Renee Montagne en An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60 Herat is one of the most graceful cities in Afghanistan. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 18411 at An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60 Supreme Court Rules On Race-Based College Admissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The Supreme Court this morning, upheld a ban on using racial preferences in admissions to the public universities of Michigan. The ban was enacted by referendum as an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 and struck down by a lower court. Today, the justices voted 6-to-2 to say the federal courts could not do that and the ban had to stand.<p>NPR's Nina Totenberg joins us now to talk more about this. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 18052 at Afghanistan Is One Step Closer To Karzai's Successor On Saturday, voters turned out in large numbers despite threats of Taliban violence. It will take weeks to learn who will become Afghanistan's next president. Hamid Karzai can't run for a third term Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 17334 at Man Finds More Than A Nest Egg At Flea Market A scrap metal dealer bought a golden egg at a flea market for $14,000 and planned to melt it for a profit. But he discovered it was a Faberge egg — given by Alexander III to his empress in 1887. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:37:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 16532 at Will Sanctions Against Russia Work? In Brussels on Thursday, EU leaders will discuss stronger sanctions against Russia. Juan Zarate, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, talks about their options. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 16530 at Fed Signals It Won't Tap Brakes Until Job Market Improves David Wessel of the Brookings Institution talks about Janet Yellen's first policy meeting and press conference since taking over as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 16518 at South Africans Engrossed By Pistorius Trial Host Renee Montagne talks to Erin Conway-Smith, southern Africa editor for GlobalPost, about the murder trial of Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 16427 at BrusselKale: A Match Made In Heaven A U.K. seed company has taken the leafy look and peppery taste of kale and added the flavor of Brussels sprouts. You can buy BrusselKale now in Ohio and Pennsylvania; it debuts nationally this fall. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 16436 at Young Mathematicians Hope They've Calculated Winning NCAA Bracket Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Aspiring high school mathematicians gathered in New York for March Mathness. Even for kids who don't love sports, the professor leading the event told The Times there are a billion reasons to love brackets this year: Warren Buffett's reward for picking the winners for all 67 NCAA games. The math geeks are hoping linear algebra and complex computer codes will help them beat the odds: 9.2 quintrillion to one. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 16383 at Obama Calls For More Transparency, Privacy Protections At NSA Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Let's talk more about changes to the National Security Agency that President Obama is announcing as we speak at the Justice Department. And we're joined in our studio by Tamara Keith and Tom Gjelten. And let's just begin.<p>Tom, you told us earlier today that technology companies wanted greater transparency. They want the public to know more about what the NSA is doing. What is the president proposing today?<p>TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: He's proposed three changes that will improve, will increase the transparency of what the NSA is doing. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 13980 at Oscar Nods Go To 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Oscar nominations are in. They were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. And "American Hustle" and "Gravity" are the early front-runners. Each of them got 10 Academy Award nominations, including best picture. "12 Years a Slave" was close behind with nine nominations. For more, we're joined now by Linda Holmes, who writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop culture blog Monkey See. Good morning.<p>LINDA HOLMES, BYLINE: Good morning to you.<p>MONTAGNE: All right. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 13942 at Northeast Hit With Snow And Powerful Winds A very cold winter storm is engulfing much of the Northeast, dumping more than 20 inches of snow in some areas and bringing strong winds along with it. Schools are closed in Boston and New York City. Thousands of flights have been canceled. Officials around the region are asking people to stay home and let road crews do their work. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 13422 at Corruption Scandal Jeopardizes Turkey's Image Of Stability Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Turkey's government is defending itself against a corruption scandal. That scandal has shaken a nation often described as the model for moderate Islamic democracy. The scandal reaches the highest levels of the government, and has sparked a strong backlash by Turkey's ruling party.<p>We reached NPR's correspondent in Istanbul, Peter Kenyon, to learn more about what's going on.<p>PETER KENYON, BYLINE: On December 17th, police raided some very fashionable and high-rent homes, and they took away Cabinet minister's sons and they confiscated money. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 13415 at Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Last night, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer presided over the raucous New Year's Eve countdown in Times Square. But before that, she was working, issuing a ruling that puts into doubt part of the Obamacare health insurance law. A portion of the law was supposed to take effect today. It would offer insurance for birth control to workers in businesses affiliated with religions. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:27:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 13348 at What The Execution Of Kim Jong Un's Uncle Means For N. Korea Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. We're looking this morning at two stories of international intrigue. First to North Korea. Until recently, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un was the country's second-in-command. Earlier this week, though, he was detained on national television, hustled out of a meeting by guards.<p>North Korea's state media labeled him a corrupt, womanizing counter-revolutionary infected by capitalism. And then the government announced today he was executed. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:52:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 12602 at LA Food Truck King Tells His Story, One Recipe At A Time Roy Choi ushered in a food truck "new wave" in Los Angeles, making street fare edgier, tastier. Five years ago, he and a partner launched Kogi — Korean for meat — with a small fleet of trucks offering up a Korean-Mexican fusion that inspired food entrepreneurs in cities across America where the trend caught fire. His signature creation? The short rib taco: warm tortillas, Korean barbecue beef, cilantro-onion-and lime, topped with a spicy-soy slaw.<p>He was transformed into a culinary rock star — a <em>FOOD & WINE</em> best new chef. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 07:53:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 10952 at LA Food Truck King Tells His Story, One Recipe At A Time No Political Compromise Keeps Most Federal Offices Closed Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And with some perspective on why the two sides are so dug in, and what options Speaker Boehner and President Obama may be weighing, we turn as we do most Mondays to Cokie Roberts. Good morning.<p>COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi. How are you, Renee?