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1A is home to the national conversation. The show frames the best debates with great guests in ways to make you think, share and engage.


What President Trump’s Tax Returns Reveal About The Tax Code
Sep 30 • 34 min
“A lot of the complication [in the tax code] comes from carve-outs and special rates for particular types of activity … particularly for wealth,” says economist Chye-Ching Huang.Researcher Veronique de Rugy adds, “Every exemption in the tax code serves…
The State Of The Census
Sep 29 • 34 min
“After learning the effect that an undercount has on my community, it just really opened my eyes. Everything about the resources that are available to my community is determined by census data,” says Rosemary Soto, who leads the census committee in…
All That Matters Is That You Get Hyped: The Enduring Power Of Boy Bands
Sep 28 • 36 min
What makes a boy band? Researcher Maria Sherman says generally, “they’re young, they’re cute, they don’t have facial hair but their hair is a big deal.”But there’s a lot more to boy bands than that. Like what you hear? Find more of our programs (including…
The News Roundup for September 25, 2020
Sep 25 • 90 min
President Donald Trump raises questions about the 2020 election, while a grand jury ruling on the police officers that killed Breonna Taylor reignites protests. China commits to carbon-neutrality. The situation around Belarus remains contentious and…
Block The Vote: Texas Voter ID Laws + Gerrymandering In Michigan
Sep 24 • 34 min
We travel to Texas and Michigan to talk about two things that influence the way people vote and the power your ballot has: voter ID laws and gerrymandering. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
How Generation Z And Millennials Are Fighting A Poll Worker Shortage
Sep 23 • 24 min
“I compare being a poll worker to being a fast food worker, except that there’s not as much room for mistakes,” says poll worker Evan Malbrough. “If you make a mistake with somebody’s ballot you’ve suppressed their right to vote.”Want to support 1A? Give…
ICE, A Whistleblower And Forced Sterilization
Sep 22 • 34 min
“Women [in detention] are faced with this problem where they don’t have [medical] choices and they don’t have the liberty to go find those choices,” says migrant rights advocate Michelle Brané.She also remarks about how for-profit prisons fit into the…
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life, Her ‘Most Fervent Wish’ And The Future Of SCOTUS
Sep 21 • 34 min
How are Republican senators handling accusations of hypocrisy? “There’s nothing more shapeshifting than a senator considering judicial nominations. Consistency is not something we see very often,” says reporter Robert Barnes.”There are lots of Republicans…
1A Presents…’Driving The Green Book’
Sep 19 • 28 min
We’re sharing the first episode of a new show called “Driving The Green Book,” produced by Macmillan Podcasts and hosted by journalist and educator Alvin Hall.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The News Roundup for September 18, 2020
Sep 18 • 91 min
Wildfires and hurricanes continue to affect large swaths of the US. COVID infections top 30 million globally, as the work on a vaccine continues. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu celebrate a peace deal for Israel, and scientists search for…
How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Crime
Sep 17 • 29 min
Some will tell you crime in America has gone up. Others say it’s down. But it depends on the type of crime. And as many politicians know, for some people, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about how they feel. We explore the rhetoric and the reality behind…
Why Millions Of Eligible Americans Don’t Vote
Sep 16 • 36 min
1A listener George told us, “My vote doesn’t really matter[…]Six states are getting virtually all of the attention and all of the campaign dollars are going to those states.”“There’s this idea that people don’t vote out of lethargy,” says George. He…
Museums Are Filled With Stolen African Art. Is It Time To Return It?
Sep 15 • 35 min
“Part of the reason the Benin royal art is so much at the forefront of this conversation is because it’s one of the best documented examples of colonial appropriation,” says Chika Okeke-Agulu, professor of African art at Princeton.Want to support 1A? Give…
The 1A Movie Club Watches ‘Quarantine Horror’
Sep 14 • 35 min
“The thing that you’re always looking to do in horror is to make the audience feel like they’re participating,” says “Host” director Rob Savage.”The great thing about screen horror is that if the audience forgets they’re watching the movie, they can have…
The News Roundup For September 11, 2020
Sep 11 • 89 min
Wildfires continue to rage in the Western U.S. The race for a COVID-19 vaccine faces some setbacks. Disney is criticized for filming parts of Mulan in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Taliban and the Afghan government open negotiations. Want to…
Can Colleges And Universities Survive The Pandemic?
Sep 10 • 33 min
Many schools that were financially stressed going into the pandemic might not come out of it, says Fred Lawrence, CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.”Once you put the nose of the plane down, you can’t always pull out of that dive,” he says, about a…
How Everything Will End, According To A Cosmologist
Sep 9 • 36 min
“I think there is a morbid fascination in thinking of how everything will fall apart,” says cosmologist Katie Mack. “But you can contemplate how we fit into this bigger picture, and that can be a really comforting thought.”Want to support 1A? Give to your…
Dirty Money, ‘Kleptopia’ And World Leaders
Sep 8 • 29 min
“I have a few sleepless nights but the people who are far braver are my sources,” says journalist Tom Burgis.He says his sources, including those in places like Washington D.C. and Kazakhstan, put themselves in danger by speaking out against…
In Limbo With Aminé
Sep 7 • 27 min
“The title of the album (Limbo) was to tell fans ‘I’m literally figuring it out, I’m just a guy still in limbo,’” says rapper Aminé. “I always wanted to challenge myself and try to push the envelope sonically.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The News Roundup For September 4, 2020
Sep 4 • 100 min
Protests continue to rock the U.S. as presidential candidates hit the campaign trail. Historic protests continue in Belarus as leader Alexander Lukashenko refuses to step down.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
White Christians Grapple With Their Faith’s Racist Past And Present
Sep 3 • 36 min
“I feel personally convicted as a white pastor in a predominately white congregation to speak passionately about race in the church,” says pastor Angela Denker.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Who Are The Armed Civilians Showing Up At Protests?
Sep 2 • 36 min
How are militias recruiting new members?”They point to protests and to violence and say, ‘Hey look, this is the time, you need to protect yourself,’ playing on fears people have,” says reporter Heath Druzin.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
What We Know About The California Wildfires
Sep 1 • 35 min
Incarcerated firefighters make up a significant portion of the crews fighting the wildfires in California. But formerly incarcerated firefighter Rasheed Lockheart wonders: “Why can’t our service and our time at these fire camps be our academy? We want…
Michaela Coel Of ‘I May Destroy You’ On Trauma, Levity And The Space Between
Aug 31 • 34 min
“I find writing very immersive and as I write in my mind I have some notion of how I’ll say the lines when we do our first take. All the characters I write, I somehow embody,” says writer and showrunner Michaela Coel.Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
The News Roundup For August 28, 2020
Aug 28 • 91 min
Hurricane Laura surges through the southern U.S., while sports teams strike over a police shooting in Kenosha, WI. TikTok continues to be a sore spot for China and U.S. relations. And Japanese Prime Minister resigns, citing poor health. Want to support…
The Legacy Of Hurricane Katrina, 15 Years Later
Aug 27 • 35 min
“Katrina seems much less like an isolated incident than a harbinger for what 21st century America is,” historian Andy Horowitz says.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
‘Say Her Name’: The Latest On Breonna Taylor’s Case
Aug 26 • 34 min
“It’s always interesting who in America we frame as having the ability to fully enact this Second Amendment right [to defend their home],” sociologist Rashawn Ray says.Plus, we start the show with an update on the latest from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protests…
The Search For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women
Aug 25 • 35 min
“We are constantly dismissed at every level of the justice system.” Grace Bulltail told us about her family’s search to find answers around the death of her niece, Kaysera Stops Pretty Places. If you or someone you know needs help, StrongHearts Native…
What Does It Mean To Be Conservative?
Aug 24 • 35 min
“The animating force between Republicans and Democrats isn’t partisanship but negative partisanship,” journalist McKay Coppins says.We talked with two young conservatives and McKay Coppins about the state of the GOP.Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
The News Roundup For August 21, 2020
Aug 21 • 92 min
Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. The U.S. Postal Service weighs some big changes. A Russian opposition leader is possibly poisoned, Iran faces new sanctions and a coup changes Mali.Want to support 1A? Give…
The Hit List (Or, The 1A Pop Culture Roundup)
Aug 20 • 35 min
“Rockstar” by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for seven weeks. Meanwhile art from Beyonce, Michaela Cole, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, and more have all been swirling all around us during this pandemic summer.We talk about…
The Latest Updates On The Changes At The U.S. Postal Service
Aug 19 • 35 min
“[Postmaster General Louis] DeJoy does have quite a few stockholdings in places like Amazon and other shipping companies and worked in shipping for a number of years himself,” says ProPublica’s Jessica Huseman.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The Movement To Abolish Prisons And The Police
Aug 18 • 35 min
“We need things like transformative and restorative justice processes to address some of these issues, rather than the knee-jerk reaction of punishment or [..] separating people who are incarcerated into the ‘good people’ and the ‘bad people,’” author…
Black Women, The Right To Vote And The 19th Amendment
Aug 17 • 33 min
Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer fought for voting rights. She questioned why we have to fight for basic rights and freedoms because of the color of our skin. “Is this America, the land of the free and home of the brave?” Want to support 1A? Give to…
The News Roundup For August 14, 2020
Aug 14 • 90 min
The Biden ticket is announced with celebration—and criticism. The USPS is under fire as election day approaches. Russia claims to have a COVID-19 vaccine, and Israel reaches an “historic” peace deal with the UAE.Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
The Rights And Resources For Students With Special Needs
Aug 13 • 35 min
“Some children are medically fragile so it’s impossible for them to go back to school…schools are going to have to be really nimble and flexible [to support them],” education professor Melody Musgrove says.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The Rise Of Pandemic Pods
Aug 12 • 35 min
“Many of our students will thrive because the public school system is fundamentally inequitable, and now they’re outside of oppressive systems and able to learn more freely,” says Nikolai Pizarro, founder of the BIPOC-led pandemic pods and micro-schools…
Making The Grade: How Should We Assess Students During A Pandemic?
