1A is a 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a question or comment on the air?

Call (855) 236-1212 and leave a message. You can also comment on Facebook or Twitter, or you can text 1A to 63735 (standard message rates may apply, and you can text STOP to end the messages).

You can also visit the Ask 1A page to weigh in on upcoming shows.

How can I listen to the show?

Our show is live from 10 am – 12 pm ET. You can listen on your local station, stream the show on this site or listen to our podcast.

Here is a list of stations that broadcast the show.

Does 1A take live calls?

We do occasionally, but not for every show. You can always weigh in on topics online, or call (855) 236-1212 to leave a message that we might play on air.

How can I suggest a topic or guest for 1A?

You can pitch us using the form linked below. Please keep in mind that we receive a lot of pitches. Before you fill out the form, distill your idea into a single question or sentence. It’s fine to leave out some details. If it’s something we decide to pursue, we’ll reach out to you for more details.

Submit ideas here.

If you are an author or an author’s publicist, please send us a non-returnable review copy of the book or galley with contact information, including a phone number, plus any supporting materials to:

1A Producers
WAMU 88.5
American University
4401 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

We will contact you if we are interested in an interview.

May I attend a live broadcast of 1A?

We’re sorry, but our studios cannot accommodate an in-person audience.

Who wrote the 1A theme music?

Will Eastman wrote our theme. Watch a video of him discussing it with Joshua, or listen to more of Will’s music.

Why isn’t the podcast both hours of the show?

You can listen to all of the shows on this site. As for the podcast, 1A is a new show. We have an opportunity to try out new things online and on-demand — especially if we’re going to reach audiences who don’t listen traditionally at an appointed hour. Listening on-demand is crucial, too, if we want to win over those who think NPR isn’t for them or have never heard of NPR. That’s a lot people and increasingly we don’t expect any of them to own a radio, or to listen in real time. We also know that on-demand audiences rarely finish listening to a program that lasts more than 45 minutes. Some do, but not many.

Will transcripts of the show be available?

We are working hard to make transcripts available after our show has been aired. We currently offer a variety of resources that supplement the information learned from each show, such as articles, information databases, top tweets and playlists.

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