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Business
3:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Business News

Renee Montagne has business news.

Business
3:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 8:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's go to a very different reality for one student. Our last word in business today: beyond opulent.

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Business
9:52 am
Thu February 16, 2012

General Motors Reports Record $7.6 B Profit In 2011

Originally published on Thu February 16, 2012 9:53 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A record rebound for General Motors is at the top of NPR's business news.

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INSKEEP: Let's remember the carmaker almost collapsed two years ago and needed a government bailout. Today, GM announced it earned its largest profit ever in 2011.

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Politics
5:44 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Endorses Rick Santorum

Dave Mustaine, the lead singer of Megadeth, says he was "completely oblivious" to Rick Santorum, but now likes the guy in the sweater vest. According to Rolling Stone, Mustaine dislikes Mitt Romney, and calls Newt Gingrich an "angry little man."

Around the Nation
5:31 am
Thu February 16, 2012

New York OKs Wallenda To Cross Niagara Falls

Originally published on Thu February 16, 2012 9:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with a story of a childhood dream. And when you grew up in the family of the famous Flying Wallendas, that would be walking a two-inch tightrope across Niagara Falls. Nic Wallenda yesterday got special permission to attempt the kind of breathtaking feat that's been banned since the 19th century when daredevils rolled over the falls in barrels. He says his dream is to, quote, "walk down through the mist and walk back out." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
3:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Iowa Honors China's Xi Jinping With Gala Dinner

Originally published on Thu February 16, 2012 9:53 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

China's Vice President Xi Jinping is hitting all the hotspots on his American tour. He's already been to Washington, D.C. and to the White House. Later today, he heads to Los Angeles. And, of course, yesterday he was in Iowa. He has a personal connection to that state, and Iowa farmers now have reason to be glad he does.

Iowa Public Radio's Sandhya Dirks reports.

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Business
3:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

Economy
3:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Frustrations Mount As Greece Waits For Bailout

Originally published on Thu February 16, 2012 9:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

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Asia
3:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Thailand Squeezed In Iran-Israel Shadow War

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 7:47 am

Thailand says three Iranians arrested this week were planning to assassinate Israeli diplomats in Bangkok. The bombs went off on Tuesday, wounding one Iranian and four Thai residents. Since then, Israel and Iran have been trading accusations of waging shadow warfare against each other through a series of recent attempted assassinations in several countries.

Sports
3:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Knicks Star Jeremy Lin Capture's Big Apple's Heart

Jeremy Lin was an unknown benchwarmer for the New York Knicks until a few weeks ago. But after a series of breakout performances, the Taiwanese-American, who is a Harvard grad, is the toast of the NBA. NPR's Margot Adler caught up with some Knicks fans before Wednesday night's home game to get a taste of Linsanity.

Africa
5:22 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Snapping Sea Lion Takes Aim At Shakira

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 12:31 pm

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World
5:10 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Warm Canadian Winter Thaws Outdoor Fun

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Politics
3:00 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Congress May Skip Payroll Tax Showdown This Time Around

Congress appears to have avoided another showdown over the payroll tax reduction that has been pumping billions of dollars back into the economy. There may even be a deal ahead on jobless benefits and payments to Medicare doctors.

The last time Congress extended the payroll tax holiday was in December, when it passed a two-month extension tied to two other measures. One extended unemployment benefits, and the second fixed a formula by which Medicare doctors are paid. The Medicare fix would stop big cuts in reimbursements for doctors.

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Business
3:00 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Business News

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have business news.

Analysis
3:00 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Israel Blames Iran For Shadow War On Israelis

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 7:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

We're following several developments in Iran's confrontation with the west. President Obama's administration is talking of even stricter sanctions against Iran's financial system. That's part of an effort to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

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Europe
3:00 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Financial Crisis Takes A Toll On Greece's Aesthetics

The Greece debt crisis has forced the country to look to the eurozone for a bailout. But Greece is looking less and less like part of Europe. In the capital Athens, they are still cleaning up from the weekend riots. Even in its tourist precincts, the area is shabby and covered with graffiti.

