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'Get In Line:' What It Takes To Legally Immigrate To The United States

January 25th, 2020


"Over the past few years, [USCIS] has gotten far more difficult to navigate, it is much more difficult to speak to a human being, to make an …

The News Roundup For January 24, 2020

January 24th, 2020


The impeachment trial hit the Senate floor. A new strain of coronavirus claims more lives in China. And Saudi Arabia denies hacking Jeff Bezos' cell phone.

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Campus Culpability: Who Should Keep Colleges Safe?

January 23rd, 2020


"We don't want to blame students for being the victims of a crime," says John Vinson, campus security expert. "We have to look at: Are there failures in the process?"

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A Language With Chutzpah: Yiddish And American Culture

January 22nd, 2020


Yiddish has been featured in pop culture from Mel Brooks in the '70s to more recently in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. "Yiddish is a part of American …

Splitting Up, But In It Together: Divorce In 2020

January 21st, 2020


"No marriage is the same, and nobody understands a relationship from the outside...every break is different and complicated," writer Lyz Lenz says. "You don't have to play chicken with your life! You can make a choice …

Rep. Zoe Lofgren On Impeachment, Then And Now

January 18th, 2020


"Witnesses can be clever in their answers," says impeachment manager Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California. "But the documents don't lie."

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The News Roundup For January 17, 2020

January 17th, 2020


President Trump's impeachment trial begins while candidates debate in Iowa. A Russian cabinet resigns. And protests continue in Iran over a downed flight.

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Decrypting The Decryption Dilemma

January 16th, 2020


Recode's Kara Swisher on the clash between Apple and the Department of Justice: "If you want a surveillance state, that's where this is headed."

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1A Across America: 2020, The View From Michigan

January 15th, 2020


"Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot," says Kathleen VanPopplen, a former Republican who left the party because of President Trump. "If you don't want Trump getting reelected, you have to give us somebody that …

Calling The Shots In The Year Of The Nurse And Midwife

January 14th, 2020


"When we have less acute conditions, most of the public can get care quickly and economically," one of our guests says. "Clinics are an important part of addressing that, but nurses can provide a variety of primary …

Two Wheels, Lots Of Controversy: Electric Scooters And Urban Space

January 13th, 2020


"Any time that a physical environment in a city is not set up to allow for a new type of vehicle, you're in trouble," journalist Clive Thompson. "If you want that vehicle there, you've got to change the shape of the …

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Little Women'

January 11th, 2020


One listener said he went to see 'Little Women' without his wife. "I was happy to be a single male alone in the movie, and it was great."

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The News Roundup For January 10, 2020

January 10th, 2020


The Senate Majority Leader takes impeachment into his own hands. Fires continue to rage in Australia. And fallout continues over the assassination of …

Unplugged: When Governments Cut Internet Access

January 9th, 2020


"Internet blackouts are more like a hammer, they don't take that much sophistication, but there are other censorship techniques that are more like a …

On The Trail: It's An Election Year, Charlie Brown

January 8th, 2020


"It is clear in polling that Democrats believe [former Vice President Joe] Biden is the candidate can beat Trump. It is not clear in fundraising …

The Iranian American Perspective On The U.S. And Iran

January 7th, 2020


"Were these U.S. citizens, sleeping on the floor of the detention center in Washington state, free to leave? It doesn't sound like it. This was a …

When Prices Increase, But The Minimum Wage Has Not

January 6th, 2020


The federal minimum wage is $7.25, and that hasn't changed in over 10 years. Is it enough to make ends meet?

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The News Roundup for January 3, 2020

January 3rd, 2020


The Pentagon confirmed the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. What happens now?

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How Should We Regulate Homeschooling?

January 2nd, 2020


As many as 1.5 million families homeschool their kids. Who gets to decide how homeschooling should happen? And how are the rules enforced?

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From Texas To Minnesota: 1A Across America In 2019

January 1st, 2020


"If we are not able to have conversations across the aisle as Gen Z or Millennials, it's going to make it harder and harder as we get more entrenched …

'Taking Chances' With Sharon Van Etten

December 31st, 2019


"I feel like over the course of ten years, I've found writing music my form of therapy," Van Etten told us.

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Changing The Game? The NCAA Opens The Door For College Athletes To Profit

December 30th, 2019


"The NCAA maintains as a legal fiction that the reason people care about college sports is that they are true college students," says economist Andy …

The News Roundup for December 27, 2019

December 27th, 2019


Questions remain about where the articles of a presidential impeachment go from here. Protests continue to rock France, India and Iran. And Cuba has a prime minister for the first time in 43 years.

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'She Had Me, I Had Her:' Robyn Crawford Opens Up

December 26th, 2019


Robyn Crawford said that she and Whitney Houston "just were," and their love was bigger than anything imaginable.

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Jingle Sells, But Who's Buying?

December 25th, 2019


What is it that makes so many artists want to sing about Christmas? And after decades of holiday hits, is there anything new to do with the genre?

The Perks And Perils Of Plant Parenthood

December 24th, 2019


"Sometimes you are going to lose a few plants. Sometimes leaves will turn yellow," plant blogger and author Darryl Cheng told us.

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'For Their Own Good': The Detention Of Muslim Ethnic Groups In China

December 23rd, 2019


"The last time I was able to directly speak with anyone in the country was July 2017," said Salih Hudayar, founder of the East Turkistan National …

The News Roundup for December 20, 2019

December 20th, 2019


Donald Trump was impeached by the House. Democratic presidential candidates debated in Los Angeles. U.S. and China agree on new trade terms. Climate talks wrap up in Spain. And Australia declares a state of emergency as …

Return Of A Jedi: The Legacy Of "Star Wars"

December 19th, 2019


Professor Nicholas Cull told us that Star Wars was an instant hit. He said George Lucas brought a blend of movie genres to the big screen in a way …

The Confirmation Of Brett Kavanaugh

December 18th, 2019


"The moment of [Christine] Blasey Ford's testimony was so searing because it was so real," author and reporter Ruth Marcus told us. "She didn't even …

From 'Place Your Order' To Your Door: Inside Amazon's Delivery Process

December 17th, 2019


"It might not sound hard driving a truck to get something to a front door," reporter Ken Bensinger told us. "But try doing it 250 times in a day."

