1A

Weekdays at 9am

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.

Has America Lost Its Mind?

Sep 6, 2017

Journalist, author and radio host Kurt Andersen had an epiphany when he saw the first episode of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, more than ten years ago.

“Whoa, yes, I thought: exactly,” he writes.

Big Business Pushes Back On DACA

Sep 6, 2017

If the government wants to deport a Microsoft employee who has benefited from DACA, “it’s going to have to go through us to get that person,” Microsoft President Brad Smith told NPR.

A Nation Of Immigrants, 'A Nation Of Laws'

Sep 6, 2017

I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.

-President Donald Trump

Zoë Quinn On #Gamergate

Sep 5, 2017

You may have heard of Gamergate, the 2014 Internet … event that exposed much of the world to the sexism and abuse that are rampant in some corners of online culture. But what do you know about the woman who was at the center of it?

Game designer and programmer Zoë Quinn dealt with a barrage of hateful, violent trolling. And she survived. She tells the story in her new book, “Crash Override.”

Welcome Back, Congress

Sep 5, 2017

When we last left Congress, they were preparing to take an August recess without having passed any of the president’s key agenda items.

Friday News Roundup - International

Sep 1, 2017

North Korea’s latest missile test — this time over Japan — sparked a condemnation from the United Nations Security Council, and this tweet from President Trump.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Sep 1, 2017

Harvey dominated the news this week. What’s estimated to be the costliest storm ever dropped trillions of gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana, leaving Houston and many other cities badly flooded.

People who are growing up with smartphones are having less sex and drinking less alcohol than previous generations, some research indicates. Other studies also show this generation is more depressed, lonelier, more isolated and getting less sleep.

Psychologist Jean M. Twenge says these young consumers, a group she calls iGen, is “on the brink of a mental-health crisis.”

Zillionaire To Other Zillionaires: "Pay Up"

Aug 30, 2017

You probably don’t know Nick Hanauer, but he has more money than you. As a self-proclaimed “unapologetic capitalist,” Hanauer deals in millions the way many Americans deal in hundreds … or tens.

A few years ago, Hanauer called on his fellow one percenters to address America’s growing income inequality.

Japan Adjusts To New North Korean Threat

Aug 30, 2017

A North Korean missile flew over Japan this week. Projectiles from North Korea have passed over Japanese territory in the past, but this is believed to be the first time an actual weapon entered Japanese airspace.

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