1A

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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 reboot of the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” was always controversial. The original was, too.

During the show’s first run, its creator, star and namesake, Roseanne Barr, riled critics with her brash public statements and surprising rendition of the national anthem.

The Human Rights Campaign has been one of the nation’s top advocacy organizations for LGBTQ rights for almost 40 years. It’s raised millions, attracted high-profile allies and won some big political battles as a result.

This weekend, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to a story about federal agencies losing track of about 1,500 migrant children. The conversation evolved to be about the condition of children who cross the border, and was amplified by tweets from President Trump and the Twitter hashtags #Wherearethechildren and #Missingchildren.

But there have been some questions and misconceptions about the story. Here are a few points to clear things up.

After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, most of the black students who integrated schools were girls and women.

Over the past two decades, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from overdoses involving prescription opioids like OxyContin.

Most voters in the U.S. only select one candidate when they’re filling out a ballot. But what if we all were able to vote for several candidates in order of preference?

In 2016, voters in Maine approved a referendum to implement ranked-choice voting (RCV) for statewide elections.

Russell Berman explained how it works in The Atlantic:

Friday News Roundup - International

May 25, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

Ireland votes today on the repeal of their Eighth Amendment, which bans almost all types of abortion. The vote comes as citizens grapple with the role of the Catholic Church in the country.

Saudi Arabia is cracking down again on gender equality activists, just weeks before a ban on women driving is supposed to be lifted. At least 11 activists were arrested for, in part, “undermining stability” and “suspicious contact with foreign parties,” according to the BBC.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

May 25, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

This week, President Donald Trump canceled a planned summit with North Korea. “The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth,” he wrote. (The commemorative coins are still available, though.)

There are more than 13,000 Dollar General stores in the United States.

Thirteen thousand.

That’s about the same number as Starbucks. It’s almost double the number of Walmarts.

And Dollar General plans to open 900 more stores this year, largely in rural areas.

With guest host John Donvan.

Lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has claimed “dozens of structures and destroyed scores of acres.”

The threat from the volcano goes beyond lava. Ash and gas in the air, and the steam created when lava touches water can spread for miles and be harmful to anyone who breathes it in.

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