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New York 2009: The Year in Sound and Images

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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The year began with the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Many New Yorkers hoped for a new era in politics. But then a dramatic coup in the state Senate brought Albany to a month-long standstill. The headlines were filled with political scandals, and ...

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Gaffemeister Out-gaffed!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The White House is still sweeping up after Vice President Biden's biggest whoops to date -- telling Americans to stay off mass transit for the duration of the swine flu outbreak. Shame, that, because he's done so much in his short tenure to own the transit issue. ...

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51 Things Barack Obama Can do for New York City

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jonathan Bowles and Tara Colton of the Center for an Urban Future discuss their new report on "51 Things the Obama Administration Should do for New York City."

What Do You Think Obama Can Do For NYC?

Look at the 51 Issues ...

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Inauguration Party in Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Produced by Kathleen Horan and Chaleampon Ritthichai

Senior citizens at a Fort Green/Crown Heights senior center gathered to watch Barack Obama being sworn in. They sang, they danced, they celebrated.

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Wisdom of the Cloud?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, we'll be speaking with Michael Newman from Slate about an interesting project they just wrapped up: using an online collaborative writing tool, they had readers create their dream Obama inauguration speech. You can read the final results here. And here's a 'word cloud' ...

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Favorite Part of the Speech

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Now safely inside and thawed (minus about seven layers of clothing) I've been listening to NPR, where the consensus seems to be that the speech was dark. But I found it strangely hopeful. After all, the revolutionary warriors made it through the icy waters, the soldiers whispering from Arlington are ...

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"A long way to get here..."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Countless hours to arrive in Washington, six hours in sub-freezing temperatures, and some folks with tickets couldn't even get in after the blue gate was shut down. Then it was a two-hour line just to get in to the Capital South metro station. Did it matter? Nope. A family from ...

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At The Old Ebbit Grill in DC...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

By Ellen Horne

Here at the Old Ebbit Grill in DC, the crowd's loudest celebratory cheer was at the sight of G.W. Bush boarding a helicopter and leaving Washington. TVs and a large projection screen are all tuned to MSNBC.

This party, thrown by the Democratic Leadership Council, is only ...

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No More Sci-Fi or Comedy Folks!.....Introducing President Obama!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC Guest Blogger: Afronerd

Well the fated day has finally arrived and beyond the pomp and circumstance, President Obama has his work cut out for him. We can all breath a sigh of relief as he has thus far turned out to be quite a classy (and politically moderate) fellow-not at all like the "socialist" brush my home team attempted to paint him with. But as much as a cineaste and comic book buff that I fancy myself as, one should never forget just how much the proposition of a Black president was perceived as fodder for entertainment and fantasy. So perhaps, we have to give thanks to Sammy Davis, Jr. (yes Sammy......as a child), Richard Pryor (clip, above) James Earl Jones, Dennis Haysbert and the inimitable Morgan Freeman for at least implanting the idea of a Black POTUS in our nation's consciousness.

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A Down-To-Earth Leader

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Robert George
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WNYC Guest Blogger: Robert George

1) Barack Obama played against type. He eschewed the high-soaring rhetoric that typified his campaign, choosing instead to stay down-to-earth, laying out a centrist (some would say 'middle-of-the-road') theme trying to paper over most partisan differences.

2) He had an appropriately hawkish tone to the enemies of America:

We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

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A Spectacular Anti-Climax

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez
Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez

WNYC Guest Blogger: Young Jean Lee

I’m at an inauguration party hosted by singer/songwriter Mike Doughty. Almost everyone here is either a theater person or musician, so all of us are simultaneously judging the event as an entertainment. Rachel Murdy points out that Dick Cheney in his wheelchair looks like Dr. Strangelove, while Mike thinks he looks more like the evil Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Harlem Celebrates!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Aniya Dew, Amina Niass, Mbayang Kasse and Kevin Lassiter, all students at the Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem,watch the Inauguration in Harlem. Watch their faces as Barack Obama takes the oath of office.

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Voices From Harlem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Amina Niass and Mbayang Kasse of Democracy Prep in Harlem celebrate at the inauguration of Barack Obama"

One of the 7,000 students invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Armory in Harlem

One of the 7,000 students invited to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Armory in Harlem

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Live from the Mall

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

People gather during the inauguration of Barack Obama. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

People gather during the inauguration of Barack Obama. (Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

 

Andrea Bernstein comments as the ceremony begins:

Simple, elegant, a call to service. We may not know ...

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Inaugural Poem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Read by Elizabeth Alexander

On Inauguration morning, even a PETA activist and a woman in fur can make friends!

On Inauguration morning, even a PETA activist and a woman in fur can make friends!

Praise song for the day.

Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others' eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.

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The Obama Conundrum

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Watching the inauguration at the LGBT Center

Watching the inauguration at the LGBT Center

WNYC Guest Blogger: Michael Lavers

Outgoing President George W. Bush’s first inauguration in Jan. 20, 2001, seems a distant memory. I was a 19-year-old freshman at the University of New Hampshire. My parents still had their health and I drove a 1989 Mercury Topaz. Things have certainly changed in the last eight years—I order café con leche from the bodegas near my apartment in Bushwick. Employment insecurity and health care costs continue to burden my mother and father. And I am about to witness President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

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Does A Difficult Home Make A Great President?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC Guest Blogger: Robert George

In today's New York Post, Richard Brookhiser notes this about Barack Obama:

We are inaugurating a man who has lived an unusually displaced life - an absent father, a roaming mother. These circumstances have made Obama used to calling his own tune. What tune that will be is something we - and perhaps he - will have to find out as his presidency unfolds.

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President Obama's Inaugural Address

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Washington, D.C.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

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New York's School Kids Watch Obama Inauguration in Harlem

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem hosted thousands of school kids at the Armory in Harlem to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama. 11-year-old Kevin Lassiter of Democracy Prep says he hopes Barack Obama can end the war in Iraq and change the world.

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