Aug 11 • 34 min
“If a student is not learning, that could be the fault of the system, not of the student,” says education reporter Moriah Balingit. “[Grades] seem to measure what students have, not what they know.”Should we keep assessing students in a way that assumes…
Homeworked: To Reopen Or Not To Reopen
Aug 10 • 36 min
“Are we as schools using science to drive our reopening plans? As superintendents, we’re not health experts,” says Superintendent PJ Caposey. “When we’re told to reopen safely and then not given guidelines about what safety means, it’s really hard.”Want…
What Is Cottagecore?
Aug 8 • 25 min
“I’m a Black Muslim woman, so people don’t really see a lot of us in the cottagecore community,” influencer Sumaiyuh Jones says. “And it’s different to see someone’s religion and someone’s culture fit into an aesthetic that’s usually dominated by a…
The News Roundup For August 7, 2020
Aug 7 • 92 min
Schools discuss reopening, and Congress discusses coronavirus aid. The world continues to search for answers in Beirut. And President Trump bans TikTok and WeChat.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast.…
The Situation in Beirut + Why America Can’t Ignore Its Past And Its Failings
Aug 6 • 36 min
“What matters to me is to be honest and to be fair. I think it is absolutely clear that the president has numerous failings which has cost the country as a whole, dearly,” Atlantic writer Ed Yong says. “Trump is central to this problem but not the only…
Ilia Calderón’s Time To Speak + Primaries (Still) With Reid Wilson
Aug 5 • 35 min
“The number of people who are dying is more than 1,000 a day,” says Reid Wilson about the White House’s claims of success on increased COVID tests. “Public opinion is not on the President’s side no matter how much he talks about testing.”Want to support…
Poet Natasha Trethewey + The Latest On TikTok
Aug 4 • 35 min
“So much of our day-to-day lives are about defusing or deescalating situations with men that could turn violent or frightening,” says Natasha Trethewey. “If I couldn’t tell a story about my life and what it’s led to, I could have been overtaken by…
What President Trump Means By ‘Suburban Lifestyle Dream’
Aug 3 • 33 min
“Housing and neighborhoods are really the fundamental way that we’ve segregated people,” former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan says. “At the very time that we need to be moving the country forward […] President Trump wants to take us back to a racist…
LeVar Burton Is Still Reading To Us During The Pandemic
Aug 1 • 34 min
It’s a tough time for Black Americans. How is Levar Burton protecting his heart? “I try to remind myself and others to keep our heads up. Unless our head is up. We cannot see the horizon. And it’s the horizon that beckons us.”Want to support 1A? Give to…
The News Roundup For July 31, 2020
Jul 31 • 92 min
Congress grills Big Tech and continues to quarrel over coronavirus aid. Thousands — not millions — participate in Hajj. And Hong Kong postpones elections.We bring you all the national and global news you need on this edition of the News Roundup. Want to…
A Conversation With Zadie Smith + Big Tech ‘Comes’ To Washington
Jul 30 • 35 min
“If you always come to activism with the same set of ideas, it’s ahistorical. Things have changed since 1850. The use of the word ‘hate’ lets way too many people off the hook,” says writer Zadie Smith.We also talk about this week’s Congressional hearing…
The U.S. Postal Service And A Vote-By-Mail Election
Jul 29 • 35 min
“The Postal Service has been doing vote by mail for generations,” says Mark Dimondstein of the American Postal Workers Union. “We can continue to deliver for the people as long as we have the support.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
The Debate Over Federal COVID-19 Funding And Private Schools
Jul 28 • 23 min
“We have many families in Arizona that don’t even have access to electricity and it’s our duty to provide access,” says Beth Lewis of Save Our Schools. “But it’s harder when we’re being asked to spread that money to kids in private schools who come from…
What Is Fascism?
Jul 27 • 34 min
“It’s an upheaval of society through violence to turn the clock back,” says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. “When there are periods of great progress, charismatic men organize movements around themselves as a red flag against progress.”We talked about the…
The News Roundup For July 24, 2020
Jul 24 • 92 min
Two civil rights leaders were laid to rest. The clashes between federal agents and and protesters continues in Portland. COVID-19 continues to devastate around the world. And two countries set out on missions to Mars.Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
Honoring The Legacy Of Civil Rights Icons C.T. Vivian And John Lewis
Jul 23 • 35 min
With plans for memorials around the country underway, we shared your ideas on how to honor the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis and the late Rev. C.T. Vivian.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
1A Across America: Are We Prepared For The November Election?
Jul 22 • 35 min
Elections are complicated, but they shouldn’t be chaotic. We talked about why many election officials have a sense of dread over what’s to come in November. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The Trump Administration Is Making It More Difficult To Seek Asylum. Is That Legal?
Jul 21 • 35 min
“These asylum officers have been put in a position where they’re forced to implement these policies that they not only believe are wrong or immoral, but that they believe are actually illegal,” says reporter Molly O’Toole.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Cancel Culture’
Jul 20 • 35 min
Some say “cancel culture” is an attack on free speech by the so-called “woke.” Others believe it’s an overdue move to call out powerful people and companies for views and policies that oppress the powerless. Is it a force for good? Or a threat to free…
The News Roundup For July 17, 2020
Jul 17 • 91 min
Countries worldwide continue to battle the coronavirus. A hack compromises some high-profile Twitter accounts. China and the U.S. continue to fight over Hong Kong. Turkey’s Hagia Sophia has been converted back to a mosque.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
How To Stay Safe And Healthy As Coronavirus Cases Rise
Jul 16 • 34 min
In the 16 weeks that remain between now and Election Day — can the country recover from the current surge in COVID-19 cases? New models suggest that by then, America’s death toll will stand north of 200,000 people. But scientists are finding out more…
After Long-Sought Wins For Native Americans, What’s Next?
Jul 15 • 33 min
How did activist Amanda Blackhorse feel when the announcement to change the name of Washington D.C.’s football team was made? “I am very cynical when it comes to the team and their intentions, just because of their history and how they’ve interacted or…
A Conversation With Director Gina Prince-Bythewood
Jul 14 • 36 min
“For me, the quiet moments [in “The Old Guard”] were as important as the big action set pieces,” director Gina Prince-Bythewood says. “It was about elevating and bringing my Black female lens to the genre.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
Finding ‘American’ Food: Tasting The Nation With Padma Lakshmi
Jul 13 • 35 min
“Okra. Black-eyed peas. Melons. Certain types of Chilis…that is so much a part of who we are. It’s not just the food, it’s the aesthetic. It’s the discourse,” says food author Michael Twitty.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For July 10, 2020
Jul 10 • 89 min
President Donald Trump pushes for schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases surge. The Supreme Court issues several important rulings. Brazil’s president tests positive for coronavirus. And U.K. royalty grapples with its connection to Jeffrey Epstein.Want to…
‘American Rehab’ And The Dark History of Rehabilitative Treatment
Jul 9 • 37 min
“A lot of people believe instilling a work ethic in people with substance abuse disorders will cure them, but what we found is that these programs don’t work for most people,” says reporter Shoshana Walter.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
In-Person Education Or Risk Deportation: Foreign Students And The Fall Semester
Jul 8 • 28 min
“International students, once they’re here, they make lives here, some of them have family here,” says reporter Michelle Hackman. “Harvard and MIT have already sued the Trump administration over this policy.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
Why It’s Still Hard To File Your Taxes For Free
Jul 7 • 35 min
“Congress has cut the budget of the IRS even as the population has grown, says ProPublica reporter Justin Elliott. “You’ve seen audits of the wealthy fall off.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Free Speech And Hate Speech: Another Reckoning For Social Media Companies
Jul 6 • 35 min
“No one is owed a Facebook account or Twitter handle,” one listener writes. “When you use these platforms, you agree to play by their rules. They are not the ‘town square.’” Do you agree?It is also Jenn White’s first day as our host. Find her on Twitter:…
On The Wing: The Power Of Birdwatching
Jul 4 • 33 min
“My binoculars have become heavier now,” says Clemson professor J. Drew Lanham. “It’s become harder for me to pick up my binoculars and singularly focus on those birds. But I still watch.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Going To Therapy With Esther Perel
Jul 3 • 35 min
“We’re asking one person to give us what normally an entire village would provide,” therapist Esther Perel says about relationships during the coronavirus quarantine.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
The Disability Rights Movement, 30 Years After The ADA
Jul 2 • 35 min
“The ADA doesn’t fix the problem of ableism…rights and laws are meant to be a floor, not a ceiling,” disability advocate Britney Wilson says.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us…
When The Stans Assemble: K-Pop, Protests And Fan Activism
Jul 1 • 35 min
“We do politics based on where our communities are,” says researcher Ashley Hinck. “Increasingly, that same community is found in fandoms. We’re going to see more and more of this fan activism.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station…
1A Across America: Unpolicing Mental Illness
Jun 30 • 36 min
“Any investment in a community is a mental health initiative,” says Vice’s Shayla Love.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.A note to listeners: We played some…
The Latest Push Toward Statehood For Washington, D.C.
