Morning Edition for January 4, 2013 Hear the Morning Edition program for January 4, 2013

Morning EditionMorning Edition

The Pigeons Fly Marcel Khalife
Fall of the Moon Marcel Khalife
Downton Abbey, television series score [Suite] Various
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Downton Abbey, television series score [Suite]
Album
Classical Album 2013
Artist
Various

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Us and Them Original Soundtrack
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Us and Them
Album
Downton Abbey
Artist
Original Soundtrack

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

In the Trees Maxfield Gast
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
In the Trees
Album
Eat Your Beats
Artist
Maxfield Gast

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Eat Your Beats Maxfield Gast
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Eat Your Beats
Album
Eat Your Beats
Artist
Maxfield Gast

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

After losing his bid for re-election in 2010, Democrat Alan Grayson of Florida is back in Congress after winning a safer district. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Evan Vucci/AP

Outspoken Alan Grayson Gets Another Chance In Congress

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168547792/168594562" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ruben Fragoso checks out appliances at Best Buy in Miami in April 2010, when Florida residents were taking advantage of a federally funded discount for Energy Star-rated appliances. Legislation just passed by Congress as part of the fiscal-cliff deal includes tax breaks for energy-efficient appliances. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Budget Deal Provides Tax Breaks For Green Energy

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168590135/168594563" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Chaga The Funk Ark
Funkyard Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Funkyard
Album
A Celebration of New Orleans Music
Artist
Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Strada Claude Bolling Big Band
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Strada
Album
Cinemadreams
Artist
Claude Bolling Big Band

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Emperor Jones Joe Lovano, Rundfunk Orchestra et. al.
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Emperor Jones
Album
Symphonica
Artist
Joe Lovano, Rundfunk Orchestra et. al.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

A compromise bill that passed the Congress at the last minute included provisions that will reverberate through the nation's health care system. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Bargain Over Fiscal Cliff Brings Changes To Health Care

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168533375/168594569" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Everybody Wants to Rule the World The Bad Plus
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Album
PROG
Artist
The Bad Plus

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

1980 World Champion The Bad Plus
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
1980 World Champion
Album
PROG
Artist
The Bad Plus

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Matt Damon's character in the movie Promised Land comes to town to convince a landowner to allow a gas company to drill on his property. Scott Green/Focus Features hide caption

toggle caption
Scott Green/Focus Features

Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168562019/168594570" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Reginald Mason, 47, says he owes his successes to his mother, who kept him disciplined during a financially tough upbringing. StoryCorps hide caption

toggle caption
StoryCorps

A Single Mom's Toughness Pays Off

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168542806/168594572" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Railroad Man [Piano Version] Ryuichi Sakamoto
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Railroad Man [Piano Version]
Album
BTTB
Artist
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

From left, bird-watchers John Williamson, Donna Quinn, Bruce Hill and Frances Raskin try to spot as many different species as possible during this season's bird count in Loudoun County, Va. Veronique LaCapra/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Veronique LaCapra/NPR

From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168535271/168594573" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Baker's Dozen Al Petteway & Amy White
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Baker's Dozen
Album
Acoustic Journey
Artist
Al Petteway & Amy White

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Jaune (Yellow) Lawrence Blatt
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Jaune (Yellow)
Album
Color of Sunshine
Artist
Lawrence Blatt

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

A Greek Orthodox priest is blocked by riot police as he takes part in a protest outside an Athens theater in October. The play, Corpus Christi, portrays Jesus and his apostles as gay men living in modern-day Texas. The director and the cast have been charged under Greece's blasphemy laws. Alexandros Vlachos/EPA/Landov hide caption

toggle caption
Alexandros Vlachos/EPA/Landov

Old Greek Blasphemy Laws Stir Up Modern Drama

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/168546876/168594574" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
You Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
You
Album
Na Teef Know de Road of Teef
Artist
Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Atta Onukpa Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Atta Onukpa
Album
Na Teef Know de Road of Teef
Artist
Pax Nicholas And The Nettey Family

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Simone Joyner/Redferns via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Simone Joyner/Redferns via Getty Images

The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/167707991/168594576" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Smoke on the Water Deep Purple
Steeplejack Metalwood
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Steeplejack
Album
The Recline - Featuring Scofield, Dj Logic & Cinelu
Artist
Metalwood

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Morning EditionMorning Edition