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A Year After Parkland


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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. Some of the survivors — Emma Gonzales, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and others — have turned their mourning into action, marking a changing wind for gun laws around the nation.

We spoke with David Cullen, author of Parkland: Birth of a Movement and Columbine, who spent time getting to know the students and families affected by the Parkland shooting.

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Inside The Minds Of The Mega-Rich

March 28th, 2019


Wealth is a touchy subject. On one hand, your ability to build wealth as you see fit has been part of our democracy. On the other, the power of the "one percent" infuriates many people.

What impact does wealth have on …

Peter Lord And David Sproxton On 40 Years Of Animating Life

March 27th, 2019


You might not recognize the name "Aardman Animations." But chances are, you know their work. From a cheese-loving inventor and his genius dog... to a group of chickens, yearning to be free... to a farm-dwelling, …

1A Movie Club Sees 'Us'

March 26th, 2019


Ever had one of those moments when you just couldn't bear to see your own reflection? Hopefully, that reflection stayed in the mirror. Heaven forbid …

Left, Right And Center Takes On The Mueller Report

March 25th, 2019


Twenty-two months later, Robert Mueller's special counsel probe into Russia's election interference has run its course. Attorney General William Barr spent the weekend reviewing the principal findings of the report.

What …

The Friday News Roundup for March 22, 2019

March 22nd, 2019


Floods devastate parts of the Midwest. Boeing faces mounting questions. And President Trump upsets many Republicans by speaking ill of the dead.

Around the world, New Zealand's Prime Minister calls for a global fight …

Raining Love With Lee Fields And The Expressions

March 21st, 2019


Lee Fields is a veteran soul singer who's been walking his path for more than 50 years. Now, he's bringing old soul to a new generation — celebrated …

How To Raise Boys

March 20th, 2019


America's boys have it tough. They're less likely to finish high school, more likely to drop out of college and many are socialized to be aggressive …

Self-Care And Skin Care

March 19th, 2019


Cleansers. Creams. Serums. Sheet masks.

It can be hard to know what works, what's legitimate and whether all the effort is worth it. What does it mean …

What Will Stop The Spread Of Online Extremism?

March 18th, 2019


The massacre in New Zealand tells us a lot about online extremism — the role tech companies play in regulating or banning fringe users, and the role …

The Friday News Roundup for March 15, 2019

March 15th, 2019


A bad week for Boeing. Beto joins the race for the White House. And a bribery scandal hits some of the nation's elite colleges.

Around the world, …

Tracee Ellis Ross Teams Up For Time's Up With Her Aunt, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee

March 14th, 2019


Tracee Ellis Ross is on a mission to change Hollywood. She's a co-founder of Time's Up — fighting discrimination, sexual harassment and assault of …

Only Human: Understanding Our Place In The Animal Kingdom

March 13th, 2019


Dogs express love. Chimpanzees are handy with tools. Even octopuses display intelligence. But so do humans. So what exactly makes us human? What …

Taking Care: The Cost Of Child Care In 2019

March 12th, 2019


Ivanka Trump is leading the push for more spending on child care — a campaign that's reflected in the president's new budget released this week.

If the federal government foots the bill, how will it affect the economy …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel

March 12th, 2019


Is it possible to speak out against Israel's policies without disparaging Jewish people? And what happens when people conflate anti-Semitism and …

1A Across America: Colorado's Approach To Gun Rights And Gun Control

March 9th, 2019


The House recently passed the most far-reaching gun control legislation in years. But the push for universal background checks is expected to fail.

The Friday News Roundup for March 8, 2019

March 8th, 2019


New numbers on trade call "America First" in question. Demands for Democrats to rebuke one of their own go unanswered. And, an investigation into the government tracking journalists.

Around the world, is North Korea up …

The Latest On R. Kelly

March 7th, 2019


What will become of R. Kelly?

We spoke with journalist Jim DeRogatis, who's been investigating allegations against the controversial R&B superstar for almost two decades.

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No Bones About It: The Human Skeleton, Revealed

March 6th, 2019


What makes our skeletons so unique? And what do they teach us about our species, and ourselves?

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Close Encounters Of The A.I. Kind

March 5th, 2019


Professor Amy Webb says just nine tech companies control the future of artificial intelligence, but that "we are entering a period in which you can …

American Democracy (Keep It If You Can)

March 4th, 2019


Two takes on how to keep the republic strong.