Jun 29 • 36 min
“I can chair a subcommittee. I vote in committee. I do everything that every representative does. But when it comes time to cast that final vote, including votes that affect only the District, every member of the House can vote except [me],” says D.C.…
The News Roundup For June 26, 2020
Jun 26 • 88 min
Texas sets single-day coronavirus case records. Only 1,000 pilgrims will be allowed to make hajj this year. And the Trump administration freezes some work visas and green cards for immigrants.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Eyes And Ears Everywhere: The Russian Spies Among Us
Jun 25 • 34 min
“We’re seeing [Russian espionage] now, more than in 2016, amplify real people’s views and real people’s activities and then try to spread those,” says BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station…
Reckoning With Racist Brands
Jun 24 • 35 min
“The CEOs and the leaders at these companies recognize that this is a revolution… young people are taking to the streets and brands matter,” says marketing expert Mike Jackson. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
Canceling ‘Cops:’ Why Hollywood Loves Portraying The Police
Jun 23 • 35 min
“There is this huge emphasis on police as the guardians of society,” says culture critic Soraya McDonald. The problem with that is “we can’t tell the difference between sheepdogs and wolves.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Joe Biden Needs Black Voters. What Do They Need From Him?
Jun 22 • 33 min
“Joe Biden will almost certainly win the majority of African Americans,” political reporter Astead Herndon says. “The question is, will that be the number the campaign needs for the kind of broad coalition they talk about?”Want to support 1A? Give to your…
The 1A Movie Club: Why ‘The Help’ Doesn’tReally Help
Jun 20 • 35 min
White savior films set racism in a time that’s far gone and allow people to be redeemed, says film critic Brooke Obie. “It’s comforting to have a white person come in and save the day.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For June 19, 2020
Jun 19 • 90 min
SCOTUS drops consequential decisions that will affect millions. COVID-19 continues to rock the nation and the world. And Tensions flare in China and India over their border. And North Korea threatens South Korea again.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
How To Talk About Race With Kids
Jun 18 • 34 min
Teaching your kids to be colorblind isn’t the right approach. “We do have color. We do see color,” Professor Bettina Love tells us. “We have to help folks understand that to become antiracist is to recognize these things.”Want to support 1A? Give to your…
From Cincinnati, Fort Worth And Montgomery: Three Mayors On Meeting This Moment
Jun 17 • 34 min
Cincinnati’s police budget is increasing. But Mayor John Cranley responds, “We are investing in accountability, body-worn cameras make up a nearly $900,000 increase to the police budget.” Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Dr. Anthony Fauci Doesn’t Get Much Sleep
Jun 16 • 25 min
If you’re protesting, Dr. Anthony Fauci says to please wear a mask and keep it on all the time.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
What James Baldwin’s Work Tells Us About Today’s Fight For Racial Justice
Jun 15 • 35 min
“This is a reflection of America’s ongoing refusal to confront what it is and who we are,” says author Eddie Glaude Jr. on what he thinks James Baldwin would say about this moment. Plus, an update on the shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta. Want to…
Can Companies Fight For Social Justice?
Jun 13 • 34 min
“It’s not what you do on your social media page or Twitter, it’s what you do in your background lobby. A lot of these companies are lobbying behind the scenes against the interests of Black and brown people,” says Professor Mehrsa Baradaran.Want to…
The News Roundup For June 13, 2020
Jun 12 • 89 min
Policing and police funding is re-evaluated in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. COVID-19 cases rise in the U.S. and continue to plague countries like Brazil. And Sweden closes a decades-old murder mystery.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
Across America And Abroad: Symbols Of White Supremacy Come Down
Jun 11 • 35 min
“The important thing is that people are starting to understand how insidious those monuments are…” says former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. “The last thing we should be doing is honoring those whose mission was to preserve slavery,” he added.Want to…
The Power Of Police Unions
Jun 10 • 33 min
“I do think representation matters” in police unions, says The Marshall Project’s Eli Hager. But he adds, “A number of Black officers I spoke with don’t want to be part of the ‘old boys culture.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station…
The Debate Over Objectivity In Journalism
Jun 9 • 48 min
“If you are a non-marginalized person who belongs to a non-marginalized group…you actually believe that you see the world in an objective way. What we’re saying is that’s never been the case,” journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says.Want to support 1A? Give…
What We Talk About When We Talk About Police Reform + A Conversation With Kojo Nnamdi
Jun 8 • 47 min
“It’s our intention to not have the Minneapolis Police Department continue to operate,” City Council member Steve Fletcher says. “You can’t force a culture that doesn’t want to learn to learn.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station…
The News Roundup For June 5, 2020
Jun 5 • 88 min
Hundreds of thousands around the world mourned George Floyd and protested racism and police brutality. President Trump threatened to send the military to states. And nations around the world reopen, while some are still reporting record cases of…
How To Identify Misinformation (And Disinformation) About The Protests
Jun 4 • 34 min
“Misinformation is often optimized to appeal to our emotions,” The News Literacy Project’s Peter Adams says. “It deeply resonates with our values and most sacred beliefs, and that causes us to act too quickly.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The Past And Present Of Protests In America
Jun 3 • 30 min
“You cannot be violent to property. You can be violent to human beings. The destruction of property cannot be deemed equivalent to the destruction of human life,” says Dr. Imani Perry.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The Trauma Of Being Black In America
Jun 2 • 48 min
“An entire community is grieving,” Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia says. “What we really have to focus on is the subtext, and the subtext is racism.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find…
“To Be In A Rage, Almost All The Time”
Jun 1 • 34 min
Nikole Hannah-Jones and Paul Butler join us to talk about the history and realities of police brutality and white supremacy in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent protests in cities across the U.S.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
The 1A (Mini) Spelling Bee + SpellPundit Online Bee Winner Navneeth Murali
May 30 • 35 min
“Think about your very favorite childhood memory and the biggest dream you’ve ever had and the first time you really felt celebrated for who you are and how you met your best friend. For me, the Bee was all of those things,” says Sylvie Lamontagne, a…
The News Roundup For May 29, 2020
May 29 • 89 min
Two viral videos spark protest and unrest in America. The U.S. surpasses 100,000 coronavirus deaths. China crushes dissent in Hong Kong. A top U.K. official breaks quarantine, and an arms deal with Saudi Arabia raises questions.Want to support 1A? Give to…
The People Hit Hardest By Pandemic Job Loss
May 28 • 31 min
“Inequality has been rising in the United States for decades upon decades,” economist Erik Hurst says. We’re seeing these disparities in this recession as well. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast.…
The 1A Movie Club: A Conversation With Ava DuVernay + ‘The Vast Of Night’
May 27 • 33 min
The COVID-19 pandemic means “the bigger movies mostly are postponing their releases,” says The Frame’s John Horn.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The Relationship Between President Trump And Former President Obama
May 26 • 24 min
“I think [President Donald Trump] really cannot shake President Obama from his head,” MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee says.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The Navy Says UFOs Are Real. Are They Little Green People? Unlikely.
May 25 • 36 min
Polls suggest half of all Americans believe in Unidentified Flying Objects. And for the first time, the Defense Department has released videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For May 22, 2020
May 22 • 88 min
States reopen, and brace for small business closures. Two dams fail in Michigan and displace 10,000 people. Brazil struggles with their COVID-19 outbreak, and Syrian war criminals go to trial in Germany.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
Joe Biden, Tara Reade And Democratic Voters
May 21 • 35 min
This is not the first time the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has been accused of unwanted touching by women, but Tara Reade’s latest accusation goes the furthest. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
‘There’s No Closure’: How A Nation Grieves At Home
May 20 • 36 min
“People in grief are so isolated and so it’s hard to have a collective voice together,” says grief expert David Kessler. “When people say that the six-feet distancing is annoying, you know what’s more annoying? When you’re standing in a cemetery and your…
From Galileo To Dr. Fauci: The History Of Science Denial And Conspiracies
May 19 • 35 min
“History already has cases of science denial,” says astrophysicist Mario Livio. “This is not new. It never ends well.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The Food Delivery App Dilemma
May 18 • 48 min
Miguel Ramirez, a food delivery worker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, says he would appreciate a raise. “We’re the ones risking ourselves.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
The News Roundup For May 15, 2020
May 15 • 90 min
Experts warn of a resurgence of deaths in reopened states. Former Trump associate Paul Manafort is released from jail due to coronavirus. And Wuhan prepares to test 11 million citizens for COVID-19. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
Should We Stay Polite, Even In A Pandemic?
