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

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Going Deep On "The Deep State"

Sep 10, 2018

By now, you surely know about the anonymous New York Times Op-Ed.

But there was a curious line that attracted a lot of attention.

Friday News Roundup - International

Sep 7, 2018

In Myanmar this week, two reporters were sentenced to seven years in jail after they reported on the brutal murder of 10 Rohynga Muslims in the village of Inn Din. The reporting drew “for the first time on interviews with Buddhist villagers who confessed to torching Rohingya homes, burying bodies and killing Muslims.”

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Sep 7, 2018

Two hearings and a slew of media controversies dominated the headlines this week.

Making Choices That Could Change Our Lives

Sep 7, 2018

Think about the last hard decision you made. How long did you spend on it? What did you consider when you were making it?

Steven Johnson thinks there’s a better way. It just doesn’t have to be so hard to make those agonizing choices.

One reason why it’s so hard is that it’s hard to know exactly what you don’t know, he writes.

Big Tech Goes To Washington...Again

Sep 7, 2018

On Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified at back-to-back House and Senate hearings. The two execs faced questioning over disinformation, privacy, censorship, and election interference on their platforms.

'A Senior Administration Official'

Sep 7, 2018

Yesterday, The New York Times published a stunning op-ed, which said that there were “early whispers” by the president’s cabinet about invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start the process of removing the president.

What’s it like to be young and black in America today?

If you use the new HBO series “Random Acts of Flyness” as your guide, it’s…bizarre.

Creator Terence Nance takes viewers on an abstract comedic journey in every episode of the show. But his narratives are about very relatable issues.

In a profile of Nance in The New York Times, reporter Reggie Ugwu writes:

Click Here To Kill Everybody

Sep 4, 2018

Bruce Schneier says that everything, basically, is a computer with some extra stuff attached.

When he wrote for New York Magazine, he described it this way:

Can Anyone Fix A Rigged Economy?

Sep 4, 2018

A key component of political stump speeches is summed up in this longstanding idea: “The economy is rigged.”

Two new books have indicted the super-wealthy as a source of major societal ills — even when they mean well.

Anand Giridharadas is a former columnist for The New York Times, and Steve Hilton is the host of Fox News’ “The Next Revolution.”

Friday News Roundup - International

Aug 31, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

The United Nations leveled major criticism at several governments around the world this week. A report was released that said that top military officials in Myanmar must be investigated for war crimes against Rohingya Muslims.

Listen to our program from earlier this week, which asks who can help the Rohingya