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Biden Inauguration Analysis | Behavioral Treatment's 'Failed Promise'

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Joint Congressional Committee On Inaugural Ceremonies
President Joe Biden swearing in as the 46th president of the United States next to his wife, Jill Biden (right).

Our panel looks at the tone, language and message behind President Joseph R. Biden's inaugural address, and a former New York Times writer sheds light on the predatory practices of behavioral treatment programs.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:35: President Joe Biden was sworn into office in an inaugural ceremony unlike any other in U.S. history.

Biden immediately faces three major crises; the pandemic, the economy, and the increasingly polarized political divide. Speaking directly to the people, the president called for unity in facing these challenges.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:58: Kenneth R. Rosen knows something about wilderness camps and residential therapeutic programs for struggling young people. He was once in one himself.

Rosen has written a book on what he calls the 'failed promise' of America’s behavioral treatment programs. In it he takes a tough look at programs that remove troubled teens to remote wilderness programs and treatment facilities across the country.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at