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The Terror Of Tornadoes

7/18/2024
Sirens echoed this week across several states in the Midwest. According to the National Weather Service, a storm system made up of several thunderstorms – known as a derecho – developed over Iowa and swept through parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. This year has seen almost a thousand tornadoes. The first of which was reported near Galveston, Texas, on January 5. We get into what happened with those twisters and what we know about their uptick in frequency. We discuss what role, if any, climate change plays in all this. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:31:48

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The Value Of A Technical Education In 2024

7/17/2024
As the price of four-year colleges balloon and the job market becomes increasingly unstable, a new batch of workers are going another route: technical school. Students enrolled in vocational-focused community colleges increased 16 percent from 2022 to 2023, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. A technical college in Florida says almost all their programs are close to capacity. And in Maine, enrollment in career and technical schools passed 10,000 students statewide for the first time. We discuss what a technical education looks like today and how beneficial the path can be for students. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:31:26

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Game Mode: 2024 In Games, So Far

7/16/2024
On this edition of Game Mode, we take a look at the games that are giving us a thrill so far in 2024. And we look at some games that have disappointed. What can the success or failure of this year's games tell us about the video game industry? The industry spans from tech companies like Microsoft, all the way down to solo developers. It's expected to be worth $189 billion this year. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:32:04

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'If You Can Keep It': The Attempted Assassination Of Donald Trump

7/15/2024
Details are still emerging after the shooting at a Pennsylvania rally held by Donald Trump. The shooting is being investigated as an assassination attempt. The former president says he was injured shot in his right ear. One person was killed, and two other rally attendees were critically injured. We break down what we know about the shooting and the security failures that led to this weekend's events. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:38:32

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A Conversation-ish With Gary Janetti

7/14/2024
Gary Janetti has built a solid following on Instagram, entertaining his one million followers with stories of travel, observations on life and...his ability to critique blueberries and annoying children like no other. His new book "We Are Experiencing a Slight Delay" is a collection of essays, reflecting on travel, adventure (misadventure) and love. Interspersed with recollections of his trips are personal meditations on dining alone, journeys to diverse destinations and the importance of kindness while being a visitor. Emmy nominated television writer, Gary Janetti joins us to talk about his new book. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:32:40

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The News Roundup For July 12, 2024

7/12/2024
Question marks continue to plague the candidacy of President Joe Biden. The GOP is reworking its platform ahead of the Republican National Convention, softening some of the more intense portions that have received media attention. Boeing is set to plead guilty to criminal fraud charges related to the crashes of two 737 Max jetliners that killed 346 people. NATO leaders gathered in Washington this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the organization's founding. An Israeli Defense Force strike killed dozens of Palestinians in front of a school near Khan Younis. We cover all this and more during this week's News Roundup. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:01:26:37

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How NDAs Left The Office And Entered Our Homes

7/11/2024
One legal document has quietly reigned supreme in American board rooms, film sets, and sometimes even homes: non-disclosure agreements. But NDAs aren't just for employees anymore. More and more people around the country are using and signing these documents to protect personal, sensitive information. A new feature from New York Magazine explores how NDAs have become "the defining legal document of our time." We speak to the writer of that piece. What discuss what's fueling the move and its impact. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:35:50

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The Voracious World Of Competitive Eating

7/10/2024
Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest has been hosted every summer on Coney Island since 1972. Competitors eat as many dogs as they can in 10 minutes, hoping to claim the "Mustard Belt" and a grand prize $10,000. According to Nathan's, nearly 40,000 spectators flocked to Coney Island to watch this year's contest. Nielsen reports its annual television viewership at nearly a million people. Competitive eaters train hard to be able to take part in these kinds of events. We discuss the science behind competitive eating and our fascination with watching these kinds of competitions. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:31:27

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The Writers' Room: Flying High And Loving Deeply With Romantasy

7/9/2024
Romantasy is a popular literary genre that blends elements of fantasy and romance. It's also one of the fastest growing. Between 2022 and 2023, romantasy novel sales increased by 42 percent. What's driving this surge in fantastical romances? And what can they teach us about dreaming big, loving deeply, and not giving up hope even when the odds are stacked against us? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:49

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'If You Can Keep It': Presidential Immunity, Donald Trump, And Joe Biden's Candidacy

7/8/2024
We're processing the landmark ruling the Supreme Court handed down on Monday, July 1, in Trump v. United States. The justices decided that presidents are immune from criminal prosecution for acts they carry out in their official capacity as leaders. So what does that ruling mean for the power of the Oval Office, our democracy, and the former president? We also spend some time talking about the math behind Joe Biden's decision making regarding his candidacy following a poor debate performance. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:43:42

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The Sounds Of America: Class Of 2024

7/5/2024
The Library of Congress is famous for its collection of American cultural treasures. Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses just 25 pieces of audio to showcase the rich heritage of America's recorded sound. Every year, in partnership with the Library of Congress, 1A profiles some of the newest inductees into the National Recording Registry. Think of it as the country's audio "hall of fame." We profile some of this year's entries from notable artists, including Bill Withers, Blondie, Jefferson Airplane, Lily Tomlin, and Bobby McFerrin. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:01:29:48

