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1A from WAMU and NPR is a new show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.

With a name inspired by the 1st amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror—taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. 1A is produced at WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Apr 20, 2018

North Korea without nukes?

Cuba without Castro.

And a queen without a corgi.

We’ll touch down in places around the world with some of the biggest global news stories of the week.


Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Apr 20, 2018

This week was so packed with news, we had to do an extra Roundup in the middle of the week. Now we’re back to talk over the stories we missed and the latest developments. And we have a few more questions.

It’s been a week of James Comey. He’s making the media rounds for his new book … but what have we learned from his hours of interviews?

Sean Hannity is also a client of the president’s attorney … but does it matter to people outside the media bubble?

Activists Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have noticed that as the world changes, the idea of power is shifting. They argue that the forces behind this shift are either “wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.”

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

Where might you find a city that uses only renewable energy?

Try Georgetown, Texas — a red town in a red state that’s going green.

Georgetown’s power company is owned by the city. And that allowed Mayor Dale Ross, who is described as “something of a libertarian at heart,” to make the move away from fossil fuels.

As Smithsonian Magazine reports:

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Apr 13, 2018

Congress had a high-profile visitor this week. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before lawmakers about how his company plans to protect user data in the future. The question remains: can the social network do it without a regulatory assist?

Washington, D.C. was the first majority-black city in the U.S. and it stayed that way for decades, from 1970 to 2015. Now the African-American population in the nation’s capital is somewhere around 48 percent, according to the latest Census data.

Is Taking No Action An Option In Syria?

Apr 11, 2018

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was reportedly planning to withdraw troops from Syria. But after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the country, the president isn’t considering whether to act in Syria, but how to act.

Black Magic: Richard Potter Reappears

Apr 10, 2018

Two hundred years ago, Richard Potter was one of the most coveted performers in America. He garnered nationwide fame through magic and ventriloquism and made popular entertainment a fixture of American life.

He was also black, born in 1783. His father had previously been enslaved.

Is A Middle Finger A Matter Of Free Speech?

Apr 10, 2018

Last year, Juli Briskman got fired after a photo of her flipping the bird at the president’s motorcade from her bicycle went viral. Now she’s suing her employer, saying whatever hand signals she makes when she’s off the clock are her business.

Fake news on Facebook didn’t start with the 2016 election. Nearly a decade ago, users posted dire warnings that the network was about to start charging users.

It wasn’t true. But would it have been so bad?

Instead of charging users, Facebook made its money by selling ads targeted to them. It enforces the old saying about the web that if you aren’t a customer, then you’re the product.