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Morning Edition

Often Quiet On Wars, Congress Challenges White House Over Yemen

Corrected on December 11, 2018

Previous audio and Web versions of this story incorrectly reported that the last time Congress declared war was against Japan in 1941. The last time was on June 5, 1942, when Congress declared war against Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

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After Starwood Data Breach, Marriott And Customers Face Costly Headaches

Corrected on December 6, 2018

In this story, we incorrectly paraphrase Sean Joyce of PricewaterhouseCoopers as saying that breaches are inevitable. In fact, Joyce believes some breaches are almost inevitable, especially when nation-states (like North Korea) are driving demand.

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NPR CEO Jarl Mohn To Step Down After 5-Year Term Ends In June

Corrected on December 4, 2018

The story has been revised to more precisely reflect the circumstances regarding the tenure of a former NPR board chairman. And a previous version of the story said a review by an outside law firm was issued in January 2018. That report was released in February.

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Big Latino Turnout In Midterms Raises Stakes For 2020

Corrected on November 19, 2018

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we say Chelsea Linares' parents immigrated to the U.S. from Honduras. In fact, they came from El Salvador.

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Retailers Plan To Clear Deadly Paint Removers From Shelves, As EPA Delays Ban

Corrected on November 15, 2018

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Environmental Defense Fund pressured retailers. In fact the Natural Resources Defense Council is the organization pressuring retailers. Both organizations are pushing for a federal ban on methylene chloride paint removers.

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After Parkland, Young Voters Were Galvanized, Activists Vow To 'Continue To Organize'

Corrected on November 12, 2018

In a previous Web version of this story, the name of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement was incorrectly given as the Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement.

Previously posted on Nov. 10: An earlier Web version of this story incorrectly said the shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., occurred on Thursday. It occurred Wednesday night local time.

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Friend Of Whitaker On What To Expect From New Acting Attorney General

Corrected on November 9, 2018

In an earlier version of this interview, we incorrectly said that a clip of Matt Whitaker speaking was from an interview of Dana Loesch of the NRA. In fact, he was speaking to pastor Greg Young on the Chosen Generation radio program.

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Luring More Women To Fishing In The Upper Great Lakes

Corrected on November 6, 2018

In an earlier version of the Web story, we said the number of Americans who fish is in decline. In fact, it is the percentage of Americans who fish.

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Muslims Are Having A Hollywood Moment

Corrected on October 30, 2018

A previous version of the Web story mistakenly referred to the Muslim Anti-Racism Council. The correct name is the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative.

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Republicans Target Statehouses

Corrected on October 25, 2018

An earlier Web introduction to this story incorrectly said Republicans control 65 of the 99 state legislative chambers. The party controls 67.

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Florida's Governor Race Could Be A Test For Trump

Corrected on October 23, 2018

In previous audio and Web versions of this story, Ann Pellishek said Virginia had a black governor in the 1960s. In fact, the state's first black governor, Douglas Wilder, took office in 1990.

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Why The Tech Industry Wants Federal Control Over Data Privacy Laws

Corrected on October 8, 2018

In a story that aired and was published earlier, NPR conflated two meetings attended by high technology executives in which privacy was discussed. The story said that Facebook's top lobbyist expressed concerns about a California privacy law at an industry meeting in San Francisco. In fact, he expressed his reservations at a closed-door, off-the-record industry board meeting that occurred weeks earlier in Washington, D.C.

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Brett Kavanaugh Is The Latest Troubled Supreme Court Nominee

Corrected on October 4, 2018

During this conversation, we say that with his 1968 nomination to be chief justice, Abe Fortas became the first Supreme Court nominee to be rejected by the Senate since John Rutledge in 1795. In fact, Fortas' nomination for chief justice was withdrawn. And, seven nominations considered by the Senate were rejected between Rutledge's nomination and Fortas' in 1968. Also, we say that Fortas was the first nominee "to appear before the Judiciary Committee." In fact, according to the Congressional Research Service the first nominee to testify before the committee was Harlan Stone in 1925.

