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1A is home to the national conversation. Joshua Johnson hosts with great guests and frames the best debate in ways to make you think, share and engage.

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Vulnerable Voters
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Nearly 90 million people did not vote in the 2016 election—that's nearly half of all voting-age adults. Part of those non-voters is a group of mostly people of color, who met hurdles at every turn. Targeted voter ID laws, voter roll purges, gerrymandered districts and overwhelmed polling stations are silencing thousands of votes.

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Sep 19, 2018
Identity Politics Unmasked
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The term 'identity politics' gets thrown around a lot, and studies show that our identities – like race, religion, and gender – heavily influence how we vote.

Writer and political scientist Francis Fukuyama says identity politics could be a threat to the nation – and he has some ideas on how to fix it.

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Sep 18, 2018
Another Book On The Trump Administration? Bob Woodward Says We Need It
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The reports coming from within the Trump White House have been never-ending. The leaks to reporters create a picture of a White House in chaos. In comes veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump In The White House."

But it's just one of many books that have come out this year about this administration. So why should we trust this one?

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Sep 17, 2018
Emmy Empress Regina King on Three Decades in the Industry
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Few actresses command attention like Regina King. From "Boyz n the Hood" to "The Boondocks" to "Seven Seconds," she's built a repertoire of compelling performances.

With several awards under her belt, it's clear the Television Academy has noticed. The actress and director received an Emmy nomination for the fourth year in a row.

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Sep 16, 2018
The News Roundup For September 14, 2018
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Two hurricanes made headlines this week, but for very different reasons. A new report shows that this year five times more migrant children were detained at the southern border compared to last year. Ethiopia and Eritrea made progress toward peace this week by reopening their border, and protests in Iraq are threatening the political career of the prime minister.

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Sep 14, 2018
Just Can't Help Falling In Love...With Romance Novels
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Romance novels are having a moment. The industry is worth more than $1 billion.

Surprised? You really shouldn't be. In 2015, 75 million Americans said they had read a romance novel in the past year.

What's so compelling about these novels? And if so many people love them, why is it so hard for the literary world to take them seriously?

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Sep 13, 2018
Pickup Artist: How The Ford F-Series Took Over America
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The Ford F-series has taken over America. The company sells a truck about every 30 seconds in America, for an average of $46,000. But if you imagine that everyone driving a pickup truck is working construction or running a farm, guess again.

Who's buying, who's driving, and where is the industry headed?

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Sep 12, 2018
Family With OxyContin Patent Has Another...To Wean Patients Off OxyContin
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The Sackler family has made billions of dollars off of OxyContin, a prescription pain-management drug. Recently it's been cited when talking about America's opioid crisis.

Now there's a patent out for an opioid-addiction treatment drug. The inventor? Richard Sackler...

What responsibilities do private companies have in fixing problems they effectively helped cause?

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Sep 11, 2018
Going Deep On "The Deep State"
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People can't stop talking about the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed written by a "senior administration official," particularly one line about the "deep state." What is that? NPR's Mara Liasson described it as "supposedly shadowy cabal of opposition bureaucrats buried deep within the government." But does the deep state even exist? Or is this just another conspiracy theory?

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Sep 10, 2018
The News Roundup For September 7, 2018
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This week, in addition to discussions about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and tech company testimonies on Capitol Hill, Washington and beyond is abuzz trying to guess the identity of a certain anonymous "senior administration official." There were talks in Pakistan and Iran, and a devastating fire destroyed countless historical artifacts in Brazil.

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Sep 07, 2018
Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives
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How long did you spend thinking about the last big decision you made? There's a better way, according to Steven Johnson. His newest book is called "Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most." We ask him for his advice, and get his takes on some big decisions made around the world.

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Sep 06, 2018
William Shatner: "Live Long And..."
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Maybe you know him as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek." Perhaps as Denny Crane in "Boston Legal." Or as the Shakespearean actor. Or the travel guru for Priceline. Or maybe even the spoken word musician.

Now, William Shatner wants you to know him as just William Shatner.

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Sep 05, 2018
Terence Nance's Weird World Of Fantastical Blackness
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What's it like to be young and black in America? If you use the new HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness" as your guide, it's...pretty weird. We talk to series creator Terence Nance about his latest show – and what comes next.

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Sep 04, 2018
Life With Lyme Disease
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Ever been bitten by a tick? Maybe you've pulled one off of your pet? The bacteria in that tick could lead to Lyme disease, which has spread to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. What kind of research is available on Lyme disease? How do you treat it? Or better, how do you prevent it in the first place?

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Sep 03, 2018
The News Roundup For August 31, 2018
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As the nation takes time to say goodbye to two American greats — the drumbeat of politics never stops. There were primary races and Nafta negotiations. A UN report blasted Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for high civilian casualties in Yemen, and the Chinese government hinted that it will end the nation's two-child policy.

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Aug 31, 2018
Puerto Rico, Presently
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An estimate from The George Washington University puts the official death toll for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria at 2,975 people. How will this new number affect aid and recovery on the island? How much did the response from the federal government in the wake of the storm affect the toll? And how are Puerto Ricans preparing as another hurricane season threatens the island?

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Aug 30, 2018
Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants
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The EPA has proposed the Affordable Clean Energy rule, which many see as an effort to erase former president Obama's Clean Power Plan. The new proposal signals a win for supporters of the coal industry, but will this proposed rule make coal more competitive on the market?

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Aug 29, 2018
Beyoncé, Inc.
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You know her — and odds are, you love her. Beyoncé Knowles Carter was one of the top 10 most admired women, according to a 2017 Gallup poll. After a long career in the entertainment industry, what is it about Beyoncé that allows her to continually dominate media as a musician and a mogul?

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Aug 28, 2018
Restoring America's Regular Order: Remembering Senator John McCain
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Senator John McCain died over the weekend, and many will remember him for being a maverick. His votes did not always align with the Republican Party platform and during his last years in the Senate, he often repeated calls for a truly bipartisan government — a return to "regular order." What should we make of his calls for bipartisanship? Is it even possible?

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Aug 27, 2018
The News Roundup For August 24, 2018
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You've probably heard the news about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. But did you hear about Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)? Or what the Trump administration has planned for President Obama's Clean Power Plan? Do you know the story behind Trump's tweet about South African farmers? Dive into the week's major headlines with us.

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Aug 24, 2018
Executive Power: Laws And Limits
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Experts say Paul Manafort's guilty verdict and Michael Cohen's guilty plea are turning up the heat on President Trump. But he has survived scandal after scandal so far ... is this any different? Is impeachment on the table? Or, is all of this distracting from the fact that Trump is exactly the president his voter base hoped for?

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Aug 23, 2018
Russian Hackers Are At It Again
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This week the DNC reported an attempted hack of its voter database. Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of accounts, and Microsoft says it thwarted a cyberattack on U.S political targets. With just three months left until the midterms, we have to ask, how safe are our upcoming elections?

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Aug 22, 2018
Catholics Face Their Faith After Another Sex Abuse Scandal
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Pope Francis has apologized for "grave errors" in the Catholic church, after a sweeping grand jury report implicated hundreds of priests in the abuse of more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania.

We talk about how the report has rocked the church with a practicing priest, and with a former priest who left the faith after he was abused himself.

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Aug 21, 2018
Americans In Combat
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When it comes to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Pulitzer-prize winner C.J. Chivers doesn't sugarcoat things: "It is beyond honest dispute that the wars did not achieve what their organizers promised, no matter the party in power or the generals in command." His new book is called The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. We talk to him about the book... and about the wars.

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Aug 20, 2018
The News Roundup For August 17, 2018
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This week, we learned disturbing news about the state of the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania and President Trump revoked former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. And in global news, a lawmaker in Australia referred to the "final solution" when arguing for a Muslim immigration ban and President Trump levied more sanctions against Turkey.

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Aug 17, 2018
Bo Burnham Knows Eighth Grade Was Awkward For You, Too
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High school is hard ... but in some ways, eighth grade is harder. Pimples. Mean girls. Parents. It's the stuff of tragedy — and comedy — the likes of which we don't usually talk about. Comedian Bo Burnham sets out to do just that. He's the writer and director of a new film called "Eighth Grade."

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Aug 16, 2018
How Tech Companies Are Transforming Classrooms
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Ever heard of "The Googlification of the classroom?"

Well, here's a hint: more than half of America's grade-school students use Google education apps like Gmail and Docs. But do these digital resources actually help students learn? And how do schools decide between spending on software and devices ... and spending on teachers?

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Aug 15, 2018
Discord Over Non-Disclosure Agreements
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While promoting her new book, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has made some astonishing claims, including that staffers often sign non-disclosure agreements — which we now know is true. NDAs have long been used by private companies, but what role do they play in the public sector, if any? And are they enforceable?

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Aug 14, 2018
Dishonesty And Disadvantages In America's Education System
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Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a lot to say about the state of America's education system. In our conversation, he reflects on his own successes and failures while leading the department under President Obama, and he shares some thoughts on his successor, Betsy DeVos.

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Aug 13, 2018
The News Roundup For August 10, 2018
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This week, primaries and special elections in five states set the tone as midterms inch closer. Is a "blue wave" coming for Democrats? There's more news from Paul Manafort's trial — and more sanctions abroad, including on Iran and Russia. We also check in on the diplomatic flare-up between Saudi Arabia and Canada.

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Aug 10, 2018
According To Anonymous Sources...
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Chances are when looking at an article recently, you've read information that was attributed to "a source familiar with the matter." No names, no details about how these sources became familiar with the matter.

So why should you trust that reporting? We asked a current White House reporter, a deputy editor and a media ethics expert to break it down for us.

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Aug 09, 2018
Is Video Game Addiction A Thing?
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There's been a lot of concern lately about the amount of video games kids play. Are they ... addicted to them? The WHO and APA say maybe. Could obsessive playing be symptomatic of something else? Or is it similar to binging a television show, or staying up to finish a gripping novel?

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Aug 08, 2018
Sea Levels Rise On A Community Not Convinced Of Climate Change
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A shrinking island in the Chesapeake Bay has become a national battleground in the debate over climate change. At just four feet above sea level, Tangier Island may soon be gone — upending its lucrative crabbing industry and forcing its inhabitants to relocate. How, if at all, will it fight the rising tides?

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Aug 07, 2018
The Battle For The Beach
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The world is running out of sand, and it's a huge problem. Beaches are eroding at an alarming rate, and in the absence of easy-to-reach sand, the dangerous business of sand mining is booming. How did we get here, and what can we do to fix it? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1a.
Aug 06, 2018
The News Roundup for August 3, 2018
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It's Friday, and we've got another roundup for you. America's intelligence chiefs warned of foreign interference in the midterm elections. We learned the price of ostrich and snakeskin jackets as the trial of Paul Manafort got underway. And the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate is just 3.9 percent. In global news, Ethiopia is pushing several reforms, the U.S. military says it is preparing to withdraw hundreds of its troops from Africa, and Iranians have flexed their defensive power with a new military strategy in the Strait of Hormuz. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Aug 03, 2018
Mental Illness: [Enter Stage Right]
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Broadway is turning its spotlight onto mental health with shows like 'Dear Evan Hansen.'

This has earned praise for more considerate portrayals — and concern for those who have to portray them.

Dim the lights, and take your seats, because we're taking our show to the theater.
Aug 02, 2018
Are The Koch Brothers Newly Woke Or A 'Total Joke'?
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A political war is being waged between President Trump and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

The Kochs' disagree with Trump on several policy matters, including immigration and trade. And they've been funding the fight against the president (including supporting some Democrats), which could have big implications for the 2018 midterms — and for the GOP's other mega donors.

What might that mean for the midterms & the GOP's other mega donors? Are the Koch Brothers waning in influence?
Aug 01, 2018
The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Blindspotting'
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Bay Area filmmakers are having a hella good year. There's "Black Panther" and "Sorry To Bother You," and now, "Blindspotting."

Daveed Diggs of "Hamilton" and Rafael Casal have created a buddy comedy that explores gentrification, police brutality, and identity. Critics and the public alike have raved about the film. It has an enviable 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jul 31, 2018
Courtney Barnett Tells Us How She Really Feels
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Courtney Barnett just turned 30, and she'll be the first person to tell you she doesn't have it all figured out yet. The singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia describes herself as shy. But her music is brave. She joins us to talk about her growing success as an artist and entrepreneur — and to play a couple of tunes.
Jul 30, 2018
The News Roundup For July 27, 2018
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The Russia investigation was the story of this week. Things got testy as Secretary Pompeo sidestepped questions about President Trump's meeting with President Putin last week. Migrant families were supposed to be reunited by yesterday's deadline. Were they?

The threat of a trade war with the EU has lessened, but what about a real war with Iran?

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Jul 27, 2018
Netflix: Disruption On-Demand
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Netflix's streaming service has only been around for 11 years. With talent like Shonda Rhimes, the Obamas and Ryan Murphy, and shows like "Orange Is The New Black," "The Crown" and "Narcos," Netflix seems to be taking over the world.