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Examining The Power Of First Ladies In American History

7/4/2024
They have the ear of the most powerful person in the country. They pillow talk with the president. They are... the first ladies. As Americans celebrate with fireworks and talks of the Founding Fathers, it's the women behind these presidents that leave an often overlooked mark. Abigail Adams wrote a letter to future president John Adams to "remember the ladies" while drafting the Declaration of Independence. The country's first ladies play a significant and unique role – and it's always evolving. We talk about the role and some of America's most memorable first ladies. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:35:14

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U.S. Surgeon General Murthy Tackles Mental Health, And Disinformation

7/3/2024
Being healthy in America these days looks a little different than it did in years gone by. We sit down with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to talk about how he's tackling the job this time around. He also served as surgeon general under the Obama administration. Murthy has set a few priorities for this term, including addressing loneliness, youth mental health, and health disinformation. And last week he announced gun violence as a public health crisis. We discuss what we can expect from him and his office. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:00

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What Happens When A College Shuts Its Doors For Good?

7/2/2024
School's out and summer is in session. But for some, this season is anything but relaxing. That's because many colleges have shut their doors, for good. Since the onset of the pandemic, colleges have been shutting down rapidly, now at a rate of one every week. We discuss what happens to students and faculty when their college closes, and why so many of them finding it difficult to stay open. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:34:16

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'If You Can Keep It': The End Of The Supreme Court's Term

7/1/2024
Going into the beginning of July, we take stock of the Supreme Court's recent term, including a rush of a dozen cases it released in the last week. The Supreme Court considered controversial topics this summer, including Donald Trump and presidential immunity, charges against Jan. 6 rioters, emergency abortion care, gun rights for people with a history of domestic violence, interactions between the government and social media companies, and the discretion that federal agencies can have in implementing laws. As part of our weekly politics series "If You Can Keep It," we hear from our legal experts about what the court's decisions mean for the country and for the stakes of this election. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:39:47

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The News Roundup For June 28, 2024

6/28/2024
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump meet in Atlanta, Georgia for a memorable debate. The Supreme Court temporarily blocks the Environmental Protection Agency's "Good Neighbor Plan" and blocks the multibillion Purdue opioid settlement, finding it inappropriately protected the Sackler family. And the Court sides with the Biden Administration in a challenge to Idaho's strict abortion ban. Meanwhile, Bolivia foils a military coup attempt. Army General Juan José Zúñiga is arrested hours after he led troops and tanks to storm the presidential palace in the capital, La Paz. In Kenya, protests resume a day after President Ruto makes a dramatic U-turn and withdraws contentious tax hikes. And Israel warns it can send Lebanon "back to the Stone Age" as the United Nations humanitarian affairs chief warns a conflict would be "potentially apocalyptic." We cover all this and more during this week's News Roundup. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:01:26:36

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Ask A Grillmaster

6/27/2024
Since the dawn of mankind, humans have been have been taking food to fire. After thousands of years — and probably tons of really awful woolly mammoth meat — we've learned to make grilling taste good. With summer here and summer holidays just around the corner, it's almost impossible to head outside and not catch a whiff of a grill somewhere. But the world of grilling has gone through a lot of innovation since our ancestors first held ingredients to the sacred fire. We're here to help you make sense of it all. For our latest installment of our "Ask A..." series, we're asking grillmasters all about their craft and answering your questions. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:34:55

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Best Of: SOS: Saving Keystone Species

6/26/2024
What do bison, beaver, wolves and sea otters all have in common? They're keystone species. That means they have an outsized impact on their ecosystem. It took humans driving some of these to near extinction to realize just how important they are. Now animals like the American Bison and North American Beaver are some of the Endangered Species Act's most notable success stories. As part of our series marking the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, we're taking a closer look at the efforts to save keystone species. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find out how to connect with us by visiting our website. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:37:10

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Journalist And Historian Nick Bryant On America's "Forever War"

6/25/2024
What are the consequences of America's unresolved history? That's the question raised by a new book by journalist and historian Nick Bryant, "The Forever War: America's Unending Conflict with Itself." The book maps a path from the founding of the United States to the current political state of the country, and argues that the political divisiveness we see today is a natural part of the country's story. Nick Bryant joins us to talk about the lessons we can learn from America's history, and what that history can tell us about the stakes of the election. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:31

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'If You Can Keep It': Immigration Plans For A Second Term

6/24/2024
Voter surveys show Americans list immigration and the southern border as a top concern in this election year. At the Southern border, encounters between law enforcement and people seeking entry reached their highest numbers on record last December. Trump has seized on the issue in the campaign and President Biden recently changed asylum rules for people arriving at the border. We discuss how U.S. immigration policy could change in the next four years when it comes to protected status, deportations, and more. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Connect with us. Listen to 1A sponsor-free by signing up for 1A+ at plus.npr.org/the1a. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Duration:00:33:02