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Playlist: Inauguration 2017

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Picks for the inauguration. More to come.

PN 16-30 "I Want to Read at the White House" by Joshua Clover

From The Poetry Foundation | Part of the PoetryNow series | 04:00

For the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, Joshua Clover offers to read poetry at the White House.


Joshua Clover

Poet, scholar, and journalist Joshua Clover was born in 1962 in Berkeley, California. An alumnus of Boston University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Clover has published three volumes of poetry: Red Epic (2015), The Totality for Kids (2006), and Madonna anno domini (1997). His poems have also appeared three times in the Best American Poetry series. He has written three books of cultural and political theory: Riot.Strike.Riot (2016), 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This to Sing About (2009), and The Matrix (2005). Clover has received an individual NEA grant as well as the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and served as a senior fellow at the University of Paris-Diderot and the Institute for Advanced Study at Warwick University.

Clover is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Davis, and a columnist for The Nation and Ny Tid, in Norway. He is a founding editor of Commune Editions.

Bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/joshua-clover  

Changing of the Guard

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse Specials series | 51:08

Exploring issues facing the incoming Trump administration.


Obama is out. Trump is in. But what does it all mean? We’ll take a look at health and science issues that are at the cusp of big changes. 

We’ll find out why Silicon Valley is on edge about possible work visa reforms. We'll meet a doctor who put his life on the line researching insurance plans that could replace Obamacare and we'll spend time with a guy who's looking forward to potential changes in energy policy, as long as they bring back his coal mining way of life. 

Program Details 

Teen Pregnancy Prevention 

For years, abstinence-based sex education was a primary approach in public schools. That changed under the democrat-led Obama administration, with the creation of the teen pregnancy prevention initiative in 2010. As a result, comprehensive sex education programs received backing they hadn’t seen before. Research increased. Teen pregnancy, meanwhile, fell to an all time low (due to many factors). But with a changing administration, many wonder about the future of the teen pregnancy initiative and sex education in schools. 

High Deductible Plans 

Skin in the game. It’s a key idea that will take center stage as Republican look to repeal and replace Obamacare. Conservatives have long believed high deductible insurance both gives consumers incentive to find higher value, lower cost care and it pushes doctors and hospitals to make it easier for consumers to shop for that care. It’s a persuasive theory. Our story looks at the possibilities and the pitfalls of this particular insurance product.

Coal Miner 

Marty Cottingham worked in an Alabama coal mine for more than 30 years. He retired - reluctantly - this October, after the company he worked for cut wages, pensions, and benefits in bankruptcy proceedings. He'd love to go back into the coal mine and hopes his vote for Trump, who promised to bring back the shrinking coal industry, will help revitalize mines in his area. Despite Trump's rhetoric, though, it's unclear how much he can actually do to revitalize coal. For thermal coal, used in generating electricity, low natural gas prices keep coal uncompetitive. But Marty mined coking coal, used in steel making, and thinks Trump can do more for his niche of the industry.   

Immigrants/H1B Visa 

For many Americans, the debate about immigration brings to mind farmworkers, day laborers, and dishwashers. But in Silicon Valley, there’s an entirely different group of immigrants who’s nervous about their future under the Trump administration. And changes are coming for workers holding a H1B visa because no one—in the white house, in congress, or the tech world -- is happy with how the program is working.