presidential inauguration en Poet Richard Blanco at Union College <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Richard Blanco</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who last month became the fifth presidential inaugural poet, will be at </span><a href=";eventidn=6991&amp;information_id=18824&amp;type=&amp;syndicate=syndicate" style="line-height: 1.5;">Union College</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Schenectady tonight at 7-PM to read from his works. Previous inaugural poets have included Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.</span></p><p>Although his poems have appeared in top literary journals and anthologies, including <em>The Nation</em>, <em>New Republic</em>, <em>Michigan Quarterly Review</em> and <em>The Best American Poetry</em>, Blanco was not widely known until he was chosen by President Barack Obama as the inaugural poet.</p><p>Obama selected Blanco because his “deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American.” Blanco became the first immigrant, the first Latino and the first openly gay person to be named the inaugural poet. At the inauguration, Blanco read his poem, One Today – which is being released in book form today.</p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59108 at Poet Richard Blanco at Union College Obama's second inauguration: What's the point? <p>As the buzz surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration grew, so did talk over the <em>point</em> of celebrating the ceremony for a second time. Some asked whether this was a necessary tradition, or simply a costly affair that was inappropriate for such tough economic times.</p><p>Yet an estimated one million people chose to travel to the nation’s capital to see the ceremony on Monday—often standing from a distance where nothing could be seen—and those that I spoke with had no trouble explaining to me why the ceremony was important to them.</p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Sally Mairs 56423 at Obama's second inauguration: What's the point? Congressional Corner with Brad Hays - Part 2 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The country came together for a rare moment of political unity on Monday. In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that President Obama’s inaugural address focused on equality.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 56343 at Question of the Day - President Obama's second term? <p>Yesterday in his second inaugural address, President Obama emphasized some of his priorities.</p><p>What are your hopes for President Obama's second term?</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00:29 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 56225 at Vox Pop : Open Forum - Inauguration Day : 1/21/13 <p>President Barack Obama was inaugurated today to his second and final term in office.</p><p>On this edition of Vox Pop we want to hear your take on the president’s second inauguration and what you hope a second Obama term will mean for the country.</p><p><em>Post your questions and comments below to have them read on-air. You can also post your questions on our <a href="">Facebook page</a> or tweet us <a href="">@WAMCVoxPop</a>.</em></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 55934 at Vox Pop : Open Forum - Inauguration Day : 1/21/13 On inauguration day, YNN's Benjamin checks in from Washington <p>WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Liz Benjamin, host of YNN's Capital Tonight and a WAMC commentator, who is in Washington to cover today's presidential inauguration.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 56143 at On inauguration day, YNN's Benjamin checks in from Washington