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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.

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Episodes

The Omicron Variant, Infected Deer, And Where The Pandemic Goes From Here

11/30/2021
An estimated 53 million Americans returned from their holiday travel this weekend to news of a new variant of COVID-19. The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa and cases have since been reported in a growing number of countries including Germany, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Experts say it's only a matter of time before cases are reported in the U.S. President Joe Biden spoke yesterday about the new variant, telling Americans not to panic. But even as we consider the...

Duration:00:25:26

Transgender Troops On Protecting Their Right To Serve

11/29/2021
On January 25, President Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military.But the door remains open for future administrations to reinstate it. So what would it take to protect the ability for trans troops to serve openly? We talk with active duty trans service members about life in the military — and what it would take to protect their right to serve. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have...

Duration:00:33:05

Food, Traditions, and Turkey Day: Old and New

11/25/2021
Last year, many families across the U.S. chose to stay home and go without their Thanksgiving and other holiday traditions to limit the spread of coronavirus. But for some, a minimal holiday season brought new traditions and menus, such as hosting a 'Friendsgiving' or celebrating solo. What can you do to make the holiday season extra special this year – both on and off the table? And what are some easy, but delicious recipes for those who may be hosting for the first time? Our panel of...

Duration:00:34:04

The Pandemic Saw A Spike In Traffic Deaths. What's Being Done To Stop It?

11/24/2021
When cities shut down at the start of the pandemic, streets were emptier. There was more speeding, more drinking and driving, and less seatbelt-wearing. Deaths and serious injuries spiked for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. And it didn't stop once cities reopened. The first half of 2021 had the largest six-month jump in traffic fatalities on record. City leaders and advocates hope the infrastructure bill will help strengthen safety policies. What's causing this spike in traffic...

Duration:00:33:44

Why Guilty Pleasures Shouldn't Make Us Feel Guilty

11/23/2021
In July 2019, Rax King published an essay about Food Network Star Guy Fieri. The so-called mayor of Flavortown is known for his bleached hair, bowling shirts, and rhyming exclamations ("so much salami, call my mommy"). King wrote about how Fieri's unadulterated tackiness was the perfect balm to help her move on from her ex-husband — a preppy, uptight, anti-Guy kind of guy. That essay went viral. King's followed it with her new book, a collection of essays that extol the benefits of what...

Duration:00:30:30

What We Talk About When We Talk About Judges

11/22/2021
Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges in a criminal trial that's underscored deep divides over gun rights, vigilantism, and racial justice protests. And throughout the trial, Judge Bruce Schroeder has garnered a lot of attention. The trial has raised tough questions about judges — who gets to be one, how they're assigned cases, how they're appointed, and how they're removed. A former judge and a legal expert answer your questions. Want to support 1A? Give to your local...

Duration:00:33:04

The News Roundup for November 19, 2021

11/19/2021
The 12 jurors charged with deciding the verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse began deliberations Tuesday morning. Eighty percent of Americans 12 and over have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, some 62 million Americans remain completely unvaccinated. Meanwhile, tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka have added their voices to a chorus of concern over the fate of fellow player Peng Shuai, who's now missing after accusing China's former vice-premier of sexual...

Duration:01:29:23

2021, The Year Of The 'Sad Girl'

11/18/2021
Between Adele's new album"30," Taylor Swift's re-release of "Red," and a new song from Mitski, it's been quite a month for so-called "sad girl" music – a category of female artists whose searing, poetic lyrics about breakups and heartache accompany us through our days. Even before November, this year has been dominated by a bevy of sad girls – from Olivia Rodrigo to Julien Baker, and from Phoebe Bridgers to Billie Eilish. But what really is sad girl music? Is it anything new? And what...

Duration:00:32:41

Homicide Or Self-Defense: The Rittenhouse And Arbery Cases

11/17/2021
Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The 17-year-old is charged with homicide following the shooting deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. The shooting occurred during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. Meanwhile, in Brunswick, Georgia, the trial of Greg and Travis McMichael for the shooting death of Ahmad Arbery is now going ongoing. The men are charged with homicide after shooting Arbery while he was on a run last...

Duration:00:32:39

Clearing Camps: The Pandemic, America's Cities, And Homelessness

11/16/2021
The pandemic exposed many gaps in modern society, but few people are more familiar with those gaps than those experiencing homelessness. That's especially true in Washington D.C., where the number of chronically unhoused people increased by more than 20 percent last year. That's also meant an increase in encampments across the city. This year, the district launched a pilot program to clear encampments and put people into housing. We also look at what's happening in Los Angeles, where...

