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Now, The Hard Part

Jan 22, 2009

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So now the hard part (like campaigning for two years wasn't hard). There are appointments to be completed, and staff to be selected and managed, not to mention crises to be faced right now.

The inauguration is over, but the work has just started.

I am not going to lie to you. I think I'm still recovering from Inauguration Day. I think I have been that cold maybe twice before in my life. And it wasn't the cold so much as the having to be still in it (we couldn't exactly roam around while we were on the air.) Even now, I am sitting in the studio wearing a scarf around my neck as I write this. I think I'm having, like, phantom cold or cold memories or something.

But anyway ...

Crises, there are so many.

Our country's economy is still a mess. Iraq and Afghanistan are still in disarray and Gaza is a mess. The oplines would be enough.

But that is not all there is ...

There are other parts of the world and people who are hurting. So in keeping with our mission to tell stories that others might not be talking about, we decided we had to tell you about a woman who worked to bring peace to Liberia, and an American playwright who is trying to give voice to the hundreds of thousands of Congolese women and girls who have been victimized by sexual violence during that country's long civil unrest.

A harsh meal, as one of our former executives would say?

Maybe it sounds like it, but when you hear these women speak I think what you will hear is hope and courage.

That's why we have our international briefing.

Hang in there with us. Stay warm.

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