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Doris Kearns Goodwin On Disagreement In American Politics

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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 something for the history books?

We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about whether the leaders of the past have something to teach us about facing the challenges of today.

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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

24:20

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

34:59

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

35:01

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

1:27:26

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

33:40

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

44:57

"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

33:44

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

33:22

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

1:26:46

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

25:28

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

30:24

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

27:36

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

1:29:06

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

34:56

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

33:28

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

35:23

"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

36:00

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

1:28:23

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

35:17

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

17:55

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

34:58

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

34:47

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

1:27:29

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

34:46

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

29:37

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

45:45

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

44:47

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

1:29:57

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

46:23

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

44:14

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

33:28

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

33:46

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

1:29:11

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

32:26

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

44:38

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

45:53

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

29:22

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

46:23

"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

34:27

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

46:06

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

33:58

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

1:26:09

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

44:09

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

35:44

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

30:32

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

36:08

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

1:23:03

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

36:37

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

47:03

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

46:35

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 …

The Friday News Roundup for November 2, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

1:27:10

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

45:30

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

47:37

"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

29:36

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

45:20

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

1:27:53

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

40:25

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

27:42

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

20:13

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

46:14

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

1:28:39

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

46:05

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

34:05

"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

37:47

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

30:12

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

1:27:11

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

18:17

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

12:48

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

1:16:30

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

44:00

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

47:02

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

43:38

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

45:23

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

30:25

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

1:26:53

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

12:54

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

29:39

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

43:21

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

37:50

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

1:03:02

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

45:30

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

44:46

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

33:46

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

33:26

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

31:59

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

1:23:03

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

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

September 13th, 2018

43:08

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

30:46

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

13:34

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

47:12

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

1:13:34

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

36:05

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

29:40

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

15:38

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

34:04

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

1:29:28

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

31:19

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

34:59

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

34:33

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

40:38

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

1:23:35

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

34:06

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

17:47

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

34:26

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

33:20

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

1:10:24

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

23:16

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

30:32

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

23:45

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

Dishonesty And Disadvantages In America's Education System

August 13th, 2018

30:27

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a lot to say about the state of America's education system. In our conversation, he reflects on his own successes and failures while leading the department under President …

The News Roundup For August 10, 2018

August 10th, 2018

1:27:35

This week, primaries and special elections in five states set the tone as midterms inch closer. Is a "blue wave" coming for Democrats? There's more …

According To Anonymous Sources...

August 9th, 2018

34:52

Chances are when looking at an article recently, you've read information that was attributed to "a source familiar with the matter." No names, no details about how these sources became familiar with the matter.

So why …

Is Video Game Addiction A Thing?

August 8th, 2018

33:25

There's been a lot of concern lately about the amount of video games kids play. Are they ... addicted to them? The WHO and APA say maybe. Could …

Sea Levels Rise On A Community Not Convinced Of Climate Change

August 7th, 2018

30:48

A shrinking island in the Chesapeake Bay has become a national battleground in the debate over climate change. At just four feet above sea level, Tangier Island may soon be gone — upending its lucrative crabbing …

The Battle For The Beach

August 6th, 2018

33:56

The world is running out of sand, and it's a huge problem. Beaches are eroding at an alarming rate, and in the absence of easy-to-reach sand, the dangerous business of sand mining is booming. How did we get here, and …

The News Roundup for August 3, 2018

August 3rd, 2018

1:26:10

It's Friday, and we've got another roundup for you. America's intelligence chiefs warned of foreign interference in the midterm elections. We learned …

Mental Illness: [Enter Stage Right]

August 2nd, 2018

34:45

Broadway is turning its spotlight onto mental health with shows like 'Dear Evan Hansen.'

This has earned praise for more considerate portrayals — and concern for those who have to portray them.

Dim the lights, and take …

Are The Koch Brothers Newly Woke Or A 'Total Joke'?