Meet America's Most Powerful Flight Attendant

December 16th, 2019


Flight attendant Sara Nelson told us that yes, you do need to listen to the pre-flight safety briefing. "Every part of that briefing is there …

The News Roundup for December 13, 2019

December 13th, 2019


House Democrats submitted two articles of impeachment, federal workers scored a win and the military has a new Space Force branch.

Around the world, …

Beyond Adam And Eve: Religion And The Gender Binary

December 12th, 2019


"It's been my faith in God that guided me to come out of the closet as someone who likes girls, then someone as non-binary," guest Alex Griffin told …

The Current Playing Field For Sports Journalism

December 11th, 2019


"I don't think anyone should ever be told to stick to sports. It's a false statement," Only A Game's Karen Given told us. "However, as a journalist, …

'Switched On Pop': Breaking Down What Makes A Banger

December 10th, 2019


"What we want to do is understand why songs edge up to the top of the charts and get in our ears. What are the qualities that make them so sticky?" …

Chanel Miller Wants You To Know Her Name

December 9th, 2019


"To me, it was a very clear case. How could that have been a consensual encounter if that was how I was abandoned?" Chanel Miller told us. "Instead, …

The News Roundup for December 6, 2019

December 6th, 2019


House Democrats will begin drafting articles of impeachment. Attorney General William Barr weighs in on protests against police. And Sen. Kamala …

'Canyon Dreams:' High School Basketball On The Navajo Nation

December 5th, 2019


"It's important not to think of basketball as the only way out, but it's absolutely a cohesive and coherent force," author Michael Powell told us.

'She Had Me, I Had Her:' Robyn Crawford Opens Up

December 4th, 2019


Robyn Crawford said that she and Whitney Houston "just were," and their love was bigger than anything imaginable.

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No, Koalas Aren't 'Functionally Extinct.' But They Are In Danger

December 3rd, 2019


"There is absolutely a grain of truth to all this," but they're not functionally extinct, National Geographic wildlife reporter Natasha Daly told us.

Politics Of Pain: Ireland, Britain And Brexit

December 2nd, 2019


"The fundamental problem is that the U.K. thinks about Brexit as a nationalist revolution," journalist Fintan O'Toole told us. "But the EU is not an …

Lost In The World Of Audio Fiction

November 29th, 2019


"Audio fiction is a form of performance for fiction. You have a story that you want to tell and sometimes you do that with one voice or many voices …

What We Write About When We Write About Food

November 28th, 2019


A lot of time people say "stick with the food," food writer Osayi Endolyn told us. "But it's never just about the food."

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1A Across America: A Conversation With Young Conservatives in Alabama

November 27th, 2019


Experiencing an active shooter situation last fall, "made me more aware of the gun control policies...but it has not changed my core beliefs that we …

1A Movie Club: 'A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood'

November 26th, 2019


"I think that a lot of adults, myself included, really don't know what to do with our feelings," writer Beandrea July told us.

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Guns & America: The Good Guy With A Gun

November 25th, 2019


Research shows people will successfully defend themselves with a gun in less than 1% of violent crimes.

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Breaking The Rules With Charli XCX

November 23rd, 2019


"I don't like to limit myself and make one type of thing ... I really like flexing my muscles in all types of ways," Charli XCX told us.

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The News Roundup for November 22, 2019

November 22nd, 2019


E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland sounds off in impeachment hearings. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Atlanta.

Around the world, Israel's …

Two Former Ambassadors Weigh In On A Week Of Impeachment Proceedings

November 21st, 2019


"[Ambassador Gordon] Sondland was in over his head. He didn't act in a way that a normal ambassador would have acted," Ambassador Nicholas Burns told …

Has The President Gone Too Far In Clearing Three Service Members?

November 20th, 2019


"The Pentagon has made it very clear to me that they pretty much uniformly were against these decisions," reporter Dan Lamothe told us about …

Presenting The Debutante Ball

November 19th, 2019


"You need to allow teenage girls their agency, but you also have to ask, who is this for, and who is it helping, and who is it hurting," author Kristen Richardson says.

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How We Talk When We Talk About Abortion

November 18th, 2019


"[Safe, legal and rare] is extremely antiquated in that it's focusing on shifting politics but not actually thinking about who are the people who are …

The News Roundup for November 15, 2019

November 15th, 2019


The House held the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Another candidate joined the 2020 presidential race. And the Supreme Court weighed the fate of about 700,000 immigrants.

Around …

1A Across America: Mass Incarceration in the Deep South

November 14th, 2019


"Some of the prisons, you wouldn't put your dog in there," an Alabama state senator told us.

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Color Me Crimson: Can Football Unite Alabama?

November 13th, 2019


"Alabama football serves as an escape for a lot of people, like going to the movies," entertainment and sports producer Ben Flanagan told us.

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1A Across America: The Legacy Of Jeff Sessions

November 12th, 2019


"Sessions was a Republican in the state of Alabama before it was popular to be a Republican in the state," political science professor Lori Owens …

'America's Great Undiscovered Literature:' Letters From U.S. Soldiers

November 11th, 2019


"The heart of this project is to convey the humanity of these troops. It is to ensure these stories are preserved," said Andrew Carroll, the founding …

The News Roundup for November 8, 2019

November 8th, 2019


A top diplomat revises his testimony to impeachment investigators. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces a run for Senate. And Virginia may …

'Ok Boomer:' Apathy, Anger And A Viral Meme

November 7th, 2019


"I think it's important to note that while the comment itself is being described as dismissive, it's actually a response to the dismissive point of …

Blown Away: Why Police Rely On Faulty Breathalyzers

November 6th, 2019


"The machines are often unreliable and they generate skewed results — whether too high or too low — with alarming frequency," New York Times reporter …

Visiting The Smithsonian With Lonnie Bunch

November 5th, 2019


"I think it's important for us to realize that in this story, slavery is at the center — but it's not the only story. We wanted people to understand the diversity of the black experience," Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie …

Getting Thirsty With 'Thirst Aid Kit'

November 4th, 2019


Thirst is an expression of desire. "The idea of noting what you like, having that written down," said Bim Adewunmi, co-host of the podcast "Thirst Aid Kit."

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Changing The Game? The NCAA Opens The Door For Athletes To Profit

November 2nd, 2019


"The NCAA maintains as a legal fiction that the reason people care about college sports is that they are true college students," says economist Andy …

The News Roundup for November 1, 2019

November 1st, 2019


All but two House Democrats voted for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Twitter plans to stop all political advertising on the platform. …

What Gave Life To The Idea Of The Zombie?

