Hosted by Joshua Johnson, inspired by the First Amendment, 1A champions America's right to speak freely. News with those who make the news, great guests and topical debate. Weekday conversation framed in ways to make you think, share and engage. From NPR and WAMU.

Hosted by Joshua Johnson, inspired by the First Amendment, 1A champions America's right to speak freely. News with those who make the news, great guests and topical debate. Weekday conversation framed in ways to make you think, share and engage. From NPR and WAMU.
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Hosted by Joshua Johnson, inspired by the First Amendment, 1A champions America's right to speak freely. News with those who make the news, great guests and topical debate. Weekday conversation framed in ways to make you think, share and engage. From NPR and WAMU.




Fighting Poverty And Fixing Capitalism

In this episode, we get two perspectives on poverty. We talk to the CEO of the World Bank about her outlook for the world's poorest people. Then, the professor who won the Nobel Peace Prize for inventing a system that gave small amounts of money to poor people, has a plan to fix capitalism.

Duration: 00:45:51

Breaking Cultures Of Silence On Sexual Harassment

From being a bystander to taking a stand. As the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to unfold, is too much of the conversation about women need to do? What can men do to improve the workplace for everyone? We discussed this topic last week, too. You can find that conversation by searching "harassment" at the1a.org.

Duration: 00:42:32

The News Roundup

The biggest news stories this week included two executive orders from President Trump that take a bite out of the Affordable Care Act. Congress is moving forward on spending $36.5 billion on disaster relief following severe hurricanes and wildfires. And the clock is ticking on President Trump's decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Joining us to discuss national news are Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill; Abby Phillip, national political reporter for The Washington Post; and...

Duration: 01:22:56

CNN's Jake Tapper

Reporters don't have to dig that much to know what the president thinks of them — just look at his Twitter account. CNN host and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper hasn't been shy about firing back. There's no shortage of criticism of CNN's near-constant coverage of the president. So how does Tapper balance being in the middle, with the president saying his work is fake, others saying it's excessive and millions relying on it every day?

Duration: 00:11:11

How A Superpower Sets Its Agenda

Every five years, China chooses its new leaders behind closed doors. Next week, the ruling Chinese Communist party holds its 19th congress. It, rather than the Chinese people, determines who gets to lead the party and the country. How does that work? Who will emerge as the person to run the world's second biggest economy? And what does that mean for us?

Duration: 00:42:19

A Russian In Exile Continues Opposing President Putin

While President Putin was celebrating his 65th birthday, Russian investigators raided the homes of at least five people working for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an exiled oligarch who ran the country's Yukos oil empire before being jailed on charges most observers believe were politically motivated. Now freed and living in exile — Khordorkovsky discusses Russia's relationship with the U.S. Then, a view of Russia today from Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Taubman.

Duration: 00:34:28

The Politics Of Periods

At any given time, about 800 million people around the world are menstruating. For many of them, that's a problem. Activists and entrepreneurs are working to make sure all women have easy access to sanitary products, which is likely to affect everything from education to career opportunities, and of course, women's overall health. We discuss with Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, a lawyer and author of "Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity," Marni Sommer, an associate professor of...

Duration: 00:41:52

Do Guns Make Us Safer?

Sales are up at some gun stores after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. But does being armed make you safer? The NRA says crime is less likely around armed citizens. Critics say more guns means more gun violence. So are gun owners buying a reliable means of defense — or a false sense of security? Joining us to discuss it are John Donohue, a law professor at Stanford, Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research...

Duration: 00:39:55

The News Roundup

Congress and the NRA are putting more scrutiny on a gun enhancer used by the shooter in Las Vegas, the Cabinet remains in focus regarding who is keeping order and who might be calling whom names and Facebook opens up on aiding the investigation into Russian meddling with the election. Also, the US prepares to make some major foreign policy moves, a Kurdish icon dies as Iraq tries to prevent its Kurds from seceding and Spain also continues fighting a secession effort by Catalonian...

