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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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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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Nick Offerman On Being An 'Ignorant American'

Nick Offerman is an actor, a woodworker, and he's also written a few books. But you may know him best as the super libertarian Ron Swanson from NBC's hit comedy, Parks and Recreation. We talk to him about his new book called Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


The News Roundup for December 3, 2021

Following South Africa's initial reports, the omicron variant was detected in the United States. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control are working to impose strict testing requirements for international travelers. But questions have been raise over such measures' efficacy when Americans traveling abroad are allowed into the country without hesitation. Despite earlier refusals to cooperate with the House committee investigating the insurrection on Jan. 6, President Donald Trump's...


SCOTUS v. Roe v. Wade

The future of Roe v. Wade is uncertain. The case legalized a woman's right to an abortion in 1973, and this week the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that considers the legality of a Mississippi state law banning abortion 15 weeks after conception. How likely is an overruling of Roe v. Wade? And what did this week's hearings tell us about the Justices' stances on abortion? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have...


St. Jude Makes Big Promises. Do They Hold Up?

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraises on the promise that "families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live." But a new investigation from ProPublica investigates that claim, a statement which helps the charity out-raise any other hospital of its type. We dive deep into the investigation and that statement. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and...


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

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...


Transgender Troops On Protecting Their Right To Serve

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...


Food, Traditions, and Turkey Day: Old and New

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...


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

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...


Why Guilty Pleasures Shouldn't Make Us Feel Guilty

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...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Judges

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...


The News Roundup for November 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...


2021, The Year Of The 'Sad Girl'

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...


Homicide Or Self-Defense: The Rittenhouse And Arbery Cases

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...


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

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...


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

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...


'Southern Belle Insults' with Keke Palmer And Jasmine Guillory

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...


The News Roundup for November 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...


When Schools Ban Books

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...


Travis Scott, Astroworld, and Crowd Safety

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...


Probing COP 26's Promises

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...