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Inauguration Day in Connecticut
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WNPR's coverage of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th President began on Morning Edition. Ray Hardman spoke with Quinnipiac University's Lisa Burns, an expert on the history of American first ladies, about the impact of Michelle Obama.  

Where We Live checked in with local folks who made the trip to DC for the big day including the official inaugural poet, Elizabeth Alexander from Yale.  Senior Producer Catie Talarski captured some of the reaction we got to the day's events on the program's blog: Where We Blog.   

Faith Middleton's Politics Burgers and Beer took listener phone calls with reactions to the day, and heard live from contributor Ken Dautrich of UConn, who witnessed the ceremonies in Washington DC.  

WNPR reporters spread out to inauguration watch parties all over Connecticut. In Hartford, crowds gathered at the XL Center, public libraries, cinemas, and museums to watch President Obama take the oath of office.   We have several reports from venues around the state.

  • WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports from the Hartford Public Library where the diverse crowd resembled the America President Obama now leads. (Listen to the audio in the above Flash player)
  • Harriet Jones reports from an inauguration watch party in a New London house where George Washington once visited.  (Listen for audio below)
  • Anna Sale visited the Hartford Law and Government Academy where students watched a projection of Washington events in the school library.  (Listen for audio below)
  • Diane Orson brings us voices from New Haven city hall and Nancy Cohen brings us reaction from a senior center in Hartford's North End.  (Listen for audio below)
  • Chion Wolf chronicled the day with African American elders at the North End Senior Center in this photo gallery.  


For more on the inauguration throughout the day - visit the NPR official Inauguration:2009 page.  For more pictures of the inauguration from Flickr, go to their Inauguration 2009 page.

Reaction from New London, by Harriet Jones
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Reaction from Hartford Law Academy, by Anna Sale
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Reaction from New Haven, by Diane Orson
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Reaction from the Senior Center, by Nancy Cohen
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