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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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An 'Accidental President,' Then And Now

Dec 14, 2017

A relative political unknown becomes President of the United States and the world reacts with trepidation.

It happened in 2017 … and in 1945 when Harry Truman took office.

Truman’s unexpected rise to the position of commander-in-chief has a lot of similarities with Donald Trump’s ascension to power. And there are many lessons to take away from the Truman administration that can help us understand Trump’s approaches to conflict and leadership, says A.J. Baime, author of “The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World.”

“Mouse Eats Fox” the Variety headline says, announcing a $52.4 billion deal for Disney to acquire most of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company owned by Rupert Murdoch.

It seemed like a moment when everything would change. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

There was sadness. There was anger. There were questions. How could this happen, and what would be done to stop anything like it from ever happening again?

Family Listening

Dec 13, 2017

Sure they make earbuds for the individual, but listening to a podcast doesn’t have to be an isolating act. Lauren Ober, host of NPR’s “The Big Listen,” shares some of the shows she thinks are perfect to hear and digest as a family.


Lauren Ober, Host, WAMU’s & NPR’s “The Big Listen”

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Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano say they don’t get invited to many parties. That’s because they’re self-made experts on the art of hosting, and folks worry they’ll be judgy guests. (Spoiler alert: they are.)

Newnam and Gagliano co-hosted “The Dinner Party Download,” a popular public radio show in the style of a dinner party, for six years. The show recently ended production, just in time for them to go public with their true feelings about the Millennial generation’s favorite meal.

Alabama: Now What?

Dec 13, 2017

All politics are local … until they aren’t.

Tina Brown To The Max

Dec 11, 2017

Nobody chronicled the 1980s like Tina Brown. And her chronicling of the decade helped to reshape American culture.

Brown re-invented Vanity Fair for the modern era, and her controversial stint at The New Yorker brought a new approach (and photographs … and more readers) to the legendary magazine.

75 Years Of The Golden Globe Awards

Dec 11, 2017

The nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards are out. Winners will be announced at a televised ceremony in early 2018. We take a look at the film and TV projects that caught the Globes’ attention this year.

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© 2017 WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio.

Voters in Alabama are divided. Polls show that it’s anybody’s race in the state’s special election for the Senate.

Friday News Roundup - International

Dec 8, 2017

Fulfilling a campaign promise, President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week. The move sparked riots and protests.