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How Generation Z And Millennials Are Fighting A Poll Worker Shortage

September 23rd, 2020


"I compare being a poll worker to being a fast food worker, except that there's not as much room for mistakes," says poll worker Evan Malbrough. "If …

ICE, A Whistleblower And Forced Sterilization

September 22nd, 2020


"Women [in detention] are faced with this problem where they don't have [medical] choices and they don't have the liberty to go find those choices," says migrant rights advocate Michelle Brané.

She also remarks about how …

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life, Her 'Most Fervent Wish' And The Future Of SCOTUS

September 21st, 2020


How are Republican senators handling accusations of hypocrisy? "There's nothing more shapeshifting than a senator considering judicial nominations. Consistency is not something we see very often," says reporter Robert …

1A Presents...'Driving The Green Book'

September 19th, 2020


We're sharing the first episode of a new show called "Driving The Green Book," produced by Macmillan Podcasts and hosted by journalist and educator Alvin Hall.

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The News Roundup for September 18, 2020

September 18th, 2020


Wildfires and hurricanes continue to affect large swaths of the US. COVID infections top 30 million globally, as the work on a vaccine continues. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu celebrate a peace deal for …

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Crime

September 17th, 2020


Some will tell you crime in America has gone up. Others say it's down. But it depends on the type of crime.

And as many politicians know, for some …

Why Millions Of Eligible Americans Don't Vote

September 16th, 2020


1A listener George told us, "My vote doesn't really matter[...]Six states are getting virtually all of the attention and all of the campaign dollars …

Museums Are Filled With Stolen African Art. Is It Time To Return It?

September 15th, 2020


"Part of the reason the Benin royal art is so much at the forefront of this conversation is because it's one of the best documented examples of …

The 1A Movie Club Watches 'Quarantine Horror'

September 14th, 2020


"The thing that you're always looking to do in horror is to make the audience feel like they're participating," says "Host" director Rob Savage.

"The great thing about screen horror is that if the audience forgets …

The News Roundup For September 11, 2020

September 11th, 2020


Wildfires continue to rage in the Western U.S. The race for a COVID-19 vaccine faces some setbacks. Disney is criticized for filming parts of Mulan

Can Colleges And Universities Survive The Pandemic?

September 10th, 2020


Many schools that were financially stressed going into the pandemic might not come out of it, says Fred Lawrence, CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

How Everything Will End, According To A Cosmologist

September 9th, 2020


"I think there is a morbid fascination in thinking of how everything will fall apart," says cosmologist Katie Mack. "But you can contemplate how we …

Dirty Money, 'Kleptopia' And World Leaders

September 8th, 2020


"I have a few sleepless nights but the people who are far braver are my sources," says journalist Tom Burgis.

He says his sources, including those in places like Washington D.C. and Kazakhstan, put themselves in danger …

In Limbo With Aminé

September 7th, 2020


"The title of the album (Limbo) was to tell fans 'I'm literally figuring it out, I'm just a guy still in limbo,'" says rapper Aminé. "I always wanted to challenge myself and try to push the envelope sonically."

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The News Roundup For September 4, 2020

September 4th, 2020


Protests continue to rock the U.S. as presidential candidates hit the campaign trail. Historic protests continue in Belarus as leader Alexander Lukashenko refuses to step down.

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White Christians Grapple With Their Faith's Racist Past And Present

September 3rd, 2020


"I feel personally convicted as a white pastor in a predominately white congregation to speak passionately about race in the church," says pastor Angela Denker.

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Who Are The Armed Civilians Showing Up At Protests?

September 2nd, 2020


How are militias recruiting new members?

"They point to protests and to violence and say, 'Hey look, this is the time, you need to protect yourself,' …

What We Know About The California Wildfires

September 1st, 2020


Incarcerated firefighters make up a significant portion of the crews fighting the wildfires in California. But formerly incarcerated firefighter Rasheed Lockheart wonders: "Why can't our service and our time at these …

Michaela Coel Of 'I May Destroy You' On Trauma, Levity And The Space Between

August 31st, 2020


"I find writing very immersive and as I write in my mind I have some notion of how I'll say the lines when we do our first take. All the characters I write, I somehow embody," says writer and showrunner Michaela Coel.

The News Roundup For August 28, 2020

August 28th, 2020


Hurricane Laura surges through the southern U.S., while sports teams strike over a police shooting in Kenosha, WI. TikTok continues to be a sore spot …

The Legacy Of Hurricane Katrina, 15 Years Later

August 27th, 2020


"Katrina seems much less like an isolated incident than a harbinger for what 21st century America is," historian Andy Horowitz says.

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'Say Her Name': The Latest On Breonna Taylor's Case

August 26th, 2020


"It's always interesting who in America we frame as having the ability to fully enact this Second Amendment right [to defend their home]," …

The Search For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

August 25th, 2020


"We are constantly dismissed at every level of the justice system." Grace Bulltail told us about her family's search to find answers around the death …

What Does It Mean To Be Conservative?

