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

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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 art form that might make it possible.

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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


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 …

Dishonesty And Disadvantages In America's Education System

August 13th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Mind Behind America's Most Empathetic Cartoon

July 14th, 2018


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

July 2nd, 2018


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


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

June 28th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 …

Is This America's Border Policy?

June 18th, 2018


Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents along the southern border in the past few weeks.

This controversial immigration policy …

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


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


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


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


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


The Legacy Of Kate Spade

June 7th, 2018


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


Seymour Hersh Reports On A Life In Journalism

June 5th, 2018


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


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 …

The News Roundup For June 1, 2018

June 1st, 2018


His Return To Prison Prompts Calls For Sentencing Reform

May 31st, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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 and subscribe to …

Why More Women Are Going For The Big Freeze

May 16th, 2018


There are a lot of reasons a woman may want to delay having children. There are health risks, professional penalties, and many personal considerations. Many women who want to have children but who also want to wait are …

Why Working Motherhood (Still) Affects Wages

May 15th, 2018


America's workforce has more than seventy million women: most of whom have kids at home. And two-out-of-every-five households have working moms as …

Jada Pinkett Smith Shares The Secrets Of Motherhood

May 15th, 2018


What does it mean to be a mother in the public eye? It means you have a platform and a lot of responsibility, should you choose to use it. Jada …

The Push To Reverse America's Rising Maternal Mortality Rates

May 14th, 2018


A mother giving birth in the U.S. is three times as likely to die as a mother in Britain or Canada. That's largely because of the disproportionate …

Tyra Banks Takes Her Mama's Advice

May 13th, 2018


Nobody's perfect. It's a lesson supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks learned early on from her mother, Carolyn London. The pair co-authored a book …

Beyond Mother's Day

May 13th, 2018


Today's the day we celebrate mothers and reflect on how they touch our lives every other day of the year. Moms are on our mind a lot at 1A, and we're paying homage all week long. Our series "Beyond Mother's Day" starts …

The News Roundup For May 11, 2018

May 11th, 2018


Michael Cohen is under scrutiny for his business endeavors, and three American hostages were released from North Korea. Around the world, America's allies stick with the Iran nuclear deal, and social media takes on …

Has America Lost Touch With The Truth?

May 10th, 2018


Michael Hayden thinks America is in danger of losing something precious — our reliance on truth. That's what his new book, "The Assault on …

The Story Of The Last Slave ... In First Person

May 9th, 2018


One of the country's greatest writers has a new book out, and it took almost a century to get published. Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon" is based on …

Attitude Of Exactitude: How Precision Made The Modern World

May 8th, 2018


The device you're using to listen to this podcast contains many, many tiny parts, each engineered to a level of precision that is astounding, given …

VR: Game Changer

May 7th, 2018


Virtual reality is having a moment, but today's VR is much more than fun and games — it's in the private and public sectors, in healthcare and in …

The News Roundup for May 4, 2018

May 4th, 2018


This week, the president's legal team changed — as did parts of his story about Stormy Daniels. Also, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faced several ethics investigations while his agency was sued by 17 states. Abroad, …

Meet The Teen Every Journalist Follows

May 3rd, 2018


Gabe Fleisher is helping readers wake up on the right side of the news. The 16-year-old from St. Louis is the creator of "Wake Up To Politics," a …

Jake Tapper Writes About Capitol Hill Corruption In His First Novel

May 2nd, 2018


As host of "The Lead" on CNN, Jake Tapper spends his days bringing attention to some of the biggest political headlines. But Tapper has Washington …

Big Guns: Fighting Firearms With Funny

May 1st, 2018


What if Congress required all Americans to own a gun? Former Congressman Steve Israel explores the idea in his new dystopian novel, "Big Guns." | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at …

Won't You Be My Neighbor?: Kids' TV, Then And Now

April 30th, 2018


In the U.S., more than 70 percent of kids between two- and eight-years-old watch PBS — specifically PBS Kids. What's it like to run an organization …

The News Roundup for April 27, 2018

April 27th, 2018


It's been another week of big stories. Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault, and allegations against Rear Admiral Ronny …

Archer And Bob: Two Animated Characters, One Voice

April 26th, 2018


H. Jon Benjamin is a successful voice actor — you may know him better as Bob Belcher or Sterling Archer. But his new memoir doesn't celebrate his …

Before You Dial 9-1-1...

