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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, January 20, 2017:
Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president at noon on Friday.
This Inauguration may be a bit different than those in the past. Usually, Inaugurations are celebrations of a peaceful transition of power from the outgoing president to the new one. There is no doubt that many voters and Americans will celebrate President Trump. He won. However, the country is divided politically and the people who opposed Trump have been especially vocal since November's election. As a result, there probably will be more protestors in Washington for an Inauguration than usual. For example, dozens of Democratic members of Congress are boycotting the event.
At the same time, millions will be listening to hear what President Trump says in his Inaugural speech to the American people.
The Inauguration and the Trump presidency are the topics of Friday's Smart Talk.
Joining us is NPR political reporter Scott Detrow from Washington, Republican Congressman Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County, Democratic Congressman Dwight Evans of Philadelphia, who is boycotting the Inauguration, and Dr. David O'Connell, a professor of Political Science at Dickinson College.
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