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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.




Is 'Dry January' Getting Drier?

There's been a lot of buzz about alcohol lately. Last year, more than a third of U.S. adults of legal drinking age decided to go sober for an entire month as part of a challenge known as "dry January." That's an increase from the 21 percent of people who took part in 2019, according to food and drink research firm CGA. We discuss Americans' relationship with alcohol. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on...


What 100 Years Of Disney Means For American Entertainment

What comes to mind when you think of Disney? Princesses searching for love? Talking animals saving the day? Theme parks with fireworks lighting the sky? The answer is different depending on who you ask. The company will enter its 100th year as the largest entertainment firm in the world. Disney is worth $180 billion and had four of the ten highest-grossing films of 2022. But the company's journey hasn't been a fairytale. From accusations of poor employee pay and a lack of diversity in...


The News Roundup For January 27, 2023

California is still reeling after three mass shootings – including two that happened within three days. Five former Memphis police officers were indicted on murder charges in the death of Tyree Nichols on Thursday. Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis fired the five Black officers for violating department policy after Nichols' arrest earlier this month. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the U.S. will send 31 M-1 Abrams battle tanks to Ukraine for its fight...


The Return Of The Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is returning to Park City, Utah, with a slate of more than 120 independent films making their debut to an in-person crowd for the first time in two years. The festival attracts filmmakers and actors from around the globe hoping to become the next "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Get Out." The festival also features a variety of films centering the female experience, including "The Pod Generation." It's set in the future where couples can give birth through a detached...


The Curious Case of 'Havana Syndrome'

Approximately two dozen American diplomats in Havana, Cuba, first heard piercing, metallic hissing in 2016. They began experiencing nausea, vertigo, headaches, and other cognitive ailments, but doctors haven't been able to figure out what could be making them sick. Theories include the use of sonic weapons launched by hostile foreign actors like Russia. But the CIA has dismissed that idea, saying most cases of "Havana Syndrome" actually stem from other pre-existing medical conditions....


A TikTok Ban Hangs in the Balance Once Again

There are growing efforts to ban the popular social media app TikTok by some U.S. lawmakers. Negotiations with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on how to keep TikTok in the U.S. are ongoing; but some legislators are still trying to ban Tik Tok's parent company ByteDance from doing business in the country entirely. How is this different from former President Donald Trump's efforts in 2020? Is there a way to keep TikTok in the U.S. while addressing national security...


Natasha Lyonne Brings Crime-of-the-Week Mystery in 'Poker Face'

In the new mystery series "Poker Face", the protagonist possesses an uncanny ability to tell when anyone is lying. This gift lands the main character – Charlie Cale, played by Natasha Lyonne – in a sticky situation with a casino manager looking to exploit her talents. It forces Charlie on the run and sparks a murder-solving spree as she travels to new towns in each episode. We discuss Lyonne's role in "Poker Face," how the show fits into modern streaming dramas, and Lyonne's career...


The News Roundup for January 20, 2023

Conservatives who initially blocked McCarthy from the speaker's gavel have walked away with key committee assignment roles. President Biden travels to California to visit areas hit by extreme weather. And the tech layoffs continue, with Microsoft's announcement that 10,000 workers will be let go. The world's elite meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The British foreign secretary encourages the US to step up its own weapons supply to Ukraine. And China deals with surging...


The U.S. Government Reached its Debt Limit. Now What?

The government has reached its "debt limit:" the cap on borrowing that, if breached, could send the U.S. and global financial markets into a tailspin. To avert such a crisis, Congress must vote to raise the debt ceiling and increase the amount the government is able to borrow. But despite urgent pleas from Democrats, House Republicans are stalling on the vote and using their narrow majority to demand spending cuts. How soon can we expect Congress to negotiate and pass a debt limit...


Prince Harry and the Future of the British Monarchy

By now, you've probably seen the headlines – and memes – about the revelations Prince Harry includes in his new memoir, "Spare." Overall, the book is a revealing look into the invisible machine that operates the royal family and a condemnation of the British tabloid press. And it's been incredibly popular. Libraries here in the U.S. are struggling to meet the demand, with months-long wait times for a copy. We talk about the enduring fascination Americans have with the royal family, and...


