Listening to the news can feel like a journey. But 1A guides you beyond the headlines – and cuts through the noise. Let's get to the heart of the story, together – on 1A.

Listening to the news can feel like a journey. But 1A guides you beyond the headlines – and cuts through the noise. Let's get to the heart of the story, together – on 1A.


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Listening to the news can feel like a journey. But 1A guides you beyond the headlines – and cuts through the noise. Let's get to the heart of the story, together – on 1A.




The News Roundup for August 12, 2022

Federal authorities searched former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, following a tip that he was keeping classified records at his home. The Inflation Reduction Act passed the House this week. The piece of legislation comes after reports there was no inflation in the month of July. And tennis superstar Serena Williams announced her intention to retire from the sport after the US Open. Meanwhile, Ukraine's nuclear operator says Russian forces are going to use the captured...


Water Week: How To Farm In A Drought

Greeley, Colorado, is a farm town closer to the Wyoming border than it is to Denver. The western U.S. is in the middle of a 22-year-long mega drought and Greeley is just one of the towns where farmers are facing tough decisions over how to keep us fed when there's less water to go around. We discuss innovative solutions farmers have come up with and how the drought is changing the way we think about agriculture. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to...


Water Week: Flooding Comes Inland

The death toll of last month's disastrous floods in Kentucky continues to rise. President Joe Biden toured areas of the state this week to survey the devastation. He announced the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs of recovery over the next 30 days. The number of extreme flooding events across the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years compared to the previous 20 years. And according to Nicholas Pinter, a professor of applied geo-sciences at U.C....


Water Week: Melting Glaciers And Rising Seas

In early July, a large chunk of the Marmolada Glacier detached, causing an avalanche. At least seven died. The tragedy is a direct effect of quickening glacier loss. Glaciers are melting twice as fast as they did two decades ago. About 20 percent of global sea level rise can be attributed to melting glaciers. Sea level rises threatens coastal communities in the U.S., but also entire island nations. Pacific island nations, which contribute relatively little to climate change, are the most...


Water Week: Access To Clean Drinking Water

Human beings start their days with water. A warm shower. Brushing teeth. Washing faces. The more than two million Americans who live without running water, however, aren't afforded this luxury. More than 25 million Americans don't drink water that meets federal health standards according to a study conducted by The Guardian. Native American households are 19 times more likely to lack indoor plumbing than white households. We hear from one of the people trying to address the problem. We...


Best Of: Kenny Loggins Is 'Still Alright'

Singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins recounts his 50-year career in his new memoir, "Still Alright." Its publication came just weeks after the new 'Top Gun' movie hit theaters in June, which featured Loggins' hit song "Danger Zone." He was known as "The King of the Soundtrack" in part thanks to "Danger Zone." But tunes like "Footloose" and "I'm Alright" from "Caddyshack" helped too. We sit down with Loggins to talk music, family, and relationships. We even enjoy hearing from a furry surprise...


The News Roundup For August 5, 2022

Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday for midterm election primaries in five states: Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington. Kansas voters rejected a ballot measure that would have stripped abortion rights from the state's constitution. Rescue workers are facing more rain in eastern Kentucky this weekend as the region continues to recover from devastating floods. Meanwhile, China has imposed undefined sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her immediate family. The move...


The Pentagon Established An Office To Track UFOs. What Could We Learn?

In May, Congress held its first hearing on UFOs in over 50 years. Now, the Pentagon has created an office to track what they call UAPs, or unidentified aerial phenomena. And NASA has begun its own investigation. We discuss what's behind Americans' obsession with UFOs and what role can — and should — the government play in tracking them. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


1A Remaking America: Primary Elections In Michigan, Arizona, And Kansas

Voters in five states decided who will lead their parties in the 2024 general election. In Arizona, election denialism was regularly discussed by the state's GOP candidates for governor. In Michigan, we're learning more about Democratic spending meant to bolster right-of-center candidates. The idea is to prop up an easier target for Democratic candidates to take on in the purple state. Meanwhile, in Kansas voters weighed in on whether to uphold or dismantle the abortion rights that the...


