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1A is a show for a changing America.

Every day, 1A 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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The Line For The Shot: The Ethics Of COVID-19 Vaccination

Feb 22, 2021

Who gets a vaccine and when are important questions to consider as the U.S. looks to end the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the logistical questions that come with a vaccine rollout, there are ethical ones many are grappling with as well.

The Future Of Student Loan Forgiveness

Feb 22, 2021

Students graduating from college in 2019 did so with an average loan amount of over $30,000. And now that a pandemic has ravaged the country for almost year, many recent graduates are finding it difficult to keep up with their payments.

The News Roundup — International

Feb 19, 2021

Facebook blocked users in Australia from sharing news this week in response to proposed legislation by the Australian government.

From The Wall Street Journal’s explanation of what’s going on:

The News Roundup — Domestic

Feb 19, 2021

Many Texans are still without power and water after a huge winter storm devastated the region. The Texas Tribune reported that at least 12 million people faced water disruption and hundreds of thousands were still without power as of Thursday.

We talked to one of them earlier this week.

The Future Of Cuba Without A Castro

Feb 18, 2021

In March 2016, Cuban President Raul Castro stood next to President Obama and proclaimed a new age in U.S.-Cuba relations had begun.

Mars, Europa And The Search For Life Outside Of Earth

Feb 18, 2021

Mars has never been so busy.  NASA’s Perseverance rover is now hours away from the shortest and most inte

The situations in Texas and parts of the midwest are growing dire. Winter storms and record-breaking cold are wreaking havoc on Texas’ electrical grid.

Checking In On The U.S. Postal Service

Feb 17, 2021

You probably remember the period in 2020 when we were talking about the U.S. Postal Service non-stop.

We’ve all heard of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin.

The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump concluded this weekend. The Senate failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict. Donald Trump was acquitted of charges that he helped incite insurrection at the U.S Capitol in early January. But there are still other investigations occurring into the president’s alleged wrongdoing.