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Houstonians React To Inauguration Day And The Beginning Of Biden’s Presidency

We provide a community sounding boarding for listeners to share reactions to today’s historic inauguration – the culmination of a divided, litigious and unprecedented election cycle.

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President Joe Biden, second from left, and first lady Jill Biden, left, join Vice President Kamala Harris, second from right and and her husband Douglas Emhoff, right, after they were sworn into office during the inauguration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.


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It's a new day for the presidency and the next chapter for our country.

What lies ahead for the nation?

Joe Biden, now the 46th US president, and Kamala Harris, the first Black, Asian America and female Vice President, were sworn into office today.

Many now hope for unity, amidst a very difficult time for the country.

Civil unrest, a struggling economy, and a deadly pandemic – the challenges are huge.

Will the resolve to heal be strong enough to overcome them?

Today, we invite listeners to share reactions to this historic inauguration, the transfer of power, and hopes and concerns for the future. Political experts field calls and offer their commentary.

Guests are Jeronimo Cortina and Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston political science professors and co-hosts of Party Politics.

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with headlines from Houston and beyond.

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

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