1A Record Club: Beyoncé's 'Renaissance'

Beyoncé is back. Queen Bey's seventh album, "Renaissance," was released last week. It's her first studio album since 2016's "Lemonade." In 16 tracks, the album takes listeners on a dance music odyssey, paying homage to '90s house music, bounce music, Afrobeats, and the ballroom scene. It features samples from artists like Donna Summer and Grace Jones and pays tribute to Black LGBTQ music and culture. The 1A Record Club dives into Beyoncé's "Renaissance." Want to support 1A? Give to your...


Monkeypox And The BA.5 Variant

The latest omicron variant, BA.5, is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. It's also the most transmissible yet. And as much of the country went maskless this summer, COVID surged. President Joe Biden tested positive twice in July. As cities and states cope with another spike, the Biden administration is also responding to an outbreak of monkeypox. The WHO said the outbreak of the disease is a global health emergency. The CDC has identified more than 5,000 known cases of monkeypox in...


Best Of: Meet TikTok's 'Coastal Grandmother'

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you're on the beach in an outfit that Diane Keaton would wear, looking through a book of Ina Garten recipes with a cashmere sweater tied across your shoulders. If any of this appeals to you, you might be what's known on TikTok as a "coastal grandmother." It's a term coined by 26-year-old TikTok creator Lex Nicoleta to describe a beachy, romantic aesthetic. We discuss the coastal grandmother vibe and what it can tell us about how trends...


The News Roundup for July 29, 2022

Republican politicians are embracing the term "Christian nationalist." Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called for the GOP to promote the ideology multiple times in recent weeks. The Washington Post reports the Justice Department is investigating former President Donald Trump as part of its criminal probe into the Jan. 6 insurrection. Attorney General Merrick Garland told NBC this probe is "the most wide-ranging investigation in [department] history." President Joe Biden tested negative...


1A Remaking America: Election Disinformation Goes Grassroots

A handful of high-profile election deniers are taking their conspiracy theories on the road. It has election officials from both parties worried. Since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, NPR documented hundreds of events around the country where speakers pedaled false information about the 2020 Election before an in-person audience. Now, election workers say they're seeing an uptick in disinformation around election security. Poll workers are also facing increased threats ahead of the...


How The FDA Is Addressing Vaping And E-Cigarettes

More than 2 million high school and middle students reported using e-cigarettes in 2021. A quarter of them say they vape daily. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is trying to do something about it. Last month, the agency ordered one of the largest vaping companies in the country, Juul, to pull its products from the market so it could conduct a sweeping review. But a day later, an appeals court blocked the FDA's plan. The temporary stay suspends the ban on marketing Juul products, but it...


The Fight To Protect Same-Sex Marriage

A new bill is making its way through Congress that would protect the right to same-sex marriage on the federal level. The Respect for Marriage Act passed the House with the support of 47 Republicans. The push in Congress comes after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health decision suggesting that the court should reconsider Obergefell v. Hodges. The right to same-sex marriage has been protected under the Obergefell decision...


Climate Action In Washington — Or Not

Recent congressional action on climate change stalled after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin pulled his support from a bill that would have created $300 billion in new subsidies for alternative energy and electric cars. Manchin pointed to country-wide inflation and the bill's high price tag to justify his decision. Unable to push his climate policy through Congress, President Joe Biden instead took executive action, though he fell short of declaring a full-on "climate emergency." The...


Best Of: Native Americans Are The Highlight Of This Summer's TV Slate

It took 30 years for "Dark Winds" to be adapted for television. The Tony Hillerman series revolves around the Navajo Nation and two tribal policemen trying to solve the murder of a Navajo woman. The show has already made history for its predominant Native cast and crew, already cinching up a second season. All episodes of the first season are available for streaming on AMC+. But this series isn't alone this summer in presenting Native Americans in a more authentic way. "Rutherford Falls"...


The News Roundup For July 22, 2022

President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms on Thursday. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to protect same-sex and interracial marriage. It comes after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote an opinion suggesting the high court should reconsider its rulings on same-sex marriage and contraception. Heat waves driven by climate change are ravaging the U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to keep Americans cool as temperatures climb....


1A Remaking America: The Legal Minefield For Abortions In Texas And Louisiana

So-called "trigger" laws in 13 states were on the books when Roe v. Wade was overturned. But abortion is still legal in some of these places due to legal battles playing out in state courts. But weekly changes in legality are wearing down both patients seeking this care and those who provide it. Some district attorneys in urban areas in these states say they won't prosecute abortion crimes in their jurisdiction, though that reassurance has not been enough to keep clinics open. We talk...