372: The Inauguration Show

372: The Inauguration Show

Jan 16, 2009
On the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, we sent reporters out all over the country to talk to people about how they're feeling about this new president. Do they believe things will change? Do they think there'll be changes in their own lives?
From dozens of hours of interviews, at a Marine Corps base and a button factory, at a New Orleans bar and a Florida town that used to be a stronghold for the Ku Klux Klan, we heard opinions about what would happen in America after the ceremony on January 20th, 2009.

You can check out our web extra of additional kids' letters to President Obama here.
  • Well over two years ago, long before the country chose Barack Obama...a company called Tigereye Design in Greenville, Ohio chose him. The owners liked Obama as a candidate and they approached him and asked if they could make buttons and posters and yard signs for the campaign and its online store. If Barack Obama could do for the economy what he did for Tigereye, we would all be very lucky. This American Life Producer Lisa Pollak dropped by the factory to watch them crank out more merchandise, just a week before Inauguration Day. (5 minutes)BusinessPoliticsRetail/Commerce

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