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Barack Obama

The Inauguration Ceremony

Live Coverage hosted by Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer anchors PBS' inauguration coverage, which includes political analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks and historical context from Peniel Joseph, Ellen Fitzpatrick and Richard Brookhiser. PBS plans to include coverage of Barack Obama's arrival at the White House, excerpts of the church service and Obama's speech to the nation from the Capitol steps. Watch the show online now.  Learn more... 




It's a day of celebrations, and WNPR and NPR News have complete coverage of President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural events. The daylong coverage from NPR News begins at 5 AM with Morning Edition, bringing all the sounds and news of the events right through to reports on All Things Considered. Its wall-to-wall, coast to coast, and international coverage of a remarkable day in U.S. history.

Where We Live: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

John Dankosky will be joined in studio by Trinity College professor Renny Fulco as they take calls from those witnessing the events first hand.

Special Coverage: 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Steve Inskeep and Michele Norris take listeners to the viewing stands on the Capitol grounds. With preparations underway, they describe the building excitement as hundreds of thousands, maybe millions crowd onto the National Mall to participate in history. We'll hear from NPR journalists amid the throng in Washington, DC, talk with people around the country and the world about their hopes and expectations for change. For many, it will be a moment they never believed would happen in their lifetimes. During the Inaugural Ceremonies, we will hear full, uninterrupted coverage of the ceremonies as first Joe Biden and then Barack Obama are sworn into office, followed by the Inaugural Address.

Following the ceremony, Steve Inskeep and Michele Norris will talk with previous presidential speechwriters historians, journalists and with many in the crowd about what they heard from the new president and about the challenges that lie ahead. We'll continue to hear from people around the nation and the world.

Featuring Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Whoopi Goldberg

African American Lives

A Four-Part Series

Aired Tuesday, January 20, from 2:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. on CPTV

A compelling combination of storytelling and science, African American Lives uncovers a new level personal discovery. Using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis to trace lineages through American history and back to Africa, the series provides life-changing journeys for a diverse group of highly accomplished African Americans including Whoopi Goldberg, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Quincy Jones, Dr. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Chris Tucker and Oprah Winfrey. Learn more...

NPR Call-in Special: 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Neal Conan picks up the live coverage at 2 pm as we broaden our coverage into a national conversation with our listeners about their reaction to the President's address. We'll hear from a broad range of political stakeholders about what they expect from this new administration, and what their roles will be. We will also provide live coverage of the Inaugural Parade as it passes the reviewing stand on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Faith Middleton Show: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In this special Politics, Burgers & Beer, Faith & her politicos look at the Inaguration.

All Things Considered: 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Yes, the inauguration ceremony is over, but the events continue and so does our coverage. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block host. Melissa is on the streets in the morning talking with those who traveled to DC for the occasion. We’ll analyze Mr. Obama’s speech and have reaction from Chicago, Harlem and various locations throughout Connecticut, around the country and overseas. Anna Sale will be with students at Hartford’s Law and Government Academy. Lucy Nalpathanchil will be at the Hartford Public Library to speak with people who gather there to watch the Oath of Office. Diane Orson will be at New Haven City Hall where residents are expected to gather. Harriet Jones will be in New London and Nancy Cohen will be speaking with senior citizens in Hartford’s North End and at Trinity Episcopal Church. DC is the city that never sleeps and we’ll be live, checking out the scene as the parade rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue with Michele Norris. Then NPR's “belle of the ball” Elizabeth Blair has the enviable task of attending the galas, but only so she can let us know how much fun everyone else is having.

Inauguration Wrap: 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

NPR will provide a one-hour wrap program to look back on the day. We’ll have highlights from the day’s speeches, voices of the people and more.

Then Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, during a campaign rally at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, Tuesday, September 16, 2008.


Dreams of Obama

Aired Tuesday, Januay 20, at 9:00 p.m. on CPTV

On the night of Barack Obama's historic inauguration, FRONTLINE examines the rich personal and political biography of the 44th president of the United States. Through interviews with insiders and observers who've tracked Obama from his days at Harvard Law School, through his rise in Chicago politics, to his emergence onto the national scene after the 2004 Democratic National Convention, FRONTLINE chronicles Obama's meteoric rise, pushing beyond the headlines to reveal how he won one of the most memorable, and important, presidential elections of our time. Learn more...