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Referendum To Change Macedonia's Name Falls Short Of Voter Requirement

Corrected on October 1, 2018

In a previous version of this story, we mistakenly referred to Prometheus as the Greek god of fire. In fact, Prometheus was one of the Titans, whom Webster's New World College Dictionary defines as "a race of giant deities who are overthrown by the Olympian gods." Prometheus, Webster's adds, stole fire from heaven "for the benefit of mankind" and was punished by Zeus – who chained Prometheus to a rock "where a vulture (or eagle) comes each day to eat his liver, which grows back each night."

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Ex-State Department Diplomat Criticizes Trump's State Department

Corrected on September 24, 2018

A previous version of the Web summary misspelled Uzra Zeya's first name as Urza. Also, a previous headline said she had criticized the Trump-era Justice Department. It was the State Department that she criticized.

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Tougher Laws On Pipeline Protests Face Test In Louisiana

Corrected on September 21, 2018

In the audio, as in a previous Web version of this story, Karen Savage is described as a journalist-activist. We should have simply referred to her as a journalist.

Previously posted on Sept. 19: In the audio, as in a previous Web version, we say that those convicted under the new felony trespassing law could face time in jail. The sentence would actually be time in prison. Also, the story has been edited to clarify that the pipelines pierced by protesters were empty at the time they were damaged.

Morning Edition

Kavanaugh, Ford And The Midterms

Corrected on September 20, 2018

In a previous version of this report, we incorrectly referred to a post written by Cristina Miranda King. Her name is Cristina King Miranda. She also goes by Cristina King.

Morning Edition

Update On Protests In Basra

Corrected on September 18, 2018

In this report, we incorrectly identify protester Nasser Jabar as Ahmed Ali.

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Bradley Cooper On The Personal Story Behind 'A Star Is Born'

Corrected on September 14, 2018

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we say the Producers Guild of America had said Jon Peters would no longer be recognized as a producer on A Star Is Born. The PGA does not have any say in who is listed as a producer in credits. It simply confers its Producers Mark on people it believes to have performed a majority of producing duties on a film. The PGA has confirmed it will not be giving Peters the Producers Mark.

Morning Edition

In 1968, Arthur Ashe Made History At The U.S. Open

Corrected on September 10, 2018

In a previous audio version of this report, we incorrectly said that the tennis balls used at the 1968 U.S. Open were yellow. In fact, they were white.

Morning Edition

Rediscovering Haystack Rock With An Assist From The 'Puffin Man'

Corrected on September 6, 2018

In the audio, as in a previous version of the Web story, we say that a particular stretch of the Oregon coast is about as far south as you'll see a tufted puffin. In fact, tufted puffins are also found farther south at the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Morning Edition

'Predatory Bacteria' Might Be Enlisted In Defense Against Antibiotic Resistance

Corrected on September 6, 2018

The audio, as well as a previous Web version, of this story incorrectly suggests predatory bacteria might be useful in a tuberculosis outbreak; these bacteria could be useful against some other lung infections, but not TB. Also, an earlier Web version incorrectly described Bdellovibrio's tail as "whiplike." The flagellum is actually stiff and rotates. And it was Nancy Connell, not Liz Sockett, who told us predatory bacteria might one day be useful as a preventive in advance of an anticipated germ warfare attack.

Morning Edition

Analysts Predict Health Care Marketplace Premiums Will Stabilize For 2019 Coverage

Corrected on September 4, 2018

An earlier Web version of the story suggested that $24,600 is the federal poverty level for a family of four this year. That figure is actually for 2017. The 2018 figure is $25,100. So families of four who earn under 400 percent of the poverty level, or under $100,400 in 2018, are eligible for health insurance subsidies.

Morning Edition

Grizzlies Have Recovered, Officials Say; Now Montanans Have To Get Along With Them

Corrected on September 4, 2018

In a previous version of the Web story, a photo caption misstated Abby Hutton's last name as Haughton. Also, we said Hilary Cooley expected federal protections to be removed by the end of the year. In fact, Cooley says they hope to complete an evaluation of whether delisting is warranted by the end of the year.

Morning Edition

Longtime Staffer Remembers John McCain

Corrected on August 31, 2018

In this story, Sen. John McCain is incorrectly referred to as a former naval airman. In fact, he was a naval aviator.