How did the streaming company go from mailing red envelopes to 120 million global subscribers?

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Jul 26, 2018
After 65 Years Of Conflict In The Koreas, Is Peace Possible?
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This week marks 65 years since the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea was established. Today both sides are talking peacefully and the tensions with the U.S. may be improving, too.

What about the remains of American troops missing from the Korean War? Will they ever be returned?

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Jul 25, 2018
The Political Fuss Over Federal Courts
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When we think about presidential judicial appointments, it might seem like all the space is taken up by the Supreme Court.

But presidents get to choose other judges, too ... ones who decide thousands of more cases.

President Trump is leaving his mark on those lower courts at what some are calling a historic rate.

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Jul 24, 2018
Reclaim Your Data
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Former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff says the most dangerous threat we face today is the frequent exposure of our personal data. As an author of the the USA Patriot Act, legislation which privacy advocates say is serious government overreach, some consider this an odd stance for Chertoff to take.

But how do we protect ourselves?

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Jul 23, 2018
The News Roundup For July 20, 2018
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Would you like to revisit this week's news... or wouldn't you?

President Trump held a meeting with Vladimir Putin — and maybe sided with him on whether Russia meddled in U.S. elections? Now Putin might be coming to Washington.

And MGM is suing victims of the Las Vegas shooting and the trade war is heating up — again.

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Jul 20, 2018
Three Dimensions, Endless Possibilities
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3-D printers can create many things: furniture ... human limbs ... firearms ... The first 3-D printed gun was fired five years ago. Now designs for these firearms are readily available online after a quiet court settlement May. How does 3-D printing even work? And what happens if anyone can print a gun right from their living room?

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Jul 19, 2018
Republican Reaction After Helsinki
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President Trump walked back his comments from a Monday press conference with Vladimir Putin. But the reaction from both sides of the piled up long before then. How do Republican voters feel about the president's comments? And what can current members of Congress do?

We asked, and you answered.

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Jul 18, 2018
Lance Armstrong Returns To Cycling — As A Superfan
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Lance Armstrong still loves cycling, even though fewer fans still love him back. He was at the peak of his career when he confessed to doping in 2013 — something many friends and fans saw as a betrayal.

But he's spent the last few years making amends and making a new name for himself as a podcaster. We ask: where does he go from here?

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Jul 17, 2018
Contoured, Highlighted And Bronzed: The Business Of Makeup
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Okay haters, the makeup industry isn't frivolous.

It's worthy of our time. For one thing, Forbes values the makeup industry at $445 billion. It's also becoming more inclusive. Rihanna's Fenty beauty brand was praised upon its launch last year for including 40 foundation shades. Is there ever going to be a shade for everyone?

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Jul 16, 2018
The Mind Behind America's Most Empathetic Cartoon
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"Steven Universe" is a ratings juggernaut on Cartoon Network. It's also the network's first show created solely by a woman. The Emmy-nominated series closed its fifth season with a wedding between two female-identifying characters. We talk to showrunner Rebecca Sugar about love, hate and the courage to be "strong in the real way."

There may even be a song (or two).

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Jul 14, 2018
The News Roundup For July 13, 2018
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President Trump has had a big week of travel. He left the NATO summit for the U.K, and a meeting with PM Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II. In an interview with The Sun, Trump criticized May's Brexit strategy and questioned the possibility of a U.S.-U.K. trade deal before seemingly walking back those comments Friday morning.

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Jul 13, 2018
America, Allies And A Changing World Order
President Trump's approach to foreign policy has been described as "repeal without replace" — scrapping an American-led world order in favor of an international free-for-all, preferring one-on-one deals to multinational agreements.

What does all of this mean for Europe, China, Russia — and for America's place as a leader on the world stage?

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Jul 12, 2018
A Debate Over Impeaching The President
Since President Trump took office, there's been a wave of people calling for his impeachment.

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has been a staunch defender against the Russia investigation and impeaching Trump. American University professor Allan Lichtman, who in 2017 wrote a detailing the case for impeachment, says his argument has only gotten stronger.

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Jul 11, 2018
Where's That Sample From? Contemporary Music And Cultural Appropriation
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Musicians and music from South Asia have influenced contemporary music for generations — think of The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" or Kanye West's "I Am A God." But do the people from a specific culture own that music? Where is the line between appreciation and appropriation in art?

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Jul 10, 2018
Justice Stephen Breyer On A Changing Court
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Justice Breyer is the 108th person to sit on the Supreme Court and, soon, he'll be welcoming the 114th — Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement.

With so much commentary and debate expected to surround the Supreme Court in the weeks and months ahead, we present a view from the inside, courtesy of Justice Breyer.

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Jul 09, 2018
The News Roundup For July 6, 2018
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July Fourth took one day out of the workweek for most of us, but the news didn't stop. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is out, but another Supreme Court Justice is soon to be in.

We also hear from a cave diver with updates on the cave rescue in Thailand where 12 boys and their coach have been trapped, and we talk trade wars.

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Jul 06, 2018
A Retired Navy SEAL Shares 'The Way Of The Warrior Kid'
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John Willink, better known as "Jocko," served 20 years as a Navy SEAL, rising in the ranks to lead training for all SEALs on the West Coast. Willink has now written a series of children's novels called Way of the Warrior Kid. What can he tell us about manhood? How should we raise boys?

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Jul 05, 2018
Jimmy Carter: A Former President, A Person Of Faith
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For this July 4 holiday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with former President Jimmy Carter from March of 2018.

Religion has been part of his life since he was a child, but his faith was tested most recently in 2015, when he announced he'd been diagnosed with cancer. Today he's 93 and on a mission to get people to examine their own relationships with faith.

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Jul 04, 2018
W. Kamau Bell On Comedy And Politics
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W. Kamau Bell's comedy has always been political. He had a short-lived show called "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell," and he has called what he does "use[ing] jokes to fight for the people who don't get a fair shake in the world."

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Jul 03, 2018
What Is American Food? A Chef Traveled The Country To Find Out
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Chef Edward Lee says his new book is "the story of American food." It is not a glossy book of food photography (there aren't any food photos in the book). Instead, it's a memoir, a history book and a travel guide.

"Food is nothing without people and people are nothing without stories," he says.

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Jul 02, 2018
The News Roundup For June 29, 2018
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Supreme Court decisions (and a retirement), another deadly shooting, fights over civility and elections around the world. All this and more on the News Roundup.

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Jun 29, 2018
Meet The Two Friends Who Dropped Out Of College To Take On Bots And Fake News
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Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte are the co-founders of RoBhat Labs, a tech startup that's helping Twitter users wade through fake news. It's something they're seemingly able to do better than Twitter itself.

"The fact that we can build something like this and empower users, it really baffles us that Twitter isn't doing the same," Phadte says.

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Jun 28, 2018
Captivating America: Civility War
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We tried to have a conversation about civility in politics and ... well, it got lit.

As one listener put it: "That was the most enthralling, informative, suspenseful, engaging, action-packed and exciting thing I have ever heard in NPR history."

Join the conversation (and don't worry, it's still going...) on Twitter, we're @1A.

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Jun 27, 2018
Women In Tech: Is There A Wave Coming?
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Today we talk to three women who are trying to do something about the gender gap in Silicon Valley. Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Natalia Oberti Noguera is the founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels; and 16-year-old Amanda Southworth is the founder, director and programmer at Astra Labs.

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Jun 26, 2018
Patton Oswalt On Being Funny In Tough Times
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Comedy is tough, but Patton Oswalt makes it look easy. He joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about grief, loss, politics, fan culture and the dangers of nostalgia.

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Jun 25, 2018
Ask A Drag Queen
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In the last few decades, drag performance has gone from underground entertainment to mainstream television. But drag is not a monolith; performers vary in approach and intent — just watch "RuPaul's Drag Race."

We have a panel of drag queens and kings — Bianca Del Rio, Brigitte Bidet, Lena Lett and Pretty Rik E — to answer your questions.

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Jun 23, 2018
The News Roundup For June 22, 2018
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse his administration's highly-criticized practice of separating immigrant families at the border.

Trump's moves on immigration drew criticism from world leaders, ranging from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Pope. But one of our panelists suggested that international blowback might have made President Trump more strident in his views, rather than convince him to retool the policy.

All this and more on the Friday News Roundup.
Jun 22, 2018
Finding The Lost World: Can Scientists Bring Back Dinosaurs?
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We were so busy thinking about whether we could do a show about dinosaurs, we didn't stop to think about whether we should. Wait ... We did think about it. And we decided we should.

Take a break from the news and spend a few minutes with fascinating scientists who are changing our understanding of these prehistoric animals.

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Jun 21, 2018
Your Feelings On Family Separations At The Border
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One of our goals on 1A is to act as a kind of national mirror — to reflect what's happening and ask what it says about us.

That's a question many Americans have been asking themselves about the Trump Administration's decision to separate families who try to cross the border.

A children's pediatrician who assists with migrant children talked about the long-term effects of toxic stress. An 80-year-old caller from Maine said she was headed to a protest in front of a lawmaker's office.
Jun 20, 2018
The ACLU's Path Of Most Resistance
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Membership in the American Civil Liberties Union has quadrupled since the election of President Donald Trump. The organization has filed about 150 lawsuits against the president and his administration and a third of those have been about immigration policy, according to Susan Herman, the ACLU's president.

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Jun 19, 2018
Is This America's Border Policy?
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Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents along the southern border in the past few weeks.

This controversial immigration policy continues to cause outrage among parents, psychologists and concerned citizens.

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Jun 18, 2018
The News Roundup For June 15, 2018: Live From Salt Lake City
We have a special edition of the Friday News Roundup, live from KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah. We're joined by experts from the Mountain West to go through big questions from this week's news. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Jun 15, 2018
Rodeo And The Future Of The American West
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There are around 650 professional rodeos held each year. It's a symbol of life in the West, but that life is changing with climate change and urbanization. According to the Wright family, a cross-generational rodeo powerhouse from Utah, rodeo is not an anachronism — it's the future of the West. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1a.
Jun 14, 2018
The World Cup: Intrigue, Statecraft And Sports
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The World Cup begins in Moscow this week and we found out the U.S. will co-host it in 2026 with Mexico and Canada. More people watch this tournament than any other sporting event.

But FIFA was the subject of a corruption scandal that became public in 2015. How could such a beloved sport involve so much wrongdoing?

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Jun 13, 2018
'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Has The Most Interesting Life
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Peter Sagal has an interesting life. He ran in the Boston Marathon in 2013 and finished minutes before the bombing. He has a writing credit on "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" and the Sasquatch horror movie "Savage." And he had dinner with Stormy Daniels in 2005. But we know him as the host of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!"

We talked with Peter about his life, how Bob Garfield from "On the Media" came up with the name of his show and why "Wait Wait" hasn't made the leap to television, even though they've tried ... three times.
Jun 12, 2018
Bruce Lee: The Life Of An Icon
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Bruce Lee's body of work was relatively small, and he died before he experienced widespread fame or recognition. But films like "Enter The Dragon" left a legacy that changed American culture.

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Jun 11, 2018
The News Roundup For June 8, 2018
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Trade news dominated the headlines this week, as world leaders prepared for what could be an "awkward" G-7 summit, as President Trump meets with the leaders of nations stung by U.S. tariffs.

The president had a busy few days of meetings. He talked with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of next week's summit in Singapore with North Korean leaders.

The week began, though, with primaries in several states as Democrats try to set themselves up to retake the House of Representatives in November.

These are only a few of the stories we got to in this week's News Roundup.

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Jun 08, 2018
The Legacy Of Kate Spade
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Fashion designer Kate Spade set trends for generations of women. Her work was timeless, colorful and fun. Her designs were appropriate for work but never sacrificed a sense of personality.

Spade was also one of only a few prominent women to lead her own line in the male-dominated fashion industry.

Spade was found dead on Tuesday, prompting many fans to talk about their first time buying a Kate Spade design.