August 1st, 2018

35:43

A political war is being waged between President Trump and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The Kochs' disagree with Trump on several …

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Blindspotting'

July 31st, 2018

27:30

Bay Area filmmakers are having a hella good year. There's "Black Panther" and "Sorry To Bother You," and now, "Blindspotting."

Daveed Diggs of "Hamilton" and Rafael Casal have created a buddy comedy that explores …

Courtney Barnett Tells Us How She Really Feels

July 30th, 2018

35:59

Courtney Barnett just turned 30, and she'll be the first person to tell you she doesn't have it all figured out yet. The singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia describes herself as shy. But her music is brave. She …

The News Roundup For July 27, 2018

July 27th, 2018

1:24:08

The Russia investigation was the story of this week. Things got testy as Secretary Pompeo sidestepped questions about President Trump's meeting with President Putin last week. Migrant families were supposed to be …

Netflix: Disruption On-Demand

July 26th, 2018

33:46

Netflix's streaming service has only been around for 11 years. With talent like Shonda Rhimes, the Obamas and Ryan Murphy, and shows like "Orange Is The New Black," "The Crown" and "Narcos," Netflix seems to be taking …

After 65 Years Of Conflict In The Koreas, Is Peace Possible?

July 25th, 2018

33:50

This week marks 65 years since the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea was established. Today both sides are talking peacefully and the …

The Political Fuss Over Federal Courts

July 24th, 2018

35:15

When we think about presidential judicial appointments, it might seem like all the space is taken up by the Supreme Court.

But presidents get to choose other judges, too ... ones who decide thousands of more cases.

Reclaim Your Data

July 23rd, 2018

35:00

Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff says the most dangerous threat we face today is the frequent exposure of our personal data. As an author of the the USA Patriot Act, legislation which privacy advocates say is …

The News Roundup For July 20, 2018

July 20th, 2018

1:27:16

Would you like to revisit this week's news... or wouldn't you?

President Trump held a meeting with Vladimir Putin — and maybe sided with him on …

Three Dimensions, Endless Possibilities

July 19th, 2018

29:55

3-D printers can create many things: furniture ... human limbs ... firearms ... The first 3-D printed gun was fired five years ago. Now designs for these firearms are readily available online after a quiet court …

Republican Reaction After Helsinki

July 18th, 2018

35:20

President Trump walked back his comments from a Monday press conference with Vladimir Putin. But the reaction from both sides of the piled up long before then. How do Republican voters feel about the president's …

Lance Armstrong Returns To Cycling — As A Superfan

July 17th, 2018

30:31

Lance Armstrong still loves cycling, even though fewer fans still love him back. He was at the peak of his career when he confessed to doping in 2013 — something many friends and fans saw as a betrayal.

But he's spent …

Contoured, Highlighted And Bronzed: The Business Of Makeup

July 16th, 2018

32:24

Okay haters, the makeup industry isn't frivolous.

It's worthy of our time. For one thing, Forbes values the makeup industry at $445 billion. It's also …

The Mind Behind America's Most Empathetic Cartoon

July 14th, 2018

38:11

"Steven Universe" is a ratings juggernaut on Cartoon Network. It's also the network's first show created solely by a woman. The Emmy-nominated series …

The News Roundup For July 13, 2018

July 13th, 2018

1:28:54

President Trump has had a big week of travel. He left the NATO summit for the U.K, and a meeting with PM Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II. In an interview with The Sun, Trump criticized May's Brexit strategy and …

America, Allies And A Changing World Order

July 12th, 2018

President Trump's approach to foreign policy has been described as "repeal without replace" — scrapping an American-led world order in favor of an …

A Debate Over Impeaching The President

July 11th, 2018

Since President Trump took office, there's been a wave of people calling for his impeachment.

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has been a staunch defender against the Russia investigation and impeaching …

Where's That Sample From? Contemporary Music And Cultural Appropriation

July 10th, 2018

34:55

Musicians and music from South Asia have influenced contemporary music for generations — think of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" or Kanye West's "I Am …

Justice Stephen Breyer On A Changing Court

July 9th, 2018

29:13

Justice Breyer is the 108th person to sit on the Supreme Court and, soon, he'll be welcoming the 114th — Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement.

