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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.




The News Roundup for July 30, 2021

As the Delta variant continues its rapid spread in the U.S., the CDC released updated guidelines recommending that vaccinated citizens wear masks indoors in areas where Covid-19 transmission is high. Currently, about two-thirds of all U.S. counties qualify. The House committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection met for the first time this week. It heard testimony from four Capitol police officers present the day of the attack. Committee members have signaled they are ready to begin issuing...


Where The House Hearing Into The Insurrection Goes From Here

It wasn't without controversy, but the House managed to put together a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. And this week, Capitol police officers who were present for the insurrection testified before the committee, detailing their experiences on the day. Aside from the committee's investigation, the criminal investigations into finding those who broke into the Capitol are still underway. Where do these hearings and these investigations go from here? We discuss all...


How One Chicago Neighborhood Is Coping With The Toll Of Gun Violence

More than 30,000 people have been shot in Chicago over the past decade. Of them, five out of six survived. A new series from The Trace investigates the impact of gun violence on survivors and communities, specifically in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. We talk about the toll of gun violence in the neighborhood. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


The Epidemic Inside The Pandemic

As the pandemic rages worldwide, opioid overdose deaths in the US rose, with deaths up 29 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. The 93,000 deaths are attributed to isolation, disruption of addiction services, and other consequences of the pandemic. At the same time, a $26 billion settlement between states and some of the biggest manufacturers in the opioid industry is being finalized, but not everyone is on board. We talk about how we got to where we are and the details of the biggest...


Baby Bust: Explaining The Declining U.S. Birth Rate

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. birthrate fell by 4 percent in 2020 — hitting a record low. People are having fewer children than the 2.1 needed to maintain a steady population. That's been true for years across all domestic communities. Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly why people want fewer children. Others are finding that even if they wanted more children, a rise in infertility that a lot harder. Why is the birth rate in the U.S. right now so...


The News Roundup for July 23, 2021

The Delta variant is ripping its way through the United States, where it now accounts for 83 percent of new U.S. Covid-19 cases. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republican selections for the bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection. And a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful and suspended new applicants to the program. Meanwhile, as disasters strike around the world, calls for action on climate change...


As Extreme Weather Becomes Common, Can We Adapt?

Extreme weather has dominated headlines for most of 2021. Fires, floods, droughts, and record-shattering heatwaves have swept over the U.S. and the world. The United States has already spent $29 billion fighting extreme weather events in the first six months of the year. That number is expected to only go up. Both climate scientists and disaster researchers say the growing frequency of climate-related disasters shouldn't shock anybody. And there's still a lot we can do to prepare and...


The Rise Of The Four-Day Work Week

In early 2021, the CEO of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, Aziz Hasan, announced that the company will be piloting a four-day work week in 2022. The schedule consists of 32 working hours per week rather than 40. But a growing number of companies have already successfully moved to a four-day week and the pandemic has accelerated the movement. But is a four-day work week possible for every type of workplace? What would it take for the idea to really catch on? We discuss all that and...


Branson, Bezos, And The Billionaires: The Future Of Space Tourism

Jeff Bezos successfully completed Blue Origins' first ride to the edge of space. It's a clear milestone in the Amazon founder's long-held desire to reach the final frontier. It's just about a week after British billionaire Richard Branson did the same. But for those without billions, a trip aboard these kinds of flights could break the bank. Regardless, these companies are hoping these flights might kickstart interest in the space tourism industry for the future. Is space tourism something...


How The Expanded Child Tax Credit Could Cut Childhood Poverty In Half

In early 2021, Congress voted to temporarily expand the child tax credit, opting to send monthly payments to more families. The first payments rolled out last week. Families received between $250 to $300 per child, depending on that child's age. Some estimates say that money could cut child poverty in half if they can reach every family eligible. How does that tax credit change raising a family in America? And what does the future of the program look like? We discuss all this and...


The News Roundup for July 16, 2021

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden drafted legislation this week to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Laws permitting either medical or recreational marijuana use have become increasingly common at the state level in recent years. In COVID-19 news; Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Kansas, and Louisiana are the U.S. states to see the greatest increase in new cases of COVID in the last 14 days. The delta variant of the virus continues its spread through the...


Birth Control: Future

It's been 60 years since the birth control pill hit the market in the U.S. The pill transformed lives, but when it comes to contraceptive options, it's no longer the end-all, be-all. Scientists continue to have breakthroughs, including in the development of male birth control options. What contraceptive options will the next 60 years bring us? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


Birth Control: Present

It's been 60 years since the birth control pill became available on the market. Since then, the array of contraceptive options available to the public has grown substantially (the shot, the patch, and IUDs). But with more options come more questions about what's right for you. And even with all the options available today, access is still an issue for many. Efforts to maintain access in some states are ongoing across the country. We answer your questions about birth control and talk about...


A Look Back on Birth Control

It's been over 60 years since the Food and Drug Administration first approved the birth control pill. The pill provided more control over fertility and reproductive health for generations of people. But its history is troubled. The pill was first tested on low-income women in Puerto Rico, and today, the burden of responsibility when it comes to reproductive health is still placed mostly on women. For our first installment in our series on birth control, we'll be looking back at the...


What's Driving Millions Of Americans To Quit Their Jobs?

A record 4 million people quit their jobs in April alone, according to the U.S. Labor Department. It's all part of a larger uptick that economists are calling "The Great Resignation." And the reasons why workers are leaving will likely shape our economy for years to come. What's behind The Great Resignation? And how will it shape a workforce that's already in flux? We answer those questions and more. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this...


The News Roundup for July 9, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control, The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain in the U.S. Studies suggest the approved vaccines protect against it. However, the Biden administration is working to find new strategies to reach the vaccine-hesitant, as America appears to be reaching its vaccine ceiling among adults. After testing positive for marijuana during the U.S. trials, Sha'Carri Richardson's name has been left off the U.S. track and field team roster, ending any...


The Power Of Plants To Heal And Harm

Michael Pollan's latest work looks at your mind on plants — specifically, three psychoactive plants. In the follow-up to his 2018 bestseller, How to Change Your Mind — What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, he says it wasn't just coal that fueled the Industrial Revolution, but caffeine. Alongside opium and mescaline, caffeine features prominently in his new book, "This Is Your Mind on Plants." He talks to us...


Danny Trejo's Road From Prison To Hollywood

Trejo has become one of Hollywood's go-to badasses and bad guys. He's got over 380 acting credits to his name. Growing up, he was in and out of the most notorious prisons in California, enmeshed in crime and struggling with substance use. Now he's written about those life experiences in his new memoir, Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


How Taxes Keep American Wealth White

Building wealth has never been easy, and the racial wealth gap makes that obvious. As recently as 2016, the median wealth of a white household was $171,000 dollars. That's eight times the median $20,600 of Hispanic households. For Black households? Just $17,000, according to Pew Research Center. So what needs to change? And what should people keep in mind as they try to build wealth for future generations? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this...


Red, White And The Blues

The blues grew out of the Black experience in the American South. It generated jazz, R&B, rock and roll, rap – virtually every piece of modern music. We're spotlighting blues recordings selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry. These recordings have been chosen for their historic, aesthetic or cultural importance to American society. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find...