We talked about her life and legacy. What made her designs so successful? How will fans remember her? And what are the hurdles for women in the fashion industry?
Jun 07, 2018
Eric Holder On Political Boundaries
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Former Attorney General Eric Holder is thinking about boundaries. He's leading an effort to change the way legislative boundaries are drawn. And he's also thinking about the boundaries of his former department, as President Trump's frustrations with current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Jun 06, 2018
Seymour Hersh Reports On A Life In Journalism
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In his new book "Reporter: A Memoir," journalist Seymour Hersh covers his life story, with analysis of his profession thrown in. On the latter, he's not very sunny. "Yes, it's a mess," he writes about today's media landscape. "And there is no magic bullet, no savior in sight for the serious media." | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Jun 05, 2018
The President's Pardon Power And The Law
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Can the president obstruct justice? Can he pardon himself? A memo and tweet have put new interest on old questions of presidential power. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Jun 04, 2018
The News Roundup For June 1, 2018
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This week, we learned President Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russian investigation. The president also issued a pardon for conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza this week. And In trade news, President Trump put tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union Thursday. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1a.
Jun 01, 2018
His Return To Prison Prompts Calls For Sentencing Reform
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Matthew Charles was released early from prison in 2016, after serving 21 years of a 35-year sentence. But on May 14, he was sent back to prison. Federal officials said that Charles shouldn't have qualified for early release, even though he's been incarcerated for almost half his life. Now his case has gone viral — will it make a difference? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1a.
May 31, 2018
What You Need To Know About #Wherearethechildren In 13 Minutes
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Have you seen the statistic about 1500 missing children? There's a lot of confusion across social media about the status of unaccompanied child migrants, children being separated from their parents, and President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy at the border. We get clarity from Maria Sacchetti, who covers immigration for The Washington Post. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1a and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1a.
May 30, 2018
What Did Big Pharma Executives Know About The Opioid Crisis?
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More than 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses in a drug crisis that's been going on for years. Journalist Barry Meier says it could have been thwarted early on. He alleges that top DOJ officials in the George W. Bush administration refused to support prosecutors who had built a case against the maker of OxyContin. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1a.
May 29, 2018
Take Me On: The Art Of The Cover Song
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While taking on another artist's hit can seem like an easy way to please fans, it can also be a risk. When done right, it's a beautiful tribute that can become a hit all its own. When done wrong, it can be the pop equivalent of dancing on a grave. Enjoy this remix of one of our favorite shows. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 28, 2018
The News Roundup For May 25, 2018
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This week, President Trump canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the NFL said all athletes and staff must stand for the national anthem if they are on the field and Ireland voted on the repeal of their Eighth Amendment, which bans almost all types of abortion. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 24, 2018
The Billion-Dollar Discount Chain: Dollar General And Rural America
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There are more than 13,000 Dollar General stores in the United States, which is roughly equal to Starbucks and almost double the number of Walmarts. The chain has found a profitable market outside of cities and in many of these places, Dollar General is the easiest and most affordable store for essential goods. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 23, 2018
James Clapper On Russia, North Korea And Life In Intelligence Operations
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"I would argue that [Russian meddling in 2016] had profound impact and probably turned the election," former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said. We talked to him about current events and his new book, which reflects on five decades of his career in intelligence operations. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 23, 2018
What Are Those? How Sneakers Conquered America's Feet
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Whether you call them sneakers, joggers, or something else (sand shoes?), there's no denying the popularity of athletic footwear. With more than $30 billion in sales a year, it's clear not everyone who buys a fresh pair is playing sports. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 22, 2018
Comedy For Social Change
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Comedians Hari Kondabolu and Franchesca Ramsey want to make you laugh, but they also want to make you think and take action toward changing the world. Both have new projects: Kondabolu co-hosts a podcast called "Kondabolu Brothers" and Ramsey has a book out now called, "Well, That Escalated Quickly." | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 21, 2018
The News Roundup For May 18, 2018
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This week we learned how the crossfire hurricane was born. That's the codename given to the Russia investigation. At the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley blamed Hamas for violence surrounding the relocation of a U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, before walking out of the meeting as a Palestinian envoy spoke. And Kim Jong Un may walk away from a planned meeting with President Trump. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 17, 2018
Paying Attention In The Postpartum Period
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When a new baby comes home, there's a lot to pay attention to. So much so that the mother's needs are often overlooked. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 16, 2018
Why More Women Are Going For The Big Freeze
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There are a lot of reasons a woman may want to delay having children. There are health risks, professional penalties, and many personal considerations. Many women who want to have children but who also want to wait are turning to oocyte cryopreservation, often called egg freezing. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 16, 2018
Why Working Motherhood (Still) Affects Wages
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America's workforce has more than seventy million women: most of whom have kids at home. And two-out-of-every-five households have working moms as the main or sole breadwinner. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 15, 2018
Jada Pinkett Smith Shares The Secrets Of Motherhood
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What does it mean to be a mother in the public eye? It means you have a platform and a lot of responsibility, should you choose to use it. Jada Pinkett Smith is using her platform to have a unique, intergenerational conversation with her daughter, Willow, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
May 15, 2018
The Push To Reverse America's Rising Maternal Mortality Rates
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A mother giving birth in the U.S. is three times as likely to die as a mother in Britain or Canada. That's largely because of the disproportionate toll on African-American moms. How can we reverse this devastating trend? This episode is part of our weeklong series "Beyond Mother's Day." | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 14, 2018
Tyra Banks Takes Her Mama's Advice
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Nobody's perfect. It's a lesson supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks learned early on from her mother, Carolyn London. The pair co-authored a book called "Perfect Is Boring," based on London's advice. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 13, 2018
Beyond Mother's Day
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Today's the day we celebrate mothers and reflect on how they touch our lives every other day of the year. Moms are on our mind a lot at 1A, and we're paying homage all week long. Our series "Beyond Mother's Day" starts now, with you. We wanted to hear more about your moms. Here's what you told us.| Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 13, 2018
The News Roundup For May 11, 2018
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Michael Cohen is under scrutiny for his business endeavors, and three American hostages were released from North Korea. Around the world, America's allies stick with the Iran nuclear deal, and social media takes on Turkey's president with one word: "enough." | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 11, 2018
Has America Lost Touch With The Truth?
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Michael Hayden thinks America is in danger of losing something precious — our reliance on truth. That's what his new book, "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies," is all about. The four-star general and former leader of both the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. says if we abandon facts, we abandon freedom. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 10, 2018
The Story Of The Last Slave ... In First Person
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One of the country's greatest writers has a new book out, and it took almost a century to get published. Zora Neale Hurston's "Barracoon" is based on her conversations with Oluale Kossola, the man believed to be one of the last people stolen, shipped and sold into slavery in the U.S. Written in dialect, the publishing world refused to touch the text — until now. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 09, 2018
Attitude Of Exactitude: How Precision Made The Modern World
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The device you're using to listen to this podcast contains many, many tiny parts, each engineered to a level of precision that is astounding, given that precision engineering is only a couple centuries old. Simon Winchester tracks the advancement of precision engineering, from cannons to computers, in his new book "The Perfectionists." Plus, learn why Rolls-Royce supplied Simon Winchester with cars for more than a decade. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 08, 2018
VR: Game Changer
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Virtual reality is having a moment, but today's VR is much more than fun and games — it's in the private and public sectors, in healthcare and in education. Jeremy Bailenson has been studying the technology for 20 years. He believes VR has the power to create empathy and change how we see the world. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 07, 2018
The News Roundup for May 4, 2018
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This week, the president's legal team changed — as did parts of his story about Stormy Daniels. Also, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt faced several ethics investigations while his agency was sued by 17 states. Abroad, America's top team headed to China to discuss trade, and questions loomed about the deadline on the Iran nuclear deal. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 04, 2018
Meet The Teen Every Journalist Follows
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Gabe Fleisher is helping readers wake up on the right side of the news. The 16-year-old from St. Louis is the creator of "Wake Up To Politics," a daily political newsletter that reaches nearly 50,000 people each morning. His first subscriber? His mom. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 03, 2018
Jake Tapper Writes About Capitol Hill Corruption In His First Novel
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As host of "The Lead" on CNN, Jake Tapper spends his days bringing attention to some of the biggest political headlines. But Tapper has Washington intrigue on the brain, even when he's not on-air. Tapper talks to us about the inspiration for his foray into fiction — and what he thought about this year's White House Correspondents Dinner. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 02, 2018
Big Guns: Fighting Firearms With Funny
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What if Congress required all Americans to own a gun? Former Congressman Steve Israel explores the idea in his new dystopian novel, "Big Guns." | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
May 01, 2018
Won't You Be My Neighbor?: Kids' TV, Then And Now
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In the U.S., more than 70 percent of kids between two- and eight-years-old watch PBS — specifically PBS Kids. What's it like to run an organization trusted to nurture millions of young minds? We asked the woman in charge. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 30, 2018
The News Roundup for April 27, 2018
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It's been another week of big stories. Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault, and allegations against Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson cost him his bid to lead the VA. President Trump hosted Emmanuel Macron in Washington and prepared for the arrival of Angela Merkel. And journalism proved to be an increasingly dangerous business abroad. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 27, 2018
Archer And Bob: Two Animated Characters, One Voice
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H. Jon Benjamin is a successful voice actor — you may know him better as Bob Belcher or Sterling Archer. But his new memoir doesn't celebrate his career wins; it champions his losses. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 26, 2018
Before You Dial 9-1-1...
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When you see something, you should say something ... Right? The National Emergency Number Association estimates that 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the U.S. each year, for all kinds of reasons, but calling the police isn't a guarantee of a quick or effective response. And when police are dispatched, a situation can unexpectedly escalate. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 25, 2018
A New National Memorial To Victims Of Lynching
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In the century after the Civil War, more than 4,000 black Americans were lynched. Men, women and children were publicly tortured and killed in acts of mob violence meant to incite fear. This week America's first national lynching museum and memorial opens in Montgomery, Alabama. The Equal Justice Initiative mapped out known accounts of lynching here: lynchinginamerica.eji.org/explore. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 24, 2018
Ronan Farrow On #MeToo, Diplomacy, And The 'War On Peace'
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Ronan Farrow has been busy lately. His reporting on the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall earned him a Pulitzer prize. While reporting those stories, he was also writing a book on the State Department. It's a political history, and a personal one. Farrow worked there before turning to journalism. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 23, 2018
1A Movie Club Sees 'Come Sunday'
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Based on a real story featured in This American Life, 'Come Sunday' is a new movie about an evangelical pastor whose struggle with his own faith costs him his ministry. Ira Glass joins the 1A Movie Club to review 'Come Sunday,' spoilers and all. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 22, 2018
The News Roundup For April 20, 2018
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This was a week that called for more than one News Roundup. Today we discuss a Southwest pilot's courageous emergency landing, and how Starbucks is now in the hot seat over racial profiling. Overseas, Cuba is now Castro-less and the British Prime Minister faces a storm of protest over the "Windrush" generation. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 20, 2018
Where To Start With End-Of-Life Decisions
Modern medicine can be good at keeping us alive longer, but what about improving the days we have left? Barbara Bush's decision to seek "comfort care" resonated with many who are dealing with end-of-life choices. We consider the limits of modern medicine with one passionate advocate — Diane Rehm. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 19, 2018
The Midweek News Roundup
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Keeping up with the headlines can feel like a decathlon. So far this week: James Comey called out the man who fired him, the President contradicted his U.N. Ambassador over new sanctions on Russia and a courtroom drama gave up new secrets and turned into a media circus. There's too much to leave until Friday, so today we bring you the first-ever midweek news roundup. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 18, 2018
The Letter Of The Day Is 'S': Sesame Street, An Avenue For Social Good
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It's been a year since Sesame Street introduced Julia, its first character with autism. She is just one way that Sesame Street is helping little kids identify with grown-up issues. Today, we ask what it takes to create children's programming that's socially conscious while still being entertaining. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 17, 2018
A Manifesto For A More Humane World
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Activists Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms have noticed that as the world changes, the idea of power is shifting, especially with the proliferation of social media. Who is seizing this power, and what kind of leader is best to take on this new world? Their book "New Power" explains. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 16, 2018
Spring Special: The Birds
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One hundred years ago, Congress passed a law to protect migratory birds — but our feathered friends could be in danger after a Trump administration decision limited the law's effectiveness. We discuss why one of America's oldest environmental laws now faces a new legal battle, and what this could mean for the birds — and the environment. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 14, 2018
