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.




What's Happening Inside Our Brains When We Navigate

Most of us also know how good we are at navigating. If you rate yourself on a scale of one to ten, a scientific test will likely give you about the same score. Scientist and science writer Christopher Kemp rates himself a one out of ten. He sometimes gets lost in his own neighborhood. His lack of navigation skills align with a condition known as developmental topographical disorientation, or DTD, which is passed down genetically. His wife, in comparison, is excellent at finding her way, and...


How The Pandemic Is Changing American Cinema

With vaccines in play and a better understanding of air ventilation, theaters were supposed to open their doors again. And they did... sort of. Ticket sales in 2021 outpaced 2020. But were still nearly 70 percent behind the haul from 2019. A lot of that is the pandemic, but moviegoers have been gravitating away from theaters for years now. In a world where reboots and franchises dominate the box office (and even they aren't doing pre-pandemic numbers), how can other films compete? And...


Can The Situation Between Russia And Ukraine Be Resolved Before An Invasion?

The potential for a Russian invasion in Ukraine continues to grow. According to the U.K.'s Foreign Office, Russian officials are already discussing potential pro-Russian leadership to replace Ukrainian leaders. How close is Russian military action against Ukraine? And how will the U.S. and the rest of Europe respond? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


News Roundup for January 21, 2022

The post-holiday omicron wave seems to have crested as case totals in states across the nation are beginning to fall. COVID-related deaths, however, are still high, totaling approximately 2,000 a day. The Democrats failed in the Senate to pass voting rights reforms and end the filibuster. Now there are questions of what's next for President Joe Biden's agenda. Reports indicate that in 2021 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko alerted the Department of Defense...


When the Air You Breathe Is Toxic

Nestled near the small town of Institute in West Virginia is the Union Carbide chemical manufacturing plant. And while it's been a source for jobs in the area for decades, many residents of Institute associate the plant with chemical leaks and fires. Last year, a West Virginia state health department report found that Institute is seeing a spike in cancer related to ethylene oxide, a chemical produced at the plant. We talk to the reporter behind an investigation into the toxic air...


Why It's A Bad Time To Need A Hospital Bed Even If You Don't Have COVID-19

Omicron is surging. That means hospitals are filling up again. That also means it's a pretty bad time to need an ICU bed if you don't have COVID-19. Dozens of hospitals across the country started the year by delaying routine surgeries. Millions of people worldwide have had surgeries delayed or canceled since the pandemic started. How can hospitals bounce back from omicron? And what do all these delays mean for hospitals and patients? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio...


Remote Learning Ushered In A New Era Of Online Academic Surveillance. What's Next?

According to a recent survey from the Center for Democracy and Technology, around 80 percent of K-12 schools are now using software that tracks students' computer activity. Companies can monitor students' online activity while on school accounts or devices and will flag warning signs for suicide or violence. Even so, some privacy advocates are concerned about the growing surveillance and how the data is stored and used. Colleges also expanded their monitoring capabilities. Proctoring...


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...


The News Roundup For January 14, 2022

Omicron continues to spread through the U.S. this winter. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have doubled in more than a dozen states. The President Joe Biden announced a plan to require health care insurers to reimburse Americans for at-home COVID-19 tests. Inflation is rising (7 percent over the last year, the highest since 1982), but so are wages. The public's focus on the former rather than the latter has Democrats worried about election season. Meanwhile, the developing situation at...


What The End Of The Child Tax Credit Means For Childhood Poverty

The advanced child tax credit has ended. Families will have to pay for rent, food, and child care without that help from the federal government. The credit, however, wasn't meant to be temporary. But since Congress chose not to save it after failing to pass President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, December was the last month families received that monthly few hundred dollars. We talk about how the child tax credit could have been the key to ending childhood poverty for millions of...


The Lessons Learned From America's Reliance On Military Contractors In Afghanistan

In 2020, the Department of Defense awarded more money in federal contracts than all other government agencies combined. And one study found that nearly half of defense spending for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan went to private contractors. Even after America's complicated withdrawal from Afghanistan, Congress approved the biggest defense spending bill in history. We focus in on why we rely on for-profit defense businesses and how much money the government continues to throw their...


The Future Of The Frenzied Auto Market

2021 was a challenging year for the auto industry. A chip shortage and supply chain issues meant that we saw an estimated seven million fewer cars on the market. And fewer cars means consumers are experiencing a lot of sticker shock. Last year saw record high prices for both new and used cars. In December, used cars cost around 35 percent more than they did at the beginning of 2021. We take a look at the market today and what it all means for consumers and for the industry in 2022. Want...


The CDC's New COVID Guidelines and American Workers

New CDC guidance says people who've tested positive for COVID-19 only need to quarantine for five days as long as they wear a mask in public for five more days and are no longer symptomatic. Even with these caveats, some members of the medical community don't think that's enough. They aren't the only ones who are concerned. Essential workers will likely bear the brunt of the CDC's decision to shorten the isolation period. Staffing shortages are hitting hospitals, airlines, and schools....


The News Roundup for January 07, 2022

This week saw the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Thursday, saying, "You can't love your country only when you win." Approximately 1 million new infections of COVID-19 were reported nationwide in a single day. As cases pile up, the U.S. government announced that it will buy 20 million of Pfizer's COVID antiviral pill, doubling its previously announced order. Meanwhile, after backlash over his COVID vaccine...


After The Riot: Young Voters On The State Of Our Democracy

A new poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics paints a grim picture of the way most young Americans view our democracy: "in trouble" or "failing." We ask three young voters to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection and ask how they're feeling about the state of our democracy. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


After The Riot: The Extremism That Fueled The Capitol Insurrection

Nearly 90 percent of those arrested in relation to the Capitol insurrection were not part of far right extremist groups or militias. And though their actions were extreme, their motivations and beliefs are part of a larger movement that University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape describes as "mainstream." How have those groups evolved in the year since the Insurrection? And what does it mean for the extremism that fueled the insurrection to become mainstream? Want to support 1A?...


After The Riot: The 'Big Lie' and the future of the GOP

When Trump supporters stormed the Capitol a year ago, they were motivated in part by what some analysts and authorities call "the big lie." It's a conspiracy theory embraced by former President Donald Trump that claims the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats. According to one poll from Monmouth University, nearly three-quarters of Republicans believe Biden's 2020 election win was illegitimate. Republicans' belief in the stolen election has become a litmus test for the...


One Year Later: Police action and accountability after the Capitol insurrection

Last year on Jan. 3, an internal Capitol Police intelligence report warned that Congress could be targeted by a mob of Trump supporters in the coming days. Later that day, then-U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund began to worry about the growing number of protestors expected to attend the "Stop the Steal" rally. Most of us know what happened next. The morning of Jan. 6, Trump supporters migrated towards the White House. Then-President Donald Trump gave a speech in which he repeated false...


From rapping, to writing, to podcasting, Dessa's resume is getting longer

While the pandemic meant a major touring hiatus for a lot of musical artists, writer, rapper, and singer Dessa kept creating content. She hosts a new BBC podcast called Deeply Human and has a radio drama in the works. In January, she announced a single series called "Ides," where she releases a new song on the 15th of every month. There's even one called "Terry Gross." We talk with Dessa about keeping busy during the last year. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station...


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...