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DACA Recipient On Biden's Immigration Push; Acknowledging Trauma
Greisa Martinez Rosas, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient and executive director of United We Dream, talks about President Biden's executive order on immigration. And, writer Kiese Laymon has been thinking about how Americans can carry joy and faith as they begin a new chapter, while also acknowledging trauma. We speak with him about how to move forward in the post-Trump era.
Transitional Justice In The U.S.; Biden's Coronavirus Response
Transitional justice serves to help people contend with historic and ongoing abuses and inequities. We what transitional justice would look like in the United States and why it may be exactly what's needed to heal the country's deep divides. And, on his first full day in office, President Biden is using executive action to reboot the federal government's response to the pandemic. Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of Biden's coronavirus advisory board, joins us.
Kamala Harris Breaks Barriers; The Future Of The Republican Party
Kamala Harris breaks a number of barriers on Wednesday, most notably, the first woman and person of Black and South Asian heritage to become vice president. Professor of history Manisha Sinha explains what Harris' ascension to power means to her. And, support remains high for former President Trump among Republican voters, so what is the future of the Republican Party? We speak with Jeff Flake, a Republican who represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate but did not support Trump.
Joe Biden Sworn In As 46th President; Future Of U.S.-Russia Relations
Joe Biden has officially been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. He plans to sign 17 executive actions on Wednesday. NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe joins us. Also, on the campaign trail, Biden called Russia the biggest threat to U.S. security. Now that Biden is in the White House, what will the future of U.S.-Russia relations look like? NPR Moscow correspondent Lucian Kim explains.
Presidents Saying Farewell; Netflix's 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7'
Trump will not deliver a high-profile, televised farewell address as some past presidents have done. Here & Now's Alex Ashlock has a report on how past presidents have said goodbye. And, Frank Langella stars as Judge Julius Hoffman in the Netflix film "The Trial of the Chicago 7." He talks about how the story resonates today.
Save Our Stages; D.C. Hotels And Inauguration Day
Ahead of Inauguration Day, some hotels are choosing to stay open despite increased security and calls by local leaders for visitors to avoid the area due to threats of violence. We speak with the owner of Adam's Inn on his decision to remain open this week. Also, the Save our Stages Act — $15 billion tied into the larger COVID-19 relief bill — is a lifeline for struggling independent venues across the U.S. We talk to two venue owners in Chicago about what the act means to them.