NPR Story
9:49 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Inauguration Day: Update From The Capitol And Mall

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 11:40 am

Staten Island's PS22 student choral group performs as people file onto the National Mall hoping for a glimpse of President Obama later.

NPR Story
9:48 am
Mon January 21, 2013

A Look At Memorable Moments From Past Inaugurations

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 11:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Well, from the studio, I'm going to go out again to talk to NPR's Linda Wertheimer. She is at a place that has a very good view of the activities there on the Mall. That happens to be the Canadian embassy. And just one thing: the West Front of the Capitol is decorated in red, white and blue. That is the backdrop for President Obama's second Inauguration. And Linda has seen every Inauguration since the second time President Richard Nixon was sworn into office, his second inaugural. Good morning.

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7:56 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Snyder hopes for quick action on Blue Cross bills

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Questions raised over premiums for seniors and competition among insurers.
Lansing - Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Legislature to quickly pass Blue Cross Blue Shield reforms, but some critics are demanding a second look that might delay passage and keep the Blues from offering low-cost insurance under the federal health care act. The Legislature approved a two-bill package in late December.
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7:45 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Parade Begins At The Pentagon Moves To D.C.

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. One of the liveliest parts of today's events dates back to the very first Inauguration, and that would be the inaugural parade. After George Washington took his oath of office, he was joined by a procession made up of local militias as he made his way from Mount Vernon to New York City. Today, the parade is a colorful blend of marching bands, floats and different organizations led by ceremonial military regiments.

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7:44 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Speaker urges Kalamazoo audience to continue Martin Luther King's dream

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Reverend Kenneth Flowers of the Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit spoke Sunday in Kalamazoo
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Martin Luther's King Dream seems to be alive and well in Kalamazoo. Those in attendance at the 27th annual Northside Ministerial Alliance's Martin Luther King Celebration certainly don't doubt that. More than 400 people packed Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo on Sunday afternoon for the event, which was given the tagline: "Seeding the Dream and Keeping Hope Alive."
7:39 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Ecumenical service in Battle Creek honors Martin Luther King

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Crowd of about 250 people attended service in Battle Creek Sunday night
If the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. attended Sunday's ecumenical service held in Battle Creek, he might say the community has carried out his dream well in some ways but has fallen short of the dream in other ways.
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7:36 am
Mon January 21, 2013

NASA's 'Mohawk Guy' To March In Inaugural Parade

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The inaugural parade will have floats and marching bands, and for science geeks a special treat - life-size replicas of the NASA Mars rover, Curiosity, and the Orion space capsule. The biggest attraction may be marching alongside the replicas: Bobak Ferdowsi, the go-to guy for last year's Mars landing, who came to be known as Mohawk Guy. He told Wired magazine he'll reveal a special new hairstyle just for today's parade. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Politics
7:28 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Is Joe Biden Eying A Run For The Presidency?

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Vice President Joe Biden first ran for president in the 1980s, an up and coming young pol who was knocked out of the race. He tried again in 2008 before becoming President Obama's running mate. Now, he starts another term still number two. But at a weekend inaugural event, he declared, I'm proud to be president of the United States. His son corrected him, though one persistent question is whether the vice president may try one more run in 2016.

7:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

West Michigan farmers face uncertainty without federal Farm bill

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Stopgap has been approved, but farm interests want long-term bill.
WEST MICHIGAN - Farmers have had it. While the rest of the country fixated on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations, behind the scenes, a quieter drama with potentially dire consequences was playing out with the package of legislation known as the Farm Bill. Like the solution to the fiscal cliff, the Farm Bill situation remains largely unresolved.
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7:18 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Crowds Begin Converging On Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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6:59 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Events to honor MLK in Kalamazoo

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Monday's events include Community wide day of service, convocation at Kalamazoo College and showing the inauguration ceremonies at Miller Auditorium
  • Source: Wmich
  • | Via: WMU News
KALAMAZOO-Activities at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and across the broader Kalamazoo community are planned to honor slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., including a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations. "Seeding the Dream" is the theme of this year's celebration, which includes events throughout 2013 to honor the 50th anniversary of King's visit to WMU in 1963.
6:40 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Kalamazoo City Commission to consider moratorium on digital billboards