Morning Edition

U.S. Prison Inmates To Strike Over Poor Living Conditions

Corrected on August 30, 2018

In this report, we say inmates do work for contractors who work with companies like Starbucks. While Starbucks, in the past, has accepted prison labor from contractors, Starbucks says it currently has no business relationships with suppliers that use inmate labor.

Morning Edition

Illinois' Tourism Trail For Famed Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

Corrected on August 28, 2018

We incorrectly identify Jerry Heinzeroth and his wife as the owners of the Laurent House. The property is owned by the Laurent House Foundation. Jerry Heinzeroth is a founder of the foundation and currently serves as president.

Morning Edition

The School Shootings That Weren't

Corrected on August 28, 2018

A previous version of the graphic about uncertainty in numbers referred to one school where a shooting took place as Madison Junior High, as it was identified in the CRDC. It's actually Madison Junior/Senior High.

Morning Edition

Enter The Legend: 'Dragon' Turns 45

Corrected on August 24, 2018

A previous photo supplied by Getty Images was incorrectly identified by that agency as depicting a scene from Enter the Dragon and captioned as such. That photo was actually from Way of the Dragon.

Morning Edition

An Orphanage That Doesn't Seem Like An Orphanage

Corrected on August 9, 2018

Because of outdated information provided to NPR by SOS USA, this story originally stated that there are three SOS Villages in the U.S. There are actually four.

Morning Edition

Overcoming A Shameful Past, VA Plans Haven For Homeless Vets In West Los Angeles

Corrected on August 8, 2018

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly refer to the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Veterans Administration. And a previous photo caption incorrectly referred to the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center as the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Morning Edition

Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour Takeaways

Corrected on August 8, 2018

Based on information originally provided by the executive producer of Magnum P.I., Peter Lenkov, we say the show does not have a Latino writer on staff. Lenkov has since corrected himself. The show does in fact have a Latinx staff writer.

Morning Edition

Morning News Brief

Corrected on August 7, 2018

This podcast misidentifies Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach as Kansas' attorney general. In fact, Kobach is the state's secretary of state.

Morning Edition

Some Fire Evacuees Refused To Be Separated From Their Pets

Corrected on August 2, 2018

In the original introduction to this report, we mistakenly said the Carr Fire has spread over more than 100,000 square miles. In fact, it has burned across 100,000 acres, or about 156 square miles.

Morning Edition

How Fast Did The Economy Grow? Forecasts Are All Over The Place

Corrected on July 26, 2018

In the audio of this story, as well as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly say that the New York Federal Reserve Bank had used its Nowcast model to predict the 2008 financial crisis. In fact, the Nowcast was not created until after the Great Recession, but economists later determined that the model would have alerted them to the coming recession had it been used at the time.

Morning Edition

Trump's Week

Corrected on July 20, 2018

In this story, we say President Trump was told of Vladimir Putin's role in the election interference "back in January." That information was received in January 2017.

Morning Edition

Louisiana's New Approach To Treating Hepatitis C

Corrected on July 19, 2018

In this report, Rebekah Gee says polio has been eradicated in Afghanistan. Her point was that efforts to reduce the number of cases there have been effective. But, in fact, there have still been a small number of cases in that country in recent years.

Morning Edition

The View From Moscow On The Trump-Russia Investigation

Corrected on July 19, 2018

In this report, we say that the 17 spy agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community have concluded that Russia intervened in the American presidential election. While it is correct that the conclusion was issued by the director of national intelligence, who speaks for all U.S. intelligence agencies, the work that led to the conclusion was done by three of the 17 — the CIA, FBI and NSA.

Morning Edition

New Kids' Books Put A Human Face On The Refugee Crisis

Corrected on July 10, 2018

A previous version of the Web story identified Vicky Smith as the children's and teen editor at Kirkus Reviews. She is the children's editor. In addition, Rachel Hines' first name was misspelled as Rachael.

Morning Edition

Supreme Court Issues Two Major Rulings

Corrected on July 6, 2018

In this report, crisis pregnancy centers are mistakenly referred to as centers that the Supreme Court has called largely pro-choice. In fact, the court has considered them to be centers that oppose abortion rights.