October 31st, 2019


"The Haitian zombie and the modern zombie are two different things tied by a misnomer," author Max Brooks told us.

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When 'Public Safety' Blackouts Are Meant To Prevent Wildfires

October 30th, 2019


"The less power you shut-off, the more narrowly targeted the shut-offs are, the higher the fire risk is... It's going to take a lot of time and money to fix that problem," said Tod Nordhaus, the founder of the …

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Jojo Rabbit'

October 29th, 2019


"My grandmother survived the Holocaust and I don't think there was anything offensive [about the film]," one caller told us. They said it's a good …

Distilling The Success Of Craft Distilleries

October 28th, 2019


"People want to know where their products are coming from. You can point to a farm where the grain is coming from," Brian Christensen of Artisan …

The News Roundup for October 25, 2019

October 25th, 2019


The Justice Department is reportedly investigating itself. Major fires burn in California. And the Washington Nationals play the Houston Astros.

Around the world, Justin Trudeau survives re-election. This week was the …

1A Across America: Kansas Women In Politics And The GOP

October 24th, 2019


"As I go out and talk to women, there's this thought that we must hate President Trump because we're women and look at all of the horrible and awful …

Introducing The 'Accidental Guardians' Of First Amendment Rights

October 23rd, 2019


"There used to be a line between political speech and personal speech... that line is now very much blurred," NPR's Nina Totenberg told us.

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Supa Dupa Fly: The History Of Women In Hip-Hop

October 22nd, 2019


"Missy's not an artist. She's a movement," music journalist and author Kathy Iandoli told us.

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When Fertility Doctors Betray Trust

October 21st, 2019


"The Cline case demonstrates just how unprepared the legal system is for this," reporter and co-host Lauren Bavis told us. She said in several states …

The News Roundup for October 18, 2019

October 18th, 2019


The impeachment inquiry continues, Senator Elizabeth Warren came under fire. And auto workers reached a tentative deal with General Motors.

Around the world, there are questions of a ceasefire in northern Syria. The …

Heading Out On The Ice With Adam Rippon

October 17th, 2019


"I wanted to be in front of people and I wanted to make them feel good," Rippon told us.

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Twelve Democrats Debate In Ohio As The Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump Continues

October 16th, 2019


"Last night, Bernie looked great, and whatever was going on with his heart ... he seemed reinvigorated," NPR correspondent Ron Elving told us.

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The New Rhythm Of Rhythm And Blues

October 15th, 2019


"Classic, funk, neo-soul ... It's all R&B music," professor Gabrielle Goodman told us.

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Hijacking The American Conversation

October 14th, 2019


"The First Amendment is a cherished American value ... but it doesn't dilute the First Amendment to say that lies have consequences, that violent …

1A Across America: Renewable Energy And Resistance

October 12th, 2019


"These are called wind farms strategically. They are not farms. They're power plants," said Nick Egli, who opposes a wind farm proposed near his home in Kansas.

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The News Roundup for October 11, 2019

October 11th, 2019


House Democrats vow to continue their impeachment inquiry, the Trump Administration vows not to cooperate and Trump says he's not backing down.

Around the world, U.S. troops withdrew from northern Syria, Turkey moved in …

Lost In The World Of Audio Fiction

October 10th, 2019


"Audio fiction is a form of performance for fiction. You have a story that you want to tell and sometimes you do that with one voice or many voices …

Reversing The 'Brain Drain' In Rural America

October 9th, 2019


"When you're in a small town, out in the middle of nowhere, you either work together or fail alone," journalist and author Sarah Smarsh told us.

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'Horror Stories' With Liz Phair

October 8th, 2019


"I just kind of wanted to tell the truth about the person I am, instead of the music person everyone knows," Phair said in regards to why she decided to write a memoir.

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The Past, Present And Future Of American Beer

October 7th, 2019


"Prohibition outlawed the production, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages — but not consumption," Smithsonian curator Theresa McCulla told …

Writing Feeling Into Song With Sharon Van Etten

October 5th, 2019


"I feel like over the course of ten years, I've found writing music my form of therapy," Van Etten told us.

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The News Roundup for October 4, 2019

October 4th, 2019


Congress released text messages between President Trump and the president of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Trump openly urged China to investigate Joe Biden.

Around the world, protests in Hong Kong continue for the 17th week and …

Wanting Wellness: The Booming Business Of Self-Care

October 3rd, 2019


The wellness industry can be "incredibly predatory," Dr. Jen Gunter told us.

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From '24' To 'Mulan:' Character Actor Tzi Ma

October 2nd, 2019


"Mulan is such an iconic character in Chinese culture. I believe it also offers the opportunity to bridge some gaps between the two nations," Ma told …

Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Debut Novel

October 1st, 2019


"When the hero is always white, there are subtle messages sent out to the culture. I wanted a hero who was black ... I just felt like it was our …

The Complicated Business of Plantation Tourism

September 30th, 2019


"You are denying yourself the more interesting parts of history if you only want to see the pretty things," historic interpreter Lacy Wilson told us.

Dis-Integration: Part 3

September 30th, 2019


From 1A and The Texas Tribune, this series investigates one school district that refused to integrate in the wake of Brown v. Board, and the …

The News Roundup for September 27, 2019

September 27th, 2019


There's a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, a redacted version of a whistle-blower complaint was made public and the UN Climate Action Summit wrapped up.

Around the world, a crackdown on protests in Egypt, …

No Plan B: Deciding Not To Have Children Because Of Climate Change

September 25th, 2019


"I think that the world will be worth living in 2050 and 2100," Vox reporter Kelsey Piper told us. "If you're longing to have children, then do that …

No Plan B: Youth Leading The Charge On Climate

September 24th, 2019


"Why would I study for a future that's not going to exist," environmental activist and student Madeline Graham told us.

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Graphic Novelists Chris Ware And Melanie Gillman On Their Latest Projects

September 23rd, 2019


"[Comics are] as close as you can get to looking through another person's eyes," cartoonist Melanie Gillman told us.

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Dis-Integration: Part 2

September 23rd, 2019


From 1A and The Texas Tribune, this series investigates one school district that refused to integrate in the wake of Brown v. Board, and the …

The News Roundup for September 20, 2019

September 20th, 2019


There are new whistleblower allegations, autoworkers go on strike and NPR loses one of its Founding Mothers.

