustrating thing he's ever done. The Yankee shortstop, who once hit Randy Johnson's 95-mph fastballs, is now...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Declan McLean-Pauley had a request for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Australian is 12 and has leukemia. And here's the wish he made - he wanted to blow stuff up. The Australian Federal Police like to blow things up too, so they staged an event for him. His two-day extravaganza included a mock hostage crisis. He rode in an armored vehicle, and he was allowed to do what many of us...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Colombian authorities say a plane ran out of fuel before it crashed on Monday. It went down near the Colombian city of Medellin, killing nearly all the members of a Brazilian soccer team. Colombian media have released dramatic audio between air traffic controllers and the plane's pilot. Reporter John Otis has more. JOHN OTIS, BYLINE: The audio is of the Bolivian pilot of the charter aircraft, Miguel Quiroga, and...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: House Democrats have just re-elected Nancy Pelosi to serve as their leader in the next Congress. Pelosi has been the House's top Democrat since 2003, but she did not win this without a fight this morning. There's lingering frustration in the Democratic Party after their poor showing up and down the ballot on Election Day. Joining us now to talk about this, NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Good morning,...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. An Ohio couple had just gotten married and they were on their way to the reception in downtown Dayton. Short drive, except an accident snarled traffic for two hours. The couple could have cursed the world, but instead... (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL") ALISON KRAUSS: (Singing) When you say nothing at all. GREENE: ...They turned Highway 35 into a dance floor. Their...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. You are not supposed to make a personal profit from a government job. That's just a fact. And authorities say it definitely applies to a Canadian border guard who accepted free concert tickets from Elton John. He helped the singer through customs in Alberta and accepted the offer of free tickets, and he was suspended. In his defense, he says he did ask two supervisors if he could...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We're learning a bit more about President-elect Trump's approach to trade with Latin America. Of course, he campaigned on a pledge to improve or cancel trade deals like NAFTA. Now, he's promising to block the U.S. opening to Cuba, unless it becomes more democratic. In the United States, he pushed Carrier to keep Indiana jobs that it was moving to Mexico, and the company now says it will preserve some of those...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Russia's government has been accused of controlling elections, the media and now Christmas. It is offering guidelines for how kids should write their letters to Russia's version of Santa. The BBC reports the government worried kids were giving up too many personal details, so they've suggested bland text like this year I've been studying very well. Please give me and my parents...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. This mistake could happen to anyone who's a princess. Britain's Princess Beatrice threw a party. Pop stars Ed Sheeran and James Blunt attended. And Blunt jokingly asked if he could be knighted. She agreed to touch him on the shoulder with a sword, but when getting into position, she accidentally reached back and slashed Ed Sheeran's face. Guests tell The Sun that the cut wasn't so...

Pages