Morning Edition

50 Years Ago, The Pope Called Birth Control 'Intrinsically Wrong'

Corrected on July 3, 2018

A previous Web version of this story incorrectly stated that about half of all children in the U.S. were educated in Catholic schools 50 years ago. It was about half of all Catholic children in the U.S.

Morning Edition

What To Know About Trump's VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie

Corrected on June 28, 2018

In this report, Quil Lawrence misspoke when he said veterans universally oppose privatizing VA care. He meant to say that Veterans Service Organizations, not veterans, are against privatization.

Morning Edition

Escaped Macaw Is Returned To Omaha Zoo

Corrected on June 28, 2018

We say the blimp flew over the Omaha zoo at the zoo's request. In fact, the blimp was in Omaha for another reason and just happened to fly over the zoo.

Morning Edition

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Corrected on June 20, 2018

A previous photo credit misspelled Toshihiro Hasegawa's last name as Jasegawa.

Previously posted on June 19: In previous audio and Web versions of this story, we stated that carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere are rising because of climate change. In fact, they are rising because of human activity.

Morning Edition

'An Almost Volcanic Life Force': Writer Recalls Anthony Bourdain

Corrected on June 9, 2018

A previous introduction to this transcript incorrectly described it as a conversation between David Greene and Michael Ruhlman. This is a transcript of a conversation between Steve Inskeep and Patrick Radden Keefe.

Morning Edition

In Win For Privacy Rights, Court Says Police Need Warrant To Search Area Around Home

Corrected on May 29, 2018

A previous version of this story said the motorcycle under the tarp was spotted by Officer Matthew McCall. The officer who saw the motorcycle on the private property was David Rhodes. The story also said the Supreme Court vote was 7-2. Eight justices joined the majority, although Justice Clarence Thomas expressed serious doubts.

Morning Edition

#MeToo Movement Ripples Through Prominent Christian Community

Corrected on May 25, 2018

In the broadcast version of this report, we incorrectly said Paige Patterson had been president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He actually had been president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The reference has been corrected in the audio on this page. Additionally, the headline has been updated for clarity.

Morning Edition

Texas Governor Holds Discussion After School Shooting

Corrected on May 23, 2018

A previous version of this story and Web introduction incorrectly identified Dallas Schools Superintendent Michael Hinojosa as the superintendent of Dallas County Schools.

Morning Edition

MSU Interim President On Nassar Settlement

Corrected on May 17, 2018

In an earlier version of this report, Michigan State University was mistakenly referred to as the University of Michigan. Also, Michigan State's interim president, John Engler, was mistakenly referred to as Jim Engler.

Morning Edition

Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal

Corrected on May 11, 2018

An earlier version of this story didn't make clear that James' treatment with the Bridge in December 2017 took place after the publication of the study in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in March 2017. This story has been updated to clarify that James didn't know his data were being collected for additional research into whether the device works.

Morning Edition

Cokie Roberts On The History Of The EPA

Corrected on May 3, 2018

We incorrectly say President Richard Nixon signed the Clean Water Act. In fact, Nixon vetoed the act and was then overriden by Congress.

Morning Edition

Is Netflix On Its Way To World Domination Of Streaming?

Corrected on April 18, 2018

In the audio version of this story, we say that Netflix won its first Academy Award for the documentary Icarus, but in fact Netflix had won an Academy Award in 2017 for the short film White Helmets. Also, we say Netflix added close to 7.5 million subscribers this week. In fact, it added them during the first quarter of the year.

Morning Edition

Acclaimed Movie Director Milos Forman Dies At 86

Corrected on April 16, 2018

In an earlier version of this report, we said Amadeus was filmed in a newly independent Czech Republic. In fact, when the movie was released in 1984, Czechoslovakia was still one nation. It split into the Czech and Slovak republics in 1993.

Morning Edition

In Florida, Cities Challenge State On Gun Regulation Laws

Corrected on April 2, 2018

In a previous Web version of this story, Skip Campbell was incorrectly identified as the mayor of Coral Gables, Fla. He's actually the mayor of Coral Springs, Fla. Additionally, in the audio version, as in the previous Web version, we say some cities are considering bans on high-capacity magazine clips. We should have said high-capacity magazines.