The Near Future Looks Turbulent for Airlines

Millions of Americans are recovering from travel chaos. Southwest canceled more than 16,000 flights between Christmas and the New Year. Then, it was deja-vu for travelers last Wednesday after a technical glitch in the Federal Aviation Authority's computer system forced all flights to be grounded. We look at the airline industry – what's working, what isn't, and what these meltdowns reveal about the future of flying. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe...


Salute to MLK: The Struggle for Democracy and the Vote

Who can vote and how they can cast their ballot are questions as important today as they were almost 60 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead the fight for voting rights. This show is a special program honoring the legacy of Dr. King with a contemporary focus on voting access and democracy. 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 January 13, 2023

The House finally has its new speaker. A Federal Aviation Administration glitch grounded every flight in the U.S. And Elon Musk now holds the record for the most amount of money ever lost. More than 1,200 people have been charged in Brazil for storming the government buildings in protests. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the audience at the Golden Globes this week that there would be "no World War III." Scientists have found that Earth's ozone layer is on track to be fully...


Listener Picks: The Problems with Puppy Mills

Over 2.6 million dogs in the U.S. originate from commercial breeders, more commonly known as puppy mills. There are countless stories of animals being kept in miserable conditions, small cages, and with little medical care. States have slowly been putting policies in place to protect pups, but some say federal protections don't go far enough and many breeders go under the radar. Today, we talk about the ethics of dog breeding, and what can be done to ensure the welfare of man's best...


Listener Picks: The Electric Grid and Climate Change

Power utilities are moving away from coal and natural gas power plants and embracing renewable energy sources like hydro, wind, and solar. But it's a slow turnaround. In the meantime, as floods, droughts, freezes, and heatwaves become more prevalent in the face of climate change, they're adding further stress to the already-fragile power grid. What does the power grid of the future look like? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have...


Joe Biden's Gone to the U.S.-Mexico Border. What For?

This week, President Biden made his first presidential trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, stopping in El Paso, Texas before heading to a summit in Mexico City. He announced that his Administration will accept up to 30,000 migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela, and Nicaragua each month, and allow them to work in the U.S. for up to 2 years. They will also begin to send unauthorized migrants to Mexico. So how far do the White House's latest immigration policies go? And what impact could they have...


Listener Picks: When Foster Kids Become Adults

Around 25,000 kids age out of the foster care system every year in the U.S. What happens when they do? In the years immediately following their 18th or 21st birthday (depending on the state), these young adults are likely to struggle in poverty. The effects of growing up in the system last decades into adulthood, too. We heard from one of our listeners, Priscilla Molina, who told us growing up in foster care has affected how she relates to others and herself. We talk to a panel of former...


The News Roundup For January 6, 2023

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy has had better weeks. The Republican expected to get his party's nod to become speaker of the House this week as the new representatives were supposed to be sworn in. However, a holdout wing of the GOP has stalled McCarthy's ascent. McCarthy has been unable to win the absolute majority of votes required to become House speaker for days. Damar Hamlin's health is reportedly improving despite being in critical condition. The Buffalo Bill was hospitalized...


Recreational Marijuana and Restorative Justice

Who is allowed to profit from marijuana legalization? In New York, the law specifically carves out provisions for those who've been disproportionately impacted by drug laws. It's the latest example of a growing nationwide trend called "restorative justice." But many state legislatures have come under fire for not prioritizing equitable access to the marijuana market or for falling short in their efforts. How can social equity and legalization coexist? Want to support 1A? Give to your...


Why Are Women's Health Concerns Dismissed So Often?

From chronic pain to emergency room visits, women's medical concerns are often dismissed at higher rates than those of men. One study shows that middle-aged women with chest pain were twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness than their male counterparts. Another study found that women and people of color who visited emergency rooms with chest pain waited longer to be seen by a doctor. America's gynecological practice has been traced back to slavery. Today, gender and racial...