Around the world, millions are rallying today for climate change, Saudi Arabia is under attack and Iran is on …

The Perks And Perils Of Plant Parenthood

September 19th, 2019


"Sometimes you are going to lose a few plants. Sometimes leaves will turn yellow," plant blogger and author Darryl Cheng told us.

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One Small Hop On The Magic School Bus, One Giant Leap For STEM Education

September 18th, 2019


The head of content at PBS Kids told us because their programming is free, much of their viewership is comprised of low-income households. This …

'This Machine Kills Fascists': Politics And Music With Billy Bragg

September 17th, 2019


"Freedom has to involve equality," Bragg told us. "That doesn't just mean equal rights. That means equal respect."

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The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Hustlers'

September 16th, 2019


Siobhan Brooks, an African-American studies professor and former dancer, says the best part of the film was the dressing room scenes. They showed the …

Dis-Integration: Part 1

September 16th, 2019


From 1A and The Texas Tribune, this series investigates one school district that refused to integrate in the wake of Brown v. Board, and the …

The News Roundup for September 13, 2019

September 13th, 2019


John Bolton is out as the president's national security adviser, California passed a bill requiring companies to treat independent contractors as …

Forget What You Think You Know About The Manson Murders

September 12th, 2019


"After six hours with Manson's prosecutor, Vince Bugliosi, I realized he told me only what was in his book," journalist Tom O'Neill told us. "Until …

R&B Star Raphael Saadiq Explores Addiction And Loss In 'Jimmy Lee'

September 11th, 2019


"I would dive into any Sam Cooke record and get lost inside the music," Saadiq told us. He saw a lot of tragedy early on after losing multiple …

Margaret Atwood On The Enduring Resonance Of 'The Handmaid's Tale'

September 10th, 2019


"These kind of regimes don't last," Atwood told us. "One of the things that interested me about Gilead is we know it falls apart ... but we're not …

The Staggering Weight Of Student Loan Debt

September 9th, 2019


"College prepares us to live in a complex society," professor Tressie McMillan Cottom told us. "There is a social and moral imperative to college …

40 Years of ESPN's SportsCenter

September 7th, 2019


"ESPN is huge," NPR TV critic Eric Deggans told us. "As it grew, it became the fulcrum that grew the cable TV industry."

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The News Roundup for September 6, 2019

September 6th, 2019


The Bahamas are recovering from Hurricane Dorian and at least 30 people are dead. Now, it's hitting the U.S. southeastern coast. And two major retail …

1A Across America: Being Somali American

September 5th, 2019


"First when you come here, you're like, 'Why are all these people complaining about racism...' and then the reality hits you in the face... that you're just another black person who's come to the U.S.," podcast host …

Hurricanes And U.S. Territories In The Caribbean

September 4th, 2019


"I have to sit in this seat, and wonder as a U.S. Virgin Islander, and wonder if we'll exist in twenty years," reporter Peter Bailey told us. He says …

Undocumented But In Demand: Immigration And Labor In America

September 3rd, 2019


"It's fair to say that a lot of Americans don't want to do this kind of backbreaking work," reporter Alexia Campbell told us. "They have better …

Reporting On The Real Rural America

September 2nd, 2019


"There are a lot of challenges [in rural America]", reporter April Simpson told us. "But I think it's also important to show what's working and ... …

The News Roundup for August 30, 2019

August 30th, 2019


Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian. President Trump reignited a feud with Puerto Rico's political leaders. And U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand drops …

Tapping Into Minnesota's Craft Beer Boom

August 29th, 2019


"The problem of quality in craft beer is a big one," said John Garland, the deputy editor of The Growler Magazine. "There's a lot more that goes into commercial brewing than home brewing. You can't just scale up your …

1A Across America: How U.S. Cities Are Tackling The Affordable Housing Crisis

August 28th, 2019


"In the U.S. and every American city, the issue of housing is tied to race," Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender told us. "We had an …

Putting The Real New Orleans On The Map

August 27th, 2019


"This house is really a historical monument for my family," author Sarah Broom told us. Broom's family home was demolished by the city in the wake of …

Share The Road: How Cities Can Keep Cyclists Safe

August 26th, 2019


"We have to talk about who is empowered on the streets and who is not ... I think this sense of anger from motorists really comes from a place of …

The News Roundup for August 23, 2019

August 23rd, 2019


President Trump walked back a promise for background checks. He called Jews who vote for Democrats "very disloyal." And he introduced a rule that'll …

The 1619 Project

August 22nd, 2019


"We really tried to select stories that would go across the spectrum of American life," journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones told us.

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YouTuber Marques Brownlee Talks Ten Years of Tech

August 21st, 2019


"It's going to come down to what gives you the best user experience," Brownlee told us. "What people don't consider is that tech is a really personal …

Primaries On The Way To The Presidency

August 20th, 2019


"The invisible primary has already begun... and it's sort of democratizing the process," political correspondent Reid Wilson told us. He says the …

Acknowledging Racism Is A Good Start. But It's Only The First Step.

August 19th, 2019


"We are going to constantly make mistakes," author Ibram X. Kendi told us about the path to being antiracist. He says the right path is to be honest, …

The News Roundup for August 16, 2019

August 16th, 2019


New Trump administration rules pose new threats to endangered species. The acting director of ICE talks immigration. And two Democratic congresswomen …

Foresight 2020: Bill de Blasio

August 15th, 2019


"I run the nation's largest city. I have the largest school system, the largest police force — it's the most diverse place on Earth," Mayor de Blasio …

The Black Country Artists Who Paved The Way For 'Old Town Road'

August 14th, 2019


"We think of a guy like Charley Pride and one of the reasons he got so popular was because you couldn't see him," musician Dom Flemons told us. He …

Mexican Folk-Fusion Artist Lila Downs On The Soundscape Of Home

August 13th, 2019


"I am from Mexico City. Lila Downs is the only singer that I have followed for so many years. Thank you for giving your audience the chance to listen …

A Public Radio Listener Walks Into A Bar: Your Stories About Drinking Alcohol

August 12th, 2019


"My friends changed fairly dramatically when I quit drinking," journalist Jayne O'Donnell told us. "Go out and have a club soda and see if you still …

The News Roundup for August 9, 2019

August 9th, 2019


The week began with mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. On Wednesday, federal immigration officials arrested nearly 700 suspected undocumented workers at food plants in Mississippi. And Puerto Rico saw three different …

Visionary: Toni Morrison

August 8th, 2019


"It is not an understatement to suggest Black studies as a standalone field has a lot to do with the work that Toni Morrison did at Random House," …

Snakes On A Plain: Invasive Species And How We Handle Them

August 7th, 2019


"You can't make some of these things up that we've seen," biologist Ian Bartoszek told us. "It almost reads out of a sci-fi novel."