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The Friday News Roundup for March 1, 2019

March 1st, 2019


The Cohen testimony made for a lively few hours in Washington, but we have a week of news from around the world to discuss. Join us.

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1A Visits CPAC

February 28th, 2019


We bring you our interviews from a day at the Conservative Political Action Conference. We talked to everyone from former White House staffer …

Hollywood's Heartbeat: A Conversation With Robert Townsend

February 27th, 2019


Robert Townsend is a pioneer in Hollywood. As a writer, director and actor, he's built an extensive resume of television and film work, bringing …

Tariffs, Turmoil And Denuclearization: The Trump Administration Abroad

February 26th, 2019


President Trump is set to embark on what he claims will be a "tremendous summit" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but critics are skeptical that he'll be able to convince the millennial dictator to relinquish the …

What Happens To Low-Income Students In High-Priced Universities?

February 25th, 2019


Once a privilege for the wealthy, elite universities across the U.S. became a reality for students from low-income backgrounds beginning in the …

The Friday News Roundup for February 22, 2019

February 22nd, 2019


Rumor has it that Robert Mueller's big reveal on Russia might be just days away. One former acting FBI director says he can't rule out that the …

Can The Catholic Church Heal Itself?

February 21st, 2019


Too many Catholic priests have abused children without consequences. Now, over 100 Catholic bishops are meeting in Rome to discuss protecting …

Why It Matters That New York City Will Ban Discrimination Based On Hair

February 20th, 2019


New York is the latest city to speak out against what it considers a discriminatory practice: chastising or punishing employees for the style of their hair. Hair and hairstyle are frequently a topic of tension, often …

Ready (To Make Money) Player One: The Business Of Esports

February 20th, 2019


When you think of a sporting event, what do you generally imagine? A roaring crowd, two teams lined up face to face, the electric energy of competition and... gigantic screens to watch video games?

Welcome to esports.

We …

The New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory On The Rise

February 18th, 2019


What does it take to make a polyamorous relationship work? Is maintaining such a complex network of connections really worth it?

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Look Out! Here Comes The Spider-Verse

February 16th, 2019


We talk to the creators behind Spider-Verse (they also worked on The Lego Movie and its sequel) about how they successfully brought new heroes to an …

The Friday News Roundup for February 15, 2019

February 15th, 2019


From a national emergency to issues of press freedom around the world, we recap the week's top stories.

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Love In The Time Of Retirement

February 14th, 2019


Many Americans are finding themselves single later in life. Some choose to live alone, and many like it that way. Others who wish to date are facing a rapidly changing scene for dating and romance.

In honor of …

The Value Of Truth: How To Keep News In Business

February 12th, 2019


Last month, sites like Vice, HuffPost and BuzzFeed laid off more than 2,000 people. Frontrunners in the digital news arena, they were supposed to thrive where newspapers had declined.

What's going on in the business of …

1A, The Daily And A News Cycle That Never Sleeps

February 11th, 2019


Imagine the hosts of two of your favorite podcasts — 1A and The Daily from The New York Times — sharing a stage.

It happened. On a visit to …

The Friday News Roundup for February 8, 2019

February 8th, 2019


A crisis in the commonwealth (of Virginia), a new study on climate change reveals that 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record and the latest on …

Why We Keep Forgiving Facebook

February 7th, 2019


It's been 15 years since Mark Zuckerberg co-created the social network in his dorm room. But like many teenagers, it's prone to misbehave and worry the grown-ups. Some expect Facebook to implode before it turns sweet …

1A Across America: What Do Young Voters Want?

February 6th, 2019


Teens and 20-somethings turned out for the 2018 midterms in a big way. What's behind that? And what might it mean for races in 2020?

As a part of our Across America project, we spoke with young people from around the …

Comedian Nicole Byer On Laughing At Yourself And Nailing It

February 5th, 2019


Comedian Nicole Byer is in the business of telling it like it is. That's pretty much her M.O., whether she's doing standup or hosting Netflix's …

The Climate For Climate Politics In 2019

February 4th, 2019


Democrats now in charge of the House of Representatives have put the dangers of global warming back on the front burner. The select committee on climate change has been revived, and progressives plan to introduce a …

The Friday News Roundup for February 1, 2019

February 1st, 2019


A once-in-a-generation cold snap, the federal government goes back to work and the tale of two presidents in Venezuela continues.