April 25th, 2018


When you see something, you should say something ... Right? The National Emergency Number Association estimates that 240 million calls are made to …

A New National Memorial To Victims Of Lynching

April 24th, 2018


In the century after the Civil War, more than 4,000 black Americans were lynched. Men, women and children were publicly tortured and killed in acts …

Ronan Farrow On #MeToo, Diplomacy, And The 'War On Peace'

April 23rd, 2018


Ronan Farrow has been busy lately. His reporting on the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall earned him a Pulitzer prize. While reporting those …

1A Movie Club Sees 'Come Sunday'

April 22nd, 2018


Based on a real story featured in This American Life, 'Come Sunday' is a new movie about an evangelical pastor whose struggle with his own faith costs him his ministry. Ira Glass joins the 1A Movie Club to review 'Come …

The News Roundup For April 20, 2018

April 20th, 2018


This was a week that called for more than one News Roundup. Today we discuss a Southwest pilot's courageous emergency landing, and how Starbucks is now in the hot seat over racial profiling. Overseas, Cuba is now …

Where To Start With End-Of-Life Decisions

April 19th, 2018

Modern medicine can be good at keeping us alive longer, but what about improving the days we have left? Barbara Bush's decision to seek "comfort care" resonated with many who are dealing with end-of-life choices. We …

The Midweek News Roundup

April 18th, 2018


Keeping up with the headlines can feel like a decathlon. So far this week: James Comey called out the man who fired him, the President contradicted his U.N. Ambassador over new sanctions on Russia and a courtroom drama …

The Letter Of The Day Is 'S': Sesame Street, An Avenue For Social Good

April 17th, 2018


It's been a year since Sesame Street introduced Julia, its first character with autism. She is just one way that Sesame Street is helping little kids …

A Manifesto For A More Humane World

April 16th, 2018


Activists Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have noticed that as the world changes, the idea of power is shifting, especially with the proliferation of …

Spring Special: The Birds

April 14th, 2018


One hundred years ago, Congress passed a law to protect migratory birds — but our feathered friends could be in danger after a Trump administration …

Spring Special: The Bees

April 14th, 2018


A taste of honey. A mouthful of fraud. Pure honey is getting harder to come by and nearly a third of the nation's bee colonies have disappeared since …

The News Roundup For April 13, 2018

April 13th, 2018


What a week for news. President Trump's personal attorney is under investigation, Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Washington, and Tammy Duckworth and her newborn daughter make history in the Senate. Abroad, the President …

1A Spaces Out With The Crew Of The International Space Station

April 12th, 2018


The International Space Station is turning 20. It's a living monument to rocket science and global collaboration, so we wanted to ask what it's like …

On Syria: Madeleine Albright Responds

April 11th, 2018


After this weekend's suspected chemical attack near Damascus, much of the world expects a U.S. led military response in Syria. The President and his advisers are still figuring out their next move, but former Secretary …

Is A Middle Finger A Matter Of Free Speech?

April 10th, 2018


You've probably seen the photo of Juli Briskman flipping off the president's motorcade from a bicycle. That stunt — and the viral photo it produced — …

Beyond The Blue Fur With Frank Oz

April 9th, 2018


If you've heard Grover, Bert, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal or Yoda, then you know Frank Oz's voice. He was the creative force behind many of The Muppets and he's in a new documentary about working with Jim Henson, the …

The News Roundup For April 6, 2018

April 6th, 2018


It was a turbulent week for tech companies. President Trump made Amazon his new target on Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before …

The Confidence Code For Girls

April 5th, 2018


Feeling confident is key to being happy and achieving success, but all too often as girls grow up, their self-esteem goes down. How do we empower young women to worry less about pleasing others? We'll put that question …

Who Is Continuing Dr. King's Fight Against Poverty?

