2009, In Voices

While eulogizing his father on Aug. 29, Rep. Patrick Kennedy recalled how the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy would often quote Robert Frost – “And miles to go before I sleep” – to conclude his stump speech during the 1980 presidential campaign.

And as we conclude 2009, the son’s eulogy – and that quotation – are part of our year-end retrospective. While some voices are unrecognizable, the stories – the recession, our two wars, Madoff, swine flu, and Kennedy and his successor – are indelible.

Please click “Listen Now” above for our year-end quotation collection.

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  • Noah Sachs

    Well done, I really enjoyed the review of the news stories of 2009. Except for one article at the end. The change in programming at WGBH isn’t one of the big stories of the year. Keep your bitter rivalry over which station can be the must geriatric and boring to yourself.

  • Mary

    To Jack Beatty re : Israel’s possible strike on Iran

    You mentioned your concern about apossible Israeli strike on Iran in 2010 well that is indeed a concern many of us share and I would like to add if Israeli forces put their hands on another people or state following Gaza (and Lebanon in 2006 )people like myself and many others will move to shut down it down.

    It is simply morally outrageous for Obama and American officials to swear allegience to this violent and apartheid state and uphold it with US taxes while other states in the US can’t even meet basic human services.

    Plus, Israel has become a liability and a destablizing force in the region and it is no longer worth the cost.


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