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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.

1A Movie Club Sees "Coco"

Nov 29, 2017

Pixar’s new animated film “Coco” is a vibrant and soulful story about family and following your dreams and many are calling it a love letter to Mexico.

Statehouses And Sexual Harassment

Nov 29, 2017

The nation is focusing on sexual harassment in Congress, but what about in your state capital?

“Since last year, at least 40 lawmakers – nearly all men – in 20 states have been publicly accused by more than 100 people of some form of sexual misconduct or harassment,” USA Today reports.

Cellphones in the classroom were once considered little more than a distraction for students, but the devices have now become integrated into lessons. They can be great for research, calculations and social interaction with classmates.

Big Tobacco's Big Apology

Nov 28, 2017

After more than a decade of appeals, and nearly two decades after they were first ordered to do so, big tobacco companies are running ads admitting that smoking is deadly and addictive, and their manufacturers know this.

After Maria: Puerto Rico & Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2017

The power is still out for more than half of those in Puerto Rico. Progress since Hurricane Maria hit has been fitful, this month, the island hit a goal of restoring 50 percent of its generating capacity, according to Gov. Ricardo Roselló.

But a major transmission line then failed, and reduced power generation on the island to just 22%. This Thanksgiving Puerto Rico will have to make do with around 40% of its generating capacity.

The Trump Administration is ending a humanitarian program that has let almost 60,000 Haitians live and work in the U.S., giving them until summer of 2019 to leave the country — willingly or not.

Temporary Protected Status is just that — temporary. But it covers hundreds of thousands of others living in America.

How long can they stay? And if natural disasters have left them with no home to go back to, what then?


Working In A World After Weinstein

Nov 22, 2017

The list of powerful men accused of sexual assault or harassment grows longer.

A workplace should be safe for everyone, but far too often it is not. And that becomes clearer each day, with each new story.

Can You Stay Civil By Keeping Quiet?

Nov 21, 2017

When a tough topic comes up around a table of friends and family, it’s all too easy to take a deep breath and hold it in.

Instead of staring down a contentious cousin, it might feel safer to stare at your phone, just to avoid that political debate you’re dreading.

But civility and conversation can lead to better relationships, greater creativity and boost the economy.


Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive director, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD)

What Are You Thankful For?

Nov 21, 2017

This has been a very emotional, tumultuous and chaotic year, especially for political reasons. But we hope it hasn’t been all bad, especially since many of us are going to have to sit around dinner tables and tell our families what we’re thankful for.

If you had to answer that question right now, what would you say?

(Yes, yes, we know many of you are thinking of a joke or a sarcastic comment, but hold off.)

Gratitude, an appreciation for what you have and what others do, can be a very nice feeling. What has 2017 given you to be genuinely thankful for?

The African elephant is a threatened species, according to the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Their status led to a ban on sport-hunted elephant trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia by the Obama administration. Now that protection is in question.