Spring Special: The Bees
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A taste of honey. A mouthful of fraud. Pure honey is getting harder to come by and nearly a third of the nation's bee colonies have disappeared since 2006. So how is the honey business as sweet as ever? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 14, 2018
The News Roundup For April 13, 2018
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What a week for news. President Trump's personal attorney is under investigation, Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Washington, and Tammy Duckworth and her newborn daughter make history in the Senate. Abroad, the President has put Syria and Russia on notice after last week's chemical attack. The question now being asked around the world is — what happens next?
Apr 13, 2018
1A Spaces Out With The Crew Of The International Space Station
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The International Space Station is turning 20. It's a living monument to rocket science and global collaboration, so we wanted to ask what it's like to live in space. Who better than two astronauts on board the ISS right now? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 12, 2018
On Syria: Madeleine Albright Responds
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After this weekend's suspected chemical attack near Damascus, much of the world expects a U.S. led military response in Syria. The President and his advisers are still figuring out their next move, but former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has some ideas. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 11, 2018
Is A Middle Finger A Matter Of Free Speech?
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You've probably seen the photo of Juli Briskman flipping off the president's motorcade from a bicycle. That stunt — and the viral photo it produced — got Juli fired last year. Now she's suing her former employer, arguing that whatever hand signals she makes when she's out cycling are her business. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 10, 2018
Beyond The Blue Fur With Frank Oz
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If you've heard Grover, Bert, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal or Yoda, then you know Frank Oz's voice. He was the creative force behind many of The Muppets and he's in a new documentary about working with Jim Henson, the mastermind behind them and many more beloved characters. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 09, 2018
The News Roundup For April 6, 2018
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It was a turbulent week for tech companies. President Trump made Amazon his new target on Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before Congress. In Syria, should we stay? Or should we go? Also this week, China retaliates with threats of more tariffs and, in Brazil, a former — but popular —president loses his long battle to avoid jail. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 06, 2018
The Confidence Code For Girls
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Feeling confident is key to being happy and achieving success, but all too often as girls grow up, their self-esteem goes down. How do we empower young women to worry less about pleasing others? We'll put that question to two authors and two confident young women — a 17-year-old boxer and a fifth-grade Girl Scout. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 05, 2018
Who Is Continuing Dr. King's Fight Against Poverty?
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said equality was not just about race — it was also about poverty. Dr. King was in Memphis advocating for the poor when he was killed 50 years ago. Today we talk to four people who have taken up Dr. King's fight for equality. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org or find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 04, 2018
Make America 'Normal' Again
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"Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember." That's at the top of every list activist Amy Siskind has published since the 2016 election. Her lists of cultural and political changes went viral, and we talked to her about tracking "normalcy" and her new book. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Apr 03, 2018
Excellence, Explained
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For decades Tom Peters has been telling anyone who'll listen to put people first — and millions have. He's written one of America's best-selling books on business called "In Search of Excellence." His newest book, "The Excellence Dividend," updates those recommendations for the 21st century. Spoiler alert: things aren't as different in 2018 as you might imagine. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org and find us on Twitter @1a.
Apr 02, 2018
The News Roundup For March 30, 2018
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President Trump is looking to fill vacancies — while creating more. He's in search of a lawyer and now a doctor after promoting Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to lead the VA. Across the Pacific, a mystery train heads from Pyongyang to Beijing, Malala returns home to Pakistan and Brits count down the days to Brexit. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org
Mar 30, 2018
We Need To Talk About YouTube
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YouTube has come a long way from Charlie biting his brother's finger. Now, billions of people watch its content and the platform has the power to influence, amuse, astound and, at times, horrify. For more on this topic, you definitely want to click this link: wamu.fm/2E2uaL6. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 29, 2018
Freestyling With August Greene
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August Greene is the new collaboration from Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins. Many great bands get their start in a garage — very few get theirs at the White House. The trio blends jazz and hip-hop — a mix of styles from rap star Common, jazz pianist Robert Glasper and drummer Karriem Riggins. Their first song won an Emmy. Now they're freestyling with Joshua Johnson. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 28, 2018
A Former President, A Person Of Faith
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Jimmy Carter is 93 and still going strong. Three years ago, he faced a deadly diagnosis and started saying his goodbyes. After treatment, he announced he was cancer free — opening a new chapter for America's 39th president. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 27, 2018
Missing From #MeToo — Sex Workers
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The #MeToo movement has upended a status quo that tolerated sexual assault and harassment at work. So how is #MeToo changing the sex worker industry? Sexual harassment is hard to fight in many workplaces ... especially where sex is part of the business. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 26, 2018
Taking Down Confederate Statues Was The First Step
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In preparation for New Orleans' 300th anniversary, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is confronting the racism that has shaped our nation. In his new memoir, he chronicles his path toward removing Confederate monuments in his city — and implores the rest of America to reckon with its past, too. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 24, 2018
The News Roundup
Take a deep breath ... and get caught up. At the White House, H. R. McMaster is out and John Bolton is in. Mark Zuckerberg has apologized and Marlon Bundo has topped the charts. Facebook's privacy scandal reaches across the Atlantic and despite an all-caps warning, President Trump congratulated Putin on his electoral win — while Britain's foreign minister compares the Russian president to Hitler at the Berlin Olympics. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 23, 2018
Reduce, Reuse, Rethink: Remaking Recycling
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Two-thirds of Americans have recycling bins in their homes and according to the EPA, just over a third of Americans' trash is recycled. But is recycling the best option? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 22, 2018
How Do You Run The DNC?
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It's been a year since Tom Perez took charge of a party at its lowest point in decades. What's the mood like now? We ask him, and get the latest on superdelegates, Nancy Pelosi's future and why Dems are done with the "off year."
Mar 22, 2018
What's On Your Mind, Facebook User?
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Facebook data has been used in elections before, but never like this. Cambridge Analytica consulted for the Trump campaign, but now lawmakers in the U.S. and the U.K. want to know how it grabbed more than 50 million Facebook profiles — monitoring and manipulating millions of voters before the 2016 election. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 20, 2018
President Trump Vs. The FBI
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The president spent the weekend attacking special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI director James Comey and his former — now fired — deputy. Donald Trump and many of his supporters are convinced he's the victim of a witch hunt, but some are concerned he's seriously considering firing former FBI director Robert Mueller. Could the president be setting the stage for an end to the special counsel's probe? | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 19, 2018
The News Roundup
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If you were sum up this week in a word? Try breathless. President Trump ousted another cabinet member — his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson — and another Democrat claimed a special election victory in a heavily Republican district. Abroad, Russia is being blamed for releasing a deadly toxin that left two people in critical condition and for meddling in America's last presidential election. Angela Merkel was elected to a fourth term as Germany's chancellor and tributes poured in for theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at 76. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 16, 2018
How Prepared Is The World For A Major Epidemic?
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The Ebola epidemic didn't cause the end of the world, but are we ready to stop whatever comes next? Journalist Reid Wilson says world health officials learned a lot from that crisis, though he doubts we're prepared for the next one. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 15, 2018
The Liberal Case For Nationalism
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Around the world, democracies seem to be under threat from nationalist strongmen. Writer and political scientist Yascha Mounk has a theory about what's going on, and explains why he thinks liberal nationalism is the answer. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 14, 2018
The Mogul President
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Donald Trump promised to run government like a business, but a year into his presidency, we're still not clear how his own business really works. Is the promise to separate the work of the Trump Organization and the Trump White House being kept? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 13, 2018
In Conversation: Ambassador Susan Rice
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Ambassador Susan Rice believes America is a global force for good, but she questions whether the Trump Administration agrees. Ambassador Rice's tenure has been historic, and it earned her no small amount of criticism from conservatives, including the president. She gives us her take on America First, the future of diplomacy, and what it takes to be a good ambassador. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 12, 2018
'Leaving Liberal Bubble': Sarah Silverman On 1A
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Sarah Silverman's never been afraid of "going there." She's been a lightning rod for joking about taboos, but Silverman's changing course. Her new show seeks common ground with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints — at a time when it's easier than ever to stay in our bubbles.
Mar 10, 2018
The News Roundup
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It was a stormy week at the White House — Gary Cohn resigned, Stormy Daniels sued, and Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act. In other domestic news, Florida lawmakers passed new gun restrictions and the West Virginia teachers strike ended after nearly two weeks of no school. Abroad, North Korea announced a plan to meet with the U.S. to achieve permanent denuclearization, an ex-Russian spy was poisoned with a nerve agent in the UK, and a Belgian criminal court convicted a man of "sexism in the public space."
Mar 09, 2018
Why Softball Isn't Baseball: Getting Girls In The Game
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For thousands of female athletes whose sport of choice is baseball, there are few professional options. A female player in Major League Baseball still remains the stuff of Hollywood fantasy. But women and girls are pushing back, saying softball just isn't good enough. We talk to the first girl to pitch a shut-out in a Little League World Series — she's also one of the youngest athletes ever on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Mar 08, 2018
1A Movie Club Rewind: "Get Out"
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Producer and director Jordan Peele has a lot to say — but he admits it took him a while to say it. His movie "Get Out" is more than just an Oscar winner, it's a conversation-changer. The movie came out last year, but we really wanted to talk about it. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 07, 2018
Where Does Hollywood Go From Here?
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Actress Frances McDormand delivered a stirring speech at the 90th Academy Awards that ended in one surprising zinger: "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen — inclusion rider." But what is an inclusion rider? And can it help address gender inequity? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 06, 2018
U-God Pod
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The Wu-Tang Clan was more than a rap group, and it forever changed the life of Lamont Hawkins — aka U-God — one of its founding members. He reflects on what it's like to make it big when you haven't quite left your former life behind. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Mar 05, 2018
The News Roundup
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It's been another full week of news. As debates over gun legislation pressed on, Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart made rules of their own. Another high-level White House staffer resigned, and another wanted to splurge on expensive office furniture. President Putin says Russia now has an invincible nuclear missile while the U.N's ceasefire in Syria proves nearly useless. | Have thoughts on the show? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org.
Mar 02, 2018
On Clearance: Must Kushner Go?
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Chief of Staff John Kelly has rolled back Jared Kushner's security clearance. What impact might that have on keeping America's secrets – secret? | Have thoughts on our show? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org.
Mar 01, 2018
All There Is, Is This ... Bill Murray
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Few actors are as funny or as versatile as Bill Murray, but what happens when you pair him with a world-renowned cellist? His latest project blends his comedy with something a little more ... classical. | Have thoughts on our show? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org.
Feb 28, 2018
The Republican Party's "Racism Problem"
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Michael Steele made history when he became the first African-American chair of the Republican National Convention in 2009. Now he's pushing back after one conservative spokesman said Steele got that job simply because he was black. Does the GOP have a racism problem? | Hear something you don't like? Something you love? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org.
Feb 27, 2018
The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X
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Malcolm X had a lot to say, but there's so much we never heard. New archives from the Smithsonian are teaching us more about the man who demanded freedom and equality by any means necessary. | Have thoughts on our show? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org.
Feb 26, 2018
The News Roundup
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In the U.S., we're still talking about the shooting at a Florida high school last week and the students fighting for policy change. The president took the stage at CPAC today, so what did he say? Around the world, humanitarian groups say they've simply run out of words to describe the horror being inflicted by the Syrian government on one rebel-held suburb and the White House announces new sanctions on North Korea. | Hear something you don't like? Something you love? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org
Feb 23, 2018
1A Live From CPAC
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Donald Trump flirted with the idea of running for office for decades, but he first made his intentions clear seven years ago at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Now he's back as President, alongside the nation's top conservative leaders and speakers. This episode of 1A comes to you from the floor of the convention. | Hear something you don't like? Something you love? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1A@wamu.org.
Feb 22, 2018
Remembering Reverend Billy Graham
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From humble beginnings in North Carolina, Billy Graham became an ordained minister whose name is synonymous with American evangelical Christianity. Graham passed away Wednesday at 99 years old. We discussed his powerful and divisive legacy in religion and popular culture. | Want to help us improve? Give us feedback at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 21, 2018
"The Future of Humanity" with Michio Kaku
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One of the world's most famous physicists, Michio Kaku, says the next 20 years are going to get really weird — from talking wallpaper to toilets that read our proteins. Is he right? | Want to help us improve? Share your thoughts at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 20, 2018
How Do You Teach Slavery?
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Slavery played a major role in America's development, but a new study shows students don't know much about it. One recent textbook referred to enslaved people as 'workers' ... which suggests some schools still struggle to teach this topic. It's hard history, but is there an easy fix? And what's at stake if it's not figured out? | Want to help us improve? Share your thoughts at npr.org/podcastsurvey. Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 19, 2018