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The Year After "The Year Of The Woman"

January 31st, 2019


First-term Congresswomen have been dominating national politics. A wave of female candidates are leading the Democratic pack for 2020. And …

Listen To The Music Play: How The Grateful Dead Remain Relevant In 2019

January 30th, 2019


Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia died in 1995. But the band continues to inspire more than just new ice cream flavors.

What makes the Grateful …

Former Aide Cliff Sims On Life Inside President Trump's White House

January 29th, 2019


Cliff Sims describes the White House power structure not as a flow chart, but a solar system — with President Trump as the sun, and everyone else …

'No Place Like Home:' 'The Wizard Of Oz' At 80

January 28th, 2019


This year, the film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz turns 80. It's considered one of the most influential films ever made — for the song "Over the …

1A Across America: Who Is Caring For Rural Americans?

January 26th, 2019


At least 85 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. That's about five percent of the country's total.

What are lawmakers and citizens doing to address the dearth of healthcare for rural residents? We explored this …

The Friday News Roundup for January 25, 2018

January 25th, 2019


President Trump has announced a deal to reopen the government for three weeks while negotiations over border security proceeded. Roger Stone, a close associate of President Trump, was arrested. And Michael Cohen will …

What Is ALEC?

January 24th, 2019


The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been around since 1973. Even if you're not sure what it does, chances are you've been impacted by laws it's helped pass at the state level.

We looked into ALEC's …

Money Moves: The Push For Financial Literacy In Schools

January 23rd, 2019


Student loan borrowers in the U.S. collectively owe $1.5 trillion. And less than 16 percent of U.S. students are required to take a personal finance …

Ask An Atheist

January 22nd, 2019


The Pledge of Allegiance says that America is "one nation under God." But not everyone feels that way.

Surveys show the number of Americans who identify as atheists is growing. So what does the term "atheist" mean, both …

Who Is Continuing Martin Luther King's Fight Against Poverty?

January 21st, 2019


With inequality still growing, who is carrying on Martin Luther King's economic fight today?

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The Friday News Roundup for January 18, 2019

January 18th, 2019


We've had another week of the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history. L.A. is facing a shutdown of another kind, with thousands of …

Catching Up With The Russia Investigation

January 17th, 2019


Over the last few days, The Washington Post and The New York Times published explosive stories about President Trump's involvement with Russia.

What …

Kristen Roupenian, 'Cat Person' & Viral Fiction

January 16th, 2019


In late 2017, The New Yorker published a short story called "Cat Person" that went viral — perhaps the only work of short fiction to ever do so. It …

Black Women, #MeToo & 'Surviving R. Kelly'

January 15th, 2019


Earlier this month, Lifetime released a six-part docuseries called "Surviving R. Kelly." It chronicles the singer's alleged abuse of girls and women since the early '90s.

Since then, there's been a larger conversation on …

How The Government Shutdown Affects The Country

January 14th, 2019


We are just over three weeks into a partial government shutdown. We're hearing stories from affected federal workers.

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The Friday News Roundup for January 11, 2019

January 11th, 2019


Still no deal and no paychecks in sight for hundreds of thousands of federal workers. A new documentary on R. Kelly sparks protests and investigations around the country. Mike Pompeo spends the week in the Middle East, …

Surveying The Public Domain

January 10th, 2019


At midnight on New Year's Day, an array of songs, films and books from 1923 entered the public domain. That means no more copyright penalties or fees for anyone who wants to use them.

What's in this treasure trove? What …

Why Families Break Up

January 9th, 2019


"I don't feel like I need my family to change for me to love them. But I do need them to change for me to have them in my life."

More and more Americans are estranged from family members. We explore why, and when …

Hell And How We Think Of It

January 8th, 2019


Three out of 5 Americans say they believe in Hell. But what is it? Maybe fire and brimstone? Nothingness? The essence of NBC's "The Good Place?"

People of many faiths are reconsidering whether Hell is inescapable, what …

Planting A Seed: The Vegan Diet in 2019

January 7th, 2019


Some are calling 2019 "the year of the vegan." Beyoncé and Jay-Z certainly think so.

But what if you don't live in a city with vegan options at restaurants, or you can't afford soy hot dogs and tempeh burgers? Is …

The Friday News Roundup for January 4, 2019

January 4th, 2019


The holidays are over, and Washington is back at work. Well, Congress is. We're barely out of the midterms, and we're still talking campaigns — not …

How Far Into President Trump's Finances Will Democrats Dig?

January 3rd, 2019


The president might be averse to having his finances scrutinized, but change is afoot in Washington — and that could mean change for the parameters …

Does The 'Good Guy With A Gun' Tagline Work If That Guy Is Black?

January 2nd, 2019


The NRA made waves with the statement "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

But 1 out of 4 gun owners is African-American. What happens when they are the good guys?

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New Year, New Frontier: Mars

December 31st, 2018


What can the core of Mars tells us about our own planet? And how do we go about interplanetary exploration in an ethical way?

We asked two members of NASA's InSight Lander team.

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The Friday News Roundup for December 28, 2018

December 28th, 2018


As we headed into the holidays, the government headed into a partial shutdown. A second detained minor died in the custody of Border Patrol. …

Year Of The Woman?

December 27th, 2018


The #MeToo movement. A bitter battle over a new Supreme Court justice. The midterms.

Was 2018 really a year of the woman? Or was it just a year that we talked more about what's affecting women?

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Deconstructing The Myths Of Reconstruction

December 26th, 2018


Is there more to the story of Reconstruction than we've been popularly told? Very likely, according to a September article in Smithsonian Magazine. …

What's It All About, Michael Caine?

December 24th, 2018


"Give up." That's the advice Michael Caine received over and over for decades after he began his acting career.

Well, we're sure glad he didn't.

We spoke with him about his humble beginnings, and what it took to get to …

Bringing Down The Curtain On Yellowface

December 22nd, 2018


It wouldn't be Christmas without "The Nutcracker." But would it be "The Nutcracker" without yellowface?

Some ballet companies have made changes to the …

The Friday News Roundup For December 21, 2018

December 21st, 2018


It's the weekly News Roundup on 1A.
And these are the stories we're covering today.
The clock ticks to midnight, when funding runs out.
"We must build the wall!" President Trump did shout.
Will Congress find funding, or …

Not Tonight: Why Americans Are Having Less Sex

December 20th, 2018


We can add something else to a long list of 'things that millennials are killing.' Along with napkins, American cheese and golf, heterosexual people …

Dating While Gray

December 19th, 2018


What's it like to get out there as an older person? Laura Stassi is finding out. She's been creating a podcast that tells "the true stories of people …

Jingle Sells, But Who's Buying?

December 18th, 2018


Do you hear what I hear? Around this time of year, it could be sleigh bells or it could be the sound of a cash register. What is it that makes so …

Cuffin' Season And 'The Lost Art' Of Cruising: Dating In 2018

December 17th, 2018


It's beginning to look a lot like cuffin' season —a time when even some people who are content to be single, may feel an extra calling to find a …

The Friday News Roundup for December 14, 2018

December 14th, 2018


This week, Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison. President Trump threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding. Senate members voted to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's war …

A Double Standard For Discipline? Why Students Weren't Punished After A Nazi Salute

December 13th, 2018


The city of Baraboo, Wisconsin made headlines after a photo went viral of high schoolers in front of the local courthouse giving a Nazi salute. A few …

1A Across America: The Trade War In Northern Minnesota

December 12th, 2018


A NAFTA replacement. Brexit. Tariffs. A trade war. China. Many of us are insulated from the direct impact of trade disruptions, so it's easy to lose …

Miracle On Your Street: How The Post Office Handles Holidays

December 11th, 2018


This week, the U.S. Postal Service will deliver nearly 200 million packages. It's an essential service — with some major challenges.

Is today's post …

Do Get Your Hopes Up...Rocking Out With Hope Punk

December 10th, 2018


The world can seem like a dark, scary place these days. But a new genre called Hope Punk reminds us to dream of a better tomorrow and fight for it.

