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.
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 …
Rhetoric And Reaction: 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 …
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.
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."
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 16th, 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.
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.
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 t
opped $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.
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 …
Sizing Up The Universe With Neil deGrasse Tyson
October 10th, 2018
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
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 …
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. 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
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 …
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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.
The News Roundup For June 29, 2018
June 29th, 2018
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
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
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
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
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 donate.npr.org/1A 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 …
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 …
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 …
#MeToo's Next Step
February 13th, 2018
Where is the #metoo movement headed? In just the last few months, untold numbers of women have spoken up about sexual harassment at work. This …
The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering
February 12th, 2018
It's easy to see when a legislative map is gerrymandered. But what should an improved map look like? Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are under a court …
The News Roundup
February 9th, 2018
It has been a week of ups and downs. Starting Monday, the Dow fell a lot, then rose a little, then fell a lot and generally could not make up its …
How Astrology Hangs On
February 8th, 2018
Astrology has been around for thousands of years, but it seems to be having a moment right now. Perhaps technology has a new generation looking to …
Black Women's Political Power And The Savior Syndrome
February 7th, 2018
America loves its superheroes. But in real life, some say black women bear great power — and an unfair amount of responsibility. Black women have been showing up for generations to confront everything from systemic …
Can We Trust Polls?
February 6th, 2018
Pollsters have gotten a lot wrong lately and, after the 2016 election, our trust in polling plummeted. So how does political polling work? And can …
Why You Don't Hear Much About Sickle Cell Anymore
February 5th, 2018
Sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 Americans — most of whom are black. Patients and their families say the search for treatments is slow, underfunded and ineffective. For the first time in decades, the FDA …
The News Roundup
February 2nd, 2018
The state of the union is ... busy. Why would President Trump release classified information over the objections of the Justice Department and the …
Melania Trump, Trailblazer
February 1st, 2018
Being First Lady is a job with no pay, no clear description and massive expectations. First Lady Melania Trump's silence, compared with her …
Are Supplements Nutritional Nonsense?
January 31st, 2018
Vitamins and dietary supplements are a $37 billion business. Joshua Johnson takes them ... maybe you do, too. How do you know what's actually in that bottle? Does it even work? We hear from a skeptic, a lobbyist and a …
The Way We Work
January 30th, 2018
One in every five jobs in America is held by a contract or freelance worker. Within a decade, those positions could easily make up more than half of …
A Crisis In Community Health
January 29th, 2018
Roughly 27 million low-income Americans rely on Community Health Centers. The deal that ended the government shutdown did not include more funding for these centers — and many are already running out of money. Where …
Black Lightning Brings The Thunder
January 27th, 2018
Jefferson Pierce had left his life as Black Lightning behind, but when his family finds themselves targeted by the 100 Gang he's forced back into his …
The News Roundup
January 26th, 2018
This week has certainly given us news cycle whiplash. Domestically, we learned of President Trump's desire to fire Robert Mueller, witnessed a …
'I Am Not A Tractor!' Inside Farmworkers' Fight For Fair Treatment
January 25th, 2018
Think of the fast food you've eaten in your life. How many tomatoes have you had? If the answer is "more than one" it's likely your meal was influenced by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Over the last 25 years, …
Grammys Preview: How 'God's Calling' Led Jimmy Carter To Grammy Greatness
January 24th, 2018
When Blind Boys of Alabama member Jimmy Carter was a kid, he would pray to God for one thing. Sight. Instead, Mr. Carter found himself at an Alabama …
Have We Ever Had It So Good? Kai Ryssdal Weighs In
January 23rd, 2018
These are good times for the American economy. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and more new homes are being built. But how does this affect you? Well, that depends on who you are. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal …
What You Need To Know To Run For Office
January 22nd, 2018
They say decisions are made by those who show up, and this year, more Americans are deciding to do just that by running for office. This episode brings you a nonpartisan primer on how to run, and maybe even win. | Want …
Take Me On: The Art Of The Cover Song
January 20th, 2018
What makes a great cover song? We talked to Ray Padgett and Amanda Petrusich about the greatest covers, what makes them work, and why some should …
The News Roundup
January 19th, 2018
Congress is dealing with a host of issues — sometimes at odds with the president, sometimes at odds with itself. And what about that plan to avoid a government shutdown? Overseas, two rivals are uniting under one flag. …
A Bizarre Truth Triangle: The President, The Public And The Press
January 18th, 2018
The Founding Fathers considered a free press so important they protected it in the Constitution, but some in President Trump's own party think his attacks have gone too far. As he continues to denounce news outlets as …
A Sign Of Change Coming To The Korean Peninsula?