Policing The Police
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Baltimore has a problem with cops and robbers — some of the cops are robbers, too. The latest scandal exposed officers acting like a gang, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from citizens and keeping the cash. Former Baltimore police officer Michael Wood joins the conversation to talk crime and corruption in Charm City. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 17, 2018
The News Roundup
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It's infrastructure week ... remember? 1A wraps up this week's news with the latest from Florida. The discussion over DACA continues and Americans are winning — sometimes — at the Olympics. Across the Atlantic, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigned, Zimbabwe lost a man of conscience and courage and the future for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under more scrutiny. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 16, 2018
Приве́т, 2018: Protecting America's Next Elections
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U.S. intelligence leaders have warned that the Russians are already meddling in the upcoming midterms. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee that Russia and other foreign entities were likely to attack U.S. and European elections this year; adding Moscow believes similar efforts successfully undermined U.S. democracy two years ago. Securing elections will take work from the government, Silicon Valley and citizens. What does that work look like? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 15, 2018
Steven Pinker Looks At The Bright Side
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There are plenty of reasons to despair: increased partisanship, a warming planet, the Doomsday Clock's recent tick closer to midnight. But Steven Pinker is one person making the argument that not only are times not as bad as they appear, but we've in fact, never had it quite so good. He even says he has the data that prove it. His new book "Enlightenment Now" makes the case that the world is improving, and that it can improve further if we embrace the right principles. What principles does he mean? Is he on to something or will he be left hugging those principles on his own this Valentine's Day? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 14, 2018
#MeToo's Next Step
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Where is the #metoo movement headed? In just the last few months, untold numbers of women have spoken up about sexual harassment at work. This profound cultural shift is raising some concerns about keeping abusers accountable and maintaining due process. Does #metoo have further to go — or does it sometimes go too far? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 13, 2018
The Courts Draw The Line For Gerrymandering
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It's easy to see when a legislative map is gerrymandered. But what should an improved map look like? Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are under a court order to figure that out and two U.S. Supreme Court cases could answer this question nationwide. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 12, 2018
The News Roundup
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It has been a week of ups and downs. Starting Monday, the Dow fell a lot, then rose a little, then fell a lot and generally could not make up its mind. Democrats agreed to a budget bill with no DACA deal — despite Nancy Pelosi's hours long speech in support of DACA ... and President Trump wants a military parade. Internationally, the Winter Olympics have begun, while things in Syria deteriorated even further, with allegations of Russian and Syrian forces using chlorine gas against Syrian civilians. And Poland's government makes it illegal to blame the Polish for any part of the Holocaust. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 09, 2018
How Astrology Hangs On
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Astrology has been around for thousands of years, but it seems to be having a moment right now. Perhaps technology has a new generation looking to the sky charts. Whether it's a source of comfort, entertainment or enlightenment, astrology is still bringing meaning to millions. Join us as we meet two professional astrologers and a reporter who covers it. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 08, 2018
Black Women's Political Power And The Savior Syndrome
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America loves its superheroes. But in real life, some say black women bear great power — and an unfair amount of responsibility. Black women have been showing up for generations to confront everything from systemic racism to the gender pay gap. So how is the nation showing up for them? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 07, 2018
Can We Trust Polls?
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Pollsters have gotten a lot wrong lately and, after the 2016 election, our trust in polling plummeted. So how does political polling work? And can you really trust any of it? We asked three professional poll-watchers and creators what they think. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 06, 2018
Why You Don't Hear Much About Sickle Cell Anymore
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Sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 Americans — most of whom are black. Patients and their families say the search for treatments is slow, underfunded and ineffective. For the first time in decades, the FDA approved a new sickle cell drug, so why aren't things getting better? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 05, 2018
The News Roundup
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The state of the union is ... busy. Why would President Trump release classified information over the objections of the Justice Department and the FBI? (Of course the memo was released just AFTER we taped this episode...) Kenyans watch their TVs go blank as confusion grows over who is president. And who will inherit the flatpack fortune? IKEA's founder leaves behind a huge legacy — and a few confusing instructions. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 02, 2018
Melania Trump, Trailblazer
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Being First Lady is a job with no pay, no clear description and massive expectations. First Lady Melania Trump's silence, compared with her predecessors, speaks volumes. But is anyone getting the right message? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Feb 01, 2018
Are Supplements Nutritional Nonsense?
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Vitamins and dietary supplements are a $37 billion business. Joshua Johnson takes them ... maybe you do, too. How do you know what's actually in that bottle? Does it even work? We hear from a skeptic, a lobbyist and a cancer researcher. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 31, 2018
The Way We Work
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One in every five jobs in America is held by a contract or freelance worker. Within a decade, those positions could easily make up more than half of the U.S. workforce. We look at how the gig economy has grown and what the decline of full-time work means for Americans. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 30, 2018
A Crisis In Community Health
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Roughly 27 million low-income Americans rely on Community Health Centers. The deal that ended the government shutdown did not include more funding for these centers — and many are already running out of money. Where else can people go for care? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 29, 2018
Black Lightning Brings The Thunder
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Jefferson Pierce had left his life as Black Lightning behind, but when his family finds themselves targeted by the 100 Gang he's forced back into his crime-fighting superhero role. So begins this new iteration of Black Lightning, and we speak with the show's co-creator Salim Akil to learn what it's like to create a culturally specific character with crossover appeal while doing "black on purpose."
Jan 27, 2018
The News Roundup
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This week has certainly given us news cycle whiplash. Domestically, we learned of President Trump's desire to fire Robert Mueller, witnessed a government shutdown and near immediate reopening, and heard the powerful testimony of many U.S. Olympic gymnasts as they detailed the sexual abuses they suffered at the hands of Dr. Larry Nassar. On the international front, Syria found itself on the defensive after Turkish troops invaded the north as Damascus called America's plan for an open-ended military presence in Syria "a devastating mistake." Catch up on all of this and more on The News Roundup. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 26, 2018
'I Am Not A Tractor!' Inside Farmworkers' Fight For Fair Treatment
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Think of the fast food you've eaten in your life. How many tomatoes have you had? If the answer is "more than one" it's likely your meal was influenced by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Over the last 25 years, they've fought against unfair wages and dangerous and abusive working conditions. And while they've had some surprising successes — convincing a handful of fast food chains and grocers to rethink their tomato buying — they're still protesting today. And they're bringing the fight to the Wendy's restaurant chain, and to a plate near you.
Jan 25, 2018
Grammys Preview: How 'God's Calling' Led Jimmy Carter To Grammy Greatness
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When Blind Boys of Alabama member Jimmy Carter was a kid, he would pray to God for one thing. Sight. Instead, Mr. Carter found himself at an Alabama school for blind children in the Jim Crow south. But light would find a way into his life through the power of his voice — he's a founding member of the multiple Grammy Award-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama. Mr. Carter, now in his 80s, is up for yet another Grammy on Sunday, for the song "Let My Mother Live," off the album "Almost Home."
Jan 24, 2018
Have We Ever Had It So Good? Kai Ryssdal Weighs In
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These are good times for the American economy. Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and more new homes are being built. But how does this affect you? Well, that depends on who you are. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal breaks down what makes a healthy economy. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 23, 2018
What You Need To Know To Run For Office
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They say decisions are made by those who show up, and this year, more Americans are deciding to do just that by running for office. This episode brings you a nonpartisan primer on how to run, and maybe even win. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 22, 2018
Take Me On: The Art Of The Cover Song
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What makes a great cover song? We talked to Ray Padgett and Amanda Petrusich about the greatest covers, what makes them work, and why some should have just never been made. Get ready to hear many of your favorite covers in this episode and if you want more, check out our Spotify playlist at the1a.org. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 20, 2018
The News Roundup
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Congress is dealing with a host of issues — sometimes at odds with the president, sometimes at odds with itself. And what about that plan to avoid a government shutdown? Overseas, two rivals are uniting under one flag. The Pope gets a warm reception in Chile and it looks like American troops will stay in Syria for a while longer. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 19, 2018
A Bizarre Truth Triangle: The President, The Public And The Press
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The Founding Fathers considered a free press so important they protected it in the Constitution, but some in President Trump's own party think his attacks have gone too far. As he continues to denounce news outlets as "Fake News," the American people's faith in the media keeps dropping. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 18, 2018
A Sign Of Change Coming To The Korean Peninsula?
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When athletes march out at the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, North and South Koreans will do so under a single flag. Many hope this signals a thaw in tensions between the two nations — and with the U.S. But others are not so optimistic. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 17, 2018
Elegies And Effigies
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Who speaks for Appalachia? It's been called Trump Country, coal country and backcountry. But it's our country. We look at what it means to be Appalachian and why a region of more than 25 million people across 13 states and hundreds of counties can't have one spokesperson — like, for instance, J.D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy." | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 16, 2018
The Personal Toll Of Civil Rights Activism
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The fight for civil rights has always been hard work, taking a toll on the mind and the body. The struggle continues today, 50 years on from the death of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear from some of these new activists — and the losses they endured in the course of their fight. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 16, 2018
The News Roundup
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This is the week many news organizations — us included — said s***hole. But other things happened, too. There may be a deal on DACA and mudslides became California's latest natural disaster. North Korea met with South Korea and the French President has a plan for #fakenews. Catch up on all of it with the Friday News Roundup. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 13, 2018
The Flu Goes Viral
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America's emergency rooms are filling up. The CDC says flu hospitalizations have doubled in just one week and this season's strain has already killed dozens. It's bad, but are we prepared for it to get worse? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 11, 2018
Who's Looking Out For America's Poorest Children?
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For kids born into poverty, getting out of it isn't easy. So what can be done? We talk to an economist behind a new proposal for so-called baby bonds — giving money to all kids when they're born that's held in escrow until they turn 18. It's a radical proposal for the United States, but it's been tried in other countries. Would it work here? And what is happening with a program already in place to help low-income kids? Funding for CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, is rapidly running dry. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 10, 2018
Octopod: Inside The Amazing World Of The Octopus
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Some facts about octopuses: they're venomous, they taste with their skin, they use tools, they can solve puzzles, Aristotle thought they were dumb, Jacques Costeau thought they were smart, they can leave water for minutes at a time and they're good hunters, in or out of water. We dive into the mind of an octopus with writers and researchers. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 10, 2018
How The Super-Rich Stay Rich
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As journalists dug through the Panama Papers, they uncovered a major secret for how the super-rich hide their money ... art. More than half of all art sales are private. Many of them are secret. We hear how tax-free warehouses around the world are used to hide billions.| Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 08, 2018
The News Roundup
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We're one week into 2018 and already had too much to discuss in the Friday News Roundup. In the capital, there were presidential tweets on Pakistan, Iran and North Korea and a new tell-all book on the White House. In Utah, a longtime senator is retiring and in Virginia, they picked a new representative from ... a bowl. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 05, 2018
So ... About Socialism
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The democratic socialist movement is growing fast, fueled by people in their 20s and 30s and due in part to Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid. But what exactly is socialism? This is the last in a series of listener-requested topics. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 05, 2018
More People, More Problems?
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Fifty years ago, the bestselling book "The Population Bomb" inspired governments to consider population controls. The book's dire predictions thankfully have not yet happened, but are we still on the brink of disaster? Or maybe the Earth can handle more than we think. This is the second in a series of listener-requested topics. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 03, 2018
Rated PG: The Profoundly Gifted
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Are profoundly gifted people a rarity? Or do many of them just fly under the radar? Stories about geniuses seem to fascinate us, but what is life really like if you are exceptionally smart? This is the first in a series of listener-requested topics. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 02, 2018
What's On Tap For 2018?
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It's 2018 and we know there are some stories sure to shape the year. From the midterm elections to the next chapter of the Russia probe to what's next for big tech companies, we discuss what stories we'll be watching in the new year. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Jan 02, 2018
The 2017 News Roundup
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We like to call it the year of the news alert. From the start of the Trump presidency to the "Me Too" movement and new tax reform, our phones never stopped buzzing ... even internationally. There was a war of words between the U.S. and North Korea, America's exit from the Paris climate accord, and pretty much everything Russia did, big and small. We recapped all of it. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 29, 2017
The Psychological Effects Of Signing Off Social Media
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The internet is an open space to express your opinions, but things can get ugly, fast. Some people dislike the bickering and the trolling on social media so much that they just... quit. What happens when you ditch social media? Some say better mental health. Others say you'll miss out on too much. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 28, 2017
The New Tax Law And Your Financial Future
