1A Across America

1A Across America is a two-year collaborative effort to bring more local viewpoints to 1A’s national audience. Leading up to the 2020 general elections, 1A’s production team will work in partnership with six public media stations, including KMUW, to bring underreported local points of view and issues of importance into a national conversation through on-air discussions and interviews, field reporting and live events.

1A airs weekdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on KMUW 89.1 FM. The program is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

Things have changed a lot for women over the last hundred years, from winning the right to vote to holding more seats in Congress than ever before. Democratic women swept the 2018 midterms, and now a record number of Republican women are planning to run for office in 2020.

Rural America has never been only one place, one type of person or one type of job.

And new data points to the growing complexity and diversity of those parts of the country.

Author and podcast host Sarah Smarsh wrote in The New York Times recently about so-called “brain gain” instead of “brain drain.”

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

KMUW partnered with 1A Across America to present a special edition of Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap. This event, focused on women in politics and the GOP, was guest hosted by 1A's Joshua Johnson on  October 8 at the Crown Uptown Theatre in Wichita, Kansas.

Things have changed a lot for women over the last hundred years, from winning the right to vote to holding more seats in Congress than ever before. Democratic women swept the 2018 midterms, and now a record number of Republican women are planning to run for office in 2020. We heard from two women in politics on why they ran, how they serve, and why they chose the party they did.

The conversation is scheduled to air Thursday, October 24, at 10 a.m. CT on 1A. The full video, produced by Digital Brand, is available here:

More than two years have passed since President Trump pulled America out of the Paris climate agreement. But the demand for renewable energy in this country continues to increase.

A record amount of wind energy production is set to come online in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

If this page loaded for you almost instantaneously after you clicked on it, there’s a solid chance you’re not currently living in rural Kansas.

More than 95,000 people, about 3.5 percent of the state’s population, don’t have internet access.

And it’s not just the more rural areas. According to the nonprofit Connected Nation, pockets of suburbs in Kansas City and Dodge City were lacking in high-speed internet coverage.

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Democratic presidential hopefuls will soon meet again on the debate stage. What would you ask the candidates to focus on in Kansas if you had the chance?

Madeline Fox / Kansas News Service

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday will appear on 1A, as part of the show's "Across America" project. 

Ask 1A Across America

Jan 8, 2019

What is 1A Across America?

1A Across America is a two-year collaboration to incorporate more local and regional voices into the national conversation. Leading up to the 2020 elections, 1A’s production team will work closely with KMUW to bring the region’s underreported issues and concerns to 1A’s national audience.

KMUW announced today it will bring more stories from Kansas to the national audience of the daily weekday public radio program 1A through 1A Across America, a two-year collaborative effort. Leading up to the 2020 general elections, 1A Across America introduces a fresh model for strong community-based coverage of critical issues.