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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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After an alleged chemical attack in Syria that left dozens dead, U.S. President Donald Trump said there would be a “big price to pay.”

NPR reports:

In an unprecedented move for Trump, he singled out Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, for backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Friday News Roundup - International

Apr 6, 2018

It can sometimes seem like the world is coming apart, but … oh, wait … it really is. A crack in Africa has many geologists convinced that the continent is splitting in two, but it’s going to take a while.

In non-geological news…

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Apr 6, 2018

It was a turbulent week for tech companies.

The Confidence Code For Girls

Apr 5, 2018

On a scale of one to ten, how confident are you?

In a recent survey, 12-year-old girls tended to average around an 8 when responding. But 14-year-old girls answered with an average of 6.

When The White House Is Watching

Apr 5, 2018

There’s a pattern President Trump has followed since he took office. Have you noticed?

An anchor, correspondent or guest on the Fox News network will give a report and moments later, the president will tweet about it — sometimes using the exact verbiage used on the show. It happened this day…

Philanthropy is marvelous, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “On Being A Good Neighbor”

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker says these words have been a guiding light in his approach to leading the philanthropy with a goal of tackling the root causes of inequality in society.

Nobody’s perfect. And that’s a good thing. It’s also a lesson supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks learned early on from her mother, Carolyn London.

London, a retired photographer, not only supported her daughter through a wildly successful career in fashion, she helped Banks through the pressures and challenges of the industry early on with wise words and honest dialogue.

It was a labor dispute that took Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis 50 years ago.

Sanitation workers were striking, and King’s support was part of the Poor People’s Campaign, an anti-poverty initiative that he imagined would lead to another march on Washington.

Economic issues were central to King’s civil rights work. The 1963 demonstration he led in the capital was called the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” And he frequently spoke of the need to fight poverty.

Pollinator: Judgment Day

Mar 27, 2018

The continued decline of bee colonies — they fell by a third from 2016 to 2017 — has inspired some criminal enterprises.

A honeybee heist in California led to the discovery of a “beehive chop shop” and thieves scheming to pinch pollinators.

A Former President, A Person Of Faith

Mar 27, 2018

Religion has been part of former President Jimmy Carter’s routine since he was a child. He writes in his new book, “Faith: A Journey For All”: