1A

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1A from WAMU and NPR is a new 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 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.

the1a.org: Find out more about what you heard on a recent program here.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Aug 31, 2018

With guest host John Donvan.

This week, we say farewell to two American greats.

Statutes of limitations made it hard for comedian Bill Cosby's accusers to take him to court over alleged sexual assault allegations.

The limitations are imposed by laws which create timed boundaries, after which criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits can no longer be pursued.

Vox explains:

Puerto Rico, Presently

Aug 30, 2018

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico spoke to CNN Wednesday. It wasn't an anodyne media hit.

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz squarely blamed the Trump administration for thousands of deaths related to Hurricane María.

Come Together: North and South Korea

Aug 30, 2018

Although the Korean War technically never ended, North and South Korea are acting more peacefully toward each other than they have in a long time.

On Tuesday, voters in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma headed to the polls to select nominees for Senate and gubernatorial races.

Standout victories include Andrew Gillum, D-FL, who secured the nomination for governor in an upset victory over Gwen Graham, and Rep. Martha McSally, R-AZ, who won to replace Senator Jeff Flake.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved closer to deregulating coal-fired power plants, after the acting administrator signed a plan that weakened the laws that govern them.

From reporters Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport of The New York Times:

Who Can Help The Rohingya?

Aug 28, 2018

A UN report released Monday says that top military officials in Myanmar must be investigated for crimes against the Rohingya people.

Beyoncé, Inc.

Aug 28, 2018

You know Beyoncé Knowles Carter. And you likely love her. She was one of the top 10 most admired women, according to a 2017 Gallup poll. Her net worth was $355 million in 2018.

She has famous friends, too.

Friday News Roundup - Global

Aug 24, 2018

The fallout from the grand jury report released in Pennsylvania about sexual abuse by priests within the Catholic Church has international repercussions.

The Pope will meet with abuse survivors in Ireland, after he released a statement responding to the report in which he said the Church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Aug 24, 2018

The week began with a flurry of court activity.

On Tuesday, President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including campaign finance violations.

And Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes.

President Trump made his allegiances known on Twitter.

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