The Takeaway for Tuesday, January 20, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Headlines; Live from Washington
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Introducing The Wire: Connecting Takeaway listeners to the streets of D.C. on Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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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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More from Ryan Bowen

Monday, January 19, 2009

We catch up with Ryan Bowen who has finally arrived in Washington, D.C. after biking across America for the Inauguration.

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More from Val Archer, the Tuskegee Airman

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tech Sergeant Val Archer of the Tuskegee Airmen gives us his take on the future.

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The Takeaway for Monday, January 19, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Headlines; Cease-fire in Gaza; The scene in Washington, D.C.
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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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A river runs through it

Friday, January 16, 2009

Contributor's Notes: Paddy O'Connell on the US Airways Hudson River crash

Paddy O'Connell is the host of the BBC's Broadcasting House.

As we go to air, they'll be finishing their news conference on the New York plane crash. There's everything miraculous about it, and something awesome in the skill and bravery of the humans fighting an ailing machine. You know that people will have said, "Have you heard about the plane crash in New York...," open-mouthed at the details. But I wondered if there's space on the blog to chalk up a word for the river itself?

There's a spot on the banks of the Hudson where you can see where the Titanic survivors eventually reached dry land. They were taken to St. Vincent's hospital a few blocks away. On the morning of 9/11, medics stood in the street appealing for public blood donations as emergency vehicles headed downtown. So it's worth taking a moment to linger longer at the banks.

The passengers landed upstream of the totems of America. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all a short ferry ride from Wall Street and the World Trade Center. The plane ditched somewhere off West 48th Street, and it seems that in a city that was expecting the worst a sense of relief just swept over people. Named after an Englishman, its Native American name also means "the river that flows both ways." It also earned the name America's Rhine.

The plane hit the water miles downstream of West Point, and of FDR's mansion. He's meant to have said, "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River."

So this rant might not be news, but would you agree that this news of the plane and its deliverance on the Hudson proves why the history of a city is something best told by its river?

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The Bush presidency: Your best summaries in eight words or fewer

Friday, January 16, 2009

President George W. Bush leaves office after eight controversial years. We're asking you, Takeaway listeners, to sum up the presidency in eight words or less, vote on other listeners' summaries, then add your own!

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So who is Rumpole of the Bailey?

Friday, January 16, 2009

For more on the passing of John Mortimer, read the BBC article on his life. Here's a brief glimpse of John Mortimer's belovedly grouchy lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey.

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In case you missed it

Friday, January 16, 2009

For those of you who missed President Bush's farewell address because you were trying to catch up on American Idol, watch it below courtesy of AP/Youtube.

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The Takeaway for Friday, January 16, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Headlines; The economy and bailout plans in Washington
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The Takeaway for Thursday, January 15, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Headlines; News from Washington; Senator Jim DeMint on the bailout
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Happy news for the kids from Ron Clark Academy

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

As mentioned in Femi's news headlines, the kids at Atlanta's Ron Clark Academy were mighty excited when they found out they were going to the Obama inauguration. Get your hankies ready!

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The Takeaway for Wednesday, January 14, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Headlines; Today in Washington
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In praise of Rickey Henderson, baseball's newest Hall of Famer

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

There will be lots and lots of agate type in every paper in America this morning as the world takes note of the election of Oakland's Rickey Henderson to baseball's Hall of Fame, and God knows there's more of it in his career than just about anyone's.

Read Jeff's notes on Rickey Henderson's election to baseball's Hall of Fame or listen to his segment on The Takeaway.
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The Takeaway for Tuesday, January 13, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Headlines; Hillary Clinton's confirmation hearings
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