May 14 • 35 min
Etiquette expert Lizzie Post says COVID-era dilemmas come back to a central question of etiquette. “How much agency do we have to tell people we don’t like their behavior?”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
What To Expect When Expecting In A Pandemic
May 13 • 35 min
Maria is eight months pregnant with her first child. Her husband is a medical resident in St. Louis. “He’s my sole partner through this whole process, and I’m relying on him to help me…but at the same time I know he’s at a higher risk.”Want to support 1A?…
The DOJ Drops Charges For Michael Flynn + How Hip-Hop Battles Bring Us Together
May 12 • 35 min
“These live streams are speaking to the people at home first,” YouTube’s Tuma Basa says. “They’re the primary audience — they’re not an afterthought. [D-Nice is] talking to Michelle Obama, and then we feel like we’re there.”Want to support 1A? Give to…
The Future Of Air Travel
May 11 • 36 min
There are a lot of complaints that airlines aren’t providing refunds when they should, says Niraj Chokshi, who covers the business of transportation for The New York Times. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
Inside A Secret Library In Syria
May 9 • 25 min
“What most amazed me was that this library was 5 or 6 feet below streets where people were being sniped and bombs were going off,” says the BBC’s Mike Thomson about a secret library in Durayya, Syria.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
The News Roundup For May 8, 2020
May 8 • 88 min
A black man is murdered while jogging in Georgia. The Dept. of Justice drops its case against Michael Flynn. The investigation into the origins of COVID-19 continues. Soccer will return to Germany, and a plot to overthrow the Venezuelan government…
Helping Latinos Combat Coronavirus + A Conversation With 1A’s New Host
May 7 • 24 min
“This work is not about me, it’s about the listener…it’s about you helping us hold public officials accountable, it’s about elevating your voice. I hope the show remains entirely listener-focused,” says 1A’s new host, Jenn White.Want to support 1A? Give…
The ‘Murder Hornets’ And The Honey Bees
May 6 • 14 min
One hornet scouts out a honey bee hive. Then, the hornets attack. But how worried should we actually be?Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Coronavirus: ‘To Sleep, Perchance To Dream’
May 5 • 35 min
You might be worried about contracting COVID-19 or passing it to someone else. That anxiety shows up in our dreams in different forms. Dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg says that being aware of the particular type of stress you’re seeing in your dreams will…
Priced Out: Where Is Our Safety Net?
May 4 • 35 min
Unemployment claims are up to 20 times the normal level, and state agencies don’t have the technology to process the rate of applications. Unemployment expert Rebecca Dixon says this represents a lack of investment from the federal government.Want to…
The News Roundup For May 1, 2020
May 1 • 88 min
The U.S. reaches one million coronavirus cases. 30 million Americans are unemployed as states are opening back up for business. And the U.K. says they are past the peak of COVID-19. Plus, tensions with China over the origins of the virus continue.Want to…
What A National Vote-By-Mail Election Might Look Like
Apr 30 • 35 min
“I think the worry is…that states just don’t get the word out effectively and voters get left behind,” says Ryan McCarthy of ProPublica.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
As Meat Workers Get Sick, An Executive Order Keeps Plants Open
Apr 29 • 34 min
“The link that keeps the food production system going is the workforce. These workers are humans. We have had workers die in this plant. They didn’t want to die. This wasn’t a choice,” said Kim Cordova of the Colorado United Food and Commercial Workers…
What Medical Experts Say About When To Reopen America
Apr 28 • 35 min
“We should have had massive testing early on,” says Dr. Jeremy Faust, who says he had trouble testing his own patients. “I’m certain I discharged patients who had this disease and may have spread it.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
The Economic Impact Of COVID-19 On Young People
Apr 27 • 35 min
“The millennials as a generation were much more economically vulnerable going into this than Generation X…they have very little money in savings accounts, very little cushion, and that’s not because of decisions millennials are making but the economy,”…
Hayley Williams On ‘Petals For Armor,’ Paramore And Pandemic Music
Apr 25 • 35 min
To promote her song “Over Yet,” Hayley Williams made a workout video. “I created this fantasy in my head of myself as an aerobics instructor in this apocalyptic society,” she told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For April 24, 2020
Apr 24 • 87 min
President Trump signs a new $484 billion relief package. U.S. unemployment surges as the price of oil plummets. Countries around the world continue to weigh coronavirus relief strategy…and economic impact.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
1A Across America: Abortion Bans During The Pandemic
Apr 23 • 32 min
“What’s happening is women in Texas are being forced to remain pregnant during a pandemic against their will,” Cristina Parker of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity tells us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
Writing Fiction About A Changing Climate
Apr 22 • 37 min
“We can end ourselves with words. But we can also save ourselves,” says cli-fi author Lydia Millet.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
When Will Crowds Roar Again? Coronavirus And Music Concerts
Apr 21 • 34 min
“The people who are really going to feel the brunt of this are the blue collar workers like the stage hands,” says reporter August Brown. “The mom and pop clubs, the mom and pop promoters, they’re on the front lines of this and this is a real existential…
Help Is On The Way? Coronavirus Aid To Rural America
Apr 20 • 35 min
Mary Ellen Pratt is the CEO of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher, Louisiana. The county was one of the first rural areas that got hit hard by the coronavirus, and the hospital is the only one in its county.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The News Roundup For April 17, 2020
Apr 17 • 87 min
The President debates re-opening the country. U.S. unemployment reaches Great Depression levels. The EU apologizes to Italy for its response to COVID-19. And France joins others in questioning China’s actions.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The Battle Within: Coronavirus And The Immune System
Apr 16 • 35 min
According to reporter Matt Richtel, COVID-19 is dangerous because it targets our lungs. And we need our lungs constantly. “It’s not like food and it’s not like water, you can’t wait. You gotta have it now.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
1A Across America: From Denver To Detroit, Small Businesses Try To Make It Work
Apr 15 • 29 min
“People could die. I don’t want any part of that,” says Ken Brown, owner of Famous Philly Cheese Steak.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Not So Fast: What We Know About Hydroxychloroquine
Apr 14 • 35 min
“If this were to be the answer, millions of pills are already ready, and it’s very easy to scale up…this would be an appealing answer because it would be a relatively easy one,” says reporter Sarah Owermohle.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
Crafting Mines And Crossing Animals: Playing Video Games During The Pandemic
Apr 13 • 34 min
“Games are a medium that, for a variety of reasons, have long been associated with a sense of shame,” psychologist Alex Kriss says. He says games are a virtual playground where you can try things without emotional consequences.Want to support 1A? Give to…
Shoot For The Moon: A Conversation With Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell
Apr 13 • 18 min
“I’m afraid it’s going to be the last moon mission for a while.” No one was supposed to hear Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell saying that. But the mics were on. The entire nation heard it.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For April 10, 2020
Apr 10 • 88 min
Health care workers experience praise and abuse. Sen. Bernie Sanders leaves the Democratic presidential race, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves intensive care. And the U.S. unemployment enrollment jumps by another 6.6 million.Want to support 1A?…
‘Stay-At-Home’-Cooked Meals: The Kitchen During Coronavirus
Apr 9 • 35 min
Chef Kwame Onwuachi says this time is the most he’s cooked at home since he was a child, and it’s helped him connect with why he loves cooking so much.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
On The Trail: Global Pandemic Edition
Apr 8 • 32 min
Author and Hill correspondent Reid Wilson said public health experts saw a global pandemic coming. “Everybody in public health knew it wasn’t an ‘if’ question, but a ‘when’ question.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
We Couldn’t Help But Wonder…Love In The Time Of Coronavirus
Apr 7 • 35 min
“We’re constantly getting to know each other, constantly learning about each other throughout the day and that’s definitely sped up the relationship,” says Nick Young, who is isolating separately from his girlfriend.Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
Coronavirus: When Staying Home Isn’t Safe
Apr 6 • 34 min
“The second a hand is raised? That’s abuse. The second you’re not allowed to do what you want to do? That’s abuse. And a lot of people don’t understand that,” says retired detective Bob Wile.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
R. Eric Thomas, From ‘Deeply Shewk’ To A Viral Column
Apr 4 • 24 min
“A lot of the time, it feels foolhardy that you’ll get the thing you want,” writer R. Eric Thomas says. “[But] on its best day, America can be a space of immense potential and possibility.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For April 3, 2020
Apr 3 • 88 min
The U.S. braces itself for thousands of deaths, as 6.6 million Americans claimed unemployment. Old rifts in Europe reemerge in the wake of the coronavirus. And, Brazil’s president defies health leaders and urges people to get back to work.Want to support…
On Fire: The Science Behind Streaks
Apr 2 • 36 min
“Even in my business, making games, it’s all about ideas. When you get on a roll, you can definitely sense it,” says Mark Turmell, the creator of NBA Jam. “I’ve felt the opposite too, I’ve felt lulls, where you can’t piece things together.”Want to support…
Why It’s Not All Downhill From Here, With Author Terry McMillan
Apr 1 • 29 min
“Sometimes we just give ourselves permission to do whatever we feel like doing,” Terry McMillan says. “Because we do not get a do-over, last time I checked.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
A Governor And Two Patients Weigh In On The Fight Against COVID-19
Mar 31 • 28 min
We talk to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about his state’s response to coronavirus. Then, we hear from two patients with the virus: one who got a positive test and one who wasn’t able to get a test at all.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Contagion’
Mar 30 • 35 min
Film critic Sam Adams says he wasn’t interested in seeing Contagion again. But once he did, he felt a little comforted. “One of the great things about horror movies is that they end.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Coronavirus Across America: Worship In A Time Of Pestilence
Mar 29 • 34 min
“The church will never close in this country because the church is not a building … It is a gathering of people,” says Rev. Angela Denker.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
The News Roundup For March 27, 2020
Mar 27 • 34 min
The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases, but Spain is already surpassing China’s reported deaths. Boris Johnson self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19. And millions of truck drivers are stranded in India.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
Sen. Bernie Sanders On Congress And The Coronavirus Pandemic
Mar 26 • 15 min
“This is not a time for thinking about things in the way we did yesterday,” Senator Bernie Sanders says. “While this bill didn’t go near as far as I thought it should go, it did expand unemployment benefits more than ever has been done before.”Want to…
The Sounds Of America: The 1951 National League Tiebreaker
Mar 25 • 35 min
“Are there other stories that need to be told? Are they being told? And are we listening?” says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about reexamining history through recorded sound.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe…
Coronavirus: Feeding A Sick Nation
Mar 24 • 35 min
“It’s something that I can’t avoid, I have to go to work,” Scott, who delivers tortillas to grocery stores in Maryland, told us. “A lot of my well-being right now relies on the well-being of others.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
Coronavirus: Aiding The Unemployed
Mar 23 • 35 min
Amy Putens, a hair stylist based in Washington, D.C., says her biggest fear is whether she’ll have a business to go back to, once the coronavirus pandemic is over. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast.…
Live from Everywhere? The American Radio DJ In An On-Demand World
Mar 21 • 34 min
Radio consultant Scott Fybush says while the number of commercial radio DJs has waned, college radio has been a significant growth point. “It’s far from dead,” he says.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
The News Roundup For March 20, 2020
Mar 20 • 92 min
Cases of coronavirus surpass 10,000 in the U.S. The Senate contemplates sending checks to taxpayers. And China responds to blame regarding the virus’ spread.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Coronavirus: What to Play When Your Life Is on Pause
Mar 19 • 23 min
“You’re going to want different things on different days,” NPR’s Linda Holmes says. She recommends two documentaries, “Brooklyn Castle” and “May At Last.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Do Self-Help Books Actually…Help?
