1A

Weekdays at 9 a.m.
  • Hosted by Joshua Johnson

1A is a show for a changing America.

 

Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time. The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.

 

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 you to join in. We’ll regularly post questions and requests for feedback on this page. And you can talk to us on Twitter, Facebook, or by texting 1A to 63735.

 

1A is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR. 

The trajectory of fame is fascinating to darn near everyone. For proof, see “A Star Is Born,” which was first made in 1937. Then made again in 1954. And again in 1976.

The latest version, out now, stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directs, (although he didn’t really want to tell journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner how he made the movie.)

The United Nations says “we’ll need to cut emissions by half before 2030 and go carbon-neutral by 2050,” according to a new report. At least, that’s how Wired summarized.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

The political divide in our country might be stark, but it’s not a recent phenomenon.

How did we get here?

Political correspondent Steve Kornacki has a theory. In his new book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism, he traces the origin story back several decades, to when Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich climbed to the top of their respective parties.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

Just a few years ago, international observers touted Brazil as the next big success story out of South America. The country was selected to host the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, turning global attention to the beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro.

All of this happened in conjunction with extreme political unrest in Brazil. President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in 2016.

With guest host Todd Zwilich.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, the White House announced that the FBI completed its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Today, senators and a few staff members will review the material.

From The New York Times:

After a 7.5-magnitude earthquake catalyzed a tsunami, survivors in the coastal city of Palu, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, are struggling.

The BBC reports that the death toll is now around 1,350 people, and that “people there are growing increasingly desperate for food, fuel and water.”

From The Guardian:

You are not alone.

That’s been the message on social media as more and more people have come forward to share their stories and experiences with sexual assault and abuse.

The charge was ignited by Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She told the committee that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while she was in high school.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is an expert on just about everything.

While American citizens have been transfixed by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the hearing shocked the world as well.

What impact will Blasey Ford’s appearance before the Senate have on the global stage?

The afternoon before her testimony, the president held a freewheeling 81-minute press conference after his appearance at the U.N. General Assembly.

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

When asked how certain she is that Kavanaugh assaulted her, Blasey Ford told the committee: “100 percent.”

From her opening statement:

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