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1A is home to the national conversation. The show frames the best debates with great guests in ways to make you think, share and engage.
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"If a student is not learning, that could be the fault of the system, not of the student," says education reporter Moriah Balingit. "[Grades] seem to measure what students have, not what they know."Should we keep assessing students in a way that assumes they're all on the same level? Or is it time to do away with grades completely?Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"Are we as schools using science to drive our reopening plans? As superintendents, we're not health experts," says Superintendent PJ Caposey. "When we're told to reopen safely and then not given guidelines about what safety means, it's really hard."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
What Is Cottagecore?

What Is Cottagecore?

2020-08-0825:04

"I'm a Black Muslim woman, so people don't really see a lot of us in the cottagecore community," influencer Sumaiyuh Jones says. "And it's different to see someone's religion and someone's culture fit into an aesthetic that's usually dominated by a different demographic."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Schools discuss reopening, and Congress discusses coronavirus aid. The world continues to search for answers in Beirut. And President Trump bans TikTok and WeChat.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"What matters to me is to be honest and to be fair. I think it is absolutely clear that the president has numerous failings which has cost the country as a whole, dearly," Atlantic writer Ed Yong says. "Trump is central to this problem but not the only thing that matters."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"The number of people who are dying is more than 1,000 a day," says Reid Wilson about the White House's claims of success on increased COVID tests. "Public opinion is not on the President's side no matter how much he talks about testing."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"So much of our day-to-day lives are about defusing or deescalating situations with men that could turn violent or frightening," says Natasha Trethewey. "If I couldn't tell a story about my life and what it's led to, I could have been overtaken by despair."We also talk about TikTok and what a Microsoft purchase of the app (or a nationwide ban of it) means for American users.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.If you're in a dangerous situation at home, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And if you feel unsafe to speak, you can reach out to them by texting LOVE IS to 22522.
"Housing and neighborhoods are really the fundamental way that we've segregated people," former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan says. "At the very time that we need to be moving the country forward [...] President Trump wants to take us back to a racist past."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
It's a tough time for Black Americans. How is Levar Burton protecting his heart? "I try to remind myself and others to keep our heads up. Unless our head is up. We cannot see the horizon. And it's the horizon that beckons us."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Congress grills Big Tech and continues to quarrel over coronavirus aid. Thousands — not millions — participate in Hajj. And Hong Kong postpones elections.We bring you all the national and global news you need on this edition of the News Roundup. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"If you always come to activism with the same set of ideas, it's ahistorical. Things have changed since 1850. The use of the word 'hate' lets way too many people off the hook," says writer Zadie Smith.We also talk about this week's Congressional hearing with four Big Tech CEOs.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"The Postal Service has been doing vote by mail for generations," says Mark Dimondstein of the American Postal Workers Union. "We can continue to deliver for the people as long as we have the support."Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"We have many families in Arizona that don't even have access to electricity and it's our duty to provide access," says Beth Lewis of Save Our Schools. "But it's harder when we're being asked to spread that money to kids in private schools who come from affluent backgrounds"Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
What Is Fascism?

What Is Fascism?

2020-07-2734:525

"It's an upheaval of society through violence to turn the clock back," says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. "When there are periods of great progress, charismatic men organize movements around themselves as a red flag against progress."We talked about the definition of fascism and whether President Trump is a fascist. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Two civil rights leaders were laid to rest. The clashes between federal agents and and protesters continues in Portland. COVID-19 continues to devastate around the world. And two countries set out on missions to Mars.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
With plans for memorials around the country underway, we shared your ideas on how to honor the legacy of the late Rep. John Lewis and the late Rev. C.T. Vivian.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Elections are complicated, but they shouldn't be chaotic. We talked about why many election officials have a sense of dread over what's to come in November. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
"These asylum officers have been put in a position where they're forced to implement these policies that they not only believe are wrong or immoral, but that they believe are actually illegal," says reporter Molly O'Toole.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Some say "cancel culture" is an attack on free speech by the so-called "woke." Others believe it's an overdue move to call out powerful people and companies for views and policies that oppress the powerless. Is it a force for good? Or a threat to free thought and expression?Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
Countries worldwide continue to battle the coronavirus. A hack compromises some high-profile Twitter accounts. China and the U.S. continue to fight over Hong Kong. Turkey's Hagia Sophia has been converted back to a mosque.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.
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Submarine Jack

They might have valid points but both of these guys sound like self-righteous twats.

Aug 7th
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Steve Davis

It would of been great to hear both sides of the story. All of the people in the panel basically said the same things. If it makes sense it would of been great to hear a discussion of experts that did not think he was a Facist.

Jul 27th
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jackieblue361

I love this show, and the history lessons are awesome!

Jul 16th
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muffen jr

bit of an editing issue at the outer, just a heads up

Jul 1st
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Randy Gene Myer

How about stop F***ing

May 2nd
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David Morales

Throughout the Civil Rights movement many including myself have noticed that sometimes White women will use Brown women to attack Brown men.

Mar 7th
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Terri Hunt

There's a lot of hostility and aggression expressed by the Repulican rep on this podcast and then a forceful push back by the Democrat rep. I think that's part of the problem these days: we cant even remember to be polite to each other. So over that.

Feb 28th
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Kelly Reay

This was fantastic, please do another!!

Feb 14th
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larry shiver

Man! Republicans lie and self dilute like I breathe.

Jan 29th
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Robin Stone-Alston

I'm so sorry to hear about Kobe and his daughter and the others. Praying for you and family.

Jan 29th
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Daniel what

The answer given by your guest about injury on scooters was totally a non answer. "Oh people get hurt in cars too." Right, and what protections do drivers have in that regard? Insurance, registration, and licenses. I wish you would have pressed him on that answer total garbage.

Jan 20th
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Casey man

hey 1a that was not depeche mode lolz you just played closer.

Jan 18th
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Jennifer Villalva

This one didn't load properly. Fix please?

Jan 14th
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Andrew Xu

Did Joshua Johnson step down as host?

Jan 4th
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Jldubz

boooooooo

Dec 23rd
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Dre

I think it’s funny when “experts” try to make a case for or talk about Trump as if he were a normal, intelligent politician and/or a normal human being. Like, reading his tweets with a normal voice and trying to decipher what he “meant” or whatever. Any intelligent person - despite political preference knows this man is a dangerous imbecile. Nothing he does is professional or even smart. He’s a bumbling man baby that has surrounded himself with cronies. No intelligent republican can deny that! Stop trying to make sense of this person! Please!

Dec 11th
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Steve Zapata

it's the debutante episode again

Nov 24th
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John Reed

Democrats didn't make the argument for bribery? Am done with 1A. Just one step removed from fox.

Nov 23rd
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Munaver Jameel

Do want to know who's Sir, Boris John's are you Bailed on your Head start the process of moving on the Owen personally or is Playboy or take you Pocket money

Nov 19th
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Terri Hunt

Appreciate the chance to hear multiple perspectives when they are more than talking points...Mon either side.

Nov 4th
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