April 4th, 2018


The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said equality was not just about race — it was also about poverty. Dr. King was in Memphis advocating for the poor when he was killed 50 years ago. Today we talk to four people who have …

Make America 'Normal' Again

April 3rd, 2018


"Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember." That's at the top of every list activist Amy Siskind has published since the 2016 election. Her lists of …

Excellence, Explained

April 2nd, 2018


For decades Tom Peters has been telling anyone who'll listen to put people first — and millions have. He's written one of America's best-selling books on business called "In Search of Excellence." His newest book, "The …

The News Roundup For March 30, 2018

March 30th, 2018


President Trump is looking to fill vacancies — while creating more. He's in search of a lawyer and now a doctor after promoting Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to lead the VA. Across the Pacific, a mystery train heads from …

We Need To Talk About YouTube

March 29th, 2018


YouTube has come a long way from Charlie biting his brother's finger. Now, billions of people watch its content and the platform has the power to influence, amuse, astound and, at times, horrify. For more on this topic, …

Freestyling With August Greene

March 28th, 2018


August Greene is the new collaboration from Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. Many great bands get their start in a garage — very few get …

A Former President, A Person Of Faith

March 27th, 2018


Jimmy Carter is 93 and still going strong. Three years ago, he faced a deadly diagnosis and started saying his goodbyes. After treatment, he announced he was cancer free — opening a new chapter for America's 39th …

Missing From #MeToo — Sex Workers

March 26th, 2018


The #MeToo movement has upended a status quo that tolerated sexual assault and harassment at work. So how is #MeToo changing the sex worker industry? …

Taking Down Confederate Statues Was The First Step

March 24th, 2018


In preparation for New Orleans' 300th anniversary, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is confronting the racism that has shaped our nation. In his new memoir, he chronicles his path toward removing Confederate monuments in his city — …

The News Roundup

March 23rd, 2018

Take a deep breath ... and get caught up. At the White House, H. R. McMaster is out and John Bolton is in. Mark Zuckerberg has apologized and Marlon …

Reduce, Reuse, Rethink: Remaking Recycling

March 22nd, 2018


Two-thirds of Americans have recycling bins in their homes and according to the EPA, just over a third of Americans' trash is recycled. But is recycling the best option? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public …

How Do You Run The DNC?

March 21st, 2018


It's been a year since Tom Perez took charge of a party at its lowest point in decades. What's the mood like now? We ask him, and get the latest on superdelegates, Nancy Pelosi's future and why Dems are done with the …

What's On Your Mind, Facebook User?

March 20th, 2018


Facebook data has been used in elections before, but never like this. Cambridge Analytica consulted for the Trump campaign, but now lawmakers in the …

President Trump Vs. The FBI

March 19th, 2018


The president spent the weekend attacking special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI director James Comey and his former — now fired — deputy. Donald Trump and many of his supporters are convinced he's the victim of a …

The News Roundup

March 16th, 2018


If you were sum up this week in a word? Try breathless. President Trump ousted another cabinet member — his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson — and another Democrat claimed a special election victory in a heavily …

How Prepared Is The World For A Major Epidemic?

March 15th, 2018


The Ebola epidemic didn't cause the end of the world, but are we ready to stop whatever comes next? Journalist Reid Wilson says world health …

The Liberal Case For Nationalism

March 14th, 2018


Around the world, democracies seem to be under threat from nationalist strongmen. Writer and political scientist Yascha Mounk has a theory about …

The Mogul President

March 13th, 2018


Donald Trump promised to run government like a business, but a year into his presidency, we're still not clear how his own business really works. Is the promise to separate the work of the Trump Organization and the …

In Conversation: Ambassador Susan Rice

March 12th, 2018


Ambassador Susan Rice believes America is a global force for good, but she questions whether the Trump Administration agrees. Ambassador Rice's tenure has been historic, and it earned her no small amount of criticism …