<p>MONTAGNE: And Cokie, given what Tamara just reported, that a small but very key group of Republicans are unlikely to go along with a possible solution to the next crisis that's looming - that's a possible default on the national debt - what does Speaker Boehner do?<p>ROBERTS: Well, it's not clear. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:55:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 9659 at A Check On The Housing Industry Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>There is, of course, a lot of attention being paid about what's happening in Richmond because millions of other American homeowners around the country are also underwater - again, homes that are worth less than their mortgages. We're joined now by NPR correspondent Chris Arnold, who's been following all of this. Good morning.<p>CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: How many homeowners are still underwater? I gather with the housing market coming back, this is changing - for the better.<p>ARNOLD: Yes. Absolutely. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 8498 at Documents Show NSA Violated Court Restrictions The National Security Agency violated special court restrictions on the use of a database of telephone calls, but the NSA says it fixed those problems. That's the bottom line from more documents declassified by the director of National Intelligence. The document dump is part of an effort to share more details about NSA surveillance activities that were uncovered by former government contractor Edward Snowden. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:26:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 8432 at India Court Convicts 4 Men In Fatal Gang Rape Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A judge in New Delhi has just delivered his guilty verdict for four men who raped and murdered a young woman on a city bus back in December. It was one of the most high profile cases in Indian history. The horrific crime stirred a national debate over the country's lax prosecution of crimes against women and became an international issue as well. We talk to NPR's Julie McCarthy who was at the courthouse. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 8379 at British Prime Minister's Call For Action In Syria Stalls In London, Prime Minister David Cameron had planned to get backing from Parliament Thursday – approving a possible military intervention. Instead, he's been forced to back down. The Labour Party announced it would vote against military action in Syria. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:45:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 7837 at Regulators Monitor 'Serious Leaks' At Japanese Nuclear Plant Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant is back in the news more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a series of meltdowns. New leaks found this week prompted regulators to consider raising the alert level there in Japan. NPR's science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel joined us to explain. Geoff, good morning.<p>GEOFF BRUMFIEL, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>MONTAGNE: Why raise the alert level?<p>BRUMFIEL: First, I think it's worth just saying a few words about what we mean by that. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 7567 at UPS Plane Crashes Near Birmingham, Ala.; 2 Dead A UPS cargo plane crashed near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday morning. The pilot and co-pilot were both killed. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 7141 at Major League Baseball Works To Win Fans' Trust Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>So now the challenge for Major League Baseball: Winning back the trust of fans. The suspensions themselves were a start but there is a wrinkle because, as we've heard, Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game ban. It means the narrative in baseball will continue to be about suspicions rather than the play on the field.<p>Joining us now to talk about the league and its efforts is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.<p>MONTAGNE: This is the largest group of players ever sanctioned at one time in an anti-doping action. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:43:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 6716 at A-Rod Said To Be Facing Long Suspension From Baseball Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Major League Baseball appears set to hand down suspensions to several players implicated in performance enhancing drug use. New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez is the biggest name by far on that list and he also faces the longest suspension. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now for an update. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 09:52:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 6649 at Washington Stresses Seriousness Of Terrorist Threat Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Nineteen American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa are still closed this morning and will remain closed all week. That after U.S. intelligence picked up a threat of terrorist attacks by al-Qaida and its affiliates. Over the weekend, the State Department issued a travel alert to Americans warning of planned attacks. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 09:10:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 6648 at Market Mood Improves After Bernanke Remarks Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Ben Bernanke's latest comments are at the top of NPR's business news.<p>Stock and bond markets reacted positively to the Federal Reserve chairman's latest remarks on the economy this morning. Ben Bernanke is on Capitol Hill delivering the Fed's twice-yearly update on the economy and Fed policy before the House Financial Services Committee. NPR's John Ydstie joins us now to talk about it. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:28:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 5763 at New York Hosts Major League All-Star Game Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The best players in major league baseball take the field tonight in New York. Fans voted for their favorites in the American and National Leagues. The All-Star game is an exhibition - or mostly an exhibition - and there is a real prize. The winner gets home-field advantage during the World Series. The game also offers a chance to check on how teams are doing midway through the season.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Here to talk all things baseball is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hi. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 5691 at Inbee Park Shares Record Book Wins With Babe Zaharias Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The talk of the sports world this morning is women's golf. A rare moment brought on by a 24-year-old from South Korea. Inbee Park won the U.S. Women's Open yesterday on Long Island. It was the third major championship on the women's pro tour this season. And Park has won all three.<p>In fact, she's the first woman to win the first three majors of the year since the legendary Babe Zaharias in 1950.<p>NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins us. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:39:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 4929 at Snowden Case Puts U.S. In Difficult Position Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Russia's decision to allow Edward Snowden into the country as part of his around the world search for asylum has sparked outrage in Washington, D.C. New York Senator Chuck Schumer, appearing yesterday on CNN's "State of the Union," accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of aiding and abetting Snowden's escape.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "STATE OF THE UNION")<p>SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER: The bottom-line is very simple. Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:45:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 4570 at