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Audio postcards from across the country

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We asked our listeners and contributors to give us their thoughts on what the Inauguration of Barack Obama means to them. We got answers from across the nation.

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Backstage with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In just a few hours the Lesbian and Gay Band Association will be making history as the first gay band to be included in an inaugural parade. During the Clinton era the LGBA were invited to inaugural events, but never asked to take part in the march down Pennsylvania Ave. We are joined by Femi Oke who went to the band's last dress rehearsal.

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Terrance McKnight on the Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC's own Terrance McKnight is in Washington, D.C. to witness the Inauguration of Barack Obama. We asked him to craft an essay on the subject of what this Inauguration means to him. Listen to his take on this historic day.

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Getting ready for the Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

As the nation prepares for the inauguration, the excited attendees are already streaming onto the National Mall. The Takeaway's Andrea Bernstein is there to report on the mood of those lucky enough to be in D.C. today. We are also joined by The Takeaway's contributor Patrik Henry Bass with his thoughts on the day when America will swear in the first African-American to lead the nation. Patrik Henry Bass is the Senior Editor of Essence magazine and the author of Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

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A speech called 'home'

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Obama gives the inaugural address today. No doubt it will be a soaring narrative that will have interwoven into it concepts of unity, agency, responsibility, hope, the promise of this great nation, a collective destiny, hard work, et cetera. And the speech will matter. It will be the answer to a Dream for many, and for others, as poet Saul Williams has expressed; it will have been "such a long way to travel just to reach the beginning."
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Gettin’ Together

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

It’s getting crowded now in DC. The Metro is beginning to fill, and downtown streets are in gridlock. But who cares? Everyone is talking to everyone else: families, tourists, military people, young guys with lip rings– swapping stories of how they got here, whether or not they got tickets, how they’re getting around. Somehow, beneath all those unfashionable layers, people are getting genuinely warm.
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They paved the way for the new President

Monday, January 19, 2009

Barack Obama has explicitly credited the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of elite African-American World War II pilots, for helping to pave the way for his presidency. Their performance in combat encouraged President Harry Truman to desegregate the military in 1948. All the surviving members of the group were invited to the inauguration and over two hundred are expected to attend. Val Archer, a Tech Sergeant with the Tuskegee Airmen, will tell John and Adaora what this occasion means to him.

For more on the Tuskegee Airmen, watch a clip of them in action courtesy of Youtube user Historystartsnow:

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Lunch of Lincoln

Monday, January 19, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama has taken care to draw parallels between himself and Abraham Lincoln. From appointing a “team of rivals” to choosing to share the same bible for his presidential swearing in and being tall and from Illinois. But did you know that come lunch time tomorrow the 16th and the new 44th president will have shared a meal? Well, not exactly, but the President-elect's first lunch as president is inspired by Lincoln's favorite foods. We are joined by New York Times food writer Melissa Clark who has whipped up some of the recipes from Barack Obama's first lunch as president.

Want to share a meal with Lincoln and Obama? Here are the recipes.

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Cross-country inauguration biker arrives in Washington, D.C.

Monday, January 19, 2009

It’s said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For Ryan Bowen, it began with a single thought: I’m too broke to fly from Los Angeles to D.C. for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Undeterred, Bowen decided to bike across the country. And he’s made it. The Takeaway is joined by writer and cycling activist Ryan Bowen.

Follow Ryan's journey on his video blog:

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In with the new: The lead up to Inauguration Day

Monday, January 19, 2009

It’s out with the old in with the new. Barack Obama takes power tomorrow, along with a host of new cabinet secretaries about to be confirmed and a new Congress. Documenting the transfer of power from Republicans to Democrats is The Takeaway’s Andrea Bernstein, who joins John and Adaora from Washington.

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"They've gone skiing, they've gone to Vegas, they've gone to New York, so the Republicans are not sticking around for all this hoopla."
— The Takeaway's political director Andrea Bernstein on the mood in Washington, D.C. in advance of the Inauguration


Here is one person's vision of things to come:

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Washington buzzes with excitement over impending Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009

As the nation prepares for a new President, Washington, D.C. is filling up with excited Inauguration attendees from across the country. We check in with Femi Oke who is roaming the streets of the Capitol city talking to anyone and everyone she comes across. She joins us now for a report on the scene in the city.

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Not Exactly the Ladies’ Lunch…

Sunday, January 18, 2009

... but rather lunch with Hillary, Janet, Hilda, Kay, Bev, Jeanne and Ellen, and a supporting cast of 2000. Emily’s List, the group devoted to raising money for pro-choice women’s candidates for U.S. Congress, took advantage of the arriving hordes to pull together a luncheon today to celebrate its achievements.

I wouldn’t say it was the loudest or most enthusiastic crowd I’ve ever seen at one of these events but it did remind me, while we’ve all been focused on the top-line narrative of the last two months — who’s in the cabinet, what that means, what Obama is doing about banks and economic stimulus and whether he’s more conservative — "pragmatic" is the word that he likes to use — than his campaign supporters believe — while we’ve been focused on all that, just one level down, the ground really is shifting. To have the Congress be able to pass a bill protecting women workers, and a children’s health bill, and not face a veto, well that’s new. To have a secretary of state talk about women’s reproductive health — it’s a while since we heard that. The big things may take some time to change. But on a micro level, there’s a lot of pent-up energy, and things will likely move quickly, indeed.
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The Obama family goes to Washington

Monday, January 05, 2009

With the presidential inauguration just a few weeks away, the Obama family has moved to Washington, D.C., and the city is gearing up for the largest inauguration ever. Can the city handle the expected hundreds of thousands of inauguration goers? Nia Henderson, the White House correspondent for Politico.com, joins us to let us know what we can expect from the inauguration.

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