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Forget the politics behind the new tax law, we looked at what will it mean for your personal finances. A panel of experts tackled listener questions about how the new law affects families and small businesses, college students and property owners — and everyone in between. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 27, 2017
Months After María
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When the skies cleared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María, the island was left devastated and in near-complete darkness. As the news cycle has largely moved on from the plight of Puerto Rico, Americans on the island find themselves in increasingly dire straits as they struggle to survive and rebuild their communities. How bad are things in Puerto Rico and what is the federal government doing to help? | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 26, 2017
Josh Ritter's Journey From Small Town To Folk Hero
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You can still hear Josh Ritter's rural roots in the stories his lyrics weave. His newest album, "Gathering," continues a tradition of creating Americana for a rapidly changing America. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 25, 2017
The News Roundup
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This was a week of sharp words and legislative celebrations. In the U.S., President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, and after a recount, a Virginia election could come down to a coin toss. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says the US is taking note of countries criticizing America's policies on Israel, and North Korea is accused of one of the biggest cyber attacks in history. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 23, 2017
The 1A Movie Club Sees Star Wars
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The saga continues. Star Wars: Episode Eight did well opening weekend, but some critics say it left a bit to be desired. The 1A Movie Club reviews Star Wars, Episode Eight: The Last Jedi — SPOILERS INCLUDED. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 23, 2017
The Best Podcasts For Holiday Travel
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Listening to podcasts doesn't have to be a solo activity, and these days, with more podcasts than we know what to do with, choosing what to listen to can be a chore. Lauren Ober, the host of NPR's "The Big Listen," shares some of the shows she thinks are perfect for the whole family. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 21, 2017
Blocks, Bans And Blame: Social Media Reckons With Itself
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Is 2017 the year of reckoning for social media? With rising concerns over the effect these platforms have on our culture, social media companies are removing more content and banning more users. We talked about what the social networks — and governments around the world — plan to do about it. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 20, 2017
Inside America's Chemical Arms Race
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At the height of World War I, the U.S. scrambled to build a chemical weapons program to match Germany's. The Army developed (and tested) these weapons in the nation's capital, and some drums remain buried beneath the city's neighborhoods. Check out candid photos from the chemical weapons facilities in Washington and a video of our guest Erik Olson discussing some of his favorites on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/the1ashow. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 19, 2017
Get Out: Nurturing A Bond Between Black People And Nature
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Is nature a white people thing? It can certainly seem so. A 2011 National Park Service survey found that just 7 percent of all park system visitors were black. But there is a growing effort to change that. For more on this topic go to the1a.org. | Want to support 1A? Subscribe to our podcast and give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A. Email the show at 1a@wamu.org.
Dec 18, 2017
70 Years And Counting
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"Meet The Press" has hosted 12 presidents, 82 heads of state, and nearly every major journalist of the last seven decades. Host Chuck Todd and Executive Producer John Reiss talk about what has changed over the last 70 years, and where "Meet The Press" is going next. For more on this topic, visit the1a.org.
Dec 17, 2017
The News Roundup
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It's been another week of big stories —now, it's time to catch up. Roy Moore was set to ride all the way to Washington this week, but his horse only got him so far, pressure grows on special counsel Robert Mueller and more women speak out about President Trump's past behavior. Plus, the fallout over President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and a look at the next chapter of leadership in South Africa.
Dec 16, 2017
The Fox And The Mouse
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A big media merger is coming: Disney announced a deal to buy much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. The deal will give Disney command over Fox's regional sports channels as well as its cable entertainment brands FX and National Geographic. So what does this mean for you (and your streaming habits)? For more on this topic, visit the1a.org.
Dec 14, 2017
Don't Invite These Guys To Your Holiday Party
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Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam want you to know that dinner parties are NOT a thing of the past. And they have a lot of thoughts on brunch. Newnam and Gagliano co-hosted "The Dinner Party Download" radio show and wrote a new book called "Brunch Is Hell: How To Save The World By Throwing A Dinner Party." They share a few dinner party guidelines for hosts and guests and reminisce about some favorite moments from their long-running show.
Dec 13, 2017
Yes, And... How Improv Remade Comedy
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Author Sam Wasson says improv is one of the most important creations of American culture, and it has overtaken jazz as America's most popular original art form. How did improv make the leap from comedy clubs to a cultural milestone, and where is it headed next? We get the story — and plenty of laughs.
Dec 12, 2017
WWJD? Evangelicals In Alabama
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What happens when personal faith becomes public policy? The politics of evangelical Christians are front and center in Alabama as voters prepare to go to the polls this week. The Roy Moore campaign is just one of many issues that have evangelical Christians split — sometimes along lines of age and race. We asked a few evangelicals what happens when you mix religion and politics. One guest's answer? Politics.
Dec 12, 2017
The News Roundup
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There's a lot to catch up on this week. Republicans have turned up the heat on special counsel Robert Mueller and the #MeToo movement continues to blaze on. But there's a real fire threatening thousands living near Los Angeles. Also, hear the latest from the Middle East as the fallout continues over President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Elsewhere in the world Russia is preparing for an election and Brexit negotiations are making headlines.
Dec 08, 2017
Where Are We In The Russia Investigation?
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Today we catch up on the Russia investigation as new allegations swirl around Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. A whistleblower claims Flynn was exchanging text messages about a deal with Russia minutes after President Trump's inauguration. And for more Russia news — and why the Winter Olympics might be a little less competitive next year — go to the1a.org and check back for the Friday News Roundup, in your podcast feed tomorrow.
Dec 07, 2017
How Addressing Dyslexia Helps All Students
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In the U.S., one out of every five kids has trouble reading. This is often because of dyslexia. Federal law says public schools have to provide help, but too many schools deny students proper treatment. One solution seems simple: improve the way all children learn to read.
Dec 06, 2017
An FCC Commissioner Makes The Case For Net Neutrality
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Here's what we did. We sat down with a current Federal Communications Commission commissioner as well as a critic of the FCC's move to repeal net neutrality. Then we opened our phone lines and let listeners ask the questions. The FCC has been reversing and revising many regulations, and the national conversation about net neutrality is heating up. While some argue repealing net neutrality gives internet service providers too much power over consumer content, others say it's not only good for consumers, but good for business.
Dec 05, 2017
A State Department In Disarray?
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While U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, downplays rumors that the White House plans to replace him, the idea of a potential shake-up at the U.S. Department of State has raised concerns. With many positions remaining unfilled, and those with experience leaving, we get a read on the strength of the State Department under Trump's administration and consider if the department is equipped to handle today's global conflicts – most importantly, the escalating crisis with North Korea.
Dec 04, 2017
The 1A Movie Club Sees Coco
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Some call Pixar's latest animated feature Coco "a love letter to Mexico." The movie is a commercial and cultural hit. Get the 1A Movie Club's take on this story about Mexico's Day of the Dead and hear from the film's co-director Adrian Molina.
Dec 02, 2017
The News Roundup
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This week, some of President Trump's tweets made headlines, time is running out for Congress to pass legislation before the end of the year, and America's Ambassador to the United Nations says North Korea's latest missile launch brings the world closer to war. And it's been a mixed week for relations between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Dec 01, 2017
College And Bust: Why So Many Students Don't Stay The Course
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College completion rates vary widely, but one thing sticks out: they're nowhere near as high as they should be. In 2009, President Obama set a goal of having the United States be the nation with the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Today, the U.S. hasn't even cracked the top ten of countries with 25-34 year-olds that hold an associate degree or higher. We discuss why this is the case and what can be done to fix it.
Nov 30, 2017
Statehouses And Sexual Harassment
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The nation is focusing on sexual harassment as it never has before, and how we respond to these allegations is undergoing a change in almost every profession. But what about in your state capital? Every state has different requirements for sexual harassment training, and each legislature handles accusations differently. Some have used tax payer dollars to pay settlements to victims of sexual harassment experienced in the halls of the legislature. We'll look at what it will take to make statehouses safer work environments and get more women into politics.
Nov 29, 2017
#distracted: Phones In Class
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Prying a smartphone out of a teenager's hands can be nearly impossible, even in school. For many teachers, this tech addiction is a constant fight. And often, it's the parents who make it harder to keep order. Should classrooms be cellphone-free? Is that even possible?
Nov 28, 2017
The Congressional Countdown
Lawmakers' end-of-year wish lists are packed with a new tax plan, repeal and replace, the DREAM Act and more. But with just a few weeks of 2017 left, what will Congress focus on, and what might actually pass?
Nov 28, 2017
Can You Guess? 50 Things That Made The Modern Economy
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Whether it's the barcode or IKEA's Billy bookcase, new ideas have shaped our modern economy for better and worse. An ordinary idea can have extraordinary consequences. Economist Tim Harford explains a few of the inventions that shaped today's economy.
Nov 24, 2017
Capitalism: From The Mayflower To Tesla (Rebroadcast)
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To know where our economy might be going, it pays to know where it's been. From the days of telegraphs and railroads to the 21st-century tech revolution, U.S. businesses have often been at the forefront of innovation. Entrepreneur Bhu Srinivasan documents some of these stories in his book "Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism."
Nov 23, 2017
Postcard From Puerto Rico
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As most Americans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this year, millions of their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico will still be in the dark. Power has yet to reach more than half the population after Hurricane Maria wiped out the electric grid months ago. And a CNN investigation casts doubt on the storm's official death toll — could it be nine times what the government has reported? And how is recovery progressing three months after the devastating storm?
Nov 22, 2017
Protecting Elephants: Trophy Kills, Sport Hunting And The Trump Administration
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The African elephant is a threatened species, a status that motivated President Obama to ban sport-hunted elephant trophies from entering the U.S. Under the Trump administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has moved to rescind the ban, citing the benefits of hunting to conservation. Some 80,000 elephants live in Zimbabwe, and the country's elephant management program has been a success. But the ensuing public outcry at the announcement led President Trump to halt the move and ask for further review. While there are still many restrictions on legal game hunting, the conversation among sport hunters, conservationists, and those who fall in the middle continues.
Nov 21, 2017
It's So Hard To Be Grateful
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This has been a tumultuous, chaotic and emotional year. Between politics and natural disasters, many Americans are struggling to remember reasons to be grateful. But hopefully the year hasn't been all bad. As many of us prepare to sit around dinner tables with our families and express thankfulness, we discuss gratitude — what it means, how it benefits us and how complaining can actually make you more thankful.
Nov 20, 2017
A Museum Of The Bible
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Where can you learn about the Bible — without going to church? A new museum opened Friday near Washington's National Mall. Its founders say they want the world to see the Bible in a new light but others question the authenticity and origin of some of the artifacts on display. The 1A team got a preview of the exhibits.
Nov 17, 2017
The News Roundup
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More women came forward this week with allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore. The reputation of Republicans rides on their ability to pass a new tax reform bill that looks more like a takedown of the Affordable Care Act. Zimbabwe's military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. A huge far-right nationalist march disrupted an annual independence celebration in Poland. And Australia voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Joining us to discuss the week's domestic news is Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent for NPR; Eliana Johnson, White House reporter for Politico; and Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning opinion writer at The Washington Post. Our guests for the international hour are Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times; Indira Lakshmanan, Washington columnist for The Boston Globe; and Scott Tong, a correspondent for Marketplace.
Nov 17, 2017
Beyond the Lens: An Intimate Portrait of President Obama
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Pete Souza spent eight years photographing President Barack Obama during his most public and intimately private moments. He captured many of the most iconic moments of President Obama's White House, and Souza joins us to offer a glimpse of the man he came to know beyond the camera's lens.
Nov 16, 2017
Can We Stop Hazing?
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Greek life at American colleges is under scrutiny again. Ten more fraternity brothers have been charged in a hazing-related death at Penn State. Meanwhile, Florida State University has suspended all fraternities and sororities after a 20-year-old pledge was found dead. But can anything stop these traditions?
Nov 15, 2017
We've Been Had: How Fake News, Hoaxes And Bunk Became Embedded In American Life
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Kevin Young – writer, professor and poetry editor of The New Yorker – discusses his latest book, "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts and Fake News". From spiritualism to Rachel Dolezal, forged manuscripts to fake news, Young takes us on a deep dive into the mistruths and sleights of hand that have shaped our national identity.
Nov 14, 2017
On Roy Moore, From Alabama
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As more women have emerged accusing Roy Moore of sexual misconduct on minors, one as young as 14 years old, more GOP establishment leaders are speaking up. Moore calls the story "fake news." But what do the Alabama voters think of the allegations? How is the controversy affecting the election, set for Dec. 12?
Nov 13, 2017
A Tom Hanks Type
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The sound of a typewriter evokes a feeling of nostalgia, just as the name Tom Hanks evokes the highest level of Hollywood celebrity. The two-time Academy Award winner collects vintage writing machines and pays homage to this passion in his first book, "Uncommon Type." The collection of short fiction has elements of Hanks' life peppered throughout, including being a child of divorce and his experience living next to a difficult neighbor.
Nov 11, 2017
The News Roundup
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This week, Democrats made political gains across the country with a slate of diverse candidates elected into office, the country mourned those murdered in Sutherland, Texas, and new sexual harassment revelations against Louis C.K. and Roy Moore rocked the entertainment industry and the political landscape. Also, President Trump in Asia, Saudi Arabian princes in prison, and offshore tax shelters in light of the Paradise Papers.
Nov 11, 2017
We Woke Up Like This: 366 Days Later
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Last year, many awoke to a staggering surprise. Despite the polls, Donald Trump had won the presidential election. While not everyone agrees on what propelled him to victory, most agree that things have not been the same since he won. This isn't a replay of the election or a questioning of the results. Rather, with a year of hindsight, we look at what drove the Trump campaign to victory, and what's changed in the year since we woke up to the results.
