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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 Past And Present Of Protests In America

21 hours ago

As protesters demand an end to police brutality, demonstrations continue in cities across the country, while law enforcement and officials disperse crowds and enforce curfews. Amid a national conversation about policing tactics, the protests have led to talks about who gets to protest, how they protest, and the First Amendment.

From Los Angeles To Washington, D.C: The Latest On The Protests

21 hours ago

Protests against police brutality are continuing across the nation in cities like Atlanta, New York and more.

Earlier this week, peaceful protesters were teargassed and flashbanged by authorities in Washington D.C. outside of the White House as President Donald Trump made his way to a nearby church for a photo opportunity.

Elsewhere in the city, military helicopters were flown close to the ground in an attempt to disperse protesters.

The Latest On Protests In Minneapolis

Jun 2, 2020

For a week, our attention has focused on the role of the police after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Officer Derek Chavin has been charged with murder and manslaughter. But pressure to charge three other officers on the scene is growing.

The Trauma Of Being Black In America

Jun 2, 2020

The video of George Floyd’s death is hard to watch. It shows former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck to the point of death. It’s also one of many such viral videos in the past decade that depict the deaths of Black Americans.

Six years ago, in July of 2014, a Black man in New York City was forced to the ground by police. A passerby filmed the incident. On the tape, you can hear the man say, “I can’t breathe.”

His name was Eric Garner. And he died in police custody after an officer wrapped his arm around his neck.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the United States crossed the 100,000 mark, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. There are 1.7 million confirmed cases in the United States and 5.6 million cases across the globe.

This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Hong Kong no longer has significant autonomy from China. The statement comes as the Chinese government is expected to pass a law allowing its security agencies to “take broad actions limiting the liberties of Hong Kong residents,” according to The New York Times.

Pandemic Economics: A Case For Optimism

May 28, 2020

The economic crisis due to coronavirus has led to record unemployment. The economic devastation follows ten years of steady job growth, specifically for black and Latino workers. Many of these jobs might not return.

The People Hit Hardest By Pandemic Job Loss

May 28, 2020

Unemployment rates have surged during the pandemic. But which demographics are most affected by it?

1A Across America: School’s Out For Summer

May 28, 2020

Schools across America are getting out for the summer. In the past, that would have meant kids running down school halls, emptying backpacks into trash cans and blasting car stereos on the way to the beach.

In a pandemic, the last day of school for many students means simply closing a laptop or mailing that final packet of workbooks.