August 24th, 2020


"The animating force between Republicans and Democrats isn't partisanship but negative partisanship," journalist McKay Coppins says.

We talked with two young conservatives and McKay Coppins about the state of the GOP.

The News Roundup For August 21, 2020

August 21st, 2020


Former Vice President Joe Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. The U.S. Postal Service weighs some big changes. A Russian opposition leader is possibly poisoned, Iran faces new sanctions and a coup …

The Hit List (Or, The 1A Pop Culture Roundup)

August 20th, 2020


"Rockstar" by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for seven weeks. Meanwhile art from Beyonce, Michaela Cole, Cardi …

The Latest Updates On The Changes At The U.S. Postal Service

August 19th, 2020


"[Postmaster General Louis] DeJoy does have quite a few stockholdings in places like Amazon and other shipping companies and worked in shipping for a …

The Movement To Abolish Prisons And The Police

August 18th, 2020


"We need things like transformative and restorative justice processes to address some of these issues, rather than the knee-jerk reaction of punishment or [..] separating people who are incarcerated into the 'good …

Black Women, The Right To Vote And The 19th Amendment

August 17th, 2020


Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer fought for voting rights. She questioned why we have to fight for basic rights and freedoms because of the …

The News Roundup For August 14, 2020

August 14th, 2020


The Biden ticket is announced with celebration—and criticism. The USPS is under fire as election day approaches. Russia claims to have a COVID-19 vaccine, and Israel reaches an "historic" peace deal with the UAE.

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The Rights And Resources For Students With Special Needs

August 13th, 2020


"Some children are medically fragile so it's impossible for them to go back to school...schools are going to have to be really nimble and flexible …

The Rise Of Pandemic Pods

August 12th, 2020


"Many of our students will thrive because the public school system is fundamentally inequitable, and now they're outside of oppressive systems and …

Making The Grade: How Should We Assess Students During A Pandemic?

August 11th, 2020


"If a student is not learning, that could be the fault of the system, not of the student," says education reporter Moriah Balingit. "[Grades] seem to …

Homeworked: To Reopen Or Not To Reopen

August 10th, 2020


"Are we as schools using science to drive our reopening plans? As superintendents, we're not health experts," says Superintendent PJ Caposey. "When …

What Is Cottagecore?

August 8th, 2020


"I'm a Black Muslim woman, so people don't really see a lot of us in the cottagecore community," influencer Sumaiyuh Jones says. "And it's different …

The News Roundup For August 7, 2020

August 7th, 2020


Schools discuss reopening, and Congress discusses coronavirus aid. The world continues to search for answers in Beirut. And President Trump bans …

The Situation in Beirut + Why America Can't Ignore Its Past And Its Failings

August 6th, 2020


"What matters to me is to be honest and to be fair. I think it is absolutely clear that the president has numerous failings which has cost the …

Ilia Calderón's Time To Speak + Primaries (Still) With Reid Wilson

August 5th, 2020


"The number of people who are dying is more than 1,000 a day," says Reid Wilson about the White House's claims of success on increased COVID tests. "Public opinion is not on the President's side no matter how much he …

Poet Natasha Trethewey + The Latest On TikTok

August 4th, 2020


"So much of our day-to-day lives are about defusing or deescalating situations with men that could turn violent or frightening," says Natasha …

What President Trump Means By 'Suburban Lifestyle Dream'

August 3rd, 2020


"Housing and neighborhoods are really the fundamental way that we've segregated people," former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan says. "At the very time that we need to be moving the country forward [...] President Trump …

LeVar Burton Is Still Reading To Us During The Pandemic

August 1st, 2020


It's a tough time for Black Americans. How is Levar Burton protecting his heart? "I try to remind myself and others to keep our heads up. Unless our head is up. We cannot see the horizon. And it's the horizon that …

The News Roundup For July 31, 2020

July 31st, 2020


Congress grills Big Tech and continues to quarrel over coronavirus aid. Thousands — not millions — participate in Hajj. And Hong Kong postpones elections.

We bring you all the national and global news you need on this …

A Conversation With Zadie Smith + Big Tech 'Comes' To Washington

July 30th, 2020


"If you always come to activism with the same set of ideas, it's ahistorical. Things have changed since 1850. The use of the word 'hate' lets way too many people off the hook," says writer Zadie Smith.

We also talk about …

The U.S. Postal Service And A Vote-By-Mail Election

July 29th, 2020


"The Postal Service has been doing vote by mail for generations," says Mark Dimondstein of the American Postal Workers Union. "We can continue to deliver for the people as long as we have the support."

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The Debate Over Federal COVID-19 Funding And Private Schools

July 28th, 2020


"We have many families in Arizona that don't even have access to electricity and it's our duty to provide access," says Beth Lewis of Save Our …

What Is Fascism?

