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Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

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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1A is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

The Perks And Perils Of Plant Parenthood

Sep 19, 2019

Houseplants are having a moment. A 2018 National Gardening Survey found that 77 percent of American households are now gardening — and young people are behind the latest uptick. Younger millennials and older members of Generation Z, aged 18-34, occupy twenty-nine percent of all gardening households.

Indoor gardening, in particular, is on the rise, with thirty percent of all household buying at least one houseplant.

Peter Pomerantsev’s 2014 book “Nothing Is True And Everything Is Permitted” paints Moscow as a place where it’s okay to play with the facts in order to fit a desired narrative.

Five years later, his vision of this post-truth world has arrived, and it’s gone global.

The Area 51 Mayhem, Explained

Sep 19, 2019

When does a joke go too far? Maybe when the U.S. military is being briefed about it? Or when tourists are being arrested for participating?

Here’s how an online joke about aliens spun out of control:

When ‘The Magic School Bus’ premiered on PBS (https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/tv/1995/07/09/magic-school-bus/b3f5f8a0-5622-4f43-9bd6-19c66ab8ecab/) in September 1994, Mrs. Frizzle — the fire-haired teacher with a penchant for matching her wardrobe to her lesson plans — was a game-changer. With her frequent field trips to destinations like the digestive system and other planets, Mrs. Frizzle inspired generations of kids to love science.

Foresight 2020: Senator Amy Klobuchar

Sep 18, 2019

The main thrust of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s presidential pitch is her ability to win back key Midwestern states that once voted firmly Democrat.

This week, the senator is kicking off a “blue wall” tour of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin where she plans to connect with voters who might prefer a more centrist candidate.

Israel Goes To The Polls Again

Sep 18, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the political fight of his life. Israel held its second national election in six months and the polling for it is too close to call.

The “people’s poet” isn’t one for sitting on the sidelines and staying silent.

British singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg has been at music and politics for more than 35 years. While some might view the two subjects as separate, he’s dedicated much of his music to social change and grassroot causes.

The possibility of an armed conflict between Iran and the United States increased Sunday as American officials accused Iran of being involved in an attack on oil-producing facilities in Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the White House knew the identity of the culprit behind the attack. He also said that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded,” but that he was waiting on information from Saudi Arabia.

What's The Deal With Cults?

Sep 17, 2019

What exactly is the definition of a cult? How and why do people join them? And why are Americans so fascinated by them?

These are surprisingly difficult questions to answer despite the media saturation of cults in the United States. Cults are often thought of as inextricably tied to religion. However, the meaning of the word “cult” has shifted over time. Today, the term means a group with socially deviant behaviors.

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Hustlers'

Sep 16, 2019

“These Wall Street guys, you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody. Hardworking people lost everything. And not one of those d—bags went to jail.”

That’s Ramona, a veteran stripper in the new movie “Hustlers.”

Inspired by a viral New York Magazine article, it tells the true story of former strip club employees who join forces to swindle their Wall Street clients during the 2008 financial crisis.