Mar 18 • 36 min
“A lot of these books are setting the authors up to be who we aspire to be. Maybe some of us don’t want that,” podcaster and author Kristen Meinzer says. “Unfortunately, a lot of the self help books we’ve lived by say there is one way we should be.”Want…
Blocked From The Ballot: Meet Jack Vaile, Who Has Cerebral Palsy
Mar 17 • 18 min
In at least 10 states around the country, thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have legal guardians lose their right to vote.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast.…
Coronavirus: The Prison Population
Mar 16 • 36 min
“Too many people in our prisons and jails don’t need to be there in the first place,” Amy Fettig of the ACLU says. “We should be looking at who is in our prisons and jails and who can go home right now.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
The News Roundup For March 13, 2020
Mar 13 • 91 min
COVID-19 continues to shut down the world and influence global markets. Congress works to improve aid during the crisis. Russia and Saudi Arabia’s oil agreement collapses. And the U.S. begins to pull out of Afghanistan. Want to support 1A? Give to your…
Coronavirus: School’s Out
Mar 12 • 34 min
“There are also very real public health concerns for sending kids home,” NPR’s Cory Turner points out. He says food and housing insecurity are huge issues facing students and families.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Coronavirus: All Work And No Play
Mar 11 • 34 min
Prior to 2006, there was no mandated sick leave in the United States. “I believe it makes sense for all Americans to get sick pay and sick leave, not just those who are lucky to live in 13 states,” says Aquent CEO John Chuang.Want to support 1A? Give to…
Blocked From The Ballot: Individuals With Felony Convictions
Mar 10 • 35 min
Desmond Meade worked his way up from drug addiction and homelessness to law school, but when his wife ran for office in Florida he had a rude awakening. “It hit me like a ton of bricks…I cant even vote for my wife” he said.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
Author Jacqueline Woodson Returns To Ghana
Mar 9 • 35 min
“When this opportunity came along, it felt like the right time to come home,” says author Jacqueline Woodson. “But I questioned, do they want my African diasporic self, or do they want my American dollars?”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
‘Hood Feminism’ Focuses on the Needs of the Many, Not the Few
Mar 7 • 33 min
“We aren’t seeing major marches for black women,” author Mikki Kendall says. “We saw a lot of pink hats at the Women’s March. Those numbers would’ve been great at a Black Lives Matter march or at Standing Rock.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
The News Roundup For March 6, 2020
Mar 6 • 90 min
Coronavirus continues to impact the nation, and the world. Joe Biden comes roaring back in the 2020 race for president. And the peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban remains in limbo.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered
Mar 5 • 34 min
“Eighty percent of people who get COVID-19 recover in the same way you recover from a cold,” says Dr. Leana Wen. “They don’t go to the hospital. You feel bad for a few days and then you’re back to normal.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The 1A Super Tuesday Bonanza
Mar 4 • 87 min
“The last couple of weeks are going to be a real study in the power of media, the power of prominent institutions, and the power of endorsements,” says The Hill’s Reid Wilson.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
The Legacy of George Wallace
Mar 3 • 33 min
“The activism of students is vitally important, that’s where things will change,” says Horace Huntley, founding director of the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Winding Down America’s Longest War
Mar 2 • 35 min
“At this time, it looks like the Taliban is actually getting the better end of the deal,” says Jason Essazay, former local interpreter in Afghanistan and enlisted member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
The News Roundup For February 28, 2020
Feb 28 • 90 min
Americans prepare for a spreading coronavirus, and the South Carolina primary. Harvey Weinstein faces more charges. Trump visits India, and the U.S. inches toward a peace deal in Afghanistan. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The GOP And President Trump: 1A From CPAC 2020
Feb 27 • 30 min
“Authoritarianism is the thing I’m most concerned about, and that’s why I could never, never vote for President Trump,” says Lucy Caldwell, former presidential campaign manager for GOP candidate Joe Walsh.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
Foresight 2020: Immigration
Feb 26 • 35 min
Both Democrats and Republicans want to see something happen around immigration. “It motivates their base” says one of our guests.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter…
Foresight 2020: Medicare for All
Feb 25 • 34 min
“The 150 million Americans who do have insurance increasingly can’t afford to go to the doctor because they have $2,000 deductibles,” says health care reporter Noam Levey.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
Foresight 2020: Guns
Feb 24 • 35 min
Listener Jessica, from Denver, said she’s voting based on gun policy. “I have a 6-year-old little boy, and gun violence is the second leading cause of death among children in this country. We need to tackle it as a public health issue.” Want to support…
‘One Very, Very Strange Year’: A Conversation With Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler
Feb 22 • 33 min
“I was followed by private investigators. I’d get calls from reporters about rumors about me. They were trying to discredit me. It was a terrifying experience,” says whistleblower Susan Fowler.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station…
The News Roundup For February 21, 2020
Feb 21 • 90 min
Roger Stone has been sentenced, and the Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy. COVID-19 continues to spread, and the U.S. reached a possible truce in Afghanistan.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The First Major Test Of Latino Voters
Feb 20 • 24 min
Former Trump advisor Jacob Monty says President Trump hasn’t done enough to gain more of the Latino vote, and it’s going to show when they show up to vote. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Wants You To Stop Telling Women To Smile
Feb 19 • 35 min
“We’ve been socialized to be certain ways. I think a lot of men are performing a certain type of masculinity that they’ve been taught,” Tatyana Fazlalizadeh says.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast.…
Rehabilitation And Education In America’s Prisons
Feb 18 • 35 min
“I think there is an openness to prison as rehabilitation,” former inmate and alum of the Bard Prison Initiative Jule Hall says. “However, there’s a long way to go.” Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
This Is Not A Drill: Active Shooter Training In Schools
Feb 17 • 33 min
“School psychologists need to be brought in at the front end…what is the trauma history of some of the staff and the students? We need to know this,” says school psychologist Melissa Reeves.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The News Roundup For February 14, 2020
Feb 14 • 91 min
We cover a primary, political unrest in Europe and a budget proposal by President Trump. Plus, why an enormous swarm of locusts is threatening vulnerable countries in East Africa. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe…
Funded And Affordable: Should Public Transit Be Free?
Feb 13 • 47 min
Trying to make transportation free for users? “Don’t listen to the bureaucracy,” Lawrence, Mass., Mayor Daniel Rivera says. “Pick the route and do it.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The Lost Secrets Of The Harlem Renaissance
Feb 12 • 36 min
“She wrote about Black southern people with regard to their dialect and vibrancy,” author Morgan Jerkins says about Zora Neale Hurston. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
What ‘High Fidelity’ Teaches Us About Breaking Up
Feb 11 • 35 min
“In our show, there are lots of Mr. Rights. The point was not to do a love story between two people…our mission was to make sure there were a lot of viable options for our Rob,” says “High Fidelity” writer Veronica West.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
In New Hampshire And Beyond, Where Is The Democratic Party Headed?
Feb 10 • 35 min
“It’s getting a little bit ugly” on the ground in New Hampshire, says Vice News’ Daniel Newhauser. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The News Roundup For February 7, 2020
Feb 7 • 92 min
President Trump is acquitted, while the DNC calls for recanvassing in Iowa. The coronavirus epidemic continues. And Kenya’s longest serving president dies. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The Academy Awards, From #OscarsSoWhite To…Even Whiter?
