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How does the State of the Union look to Job Seekers in Rhode Island?

As President Obama prepares to give his first State of the Union address tonight, we touch down in Rhode Island where there's 13% unemployment. Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti visited a job fair in Warwick, and spoke with a number of people who have been unemployed for President Obama's entire time in office.

Previewing the State of the Union Address

President Obama is expected to make jobs and middle class issues the focus of tonight's speech. Even as the President attempts a re-set after political setbacks, Democrats are debating what went wrong: Is it the President's agenda, or the agenda's presentation? Our guests:

Berkeley Professor of Public Policy and former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich, author of "Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life."

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, and author of "Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security From World War Two to the War on Terrorism."

Toyota Recalls: What to Do if Your Car's On the List

(AP)
(AP)

Toyota says there's no fix for this problem right now, so what should consumers do, and what does this news mean for Toyota? We talk to Sean Kane, president of the consumer advocacy group, Safety Research & Strategies.

Emotional Medicine: A Father Takes Extraordinary Measures to Save His Children

When two of John Crowley's children were diagnosed with Pompe disease, a rare genetic enzyme deficiency that can be fatal, he started a biotech company to find a treatment. But he found that his family's needs sometimes conflicted with the needs of medical research. Crowley's story is dramatized in the new film "Extraordinary Measures" and he writes about it in the new book: "Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family Journey of Strength, Hope and Joy.

Conductor Pierre Boulez Reflects on His Legacy

Pierre Boulez conducts the Lucerne Festival Acadamy Orchestra  in Lucerne, Switzerland,  in 2006. (KEYSTONE/Sigi Tischler)
Pierre Boulez conducts the Lucerne Festival Acadamy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2006. (KEYSTONE/Sigi Tischler)

Music from the show

  • Dave Douglas, "A Single Sky"
  • Mike Mills, "Air"
  • The Higher Burning Fire, "From Greenland to Alaska"
  • Four Tet, "Unspoken"
  • Igor Stravinsky, "The Firebird", conducted by Pierre Boulez
  • Bela Bartok,"Concerto For Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra" conducted by Pierre Boulez
  • Arnold Schoenberg, "Pierrot Lunaire", conducted by Pierre Boulez
  • Pierre Boulez, "Repons"
  • Frank Zappa,"The Girl In The Magnesium Dress" conducted by Pierre Boulez
  • Pierre Boulez,"Notations"

This program aired on January 27, 2010.

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