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1A is a show for a changing America. Every day, the program convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

With a name inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor. 1A's goal is to act as a national mirror -- taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be.

The conversation isn't just on air. 1A invites the audience to join in.The show regularly posts questions and requests for feedback on this page: http://the1a.org/ask-1a. And your listeners can engage on TwitterFacebook, or by texting 1A to 63735.

Ways to Connect

Is it the 19th century all over again? Well, no, in part because we no longer travel mainly by horse and buggy.

But NPR’s Steve Inskeep can make a pretty good case for the parallels. His new book talks about the lives of Washington power couple Col. John C. Frémont and his wife, Jessie. He was the first Republican to run for president in 1856.

Immigration and changing demographics were two big issues at the time. Sound familiar?

Does it feel like this election season has already been going on for a… really long time?

Well, buckle up because things are about to get more exciting. The Iowa caucuses are less than a month away. And statehouses around the country are back in session, too.

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Little Women'

Jan 7, 2020

Are you a Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy?

The News Roundup - Domestic

Jan 3, 2020

President Donald Trump is lauding the strength of the U.S. economy under his administration as he begins to campaign for a second term in office. But the Democrats competing to replace him argue that an economy isn’t really strong unless it benefits everybody — not just the uber-rich.

1A Movie Club Sees 'Bombshell'

Dec 23, 2019

“Bombshell” is the retelling of a scandal that rocked America’s preeminent conservative news outlet.

Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played in the film by John Lithgow, is a serial perpetrator of sexual harassment who rules the network with an iron fist and treats his female employees as objects of desire.

The New York Times called Sara Nelson “America’s most powerful flight attendant.”

They’re not wrong. She’s the president of the Association of Flight Attendants and was an outspoken voice on behalf of her fellow airline workers during the January 2019 government shutdown.

The News Roundup - International

Dec 13, 2019

This week, a new report said that the past six years in the Arctic were the warmest on record. It is yet another report that warns of alarming changes to the planet due to climate change.

The News Roundup - Domestic

Dec 13, 2019

Earlier this week, House Democrats submitted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The draft was then subjected to a markup by the House Judiciary committee, where both Republicans and Democrats were able to suggest amendments.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror — taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. That means talking and listening to the people that the national media often just likes to talk about.

That’s why we launched our project 1A Across America in collaboration with six public radio stations around the nation last fall.

Chanel Miller Wants You To Know Her Name

Dec 9, 2019

For years, Chanel Miller was known only as “Emily Doe”.

In 2015, she was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, a “star swimmer” at Stanford University. The case sparked a national debate about justice and leniency.

We talk with her about her new book, “Know My Name,” which tells her story as a sister, daughter, artist and stand-up comedian.