Nov 09, 2017
A History Of Domestic Violence
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A personal dispute can quickly become a public nightmare, especially when guns are involved. The man who killed 26 people in a church in Texas had been convicted of domestic abuse and statistically, more than half of America's mass shootings involve a perpetrator who was violent toward a partner or relative. What is the link between domestic violence and mass shootings? If you are in a violent relationship and need help, the domestic violence hotline is 1−800−799−7233 or go to thehotline.org.
Nov 08, 2017
Mass Shootings – The Price Of Living In America?
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It's become an all-too familiar scenario: a mass shooting leaves several people dead, thoughts and prayers are requested and given, debates over gun control and mental health bubble up then ... nothing changes, and the cycle repeats. Are mass shootings the price we pay to live in the United States? If so, how do we protect ourselves? If not, how do we change it?
Nov 07, 2017
Why Do We Struggle With Money?
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It can be tough to make clear-headed choices when it comes to spending our cool hard cash. Whether it's a credit card or the money we spend on vacation, how we think about dollars and cents is often wrong — and it costs us more than we know. Why is that, and what can you do to fix it?
Nov 06, 2017
National Parks ... For A Price
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America's national parks are treasured territory, to say the least. But how much are you willing to pay? Entry fees at some of the most visited parks could go up during the 2018 peak season — as high as $70 per car. National parks are popular places, with some breaking attendance records in 2016. So what's behind the proposed increase? And who could be left out?
Nov 05, 2017
The News Roundup
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This week on the News Roundup: terror in New York, chaos on Capitol Hill and more allegations of sexual harassment - in Hollywood, New York and the NPR newsroom. Also, we'll consider President Trump's impending trip to Asia and look at a newly released cache of Osama Bin Laden's files (which included porn, audiobooks and the video game Final Fantasy VII). Discussing domestic news is Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal, Gail Delaughter of Houston Public Media, Mary Louise Kelly of NPR and Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated. Discussing international news is Shawn Donnan of the Financial Times, Nancy Youssef of the Wall Street Journal and Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst.
Nov 03, 2017
Did Social Media Swing The Election?
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said it was a "pretty crazy idea" that the social network he created might have influenced the 2016 presidential election. The idea suddenly doesn't seem that crazy, considering the scope of Russian activity online around the election. Facebook, Google and Twitter representatives were called before Congress to explain how their technology may have been misused. What answers did the tech giants provide? And must Congress act to protect Americans from liking, tweeting and searching themselves into uncharted territory?
Nov 02, 2017
Plastics, Plastics, Everywhere ... Even In Your Drink
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Plastic is unavoidable. It's in the device you're reading this on and possibly even sewn into the clothes you're wearing. Plastic is also in most of world's drinking water, which means it's also in you, according to a new study. So what can you do?
Nov 01, 2017
Jewish Comedy: A Serious History
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What makes a joke Jewish? Each line tells a much bigger story. And whether we're reading the Book of Esther or binge-watching Larry David — we've been laughing for centuries. Jeremy Dauber on his new book "Jewish Comedy: a Serious History."
Oct 31, 2017
Who's Watching Wall Street?
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You know that fine print on your cell phone bill or credit card statement? After the 2008 financial crash, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created to rein in bad practices. Critics say it does more harm than good and now Congress has thrown out a rule allowing customers to band together to take on the big banks. So what does that mean for accountability?
Oct 30, 2017
The News Roundup
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GOP infighting ramps up, as outgoing Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake took aim at President Trump. Reports confirmed that Democratic operatives had helped pay for the now-infamous dossier on President Trump. Xi Jinping officially began his second five-year term as China's president. And in Kenya, boycotts and deadly violence erupt over a controversial "do-over" election. Joining us to discuss domestic news are Eugene Scott, political reporter for The Washington Post; Lauren Fox, Congressional reporter for CNN, and Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo! News. And for international news we have Yochi Dreazen, foreign editor for Vox; Susan Glasser, chief international affairs columnist for Politico; and Edward Luce, chief U.S. columnist and commentator for the Financial Times.
Oct 27, 2017
OMG, GOP
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Some moments in American politics take a while to understand. But the fight within the Republican party is changing things right now. For many, this battle is more about character than it is about values. Republican Senators Jeff Flake, John McCain, Bob Corker and former President George W. Bush have all been outspoken about the shift in their party's tone and style under President Donald Trump. Is the GOP in the midst of a civil war, or a forgettable skirmish?
Oct 26, 2017
Store No More: A Retail Reality Check
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Malls are emptying out. Since 2001, department stores have lost 18 times more workers than coal mines have. Some of the biggest names are selling their prime real estate. Others are reinventing their consumer strategies to stay competitive with online sellers. Can brick-and-mortar retail return?
Oct 25, 2017
The Democratic Playbook
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Have the Democrats figured out how to do more than resist? The party has had almost a year to heal from last year's election, and critics say voters still need to know what the party is for — not just who it's against. Meanwhile, important battles lie ahead in Minnesota, Alabama, Virginia and elsewhere.
Oct 24, 2017
The Purple Podcast
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Prince shaped the music world, especially in his home base of Minneapolis. But how did Minneapolis shape Prince? This time, we come to you from the studios of Minnesota Public Radio, where we talked to artists who were close to Prince — and even rocked out with him — and we explore what makes "The Minneapolis Sound."
Oct 23, 2017
The News Roundup
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In this edition of the News Roundup we'll ask what President Trump said – or didn't say – to the widow of a veteran killed in Niger. Plus the president's travel ban hits another road block. Also, ISIS is driven out of its de facto capital in Syria, Iraq takes back territory lost to the Kurds and Malta is in turmoil after a car bomb killed a reporter who helped expose corruption. Two panels of journalists join Joshua Johnson for analysis of the week's top news stories. Discussing domestic news is conservative commentator Charlie Sykes, Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and Greg Ip of the Wall Street Journal. Discussing international news is Ann Applebaum of the Washington Post, Tom Bowman of NPR and Rosiland Jordan of Al Jazeera English.
Oct 20, 2017
Gloria Anzaldúa And The Book That Changed The Borders
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What is it like to live on the border, literally and culturally? The US-Mexico border has always been political. Thirty years ago, Chicana feminist Gloria Anzaldúa helped make it cultural... even mythological, with the publication of her book "Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza." It opened the eyes of many within the United States to cultures the nation barely recognized. The legacy of Gloria Anzaldúa is discussed on 1A.
Oct 19, 2017
The Human Story Of Our Genes
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We now know more about where we come from than ever before. Rapid advances in the science of genetics have unraveled our genes to show our collective human history. Our DNA can only tell us so much about who we are as individuals. It has much more to say about us as a species: who we are, where we've been, and even where we're headed in the future. Geneticist Adam Rutherford joins 1A to discuss his book, "A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes."
Oct 18, 2017
Fighting Poverty And Fixing Capitalism
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In this episode, we get two perspectives on poverty. We talk to the CEO of the World Bank about her outlook for the world's poorest people. Then, the professor who won the Nobel Peace Prize for inventing a system that gave small amounts of money to poor people, has a plan to fix capitalism.
Oct 17, 2017
Breaking Cultures Of Silence On Sexual Harassment
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From being a bystander to taking a stand. As the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to unfold, is too much of the conversation about women need to do? What can men do to improve the workplace for everyone? We discussed this topic last week, too. You can find that conversation by searching "harassment" at the1a.org.
Oct 16, 2017
The News Roundup
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The biggest news stories this week included two executive orders from President Trump that take a bite out of the Affordable Care Act. Congress is moving forward on spending $36.5 billion on disaster relief following severe hurricanes and wildfires. And the clock is ticking on President Trump's decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Joining us to discuss national news are Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill; Abby Phillip, national political reporter for The Washington Post; and David Rennie, Washington bureau chief for The Economist. And for the international hour we have James Kitfield, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Jennifer Williams, deputy foreign editor for Vox; and Simon Marks, president and chief correspondent of Feature Story News.
Oct 13, 2017
CNN's Jake Tapper
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Reporters don't have to dig that much to know what the president thinks of them — just look at his Twitter account. CNN host and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper hasn't been shy about firing back. There's no shortage of criticism of CNN's near-constant coverage of the president. So how does Tapper balance being in the middle, with the president saying his work is fake, others saying it's excessive and millions relying on it every day?
Oct 13, 2017
How A Superpower Sets Its Agenda
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Every five years, China chooses its new leaders behind closed doors. Next week, the ruling Chinese Communist party holds its 19th congress. It, rather than the Chinese people, determines who gets to lead the party and the country. How does that work? Who will emerge as the person to run the world's second biggest economy? And what does that mean for us?
Oct 13, 2017
A Russian In Exile Continues Opposing President Putin
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While President Putin was celebrating his 65th birthday, Russian investigators raided the homes of at least five people working for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled oligarch who ran the country's Yukos oil empire before being jailed on charges most observers believe were politically motivated. Now freed and living in exile — Khordorkovsky discusses Russia's relationship with the U.S. Then, a view of Russia today from Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Taubman.
Oct 11, 2017
The Politics Of Periods
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At any given time, about 800 million people around the world are menstruating. For many of them, that's a problem. Activists and entrepreneurs are working to make sure all women have easy access to sanitary products, which is likely to affect everything from education to career opportunities, and of course, women's overall health. We discuss with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, a lawyer and author of "Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity," Marni Sommer, an associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and executive director of Grow and Know, a non-profit that develops puberty books for girls and boys in poor countries, and with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who co-sponsored a bill to increase access to menstrual products for incarcerated woman.
Oct 10, 2017
Do Guns Make Us Safer?
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Sales are up at some gun stores after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. But does being armed make you safer? The NRA says crime is less likely around armed citizens. Critics say more guns means more gun violence. So are gun owners buying a reliable means of defense — or a false sense of security? Joining us to discuss it are John Donohue, a law professor at Stanford, Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, Porochista Khakpour, author of "Why Did Nancy Lanza Love Guns?" for Slate and Suzanna Hupp, author of the book "From Luby's to the Legislature: One Women's Fight Against Gun Control."
Oct 09, 2017
The News Roundup
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Congress and the NRA are putting more scrutiny on a gun enhancer used by the shooter in Las Vegas, the Cabinet remains in focus regarding who is keeping order and who might be calling whom names and Facebook opens up on aiding the investigation into Russian meddling with the election. Also, the US prepares to make some major foreign policy moves, a Kurdish icon dies as Iraq tries to prevent its Kurds from seceding and Spain also continues fighting a secession effort by Catalonian separatists. Discussing the week's top news stories are Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Washington correspondent at The New York Times, Jeff Mason, White House correspondent with Reuters, Kimberly Adams, reporter for Marketplace, Yeganeh Torbati, immigration reporter with Reuters, Nick Schifrin Special correspondent at PBS NewsHour and Eli Lake, a columnist with Bloomberg View.
Oct 06, 2017
1A Movie Club Sees 'Battle Of The Sexes'
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It was a sporting event that brought gender inequality ... to the tennis court. Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs — a 1973 tennis match that was nothing short of a spectacle. You could say the same about the new movie. Today we review "Battle of the Sexes" with John Horn, host of "The Frame" on KPCC public radio, Rosie Casals, Billie Jean King's doubles partner and winner of multiple Grand Slam titles, Rachel Simon, movies editor at Bustle and Steve Fink, lead columnist at TennisChannel.com You'll find all our movie reviews online at the1a.org Search "1A Movie Club."
Oct 05, 2017
The Living Wounded
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Mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make history for the number of dead, but what about the hundreds of injured survivors? You will probably never know their names, but they'll literally be the walking wounded — perhaps for life. Today we talk through the mental, physical and financial costs of surviving gun violence with AP reporter Sally Ho, gunshot survivor and trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran, trauma psychologist Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, reporter Elizabeth Van Brocklin and trauma outreach coordinator Scott Charles.
Oct 05, 2017
Ta-Nehisi Coates On The History That Continues To Haunt America
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How did Barack Obama pave the way for Donald Trump? The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book reflects on the historic presidency of America's first black president - and what's happened since. Coates talks race, politics, white supremacy and the White House.
Oct 03, 2017
The Cardi B Conundrum
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If you don't know who Cardi B is, you'd better catch up quick. The rapper's hit single "Bodak Yellow" recently peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — and made history. Cardi B is the first female hip-hop artist to top the chart since 1998. There have only been four other female rappers to do so. Women in hip-hop have a strong legacy, but why has their success in popular music been limited of late?
Oct 03, 2017
'Big Chicken' With Investigative Journalist Maryn McKenna
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It's one of our favorite foods. But how much do you know (or care to know) about the chicken in your diet? To feed American demand, we raise and slaughter nine billion birds every year. In her new book, "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats," science writer Maryn McKenna charts chicken's relatively recent rise from a rare treat to a super-sized culinary colossus — and the concerns many have about it. | Then, we're looking for your input on the podcast. What do you like? What could we do better? Let us know. Text "podcast" to 63735. You'll get some updates from us from time to time, but you can always text STOP to stop getting them. Thanks.
Sep 30, 2017
The News Roundup
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After another unsuccessful attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the GOP is pushing a drastic overhaul of the tax code as healthcare legislative success won't come easy - if at all. Meanwhile, people seeking to travel to the U.S. face new hurdles and the president is planning to visit Puerto Rico, where millions of Americans are recovering from devastation brought by Hurricane Maria. Internationally, the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan was the target of a rocket attack this week and ISIS has left the Syrian city of Raqqa devastated, with efforts to reclaim the city from the terror group resulting in countless fatalities of civilians. Discussing the week's top news stories are Fernando Pizarro, Washington correspondent at Univision, Shawna Thomas, Washington bureau chief at Vice News, Ed O'Keefe, congressional correspondent at The Washington Post, Peter Bergen, national security analyst at CNN, Gillian Turner, Fox News contributor and Clemens Wergin, Washington bureau chief at Die Welt, a moderately conservative German newspaper.
Sep 29, 2017
Capitalism: From The Mayflower To Tesla
