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SOTU Preview; Morality and Football; Snowden and Sochi; Black Stats; Remembering Pete Seeger

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), delivers his State of the Union speech. Feb. 12, 2013 (Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty)

Neera Tanden of The Center for American Progress discusses the president's expected proposals for addressing economic inequality in tonight's State of the Union address.  Plus: How does Edward Snowden's presence in Russia during the Olympics complicate his chances of a deal? And a new book that compiles statistics about African Americans in 2014, from education to income to economic mobility and more.

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State of the Union Preview: Talking About Inequality

"I would imagine you'll hear more about opportunity than inequality," says Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress about tonight's State of the Union. She breaks down what President Obama may call for, including executive action on the minimum wage and carbon emissions. Plus, a surprise call from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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Are You a Conflicted Football Fan?

In his Atlantic essay, Peter Beinart explores his moral conflict between his love of watching football with his young son and the inherent violence of the game. As you make plans to watch the Superbowl this weekend, are you conflicted between your enjoyment of watching the game and teaching your kids to love it too, despite the violence?

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Putin Welcomes Snowden to Sochi

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses Edward Snowden's effect on the Sochi games, and whether his presence could negate any potential deals.

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Black Americans, By the Numbers

Monique Morris, co-founder of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and the author of Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century, shares the good news and the bad contained in the statistics on black Americans. She is joined by Dr Khalil Gibran Muhammad director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness, who also wrote the introduction to Morris' book.

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Remembering Pete Seeger

Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger died today in New York at the age of 94. We remember his life, music, and impact -- and play an excerpts of his WNYC appearances, from 1941 to 2012.

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