January 17th, 2018
When athletes march out at the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, North and South Koreans will do so under a single flag. Many hope this signals a thaw in tensions between the two nations — …
Elegies And Effigies
January 16th, 2018
Who speaks for Appalachia? It's been called Trump Country, coal country and backcountry. But it's our country. We look at what it means to be Appalachian and why a region of more than 25 million people across 13 states …
The Personal Toll Of Civil Rights Activism
January 15th, 2018
The fight for civil rights has always been hard work, taking a toll on the mind and the body. The struggle continues today, 50 years on from the …
The News Roundup
January 12th, 2018
This is the week many news organizations — us included — said s***hole. But other things happened, too. There may be a deal on DACA and mudslides …
The Flu Goes Viral
January 11th, 2018
America's emergency rooms are filling up. The CDC says flu hospitalizations have doubled in just one week and this season's strain has already killed dozens. It's bad, but are we prepared for it to get worse? | Want to …
Who's Looking Out For America's Poorest Children?
January 10th, 2018
For kids born into poverty, getting out of it isn't easy. So what can be done? We talk to an economist behind a new proposal for so-called baby bonds — giving money to all kids when they're born that's held in escrow …
Octopod: Inside The Amazing World Of The Octopus
January 9th, 2018
Some facts about octopuses: they're venomous, they taste with their skin, they use tools, they can solve puzzles, Aristotle thought they were dumb, …
How The Super-Rich Stay Rich
January 8th, 2018
As journalists dug through the Panama Papers, they uncovered a major secret for how the super-rich hide their money ... art. More than half of all art sales are private. Many of them are secret. We hear how tax-free …
The News Roundup
January 5th, 2018
We're one week into 2018 and already had too much to discuss in the Friday News Roundup. In the capital, there were presidential tweets on Pakistan, Iran and North Korea and a new tell-all book on the White House. In …
So ... About Socialism
January 4th, 2018
The democratic socialist movement is growing fast, fueled by people in their 20s and 30s and due in part to Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid. But what exactly is socialism? This is the last in a series of …
More People, More Problems?
January 3rd, 2018
Fifty years ago, the bestselling book "The Population Bomb" inspired governments to consider population controls. The book's dire predictions …
Rated PG: The Profoundly Gifted
January 2nd, 2018
Are profoundly gifted people a rarity? Or do many of them just fly under the radar? Stories about geniuses seem to fascinate us, but what is life really like if you are exceptionally smart? This is the first in a series …
What's On Tap For 2018?
January 1st, 2018
It's 2018 and we know there are some stories sure to shape the year. From the midterm elections to the next chapter of the Russia probe to what's next for big tech companies, we discuss what stories we'll be watching in …
The 2017 News Roundup
December 29th, 2017
We like to call it the year of the news alert. From the start of the Trump presidency to the "Me Too" movement and new tax reform, our phones never stopped buzzing ... even internationally. There was a war of words …
The Psychological Effects Of Signing Off Social Media
December 28th, 2017
The internet is an open space to express your opinions, but things can get ugly, fast. Some people dislike the bickering and the trolling on social …
The New Tax Law And Your Financial Future
December 27th, 2017
Forget the politics behind the new tax law, we looked at what will it mean for your personal finances. A panel of experts tackled listener questions …
Months After María
December 26th, 2017
When the skies cleared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María, the island was left devastated and in near-complete darkness. As the news cycle has largely moved on from the plight of Puerto Rico, Americans on the island …
Josh Ritter's Journey From Small Town To Folk Hero
December 25th, 2017
You can still hear Josh Ritter's rural roots in the stories his lyrics weave. His newest album, "Gathering," continues a tradition of creating Americana for a rapidly changing America. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to …
The News Roundup
December 22nd, 2017
This was a week of sharp words and legislative celebrations. In the U.S., President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, and after a recount, …
The 1A Movie Club Sees Star Wars
December 22nd, 2017
The saga continues. Star Wars: Episode Eight did well opening weekend, but some critics say it left a bit to be desired. The 1A Movie Club reviews Star Wars, Episode Eight: The Last Jedi — SPOILERS INCLUDED. | Want to …
The Best Podcasts For Holiday Travel
December 21st, 2017
Listening to podcasts doesn't have to be a solo activity, and these days, with more podcasts than we know what to do with, choosing what to listen to …
Blocks, Bans And Blame: Social Media Reckons With Itself
December 20th, 2017
Is 2017 the year of reckoning for social media? With rising concerns over the effect these platforms have on our culture, social media companies are …
Inside America's Chemical Arms Race
December 19th, 2017
At the height of World War I, the U.S. scrambled to build a chemical weapons program to match Germany's. The Army developed (and tested) these weapons in the nation's capital, and some drums remain buried beneath the …