Feb 6 • 35 min
“One really has to ask whether we should be listening to what’s considered the gold standard,” says #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign. “They’re only the gold standard because they said so.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Why Is Michael Bloomberg Running For President?
Feb 5 • 35 min
“Is the safe candidate someone who finished fourth in the Iowa caucus (former Vice President Joe Biden)? Or someone who has a limitless checkbook (former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg),” says The Hill’s Reid Wilson.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
There Might Not Be Crying In Baseball. But What About Cheating?
Feb 4 • 35 min
“Sign stealing is code breaking. It’s a skill, and it has a long tradition in baseball,” says baseball writer Marc Carig. “But what’s new is the use of technology in sign-stealing.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe…
First In The Nation: The Iowa Caucuses And The Calendar
Feb 3 • 35 min
“They carved out that position in 1972 but have also fought like mad to keep it in that position,” says political scientist Josh Putnam about the Iowa Caucuses. “This isn’t the first time we’re talking about this.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
1A Across America: Did This Colorado County Find The Healthcare Solution?
Feb 1 • 46 min
“When we found out she had stage 4 cancer, I wasn’t exactly thinking about shopping for the lowest price.” says Summit County resident Glenn Brady.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions?…
The News Roundup For January 31, 2020
Jan 31 • 91 min
Democratic candidates compete with only days to go before the Iowa caucuses. The Supreme Court approves Trump’s “wealth test” for immigrants. The coronavirus spreads. And Brexit finally arrives. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station…
When You’ve Got 99 Problems And Money Is One
Jan 30 • 34 min
“I was raised in deep, deep poverty in America,” says financial educator Alvin Hall. “I always watched my parents put something aside. Set aside the savings first…don’t wait until the end to see what’s left, do it off the top.”Want to support 1A? Give to…
Impeachment Check-In: President Trump’s Defense And Bolton’s Book
Jan 29 • 35 min
“John Bolton should know everything, as the National Security Advisor,” John Gans says. “But he was in some of those meetings but on the outs with Donald Trump,” so he says it’s hard to know what Bolton might testify.Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
Remembering Kobe and Gianna Bryant
Jan 28 • 24 min
“Especially here in Los Angeles, you see the connection [Kobe] built up with these people,” writer Paolo Uggetti says. “He played with a hard-nosed dedication…and inspired people to do better, regardless of their walk of life.”Want to support 1A? Give to…
What The Controversy Over ‘American Dirt’ Tells Us About Publishing And Authorship
Jan 27 • 47 min
“We’re not telling people you can’t write about another community, we’re saying you can, but here’s how you do it well,” says writer and educator K. Tempest Bradford. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
‘Get In Line:’ What It Takes To Legally Immigrate To The United States
Jan 25 • 35 min
“Over the past few years, [USCIS] has gotten far more difficult to navigate, it is much more difficult to speak to a human being, to make an appointment…so if there is a snafu, it’s very difficult to get that resolved,” says immigration lawyer Eleanor…
The News Roundup For January 24, 2020
Jan 24 • 91 min
The impeachment trial hit the Senate floor. A new strain of coronavirus claims more lives in China. And Saudi Arabia denies hacking Jeff Bezos’ cell phone.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Campus Culpability: Who Should Keep Colleges Safe?
Jan 23 • 34 min
“We don’t want to blame students for being the victims of a crime,” says John Vinson, campus security expert. “We have to look at: Are there failures in the process?”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
A Language With Chutzpah: Yiddish And American Culture
Jan 22 • 30 min
Yiddish has been featured in pop culture from Mel Brooks in the ’70s to more recently in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “Yiddish is a part of American life, and people don’t want to lose that,” says Yiddish expert Josh Lambert.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
Splitting Up, But In It Together: Divorce In 2020
Jan 21 • 35 min
“No marriage is the same, and nobody understands a relationship from the outside…every break is different and complicated,” writer Lyz Lenz says. “You don’t have to play chicken with your life! You can make a choice to be happy.”Want to support 1A? Give…
Rep. Zoe Lofgren On Impeachment, Then And Now
Jan 18 • 22 min
“Witnesses can be clever in their answers,” says impeachment manager Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California. “But the documents don’t lie.” Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
The News Roundup For January 17, 2020
Jan 17 • 91 min
President Trump’s impeachment trial begins while candidates debate in Iowa. A Russian cabinet resigns. And protests continue in Iran over a downed flight. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Decrypting The Decryption Dilemma
Jan 16 • 34 min
Recode’s Kara Swisher on the clash between Apple and the Department of Justice: “If you want a surveillance state, that’s where this is headed.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find…
1A Across America: 2020, The View From Michigan
Jan 15 • 35 min
“Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot,” says Kathleen VanPopplen, a former Republican who left the party because of President Trump. “If you don’t want Trump getting reelected, you have to give us somebody that we can vote for.”Want to support…
Calling The Shots In The Year Of The Nurse And Midwife
Jan 14 • 35 min
“When we have less acute conditions, most of the public can get care quickly and economically,” one of our guests says. “Clinics are an important part of addressing that, but nurses can provide a variety of primary care.”Want to support 1A? Give to your…
Two Wheels, Lots Of Controversy: Electric Scooters And Urban Space
Jan 13 • 35 min
“Any time that a physical environment in a city is not set up to allow for a new type of vehicle, you’re in trouble,” journalist Clive Thompson. “If you want that vehicle there, you’ve got to change the shape of the city.”Want to support 1A? Give to your…
The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Little Women’
Jan 11 • 35 min
One listener said he went to see ‘Little Women’ without his wife. “I was happy to be a single male alone in the movie, and it was great.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
The News Roundup For January 10, 2020
Jan 10 • 91 min
The Senate Majority Leader takes impeachment into his own hands. Fires continue to rage in Australia. And fallout continues over the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Unplugged: When Governments Cut Internet Access
Jan 9 • 35 min
“Internet blackouts are more like a hammer, they don’t take that much sophistication, but there are other censorship techniques that are more like a scalpel,” says cyber security policy expert Justin Sherman.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
On The Trail: It’s An Election Year, Charlie Brown
Jan 8 • 35 min
“It is clear in polling that Democrats believe [former Vice President Joe] Biden is the candidate can beat Trump. It is not clear in fundraising standards,” says The Hill’s Reid Wilson.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
The Iranian American Perspective On The U.S. And Iran
Jan 7 • 47 min
“Were these U.S. citizens, sleeping on the floor of the detention center in Washington state, free to leave? It doesn’t sound like it. This was a detention,” says immigration attorney David Leopold.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
When Prices Increase, But The Minimum Wage Has Not
Jan 6 • 35 min
The federal minimum wage is $7.25, and that hasn’t changed in over 10 years. Is it enough to make ends meet? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The News Roundup for January 3, 2020
Jan 3 • 90 min
The Pentagon confirmed the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. What happens now?Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
How Should We Regulate Homeschooling?
Jan 2 • 35 min
As many as 1.5 million families homeschool their kids. Who gets to decide how homeschooling should happen? And how are the rules enforced?Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
From Texas To Minnesota: 1A Across America In 2019
Jan 1 • 47 min
“If we are not able to have conversations across the aisle as Gen Z or Millennials, it’s going to make it harder and harder as we get more entrenched in our beliefs,” student Republican MyChale Cooper told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
‘Taking Chances’ With Sharon Van Etten
Dec 31, 2019 • 19 min
“I feel like over the course of ten years, I’ve found writing music my form of therapy,” Van Etten told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Changing The Game? The NCAA Opens The Door For College Athletes To Profit
Dec 30, 2019 • 34 min
“The NCAA maintains as a legal fiction that the reason people care about college sports is that they are true college students,” says economist Andy Schwarz.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The News Roundup for December 27, 2019
Dec 27, 2019 • 87 min
Questions remain about where the articles of a presidential impeachment go from here. Protests continue to rock France, India and Iran. And Cuba has a prime minister for the first time in 43 years. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
‘She Had Me, I Had Her:’ Robyn Crawford Opens Up
Dec 26, 2019 • 35 min
Robyn Crawford said that she and Whitney Houston “just were,” and their love was bigger than anything imaginable. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Jingle Sells, But Who’s Buying?