Duration:00:33:48

The Maps Are In: The Redistricting Process And The Midterm Elections

11/15/2021
It's that time of the year: states are releasing their new congressional maps. The maps drawn during the redistricting process are significant because of what they could reveal about the 2022 midterm elections. Roughly half the country has proposed or finalized new maps, but some think Democrats have already missed their shot. We unpack what these maps mean and where they might lead us in 2022. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have...

Duration:00:34:11

'Southern Belle Insults' with Keke Palmer And Jasmine Guillory

11/14/2021
If you follow Keke Palmer on social media, you're probably familiar with her alter ego, Lady Miss Jacqueline, and her southern belle insults. Now, the character is being brought to life as a part of a short story collection by Palmer and writer Jasmine Guillory, author of the best-selling romance novels "The Wedding Date" and "The Proposal." The collection is aptly titled "Southern Belle Insults." The stories are full of fun, shade, and wit, but also cover deeper themes like confidence and...

Duration:00:32:28

The News Roundup for November 12, 2021

11/12/2021
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar came under for this week for tweeting an animated video of him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Gosar's face is superimposed over a character from the popular anime series "Attack on Titan" as they kill other characters sporting the faces of his Democratic colleagues. President Biden is continuing to advance his agenda. His administration is touting the infrastructure bill as a win for the former senator. But now the White...

Duration:01:30:26

When Schools Ban Books

11/11/2021
In late October, Republican Texas state legislator Matt Krause wrote a letter to the Texas Education Agency asking it to look into how 850 books are being used in state schools. According to a breakdown of Krause's list from Book Riot, about two-thirds of the books explore LGBT storylines or feature LGBT characters. Another 15 percent or so could be categorized as sexual education. About 8 percent discuss race and racism. While the censorship of some books in schools is nothing new, a...

Duration:00:33:22

Travis Scott, Astroworld, and Crowd Safety

11/10/2021
At least eight people have died and 300 hundred were injured due to crowd surges this weekend at a Houston-based music festival called Astroworld. It's estimated that 50,000 people attended. It was the third annual festival run and headlined by rapper Travis Scott. Scott released a video in response to the tragedy saying he plans to cover the funeral costs of those who died. But lawsuits are still piling up against the artist for "negligence and encouragement of violence." And it's not the...

Duration:00:34:48

Probing COP 26's Promises

11/9/2021
Climate change is a global problem. That's why most of the world's leaders have been meeting in Scotland for the last week at a United Nations Climate Conference known as COP26. It's the conference where many of those same countries committed to the lofty emissions goals in the Paris Climate Agreement. To date, progress toward that goal has been less than stellar. Should we expect anything major to come from COP26? What promises are being made this time around? Want to support 1A? Give to...

Duration:00:34:18

Codifying Consent: California's New Law On 'Stealthing.'

11/8/2021
Last month, California became the first state to outlaw "stealthing" — the slang term for removing a condom during sex without consent. Advocates say the ban could catalyze a legislative sea change and help people understand that stealthing is a form of sexual violence. We talk with the assembly member behind the bill and a survivor about the road ahead. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

Duration:00:34:20

Huma Abedin Steps Out Of The Background

11/7/2021
From Hillary Clinton's time in the White House as the first lady to her most recent presidential run, Huma Abedin has walked briskly behind. She's been called Hillary's shadow and right-hand woman. She quickly became a trusted aide – although firmly in the background. But Abedin's life came crashing into the spotlight during her now estranged husband's sexting scandal. Her marriage to former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner was marked by public scrutiny and betrayal. All the while, she was...

Duration:00:33:06

The News Roundup for November 5, 2021

11/5/2021
It was a big week for elections around the nation. Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial election. Michelle Wu became the first-ever person of color to be elected mayor of Boston. The Centers for Disease Control approved the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11. The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse began this week. Rittenhouse is accused of murdering two protesters in Wisconsin during protests over racial justice. The government of...

Duration:01:27:43

When It Comes to Immigration Where Does the Biden Administration Stand?

11/4/2021
President Joe Biden campaigned on the promise to build a fair and humane immigration system. Now, immigration advocates are pressuring him to end two policies from the Trump Administration, including the Migrant Protection Plan (MPP), better known as Remain in Mexico. MPP was announced in 2018 and requires asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while they wait for a court decision on their case, which can often take months. Immigration advocates called it illegal and inhumane. Biden announced he...

Duration:00:32:19