Powell: Keep fighting for King's dream Former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell spoke in Minneapolis today for the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast.5:20 p.m.
Taking Lessons From FDR's First 100 Days
In Hyde Park, N.Y., people are flocking to an exhibit depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt's first 100 days in office during the Great Depression. When the exhibit was planned more than a year ago, no one could have predicted its current relevance as Obama gets ready to move into the White House.
Charity Organization Helps With Inaugural Meals
DC Central Kitchen, a charity organization, got its start 20 years ago this week by collecting leftover food from the inaugural balls of George H. W. Bush and giving it to the homeless. Now, the group's culinary arts students are doing some of the cooking for this year's inaugural festivities.
Church's Plan For Inauguration: 3 Hours Of Bells
Twelve ringers will sound the bells at New York's Trinity Church for three hours in celebration of Barack Obama's inauguration. It's called a "full peal." Such an extensive and lengthy bell ringing performance is unusual in the U.S. Trinity is one of the oldest churches in the country.
Security Is Tight, Spirits Are Bright In D.C.
Officials in Washington, D.C., are making their final security and transportation preparations for Tuesday's inauguration. Tens of thousands of police and military personnel are already patrolling the streets. Despite the high-level security, much of the city feels like a huge block party.
Nation Marks Day Of Service
Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been designated a national day of service. People talk about the ways they are reaching out, including helping to revitalize parks and communities; operating shelters for abuse victims; planting trees; and cutting homeless people's hair.
Companies Try To Prevent Inaugural Phone Jam
For weeks, cell phone service providers have been getting ready for the crowds of people expected to attend the inauguration in Washington. The companies are expecting millions of people to be using their phones for a lot more than voice calls.
Preventing Cell Phone Tie-Ups
Omar Gallaga, who covers technology culture for the Austin-American Statesman, explains why it's a problem to have a crowd of cell phone users in one place and how telecommunications companies have been bolstering their networks.
Last Day In Office: President Carter
Jody Powell, who served as President Jimmy Carter's press secretary, talks about Carter's final 24 hours in office. He shares with NPR's Melissa Block personal memories about what it's like as one family moves in the White House and another moves out.
Last Day In Office: President Reagan
Jim Kuhn, who served as President Reagan's advance man, personal assistant and, finally, executive assistant from 1976 until 1989, talks about Reagan's last 24 hours in office. He shares with NPR's Melissa Block his memories of a presidency in its final hours.
All The Love For The President-Elect
For poet Suzan-Lori Parks, the change Obama will bring is more than institutional — it's personal. From loving her neighbor to trying to go green, Parks "sings a litte something" about what his inauguration means to her.