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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.

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The News Roundup – International

10 hours ago

World leaders reacted to President Trump’s second impeachment after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained vague, noting that he had spoken recently with President-elect Joe Biden. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she thought Trump’s social media accounts should not have been suspended.

The News Roundup — Domestic

10 hours ago

President Donald Trump became the first president in the history of the United States to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives voted to approve an Article of Impeachment drawn up following the rhetoric the president used at a rally to incite a violent mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists to storm the U.S. Capitol.

Homelessness in America had already reached crisis levels before the pandemic began.

The Second Impeachment Of Donald Trump

Jan 14, 2021

At a rally, President Donald Trump charged a mob of his supporters to storm the Capitol Building where Congress was certifying electoral votes from the 2020 election in which he was defeated. Hundreds of them did.

The House of Representatives could vote to impeach President Trump this weekBut what happens to other Republican lawmakers who helped incite the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead?

How Far Should Big Tech Go In Policing Speech?

Jan 13, 2021

Following calls for insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were suspended or muted. Since then, Twitter has purged thousands of accounts that have spread false information or conspiracy theories concerning the 2020 presidential election.

Why Wealth Inequality Is Growing In The Pandemic

Jan 13, 2021

Inequality has been a growing issue in America for decades, but the pandemic has pushed the wage gap to new extremes.

The Future And Feasibility Of Ranked-Choice Voting

Jan 12, 2021

By now, many Americans are used to the idea that they can vote for one candidate for a seat and when all is said and done, the candidate with the most votes the first time around wins. There is another way. Some municipalities and states in the U.S. have been experimenting with a system proponents say makes more sense: ranked-choice voting.

In America, Who Gets Policed And How?

Jan 12, 2021

Following the attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists on Jan. 6, questions about law enforcement’s response hang heavy in the minds and mouths of those who remember the Summer of 2020.

When protesters gathered in Washington D.C. to demonstrate against police brutality against Black Americans following the killing of George Floyd, they were met with an organized and militarized police force equipped with batons and pepper spray.

The Future Of Mental Healthcare, After The Pandemic

Jan 11, 2021

Many Americans are worried, anxious and lonely these days. The pandemic has isolated us from loved ones and significantly reduced the activities we can perform or participate in.

Five people are dead after pro-Trump insurrectionists attacked the United States Capitol. Now, it’s up to the country’s elected leaders to steer what some Americans fear is a sinking ship.

The News Roundup – International

Jan 8, 2021

World leaders said they were surprised and disappointed by the news of pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists storming the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the events “terribly distressing.” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a video of himself saying that “France stands strongly, fervently and resolutely with the American people.”

The News Roundup — Domestic

Jan 8, 2021

An insurrectionist mob supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S.

In a September presidential debate, President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys “to stand back and stand by.” The Proud Boys are a right-wing extremist group with ties to white supremacy. But those comments weren’t the first time he appeared to encourage violence from his base. And on Wednesday, hundreds of pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building.

An insurrectionist mob supporting President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as a part of a riot against the results of the election. Four people died on the Capitol grounds.

The stakes are sky-high in this week’s Georgia dual Senate runoff election. Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler to become Georgia’s first-ever Black senator. The race between Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue is still too close to call. Democrats are halfway to reaching their goal.

The Washington Post obtained a recording of a phone call between President Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the president pressed Raffensperger to “find” 11,870 votes marked for him. 11,870 votes is exactly what it would take to reverse Trump’s presidential election loss in Georgia.

America Has Two COVID-19 Vaccines. Now What?

Jan 5, 2021

After months of research, news coverage and anticipation, health officials are injecting people in the United States with two approved COVID-19 vaccines, made by pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna.

After months of Congressional back-and-forth, qualified Americans are slowly receiving a second round of stimulus checks. Those receiving a check will get $600 individually, $1,200 for couples. The COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress also includes $300 a week for federal unemployment insurance and more. 

Who Is Us: Defining American Identity

Jan 4, 2021

It’s no secret that the United States is a nation divided. Political polarization and one of the most divisive presidencies in modern history have seen the rifts in American society deepen significantly.

Who Is Us?,” a research project from the Aspen Institute and the Democracy Fund, centers on the idea that severe fragmentation of American society is a direct threat to our democracy.

It’s going to be a big week here in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence will preside over a session of Congress that will address a narrow question laid out in the Constitution and the Electoral

The presidential election is over, but the fight for control of Congress is still ongoing in Georgia. Georgia’s GOP Senators didn’t win enough of the state’s votes to declare victory outright in November. Incumbent Republican Sens.

The Pandemic And Politics In 2021

Dec 31, 2020

We all have a lot of hopes for 2021. It could be the year the United States bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic. We could start to heal after the devastating losses it caused. But there are still so many unknowns.

The 2020 News Roundup

Dec 31, 2020

Ah, a review of the news in 2020. We know what you’re thinking. How will we talk about everything that happened during this wild, devastating, powerful year in just one show?

2020 began with an assassination — specifically, the American assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. His death set off a flurry of anxiety about Iranian retaliation and the potential for World War III. But another crisis quickly emerged.

The Hit List: The Best Movies And TV Of 2020

Dec 30, 2020

It hasn’t been an easy year for the movie industry. Theaters are closed and work on film sets halted. Companies tried to figure out how best to release what new releases they had on streaming services. On this edition of The Hit List, we’re talking about the best movies from 2020.

It’s The Inability To Log Off For Me

Dec 24, 2020

For many reasons… 2020 was unlike any other.

Like most tasks this year, completing the 2020 census was complicated.

Like many other industries, the music business has struggled in 2020. Live venues are struggling. The magazine scene is all but gone. Artists are finding ways to keep projects alive amidst lockdowns.

The Hit List: Best Music Of 2020 Edition

Dec 23, 2020

This year may have been the worst but for many people, pop culture and music provided a much-needed respite.

Experts say there’s still a lot we don’t know about the new variant of coronavirus that scientists in the United Kingdom say they’ve discovered.