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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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Is January actually “Divorce Month?” Well, the facts are complicated.

But regardless of when it happens, the way divorce happens is changing. More couples are turning to mediation. Long and complex court cases are less common. And arrangements like half-and-half child custody are becoming more popular.

A member of the 1A Text Club says:

Attorney Bryan Stevenson’s book, “Just Mercy,” has become a central text in changing how Americans discuss the issues of incarceration and capital punishment.

The book tells the story of Stevenson’s attempts to free a wrongly-accused black man in Alabama named Walter McMillian who’s on death row.

Since that case in 1993, Stevenson has founded a nonprofit, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and has advocated for the release of over 140 prisoners facing capital punishment.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did more than inspire and lead. He changed America using his skills to leverage the media, politicians and grassroots organizers to get civil rights legislation passed.

Here’s Adam Serwer, writing recently about Dr. King’s writing in The Atlantic

The News Roundup - International

Jan 17, 2020

As protesters take to the streets in Iran over a downed Ukranian airliner, the State Department canceled a classified Congressional briefing that was supposed to focus on U.S.-Iranian relations and embassy security.

More from Politico:

The News Roundup - Domestic

Jan 17, 2020

The House lawmakers designated as impeachment managers delivered the articles of impeachment of President Donald Trump to the Senate and read them aloud. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the trial would likely commence next Tuesday.

Puneet Chowdhary lives in Michigan and researches Parkinson’s disease. She’s worked in the U.S. legally since 2001. She got married here, and her two children are U.S. citizens.

And she’s one of an estimated 800,000 immigrants waiting in the decades-long line for a green card.

Our producer Avery spoke to Puneet, and here are some excerpts from their conversation.

Decrypting The Decryption Dilemma

Jan 16, 2020

Should the government be able to access the locked phones of convicted or accused criminals?

That issue has cropped up again after the FBI asked Apple to provide data on two iPhones which belonged to a gunman responsible for the shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, last month.

Fewer than 80 thousand votes across Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.

The blue collar, union-heavy workforce that was once a reliable base of Democratic support in these states had unexpectedly crossed party lines.

The Impeachment Inquiry Goes To The Senate

Jan 15, 2020

The House’s impeachment of President Donald Trump is set to advance to its next phase. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday.

The expected Senate trial will be just the third time in U.S. history that a president has undergone this part of the impeachment process.

Democratic Debate: Iowa Edition

Jan 15, 2020

You know it, we know it. There’s a presidential election this year.

But Democrats around the country haven’t decided on a nominee.

On Tuesday, six candidates gathered for a final debate before the first caucus of the nation.