We spoke with …

Covering The Threat Of White Supremacy

August 6th, 2019


"The FBI agents would tell us that when we give them voice, we bring them believers also," Poynter's Kelly McBride said of her time covering white …

'Do Something!' Americans Grieve, Get Angry After More Mass Shootings

August 5th, 2019


"We have no idea what the role of mental illness is," Vanderbilt professor Jonathan Metzl said about mass shootings. "And so it seems to me like a …

The News Roundup for August 2, 2019

August 2nd, 2019


In the U.S. this week, Democratic presidential hopefuls squared off in the second round of debates, a new California law requires President Trump to …

A Black Lady Radio Interview

August 1st, 2019


"'In Living Color' was a massive influence for me, as was SNL," comedian Robin Thede told us. She was named after Robin Williams and was raised with …

Colson Whitehead Exhumes The Past In 'The Nickel Boys'

July 31st, 2019


"I didn't talk about it for 50-some years," said Charlie Fudge, a former inmate at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. "We were threatened to never …

Smarten Up About The Economy

July 30th, 2019


"The Federal Reserve is like a bank's bank," New York Times reporter Jeanna Smialek explained. "It has all these relationships with banks around the …

Who Is Boris Johnson?

July 29th, 2019


Boris Johnson has long had his sights set on 10 Downing Street. "It was pretty clear from the get-go that he wanted to be prime minister," The …

The News Roundup for July 26, 2019

July 26th, 2019


Massive protests drove Puerto Rico's governor to resign, Robert Mueller testified before Congress, and the government fined Facebook $5 billion for …

76 Billion Pills, 6 Companies And An Opioid Trial For The Ages

July 25th, 2019


"It's a really heartbreaking scene in a lot of American cities and towns," Washington Post reporter Scott Higham said on the impact of opioid addiction.

We talked with Higham about the opioid crisis, his team's …

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'The Lion King'

July 24th, 2019


"It is such an honor to be able to be in a movie that I've looked up to for so long. It just feels fantastic," actor Shahadi Wright Joseph told us. …

Save The Salmon, Save The World

July 23rd, 2019


"Climate change is gonna make it harder and harder to sustain wild salmon populations," Wild Salmon Center founder and CEO Guido Rahr told us.

We …

MTV's 'Are You The One?' And The Future Of Queer Representation In Reality TV

July 22nd, 2019


"It was nerve-wracking, to say the least," contestant Kai Wes said of his decision to take his testosterone injections on-screen during MTV's "Are You the One?" "It's something that people don't see, so I purposely …

The News Roundup for July 19, 2019

July 19th, 2019


The Trump administration moved forward with plans to end asylum protections. Protesters in Puerto Rico are calling for their governor to resign. And racist tweets from the president generated backlash.

Around the world, …

Game Mode: The Next Level

July 18th, 2019


"The difference with Stadia is there are so many more options," journalist Gabe Gurwin said of Google's new steaming gaming service. "They're also going to let you buy games piecemeal and you can purchase games without …

Game Mode: Work Hard, Play Hard

July 17th, 2019


"One of the problems with the games industry is that at the end of a project, a lot more people are needed to finish," journalist Colin Campbell told …

Game Mode: Loot Boxes, The Law And The Music Behind The Game

July 16th, 2019


"What I want are tools and information about how I can limit time and money spent on game play," Stanley Pierre-Louis, the president and CEO of the …

Game Mode: Consoles And Community

July 15th, 2019


"When I first played 'World of Warcraft,' there was something really wild about hearing all these people from around the world. Now, it's something that the industry has taken and run with," said Ion Hazzikostas, game …

1A Across America: Migrant Aid Divides Congregations

July 13th, 2019


"We have to be humanitarian to each other first before we can do humanitarian work at the border," Minister Alyssa Stebbing said of her approach to keeping the peace in her congregation. "It's hard work, but it's …

The News Roundup for July 12, 2019

July 12th, 2019


Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced his resignation. Billionaire Tom Steyer is running for president. And America's soccer champions came home.

Around the world, there was confrontation between Britain and Iran. …

The Digital Disruption Of The Banking Industry

July 11th, 2019


"Not everybody has access to the digital economy. Think about it. If you want to do a transaction online or a mobile app, you typically need a debit …

Foresight 2020: Governor Jay Inslee

July 10th, 2019


"The inability to prevent new nuclear states in North Korea and Iran" is the number-two international threat to the U.S. after climate change, according to Gov. Inslee.

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Chronicling Sexual Harassment And Assault In The #MeToo Era

July 9th, 2019


"Most of the #MeToo movement has centered around sexual assault and naming big men, but the men in my life are not prominent famous men. They're …

Fly Me To The Moon: Apollo 11 And The Unsung Hero Who Made It Happen

July 8th, 2019


John Houbolt is often a footnote in Apollo 11 history, author Todd Zwillich told us. Astronauts often get the most recognition.

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The Friday News Roundup for July 5, 2019

July 5th, 2019


Justin Amash says "adios" to his party. The printers start rolling on the new census forms. And the car world loses a legend.

Around the world, …

A Conversation With Senator Doug Jones

July 4th, 2019


Sen. Jones is the first Democrat that Alabamians have elected to the Senate in 25 years. But with elections around the corner, can he win again in a largely red state?

