1A is home to the national conversation. The show frames the best debates with great guests in ways to make you think, share and engage.

1A is home to the national conversation. The show frames the best debates with great guests in ways to make you think, share and engage.


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1A is home to the national conversation. The show frames the best debates with great guests in ways to make you think, share and engage.




The News Roundup for September 17, 2021

One in 500 Americans has died of COVID-19. Intensive Care Units in many states, especially in the South, are critically full, causing those without the disease to wait to see a physician or receive treatment. House Democrats prepped a plan to bump the corporate tax rate to pay for President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion infrastructure package. Despite political analysts predicting a tighter race, California Gov. Gavin Newsom convincingly defeated a recall election. Meanwhile, following the...


The Skirmish Over School Boards

School boards are used to dealing with local grievances. But these days, their meetings are becoming venues for national issues. These often mundane gatherings have become ground zero for heated debates over mask mandates, critical race theory, and gender pronouns. But school boards have long been local flashpoints for national issues. Are the current disputes much different from those in the past over sex education, textbooks, or the fight to keep evolution out of the classroom? Want to...


Taxing The Rich For The Social Safety Net

Congress is back in session and one of its most important tasks now is to figure out how to pay for President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion dollar plan to expand the social safety net. Democrats hope to fund it by raising taxes for wealthy corporations and individuals, which Republicans are pushing back on. So how does Congress move forward? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


You Have Questions About Texas' Abortion Law. We Have Answers.

A week after the Supreme Court declined to block Texas' new abortion restrictions, the Justice Department sued the state of Texas. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who announced the lawsuit, says the statute is unconstitutional. We talk about the new lawsuit — and answer your questions about the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


What Can the Pandemic Tell Us About State of States' Rights?

As the delta variant rages on, President Joe Biden says he will issue an executive order that would require certain businesses to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine for their employees. There's a high likelihood this move will spur legal challenges, and it also raises the question of what the federal government can and can't mandate. Biden's executive order could be a unifying force when it comes to the vaccine. It could also deepen the power struggle between federal and state authorities. So,...


It's Wedding Season... In A Pandemic

It's wedding season... during a pandemic. Many couples set their eyes on 2021 to host their big day with hopes of a semi-normal summer after a year of uncertainty. That normal summer didn't come, but still, nearly half of couples with wedding dates in 2020 postponed their receptions until 2021 according to a study by The Knot. That means we're seeing a lot more weddings than normal this year. And the wedding boom is likely here to stay for at least another year. How should couples hoping...


The News Roundup for September 10, 2021

As the new school year starts, current cases of Covid-19 have now topped 40 million. A fourth of these cases are children. President Joe Biden warned the nation of a "code red" climate emergency. His administration is laying out a solar plan to provide half of the nation's electricity by 2050. Meanwhile, the Taliban has named its interim cabinet as it works to establish its government in Afghanistan. Women have taken to the streets in protest of the group's gender policies which include a...


What It Meant To Be Muslim In America After 9/11

As we near the 20-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, many Americans are reflecting on that moment and its fallout. For Muslim Americans, that fallout included a rise in Islamophobia. Hate crimes against Muslims spiked 500 percent from 2000-2009, according to data from Brown University. Our panel of experts reflects on the anti-Muslim discrimination following 9/11 and what change still needs to happen. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe...


The California Governorship, A Recall Election, And Gavin Newsom's Political Future

In less than a week, Californians will head to the polls in a recall election to decide the fate of their governor, Gavin Newsom. It's the second recall of a California governor in the state's history and 46 candidates are hoping to take his job — including conservative talk show host Larry Elder, reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, and financial YouTuber Kevin Paffrath. But do any of them have a chance of replacing Newsom in one of the bluest states in the U.S.? And what's with...


A Former Guantánamo Detainee Shares His Story

At the age of 18, a Yemeni man named Mansoor Adayfi says he was traveling in Afghanistan when he was kidnapped and sold to the CIA by Afghan warlords. The U.S. government had distributed flyers across the region offering bounties in exchange for "suspicious people." He became "Detainee 441" and was held without charge at Guantánamo Bay Detention Center for 14 years until his release in 2016. Adayfi tells his story in his new memoir, "Don't Forget Us Here." President Barack Obama signed an...