Art & Design
11:01 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Fashion Week 2012: Coats Make A Comeback

A model presents an outfit during the Marc Jacobs show Monday at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:02 am

New York Fashion Week may be coming to a close on Thursday, but a cycle of fashion shows in cities around the world is just about to begin. Fashion editors and store buyers will descend upon London, Milan and Paris to inspect clothes that may appear in stores next fall. Sally Singer — editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine — is one of those tastemaking jet-setters, and she joins NPR's Renee Montagne to talk about 2012's trends.

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Around the Nation
5:49 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Remembering Jackie Kennedy's White House Tour

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 5:51 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. On this day 50 years ago, the first lady offered a Valentine to America, a televised tour of the newly restored White House. Jacqueline Kennedy had been shocked at how little of the past was in the White House, so she threw her heart into bringing that history back. Teddy Roosevelt's rugs, an oak desk given by Queen Victoria, a rare portrait of Benjamin Franklin. And Americans loved it, with a record number tuning into her TV tour. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
5:43 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Croatia's Museum Of Broken Relationships

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Asia
3:27 am
Tue February 14, 2012

White House Welcomes Chinese Official Xi Jinping

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 9:28 am

The man who is expected to become China's next president begins highly anticipated meetings in Washington on Tuesday. The trip comes as the Obama administration seeks to shift the emphasis of U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific region — including changes the Chinese aren't sure they like.

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Around the Nation
3:13 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Pa.'s Gas Boom Worsens Low-Cost Housing Shortage

The natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has new workers flooding into the state. That's causing a housing crunch in some communities, as locals get priced out of the rental market. One rural county in the northern part of the state has opened its first homeless shelter.

Television
3:10 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Love A TV Show? Watch It Live. Just Like It? DVR It.

About 40 percent of TV households have digital video recorders. Once you have one, you may think differently about the shows you watch. TV critic Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times has found some hidden meanings in the TV series his DVR tapes week after week.

Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Networking Tips from the Ultimate Networker

Random House

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 7:36 am

"Relatively few people should start companies," Reid Hoffman says bluntly. And he should know. As a co-founder of popular social networking website LinkedIn and an influential Silicon Valley angel investor, he has engineered several startup success stories — and now he has distilled his business wisdom into a book, The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career.

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Music Interviews
8:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

The Chieftains: For 50 Years, Irish Music For The World

Barry McCall

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 7:53 am

Paul McCartney, Madonna, Doc Watson and Luciano Pavarotti have at least one thing in common: They've all collaborated with Irish folk band

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Business
6:29 am
Mon February 13, 2012

You Too Can Stash Cash In An Offshore Account

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 7:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made news when he disclosed he had a Swiss bank account. Many affluent Americans do. Now, an AP writer has assembled a step-by-step guide on how you too can stash a million dollars offshore. Step four is choose a country. Switzerland isn't your only choice. Hong Kong is popular too. Step two is decide whether to tell the IRS. But the toughest part is still step one - get a million dollars.

Around the Nation
5:32 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Rental Company Using DNA To Track Dog Droppings

Midwest Property Services is testing the DNA of 200 dogs. Their owners live in apartments around Sioux Falls, S.D. The Argus Leader reports the DNA will go into a database. That will make it possible to identify which owners fail to clean up after their dogs.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Catholics Take Side On Contraceptive Insurance Debate

The Obama administration has revised a provision of the president's health care law concerning birth control coverage. Now, religious-affiliated organizations may decline to provide the coverage, but allow the employees to get free contraceptives through their health insurer. NPR's Allison Keyes went to a Catholic church to ask parishioners what they think of the debate over birth control in health care coverage.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Business News

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 7:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business new starts with trouble for Apple in a giant market.

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INSKEEP: The trouble for Apple has come as it tries to sell its iPad tablet computers in China. In a city not far from Beijing, authorities have been seizing iPads from shopping malls and other retailers - not because they're fake, but because a Chinese company claims that it owns the iPad name. The company in question is Shenzhen Proview, and it registered the iPad name in China in 2001.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

Economy
3:00 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Greek Protesters Rally Against Drastic Cuts

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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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