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President Barack Obama's inauguration speech touched on hope for the future and the economic troubles we face. Kai Ryssdal looks at what our new president had to say.
The inauguration ceremony was appointment television for a lot of people, even though it was a workday. So, lots of Americans played hooky. Jeremy Hobson spent some time with people who were watching Obama on a big-screen TV in Harlem.
As Bank of America and Citigroup continue their downward slides in the market, calls for a "bad bank" and rumors of nationalization have been growing. Kai Ryssdal speaks with MIT Professor Simon Johnson about what can be done with the banking system.
As African Americans celebrate President Obama's inauguration, a disproportionate number of them are struggling to avoid foreclosures on their homes. Commentator Amelia Tyagi says we should examine the practices that led many of them into this situation.
Nearly $700 billion in corporate debt will be due in 2009, which is sending firms scrambling to refinance. But with banks struggling and investors afraid of lending, many companies will have a difficult time coming up with the cash they need. Steve Henn reports.
Inaugural balls used to be fancy affairs, but have been scaled back in recent years. This year, some balls will be toned down even further because of the recession. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
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