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To know where our economy might be going, it pays to know where it's been. From the early days of the telegraph and the railroad to suburbia, sneakers and the twenty-first-century tech revolution, it's been a unique journey. Our guest is entrepreneur Bhu Srinivasan, who documented that story in his new book "Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism."
Sep 28, 2017
A Fresh Take On Rotten Tomatoes
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Critics agree this summer's movies sucked. Hollywood has blamed poor sales on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. Can online movie reviews actually hurt the box office, or should the industry just focus on making better movies? Our guests are Daniel Loria, executive director and chief strategist at the trade publication Box Office Media, Brooks Barnes, who covers Hollywood and the film industry for the New York Times and Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post.
Sep 27, 2017
Flag. Football. Who Gets To Decide What's Patriotic?
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What started out as a protest of police brutality has morphed into a clash of cultures. The president wants people to make a choice: cops vs. criminals, hard hats against the hippies. But it should be possible to rally around the national anthem and exercise our First Amendment rights. So, who gets to define patriotism and what it means to be patriotic?
Sep 26, 2017
The Importance Of Speaking Out
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The author Salman Rushdie has a lot in common with President Trump. Both have picked fights with world leaders, both have played themselves on screen and both are prolific authors, although their politics differ. Rushdie's books span the globe. His latest, "The Golden House," is set in New York — the city he now calls home — and its themes are deeply American.
Sep 25, 2017
Band Of Brothers: X Ambassadors On Pushing An Agenda Through Music
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X Ambassadors have had a promising start as a band. Their catchy single "Renegades" was used in a Jeep commercial after getting national airplay and attention from music critics. But one of their songs, "Hoping," was written in direct response to the election of President Donald Trump. The band is donating proceeds from that song to the American Civil Liberties Union in an artistic protest to the current administration. Two members of X Ambassadors, brothers Sam and Casey Harris, join us to talk about getting political in their music and the importance of putting your money where your mouth is. You'll also hear a 1A exclusive — a song written by musician Haile Supreme, inspired by the First Amendment and his life experiences.
Sep 23, 2017
The News Roundup
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A new push to replace the Affordable Care Act is afoot. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is feeling even more heat in the Russia investigation. Hurricane Maria continues to move northwest, and many Mexicans are devastated after an earthquake kills hundreds. President Trump made a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, and has also reportedly made a decision about the future of the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, Germany heads to the polls. Our guests for the domestic roundup are Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; E.J. Dionne Jr., senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and Lisa Desjardins, correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. For the international hour, we're joined by Jon Sopel, North America editor for BBC; Carrie Kahn, NPR international correspondent based in Mexico City; Susan Glasser, chief international affairs columnist for Politico; and Demetri Sevastopulo, Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times.
Sep 22, 2017
Manafort In The Middle
Paul Manafort is in trouble. Reports now say the President's former campaign chairman was under an FBI wiretap before and after the election — surveillance Mr. Manafort claims was politically motivated. Now an indictment is in the works. So who exactly is Paul Manafort? And why does this controversy matter? We ask Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Paul Manafort, Mark Mazzetti, Washington investigations editor for The New York Times, Susan Hennessey, a former National Security Administration attorney, Jan Baran, head of the election law group at Wiley Rein LLP and Asha Rangappa, associate dean at Yale Law School and a former FBI agent.
Sep 21, 2017
Dope Game Hard: Gucci Mane On The Gift And Curse Of Fame
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Born in rural Alabama, Radric Davis reinvented himself in East Atlanta as Gucci Mane. He made his name first as a drug dealer, then as a platinum selling rap artist who helped pioneer the sound of trap music. Now Gucci Mane gets to tell his own story — an autobiography that details his time behind bars, a murder charge, career highs and career lows.
Sep 20, 2017
Could Your Conversations Be Better?
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It's not easy to hold a great conversation. But longtime public radio journalist Celeste Headlee has some helpful hints — and a few horror stories. Her new book, "We Need to Talk," explains the science behind why conversations are so difficult: listening, focusing, empathizing, even knowing when not to speak. Celeste Headlee is our guest. You'll find her show "On Second Thought" from Georgia Public Broadcasting at gpbnews.org/programs/second-thought
Sep 19, 2017
From Russia ... With News
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Russian media have a lot to say about the U.S. and they're saying it right where Americans can hear it. Critics — including the FBI — say the cable network RT America and the radio network Sputnik are mouthpieces for the Kremlin. The networks say they're unfairly targeted by naysayers, compounded by concerns over Russian interference in the 2016 election. To discuss it we're joined by Jim Rutenberg, media columnist for The New York Times and author of its recent magazine cover story "RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War," Garland Nixon, co-host of the show "Fault Lines" on Sputnik Radio, Alexey Kuznetsov, deputy head of news at RT International, Kimberly Marten, a professor at Barnard College and Columbia University specializing in Russia and international relations and Andrew Feinberg, former White House correspondent for Sputnik International.
Sep 18, 2017
Brené Brown: Braving The Wilderness
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In this age of increased polarization, maybe our ideas about belonging need to be reexamined. Social scientist and storyteller Brené Brown argues in her new book "Braving The Wilderness" that "we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary." Brown, whose TED talk on the power of vulnerability has been viewed more than 30 million times, joins Joshua to explain why "believing in and belonging to ourselves is the only way back to each other."
Sep 16, 2017
The News Roundup
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President Trump and Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are close to a deal that would continue DACA and in the Senate, many Democrats sign on to Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" plan. Internationally, more than 12,000 troops from Russia and Belarus are engaged in war games that have prompted Kiev to ramp up border security, rebuilding has begun in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma and we'll have an update on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Discussing the week's top domestic news stories are Karen Tumulty, national political reporter for The Washington Post, Caitriona Perry, Washington correspondent and bureau chief for RTE, Melissa Ross, host and producer of WJCT's First Coast Connect and Jessica Gardetto of the National Interagency Fire Center. Discussing international news is Christian Caryl, editor of DemocracyPost at The Washington Post, Jennifer Williams, deputy foreign editor for Vox and Uri Friedman, staff writer for The Atlantic.
Sep 15, 2017
Crashing Cassini
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It's the end of an era in space exploration: the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft's 20-year mission to Saturn is about to end with a bang — and a ball of fire. You may not know that some of Saturn's moons are very Earth-like, and Cassini even discovered that one moon might have the building blocks of life. Tomorrow we'll say goodbye to the spacecraft as it ends its mission by intentionally burning up in Saturn's atmosphere. We are joined by Morgan Cable, a technologist at NASA and member of the Cassini team, Sarah Hörst, assistant professor of planetary science at Johns Hopkins, Michelle Thaller, an astronomer and deputy director for science communications at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Nadia Drake, a contributing writer at National Geographic.
Sep 14, 2017
Facts And Friction | Senator Jeff Flake's Reality Check For Republicans
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Whether with Truth-O-Meters or Pinocchios —which the president says he doesn't like— news organizations have become ever-vigilant in monitoring for any sign of fire around political pants. Even Snopes, a website that once mostly dealt in debunking urban legends and bizarre internet claims, is now a player in serious journalism. How do fact checkers tell truth from fiction, and who fact-checks the fact checkers? We ask Glenn Kessler, writer of "The Fact Checker" column for The Washington Post, David Mikkelson, founder and CEO of Snopes.com, Yvonne Rolzhausen, head of The Atlantic's fact-checking department and Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. Then we're one-on-one with Senator Jeff Flake about his new book, "Conscience of a Conservative." The Arizona Republican thinks "the conservative movement and the Republican Party is being compromised by populism" and says conservatives need to find their roots — roots that don't go near President Trump.
Sep 13, 2017
Credit Check: Equifax And Your Financial Future
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Ever bought a car? Applied for a job? Checked your credit score? Then you're probably in the system. The U.S. credit system. Three of the biggest credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian and Equifax — have data on millions of Americans. And some of that data, including addresses, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers, has been compromised in a cyberattack on Equifax. An estimated 143 million people could be affected by the breach. Who's minding the credit bureaus? And is there anything consumers can do to protect personal data from future hacks? We ask Michelle Singletary, syndicated columnist of "The Color of Money" for The Washington Post, Nela Richardson, chief economist for Redfin, Joseph Rubin, senior vice president of government affairs and public relations at MWW and Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin.
Sep 12, 2017
Must-See Political TV
Two major players are done with government, but they say they're not done with politics. What's next for Hillary Clinton and Steve Bannon? CBS aired interviews with each of them on Sunday. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's talking points on "60 Minutes" included the removal of Confederate monuments, his continued support of President Trump's agenda and the president's "enemies." One of those enemies, Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton, gave the first interview about her new book, "What Happened," to CBS News' Sunday Morning. We get reaction from Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC's long-running program "On the Media." Garfield's been thinking a lot about American identity in preparation for his one-man show, "Ruggedly Jewish," opening this weekend in Philadelphia. Also today, we asked Floridians what they're seeing and feeling after Irma swept across the state, leaving 60% of homes and businesses without power. That conversation is online at www.the1a.org
Sep 11, 2017
The News Roundup
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Hurricane Irma plowed through the Caribbean, the DOJ announced that DACA would end next year and President Trump makes a deal with Democratic Congressional leaders to pass hurricane relief funding. Also, North Korea seemed to up the ante this week with a supposed hydrogen bomb test that prompted an urgent response from the U.N. as well as conflicting messages from President Trump. Covering domestic news is Alexis Simendinger, White House correspondent for RealClearPolitics, Byron Tau, congressional reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Priscilla Alvarez, assistant editor for The Atlantic. Discussing international news is Courtney Kube, national security and military reporter for NBC News, Julia Ioffe, staff writer for The Atlantic and Ambassador Derek Mitchell, senior adviser to the Asia Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, who also served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 2012 to 2016.
Sep 08, 2017
Fashion Gets Real
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Super-skinny supermodels still own the runway, but that's starting to change. Why are some fashion companies going for a healthier look? Two conglomerates say they will no longer employ models smaller than a size zero, or models younger than 16. It's a big announcement at the start of New York Fashion Week, in an industry that's used to concerns over anorexia and working conditions. What's driving these changes: morality, or money? And how is fashion reaching out to women of different body types? We're discussing it with Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic for The New York Times, Sara Ziff, a former model and founding director of the Model Alliance, Cindy Gallop, an advertising consultant and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld and Katie Sturino, founder of the12ishstyle.com. For the latest on Hurricane Irma — with reports from Puerto Rico and Miami —visit www.the1a.org
Sep 07, 2017
America The Gullible?
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Kurt Andersen, host of the public radio program Studio 360, had an epiphany when he saw the first episode of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central more than ten years ago. As he writes in his new book, Fantasyland, "America had changed since I was young, when 'truthiness' and reality-based community wouldn't have made any sense as jokes." In the age of alternative facts, #fakenews and conspiracy theories, we talk to Andersen about what he calls a 500-year history of how America went haywire. Also today, we talked about the human side of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. What will happen to these young "Dreamers" when the program ends? And what might a better policy look like? That conversation is at www.the1a.org.
Sep 06, 2017
Welcome Back, Congress
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Congress returns from summer vacation with a lot of homework. What does it need to get done and what might go undone? Some major items on President Trump's agenda are in focus this term, including tax reform, military spending, the federal budget and the immigration policy known as DACA. The Trump administration announced today that it's ending DACA in six months — enough time for Congress to find a fix. We answer your questions about what Congress is facing, the options on the table and the politics behind doing its job with Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News, Susan Davis, congressional correspondent for NPR and Lauren Fox, congressional reporter for CNN.
Sep 05, 2017
Zillionaire To Other Zillionaires: 'Pay Up'
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You probably don't know our guest Nick Hanauer, but he has more money than you. As a self-proclaimed "unapologetic capitalist," he 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, in an article for Politico. "If we don't do something to fix the glaring inequalities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us," he writes. "You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None." His advice hasn't exactly been heeded. And now he's telling the super-wealthy to pay workers more to avoid an uprising. Thing is, is anyone listening?
Sep 04, 2017
The Smartphone Generation: Less Sex, Fewer Drinks, More Depression
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Parents love to complain that smartphones will rot their kids' brains and kill their social skills. But research shows those parents ... could be right. In this weekend bonus podcast: saving the smartphone generation. Today's youth have never known life without the Internet. A new book by psychologist Jean Twenge focuses on the hard data behind how technology affects teenagers, and some of those effects are pretty bad. How are young people struggling emotionally, spiritually, socially and professionally? Where are they doing better than their parents did? And what can adults do to help them thrive? We're joined by Jean Twenge, author of "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood" and Adam Pletter, a child psychologist who specializes in the healthy use of digital technology. Then, how iGen are you? Find our interactive quiz at www.the1a.org
Sep 02, 2017
The News Roundup
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Harvey was the big story this week: too big to follow completely, sometimes. Let's fill in what you might have missed, and look ahead. Joining us for a special edition of the domestic news roundup are Manu Raju, senior political reporter for CNN, Gail Delaughter, a reporter for Houston Public Media, Sue Lincoln, news director of 89.3 WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Julián Aguilar, politics and border affairs reporter for the Texas Tribune. Then, we discuss the top international stories of the week with Michael Goldfarb, host of the podcast First Rough Draft of History, P.J. Crowley, former assistant secretary of state and author of "Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States," and Simon Marks, president and chief correspondent of Feature Story News, an independent broadcast agency with bureaus in the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Sep 01, 2017
Helping After Harvey | Meet The iGen
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A crisis can bring out the best in people ... and the worst. No one wants their good intentions to make them a victim of scam artists or wasteful charities. Today we're getting tips on how to donate, what to give and how to vet potential recipients. And, we'll hear from the American Red Cross about its disaster assistance in light of concerns over how it spends donations. We're joined by Michelle Singletary, syndicated columnist of "The Color of Money" for The Washington Post, Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar, Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of GlobalGiving, Suzy DeFrancis, chief public affairs officer of the American Red Cross and Jonathan Katz, author of "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster." Then, need a break from disaster coverage? Take our quiz on the smartphone generation ... precisely how iGen are you? It's at www.the1a.org Click on "The Smartphone Generation: Less Sex, Fewer Drinks, More Depression."
Aug 31, 2017