Dec 25, 2019 • 34 min
What is it that makes so many artists want to sing about Christmas? And after decades of holiday hits, is there anything new to do with the genre? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions?…
The Perks And Perils Of Plant Parenthood
Dec 24, 2019 • 35 min
“Sometimes you are going to lose a few plants. Sometimes leaves will turn yellow,” plant blogger and author Darryl Cheng told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter…
‘For Their Own Good’: The Detention Of Muslim Ethnic Groups In China
Dec 23, 2019 • 34 min
“The last time I was able to directly speak with anyone in the country was July 2017,” said Salih Hudayar, founder of the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast.…
The News Roundup for December 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019 • 88 min
Donald Trump was impeached by the House. Democratic presidential candidates debated in Los Angeles. U.S. and China agree on new trade terms. Climate talks wrap up in Spain. And Australia declares a state of emergency as fires rage on.Want to support 1A?…
Return Of A Jedi: The Legacy Of “Star Wars”
Dec 19, 2019 • 35 min
Professor Nicholas Cull told us that Star Wars was an instant hit. He said George Lucas brought a blend of movie genres to the big screen in a way that reassured Americans.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
The Confirmation Of Brett Kavanaugh
Dec 18, 2019 • 35 min
“The moment of [Christine] Blasey Ford’s testimony was so searing because it was so real,” author and reporter Ruth Marcus told us. “She didn’t even understand fully that this would be televised nationally.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
From ‘Place Your Order’ To Your Door: Inside Amazon’s Delivery Process
Dec 17, 2019 • 35 min
“It might not sound hard driving a truck to get something to a front door,” reporter Ken Bensinger told us. “But try doing it 250 times in a day.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions?…
Meet America’s Most Powerful Flight Attendant
Dec 16, 2019 • 35 min
Flight attendant Sara Nelson told us that yes, you do need to listen to the pre-flight safety briefing. “Every part of that briefing is there because someone lost blood.” Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
The News Roundup for December 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019 • 91 min
House Democrats submitted two articles of impeachment, federal workers scored a win and the military has a new Space Force branch.Around the world, Saudi’s Ambassador to the U.S. traveled to Pensacola. A new climate change report about the Arctic was…
Beyond Adam And Eve: Religion And The Gender Binary
Dec 12, 2019 • 35 min
“It’s been my faith in God that guided me to come out of the closet as someone who likes girls, then someone as non-binary,” guest Alex Griffin told us. “It was always a feeling of God loving me exactly as I was.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local…
The Current Playing Field For Sports Journalism
Dec 11, 2019 • 35 min
“I don’t think anyone should ever be told to stick to sports. It’s a false statement,” Only A Game’s Karen Given told us. “However, as a journalist, I avoid putting my political opinions out there.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
‘Switched On Pop’: Breaking Down What Makes A Banger
Dec 10, 2019 • 35 min
“What we want to do is understand why songs edge up to the top of the charts and get in our ears. What are the qualities that make them so sticky?” music journalist and podcast host Nate Sloan told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
Chanel Miller Wants You To Know Her Name
Dec 9, 2019 • 35 min
“To me, it was a very clear case. How could that have been a consensual encounter if that was how I was abandoned?” Chanel Miller told us. “Instead, I found that my assailant was pushing back as hard as he could and would use every resource to try to…
The News Roundup for December 6, 2019
Dec 6, 2019 • 91 min
House Democrats will begin drafting articles of impeachment. Attorney General William Barr weighs in on protests against police. And Sen. Kamala Harris drops out of the presidential race.Around the world, world leaders convened in London for a NATO…
‘Canyon Dreams:’ High School Basketball On The Navajo Nation
Dec 5, 2019 • 35 min
“It’s important not to think of basketball as the only way out, but it’s absolutely a cohesive and coherent force,” author Michael Powell told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions?…
‘She Had Me, I Had Her:’ Robyn Crawford Opens Up
Dec 4, 2019 • 35 min
Robyn Crawford said that she and Whitney Houston “just were,” and their love was bigger than anything imaginable. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
No, Koalas Aren’t ‘Functionally Extinct.’ But They Are In Danger
Dec 3, 2019 • 18 min
“There is absolutely a grain of truth to all this,” but they’re not functionally extinct, National Geographic wildlife reporter Natasha Daly told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions?…
Politics Of Pain: Ireland, Britain And Brexit
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
“The fundamental problem is that the U.K. thinks about Brexit as a nationalist revolution,” journalist Fintan O’Toole told us. “But the EU is not an empire like how Britain was … it’s not oppressed.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
Lost In The World Of Audio Fiction
Nov 29, 2019 • 35 min
“Audio fiction is a form of performance for fiction. You have a story that you want to tell and sometimes you do that with one voice or many voices with sound design or music,” podcast critic Elena Fernández Collins told us.Want to support 1A? Give to…
What We Write About When We Write About Food
Nov 28, 2019 • 34 min
A lot of time people say “stick with the food,” food writer Osayi Endolyn told us. “But it’s never just about the food.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
1A Across America: A Conversation With Young Conservatives in Alabama
Nov 27, 2019 • 31 min
Experiencing an active shooter situation last fall, “made me more aware of the gun control policies…but it has not changed my core beliefs that we should have our second amendment rights,” says MyChale Cooper, a young conservative at the University of…
1A Movie Club: ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’
Nov 26, 2019 • 35 min
“I think that a lot of adults, myself included, really don’t know what to do with our feelings,” writer Beandrea July told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Guns & America: The Good Guy With A Gun
Nov 25, 2019 • 48 min
Research shows people will successfully defend themselves with a gun in less than 1% of violent crimes. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Breaking The Rules With Charli XCX
Nov 23, 2019 • 19 min
“I don’t like to limit myself and make one type of thing … I really like flexing my muscles in all types of ways,” Charli XCX told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
The News Roundup for November 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019 • 89 min
E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland sounds off in impeachment hearings. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Atlanta. Around the world, Israel’s Prime was indicted on multiple charges. Iran shutdowns internet access. And the fallout continues over…
Two Former Ambassadors Weigh In On A Week Of Impeachment Proceedings
Nov 21, 2019 • 30 min
“[Ambassador Gordon] Sondland was in over his head. He didn’t act in a way that a normal ambassador would have acted,” Ambassador Nicholas Burns told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Has The President Gone Too Far In Clearing Three Service Members?
Nov 20, 2019 • 34 min
“The Pentagon has made it very clear to me that they pretty much uniformly were against these decisions,” reporter Dan Lamothe told us about President Trump’s recent pardons.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
Presenting The Debutante Ball
Nov 19, 2019 • 35 min
“You need to allow teenage girls their agency, but you also have to ask, who is this for, and who is it helping, and who is it hurting,” author Kristen Richardson says. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
How We Talk When We Talk About Abortion
Nov 18, 2019 • 35 min
“[Safe, legal and rare] is extremely antiquated in that it’s focusing on shifting politics but not actually thinking about who are the people who are at the center of this issue: people like me who have abortions,” reproductive justice activist Renee…
The News Roundup for November 15, 2019
Nov 15, 2019 • 89 min
The House held the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Another candidate joined the 2020 presidential race. And the Supreme Court weighed the fate of about 700,000 immigrants. Around the world, protests rage on in Iraq,…
1A Across America: Mass Incarceration in the Deep South
Nov 14, 2019 • 35 min
“Some of the prisons, you wouldn’t put your dog in there,” an Alabama state senator told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Color Me Crimson: Can Football Unite Alabama?
Nov 13, 2019 • 35 min
“Alabama football serves as an escape for a lot of people, like going to the movies,” entertainment and sports producer Ben Flanagan told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us…
1A Across America: The Legacy Of Jeff Sessions
Nov 12, 2019 • 20 min
“Sessions was a Republican in the state of Alabama before it was popular to be a Republican in the state,” political science professor Lori Owens told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
‘America’s Great Undiscovered Literature:’ Letters From U.S. Soldiers
Nov 11, 2019 • 35 min
“The heart of this project is to convey the humanity of these troops. It is to ensure these stories are preserved,” said Andrew Carroll, the founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.Want to support 1A? Give to your…
The News Roundup for November 8, 2019
Nov 8, 2019 • 90 min
A top diplomat revises his testimony to impeachment investigators. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces a run for Senate. And Virginia may no longer be a swing state.Around the world, Delhi closes schools because of toxic smog. Haiti nears a…
‘Ok Boomer:’ Apathy, Anger And A Viral Meme
Nov 7, 2019 • 34 min
“I think it’s important to note that while the comment itself is being described as dismissive, it’s actually a response to the dismissive point of view that older generations have,” wrote one of our listeners.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
Blown Away: Why Police Rely On Faulty Breathalyzers
Nov 6, 2019 • 35 min
“The machines are often unreliable and they generate skewed results — whether too high or too low — with alarming frequency,” New York Times reporter Jessica Silver-Greenberg told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
Visiting The Smithsonian With Lonnie Bunch
Nov 5, 2019 • 35 min
“I think it’s important for us to realize that in this story, slavery is at the center — but it’s not the only story. We wanted people to understand the diversity of the black experience,” Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch told us.Want to support 1A?…
Getting Thirsty With ‘Thirst Aid Kit’
Nov 4, 2019 • 33 min
Thirst is an expression of desire. “The idea of noting what you like, having that written down,” said Bim Adewunmi, co-host of the podcast “Thirst Aid Kit.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
Changing The Game? The NCAA Opens The Door For Athletes To Profit
Nov 2, 2019 • 35 min
“The NCAA maintains as a legal fiction that the reason people care about college sports is that they are true college students,” says economist Andy Schwarz.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The News Roundup for November 1, 2019
Nov 1, 2019 • 89 min
All but two House Democrats voted for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Twitter plans to stop all political advertising on the platform. And the Washington Nationals won the World Series.Around the world, ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is…
What Gave Life To The Idea Of The Zombie?
