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The Source: Poetry And Compassion In San Antonio

courtesy of Richard Blanco

In the first segment:

Guest - Richard Blanco

The fifth poet to read at a Presidential Inauguration, following in the steps of Robert Frost (1961) and Maya Angelou (1993), Richard Blanco's poetry explores the meanings of identity, place and culture and his story is compelling, having been "made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States."

"Through the process of being part of [the inauguration], I was able to embrace America in a way I never could or had."

Blanco is in San Antonio as a visiting writer at Our Lady of the Lake University as part of their annual Literary Festival, teaching classes and giving a public reading today at 7 p.m. in the Blue Room.

We will explore Blanco's road to the podium at Obama's second inauguration, and also his poetry.

In The Second Segment:

The Charter for Compassion

Guests - Ann Helmke: Director of the peaceCenter; Susan Ives: Member of the peaceCenter

The Charter for Compassion is a movement to embrace the principle of compassion as written about by British Theologian Karen Armstrong, who won a Ted Prize of $100,000  in 2008 to create the charter.  It calls for using the Golden Rule as the touchstone for daily life, as something every religion can agree upon.

Members of the peaceCenter will be in studio to talk about their efforts to get San Antonio recognized as a compassionate city. They will solicit ideas from the audience and talk about ways that San Antonio is already a compassionate city.

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