Duration: 01:10:44

1A Movie Club Sees 'Battle Of The Sexes'

It was a sporting event that brought gender inequality ... to the tennis court. Billie Jean King versus Bobby Riggs — a 1973 tennis match that was nothing short of a spectacle. You could say the same about the new movie. Today we review "Battle of the Sexes" with John Horn, host of "The Frame" on KPCC public radio, Rosie Casals, Billie Jean King's doubles partner and winner of multiple Grand Slam titles, Rachel Simon, movies editor at Bustle and Steve Fink, lead columnist at...

Duration: 00:38:25

The Living Wounded

Mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make history for the number of dead, but what about the hundreds of injured survivors? You will probably never know their names, but they'll literally be the walking wounded — perhaps for life. Today we talk through the mental, physical and financial costs of surviving gun violence with AP reporter Sally Ho, gunshot survivor and trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran, trauma psychologist Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, reporter Elizabeth Van Brocklin and trauma...

Duration: 00:36:19

Ta-Nehisi Coates On The History That Continues To Haunt America

How did Barack Obama pave the way for Donald Trump? The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book reflects on the historic presidency of America's first black president - and what's happened since. Coates talks race, politics, white supremacy and the White House.

Duration: 00:43:25

The Cardi B Conundrum

If you don't know who Cardi B is, you'd better catch up quick. The rapper's hit single "Bodak Yellow" recently peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — and made history. Cardi B is the first female hip-hop artist to top the chart since 1998. There have only been four other female rappers to do so. Women in hip-hop have a strong legacy, but why has their success in popular music been limited of late?

Duration: 00:34:02

'Big Chicken' With Investigative Journalist Maryn McKenna

It's one of our favorite foods. But how much do you know (or care to know) about the chicken in your diet? To feed American demand, we raise and slaughter more than eight billion birds every year. Maryn McKenna's new book, "Big Chicken," charts its relatively recent rise from a rare treat — to the concerns many have about this super-sized culinary colossus. | Then, we're looking for your input on the podcast. What do you like? What could we do better? Let us know. Text "podcast" to 63735....

Duration: 00:37:03

The News Roundup

After another unsuccessful attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the GOP is pushing a drastic overhaul of the tax code as healthcare legislative success won't come easy - if at all. Meanwhile, people seeking to travel to the U.S. face new hurdles and the president is planning to visit Puerto Rico, where millions of Americans are recovering from devastation brought by Hurricane Maria. Internationally, the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan was the target of a rocket attack...

Duration: 01:29:29

Capitalism: From The Mayflower To Tesla

To know where our economy might be going, it pays to know where it's been. From the early days of the telegraph and the railroad to suburbia, sneakers and the twenty-first-century tech revolution, it's been a unique journey. Our guest is entrepreneur Bhu Srinivasan, who documented that story in his new book "Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism."

Duration: 00:38:27

A Fresh Take On Rotten Tomatoes

Critics agree this summer's movies sucked. Hollywood has blamed poor sales on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. Can online movie reviews actually hurt the box office, or should the industry just focus on making better movies? Our guests are Daniel Loria, executive director and chief strategist at the trade publication Box Office Media, Brooks Barnes, who covers Hollywood and the film industry for the New York Times and Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post.

Duration: 00:28:58

Flag. Football. Who Gets To Decide What's Patriotic?

What started out as a protest of police brutality has morphed into a clash of cultures. The president wants people to make a choice: cops vs. criminals, hard hats against the hippies. But it should be possible to rally around the national anthem and exercise our First Amendment rights. So, who gets to define patriotism and what it means to be patriotic?

Duration: 00:40:21

The Importance Of Speaking Out

The author Salman Rushdie has a lot in common with President Trump. Both have picked fights with world leaders, both have played themselves on screen and both are prolific authors, although their politics differ. Rushdie's books span the globe. His latest, "The Golden House," is set in New York — the city he now calls home — and its themes are deeply American.

Duration: 00:35:03

Band Of Brothers: X Ambassadors On Pushing An Agenda Through Music

X Ambassadors have had a promising start as a band. Their catchy single "Renegades" was used in a Jeep commercial after getting national airplay and attention from music critics. But one of their songs, "Hoping," was written in direct response to the election of President Donald Trump. The band is donating proceeds from that song to the American Civil Liberties Union in an artistic protest to the current administration. Two members of X Ambassadors, brothers Sam and Casey Harris, join us...

Duration: 00:30:01

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