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50 Years Later: Apollo 11 And The Landing That Almost Wasn't

July 3rd, 2019


This month marks the 50-year anniversary of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong's trip to the moon. That may be old news to us, but it was a moment that …

Archaeology From (Way, Way) Far Out

July 2nd, 2019


Archaeologist Sarah Parcak says she's seen satellites that can see up to 100 meters in depth into water. Parcak says space imaging helps to gain data …

Jason Rezaian and George Takei On Two Forms Of Imprisonment

July 1st, 2019


"As Iranians in this country, we've suffered a lot of backlash since the 1970s," Rezaian told us. "That continues to this day. As I've watched the …

Dinosaurs Come Back To Life At The Smithsonian

June 29th, 2019


"It was either beginner's luck or divine intervention ... the bones maybe found me," said Kathy Wankel, about discovering T. rex bones in Montana that are now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural …

The Friday News Roundup for June 28, 2019

June 28th, 2019


Twenty Democratic presidential candidates debated this week. The Supreme Court ruled on partisan gerrymandering. And Robert Mueller will testify …

1A Across America: Ten Democrats Debate

June 27th, 2019


"I think it's kind of a cheap shot at this point, just saying that we need to stop Trump," said Kate Nachazel, a senior at the University of Michigan. She said she appreciated that the candidates didn't talk so much …

Big Little Lies: The Art Of Being Duped

June 26th, 2019


Professor Chris Hart says con artists tend to display a personality structure known as the "dark triad:" narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism.

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Foresight 2020: Health Care

June 25th, 2019


"We have as many people insured in this country as ever before," said Dan Diamond, health reporter for POLITICO. But Diamond noted that some people are under-insured, in hard-to-reach locations and unable to opt in to …

Conservative Columnist George Will On The Republican Party Today

June 24th, 2019


Will told us that "America should be alarmed" by any president that can impose taxes willy-nilly in the form of tariffs.

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The Friday News Roundup for June 21, 2019

June 21st, 2019


President Trump will run for a second term. Meanwhile, the first Democratic debates are around the corner.

Around the world, tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue. Hong Kong fights with Beijing. And thousands are …

A Primer For The Growing Crisis With Iran

June 20th, 2019


Vali Nasr, a former senior adviser to President Obama, told us he believes that war with Iran could be possible if an unintended target is hit or …

Desperate Measures: The Skyrocketing Price Of Insulin In America

June 19th, 2019


"We've spent $700 a month just for our daughter's insulin — and beyond that we've had to pay for other supplies including a pump, testing strips," …

Elaine Welteroth On Transforming Teen Vogue And Knowing Your Worth

June 18th, 2019


"Our job was to reflect this next generation of young people," Welteroth told us.

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The Try Guys Try Public Radio

June 17th, 2019


"We got more in touch with the narrative of speaking directly to things. The tone caught up to something that was always there," Eugene Lee Yang told …

Forgiveness After A Massacre In Charleston

June 15th, 2019


"I am not willing to forgive what has happened in America unless America is willing to repent and atone, and America has not done that," pastor …

The Friday News Roundup for June 14, 2019

June 14th, 2019


A comedian calls on Congress to act. Congress calls for a raise. Christians call out serious issues during two major conventions.

Around the world, …

1A Across America: Indigenous And In Office

June 13th, 2019


"There are too many people in Minnesota who don't even know that Native American people exist as contemporary people," Lt. Governor Flanagan told us.

Paintbrushes And Deep Pockets: The State Of The Art World

June 12th, 2019


"The art business is the most unregulated legal business in the world," author Michael Shnayerson told us.

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Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter On 'The Five-Sided Box'

June 11th, 2019


"War is the heart of what we do, but you're also the manager and leader of the world's largest enterprise," Carter told us.

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When A Child Dies: Loss, Grief And Reclaiming Hope

June 10th, 2019


David Kessler, a grief expert, told us the five stages of grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance — are not linear milestones, …

The Friday News Roundup for June 7, 2019

June 7th, 2019


The NYPD publicly apologized for raiding the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago. Meanwhile, many are calling for President Trump to apologize for insults he …

Adapting 'To Kill A Mockingbird' For The Stage, And For Contemporary Views On Race

June 6th, 2019


"I got off to a rocky start ... I felt like it was my job to swaddle the novel in bubble wrap and gently transfer it to a Broadway stage. That's a terrible way to write a play, and my first draft reflected that," …

What Does It Mean To Lose A Pregnancy?

June 5th, 2019


"Shame, guilt, and blame" are all common feelings after losing a pregnancy, says therapist Joyce McFadden.

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How Can We Prevent Workplace Shootings?

June 4th, 2019


Jillian Peterson says 90 percent of workplace mass shootings are carried out by an employee. She says security is really difficult when the …

Romance and Representation: 'Always Be My Maybe' And The Future Of The Raunch-Com

June 3rd, 2019


"This story came from a real place for us. There were a lot of things about it that were authentic for us and we were the experts on getting that …

1A Across America: Who Benefits When States Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

June 1st, 2019


"I was very hesitant to come out of the cannabis closet ... because of the stigma ... However I'm proud that people can see that 'she's a functioning …

The Friday News Roundup for May 31, 2019

May 31st, 2019


Robert Mueller broke his silence. Disney and other major movie studios say they're prepared to pull out operations in Georgia over its controversial …

Foresight 2020: Tim Ryan

May 30th, 2019


"I'm a lot closer to impeachment today than I was yesterday," Ryan told us. "We might be left with no choice at this point but to impeach President …

Robert Mueller Speaks

May 29th, 2019


"I think what Bob Mueller is trying to say here is, you know, it's important that we talk about what the president did with regards to this investigation, but understand that there is this separate Russian effort ... …

Foresight 2020: Andrew Yang

May 28th, 2019


"... most entrepreneurs like me regard [Donald Trump] as more of a fraud and as a marketing charlatan than a genuine builder," the long shot candidate says he's been speaking with supporters of President Trump, and he …

How Can We Protect Women In The Military From Sexual Misconduct?

May 27th, 2019


"If I had the option of enlisting today either as an enlisted service member or as an officer ... I don't think I'd feel safe enough to do it," …

The Friday News Roundup for May 24, 2019

May 24th, 2019


The battles over abortion continue. McDonald's workers go on strike. And President Trump gave the Attorney General new powers.

