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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

WNYC culture reporter Siddhartha Mitter and Evening Music host Terrance McKnight talk about the cultural significance of the inauguration live from the National Mall in Washington. Also: WNYC reporter Beth Fertig speaks to us live from the Police Athletic League Harlem Armory where the Democracy Prep Charter School is hosting an inaugural watch for 40 schools. Plus: WNYC culture editor and online blog moderator Allison Lichter tells us about performance discussions happening online.


Beth Fertig, Allison Lichter, Terrance McKnight and Siddhartha Mitter

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Classical singers, for the most part, know when to stop singing in public. Apparently, Ms. Aretha Franklin doesn't have this same self-awareness. Was her performance "stirring," as was said on this program today? No. It was bad singing and bad singing is never inspirational or "stirring." There's very little voice left there and what we heard today was just awful. Surely, if a black singer was what was required there are many of them who would have sounded a whole lot better.

Jan. 20 2009 04:22 PM

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