How can we have hope in times of trouble? We discuss with makers of the …

The Friday News Roundup for December 7, 2018

December 7th, 2018


The nation mourns former President George H.W. Bush. Big announcements come from the Trump White House. Authorities in France brace for more riots. …

Speaking Freely: The Future Of The First Amendment

December 6th, 2018


The Supreme Court was founded with our Constitution back in 1789. But it only started making major rulings on the First Amendment about a century …

Why Did Police Departments Throw Out Rape Kits?

December 5th, 2018


A new CNN report has discovered hundreds of rape kits destroyed. They were trashed before the statute of limitations expired, and most were never tested for DNA evidence.

How widespread is the destruction of rape kits? …

The Art Of The Political Obituary And The State Funeral

December 4th, 2018


Preparations continue for tomorrow's state funeral for President George H.W. Bush. As the nation mourns, we reflect on the way we memorialize former leaders.

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Victoria's Secret Laid Bare

December 3rd, 2018


Last night, ABC aired the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Some 50 models strutted down a New York runway in colorful bras, sky-high stilettos and …

The Friday News Roundup for November 30, 2018

November 30th, 2018


President Trump is in Argentina for the G20 Summit. But here at home, his associates are facing increased legal troubles related to Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Ukraine has imposed martial law after a worrying …

With New Leadership, Planned Parenthood Plots The Path Forward

November 29th, 2018


The midterm elections brought changes to reproductive health care across the nation. And facing those changes is high on the agenda of the new president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen.

We spoke with Dr. Wen about …

'True Lies' And Videotape: Why Many Movies Are No Longer Online

November 28th, 2018


Movies are ephemeral experiences, but so are the objects they're stored on. Nitrate film melts and catches fire. VHS tape loses its magnetism. DVDs deteriorate over time.

They can be digitized, but even movies from the …

The Things That Matter Most

November 27th, 2018


Keepsakes. Mementos. Prized possessions. They bring joy, magic and meaning to our chaotic lives. And they're among the few things we rescue when disaster strikes.

Hear stories from our panelists and listeners about the …

Cradle To Grade: Living A Lifetime Of Student Loan Debt

November 26th, 2018


Millennials are not alone in their struggles with student debt.
Americans over 60 years old are now the fastest-growing category of borrowers.

How …

Don't Forget About Me: Lena Waithe On Reflection And Representation In Hollywood

November 23rd, 2018


"I'm a person that documents the lives of people of color," Lena Waithe says. "So that way, when we're gone, no one will forget we were here."

Joshua …

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Green Book'

November 21st, 2018


There have been a lot of fish-out-of-water buddy comedies at the movies over the years. But never quite like this.

Director Peter Farrelly takes on a true story with his latest film, "Green Book."

Is it a feel-good …

Millions Of Americans Run. Why?

November 20th, 2018


Nearly 60 million Americans run or jog. And every one of them probably has a story to tell about how they got hooked.

Why do people run? And what precautions do runners take to feel safe?

Hear from a few avid runners, …

Fighting The Bureau's Investigations: How The FBI Polices The President

November 19th, 2018


How does law enforcement handle the most powerful person in the country? And should Special Counsel Robert Mueller have wide-ranging power to …

The Friday News Roundup for November 16, 2018

November 17th, 2018


More than 60 people are dead and over 600 missing after a series of deadly wildfires in California. Unfinished business remains after last week's midterm elections. The investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi …

Reddit: Downvoting Conspiracy, Upvoting Community?

November 15th, 2018


Reddit is consistently one of the most visited sites in the U.S.
And like other social media platforms, it mirrors the real world: the good, the bad and the ugly.

As disinformation campaigns have surged, tech execs have …

Hasan Minhaj Didn't Become A Lawyer

November 14th, 2018


Hasan is the latest "The Daily Show" alum to host his own political comedy show. He says his dad is still waiting for him to go to grad school.

Want …

California's Deadliest Fire: "The New Abnormal"

November 13th, 2018


These latest wildfires are already the deadliest yet and they continue to burn. These emergency events have been called "the new normal," but California Governor Jerry Brown isn't having that. He says it's "the new …

The Power Of Comedy And Storytelling For Veterans

November 12th, 2018


When flashbacks of the front lines won't fade, how can jokes and poetry help veterans readjust? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on …

The Friday News Roundup for November 9, 2018

November 9th, 2018


A Democratic House will soon be in session, but Sessions won't be in the White House. We talk midterms, Mueller and Missy Elliott today on the Friday News Roundup.

