In this act, kids from the after-school literacy program "826" in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago and Ann Arbor read letters they wrote to Barack Obama. The letters are part of a book the kids published, called Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country. (3 minutes)
The book is available now from the McSweeney's website and all proceeds, every penny from the book will go directly to the 826 writing centers across the country.
We asked reporters all over the country to go out and talk to people about what they're thinking as Barack Obama gets ready to take office. We got dozens of hours of interviews. We play you voices recorded by Davy Rothbart in Central Michigan; Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices, in Helena, Montana; Mia Frederick with WMMT in Western Kentucky; Glynn Washington of Snap Judgement Radio in Oakland; Katie Reckdahl and Eve Abrams in New Orleans; Michael Olson in Austin, Texas; and Bryan Parras with Nuestra Palabra in Houston. (16 minutes)