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.

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 History And Impact Of Non-Unanimous Jury Decisions

Non-unanimous jury convictions are no longer constitutional according to a 2020 Supreme Court ruling. But earlier this year, the court decided the decision does not automatically apply retroactively to old cases. That's why more than 1,500 people in Louisiana are still imprisoned on non-unanimous verdicts — a law that originated in the Jim Crow era to "reestablish the supremacy of the white race." This includes the case of Brandon Jackson. We talk about Jackson's case and the lasting...


What We Lose When We Lose Local News

A new investigation by The Atlantic looks into Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund that's gutted newsroom staff and owns more than 200 papers across the country including The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and the New York Daily News. We speak to the reporter behind that investigation about what is lost when local newspapers are shut down. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


Dave Grohl On Punk Rock, Nirvana, and Fatherhood

Dave Grohl's shadow looms large over the music industry. He's the founder of the Grammy-winning rock group Foo Fighters. And he was the drummer for the groundbreaking grunge band Nirvana. His musical footprint is matched only by the life he's led. In his new book "The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music," Grohl recounts some of his life-changing musical moments. We talk to Grohl about his new book and some of his most memorable moments. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio...


The News Roundup for October 15, 2021

The Biden Administration's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is heating up. Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen appeared before the committee to give testimony. Four other persons of interest have been subpoenaed this week and all have yet to appear. Approximately 78 percent of the country is now some degree of vaccinated. Reporting indicates the racial disparities in whose received the jab has narrowed significantly. But, 1,900 people are dying per day due to...


Allegations Of Harassment, Institutional Failures, And The NWSL

A major investigation by The Athletic has brought accusations of sexual and verbal harassment by coaches in the National Women's Soccer League to light. It prompted a weekend of game cancellations and calls for change. And when players returned to the field again last week, it was not to play as usual. How was this allowed to happen? And where does the league go from here? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on...


Vaccines, Misinformation, And Pregnancy

The CDC is amping up its plea for pregnant people to get vaccinated. Vaccination rates for pregnant people are far lower than those of the general public – fewer than one-third were vaccinated before or during their pregnancy despite pregnancy being on the CDC's list of conditions that increase the risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19. Clinical vaccine trials have historically excluded pregnant people and COVID-19 vaccines were no different. But studies conducted after the Pfizer...


What Villains With Facial Differences Mean For People With Facial Differences

In the newest James Bond movie, "No Time to Die", the main villain in the film, Safin, has scars covering his face. This has been the case for many past Bond villains. But the trope isn't just limited to the Bond films. In Disney's "Black Widow," the main villain is revealed to have facial scarring covering her face. The same is true of the villain in "Wonder Woman," and even "The Lion King". People with facial differences are speaking up about the harmful impact of being vilified on...


Facebook Under Fire: The Whistleblower, The Outage, And The Future

Last week, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress about Facebook's problems. A leaked trove of documents revealed that the company purposely hid research about its platform's negative effects on mental health in teenagers. Haugen also claimed that the company stoked division by allowing disinformation on the platform to go unchecked. All of this and a worldwide outage that made Facebook and its family of apps inaccessible for hours. But the platform's reputation has been...


The News Roundup for October 08, 2021

A whistleblower has come forward to detail how Facebook's products "harm children, stoke division, and weaken democracy." Then, a worldwide outage of Facebook's products, including Instagram and WhatsApp, disrupted communication and business in multiple countries. A federal judge has placed a pause on Texas' draconian abortion restrictions. However, the Texas attorney general has filed an appeal. Meanwhile, an investigation of more than 12 million documents, dubbed the "Pandora Papers,"...


The Indian Child Welfare Act Faces Its Biggest Challenge Yet

The Indian Child Welfare Act was signed into law following decades of U.S. policies aimed at forcibly assimilating Native children — including sending them to boarding schools. Now, it's facing its most significant challenge yet: Brackeen v. Haaland. The case could be taken up by the Supreme Court this term. The second season of the podcast "This Land" follows Brackeen v. Haaland — and the impact of ICWA — as it moves through the courts. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio...


