11:30am

Mon January 21, 2013
History

Reflecting On MLK, Jr.'s Writings And Speeches

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Today's inaugural ceremonies also fall on the holiday honoring civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. In a special touch, President Obama used two Bibles to take the oath of office, one of them belonging to Abraham Lincoln and the other once belonged to Dr. King. And a lot of Americans have drawn a connection between this nation's first African-American president and Dr. King.

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11:22am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Russia Will Send Two Planes To Evacuate Its Citizens From Syria

The Russian Emergencies Ministry's Il-76 transport plane.
Lidia Ysamova RIA Novosti

The Russian government said that it was sending two airplanes to Lebanon in an effort to evacuate any of its citizens who wish to leave neighboring Syria.

Russia Today, the official English-language outlet for the country, reports the planes will depart on Tuesday and are expected to carry about 100 Russians.

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11:10am

Mon January 21, 2013
It's All Politics

In Address, Obama Highlights Equal Rights And Government's Role

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 5:59 pm

President Obama gives his inaugural address after taking the oath of office Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

President Obama began his second term with an unapologetically liberal inaugural address, calling on Americans to work together to preserve entitlements, address climate change and extend civil rights.

"Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play," the president said. "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune."

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10:54am

Mon January 21, 2013
Around the Nation

After The Social Movement, What's Next?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we will hear more from some of the folks attending the inauguration ceremonies.

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10:54am

Mon January 21, 2013
Politics

What Will The Next Four Years Be About?

Hope and change were two of the watch words of President Obama's first presidential campaign. As he begins a second term, Tell Me More speaks with people gathered in the nation's capital about what they think the next four years will be about.

10:40am

Mon January 21, 2013
Television

Kevin Bacon, Seeking A TV 'Following'

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 10:46 am

Jeannane Goossen and Kevin Bacon star as FBI special agents tracing a network of serial killers in Fox's new crime drama The Following.
Fox

In the new Fox TV series The Following, Kevin Bacon plays a former FBI agent asked to help apprehend an escaped serial killer he once put behind bars. The show is from Kevin Williamson, who also created the Scream horror-movie franchise.

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10:19am

Mon January 21, 2013
Author Interviews

'Double V': The Fight For Civil Rights In The U.S. Military

The fight to integrate the U.S. military began with the Revolutionary War, says author Rawn James, Jr.
Bloomsbury Press

In his new book, The Double V: How Wars, Protest and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military, author Rawn James Jr. argues that if one wants to understand the story of race in the United States, one must understand the history of African-Americans in the country's military. Since the country was founded, he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, the military "has continually been forced to confront what it means to segregate individuals according to race."

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10:05am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

WATCH: 'One Today,' An Inaugural Poem

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 2:13 pm

Poet Richard Blanco is the author of City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead and Looking for the Gulf Motel.
Nico Tucci Courtesy Richard Blanco

Today, Richard Blanco became the fifth poet to read at the inauguration of a United States president.

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9:40am

Mon January 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Booted Off Inaugural Party Stage After Criticizing Obama

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 11:49 am

Recording Artist Lupe Fiasco performs in September 2012.
Donald Bowers Getty Images

The rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at an unofficial inaugural ball in Washington, last night.

As Politico reports, the Grammy-nominated rapper stayed on the anti-war song "Words I Never Said" for 30 minutes. Video posted by Now This News shows Fiasco dropping lines critical of President Obama, before the lights go off and men in black suits escort him off the stage.

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9:37am

Mon January 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Listen Now: SFJAZZ Center Opening Night Concert

Esperanza Spalding

This week, SF Jazz will celebrate the opening of the new SF Jazz Center.  Capping the celebration was the opening night concert hosted by Bill Cosby, and featuring performances by McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, the SFJAZZ Collective, and many more. 

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