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WNYC News

Cuomo to Target Racial Injustice, Inequality in Second Term

Thursday, January 01, 2015

The governor confronted recent weeks of tension over police tactics during his inaugural address at the World Trade Center.

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WNYC News

Feting a New Mayor, and Skewering the Last One

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, formally becoming the 109th mayor of New York City while pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Inauguration Open to (Some of) the Public

Thursday, December 26, 2013

One thousand New Yorkers are going to attend the inauguration of Bill de Blasio on Jan. 1.

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Transportation Nation

D.C.'s Pennsylvania Avenue Bike Lane Gets Presidential

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Inauguration Day 2013 (image courtesy of the First Lady's twitter account)

Monday's inauguration went off without any serious hitches. Sure, there's some Tuesday morning quarterbacking. It turned out that Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem. Michelle Obama might have directed a sarcastic look at John Boehner during the post-inauguration luncheon. That could be a Supreme Court justice nodding off during the proceedings.

But the District's Department of Transportation (DDOT) couldn't have been happier.

"See that?! See that?! NO, not that great coat, the bike lanes!!!" the agency tweeted, referring to a photo of the First Couple walking on the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes.

The photo, which was circulated by the First Lady's Twitter account, quickly made waves among bike advocates.

"Obama Becomes First Prez to Walk Down a Bike Lane on Inauguration Day," read a Streetsfilms headline. One wishful bike blog took it a step further:

"One of the things that we were most proud about was that the inaugural parade was the chance to show off our bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue," said DDOT spokesman John Lisle. The lane, which was installed in 2010, did not exist during the last inauguration.

Lisle added that about 600 bikes were parked in the DDOT's bike corrals and bike parking lots as well -- a lower number than the 1,000 bikes parked during the 2009 presidential inauguration -- but then again, Capital Bikeshare didn't yet exist.

A DDOT bike corral on 17th and K (photo by Eric Gilliland via flickr)

As it turned out, fewer people rode Capital Bikeshare than expected. According to Lisle, there were 4,572 total trips on Inauguration Day -- but 5,772 the day before.

Meanwhile: D.C.'s Metrorail recorded 779,787 trips during the 2013 inauguration. That's about 70% of the ridership reached during the 2009 inauguration.

The transit agency chalked up the lower crowds to Monday's federal holiday, which cut down on work commuters.

Cowds outside of L'Enfant Plaza Monday afternoon after the temporary closure of the gates (photo by Jonathan Wilson/WAMU)

(with reporting from Martin DiCaro)

 

 

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Schoolbook

Harlem Students Celebrate Obama's Second Inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013

About a thousand students and family members turned out to watch President Barack Obama's second inauguration at a Harlem armory.

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The Takeaway

Romney and Obama Voters Respond to Inaugural Address

Monday, January 21, 2013

President Obama delivered his second inaugural address today in Washington, D.C. Two voters who chose him in November, and one who didn't react to the president's address. Horacio Soberon-Ferrer is an independent Florida voter and vice president of the Alliance for Aging. Hermene Hartman is the editor-in-chief of N’Digo Magazine. John Rampe is a registered Republican and president of an Ohio manufacturing company.

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The Takeaway

Analyzing President Obama's Second Inaugural Address

Monday, January 21, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered his second inaugural address to a crowd of several hundred thousand today in Washington D.C. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, and Dick Stevenson, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, offer their analyses.

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The Takeaway

Second Inaugurals, from Lincoln to Obama

Monday, January 21, 2013

Today, as the president takes the oath of office once more, the palpable hope and excitement of Obama's first inauguration has waned. How will President Obama's second inaugural compare to his first, and how does it fit the history of second inaugurals, from Lincoln on forward? Historian and author Kenneth C. Davis explores the history of second inaugurals, and discusses the expectations for President Obama.

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The Takeaway

What Would King Think of Today's Inauguration?

Monday, January 21, 2013

This second inauguration day offers a second moment for President Obama to address the nation without the press of a crises or under the specific obligation of the U.S. Constitution. It's also Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We meet Dr. King through the archives of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Eleanor Fisher, who interviewed Dr. King back in 1961.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Complete Guide to Inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show's coverage of Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural ceremony and address. Featuring analysis from Clarence Page, live from the National Mall in Washington, Jodi Kantor on Obama's second term agenda, and Kenneth C. Davis on the surprising history of inauguration day.

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WNYC News

Video and Transcript: President Obama's Second Inaugural Speech

Monday, January 21, 2013

(As prepared for delivery)

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: 

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

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The Takeaway

President Obama's Civil Rights Report Card

Monday, January 21, 2013

In the midst of all of today's pageantry, it's worth taking a step back and looking at what President Obama has done with his first term, especially when it comes to civil rights. Jared Ball is associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Write the Next "Ask Not..."

Monday, January 21, 2013

Some of American rhetoric's most famous lines have been given during inaugural addresses.

What line would you write for Barack Obama's 2nd inaugural speech?

 

Submit one line (and one line only!) that will echo through the ages in the comments section below.

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The Takeaway

The Unofficial, Crowd-Sourced Inaugural Poem

Monday, January 21, 2013

Last week, noted poet Kwame Dawes started our our crowd-sourced inaugural poem project with these lines: Say "nation." In the wake of quarrels, say "hope." And you took it from there, sending us hundreds of suggestions for lines to be included in the poem via Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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WNYC News

Watch Live: President Obama's Second Inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013

Watch President Barack Obama's second inauguration, live from the National Mall in Washington D.C. The ceremony will feature performances by Beyonce, James Taylor and poet Richard Blanco. As you watch, help us create a People's Poem, by Tweeting your ideas using #PrezPoem and follow along with the best responses.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | January 21, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Previously Unreleased Interviews of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Considering Obama's Record on Civil Rights | The History of Second Inaugurals | Undocumented Immigrant Working Toward Becoming Immigration Lawyer | The People's Poem, Written and Recorded by You

The Takeaway

A People's Poem for the Inaguration: Poets Respond

Friday, January 18, 2013

Poet Kwame Dawes started off a poem for us earlier this week, and we've been sorting through nearly 200 responses in search of the perfect people's poem. Elizabeth Alexander read the poem at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.

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The Takeaway

How to Crowd-Source a Story

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The presidential inauguration is less than a week away. But if you don’t have tickets to an inaugural ball or you’re not planning to be out there watching the swearing-in in Washington, don’t worry, we’ve still got a way for you to be part of the occasion. Willy Chyr, founder of Collabowriters, a website that’s crowd-sourcing a novel, shares his advice for curating a crowd-sourced story.

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On Being

Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer [remix]

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of

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On Being

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of

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