July 27th, 2020


"It's an upheaval of society through violence to turn the clock back," says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. "When there are periods of great progress, …

The News Roundup For July 24, 2020

July 24th, 2020


Two civil rights leaders were laid to rest. The clashes between federal agents and and protesters continues in Portland. COVID-19 continues to devastate around the world. And two countries set out on missions to Mars.

Honoring The Legacy Of Civil Rights Icons C.T. Vivian And John Lewis

July 23rd, 2020


With plans for memorials around the country underway, we shared your ideas on how to honor the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis and the late Rev. C.T. Vivian.

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1A Across America: Are We Prepared For The November Election?

July 22nd, 2020


Elections are complicated, but they shouldn't be chaotic. We talked about why many election officials have a sense of dread over what's to come in …

The Trump Administration Is Making It More Difficult To Seek Asylum. Is That Legal?

July 21st, 2020


"These asylum officers have been put in a position where they're forced to implement these policies that they not only believe are wrong or immoral, …

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'Cancel Culture'

July 20th, 2020


Some say "cancel culture" is an attack on free speech by the so-called "woke." Others believe it's an overdue move to call out powerful people and …

The News Roundup For July 17, 2020

July 17th, 2020


Countries worldwide continue to battle the coronavirus. A hack compromises some high-profile Twitter accounts. China and the U.S. continue to fight over Hong Kong. Turkey's Hagia Sophia has been converted back to a …

How To Stay Safe And Healthy As Coronavirus Cases Rise

July 16th, 2020


In the 16 weeks that remain between now and Election Day — can the country recover from the current surge in COVID-19 cases? New models suggest that …

After Long-Sought Wins For Native Americans, What's Next?

July 15th, 2020


How did activist Amanda Blackhorse feel when the announcement to change the name of Washington D.C.'s football team was made?

"I am very cynical when it comes to the team and their intentions, just because of their …

A Conversation With Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

July 14th, 2020


"For me, the quiet moments [in "The Old Guard"] were as important as the big action set pieces," director Gina Prince-Bythewood says. "It was about elevating and bringing my Black female lens to the genre."

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Finding 'American' Food: Tasting The Nation With Padma Lakshmi

July 13th, 2020


"Okra. Black-eyed peas. Melons. Certain types of Chilis...that is so much a part of who we are. It's not just the food, it's the aesthetic. It's the discourse," says food author Michael Twitty.

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The News Roundup For July 10, 2020

July 10th, 2020


President Donald Trump pushes for schools to reopen as COVID-19 cases surge. The Supreme Court issues several important rulings. Brazil's president …

'American Rehab' And The Dark History of Rehabilitative Treatment

July 9th, 2020


"A lot of people believe instilling a work ethic in people with substance abuse disorders will cure them, but what we found is that these programs don't work for most people," says reporter Shoshana Walter.

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In-Person Education Or Risk Deportation: Foreign Students And The Fall Semester

July 8th, 2020


"International students, once they're here, they make lives here, some of them have family here," says reporter Michelle Hackman. "Harvard and MIT …

Why It's Still Hard To File Your Taxes For Free

July 7th, 2020


"Congress has cut the budget of the IRS even as the population has grown, says ProPublica reporter Justin Elliott. "You've seen audits of the wealthy …

Free Speech And Hate Speech: Another Reckoning For Social Media Companies

July 6th, 2020


"No one is owed a Facebook account or Twitter handle," one listener writes. "When you use these platforms, you agree to play by their rules. They are …

On The Wing: The Power Of Birdwatching

July 4th, 2020


"My binoculars have become heavier now," says Clemson professor J. Drew Lanham. "It's become harder for me to pick up my binoculars and singularly …

Going To Therapy With Esther Perel

July 3rd, 2020


"We're asking one person to give us what normally an entire village would provide," therapist Esther Perel says about relationships during the …

The Disability Rights Movement, 30 Years After The ADA

July 2nd, 2020


"The ADA doesn't fix the problem of ableism...rights and laws are meant to be a floor, not a ceiling," disability advocate Britney Wilson says.

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When The Stans Assemble: K-Pop, Protests And Fan Activism

July 1st, 2020


"We do politics based on where our communities are," says researcher Ashley Hinck. "Increasingly, that same community is found in fandoms. We're …

1A Across America: Unpolicing Mental Illness

June 30th, 2020


"Any investment in a community is a mental health initiative," says Vice's Shayla Love.

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The Latest Push Toward Statehood For Washington, D.C.

June 29th, 2020


"I can chair a subcommittee. I vote in committee. I do everything that every representative does. But when it comes time to cast that final vote, including votes that affect only the District, every member of the House …

The News Roundup For June 26, 2020

June 26th, 2020


Texas sets single-day coronavirus case records. Only 1,000 pilgrims will be allowed to make hajj this year. And the Trump administration freezes some work visas and green cards for immigrants.

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Eyes And Ears Everywhere: The Russian Spies Among Us

June 25th, 2020


"We're seeing [Russian espionage] now, more than in 2016, amplify real people's views and real people's activities and then try to spread those," says BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera.