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Preserving Stories Of Holocaust Survivors

November 8th, 2018


The youngest survivors of the Holocaust are now in their 70s. How can we preserve their memories to prevent future atrocities?

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The Morning After: Unpacking the Midterm Elections

November 7th, 2018


From the upsets to the sure bets, we dig into the 2018 midterms with a panel of experts — including a former governor.

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Bishop Michael Curry Wants Us To Love Radically

November 6th, 2018


The same weekend Bishop Michael Curry delivered his sermon at the Royal Wedding, a group of Christian leaders — Curry included — launched a creed called "Reclaiming Jesus." It warned of a crisis facing our highest moral …

Doris Kearns Goodwin On Disagreement In American Politics

November 5th, 2018


Often when the country has been at odds with itself, a leader has come along to remind us of our common cause and our shared humanity.

But now, with the country feeling more deeply divided than ever, is that just …

The Friday News Roundup for November 2, 2018

November 2nd, 2018


The nation is reeling after Saturday's mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. President Trump says he'll use the executive order to end birthright citizenship. And top U.S. officials call for a …

Stopped At The Box: Voter Access Ahead Of The Midterms

November 1st, 2018


It's been said many times: "If you don't vote, don't complain."

But a growing number of voters say they have plenty to complain about: namely, that they struggle to cast their ballots.

With less than a week before the …

Hex In Effect: Why Witches Are Back

October 31st, 2018


"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." "Charmed." "Suspiria."

Halloween is a time for many of us to indulge in fantasy. But do these fictional witches …

Mega Church And Mega Issues: Pastor Adam Hamilton

October 30th, 2018


What role does faith play in bringing people together?

It's a worthwhile question, especially after last weekend's mass shooting in Pittsburgh.

We …

Rhetoric, Racism And Rage: A Violent Week In America

October 29th, 2018


It has been a violent week in America.

Eleven people killed in their synagogue. Two African Americans shot by a white man at the supermarket. And 14 …

The Friday News Roundup for October 26, 2018

October 26th, 2018


A Florida man has been arrested after roughly a dozen pipe bombs were mailed to top Democratic figures. The first woman on the Supreme Court is retiring from public life. And Saudi Arabia has changed its explanation for …

"I Started With A Million Dollar Loan." Taking Apart Trump's Taxes

October 25th, 2018


Earlier this month, The New York Times published a blockbuster investigation that showed President Donald Trump received more than $400 million from …

Anthony Scaramucci Is Still Talking

October 24th, 2018


His tenure was fleeting but oh, was it memorable.

Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump's one-time communications director was fired after making lewd comments about former chief strategist Steve Bannon and former chief of …

Get That Paper: What Lottery Winnings Do To Your Life

October 23rd, 2018


The combined Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots have topped $2 billion, and tickets are selling by the hundreds each minute.

But what's at stake if you win? Does money actually bring more happiness?

Today, we talk to …

Andrew Gillum: Governor?

October 22nd, 2018


Andrew Gillum is currently the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida. But he's running for governor against Republican Ron DeSantis.

The Orlando Sentinel

The Friday News Roundup For October 19, 2018

October 19th, 2018


We're about three weeks away and the midterms are starting to dominate news headlines here in the US. Here and abroad, everyone is still talking …

Midterms 2018: Take It To The House

October 18th, 2018


No, this year's elections aren't presidential. But they've taken on a new resonance due to the strong backlash among Democrats to the policies of …

What One Writer Gained With A Memoir About Weight Loss

October 17th, 2018


"Heavy" isn't exactly the book Kiese Laymon set out to write. Originally, it was a book about weight. "I wanted to write a lie," he writes on the very first page.

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Why It's Hard To Change Minds About Climate Change

October 16th, 2018


A new U.N. report says there's a strong chance of crisis by 2040 due to climate change. But despite overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change exists, the subject can be tough to discuss.

How do we navigate …

Julián Castro's "Unlikely Journey"

October 15th, 2018


Julián Castro has had a robust political career, from serving as San Antonio's mayor to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama.