Aaron Copland And The Spirit Of Labor Day

The world of work has inspired some of our best-known classical music. From Schumann to Shostakovich, to one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century: Aaron Copland. For Labor Day, Copland is our focus. Leonard Bernstein called him "the best we've got." Works like "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," "A Lincoln Portrait," and "Fanfare for the Common Man" have been described as embodying the classic American virtues of simplicity, goodness, and love of wide-open...


The News Roundup for September 03, 2021

A million Americans are still without power after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the South. Rescue efforts are underway as the storm makes its way north, flooding the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. A Wall Street Journal report suggests that the majority of Special Immigration Visa applicants — including interpreters for the U.S. military — were left behind when U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Now, Republican senators are pressing President Joe Biden to find out how...


Riz Ahmed On Identity, Music, And Magical Realism

In his latest film, Mogul Mowgli, actor and rapper Riz Ahmed stars as Zed, a rapper diagnosed with an autoimmune disease right before he's set to go on a major tour. The film's subject reflects a bit of a trend. Earlier this year, Ahmed was nominated for an Academy Award for his work in The Sound of Metal, another film about a musician dealing with a life-altering medical condition. But Mogul Mowgli is arguably darker – and weirder. The film uses rap, lyricism, and magical realism to tell...


How Hurricanes Are Heating Up And Speeding Up And Texas' New Abortion Law

Legislation that bans abortions after about six weeks is now the law of the land in Texas. It effectively ends Roe v. Wade protections in the state. The law, passed in May, bans all abortions in the state after about six weeks of pregnancy — that's well before many women even know they are pregnant. The U.S. Supreme Court chose not to act on an emergency request to stop the law from taking effect at midnight. Meanwhile, the death toll continues to rise in the southeast as officials assess...


Tens Of Thousands Of Refugees Have Left Afghanistan. Now What?

The deadline for the U.S. to withdraw from Afghanistan has arrived. Since the Taliban seized Kabul on Aug. 15, the U.S. has helped evacuate around 116,000 people. Thousands of Afghan refugees have already arrived at military bases in Virginia, Texas, and New Jersey. Tens of thousands are expected to follow in the weeks to come. The evacuation from Afghanistan has been anything but smooth. U.S. officials estimate thousands are still stuck in the country and trying to get out. What happens...


The State Of Care For Perinatal And Postpartum Depression

Nearly one in seven people who give birth experience postpartum depression. Right now, there's only one PPD medication, called brexanolone, currently approved by the FDA. While it's known to be extremely effective, access is very limited. But a revolution in treating perinatal and postpartum depression may be underway. We talk with experts about the current landscape of treatment for perinatal and postpartum depression and what FDA approval of a new medication, zuranolone could...


Daring To Date During The Delta Variant

Love is in the air. And unfortunately, so is the Delta variant. Even before the pandemic, getting (and staying) in a relationship had its challenges. Now there's the added task of navigating things like vaccination status, mask mandates, and the social anxiety that comes after a long lockdown. We talk with experts and take a second look at how to navigate love in the time of coronavirus. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have...


The News Roundup for August 27, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer Covid vaccine. The endorsement has caused a wave of vaccine mandates from offices, universities, and even the Pentagon. Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths hit pandemic highs in Florida as the Delta variant continues to ravage the state. Many Florida residents are still unvaccinated and Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to make it difficult for institutions to protect their communities. Meanwhile, the situation in Afghanistan continues...


OnlyFans And The Future of Sex Work On The Internet

It was news that broke the internet. OnlyFans, a website synonymous with porn, would ban.... well, porn. Site officials say the over 2 million creators on OnlyFans have earned over $5 billion dollars on its platform. But even in the successful business of selling sex, the site's CEO says its run into an issue with payment providers who are cracking down on sexual content. Now, after blowback from their creators and many others, OnlyFans has made a surprise U-turn, saying it won't change...


Boosters, Breakthroughs, And The FDA's Blessing

The Pfizer Covid vaccine has received full approval from the FDA. This could pave the way for more vaccine mandates as well as reassure some Americans who are vaccine-hesitant. But we're still learning about the Delta variant—including that fully vaccinated people can still contract and spread the virus. That's part of why the CDC is recommending booster shots for certain groups—and will likely recommend it for everyone later this fall. We unpack boosters, breakthroughs, and Pfizer's FDA...