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Reckoning With Racist Brands

June 24th, 2020


"The CEOs and the leaders at these companies recognize that this is a revolution... young people are taking to the streets and brands matter," says …

Canceling 'Cops:' Why Hollywood Loves Portraying The Police

June 23rd, 2020


"There is this huge emphasis on police as the guardians of society," says culture critic Soraya McDonald. The problem with that is "we can't tell the …

Joe Biden Needs Black Voters. What Do They Need From Him?

June 22nd, 2020


"Joe Biden will almost certainly win the majority of African Americans," political reporter Astead Herndon says. "The question is, will that be the …

The 1A Movie Club: Why 'The Help' Doesn'tReally Help

June 20th, 2020


White savior films set racism in a time that's far gone and allow people to be redeemed, says film critic Brooke Obie. "It's comforting to have a white person come in and save the day."

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The News Roundup For June 19, 2020

June 19th, 2020


SCOTUS drops consequential decisions that will affect millions. COVID-19 continues to rock the nation and the world. And Tensions flare in China and India over their border. And North Korea threatens South Korea again.

How To Talk About Race With Kids

June 18th, 2020


Teaching your kids to be colorblind isn't the right approach. "We do have color. We do see color," Professor Bettina Love tells us. "We have to help …

From Cincinnati, Fort Worth And Montgomery: Three Mayors On Meeting This Moment

June 17th, 2020


Cincinnati's police budget is increasing. But Mayor John Cranley responds, "We are investing in accountability, body-worn cameras make up a nearly …

Dr. Anthony Fauci Doesn't Get Much Sleep

June 16th, 2020


If you're protesting, Dr. Anthony Fauci says to please wear a mask and keep it on all the time.

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What James Baldwin's Work Tells Us About Today's Fight For Racial Justice

June 15th, 2020


"This is a reflection of America's ongoing refusal to confront what it is and who we are," says author Eddie Glaude Jr. on what he thinks James …

Can Companies Fight For Social Justice?

June 13th, 2020


"It's not what you do on your social media page or Twitter, it's what you do in your background lobby. A lot of these companies are lobbying behind the scenes against the interests of Black and brown people," says …

The News Roundup For June 13, 2020

June 12th, 2020


Policing and police funding is re-evaluated in the wake of George Floyd's murder. COVID-19 cases rise in the U.S. and continue to plague countries …

Across America And Abroad: Symbols Of White Supremacy Come Down

June 11th, 2020


"The important thing is that people are starting to understand how insidious those monuments are..." says former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu. …

The Power Of Police Unions

June 10th, 2020


"I do think representation matters" in police unions, says The Marshall Project's Eli Hager. But he adds, "A number of Black officers I spoke with …

The Debate Over Objectivity In Journalism

June 9th, 2020


"If you are a non-marginalized person who belongs to a non-marginalized actually believe that you see the world in an objective way. What …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Police Reform + A Conversation With Kojo Nnamdi

June 8th, 2020


"It's our intention to not have the Minneapolis Police Department continue to operate," City Council member Steve Fletcher says. "You can't force a …

The News Roundup For June 5, 2020

June 5th, 2020


Hundreds of thousands around the world mourned George Floyd and protested racism and police brutality. President Trump threatened to send the …

How To Identify Misinformation (And Disinformation) About The Protests

June 4th, 2020


"Misinformation is often optimized to appeal to our emotions," The News Literacy Project's Peter Adams says. "It deeply resonates with our values and most sacred beliefs, and that causes us to act too quickly."

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The Past And Present Of Protests In America

June 3rd, 2020


"You cannot be violent to property. You can be violent to human beings. The destruction of property cannot be deemed equivalent to the destruction of …

The Trauma Of Being Black In America

June 2nd, 2020


"An entire community is grieving," Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia says. "What we really have to focus on is the subtext, and the subtext is racism."

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"To Be In A Rage, Almost All The Time"

June 1st, 2020


Nikole Hannah-Jones and Paul Butler join us to talk about the history and realities of police brutality and white supremacy in the wake of the murder …

The 1A (Mini) Spelling Bee + SpellPundit Online Bee Winner Navneeth Murali

May 30th, 2020


"Think about your very favorite childhood memory and the biggest dream you've ever had and the first time you really felt celebrated for who you are and how you met your best friend. For me, the Bee was all of those …

The News Roundup For May 29, 2020

May 29th, 2020


Two viral videos spark protest and unrest in America. The U.S. surpasses 100,000 coronavirus deaths. China crushes dissent in Hong Kong. A top U.K. official breaks quarantine, and an arms deal with Saudi Arabia raises …

The People Hit Hardest By Pandemic Job Loss

May 28th, 2020


"Inequality has been rising in the United States for decades upon decades," economist Erik Hurst says. We're seeing these disparities in this recession as well.

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The 1A Movie Club: A Conversation With Ava DuVernay + 'The Vast Of Night'

May 27th, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic means "the bigger movies mostly are postponing their releases," says The Frame's John Horn.

