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'Morning Edition' Listeners Get Creative With Show's Theme

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

David Greene and Renee Montagne share more covers and remixes of the "Morning Edition" theme produced by listeners.

The Fight Over Transgender Rights

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

The Obama administration and the state of North Carolina are locked in a civil rights standoff. At issue is a state law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate. The legal battle highlights an emerging national policy area: transgender rights.

Brazil's Vice President Would Lead Shadow Government If President Is Impeached

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

If impeached, Brazil's president would be suspended for months while tried on charges she used state funds to plug budget gaps. The man running the country would be Vice President Michel Temer.

Sanders Wins West Virginia; Trump Wins There Too Plus Nebraska

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

Bernie Sanders won the West Virginia primary but Nebraska Democratic voters gave Hillary Clinton a win. That win didn't gain her any delegates. Those were assigned at the Nebraska Democratic caucuses in March. Republican Donald Trump won both states. David Greene talks to Democratic pollster Mo Elleithee of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service, and Republican John Feehery, President of QGA Public Affairs.

White Working-Class Voters In West Virginia Pick Sanders Over Clinton

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

Renee Montagne talks to Bernie Sanders supporter Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, about the results of the West Virginia primary.

GOP Primary Results Were Predictable; Democrat Sanders Wins West Virginia

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

There is no suspense left in the Republican race because Donald Trump is the only candidate. He won Tuesday's primaries in West Virginia and Nebraska. Democrats went to the polls in Nebraska, but they awarded convention delegates back in March at caucuses won by Bernie Sanders. He also won the West Virginia primary.

How Not Recycling Old Clothes Can Hurt The Environment

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

Americans may think they donate all of their used clothes, but only 15 of textiles are reused. That means a lot of fabric ends up in landfills. Replacing old clothes has a big impact on the environment.

Colorado's GOP Voters Decide Whether To Fight For Trump Or Switch Alliances

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

How divided are Republicans about the rise of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee? Are moderate GOP voters in the swing state of Colorado rallying behind the billionaire?

Fighting Zika Is About Protecting Pregnant Women, Fauci Says

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

The Obama administration requested $1.9 billion two months ago to fight the Zika virus but no funds have been allocated yet. Renee Montagne talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the threat and what needs to be done.

Does The Placebo Effect Influence Consumer Products?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:11am

Novices play better golf when they have expensive brand name equipment, research shows. Brand name products alleviate some performance anxiety. Brands have no effect on better players.

Can India's Sacred But 'Dead' Yamuna River Be Saved?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:02am

The river enters Delhi relatively clean but by the time it flows out, it's a "toxic cocktail of sewage, industrial waste and surface runoff," says an environmentalist. Urbanization is partly to blame.

George Carlin's 'Stuff' Gets A New Home At National Comedy Center

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:00am

His daughter, Kelly Carlin, has announced that she's donating her late father's archives to the museum, which opens next year in Jamestown, N.Y.

A Wider, Deeper Panama Canal Prepares To Open Its Locks

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 3:42am

The expansion of the Panama Canal, a $5 billion project, opens next month and aims to triple the canal's capacity with bigger ships. A Chinese freighter will be the first one through the new locks.

Proposed Property Tax To Fight Climate Change Criticized As Unfair

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 3:40am

Voters in the San Francisco Bay Area will vote in June on a proposed property tax which would be used to restore wetlands to protect against rising sea levels. The tax is not based on property value.

President Obama Plans Hiroshima Visit During Trip To Japan

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:29am

The White House has announced that President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima when he travels to Japan this month. The question: Why now?

Astronomy Studying Quebec Teen Discovers Lost Mayan City

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 5:55am

William Gadoury noticed a three-star constellation with only two Mayan cities and theorized there must be another one. Satellite images confirm buried geometric shapes in an area of dense vegetation.

Chinese University Incentivizes Students To Be Polite

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 5:00am

As part of a campus-wide effort to teach basic etiquette, students have been told if they're nice to staff at the cafeteria, for example saying hello, they get 50 percent off their meal.

Migrant Crisis Contributes To Austria Chancellor's Resignation

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Critics accused Werner Faymann of pandering to anti-migrant feelings in Austria, while loosing political ground to the country's far-right party. Renee Montagne talks to journalist Kerry Skyring.

North Carolina, Jutice Department Counter Sue Over 'Bathroom Law'

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

A civil rights case over the state's LGBT law proceeds. David Greene talks to Theodore Shaw, head of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.

Treasury Secretary Assesses Human Impact Of Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

Jack Lew visited schools and hospitals to highlight the problems the crisis is causing for residents. He's pushing Congress to pass legislation to help the island restructure its $70 billion debt.

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