Renee Montagne http://wlrn.org en Afghanistan Is One Step Closer To Karzai's Successor http://wlrn.org/post/afghanistan-one-step-closer-karzais-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 30383 at http://wlrn.org Man Finds More Than A Nest Egg At Flea Market http://wlrn.org/post/man-finds-more-nest-egg-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 29509 at http://wlrn.org Will Sanctions Against Russia Work? http://wlrn.org/post/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 29506 at http://wlrn.org Fed Signals It Won't Tap Brakes Until Job Market Improves http://wlrn.org/post/fed-signals-it-wont-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 09:06:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 29495 at http://wlrn.org BrusselKale: A Match Made In Heaven http://wlrn.org/post/brusselkale-match-made-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 09:24:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 29392 at http://wlrn.org South Africans Engrossed By Pistorius Trial http://wlrn.org/post/pistorius-trial-sparks-conversations-about-domestic-violence-race 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 08:44:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 29380 at http://wlrn.org Young Mathematicians Hope They've Calculated Winning NCAA Bracket http://wlrn.org/post/young-mathematicians-hope-theyve-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 10:27:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 29328 at http://wlrn.org Obama Calls For More Transparency, Privacy Protections At NSA http://wlrn.org/post/obama-calls-more-transparency-privacy-protections-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 18:39:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 26615 at http://wlrn.org Oscar Nods Go To 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave' http://wlrn.org/post/oscar-nods-go-american-hustle-gravity-12-years-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 26575 at http://wlrn.org Northeast Hit With Snow And Powerful Winds http://wlrn.org/post/northeast-hit-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 25971 at http://wlrn.org Corruption Scandal Jeopardizes Turkey's Image Of Stability http://wlrn.org/post/corruption-scandal-jeopardizes-turkeys-image-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 25966 at http://wlrn.org Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate http://wlrn.org/post/justice-sotomayor-blocks-part-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 15:24:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 25890 at http://wlrn.org LA Food Truck King Tells His Story, One Recipe At A Time http://wlrn.org/post/la-food-truck-king-tells-his-story-one-recipe-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 23187 at http://wlrn.org LA Food Truck King Tells His Story, One Recipe At A Time No Political Compromise Keeps Most Federal Offices Closed http://wlrn.org/post/politics-news-14 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 21740 at http://wlrn.org Documents Show NSA Violated Court Restrictions http://wlrn.org/post/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 20412 at http://wlrn.org