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Barack Obama's election is being celebrated in much of the world, which is hoping for radical change after one of history's most unpopular administrations. We look Obama's transition into the presidency, and at expectations that might be fulfilled and those that might not.  Also, no felony convicted has ever been elected to the United States Senate.  Alaska Republican Ted Sevens may break the mold.


Banner image: Supporters of President-elect Barak Obama celebrate on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Reporter's Notebook A Felon in the US Senate? 7 MIN, 3 SEC

Alaska's Ted Stevens, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, was convicted last week of seven felony charges.  But he continued his race for re-election, and with votes still coming in, he's clinging onto a narrow lead over Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, the Democrat who dared to challenge him. Carl Shepro, Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has more on the first convicted felon ever to win a race for the US Senate.

Guests:
Carl Shepro, Professor of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage

Making News Obama Transitions into the Presidency 6 MIN, 11 SEC

After a cabinet meeting today, President Bush addressed his staff, massed on the south lawn of the White House, and promised an "unprecedented effort" to make the transition to the Obama Administration a smooth one. He said he'll make sure his successor can hit the ground running.  For his part, Barack Obama has made his first appointment, that of Congressman Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Anne Kornblut reports on national politics for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Anne Kornblut, White House Correspondent, Washington Post

Main Topic Overseas Reaction to Obama Election 35 MIN, 39 SEC

"We are dreaming, we Europeans, of Obamaland"—a place of sunshine and music, conciliation and concord.  That's an abbreviated quotation from an editorial this week in the Independent of London, contemplating Barack Obama's election. In the United States, Barack Hussein Obama won a comfortable majority. In the rest of the World, he won by a landslide. After much talk of America's decline, his election has restored it as a symbol of opportunity in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia. But biography is one thing, and policy is another. Obama may well have created expectations he'll never fulfill. We discuss the anticipation of radical change and possibility of a different scenario. 

Guests:
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
Pap Ndiaye, Associate Professor of History, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences
Najam Sethi, Friday Times and Daily Times (@najam_sethi)
Yossi Alpher, Co-Editor, BitterLemons.org
Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics and Politics

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