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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.

the1a.org: Find out more about what you heard on a recent program here.

What Happened In Wisconsin

Jul 12, 2018

During the 20th century, Wisconsin was the embodiment of what U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called a “laboratory of democracy” — an experiment in social and economic innovation, and a prospective blueprint for other states.

A bastion of progressive values, Wisconsin created the first workers’ compensation program, a progressive state income tax, stricter child labor laws, and the first unemployment insurance program. Much of FDR’s New Deal was even authored by Wisconsin natives.

America, Allies And A Changing World Order

Jul 12, 2018

President Trump visited Brussels, Belgium for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meetings and he had some sharp words for allies of America.

What Manhood Means Today

Jul 11, 2018

Anna Sale is not afraid to talk about things that might make you … uncomfortable. Namely, Death, Sex and Money. That’s also the title of her podcast from WNYC.

She’s joining us to talk about the show’s latest series, about manhood.

From the show’s description:

Since President Trump took office, there’s been a wave of people calling for his impeachment on the grounds of financial conflicts of interest and the Russia probe.

Last year, we discussed how plausible that might be. Guest Allan Lichtman, author of “The Case for Impeachment,” told the panel about his hypothesis:

Lead Like A Girl

Jul 11, 2018

When champion swimmer Yusra Mardini was 17 years old, she fled Damascus, Syria, with her sister, eventually making it on an overcrowded migrant boat on the way to Greece. As the boat started to sink, the young Syrian girl channeled her athletic talents to help keep the vessel afloat for hours until it reached shore.

Mardini’s story is one of many unsung tales of heroism and leadership starring a girl. But she and others like her take center stage in a new book by Kate Schatz called “Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women.”

Animator, director, screenwriter, producer, songwriter — Rebecca Sugar is a true Renaissance woman.

The 30-year-old Maryland native is the force behind “Steven Universe,” the first Cartoon Network show created independently by a woman. The show is now in its fifth season and has become something of an empire.

Justice Stephen Breyer On A Changing Court

Jul 9, 2018

Justice Stephen Breyer is the 108th person to sit on the Supreme Court. Soon he will welcome the 114th, as President Donald Trump nominates a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy.

President Trump is expected to make the most of this opportunity to cement a conservative legacy, one that will be felt long after his presidency. With so much commentary and debate expected to surround the Supreme Court in the weeks and months ahead, we present a view from inside, courtesy of Justice Breyer.

What does it mean to be a mother in the public eye?

It means you have a platform and a lot of responsibility, should you choose to use it.

Jada Pinkett Smith is using her platform to have a unique, intergenerational conversation with her daughter, Willow, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. That conversation includes frank talk about her family: their challenges, hopes, fears and even some secrets.

John Willink, better known as “Jocko,” served 20 years as a Navy SEAL, rising in the ranks to lead training for all SEALs on the West Coast.

Now he’s an author and podcaster. His latest podcast episode is called “How to win with people you don’t like. How to not get interrupted. The exception to–no bad teams, only bad leaders.”

Willink clearly knows how to face an adversary. But to his audience, he says the main opponent is within.

Guns have always been a part of life in the West. Forty-two percent of Utah residents own a gun, according to a 2017 Salt Lake Tribune-Hinckley Institute of Politics poll. The number of Utah women who own guns has surged in the last five years.