Around the world, India and Australia re-elect their prime ministers. Also, U.S. lawmakers …

The Nationwide Fight Over Fines And Fees

May 23rd, 2019


"Chicago is not an anomaly... all over the country, states and cities are raising money through fines and fees in the criminal justice system. And not all communities are suffering equally," said Lisa Foster, …

Actress Kate Mulgrew On "How To Forget"

May 22nd, 2019


"If you are passionate, go forward, you have nothing to lose. [Captain] Janeway says it, and I say it. Go forward with everything you've got," …

Wildlife Tourism Behind The Camera

May 21st, 2019


"In order for an elephant to be docile enough to interact with a human up close, they have to be trained from a young age," Natasha Daly told us. …

A Conversation With Senator Tom Cotton

May 20th, 2019


Senator Tom Cotton is known for his hardline stances on Iran and immigration. We spoke with the Arkansas Republican about politics and his new book,

1A Across America: The Manufacturing Comeback And The 2020 Election

May 18th, 2019


"I am willing to pay more if all of my neighbors are working with good jobs," a listener wrote us about tariffs. We visited Michigan and found strong support for tariffs among working-class voters.

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The Friday News Roundup for May 17, 2019

May 17th, 2019


The list of states tightening women's access to abortions got longer this week. So did the list of people running for president in 2020. Also, President Trump wants to transform America's immigration system.

Around the …

Foresight 2020: Senator Bernie Sanders

May 16th, 2019


"The idea of legalizing prostitution is something that should be considered," Sanders told us.

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Foresight 2020: Marianne Williamson

May 15th, 2019


"I see the climate crisis as the greatest moral challenge of our generation. I'd immediately appoint a world-class environmentalist to the EPA... The day of fossil fuel companies [influencing how we address global …

Calling Out Callout Culture

May 14th, 2019


"Labels always come with baggage, baggage that society chooses ... let's not use those labels as finish lines. Don't decide I have nothing to learn …

Leadership In South Africa After Nelson Mandela

May 13th, 2019


"The [African National Congress] of 1994 and the [African National Congress] of 2019 are vastly different," one of our guests told us.

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1A Across America: The Growing Trend Of The Four-Day School Week

May 11th, 2019


Lower-income and migrant families who can't afford enrichment classes can struggle with this switch to a four-day school week, one of our guests told …

The Friday News Roundup for May 10, 2019

May 10th, 2019


Does our system of checks and balances need a check-up? The impact of a standoff between the White House and Congress. And Colorado asserts itself as …

Puerto Rican Singer-Songwriter iLe On The Music Of Protest

May 9th, 2019


"[Puerto Ricans] are still being oppressed but it's silent. And to me, that's even worse, because we don't notice it," iLe told us.

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Facebook Is Done With Alex Jones. Where Will The Infowars Host Go Next?

May 8th, 2019


"The Trump-Alex Jones relationship is really really uncomplicated: Trump loves people who love him," one of our guests told us.

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What Happens After You First Get Sober?

May 7th, 2019


"Our goal is to bring the individual back to themselves and let them know they are worth something," one of our guests told us.

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Inside The Animated Mind Of Lisa Hanawalt

May 6th, 2019


"I love showing that women are funny, and gross, and sexual," Hanawalt told us. "Women have just had limited opportunities to show this side of …

The Friday News Roundup for May 3, 2019

May 3rd, 2019


President Trump gets into a fire fight. The attorney general chooses his words carefully. And there's some talk about infrastructure.

Around the …

Decoding Da Vinci

May 2nd, 2019


"The ability to see patterns across nature is actually what makes the Mona Lisa smile," historian Walter Isaacson told us, reflecting on da Vinci's …

The Curious Ways We Find (And Lose) Our Way

May 1st, 2019


"A paper map requires you to locate yourself in real space, but with GPS on your phone, you're in your screen," Maura O'Connor told us.

Want to …

Uncovering Buried Truths

April 30th, 2019


"No matter how many [sources] you have, you never feel like it's enough," Buried Truths host Hank Klibanoff told us. "The point of the podcast is not …

Turmoil At The National Rifle Association

April 29th, 2019


"The wounds the NRA now faces are entirely self-inflicted," Daily Beast politics reporter Betsy Woodruff told us.

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The Friday News Roundup for April 26, 2019

April 26th, 2019


A record high for stocks and for cases of measles. Democrats embrace a familiar face. And the Federal Reserve gets political.

Around the world, Sri …

1A Across America: The Power Of The Latino Vote

April 25th, 2019


"The Republican party is grappling with how to do better with Hispanics," Houston immigration attorney Jacob Monty told us. "If we don't do better …

Grooving With Maxwell

April 24th, 2019


"We are only borrowing what's already been done by so many people before us," Maxwell told us. "Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Al Green. All these beautiful …

A Conversation With Chef Kwame Onwuachi

April 23rd, 2019


"All food is fusion," Onwuachi told us. "If you look at food from the American South, it's inspired by food from West Africa. As we evolve, our food …

Special K: Ketamine, From Party Drug To Depression Medication

April 22nd, 2019


One of our listeners left a message sharing his experience with ketamine. He says it saved his life. "Ketamine is the only thing that gave me release …

The Friday News Roundup for April 19, 2019

April 19th, 2019


Parts of the Mueller report are finally made public. New rules for asylum seekers could keep thousands in jail. And prosecutors accuse doctors of …

Twenty Years Later, A Look At Columbine, Then And Now

April 18th, 2019


Twenty years ago, two teenagers murdered a dozen students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado.

For this special broadcast, we looked …

French Ambassador To The U.S. On The Future Of Notre Dame

April 17th, 2019


"There has been an outpouring of support from around the globe," French ambassador Gérard Araud told us.

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Rosanne Cash On Art And Activism

April 16th, 2019


Rosanne Cash talks to us about her music, how she broke into the industry and her advocacy.

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Watch The Throne(s)

April 15th, 2019


Why does it seem like everyone is watching "Game of Thrones" these days? What's so compelling about the series?

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The Friday News Roundup for April 12, 2019

April 12th, 2019


Arrests in the U.K. and Sudan, administrative shakeups at the Department of Homeland Security and elections in Israel and India.

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What's The Breaking Point At The Border?

April 11th, 2019


How much immigration should we allow into the United States? And who should be allowed in? We talk about it with conservative writer David Frum and …

Historian Robert Caro On Power And Why He Still Writes Longhand

April 10th, 2019


The venerated author of "The Power Broker" joins us to talk about his new book, "Working."

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Is It Miller Time? Nielsen Gets Nudged Out

April 9th, 2019


What's ahead for the Department of Homeland Security and for President Trump's immigration agenda?

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1A Across America: Hurricane Harvey Recovery Tests Faith In Government

April 8th, 2019


It's been more than a year since Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston. Our Across America team travelled to Texas to see how the city has recovered... and how it hasn't.