Oct 31, 2019 • 34 min
“The Haitian zombie and the modern zombie are two different things tied by a misnomer,” author Max Brooks told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
When ‘Public Safety’ Blackouts Are Meant To Prevent Wildfires
Oct 30, 2019 • 35 min
“The less power you shut-off, the more narrowly targeted the shut-offs are, the higher the fire risk is… It’s going to take a lot of time and money to fix that problem,” said Tod Nordhaus, the founder of the Breakthrough Institute.Want to support 1A? Give…
The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Jojo Rabbit’
Oct 29, 2019 • 35 min
“My grandmother survived the Holocaust and I don’t think there was anything offensive [about the film],” one caller told us. They said it’s a good opportunity to educate viewers.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
Distilling The Success Of Craft Distilleries
Oct 28, 2019 • 34 min
“People want to know where their products are coming from. You can point to a farm where the grain is coming from,” Brian Christensen of Artisan Spirit Magazine told us. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
The News Roundup for October 25, 2019
Oct 25, 2019 • 89 min
The Justice Department is reportedly investigating itself. Major fires burn in California. And the Washington Nationals play the Houston Astros.Around the world, Justin Trudeau survives re-election. This week was the first ever Russia-Africa Summit. And…
1A Across America: Kansas Women In Politics And The GOP
Oct 24, 2019 • 48 min
“As I go out and talk to women, there’s this thought that we must hate President Trump because we’re women and look at all of the horrible and awful things that he said of fill-in-the-blank. But Republican women don’t appreciate being forced into a box,”…
Introducing The ‘Accidental Guardians’ Of First Amendment Rights
Oct 23, 2019 • 35 min
“There used to be a line between political speech and personal speech… that line is now very much blurred,” NPR’s Nina Totenberg told us. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on…
Supa Dupa Fly: The History Of Women In Hip-Hop
Oct 22, 2019 • 34 min
“Missy’s not an artist. She’s a movement,” music journalist and author Kathy Iandoli told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
When Fertility Doctors Betray Trust
Oct 21, 2019 • 34 min
“The Cline case demonstrates just how unprepared the legal system is for this,” reporter and co-host Lauren Bavis told us. She said in several states there is no law against doctors inseminating their patients.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public…
The News Roundup for October 18, 2019
Oct 18, 2019 • 89 min
The impeachment inquiry continues, Senator Elizabeth Warren came under fire. And auto workers reached a tentative deal with General Motors.Around the world, there are questions of a ceasefire in northern Syria. The International Space Station saw its…
Heading Out On The Ice With Adam Rippon
Oct 17, 2019 • 34 min
“I wanted to be in front of people and I wanted to make them feel good,” Rippon told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Twelve Democrats Debate In Ohio As The Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump Continues
Oct 16, 2019 • 35 min
“Last night, Bernie looked great, and whatever was going on with his heart … he seemed reinvigorated,” NPR correspondent Ron Elving told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us…
The New Rhythm Of Rhythm And Blues
Oct 15, 2019 • 35 min
“Classic, funk, neo-soul … It’s all R&B music,” professor Gabrielle Goodman told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Hijacking The American Conversation
Oct 14, 2019 • 35 min
“The First Amendment is a cherished American value … but it doesn’t dilute the First Amendment to say that lies have consequences, that violent language has consequences,” author Andrew Marantz told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio…
1A Across America: Renewable Energy And Resistance
Oct 12, 2019 • 47 min
“These are called wind farms strategically. They are not farms. They’re power plants,” said Nick Egli, who opposes a wind farm proposed near his home in Kansas.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have…
The News Roundup for October 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019 • 90 min
House Democrats vow to continue their impeachment inquiry, the Trump Administration vows not to cooperate and Trump says he’s not backing down.Around the world, U.S. troops withdrew from northern Syria, Turkey moved in to bombard Kurdish fighters and the…
Lost In The World Of Audio Fiction
Oct 10, 2019 • 35 min
“Audio fiction is a form of performance for fiction. You have a story that you want to tell and sometimes you do that with one voice or many voices with sound design or music,” podcast critic Elena Fernández Collins told us.Want to support 1A? Give to…
Reversing The ‘Brain Drain’ In Rural America
Oct 9, 2019 • 34 min
“When you’re in a small town, out in the middle of nowhere, you either work together or fail alone,” journalist and author Sarah Smarsh told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find…
‘Horror Stories’ With Liz Phair
Oct 8, 2019 • 23 min
“I just kind of wanted to tell the truth about the person I am, instead of the music person everyone knows,” Phair said in regards to why she decided to write a memoir.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
The Past, Present And Future Of American Beer
Oct 7, 2019 • 22 min
“Prohibition outlawed the production, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages — but not consumption,” Smithsonian curator Theresa McCulla told us. “If you were a wealthy American, you could stock your cellar and still have a pretty good time.”Want…
Writing Feeling Into Song With Sharon Van Etten
Oct 5, 2019 • 19 min
“I feel like over the course of ten years, I’ve found writing music my form of therapy,” Van Etten told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The News Roundup for October 4, 2019
Oct 4, 2019 • 89 min
Congress released text messages between President Trump and the president of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Trump openly urged China to investigate Joe Biden.Around the world, protests in Hong Kong continue for the 17th week and the plight of Iraqis goes from bad to…
Wanting Wellness: The Booming Business Of Self-Care
Oct 3, 2019 • 35 min
The wellness industry can be “incredibly predatory,” Dr. Jen Gunter told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
From ‘24’ To ‘Mulan:’ Character Actor Tzi Ma
Oct 2, 2019 • 31 min
“Mulan is such an iconic character in Chinese culture. I believe it also offers the opportunity to bridge some gaps between the two nations,” Ma told us about the live-action edition of “Mulan” that’s coming out soon, and other recent projects.Want to…
Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Debut Novel
Oct 1, 2019 • 35 min
“When the hero is always white, there are subtle messages sent out to the culture. I wanted a hero who was black … I just felt like it was our time,” author Ta-Nehisi Coates told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe…
The Complicated Business of Plantation Tourism
Sep 30, 2019 • 34 min
“You are denying yourself the more interesting parts of history if you only want to see the pretty things,” historic interpreter Lacy Wilson told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions?…
Dis-Integration: Part 3
Sep 30, 2019 • 13 min
From 1A and The Texas Tribune, this series investigates one school district that refused to integrate in the wake of Brown v. Board, and the decades-long fight members of the surrounding community put up against barriers to equity for students of…
The News Roundup for September 27, 2019
Sep 27, 2019 • 90 min
There’s a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a redacted version of a whistle-blower complaint was made public and the UN Climate Action Summit wrapped up.Around the world, a crackdown on protests in Egypt, a historical court ruling in…
No Plan B: Deciding Not To Have Children Because Of Climate Change
Sep 25, 2019 • 34 min
“I think that the world will be worth living in 2050 and 2100,” Vox reporter Kelsey Piper told us. “If you’re longing to have children, then do that and fight for the world.”Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this…
No Plan B: Youth Leading The Charge On Climate
Sep 24, 2019 • 35 min
“Why would I study for a future that’s not going to exist,” environmental activist and student Madeline Graham told us. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Graphic Novelists Chris Ware And Melanie Gillman On Their Latest Projects
Sep 23, 2019 • 34 min
“[Comics are] as close as you can get to looking through another person’s eyes,” cartoonist Melanie Gillman told us. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Dis-Integration: Part 2
Sep 23, 2019 • 13 min
From 1A and The Texas Tribune, this series investigates one school district that refused to integrate in the wake of Brown v. Board, and the decades-long fight members of the surrounding community put up against barriers to equity for students of…
The News Roundup for September 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019 • 91 min
There are new whistleblower allegations, autoworkers go on strike and NPR loses one of its Founding Mothers.Around the world, millions are rallying today for climate change, Saudi Arabia is under attack and Iran is on the defensive.Want to support 1A?…
The Perks And Perils Of Plant Parenthood
Sep 19, 2019 • 35 min
“Sometimes you are going to lose a few plants. Sometimes leaves will turn yellow,” plant blogger and author Darryl Cheng told us.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter…
One Small Hop On The Magic School Bus, One Giant Leap For STEM Education
Sep 18, 2019 • 35 min
The head of content at PBS Kids told us because their programming is free, much of their viewership is comprised of low-income households. This includes children who don’t have access to Netflix and other streaming services that offer kids’…
‘This Machine Kills Fascists’: Politics And Music With Billy Bragg
Sep 17, 2019 • 35 min
“Freedom has to involve equality,” Bragg told us. “That doesn’t just mean equal rights. That means equal respect.” Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Hustlers’
Sep 16, 2019 • 35 min
Siobhan Brooks, an African-American studies professor and former dancer, says the best part of the film was the dressing room scenes. They showed the amount of labor involved, how the women are transforming themselves and what their relationships with one…
Dis-Integration: Part 1
Sep 16, 2019 • 18 min
From 1A and The Texas Tribune, this series investigates one school district that refused to integrate in the wake of Brown v. Board, and the decades-long fight members of the surrounding community put up against barriers to equity for students of…
The News Roundup for September 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019 • 92 min
John Bolton is out as the president’s national security adviser, California passed a bill requiring companies to treat independent contractors as employees, and the Supreme Court ruled to let a sharp restriction to the U.S. asylum system stand — for…
Forget What You Think You Know About The Manson Murders
Sep 12, 2019 • 36 min
“After six hours with Manson’s prosecutor, Vince Bugliosi, I realized he told me only what was in his book,” journalist Tom O’Neill told us. “Until we went off the record and he told me something explosive … and it sent me down the rabbit hole.”Want to…
R&B Star Raphael Saadiq Explores Addiction And Loss In ‘Jimmy Lee’
Sep 11, 2019 • 27 min
“I would dive into any Sam Cooke record and get lost inside the music,” Saadiq told us. He saw a lot of tragedy early on after losing multiple siblings. Saadiq says music was a way of coping.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…