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1A is a show for a changing America. 

Every day, 1A's host 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.

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, was found guilty of murder on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter on Tuesday afternoon.

How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Migration

51 minutes ago

More migrants were taken into custody at the U.S.

How Minneapolis Is Reacting To A Guilty Verdict

51 minutes ago

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds – over 8 minutes of which was caught on camera. The murder was a catalyst for uprisings and reckonings throughout the country last summer. 

The country is braced for a verdict in the murder trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The in-court portion will finish on Monday and closing arguments will be made later in the day.

The Sounds Of America: ‘The Guiding Light’

Apr 20, 2021

The National Recording Registry has chosen to preserve an episode of a classic American soap opera, “The Guiding Light.”

First broadcast on the radio in 1937, “The Guiding Light” eventually transitioned to television in 1952 and aired for a total of 72 years before the show was canceled in 2009.

When a new baby is born in the United States, they are usually given a newborn hearing screening. If the baby is found to be deaf, parents are presented with a choice for their child: sign language or cochlear implants.

This weekend, thousands marched in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood to demand justice for 13-year-old Adam Toledo. A Chicago police officer shot and killed the seventh-grader on March 29.  Body camera footage of the shooting was released to the public last Thursday. 

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for COVID-19 vaccine developments. The distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains paused after an FDA advisory panel

How Policing Works in the Suburbs

Apr 19, 2021

Last summer, millions across the country took to the streets to protest police violence.

For 60 years, Cuba has been led by a Castro. 

The News Roundup — International

Apr 16, 2021

President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin and voiced concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in the occupied Crimean peninsula and on Ukraine’s borders. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told CNN that the U.S. plans to sanction Russia over the recent SolarWinds hack and election interference.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Apr 16, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration paused the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after six patients, all women, reported blood clotting. Though over seven million people have gotten that vaccine, federal employees said they called the pause out of an abundance of caution to determine if there is a link and better prepare the medical community to manage any potential side effects.

A Conversation With Nnedi Okorafor

Apr 15, 2021

“It is me,” she called. “Death has come to visit.” Those are the first words we hear from our protagonist in author Nnedi Okorafor’s latest work, Remote Control.

Before You Hit Send: The Internet And The Environment

Apr 15, 2021

During the pandemic, we’ve all relied on the internet and digital technology a lot. Internet usage surged by as high as 70 percent as we went to work, we watched movies, we dated, and much, much more. But all that streaming and internet use does add to our digital carbon footprint.

This week marks 100 days since the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Police arrested at least 60 people Tuesday night in Brooklyn Center, Minn. after a third night of protests against police violence following the death of Daunte Wright.

How Gun Violence Affects American Children

Apr 14, 2021

The ins and outs of the debate over gun control in the United States of America, and the voices attached to it, are well known by now.

Alone In The House And I’m In The House Alone

Apr 14, 2021

We’ve all heard that cliché line about the American dream: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and 2.3 kids. But these days, more than 36 million Americans live alone

Everything’s been a lot. And it’s no surprise that over the past year, our social lives have taken a hit. Maintaining friendships while staying socially distanced may have been challenging.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Infrastructure

Apr 13, 2021

On his 81st day in office, a bipartisan group of eight lawmakers from both the Senate and the House gathered inside the Oval Office to meet with President Joe Biden. They were there to discuss his massive infrastructure plan.

The Sounds Of America: Rainbow Connection

Apr 13, 2021

Released in 1979, “Rainbow Connection” was composed by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher as the opening song for The Muppet Movie. Originally performed by Kermit the Frog and voiced by Jim Henson“Rainbow Connection” has been recorded by dozens of artists since the song’s release, including Willie Nelson, Gwen Stefani and Kacey Musgraves.

The Impact Of The Pandemic In Prisons

Apr 12, 2021

The last year has shown us just how stark health care disparities can be when a crisis hits. The pandemic has disproportionately affected low-income communities and communities of color

After months of uncertainty and difficulty making appointments, America is reaching the point where the vaccine supply could outstrip the demand. And while vaccine skepticism isn’t necessarily specific to one demographic, there is a group that’s been vocally hesitant to get the shot – white evangelicals.

The News Roundup — International

Apr 9, 2021

Nearly 20 people were arrested in Jordan after an alleged attempted coup by King Abdullah’s half-brother Prince Hamzah. The king has taken steps to limit his brother’s ability to communicate with outside entities and his staff and associates remain in jail as an investigation into their communication and activities gets underway.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Apr 9, 2021

The United States is now averaging 3 million COVID-19 vaccinations a day across many age and employment categories. In addition, COVID-related deaths are at their lowest point since last March. However, the gross number of cases in the U.S.

The High Cost Of Dying

Apr 8, 2021

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it will pay up to $9,000 to cover the funeral costs of every American who died of COVID-19.   

The Writers’ Room: Millennial Fiction

Apr 8, 2021

How many times have you checked your phone today?

A Conversation With Diane Rehm

Apr 8, 2021

What does it mean to die with dignity? That’s a question Diane Rehm has explored for years.

There’s no easy way to tell you that the cicadas are coming. But they are, and our home, Washington, D.C., is the likely epicenter of the nearly once-in-a-generation swarm.

“Yeah, it’s really bad news,” 1A producer Kathryn Fink Slacked your writer.

What Is Progressive Prosecution?

Apr 7, 2021

Prosecutors are some of the most powerful figures in the criminal justice system. They decide whether to file or drop charges and what sentence to seek. But of the 2,400 prosecutors elected