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The Relationship Between President Trump And Former President Obama

May 26th, 2020


"I think [President Donald Trump] really cannot shake President Obama from his head," MSNBC's Trymaine Lee says.

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The Navy Says UFOs Are Real. Are They Little Green People? Unlikely.

May 25th, 2020


Polls suggest half of all Americans believe in Unidentified Flying Objects. And for the first time, the Defense Department has released videos …

The News Roundup For May 22, 2020

May 22nd, 2020


States reopen, and brace for small business closures. Two dams fail in Michigan and displace 10,000 people. Brazil struggles with their COVID-19 outbreak, and Syrian war criminals go to trial in Germany.

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Joe Biden, Tara Reade And Democratic Voters

May 21st, 2020


This is not the first time the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has been accused of unwanted touching by women, but Tara Reade's latest accusation goes the furthest.

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'There's No Closure': How A Nation Grieves At Home

May 20th, 2020


"People in grief are so isolated and so it's hard to have a collective voice together," says grief expert David Kessler. "When people say that the …

From Galileo To Dr. Fauci: The History Of Science Denial And Conspiracies

May 19th, 2020


"History already has cases of science denial," says astrophysicist Mario Livio. "This is not new. It never ends well."

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The Food Delivery App Dilemma

May 18th, 2020


Miguel Ramirez, a food delivery worker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, says he would appreciate a raise. "We're the ones risking ourselves."

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The News Roundup For May 15, 2020

May 15th, 2020


Experts warn of a resurgence of deaths in reopened states. Former Trump associate Paul Manafort is released from jail due to coronavirus. And Wuhan …

Should We Stay Polite, Even In A Pandemic?

May 14th, 2020


Etiquette expert Lizzie Post says COVID-era dilemmas come back to a central question of etiquette. "How much agency do we have to tell people we don't like their behavior?"

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What To Expect When Expecting In A Pandemic

May 13th, 2020


Maria is eight months pregnant with her first child. Her husband is a medical resident in St. Louis. "He's my sole partner through this whole …

The DOJ Drops Charges For Michael Flynn + How Hip-Hop Battles Bring Us Together

May 12th, 2020


"These live streams are speaking to the people at home first," YouTube's Tuma Basa says. "They're the primary audience — they're not an afterthought. [D-Nice is] talking to Michelle Obama, and then we feel like we're …

The Future Of Air Travel

May 11th, 2020


There are a lot of complaints that airlines aren't providing refunds when they should, says Niraj Chokshi, who covers the business of transportation …

Inside A Secret Library In Syria

May 9th, 2020


"What most amazed me was that this library was 5 or 6 feet below streets where people were being sniped and bombs were going off," says the BBC's Mike Thomson about a secret library in Durayya, Syria.

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The News Roundup For May 8, 2020

May 8th, 2020


A black man is murdered while jogging in Georgia. The Dept. of Justice drops its case against Michael Flynn. The investigation into the origins of COVID-19 continues. Soccer will return to Germany, and a plot to …

Helping Latinos Combat Coronavirus + A Conversation With 1A's New Host

May 7th, 2020


"This work is not about me, it's about the's about you helping us hold public officials accountable, it's about elevating your voice. I …

The 'Murder Hornets' And The Honey Bees

May 6th, 2020


One hornet scouts out a honey bee hive. Then, the hornets attack. But how worried should we actually be?

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Coronavirus: 'To Sleep, Perchance To Dream'

May 5th, 2020


You might be worried about contracting COVID-19 or passing it to someone else. That anxiety shows up in our dreams in different forms. Dream analyst …

Priced Out: Where Is Our Safety Net?

May 4th, 2020


Unemployment claims are up to 20 times the normal level, and state agencies don't have the technology to process the rate of applications. …

The News Roundup For May 1, 2020

May 1st, 2020


The U.S. reaches one million coronavirus cases. 30 million Americans are unemployed as states are opening back up for business. And the U.K. says they are past the peak of COVID-19. Plus, tensions with China over the …

What A National Vote-By-Mail Election Might Look Like

April 30th, 2020


"I think the worry is...that states just don't get the word out effectively and voters get left behind," says Ryan McCarthy of ProPublica.

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As Meat Workers Get Sick, An Executive Order Keeps Plants Open

April 29th, 2020


"The link that keeps the food production system going is the workforce. These workers are humans. We have had workers die in this plant. They didn't …

What Medical Experts Say About When To Reopen America

April 28th, 2020


"We should have had massive testing early on," says Dr. Jeremy Faust, who says he had trouble testing his own patients. "I'm certain I discharged …

The Economic Impact Of COVID-19 On Young People

April 27th, 2020


"The millennials as a generation were much more economically vulnerable going into this than Generation X...they have very little money in savings …

Hayley Williams On 'Petals For Armor,' Paramore And Pandemic Music

April 25th, 2020


To promote her song "Over Yet," Hayley Williams made a workout video. "I created this fantasy in my head of myself as an aerobics instructor in this …

The News Roundup For April 24, 2020

April 24th, 2020


President Trump signs a new $484 billion relief package. U.S. unemployment surges as the price of oil plummets. Countries around the world continue to weigh coronavirus relief strategy...and economic impact.

