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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.

The Personal Toll Of Civil Rights Activism

Jan 15, 2018

The fight for civil rights has always been hard work. It takes a toll on the mind and the body.

And the struggle continues today, 50 years after the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Every generation has their crusaders: the big names we know, and untold thousands of others whose support makes these movements possible. Who exactly are the new activists and what battles are they fighting? And how do they stay in the fight?


Friday News Roundup - International

Jan 12, 2018

Around the world, nations reportedly derided as “shithole countries” by President Trump are reacting with tough (though less vulgar) responses of their own.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Jan 12, 2018

This week, President Trump has been asking for action and compassion, telling lawmakers that he wants to see “a bipartisan bill of love” on DACA.

Then he reportedly called some nations “shithole countries” before denying the statement, but admitting to using “tough” language.

A New Show Goes Inside The Teenage Brain

Jan 11, 2018

Journalist Dina Temple-Raston is asking teenagers an age-old question: What were you thinking?

But she’s not asking about a reckless decision that led to a fender-bender with the family car. Instead, she’s talking to teenagers who decided to join ISIS, or who brought guns to school. In her new Audible Original program, “What Were You Thinking? Inside the Adolescent Brain,” Temple-Raston uses psychology, neuroscience and conversation to get inside teenage minds.

A new Trump administration policy will allow states to screen for “able-bodied” adults who are recipients of Medicaid and impose work requirements on them. It’s a response to what several states have requested, says the White House. From The New York Times:

“In the past, federal officials said that work was not one of the purposes of Medicaid.

The Flu Goes Viral

Jan 11, 2018

Have you been feeling under the weather?

You’re not alone.

From Australia to California to your sofa, the flu has hit the world hard this year, and it might get worse

From the New York Times:

With guest host John Donvan.

Here are some facts about octopuses:

• They’re venemous

• They taste with their skin

They use tools

They can solve puzzles

• They can change color and texture

The United States Of Alcohol Abuse

Jan 10, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

Alcohol is a unique legalized drug in American culture. It’s not a crime to consume in all states (unlike marijuana). There is little stigma attached to having a drink (unlike cigarettes). And it can be abused somewhat openly, even in the company of your co-workers (unlike opioids).

Happy hour, anyone?

Americans are drinking more than we used to. Much more.

Picasso And The Panama Papers

Jan 8, 2018

The world art trade generates about $30 billion a year. And more than half of all art sales are private and often secret. But the release of the Panama Papers — more than 11 million documents leaked from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca — enabled journalists to peek behind the curtain of this secretive world.

What they found were masterpieces held in warehouses, never to be seen by the public … dealers with deep pockets who use the market to move billions … and a high-stakes game of hide-and-seek.

An Update On North Korea

Jan 8, 2018

On Tuesday, North and South Korea will hold high-level talks. While the upcoming Olympic Games in South Korea will likely come up, so will the north’s surprising new power, as the nation’s ability to build and launch nuclear warheads has advanced beyond predictions quite quickly.

What might come of talks between the two nations?