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All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Every weekday the two-hour show is hosted by Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, and Ari Shapiro. In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, which is hosted by Michel Martin.

Every weekday, local host, Peter Biello, and national hosts present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features from NHPR and NPR.

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It is the first full day of the Biden administration, and the president says there is going to be a new approach to the pandemic. He did acknowledge there may still be many challenges ahead.

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And we close tonight with the words of Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Gorman recited her poem "The Hill We Climb" on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Here is part of that reading.

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As a new president is inaugurated, we're hearing from people who were on this program during the past four years to find out what they hope for in the next four years.

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Kamala Harris is, of course, the first woman of color to become vice president, and people in India are celebrating her today as the first person of South Asian descent to hold that office. NPR's Lauren Frayer is in Mumbai.

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Joe Biden assumes the presidency at a time of historic domestic challenges - international challenges too, as the president addressed this afternoon.

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In today's program, we are hearing from Americans across the country. And so we turn now to NPR national correspondent Adrian Florido, who is in Los Angeles, a Democratic stronghold and also the home of Vice President Harris.

Hi, Adrian.

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He took one last look back at the White House, one last ride in the Marine One chopper, looking over the vista of the National Mall, one last moment of pomp with a 21-gun salute and one last speech to his supporters.

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Well, I don't need to tell you that in this divided nation, there are widely divergent emotions around today's transition of power. NPR's Tovia Smith has been out speaking to voters in Massachusetts. She joins us now.

Hey, Tovia.

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Today, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States in an inauguration ceremony unlike any other in this country's history.

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On Joe Biden's inauguration day, we're checking back with some of our guests from the last four years to tell us what they hope for in the next four years.

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More than a million people here in the U.S. have now gotten both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. A week or two after that second booster shot, both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

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When Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was on the campaign trail in 2019, she loved entering events with the energy of a drum line.

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We're going to spend the next few minutes remembering one of the more than 400,000 people in the U.S. killed by COVID-19, the Reverend John Wilkins of Memphis. NPR's Christopher Intagliata has this remembrance.

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