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1A Across America: Abortion Bans During The Pandemic

April 23rd, 2020


"What's happening is women in Texas are being forced to remain pregnant during a pandemic against their will," Cristina Parker of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity tells us.

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Writing Fiction About A Changing Climate

April 22nd, 2020


"We can end ourselves with words. But we can also save ourselves," says cli-fi author Lydia Millet.

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When Will Crowds Roar Again? Coronavirus And Music Concerts

April 21st, 2020


"The people who are really going to feel the brunt of this are the blue collar workers like the stage hands," says reporter August Brown. "The mom …

Help Is On The Way? Coronavirus Aid To Rural America

April 20th, 2020


Mary Ellen Pratt is the CEO of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher, Louisiana. The county was one of the first rural areas that got hit hard by the coronavirus, and the hospital is the only one in its county.

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The News Roundup For April 17, 2020

April 17th, 2020


The President debates re-opening the country. U.S. unemployment reaches Great Depression levels. The EU apologizes to Italy for its response to …

The Battle Within: Coronavirus And The Immune System

April 16th, 2020


According to reporter Matt Richtel, COVID-19 is dangerous because it targets our lungs. And we need our lungs constantly. "It's not like food and it's not like water, you can't wait. You gotta have it now."

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1A Across America: From Denver To Detroit, Small Businesses Try To Make It Work

April 15th, 2020


"People could die. I don't want any part of that," says Ken Brown, owner of Famous Philly Cheese Steak.

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Not So Fast: What We Know About Hydroxychloroquine

April 14th, 2020


"If this were to be the answer, millions of pills are already ready, and it's very easy to scale up...this would be an appealing answer because it …

Crafting Mines And Crossing Animals: Playing Video Games During The Pandemic

April 13th, 2020


"Games are a medium that, for a variety of reasons, have long been associated with a sense of shame," psychologist Alex Kriss says. He says games are …

Shoot For The Moon: A Conversation With Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell

April 13th, 2020


"I'm afraid it's going to be the last moon mission for a while." No one was supposed to hear Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell saying that. But the mics …

The News Roundup For April 10, 2020

April 10th, 2020


Health care workers experience praise and abuse. Sen. Bernie Sanders leaves the Democratic presidential race, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves …

'Stay-At-Home'-Cooked Meals: The Kitchen During Coronavirus

April 9th, 2020


Chef Kwame Onwuachi says this time is the most he's cooked at home since he was a child, and it's helped him connect with why he loves cooking so much.

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On The Trail: Global Pandemic Edition

April 8th, 2020


Author and Hill correspondent Reid Wilson said public health experts saw a global pandemic coming. "Everybody in public health knew it wasn't an 'if' question, but a 'when' question."

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We Couldn't Help But Wonder...Love In The Time Of Coronavirus

April 7th, 2020


"We're constantly getting to know each other, constantly learning about each other throughout the day and that's definitely sped up the …

Coronavirus: When Staying Home Isn't Safe

April 6th, 2020


"The second a hand is raised? That's abuse. The second you're not allowed to do what you want to do? That's abuse. And a lot of people don't understand that," says retired detective Bob Wile.

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R. Eric Thomas, From 'Deeply Shewk' To A Viral Column

April 4th, 2020


"A lot of the time, it feels foolhardy that you'll get the thing you want," writer R. Eric Thomas says. "[But] on its best day, America can be a …

The News Roundup For April 3, 2020

April 3rd, 2020


The U.S. braces itself for thousands of deaths, as 6.6 million Americans claimed unemployment. Old rifts in Europe reemerge in the wake of the coronavirus. And, Brazil's president defies health leaders and urges people …

On Fire: The Science Behind Streaks

April 2nd, 2020


"Even in my business, making games, it's all about ideas. When you get on a roll, you can definitely sense it," says Mark Turmell, the creator of NBA …

Why It's Not All Downhill From Here, With Author Terry McMillan

April 1st, 2020


"Sometimes we just give ourselves permission to do whatever we feel like doing," Terry McMillan says. "Because we do not get a do-over, last time I checked."

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A Governor And Two Patients Weigh In On The Fight Against COVID-19

March 31st, 2020


We talk to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about his state's response to coronavirus. Then, we hear from two patients with the virus: one who got a …

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Contagion'

March 30th, 2020


Film critic Sam Adams says he wasn't interested in seeing Contagion again. But once he did, he felt a little comforted. "One of the great things about horror movies is that they end."

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Coronavirus Across America: Worship In A Time Of Pestilence

March 29th, 2020


"The church will never close in this country because the church is not a building ... It is a gathering of people," says Rev. Angela Denker.