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City Commission meets on Tuesday, and will consider request from city staff
A six-month moratorium on "internally illuminated off-premises signs" would allow Kalamazoo city staff to study LED billboards and recommend changes to the city's zoning ordinance that address size, brightness, "sequencing of changing copy" and where those signs should be located, City Planner Andrea Augustine said in a memo to city commissioners.
6:13 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Eau Claire native returns to preach unity ahead of MLK Day

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Reverend Jerry McAfee returned to Southwest Michigan. He is currently senior pastor of a Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
ST. JOSEPH - On the night before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, pastors told Twin Cities residents they need to come together.
Race
5:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Myrlie Evers-Williams To Deliver Inaugural Invocation

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the widow of a murdered Mississippi civil rights leader will help open the inaugural ceremony today. President Obama selected activist Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver the invocation. She's the first woman and the first layperson to have the honor.

NPR's Debbie Elliott has this profile.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Evers-Williams' prominent role in President Obama's second inauguration comes in the 50th year since NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was shot to death outside his family's home in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Asia
3:41 am
Mon January 21, 2013

During 2nd Term, Obama To Pivot To Asia

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The president of the United States, as his title suggests, is the leader of this country, but in many ways is also the leader of the world. And so we're looking at how other countries see the next four years on this Inauguration Day. India enjoyed strong relations with the Obama administration in its first term, but in a second term, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports, the South Asian giant is concerned about the uncertainty seen in American policy toward China and Afghanistan.

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Middle East
3:41 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Israel's Move To The Right, Ahead Of Elections

Originally published on Sun January 27, 2013 9:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

In his first term, the president sometimes had prickly relations with Israel. Tomorrow, Israelis vote in a new government. That election comes amid the revolutions of Israel's Arab neighbors and soon after an armed conflict with Palestinians in Gaza. And when David Remnick recently visited Israel, he found, in his words, the vivid and growing strength of the radical right.

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Africa
3:41 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Ambassador Huddleston: U.S. Must Save Mali

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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The dead are still being counted from last week's attack and hostage drama at a natural gas plant in the remote desert of Algeria. Among those killed are dozens of foreign workers from Britain, Japan and elsewhere, with at least one from America. To get a better understanding of what is unfolding in the region and America's role in it, we're joined by Vickie Huddleston.

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Africa
3:41 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Nightmare Details Emerge After Siege Ends In Algeria

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:01 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

President Obama took the oath for a second term yesterday, on January 20th, as the Constitution requires. The public ceremony takes place today at the Capitol, and we'll have live coverage all day long.

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Author Interviews
5:29 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

George Saunders On Absurdism And Ventriloquism In 'Tenth Of December'

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George Saunders has been writing short stories for decades.

Saunders, a professor at Syracuse University, was once a geological engineer who traveled the world; he now crafts stories that combine the absurd and fantastic with the mundane realities of everyday life. One story about a professional caveman inspired those Geico commercials.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Will The Grass Be Greener In Obama's Second Term?

A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Some environmentalists hope President Obama lives up to campaign promises regarding climate change in his second term.
Jim Urquhart AP

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 8:02 pm

One of the chief expectations of those who voted for President Obama is that he moves assertively to pass climate change legislation, whatever the political climate in Washington.

"We have a bipartisan common interest in moving away from fossil fuels towards clean energy," says Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club. "The sooner that members of both parties in Congress realize that and develop solutions, the better off we'll all be."

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Environment
5:01 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Former Anti-GMO Activist Says Science Changed His Mind

Harvest wheat from a field near Wright, Kan. May 10, 2004.
ORLIN WAGNER ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:29 pm

For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas destroyed genetically modified food (GMO) crops in what he calls a successful campaign to force the business of agriculture to be more holistic and ecological in its practices.

His targets were companies like Monsanto and Syngenta — leaders in developing genetically modified crops.

