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Listening to the news can feel like a journey. But 1A guides you beyond the headlines – and cuts through the noise. Let's get to the heart of the story, together – on 1A.




The News Roundup For May 20, 2022

The United States passed one million COVID-related deaths this week. It's now the third-leading cause of death in the country. President Joe Biden traveled to Buffalo to visit a community devastated by a racist attack that claimed the lives of ten Black people at a supermarket. Meanwhile, the United Nations is warning that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could cause a global food crisis. Global prices are rising, causing poorer nations to struggle to feed their citizens. Ukraine's ports, once...


Buffalo's Black Community Is Reeling After Being Targeted By A Mass Shooting

On Saturday, a shooter targeted shoppers at the only Black-run grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Ten people were killed and three were injured. Eleven of the victims were African American. The racist attack left residents of Buffalo and America reeling but has especially shaken the city's Black population. As we continue the conversation about the weekend's tragedy, we look at the history of race in Buffalo and America. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and...


Finding the Formula: Why Parents Are Scrambling To Feed Their Children

As the nationwide infant formula shortage continues, parents are scrambling to feed their children. 43 percent of formula is sold out nationwide as retailers struggle to keep it on the shelves. That's according to Datasembley, which collects real-time data on retail and grocery services. There isn't a substitute for formula and that is especially true for children who require specialty formulas. So where can parents go for help? And what solutions exist to ensure this crisis doesn't...


Data Privacy And Clinic Safety After Roe v. Wade

With the Supreme Court set to roll back federal protections for abortions, protesters have mobilized across the country. A new report by Reveal looks into the growing number of calls to police from abortion clinics in Florida. It found that reports of harassment, violence, and intimidation doubled between 2016 and 2021, with one clinic reporting a 400 percent jump in calls within that time. Now that Florida's new restrictive abortion measures take effect in July, providers are preparing...


The Science Behind Preventing The Next Mass Shooting

There have been nearly 200 mass shootings in the first 5 months of 2022, including a shooting at a Buffalo grocery store that left 10 dead. And incidents near a public school in Washington D.C. and on the New York City subway in April have the public concerned about safety in shared spaces. We discuss the emerging field of research called behavioral threat assessment, which is used to prevent mass shootings before they occur. As well as take a look at the history of mass shootings in...


Best Of: Yasmin Khan On Food, The Mediterranean, And The Meaning Of Home

On the Greek island of Lesvos, refugees from the nearby Moria camp gathered in a fish restaurant for lunch. The owners had converted the restaurant to a nonprofit dedicated to feeding refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere. Families sat around tables, laughing, chatting, and playing music. In 2020, Moria burned down leaving 13,000 people unsheltered. Before the fire, the camp was often called a living hell by those stuck in it. But for a few hours a week, refugees could...


The News Roundup For May 13, 2022

Senate Democrats put forward a bill to codify Roe v. Wade after a leaked draft of a majority opinion suggested the Supreme Court was poised to overturn the landmark abortion access case. The effort failed. Elon Musk said that he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban from Twitter. Musk added he thought the ban was morally wrong. Inflation in the U.S. is beginning to come down, although it's still at a 40-year high. Ukrainian troops pushed Russian invaders back from the city of...


What Cremation's Surge In Popularity Says About Our Evolving Views On Death

According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), 56 percent of Americans who died in 2020 were cremated.That's more than twice the rate two decades ago. What's behind this surge? And what does it suggest about the way our cultural values have shifted? For families scattered across multiple states, there often seems little point in investing the effort and expense to bury a loved one in a cemetery no one will visit. Like pet food and leisure footwear, cremation is now...


What Happens When Private Equity Takes Over Mobile Home Parks

Thanks in large part to the pandemic, home prices are soaring. In March, the median hit a record high of over $370,000. One affordable housing option is the mobile home. Around 22 million Americans live in a mobile or manufactured house. It's the largest sector of non-subsidized affordable housing in the country. Unfortunately, they aren't turning out to be the haven many were hoping for. Now, investors are scooping up these parks during the pandemic. New ownership from out of state has...


What Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Mean For Global Abortion Access

As abortion gets harder and harder to access in the U.S., Latin America is moving in the opposite direction. In December 2020, Argentina legalized abortion up to 14 weeks and became the largest nation south of the U.S. to do so. Mexico and Colombia's courts did the same shortly after. The feminist movement responsible in part for this change is known as "the green wave" and has gained traction in a region where the Catholic Church has significant influence over politics and social beliefs....


Where Did Vladimir Putin Get His Wealth?

There's one person with the power to end the war in Ukraine in an instant: Russian President Vladimir Putin. He's a powerful figure, and new reporting on the source of his wealth reveals just how powerful he really is. We discuss Putin's personal fortune and why he doesn't want anyone to know where he got it. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


Best Of: What Does It Take To Really Treat Ourselves With Care?

While the term self-care was reimagined in the 1980s by Black civil rights activist and feminist Audre Lorde, the concept has been co-opted and commercialized. Has the pandemic changed how we view self-care? What do we get wrong about it? And what does it take to really take care of ourselves? Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.


The News Roundup For May 06, 2022

A leaked draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion suggesting the justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade leaked this week, sparking nationwide protests in support of federally-protected abortion rights. The Federal Reserve implemented its first half-point interest rate rise since 2000. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked the U.N. to help evacuate the wounded from his country. Some 300 people were taken out of the contested city of Mariupol. Ukrainian fighters have...


Remaking America: The McCarthy Tapes, The GOP, And The 2022 Midterms

The Midterm elections are six months away and the most recent polling suggests Republicans have an early edge. If they take the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is likely to become the majority leader. He garnered attention in the past two weeks when The New York Times released audio of private phone calls and meetings he had with other GOP leaders. They were recorded in the aftermath of the Capitol riot and they tell a very different story than what he said publicly. In the leaked tapes,...


What The Supreme Court's Potential Decision About Roe v. Wade Means For States

A leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion suggests that the justices have voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, eliminating 50 years of federal abortion protections. Whatever the court decides, abortion laws are already changing across the United States. We discuss how the Supreme Court's potential decision could impact what happens at the state level, and the ways abortion providers are preparing for those changes. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to...


How Republican Primaries Are Testing Trump's Influence

The Ohio primary kicks off a month of similar contests in vital swing states from Pennsylvania to Georgia. And there's one unofficial candidate on the ballot: former President Donald Trump. According to a New York Times count, the former president has endorsed candidates in at least 40 Republican primaries. We discuss what's at stake for the Republican Party — and for Trump — in these midterms. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have...


How Can Elon Musk Borrow Billions?

For almost all of us, $44 billion is an amount of money we can't even fathom—let alone access in order to buy one of the largest social media companies in the world. But Elon Musk is poised to do just that. If the deal between Musk and Twitter pans out, it could be the second-largest deal of its kind in American history. Here's the catch. Much of money isn't lying around in his bank accounts. So how does someone—even a billionaire—borrow that much money? We talk about Elon Musk's plans...


Time Travel, Autofiction, And Pandemics. Emily St. John Mandel's New Novel Has It All

Her claim to fame came in 2014 with her fourth novel, "Station Eleven" — a post-apocalyptic pandemic survival tale that's garnered new meaning over the last two years. Now, Emily St. John Mandel is back with her latest work of speculative fiction, "Sea of Tranquility." It's a pandemic novel written during a pandemic... about an author who wrote a pandemic novel right before a pandemic — so it also hits close to home. We talk with Emily St. John Mandel about making meaning with speculative...


The News Roundup For April 29, 2022

Moderna has asked U.S. regulators to authorize low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under six. When can we expect a decision from the F.D.A.? The top infectious disease expert in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci, was forced to clarify remarks he made earlier in the week about the pandemic. On Tuesday, Fauci told the PBS NewsHour "we are out of the pandemic phase". On Wednesday, he told 1A he misspoke and that "the pandemic is not over." United Nations Secretary-General Antonio...


Elon Musk Bought Twitter. What's Next?

This week, Twitter accepted a $44 billion buyout offer from Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. As part of the purchase, Musk, who calls himself a "free speech absolutist," will gain total control of the company. And it's raising questions about how his leadership will affect open speech on the platform. We discuss the impact Elon Musk will have on Twitter, and what social media moderation will look like in the future. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and...