His …

The Friday News Roundup For October 12, 2018

October 12th, 2018


UN ambassador Nikki Haley resigned this week in a move that surprised White House officials and the public alike. She'll stay on until the end of the year, but who is on deck to replace her? And journalist Jamal …

Both Donald Trump And Seth Meyers Have Taken Cues From This Guy

October 11th, 2018


Even if you've never heard of Wally Feresten, you've likely seen his work.

He has held up the cue cards — you know, those big, handwritten cards that remind performers what they're supposed to say next — for some of the …

Sixteen Shots. One Conviction.

October 9th, 2018

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been convicted for murder in the second degree for the 2014 killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van …

What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi?

October 8th, 2018


Journalist Jamal Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Turkey to fill out some routine paperwork. He didn't come out.

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The Friday News Roundup For October 5, 2018

October 5th, 2018


This week the White House announced that the FBI had completed its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the Senate voted to advance his nomination.

People are still recovering from the earthquake …

How The 1990s Paved The Way For Today's Political Divide

October 4th, 2018


Red states. Blue waves. These are phrases we hear all the time these days. Political correspondent Steve Kornacki says this is nothing new.

He says it …

What Amazon Adds To The Fight For $15

October 3rd, 2018


Amazon has announced it plans to raise its minimum wage to $15.

It's the latest move in the Fight for $15. Will other large corporations follow suit? …

A Sisterhood Of Sexual Assault Survivors Are Sharing Stories, Shouting Back

October 2nd, 2018


Christine Blasey Ford's testimony brought to the surface difficult memories. And sexual assault survivors who had never shared publicly what happened …

The State We're In: Gun Legislation

October 1st, 2018


It's been one year since the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history. How have state governments responded to mass shootings, activism and the Second Amendment?

This is the first installment of our series called …

Laughs, Tears and Talking Horses: The Power of Bojack Horseman

September 29th, 2018


Netflix's BoJack Horseman has spent five seasons exploring depression, addiction, redemption and more — through a talking horse. We talk to creator …

The Friday News Roundup for September 28, 2018

September 28th, 2018


It was a hearing watched around the country. Christine Blasey Ford told senators she is "100 percent" sure it was Brett Kavanaugh who assaulted her, …

Testimony Rocks Kavanaugh's Confirmation Process

September 27th, 2018


After considerable negotiations, and without an FBI investigation, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. We recap some highlights from the hearings …

Food Regulation: "Only The Brave Dare Eat The Fare"

September 26th, 2018


A little over a century ago, buying a cup of coffee might mean sipping on additives like charcoal and charred bone. Adding milk? It might have one of that era's main preservatives ... formaldehyde.

Dr. Harvey …

America's Love Affair With Roadside Attractions

September 25th, 2018


The UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, South Carolina. The World's Largest Teapot in Chester, West Virginia. The International Banana Museum in Mecca, …

The Comeback: Men Embroiled In #MeToo Attempt Exits From Exile

September 24th, 2018


It's been less than a year since assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein came to light and fired up the #MeToo movement.

Since then, people …

The News Roundup For September 21, 2018

September 21st, 2018


This week, a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has rattled the confirmation process, and Hurricane Florence …

Are LGBTQ Students Any Safer In Schools Today?

September 20th, 2018


A new survey found alarming levels of stress, anxiety and rejection in LGBTQ teens. What are schools — and families — doing about bullying based on …

Vulnerable Voters

September 19th, 2018


Nearly 90 million people did not vote in the 2016 election—that's nearly half of all voting-age adults. Part of those non-voters is a group of mostly …

Identity Politics Unmasked

September 18th, 2018


The term 'identity politics' gets thrown around a lot, and studies show that our identities – like race, religion, and gender – heavily influence how …

Another Book On The Trump Administration? Bob Woodward Says We Need It

September 17th, 2018


The reports coming from within the Trump White House have been never-ending. The leaks to reporters create a picture of a White House in chaos. In comes veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump In The White …

Emmy Empress Regina King on Three Decades in the Industry

September 16th, 2018


Few actresses command attention like Regina King. From "Boyz n the Hood" to "The Boondocks" to "Seven Seconds," she's built a repertoire of compelling performances.

With several awards under her belt, it's clear the …

The News Roundup For September 14, 2018

September 14th, 2018


Two hurricanes made headlines this week, but for very different reasons. new report shows that this year five times more migrant children were detained at the southern border compared to last year. Ethiopia and Eritrea …

Just Can't Help Falling In Love...With Romance Novels

September 13th, 2018


Romance novels are having a moment. The industry is worth more than $1 billion.