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The News Roundup For March 27, 2020

March 27th, 2020


The U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases, but Spain is already surpassing China's reported deaths. Boris Johnson self-isolates after testing …

Sen. Bernie Sanders On Congress And The Coronavirus Pandemic

March 26th, 2020


"This is not a time for thinking about things in the way we did yesterday," Senator Bernie Sanders says. "While this bill didn't go near as far as I …

The Sounds Of America: The 1951 National League Tiebreaker

March 25th, 2020


"Are there other stories that need to be told? Are they being told? And are we listening?" says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden about reexamining …

Coronavirus: Feeding A Sick Nation

March 24th, 2020


"It's something that I can't avoid, I have to go to work," Scott, who delivers tortillas to grocery stores in Maryland, told us. "A lot of my …

Coronavirus: Aiding The Unemployed

March 23rd, 2020


Amy Putens, a hair stylist based in Washington, D.C., says her biggest fear is whether she'll have a business to go back to, once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

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Live from Everywhere? The American Radio DJ In An On-Demand World

March 21st, 2020


Radio consultant Scott Fybush says while the number of commercial radio DJs has waned, college radio has been a significant growth point. "It's far …

The News Roundup For March 20, 2020

March 20th, 2020


Cases of coronavirus surpass 10,000 in the U.S. The Senate contemplates sending checks to taxpayers. And China responds to blame regarding the virus' spread.

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Coronavirus: What to Play When Your Life Is on Pause

March 19th, 2020


"You're going to want different things on different days," NPR's Linda Holmes says. She recommends two documentaries, "Brooklyn Castle" and "May At …

Do Self-Help Books Actually...Help?

March 18th, 2020


"A lot of these books are setting the authors up to be who we aspire to be. Maybe some of us don't want that," podcaster and author Kristen Meinzer says. "Unfortunately, a lot of the self help books we've lived by say …

Blocked From The Ballot: Meet Jack Vaile, Who Has Cerebral Palsy

March 17th, 2020


In at least 10 states around the country, thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have legal guardians lose their right to vote.

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Coronavirus: The Prison Population

March 16th, 2020


"Too many people in our prisons and jails don't need to be there in the first place," Amy Fettig of the ACLU says. "We should be looking at who is in …

The News Roundup For March 13, 2020

March 13th, 2020


COVID-19 continues to shut down the world and influence global markets. Congress works to improve aid during the crisis. Russia and Saudi Arabia's …

Coronavirus: School's Out

March 12th, 2020


"There are also very real public health concerns for sending kids home," NPR's Cory Turner points out. He says food and housing insecurity are huge issues facing students and families.

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Coronavirus: All Work And No Play

March 11th, 2020


Prior to 2006, there was no mandated sick leave in the United States. "I believe it makes sense for all Americans to get sick pay and sick leave, not just those who are lucky to live in 13 states," says Aquent CEO John …

Blocked From The Ballot: Individuals With Felony Convictions

March 10th, 2020


Desmond Meade worked his way up from drug addiction and homelessness to law school, but when his wife ran for office in Florida he had a rude …

Author Jacqueline Woodson Returns To Ghana

March 9th, 2020


"When this opportunity came along, it felt like the right time to come home," says author Jacqueline Woodson. "But I questioned, do they want my …

'Hood Feminism' Focuses on the Needs of the Many, Not the Few

March 7th, 2020


"We aren't seeing major marches for black women," author Mikki Kendall says. "We saw a lot of pink hats at the Women's March. Those numbers would've …

The News Roundup For March 6, 2020

March 6th, 2020


Coronavirus continues to impact the nation, and the world. Joe Biden comes roaring back in the 2020 race for president. And the peace deal between the U.S. and the Taliban remains in limbo.

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Coronavirus: Your Questions Answered

March 5th, 2020


"Eighty percent of people who get COVID-19 recover in the same way you recover from a cold," says Dr. Leana Wen. "They don't go to the hospital. You …

The 1A Super Tuesday Bonanza

March 4th, 2020


"The last couple of weeks are going to be a real study in the power of media, the power of prominent institutions, and the power of endorsements," says The Hill's Reid Wilson.

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The Legacy of George Wallace

March 3rd, 2020


"The activism of students is vitally important, that's where things will change," says Horace Huntley, founding director of the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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Winding Down America's Longest War

March 2nd, 2020


"At this time, it looks like the Taliban is actually getting the better end of the deal," says Jason Essazay, former local interpreter in Afghanistan and enlisted member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

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The News Roundup For February 28, 2020

February 28th, 2020


Americans prepare for a spreading coronavirus, and the South Carolina primary. Harvey Weinstein faces more charges. Trump visits India, and the U.S. …

The GOP And President Trump: 1A From CPAC 2020

February 27th, 2020


"Authoritarianism is the thing I'm most concerned about, and that's why I could never, never vote for President Trump," says Lucy Caldwell, former …

Foresight 2020: Immigration

February 26th, 2020


Both Democrats and Republicans want to see something happen around immigration. "It motivates their base" says one of our guests.

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Foresight 2020: Medicare for All

February 25th, 2020


"The 150 million Americans who do have insurance increasingly can't afford to go to the doctor because they have $2,000 deductibles," says health care reporter Noam Levey.