Earlier this month he went in front of the world to reverse his position on GMOs.

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Author Interviews
4:12 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Connecting With Nature To Reclaim Our Natural 'Birthright'

Stephen Kellert is a professor emeritus and senior research scholar at Yale University.
John Mueller Yale University Press

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:29 pm

"Contact with nature is not some magical elixir but the natural world is the substrate on which we must build our existence," writes Stephen Kellert in his new book Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World.

In it, he tells stories of the environment's effect on us, and ours on it. His writing builds on the traditions of Thoreau, John Muir and Rachel Carson. Modern society, he argues, has become adversarial in its relationship to nature, having greatly undervalued the natural world beyond its narrow utility.

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Food
3:49 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Distilling Presidential History Into 44 Cocktails

Washington, D.C., bartender Jim Hewes distills presidential history into cocktails.
Liz Baker NPR

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 5:04 pm

As Washington, D.C., gears up for the 57th presidential inauguration, political parties are in full swing. We're not talking about run-of-the-mill partisan bickering. We're talking about inaugural celebrations: balls, galas and cocktail parties. Emphasis on the cocktail.

The Round Robin Bar in the Willard Hotel is just a stone's throw from the White House. Bartender Jim Hewes has been serving up drinks there for nearly 30 years.

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Inauguration 2013
3:15 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

An Inaugural Memory: President Lincoln's Food Fight

Menu for Lincoln's 2nd inaugural ball, March 6, 1865
Smithsonian Institution

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 12:27 pm

A recently-published menu for Abraham Lincoln's lavish second inaugural ball in 1865 provides an interesting look at how different the nation celebrated its new president just seven score and eight years ago.

Smoked tongue en geleé and blancmange (a firm custard) shared room on the buffet table with roast turkey and burnt almond ice cream.

As Yale food historian Paul Freedman told Smithsonian Magazine writer Megan Gambino, the cuisine could best be described as "French via England, with some American ingredients."

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Music Interviews
2:58 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

For Sean Lennon, Music Is Not A Solo Act

Sean Lennon in the studio, during production of the Alter Egos soundtrack.
Jordan Galland Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 5:29 pm

Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko, is drawn to musical collaboration and repelled by hydraulic fracturing.

The 37-year-old just released two albums: the improvisational project Mystical Weapons and the score to the independent film Alter Egos.

Writing For Film

Lennon only appears in Alter Egos for a few seconds; the majority of his efforts went into writing the music, which he had to do twice. He describes the film as a "kitsch comedy about superheroes," and his first attempt at the music took a similar vibe.

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2:45 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

School Districts reviewing security after shooting in Connecticut

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Michigan Association of School Boards spokeswoman says staff has been fielding calls from administrators wanting to make schools safer.
"Our school campuses are designed to inspire creativity, personal responsibility, collaboration, pride and achievement. We have multiple safeguards in place, but we cannot totally eliminate the possibility of an act of evil taking place."
2:22 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Attorney says misconduct charges against Perry don't involve financial impropriety

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Perry's resignation was accepted by the Portage School Board last week. An arbitration hearing will decide if Perry gets any severance from the district.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
PORTAGE, MI -- Misconduct charges leveled against former Portage Superintendent Ric Perry by the school district do not involve allegations of "financial illegality or abuse of public funds," Perry's attorney says. Christopher Morris of Kalamazoo contacted MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette by email on Saturday in response to a story posted Friday about Perry's relationship with Patricia Koeze, the district's human resources director.
SW Michigan
1:54 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Stateside: Celebrating a remarkably normal presidential inauguration

Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo U.S. Air Force

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 10:28 am

President Obama will be sworn in publicly for his second term on Monday.

Michigan musician and storyteller Allison Downey remembers the President's first inauguration:

 


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8:45 am
Sun January 20, 2013

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The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a Lake Effect Snow Advisory for most of the WMUK listening area.  The advisory is in effect  to 5 p.m.  Moderate lake effect snow is expected through the day, with up to 4 inches of accumulation possible.  The earlier warning has been cancelled.

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