Why The Debt Limit Is Looming Over The Infrastructure Bill And Social Policy Package

The four-month-long stalemate over the fate of two big bills in Congress continues. Progressives refuse to budge on infrastructure until there's movement on a social policy package. Party leaders say Oct. 31 is the new deadline to act on these bills. But another huge deadline is on the horizon.The debt limit looms over both bills. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says we'll face an "economic catastrophe" if we don't raise it within the next two weeks. With the party's agenda on the line,...


From Panama To Pandora: How The Ultra-Rich Hide Their Wealth

The "Pandora Papers" investigation involves a massive leak of 12 million documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and examined by news organizations worldwide. These documents include private emails, spreadsheets, and other financial records. An analysis of the papers shows evidence of tax evasion and money laundering — as well as proof that millions of dollars from outside of the U.S. are being sheltered in South Dakota. So how do the world's rich...


Gone For Good: How A Species Is Declared Extinct

More than 20 animals and one plant were declared extinct by the Fish and Wildlife Service last week — one of the longer extinction announcements in the history of the agency. Declaring extinction is not as straightforward as you might think. Many of the species on this list likely disappeared decades ago but knowing for certain can be difficult. And climate change is only exacerbating the problem. A report released by the United Nations last year estimates that one million plant and animal...


Seeing Silence: One Photographer's Mission To Find The World's Quietest Places

When you think of Mt. Everest, you might picture towering, snow-covered peaks. But what do you hear? What does a snowstorm atop the world's highest peak actually sound like? Photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride has been photographing these wild places for years. But for his new book, he wants you to hear them, too. We ask him about the places he's documented in his book "Seeing Silence: The Beauty of the World's Most Quiet Places." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio...


The News Roundup for October 01, 2021

The Senate is expected to vote on a revamped spending bill that would forestall a government shutdown at the end of the week. In the face of Republican resistance, Democrats have left action on the debt limit out of the bill. Vaccine production and use continue to develop. The first booster shots for the elderly and high-risk individuals were administered this week. Pfizer and BioNTech released data backing their vaccines for children under the age of 11. Meanwhile, top U.S. defense...


Facebook Paused The Development Of Instagram For Kids. Now What?

On Monday, Facebook announced it was pausing the development of Instagram Kids — a service designed for children 13 and under. The move comes after a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed Facebook's own internal research about how its platforms are negatively impacting the mental health of young users. On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing about the toxic effects of social media on young people. So who's responsible for ensuring their wellbeing? We put that...


The Dire Need For Day Care

Everyone is talking about the Great Resignation—employees leaving their jobs en masse due to burnout amplified by the pandemic. When it comes to childcare, those employee exits are causing a domino effect for all American workers. According to the Department of Labor, daycare and other childcare jobs are down 10 percent – that's a decline of nearly 127,000 since the pandemic started. And in a nation where childcare and paid family leave aren't guaranteed, it's having devastating...


The Current State Of Surveillance

It's been nearly 20 years since the Patriot Act was passed. How has surveillance changed over the years? And why, exactly, are we so watched now? We discuss changes in privacy, surveillance and so much more. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


How America Can Reliably Resist Ransomware

The Biden Administration is attempting to curtail an uptick in ransomware attacks on American businesses. In June, the world's largest meat processing company was hit by a ransomware group and paid $11 million dollars to resume its operations. And in May, the Colonial Pipeline Company was attacked, disrupting gas supplies to the east coast for a week. And the attacks are becoming more frequent. So, what can government and business leaders do to combat these attacks? And who's responsible...


The News Roundup for September 24, 2021

The FDA authorized a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 65 and older. The company is also claiming that its vaccine is safe for children. Dr. Anthony Fauci says it could be available in "weeks," in time for Halloween. Haitian migrants are crammed into a tent city at the Texas border. Some have taken refuge under a bridge for more than a week, while some are being flown back to Haiti by the Biden administration. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden visited the U.N. this week and...