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We start today with a look at Obama’s record. First, what are his major accomplishments? Then, we finish up our weeklong look at Obama’s unfinished business, this time in the financial realm. Our film critics run down this week’s new releases in our regular Friday film segment. And finally, the work of architect Alejandro Aravena, who just won the Pritzker Prize, the highest award in the field.

Banner Image: President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. White House photo.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher

Obama’s Finished Business 10 MIN, 26 SEC

The Republican presidential candidates lobbed plenty of zingers at the president during last night’s Republican debate. With President Obama now in the final year of his presidency, many people are taking stock of his record. Obviously, the Republicans hoping to succeed him are focused on the failures. We hear from a journalist who takes a sunnier view.

Guests:
Michael Grunwald, Politico magazine (@MikeGrunwald)

More:
The Nation He Built

Obama’s Unfinished Financial Business 12 MIN, 24 SEC

Today, we tackle the final installment in our presidential “unfinished business” series. President Obama made a lot of promises during the housing collapse and the subsequent financial crisis, but in what ways are markets and homeowners still struggling?

Guests:
David Dayen, Salon, Fiscal Times (@ddayen)
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (@crampell)

Friday Film 13 MIN, 46 SEC

It’s another thin January Friday at the movies. Not a ton of exciting new releases … but if you like men with beards slowly walking away from explosions, boy do we have a movie a for you. Our critics weigh in during our regular Friday film roundup.

Guests:
Christy Lemire, What The Flick?! (@christylemire)
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)

The Pritzker Prize 12 MIN, 10 SEC

Can the poor have great design? Yes, according to architect Alejandro Aravena. This week he won the biggest prize in architecture, The Pritzker Prize. Aravena, 48, is from Chile. The Pritzker jury cited his innovative work in social housing and in rebuilding cities after natural disasters. In a recent TED talk, he said he tries to involve regular people in the design process. We get a primer on his work.

Guests:
Carolina Miranda, Los Angeles Times (@cmonstah)

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