1A is a new show for a changing America.

Every day, host Joshua Johnson 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.

The conversation isn’t just on air. 1A invites you to join in. We’ll regularly post questions and requests for feedback on this page. And you can talk to us on Twitter, Facebook, or by texting 1A to 63735.

1A is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR. Here’s how to listen live in your area.

Most Recent Shows

Without Women

Wednesday, Jan 18 2017Like most of America's boardrooms — Donald Trump's proposed cabinet is made up largely of white men. This phenomena of lacking women at the top table isn't new, but the general trend remains. Can corporate America and the new cabinet make the best decisions – if they look and sound so much alike? And what do we lose when women aren't positioned in lead decision-making roles? Communicator, entrepreneur and former ad exec Cindy Gallop Cindy Gallop has ideas to change all that. She shares her vision of what the business world can be once it taps into the power of women and people of color.

Betsy DeVos: School Advocate or Adversary?

Wednesday, Jan 18 2017Betsy DeVos is one of the wealthiest members of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Her Senate confirmation hearings are underway. NPR says there has not been ‘a more controversial pick for secretary of education’ in recent memory. But who is she? And why is her appointment so controversial?

Lead, Landfills, and Low-Income Neighborhoods

Tuesday, Jan 17 2017The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is ongoing, and there have been even more devastating discoveries of contaminants like lead in water systems across the country. Many of the affected communities are poor and people of color. Why are these neighborhoods so often victimized when it comes to environmental health issues?