With so much commentary and debate expected to surround the Supreme Court …

The News Roundup For July 6, 2018

July 6th, 2018

1:29:11

July Fourth took one day out of the workweek for most of us, but the news didn't stop. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is out, but another Supreme …

A Retired Navy SEAL Shares 'The Way Of The Warrior Kid'

July 5th, 2018

29:07

John Willink, better known as "Jocko," served 20 years as a Navy SEAL, rising in the ranks to lead training for all SEALs on the West Coast. Willink has now written a series of children's novels called Way of the …

Jimmy Carter: A Former President, A Person Of Faith

July 4th, 2018

34:58

For this July 4 holiday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with former President Jimmy Carter from March of 2018.

Religion has been part of his …

W. Kamau Bell On Comedy And Politics

July 3rd, 2018

34:49

W. Kamau Bell's comedy has always been political. He had a short-lived show called "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell," and he has called what he …

What Is American Food? A Chef Traveled The Country To Find Out

July 2nd, 2018

34:51

Chef Edward Lee says his new book is "the story of American food." It is not a glossy book of food photography (there aren't any food photos in the book). Instead, it's a memoir, a history book and a travel guide.

"Food …

The News Roundup For June 29, 2018

June 29th, 2018

1:28:08

Supreme Court decisions (and a retirement), another deadly shooting, fights over civility and elections around the world. All this and more on the News Roundup.

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Meet The Two Friends Who Dropped Out Of College To Take On Bots And Fake News

June 28th, 2018

29:30

Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte are the co-founders of RoBhat Labs, a tech startup that's helping Twitter users wade through fake news. It's something they're seemingly able to do better than Twitter itself.

"The fact that we …

Captivating America: Civility War

June 27th, 2018

42:18

We tried to have a conversation about civility in politics and ... well, it got lit.

As one listener put it: "That was the most enthralling, …

Women In Tech: Is There A Wave Coming?

June 26th, 2018

34:46

Today we talk to three women who are trying to do something about the gender gap in Silicon Valley. Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Natalia Oberti Noguera is the founder and CEO of Pipeline …

Patton Oswalt On Being Funny In Tough Times

June 25th, 2018

34:47

Comedy is tough, but Patton Oswalt makes it look easy. He joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about grief, loss, politics, fan culture and the …

Ask A Drag Queen

June 23rd, 2018

42:05

In the last few decades, drag performance has gone from underground entertainment to mainstream television. But drag is not a monolith; performers …

The News Roundup For June 22, 2018

June 22nd, 2018

1:28:18

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse his administration's highly-criticized practice of separating immigrant families at the border.

Trump's moves on immigration drew criticism from world leaders, …

Finding The Lost World: Can Scientists Bring Back Dinosaurs?

June 21st, 2018

37:09

We were so busy thinking about whether we could do a show about dinosaurs, we didn't stop to think about whether we should. Wait ... We did think …

Your Feelings On Family Separations At The Border

June 20th, 2018

42:41

One of our goals on 1A is to act as a kind of national mirror — to reflect what's happening and ask what it says about us.

That's a question many …

The ACLU's Path Of Most Resistance

June 19th, 2018

30:53

Membership in the American Civil Liberties Union has quadrupled since the election of President Donald Trump. The organization has filed about 150 lawsuits against the president and his administration and a third of …

The News Roundup For June 15, 2018: Live From Salt Lake City

June 15th, 2018

We have a special edition of the Friday News Roundup, live from KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah. We're joined by experts from the Mountain West to go through big questions from this week's news. | Want to support 1A? Give …

Rodeo And The Future Of The American West

June 14th, 2018

33:36

There are around 650 professional rodeos held each year. It's a symbol of life in the West, but that life is changing with climate change and …

The World Cup: Intrigue, Statecraft And Sports

June 13th, 2018

34:41

The World Cup begins in Moscow this week and we found out the U.S. will co-host it in 2026 with Mexico and Canada. More people watch this tournament than any other sporting event.

