Is moving into the middle class a dream deferred? Recent studies suggest that even in good times, Americans in the middle and lower classes largely stayed there, going back decades. What concerns economists even more is that people in the middle class tend to have a tough time recovering after recessions.9:06 a.m.
Robert Samuelson: Columnist for Newsweek and the Washington Post and author of the new book, "The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence."
Gregory Acs: Principal research associate at the Urban Institute. He's co-author of an October report on economic mobility sponsored by the Pew Economic Mobility Project.
Obama to introduce new national security team President-Elect Barack Obama holds a press conference this morning in Chicago to announce the members of his national security team, which will include Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.9:40 a.m.
Origins of Christmas music Philip Brunelle sings the praises of early Christmas music and even the sillier songs we hear at this time of year. And he talks about how holiday music has changed over the years. You'll hear VocalEssence's Ensemble Singers perform Christmas songs, old and new, in MPR's Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio.10:06 a.m.
Philip Brunelle: Philip Brunelle, founder and artistic director of VocalEssence. He'll be joined by 12 Ensemble Singers.