PI: Steve Inskeep http://kbia.org en Leaders' Meeting Boosts India-Pakistan Relations http://kbia.org/post/meeting-signals-momentum-india-pakistan-relations Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A brief encounter between two leaders has raised hope for better relations between India and Pakistan. India's prime minister hosted Pakistan's president and accepted a return invitation to travel to Pakistan. We talk here of two nuclear-armed rivals whose relations were even worse than usual, after Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in 2008. And the meeting came as disaster struck Pakistani troops facing Indian soldiers in the Himalayas.<p>NPR's Julie McCarthy is going to talk us through all this. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 12063 at http://kbia.org Why Compromise Is A Bad Word In Politics http://kbia.org/post/why-compromise-bad-word-politics Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's one thing that many people mean when they say Washington is broken. They may mean that politicians from different parties seem unable or totally unwilling to compromise, and many voters hate that. And yet many voters also hate it if politicians from their own party should compromise with the other side. That could be considered giving in. NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly to talk about social science research, and he's found some that relates to this political problem. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 10435 at http://kbia.org Syrian Government Accused Of Reprisal Attacks http://kbia.org/post/syrian-government-accused-reprisal-attacks Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We're following news this morning of more killings in the Syrian city of Homs. That's the city where rebel neighborhoods came under artillery fire for weeks and where two Western journalists were killed. Rebels later retreated, but residents and activists say pro-government militias have massacred dozens of civilians, mainly women and children. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 10442 at http://kbia.org White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception http://kbia.org/post/white-house-offers-accommodation-contraception Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday morning, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>For those just waking up, a bitter political fight has changed in the last few hours. President Obama is offering what the White House is calling an accommodation to the Catholic Church and other critics. The administration generated intense opposition with a ruling on contraception. That ruling says employers must fully cover birth control in employee health plans. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:18:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 8589 at http://kbia.org Diplomatic Community Struggles To End Syrian Violence http://kbia.org/post/diplomatic-community-struggles-end-syrian-violence Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. That gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria. NPR's Kelly McEvers is following the situation from Beirut. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 8558 at http://kbia.org Pakistan Update http://kbia.org/post/pakistan-update Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>The civilian government of Pakistan has been under absurd amounts of pressure ever since it won election about four years ago. It's squeezed by the army - which reluctantly surrendered power - by the United States, by a host of insurgents and also by Pakistan's Supreme Court.<p>That court has now initiated contempt of court proceedings against the prime minister. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 7090 at http://kbia.org Comparing Candidates Style http://kbia.org/post/comparing-candidates-style Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, this past Sunday, Mitt Romney's campaign reserve a school gym in Exeter, New Hampshire. The details of that event tell you the style in which the Republican candidate is presenting himself. The campaign selected a small gym, far too is small for the crowd had arrived.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The next president of the United States, Mitt Romney.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)<p>INSKEEP: Romney stepped up on stage, with a gigantic American flag on the wall behind him. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 6732 at http://kbia.org Delegates To Durban Agree To Climate Treaty http://kbia.org/post/climate-talks-update Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's report, next, on a surprise agreement on climate change. United Nations climate talks in South Africa were not expected to produce much, but negotiators for many nations did make a deal, one that could lead to a major new climate treaty at the end of the decade. NPR's Richard Harris is in Durban, South Africa covering the story. Hi, Richard.<p>RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So what is the agreement?<p>HARRIS: Well, first let me give you just a little background. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 5167 at http://kbia.org Russia Protest Update http://kbia.org/post/russia-protest-update Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We begin this morning with the events that unfolded in Russia over the weekend. Tens of thousands protested in Moscow and dozens of other cities. They alleged widespread fraud in last week's parliamentary elections and had angry words for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose party dominates the parliament. The demonstrations may have been the largest the country has seen since the Soviet Union collapsed two decades ago. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 5170 at http://kbia.org Politics In the News http://kbia.org/post/politics-news-6 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's hear one more number. In a CBS/New York Times poll released on Friday, more than half the respondents, 54 percent, said that President Obama does not deserve to be re-elected.<p>The president appeared on CBS last night, telling "60 Minutes" why he thought he would win the job again, despite that number. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 5174 at http://kbia.org Egyptian Police, Protesters Clash For 3rd Day http://kbia.org/post/egyptian-police-protesters-clash-3rd-day Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Dramatic video from Egypt over the weekend showed security forces swinging batons. Sometimes they wielded them like tennis rackets, and sometimes like baseball bats as they struck Egyptian protesters. The protesters want Egypt's military to drop a bid to ensure a privileged place for itself in the new government now evolving. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 3963 at http://kbia.org When ATM Machines Bite Back http://kbia.org/post/when-atm-machines-bite-back Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Bank of America may have backed off a plan to charge fees for ATM cards, but the bank machine can still bite you. In Madrid, Spain, a man tried to get money out of a cash machine, and instead he discovered a snake slithering out of the cash slot. The man caught the snake on video, which is all over the Web. He also grabbed his cash, and he called police, who realized the snake was stuck in the machine and found a way to free it. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 03 Nov 2011 10:19:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 2949 at http://kbia.org Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread To Europe http://kbia.org/post/g-20-countries-meet Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Cleanup is under way in cities around the world after a weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people turned out. They protested greedy bankers, inept politicians, government austerity, the growing gap between rich and poor, and above all, the system that runs the global economy.<p>There was some violence in Rome, dozens of arrests. Other places were more peaceful. And in London on this Monday, the protests are still going on. So let's talk about that and more with NPR's Philip Reeves, who's on the line. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 1886 at http://kbia.org Pakistan Deals With Flooding, Terrorism Accusations http://kbia.org/post/pakistan-deals-flooding-terrorism-accusations Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, Host: <p>And let's go next to Pakistan, the scene of both a natural disaster and political turmoil. And we'll talk about the disaster first. NPR's Julie McCarthy is on the line from a flood zone in southern Pakistan. Julie, hi. Where are you?<p>JULIE MCCARTHY: Hi. I'm in a place called Sanghar, Steve. And you can only really appreciate the scale of this disaster from the sky. We flew in from Karachi and passed a number of villages. Water has submerged entire towns. You know, you only see small patchwork of green crops that haven't been swamped. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:33:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 781 at http://kbia.org U.S. Accuses Pakistan Of Harboring Haqqani Network http://kbia.org/post/us-accuses-pakistan-harboring-haqqani-network Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, host: It's Morning Edition from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene in for Renee Montagne. <p>STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. <p>Not too long ago, the security writer Stephen Cohen summed up the U.S. relationship with Pakistan in a sentence. Pakistan, he said, is an ally, but not a friend. His words underline mutual cooperation and mutual frustration in the war against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Right now, American officials are intensifying pressure on Pakistan. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 552 at http://kbia.org Politics In The News http://kbia.org/post/politics-news-0 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, Host: <p>Let's talk about politics, the economy and more with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who's on the line.<p>Mara, good morning.<p>MARA LIASSON: Good morning Steve.<p>INSKEEP: Okay, we heard Speaker Boehner's proposals having to do with this supercommittee that's supposed to reduce the deficit. The president takes his swing at this on Monday, right?<p>LIASSON: Right. That's right. He's going to send his recommendations to the supercommittee. The big question has been whether he would revisit the grand bargain. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 452 at http://kbia.org 20-Hour Insurgent Attack Ends In Afghan Capital http://kbia.org/post/20-hour-insurgent-attack-ends-afghan-capital Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, host: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene. <p>STEVE INSKEEP, host: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. <p>An attack on Kabul, Afghanistan is over. Attackers took control of a building that had a clear line of fire down to the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters in the heart of the city. And it's taken 20 hours for Afghan forces to finally clear that building. It is inside that building that we have found NPR's Renee Montagne and Quil Lawrence. <p>Hello to you both. <p>QUIL LAWRENCE: Good morning, Steve. <p>RENEE MONTAGNE: Good morning, Steve. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 307 at http://kbia.org