Surprised? You really shouldn't be. In 2015, 75 million Americans …

Pickup Artist: How The Ford F-Series Took Over America

September 12th, 2018


The Ford F-series has taken over America. The company sells a truck about every 30 seconds in America, for an average of $46,000. But if you imagine that everyone driving a pickup truck is working construction or …

Family With OxyContin Patent Has Another...To Wean Patients Off OxyContin

September 11th, 2018


The Sackler family has made billions of dollars off of OxyContin, a prescription pain-management drug. Recently it's been cited when talking about …

Going Deep On "The Deep State"

September 10th, 2018


People can't stop talking about the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed written by a "senior administration official," particularly one line about the …

The News Roundup For September 7, 2018

September 7th, 2018


This week, in addition to discussions about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and tech company testimonies on Capitol Hill, Washington and beyond is …

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives

September 6th, 2018


How long did you spend thinking about the last big decision you made? There's a better way, according to Steven Johnson. His newest book is called "Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most." We ask him …

William Shatner: "Live Long And..."

September 5th, 2018


Maybe you know him as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek." Perhaps as Denny Crane in "Boston Legal." Or as the Shakespearean actor. Or the travel guru for …

Terence Nance's Weird World Of Fantastical Blackness

September 4th, 2018


What's it like to be young and black in America? If you use the new HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness" as your guide, it's...pretty weird. We talk to series creator Terence Nance about his latest show – and what comes …

Life With Lyme Disease

September 3rd, 2018


Ever been bitten by a tick? Maybe you've pulled one off of your pet? The bacteria in that tick could lead to Lyme disease, which has spread to all 50 …

The News Roundup For August 31, 2018

August 31st, 2018


As the nation takes time to say goodbye to two American greats — the drumbeat of politics never stops. There were primary races and Nafta …

Puerto Rico, Presently

August 30th, 2018


An estimate from The George Washington University puts the official death toll for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria at 2,975 people. How will this …

Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants

August 29th, 2018


The EPA has proposed the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which many see as an effort to erase former president Obama's Clean Power Plan. The new …

Beyoncé, Inc.

August 28th, 2018


You know her — and odds are, you love her. Beyoncé Knowles Carter was one of the top 10 most admired women, according to a 2017 Gallup poll. After a …

Restoring America's Regular Order: Remembering Senator John McCain

August 27th, 2018


Senator John McCain died over the weekend, and many will remember him for being a maverick. His votes did not always align with the Republican Party platform and during his last years in the Senate, he often repeated …

The News Roundup For August 24, 2018

August 24th, 2018


You've probably heard the news about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. But did you hear about Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)? Or what the Trump …

Executive Power: Laws And Limits

August 23rd, 2018


Experts say Paul Manafort's guilty verdict and Michael Cohen's guilty plea are turning up the heat on President Trump. But he has survived scandal …

Russian Hackers Are At It Again

August 22nd, 2018


This week the DNC reported an attempted hack of its voter database. Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of accounts, and Microsoft says it thwarted …

Catholics Face Their Faith After Another Sex Abuse Scandal

August 21st, 2018


Pope Francis has apologized for "grave errors" in the Catholic church, after a sweeping grand jury report implicated hundreds of priests in the abuse …

Americans In Combat

August 20th, 2018


When it comes to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Pulitzer-prize winner C.J. Chivers doesn't sugarcoat things: "It is beyond honest dispute that the …

The News Roundup For August 17, 2018

August 17th, 2018


This week, we learned disturbing news about the state of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and President Trump revoked former CIA director John …

Bo Burnham Knows Eighth Grade Was Awkward For You, Too

August 16th, 2018


High school is hard ... but in some ways, eighth grade is harder. Pimples. Mean girls. Parents. It's the stuff of tragedy — and comedy — the likes of …

How Tech Companies Are Transforming Classrooms

August 15th, 2018


Ever heard of "The Googlification of the classroom?"

Well, here's a hint: more than half of America's grade-school students use Google education apps …

Discord Over Non-Disclosure Agreements

August 14th, 2018


While promoting her new book, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has made some astonishing claims, including that staffers often sign …

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