On inauguration day, we talked with Doug Abrams from the MU Law School. He told us about David Rice Atchison. Atchison may or may not be the first person with ties to Missouri that was U.S. President. Atchison took the oath on March 4, 1849. Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on a Sunday. Atchison's term lasted about 23-and-a-half hours.
Diane Portnoy was a guest on Inauguration Day, too. She is the founded of The Immigrant Learning Center. She has edited a book called IMMIGRANT STRUGGLES, IMMIGRANT GIFTS. Find out more at www.ilctr.org.
It was also on inauguration day that we visited with Stephen Prothero about his book THE AMERICAN BIBLE: HOW OUR WORDS UNITE, DIVIDE, AND DEFINE A NATION. It's now in paperback. It is a rich collection of important documents of our nation that we treat with reverence; plus, he adds reactions and commentaries from other figures that relate to the documents.