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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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Like a bunch of other musicians we’ve talked to lately, The National’s Matt Berninger has been writing a lot during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether it’s been his new album, “Serpentine Prison,” or a musical project called “Cyrano” based on the life of a 17th-century French writer, he’s certainly kept busy.

A lot of people woke up surprised the morning after Election Day in 2016. Instead of a President-elect Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump won. And that surprise was largely due to interpretations of political polling. It seemed like election modelers, politicos and anyone who paid attention to the numbers coming out of key battleground states were all saying that Trump didn’t really have much of a shot.

The COVID-19 Surge, According To Frontline Workers

Nov 18, 2020

Despite previous warnings from health officials, cases of coronavirus are surging across the country.  Daily new coronavirus cases have topped 160,000, according to data by Johns Hopkins University. Now, states are amping up restrictions and

What To Do When Traveling For The Holidays Is Too Risky

Nov 17, 2020

During the summer months, restaurants and bars took advantage of outdoor spaces to keep their businesses alive but now, winter is coming.

‘The Media’ And The 2020 Election

Nov 17, 2020

The 2020 election was vastly different from 2016 in a number of ways. You’ll remember, for example, that we weren’t living through a pandemic. And this time, it seemed like social media platforms made more efforts to contain disinformation in the lead-up.

Ask A Foreign Correspondent

Nov 16, 2020

How do you explain America to non-Americans?

It’s a tough question to answer. Ours is a country full of innovation, contradictions, challenges and everything in between.

It can be hard to distill down into digestible information, especially in an election year like the one Americans just lived through.

From the Columbia Journalism Review:

Months into the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is setting new case records on an almost daily basis.

A new president will also mean a change in how the federal government will address the spread of COVID-19.

America is still recovering from a grueling election season. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the Democratic president-elect. President Donald Trump will not be returning to the White House for a second term in office. Some are taking the results better than others.

The News Roundup — International

Nov 13, 2020

In Ethiopia, experts are warning about the disastrous potential of a civil war between the federal government and local government in the Tigray region. The Associated Press published the account of Filimon, a police officer in an Ethiopian border town who fled the violence, about what he experienced.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Nov 13, 2020

The U.S. has broken the record for single-day coronavirus diagnoses for the second time in under two weeks. While ballots were being counted, the U.S. recorded its first-ever six-digit increase in cases with just over 100,000 new COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals. This week, the new record was set at approximately 145,000 cases.

The Affordable Care Act At The Supreme Court (Again)

Nov 12, 2020

The Supreme Court reexamined the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this week, over the individual mandate part of the law. That’s the penalty for not buying insurance — which Congress lowered to zero in 2017. But this time, it seems like that five members of the court will support it.

Last week, voters in California passed Proposition 22.

The transition to a Joe Biden administration has begun. Although not everyone is on board (you probably already know who we’re talking about).

America is starkly divided among urban-rural lines. It’s not newBut this election cycle showed that America’s political chasms are widening in some parts of the country as they’re closing in others.   

The National Political Spotlight Comes To Georgia

Nov 10, 2020

Georgia once may have seemed like a solidly Republican state.

After the election, a tweet from writer Mary Annaïse Heglar went viral. It shows two maps of Mississippi, with the caption: “What y’all think Mississippi looks like versus what it actually looks like.”

The map on the left shows Mississippi colored in solid red. Next to it, the state is divided by counties, with many of them shaded in blue. But why?

Divided On The President, United On Drugs?

Nov 10, 2020

Given the record turnout, and just how close the race for the presidency was in 2020, maybe you thought agreement on policy is basically impossible these days. However, Americans did seem unanimously behind one thing this election season: drugs.

How Whiteness Affected The Election

Nov 9, 2020

Joe Biden, with his running mate Kamala Harris, won the presidential election. And we’re learning more about who voted and who they supported. 

Election 2020: The Next Three Months

Nov 9, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, following days of ballot counting in swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The election has occupied a lot of the country’s collective headspace for the last few years. But now that it’s over, what’s next?

What should we expect from the incoming Biden-Harris administration?

The president-elect has already vowed to take swift action to confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Biden won the presidential election, according to The Associated Press and many other major news outlets.

America, I'm honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

The News Roundup — International

Nov 6, 2020

The United States formally withdrew this week from the Paris Climate Accord, the international agreement meant to curb the effects of climate change. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the agreement early in his term.

The News Roundup — Domestic

Nov 6, 2020

Votes in key battleground states in the 2020 election are still being counted after a historic number of Americans voted by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. Former Vice President Joe Biden is just a few electoral votes away from the 270-vote threshold necessary to declare victory.

The 1A Election Results Roundup, Part II

Nov 5, 2020

Voting may be over but ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania, Michigan and other key states that could determine the winner of the presidential election.

The 1A Election Results Roundup

Nov 4, 2020

We don’t know who has won the presidential election. Key states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin haven’t been called yet. As we warned in our previous conversations about election results: we still may not know who won by the end of Wednesday, and patience is still paramount (we know it is hard).

Election Day With 1A Across America: The View From Minnesota

Nov 3, 2020

Election Day is finally here.

It’s finally time. Election Day 2020 is here.

Juliette Holmes went to Savannah, Georgia, to visit her mother. When she arrived, she went to the restroom and noticed some stickers on the medicine cabinet shaped like peaches with the words “I voted” written on them.

When she returned to her mother, Holmes began to tease her for collecting the stickers. Then, her mother reminded her of what those stickers truly represent.

Given how many people are voting by mail in this presidential election and anomalies in how those ballots are going to be counted, experts and analysts have suggested America may not know who its next president is on Election Night.

We’re five days away from the presidential election and over 70 million people have already made their voices heard through early voting. But there is one group that is routinely sidelined in American politics: