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hide captionEvane Alebre (L) and Montessema Celestin, a husband and wife who lost their home in the earthquake, sit in their makeshift tent attached to an abandoned airplane at La Piste camp January 11, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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a husband and wife who lost their home in the Haiti earthquake

Evane Alebre (L) and Montessema Celestin, a husband and wife who lost their home in the earthquake, sit in their makeshift tent attached to an abandoned airplane at La Piste camp January 11, 2011 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Political Junkie
President Obama heads to Tucson today to speak at a memorial for victims of Saturday's mass shooting. Doctors say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is showing signs of improvement but remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head. Host Neal Conan and NPR's Political Junkie Ken Rudin will talk with former presidential speech writers Peter Robinson and Paul Glastris about the role of the "consoler-in-chief" and what a president is expected to say in a time of national tragedy.

'America's Next Chapter'
Tavis Smiley sees difficult problems facing the United States — two ongoing wars, a still-struggling economy, a troubled education system — and he hopes to return America to greatness. The PBS host plans a nationally televised discussion to be held in Washington, D.C., called "America's Next Chapter." Host Neal Conan talks with Smiley and his fellow panelist, Princeton Professor Cornel West, about the event and what they hope to accomplish.

Haiti: One Year After the Quake
Today marks one year since the massive earthquake that leveled much of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. While relief aid poured into the country after the quake, many complain that too little has been spent on the overall recovery and that reconstruction has barely begun. More than one million Haitians still live in temporary shelters, very little of the rubble has been cleared, and a cholera outbreak and political instability have further hampered efforts to rebuild. Neal Conan talks with Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Wesleyan University's Alex Dupuy, about what's working, what's not, and what still lies ahead for Haiti.

Haitian Expatriates Tell Their Story
A year after the earthquake in Haiti, two Haitian ex-patriots reflect on the anniversary and what the quake means for the future of their home country.  Host Neal Conan speaks with Franz Antoine LeConte, professor at City University of New York, as well as Marjorie Valbrun, who has watched her father struggle to recover from the devastating psychological damage of the earthquake.

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