Morning Edition

Birth Control Apps Find A Big Market In 'Contraception Deserts'

Corrected on March 27, 2018

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly suggest that Llano, Texas, has only one doctor. In fact, there are about a dozen physicians there, and most of them provide primary care.

Morning Edition

Justices Appear Skeptical Of Calif. Law Challenged By Anti-Abortion Centers

Corrected on March 22, 2018

An earlier version of this report said licensed pregnancy centers that do not have a full range of services must provide written notice that the state provides free or low-cost access to prenatal and delivery services, birth control and abortion. Although the California Medicaid program does cover labor and delivery costs, that is not specified in the written notification requirement.

Morning Edition

Some Unions Concerned About Steel Tariffs

Corrected on March 8, 2018

A previous headline incorrectly said that unions are divided over the steel tariffs. Some unions have concerns, but they say there is no division.

Morning Edition

Should Polling Places Remain Politics-Free? Justices Incredulous At Both Sides

Corrected on February 28, 2018

In the audio of this story, as well as in a previous version of the Web story, we say 50 states had laws on intimidation and harassment at the polls around the turn of the 20th century. There were not 50 states at the time. In addition, a previous version of this story misspelled Andrew Cilek's last name as Celik. Also, in the audio, as in a previous Web version, Virginia Gelms is incorrectly identified as the elections manager for Minneapolis; Gelms is the elections manager for Hennepin County.

Morning Edition

Luger Erin Hamlin Plans To Have Fun During Her 4th Olympics

Corrected on February 6, 2018

In this report, we say that Erin Hamlin's medal in Sochi marked the first time an American luger reached an Olympic podium. In fact, while she is the first U.S. singles luger to win a medal, there have been U.S. doubles lugers who have won medals.

Morning Edition

Wave Of Capitalist Optimism Sweeps Across Paris

Corrected on January 31, 2018

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we say the Station F space covers 110,000 square feet. In fact, it's 366,000 square feet.

Morning Edition

When Dating Felt Like A Job, One Woman Hired A Matchmaker

Corrected on January 23, 2018

A previous version of this Web story said Three Day Rule's database of singles came from partnerships with online dating sites. The company's singles database is separate from its online dating site partnerships.

Morning Edition

Part Of Oregon's Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Corrected on January 23, 2018

Previous audio and Web versions of this story suggested that Americans are no longer legally required to buy health insurance. That's incorrect. The individual mandate to buy health insurance that was part of the Affordable Care Act — requiring Americans to buy health insurance or face a financial penalty — is still in effect until 2019. Additionally, former President Barack Obama's first name was misspelled as Barak.

Morning Edition

Women's Marches Across The Country Will Focus On The Vote

Corrected on January 19, 2018

An earlier Web version of this story quoted Bob Bland as saying Nevada voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in 2016. Nevada is a longtime swing state that went to Barack Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Morning Edition

Bill Changes How Congressional Sexual Harassment Claims Are Handled

Corrected on January 18, 2018

In this story, we say that two members of Congress, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, have resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct. In fact, Rep. Trent Franks also resigned, for a total of three.

Morning Edition

Study: Great Recession Led To Fewer Deaths

Corrected on January 16, 2018

A previous headline incorrectly said that the Great Recession led to fewer deaths among the unemployed. In fact, the decline in mortality is not limited to the unemployed.

Morning Edition

Some Fear 'The Wire' Will Overshadow Showtime's 'The Chi'

Corrected on January 4, 2018

The audio of this story describes Papa, Jake and Kevin as elementary school students. They're actually eighth-graders, but in Chicago, kindergarten through eighth grade is referred to as elementary school.

Morning Edition

News Brief: Fusion GPS Wants Congressional Testimony Made Public

Corrected on January 3, 2018

During this conversation, we mistakenly say that The New York Times reported George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat about a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials. In fact, the Times reported that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russia had collected potentially damaging information about Democratic political candidate Hillary Clinton.

Morning Edition

Brexit Puts London's Finance Jobs At Risk

Corrected on January 3, 2018

An earlier transcript referred to Luxembourg for Finance as a government bank. In fact, it is the agency for the development of the Luxembourg financial center.