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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner, delivers his second State of the Union Address Jan. 25th. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Getty)

President Obama laid out a path to economic recovery through innovation and education in last night’s State of the Union speech.  It’s a Free Country bloggers Jami Floyd, Karol Markowicz, Justin Krebs, and Solomon Kleinsmith all react to the  President’s vision.  Plus: Deputy Mayor Robert Steel on what the State of the Union will mean for the city of New York; and a newly proposed map of a divided West Bank that creator David Makovsky argues could lead to lasting peace. 

SOTU Analysis

It's A Free Country bloggers Jami Floyd, Karol Markowicz, Justin Krebs, and Solomon Kleinsmith join our listeners in reacting to last night's State of the Union address.

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City Business

Robert SteelNew York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and former CEO of Wachovia, talks about initiatives to grow businesses and jobs in New York.

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Maps and Papers

David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at The Washington Institute and co-author (with Dennis Ross), of  Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle Eastproposes a map of the West Bank and talks about how the leak of the Palestine Papers affects the peace process.

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The Science of Smiling

Carl Zimmer, contributor to The New York Times' Science Times and author of Brain Cuttings: Fifteen Journeys Through the Mind, talks about developments in the research of smiling and what smiling means for our brains.

President Obama's smile was impressively consistent when he posed for photographs with 130 foreign dignitaries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009.  Check out the video below, from Bus Your Own Tray blogger Eric Spiegelman.

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Slideshow: What Does the State of the Union Mean to You?

New Yorkers gathered at WNYC's Greene Space on Tuesday night to watch the President's State of the Union address. Every year we get this glimpse into the President's reflections on the previous year and his thoughts on the future. Some of you were excited about the speech, some were worried, some were just curious to hear what he had to say.

We wanted it to feel like you were really there so we captured it on camera with our own version of President Obama.

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