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1A Across America: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly

April 6th, 2019


Our Across America team is digging into the issues that resonate with voters, and Kansas is a good place to look.

We spoke with Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, about passing laws in a predominantly red state. Then, we …

The Friday News Roundup for April 5, 2019

April 5th, 2019


House Democrats have asked the IRS to release the last six years of President Trump's tax returns. Joe Biden has been told to join the "straight-arm …

Writer Damon Young On Being Black And The Absurdity Of It All

April 4th, 2019


Damon Young, co-founder of, says the most inspiring thing about his hometown of Pittsburgh is that it's predominantly white. …

'Bullets Ain't Got No Name': Keeping Kids Out Of Gangs

April 3rd, 2019


The fight against gang violence has lost one of its top advocates: Nipsey Hussle. We discussed the rap star's life and legacy with his former DJ, and …

Foresight 2020: Julián Castro

April 2nd, 2019


Julián Castro wants your vote — and your attention. We spoke with him about the road to 2020 in a crowded Democratic presidential field.

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The First Day Back

April 1st, 2019


How do you rebuild your life after it suddenly ends? Comedian Jason Weems faced that dilemma far more literally than he would have ever wanted, when …

1A Across America: The Fight Over Oil and Gas

March 30th, 2019


Oil and gas. It's a $31 billion industry in the Centennial State. But it's also a big concern to some residents.

Our Across America team spoke to …

The Friday News Roundup for March 29, 2019

March 29th, 2019


Mueller, measles and Mike Lee makes Ronald Reagan ride a raptor. Also, Oklahoma forces the makers of OxyContin to pay a heavy price and Senators Rubio and Romney move forward with plans for paid family leave.

Around the …

Inside The Minds Of The Mega-Rich

March 28th, 2019


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

What impact does wealth have on …

Peter Lord And David Sproxton On 40 Years Of Animating Life

March 27th, 2019


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

1A Movie Club Sees 'Us'

March 26th, 2019


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

Left, Right And Center Takes On The Mueller Report

March 25th, 2019


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

What …

The Friday News Roundup for March 22, 2019

March 22nd, 2019


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

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

Raining Love With Lee Fields And The Expressions

March 21st, 2019


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

How To Raise Boys

March 20th, 2019


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

Self-Care And Skin Care

March 19th, 2019


Cleansers. Creams. Serums. Sheet masks.

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

What Will Stop The Spread Of Online Extremism?

March 18th, 2019


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

The Friday News Roundup for March 15, 2019

March 15th, 2019


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

Around the world, …

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

March 14th, 2019


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

Only Human: Understanding Our Place In The Animal Kingdom

March 13th, 2019


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

Taking Care: The Cost Of Child Care In 2019

March 12th, 2019


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

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

What We Talk About When We Talk About Israel

March 12th, 2019


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

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

March 9th, 2019


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

The Friday News Roundup for March 8, 2019

March 8th, 2019


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

Around the world, is North Korea up …

The Latest On R. Kelly

March 7th, 2019


What will become of R. Kelly?

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

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No Bones About It: The Human Skeleton, Revealed

March 6th, 2019


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

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Close Encounters Of The A.I. Kind

March 5th, 2019


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

American Democracy (Keep It If You Can)

March 4th, 2019


Two takes on how to keep the republic strong.

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The Friday News Roundup for March 1, 2019

March 1st, 2019


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

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1A Visits CPAC

February 28th, 2019


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

Hollywood's Heartbeat: A Conversation With Robert Townsend

February 27th, 2019


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

Tariffs, Turmoil And Denuclearization: The Trump Administration Abroad

February 26th, 2019


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

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

February 25th, 2019


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

The Friday News Roundup for February 22, 2019

February 22nd, 2019


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

Can The Catholic Church Heal Itself?

February 21st, 2019


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

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

February 20th, 2019


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

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

February 20th, 2019


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

Welcome to esports.

We …

The New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory On The Rise

February 18th, 2019


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

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Look Out! Here Comes The Spider-Verse

February 16th, 2019


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

The Friday News Roundup for February 15, 2019

February 15th, 2019


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

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Love In The Time Of Retirement

February 14th, 2019


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

In honor of …

A Year After Parkland

February 13th, 2019


Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. Some of the survivors — Emma …

The Value Of Truth: How To Keep News In Business

February 12th, 2019


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

What's going on in the business of …

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

February 11th, 2019


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

It happened. On a visit to …

The Friday News Roundup for February 8, 2019

February 8th, 2019


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

Why We Keep Forgiving Facebook

February 7th, 2019


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

1A Across America: What Do Young Voters Want?

February 6th, 2019


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

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

Comedian Nicole Byer On Laughing At Yourself And Nailing It

February 5th, 2019


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

The Climate For Climate Politics In 2019

February 4th, 2019


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

The Friday News Roundup for February 1, 2019

February 1st, 2019


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

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The Year After "The Year Of The Woman"

January 31st, 2019


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

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

January 30th, 2019


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

What makes the Grateful …

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

January 29th, 2019


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

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

January 28th, 2019


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

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

January 26th, 2019


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

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

The Friday News Roundup for January 25, 2018

January 25th, 2019


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

What Is ALEC?

January 24th, 2019


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

We looked into ALEC's …

Money Moves: The Push For Financial Literacy In Schools

January 23rd, 2019


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

Ask An Atheist

January 22nd, 2019


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

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

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

January 21st, 2019


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

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The Friday News Roundup for January 18, 2019

January 18th, 2019


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

Catching Up With The Russia Investigation

January 17th, 2019


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

What …

Kristen Roupenian, 'Cat Person' & Viral Fiction

January 16th, 2019


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

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

January 15th, 2019


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

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

How The Government Shutdown Affects The Country

January 14th, 2019


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

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The Friday News Roundup for January 11, 2019

January 11th, 2019


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

Surveying The Public Domain

January 10th, 2019


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

What's in this treasure trove? What …

Why Families Break Up

January 9th, 2019


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

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

Hell And How We Think Of It

January 8th, 2019


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

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

Planting A Seed: The Vegan Diet in 2019

January 7th, 2019


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

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

The Friday News Roundup for January 4, 2019

January 4th, 2019


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

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

January 3rd, 2019


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

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

January 2nd, 2019


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

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

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New Year, New Frontier: Mars

December 31st, 2018


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

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

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The Friday News Roundup for December 28, 2018

December 28th, 2018


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

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