The CBS/New York Times poll released last week said that 58 percent of respondents who voted for John McCain have an optimistic feeling about Barack Obama -- and are hopeful that he will have a successful presidency. I share the sentiment myself as one of the so-called Obama-cons. In a previous life in the political world, I worked for the Republican National Committee and was also a staffer for former Speaker Newt Gingrich. For a variety of reasons, I became disaffected with the Bush administration.
Elizabeth Alexander is the latest in a long line of commemorative poets that includes Homer and Virgil and W.H. Auden, but will be only the fourth poet to read at a presidential inauguration when she honors Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Robert Frost couldn’t read the playful “Dedication” he had composed for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 inauguration because of sun glare and high winds, and instead spoke these powerful lines from memory:
In 1993, at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou also personified the land:
WNYC Guest blogger: Young Jean Lee
I'm a Korean-American playwright/director, and I've spent the past two years working on a black identity-politics show called THE SHIPMENT (you can read the Times review here). Nothing excites me more than a masochistic challenge (my artistic mission is to make the last show in the world I've ever want to make), and the goal was to collaborate with a black cast to make a show that addressed racism against black Americans in a way that a jaded and defensive audience couldn't dismiss. Usually it takes me a year to make a show, but this one was so difficult that it took two. I worked on it for a year and ended up throwing out everything I'd worked on and starting over from scratch. (I documented this second process in a blog).
I mistakenly thought that the biggest challenge in making the show was going to be the fact that I'm not black. Bizarrely, that ended up being the least of my problems. As soon as the cast knew that the show was going to be collaborative and that that had full creative agency, they were on board and my race never came up as a problem. When we did the show (first at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH and now at The Kitchen in NYC) there wasn't a single audience member, black or white, who brought up the fact that I wasn't black. Maybe it's because the show never attempts to achieve any kind of cultural 'authenticity' (whatever that means).
WNYC Guest blogger: Michael K. Lavers
Does President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday mark the merciful end of an abusive relationship that has lasted eight tortuous years? The majority of my LGBT brothers and sisters would arguably agree with this assessment.
George W. Bush’s decision to use marriage for same-sex couples as a wedge issue to drive his socially conservative base to the polls in the 2004 presidential election remains an unforgiveable act of political cynicism. The Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006 almost certainly indicated this strategy backfired, but the Bush administration’s decision to use it proved yet again it was all too willing to throw gay and lesbian Americans under the bus in order to sustain its discriminatory and exclusionary ideology.
Studio 360 asked some of their favorite artists what they wanted from our president-to-be. Listen to voicemail messages of their answers - no holds barred.
A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines. Rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats.
William Duckworth and his wife Nora Farrell saw the plane go down ...
Join us on Inauguration Day for coverage of the ceremony, cultural analysis, live music and all the familiar voices you've come to trust: John Hockenberry and Adoara Udoji, Brian Lehrer, Leonard Lopate, Andrea Bernstein, Jon Schaefer and Terrance McKnight. Highlights include an early start to the Brian Lehrer Show, a ...
About two million people are expected to attend President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 20, a record number. For many Americans, this marks a historic event--one marked by a mix of hope and crisis.
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Investors in the financial sector are feeling the pain of zigzagging stock prices in the wake the demise of banking giants Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
Business school student Robert Cestola started investing overseas eight months ago and says he wants to keep his investments there for now.
CESTOLA: I think that ...
Firefighters had a lot of trouble communicating by radio when they fought a fire last year at the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. Firefighters made more than 30 distress calls from inside the burning building, but not all of them were heard.
A Fire Department official ...
Most city restaurants are complying with new rules requiring them to list calorie counts on their menus, according to state health officials.
City inspectors cited just nine restaurants for failing to post calorie counts in the first week after they began enforcing the rule on July 19.
Violators included a Dunkin' Donuts ...
Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich face off over which medium is superior -- television or radio -- with Ira Glass, whose program, This American Life, is both a radio show and TV show, acting as referee.
Have you ever wondered what's on the mind of the crowd that always votes -- senior citizens? WNYC's Amy Pearl brought a microphone to a bagel brunch in her mother's condo in a self-described "over 50" community in Newtown, Connecticut.
WNYC's Amy Pearl with her mother Susan Von Eggers, ...
The city Health Department is taking a new approach to an old problem. In an effort to rid the city of rats -- or at least seriously limit their numbers -- health officials are testing a program to "proactively" examine infested neighborhoods.
REPORTER: Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says ...