'Leaving Liberal Bubble': Sarah Silverman On 1A

March 10th, 2018


Sarah Silverman's never been afraid of "going there." She's been a lightning rod for joking about taboos, but Silverman's changing course. Her new show seeks common ground with people of different backgrounds and …

The News Roundup

March 9th, 2018


It was a stormy week at the White House — Gary Cohn resigned, Stormy Daniels sued, and Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act. In other domestic …

Why Softball Isn't Baseball: Getting Girls In The Game

March 8th, 2018


For thousands of female athletes whose sport of choice is baseball, there are few professional options. A female player in Major League Baseball …

1A Movie Club Rewind: "Get Out"

March 7th, 2018


Producer and director Jordan Peele has a lot to say — but he admits it took him a while to say it. His movie "Get Out" is more than just an Oscar winner, it's a conversation-changer. The movie came out last year, but we …

Where Does Hollywood Go From Here?

March 6th, 2018


Actress Frances McDormand delivered a stirring speech at the 90th Academy Awards that ended in one surprising zinger: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen — inclusion rider." But what is an …

U-God Pod

March 5th, 2018


The Wu-Tang Clan was more than a rap group, and it forever changed the life of Lamont Hawkins — aka U-God — one of its founding members. He reflects on what it's like to make it big when you haven't quite left your …

The News Roundup

March 2nd, 2018


It's been another full week of news. As debates over gun legislation pressed on, Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart made rules of their own. Another …

On Clearance: Must Kushner Go?

March 1st, 2018


Chief of Staff John Kelly has rolled back Jared Kushner's security clearance. What impact might that have on keeping America's secrets – secret? | …

All There Is, Is This ... Bill Murray

February 28th, 2018


Few actors are as funny or as versatile as Bill Murray, but what happens when you pair him with a world-renowned cellist? His latest project blends his comedy with something a little more ... classical. | Have thoughts …

The Republican Party's "Racism Problem"

February 27th, 2018


Michael Steele made history when he became the first African-American chair of the Republican National Convention in 2009. Now he's pushing back after one conservative spokesman said Steele got that job simply because …

The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X

February 26th, 2018


Malcolm X had a lot to say, but there's so much we never heard. New archives from the Smithsonian are teaching us more about the man who demanded …

The News Roundup

February 23rd, 2018


In the U.S., we're still talking about the shooting at a Florida high school last week and the students fighting for policy change. The president …

1A Live From CPAC

February 22nd, 2018


Donald Trump flirted with the idea of running for office for decades, but he first made his intentions clear seven years ago at CPAC, the …

Remembering Reverend Billy Graham

February 21st, 2018


From humble beginnings in North Carolina, Billy Graham became an ordained minister whose name is synonymous with American evangelical Christianity. …

"The Future of Humanity" with Michio Kaku

February 20th, 2018


One of the world's most famous physicists, Michio Kaku, says the next 20 years are going to get really weird — from talking wallpaper to toilets that read our proteins. Is he right? | Want to help us improve? Share your …

How Do You Teach Slavery?

February 19th, 2018


Slavery played a major role in America's development, but a new study shows students don't know much about it. One recent textbook referred to …

Policing The Police

February 17th, 2018


Baltimore has a problem with cops and robbers — some of the cops are robbers, too. The latest scandal exposed officers acting like a gang, stealing …

The News Roundup

February 16th, 2018


It's infrastructure week ... remember? 1A wraps up this week's news with the latest from Florida. The discussion over DACA continues and Americans are winning — sometimes — at the Olympics. Across the Atlantic, South …

Приве́т, 2018: Protecting America's Next Elections

February 15th, 2018


U.S. intelligence leaders have warned that the Russians are already meddling in the upcoming midterms. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats …

Steven Pinker Looks At The Bright Side

February 14th, 2018


There are plenty of reasons to despair: increased partisanship, a warming planet, the Doomsday Clock's recent tick closer to midnight. But Steven Pinker is one person making the argument that not only are times not as …

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