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 35145 at An Afghan Village Of Drug Addicts, From Ages 10 To 60 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 09:06:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 33601 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 08:44:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 33522 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 31408 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 15:24:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 30901 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 28989 at LA Food Truck King Tells His Story, One Recipe At A Time Cyprus Proposes Exempting Smaller Deposits From Tax Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Lawmakers in Cyprus are trying to ease rage over a proposed tax on all bank deposits by exempting people who have relatively small accounts. It's part of a bailout plan for that Mediterranean country negotiated with the E.U. and IMF over the weekend, but the compromise on taxes may not be enough for Cyprus' parliament to pass the plan.<p>It's the first time in the euro crisis that people's savings are being used to help finance a bailout, and that's causing not only panic in Cyprus, but also the eurozone and Russia, which has billions in deposits. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:38:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 20998 at Smaller Crowds At Capitol, But 2009's Enthusiasm Persists Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Steve, thanks very much. Now let's go just beyond the capital building, into the National Mall. That's where NPR's Ailsa Chang is. And she's between the Capitol, as I understand it, Ailsa, and the Washington Monument, right there in the thick of things.<p>AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: That's right. Well, not so thick. People are beginning to arrive. But the crowd is nowhere near as large as it was in 2009. There are swaths of empty grass that you can still see. What's most evident to me now is just the way people are dressed. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:55:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 19037 at In Cairo, Efforts To Reach Mideast Cease-Fire Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Let's turn now to the urgent diplomatic efforts underway. Secretary of State Clinton is now in Cairo, meeting with Egyptian leaders in efforts to reach a ceasefire. NPR's Leila Fadel joins us from Cairo to discuss the latest.<p>Good morning.<p>LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>MONTAGNE: So what do you know about what's happening on the diplomatic front today there in Cairo?<p>FADEL: Well, at this point, actually, not much. Hillary Clinton arrived here earlier in the afternoon, but we still haven't heard anything from those meetings. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:49:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 17309 at Attack In Libya Threatens To Upset U.S. Ties Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And if you're just joining us, we are covering this morning's statements by President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, all having to do with the attacks yesterday in Egypt, and particularly in Libya where consulate was attacked in Benghazi. And we now know that four Americans were killed including the United States Ambassador to Libya J. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:12:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 15085 at