But FIFA was the subject of a …

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Has The Most Interesting Life

June 12th, 2018

29:23

Peter Sagal has an interesting life. He ran in the Boston Marathon in 2013 and finished minutes before the bombing. He has a writing credit on "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" and the Sasquatch horror movie "Savage." And …

Bruce Lee: The Life Of An Icon

June 11th, 2018

32:44

Bruce Lee's body of work was relatively small, and he died before he experienced widespread fame or recognition. But films like "Enter The Dragon" …

The News Roundup For June 8, 2018

June 8th, 2018

1:28:02

Trade news dominated the headlines this week, as world leaders prepared for what could be an "awkward" G-7 summit, as President Trump meets with the …

The Legacy Of Kate Spade

June 7th, 2018

34:37

Fashion designer Kate Spade set trends for generations of women. Her work was timeless, colorful and fun. Her designs were appropriate for work but …

Eric Holder On Political Boundaries

June 6th, 2018

30:02

Former Attorney General Eric Holder is thinking about boundaries. He's leading an effort to change the way legislative boundaries are drawn. And he's …

Seymour Hersh Reports On A Life In Journalism

June 5th, 2018

33:40

In his new book "Reporter: A Memoir," journalist Seymour Hersh covers his life story, with analysis of his profession thrown in. On the latter, he's not very sunny. "Yes, it's a mess," he writes about today's media …

The President's Pardon Power And The Law

June 4th, 2018

13:29

Can the president obstruct justice? Can he pardon himself? A memo and tweet have put new interest on old questions of presidential power. | Want to …

His Return To Prison Prompts Calls For Sentencing Reform

May 31st, 2018

18:31

Matthew Charles was released early from prison in 2016, after serving 21 years of a 35-year sentence. But on May 14, he was sent back to prison. …

What You Need To Know About #Wherearethechildren In 13 Minutes

May 30th, 2018

13:09

Have you seen the statistic about 1500 missing children? There's a lot of confusion across social media about the status of unaccompanied child migrants, children being separated from their parents, and President …

What Did Big Pharma Executives Know About The Opioid Crisis?

May 29th, 2018

13:15

More than 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses in a drug crisis that's been going on for years. Journalist Barry Meier says it could …

Take Me On: The Art Of The Cover Song

May 28th, 2018

49:25

While taking on another artist's hit can seem like an easy way to please fans, it can also be a risk. When done right, it's a beautiful tribute that …

The News Roundup For May 25, 2018

May 24th, 2018

1:31:15

This week, President Trump canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the NFL said all athletes and staff must stand for the national anthem if they are on the field and Ireland voted on the repeal …

The Billion-Dollar Discount Chain: Dollar General And Rural America

May 23rd, 2018

32:28

There are more than 13,000 Dollar General stores in the United States, which is roughly equal to Starbucks and almost double the number of Walmarts. …

James Clapper On Russia, North Korea And Life In Intelligence Operations

May 23rd, 2018

34:34

"I would argue that [Russian meddling in 2016] had profound impact and probably turned the election," former Director of National Intelligence James …

What Are Those? How Sneakers Conquered America's Feet

May 22nd, 2018

35:44

Whether you call them sneakers, joggers, or something else (sand shoes?), there's no denying the popularity of athletic footwear. With more than $30 …

Comedy For Social Change

May 21st, 2018

35:40

Comedians Hari Kondabolu and Franchesca Ramsey want to make you laugh, but they also want to make you think and take action toward changing the …

The News Roundup For May 18, 2018

May 17th, 2018

1:29:25

This week we learned how the crossfire hurricane was born. That's the codename given to the Russia investigation. At the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley …

Paying Attention In The Postpartum Period

May 16th, 2018

36:07

When a new baby comes home, there's a lot to pay attention to. So much so that the mother's needs are often overlooked. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to …

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