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Foresight 2020: Guns

February 24th, 2020


Listener Jessica, from Denver, said she's voting based on gun policy. "I have a 6-year-old little boy, and gun violence is the second leading cause …

'One Very, Very Strange Year': A Conversation With Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler

February 22nd, 2020


"I was followed by private investigators. I'd get calls from reporters about rumors about me. They were trying to discredit me. It was a terrifying …

The News Roundup For February 21, 2020

February 21st, 2020


Roger Stone has been sentenced, and the Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy. COVID-19 continues to spread, and the U.S. reached a possible truce in Afghanistan.

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The First Major Test Of Latino Voters

February 20th, 2020


Former Trump advisor Jacob Monty says President Trump hasn't done enough to gain more of the Latino vote, and it's going to show when they show up to vote.

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Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Wants You To Stop Telling Women To Smile

February 19th, 2020


"We've been socialized to be certain ways. I think a lot of men are performing a certain type of masculinity that they've been taught," Tatyana …

Rehabilitation And Education In America's Prisons

February 18th, 2020


"I think there is an openness to prison as rehabilitation," former inmate and alum of the Bard Prison Initiative Jule Hall says. "However, there's a …

This Is Not A Drill: Active Shooter Training In Schools

February 17th, 2020


"School psychologists need to be brought in at the front end...what is the trauma history of some of the staff and the students? We need to know …

The News Roundup For February 14, 2020

February 14th, 2020


We cover a primary, political unrest in Europe and a budget proposal by President Trump. Plus, why an enormous swarm of locusts is threatening …

Funded And Affordable: Should Public Transit Be Free?

February 13th, 2020


Trying to make transportation free for users? "Don't listen to the bureaucracy," Lawrence, Mass., Mayor Daniel Rivera says. "Pick the route and do it."

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The Lost Secrets Of The Harlem Renaissance

February 12th, 2020


"She wrote about Black southern people with regard to their dialect and vibrancy," author Morgan Jerkins says about Zora Neale Hurston.

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What 'High Fidelity' Teaches Us About Breaking Up

February 11th, 2020


"In our show, there are lots of Mr. Rights. The point was not to do a love story between two people...our mission was to make sure there were a lot of viable options for our Rob," says "High Fidelity" writer Veronica …

In New Hampshire And Beyond, Where Is The Democratic Party Headed?

February 10th, 2020


"It's getting a little bit ugly" on the ground in New Hampshire, says Vice News' Daniel Newhauser.

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The News Roundup For February 7, 2020

February 7th, 2020


President Trump is acquitted, while the DNC calls for recanvassing in Iowa. The coronavirus epidemic continues. And Kenya's longest serving president dies.

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The Academy Awards, From #OscarsSoWhite To...Even Whiter?

February 6th, 2020


"One really has to ask whether we should be listening to what's considered the gold standard," says #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign. "They're only …

Why Is Michael Bloomberg Running For President?

February 5th, 2020


"Is the safe candidate someone who finished fourth in the Iowa caucus (former Vice President Joe Biden)? Or someone who has a limitless checkbook (former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg)," says The Hill's Reid …

There Might Not Be Crying In Baseball. But What About Cheating?

February 4th, 2020


"Sign stealing is code breaking. It's a skill, and it has a long tradition in baseball," says baseball writer Marc Carig. "But what's new is the use …

First In The Nation: The Iowa Caucuses And The Calendar

February 3rd, 2020


"They carved out that position in 1972 but have also fought like mad to keep it in that position," says political scientist Josh Putnam about the …

1A Across America: Did This Colorado County Find The Healthcare Solution?

February 1st, 2020


"When we found out she had stage 4 cancer, I wasn't exactly thinking about shopping for the lowest price." says Summit County resident Glenn Brady.

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The News Roundup For January 31, 2020

January 31st, 2020


Democratic candidates compete with only days to go before the Iowa caucuses. The Supreme Court approves Trump's "wealth test" for immigrants. The coronavirus spreads. And Brexit finally arrives.

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When You've Got 99 Problems And Money Is One

January 30th, 2020


"I was raised in deep, deep poverty in America," says financial educator Alvin Hall. "I always watched my parents put something aside. Set aside the savings first...don't wait until the end to see what's left, do it off …

Impeachment Check-In: President Trump's Defense And Bolton's Book

January 29th, 2020


"John Bolton should know everything, as the National Security Advisor," John Gans says. "But he was in some of those meetings but on the outs with …

Remembering Kobe and Gianna Bryant

January 28th, 2020


"Especially here in Los Angeles, you see the connection [Kobe] built up with these people," writer Paolo Uggetti says. "He played with a hard-nosed …

What The Controversy Over 'American Dirt' Tells Us About Publishing And Authorship

January 27th, 2020


"We're not telling people you can't write about another community, we're saying you can, but here's how you do it well," says writer and educator K. Tempest Bradford.

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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 …

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