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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.

    The Omicron Variant, Infected Deer, And Where The Pandemic Goes From Here

    The Omicron Variant, Infected Deer, And Where The Pandemic Goes From Here

    An estimated 53 million Americans returned from their holiday travel this weekend to news of a new variant of COVID-19.

    The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa and cases have since been reported in a growing number of countries including Germany, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

    Experts say it's only a matter of time before cases are reported in the U.S. President Joe Biden spoke yesterday about the new variant, telling Americans not to panic.

    But even as we consider the immediate concerns over Omicron, scientists are pointing to a longer-term issue: a growing number of animals becoming infected with COVID-19. These spillover events where germs jump from humans to animals and back again can create new viral strains.

    We discuss what this means for the state of the pandemic.

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    • 24 min
    Transgender Troops On Protecting Their Right To Serve

    Transgender Troops On Protecting Their Right To Serve

    On January 25, President Biden reversed the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military.But the door remains open for future administrations to reinstate it.

    So what would it take to protect the ability for trans troops to serve openly?

    We talk with active duty trans service members about life in the military — and what it would take to protect their right to serve.

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    • 32 min
    Food, Traditions, and Turkey Day: Old and New

    Food, Traditions, and Turkey Day: Old and New

    Last year, many families across the U.S. chose to stay home and go without their Thanksgiving and other holiday traditions to limit the spread of coronavirus. But for some, a minimal holiday season brought new traditions and menus, such as hosting a 'Friendsgiving' or celebrating solo.

    What can you do to make the holiday season extra special this year – both on and off the table? And what are some easy, but delicious recipes for those who may be hosting for the first time?

    Our panel of cooking and hosting experts answer those questions and more.

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    • 32 min
    The Pandemic Saw A Spike In Traffic Deaths. What's Being Done To Stop It?

    The Pandemic Saw A Spike In Traffic Deaths. What's Being Done To Stop It?

    When cities shut down at the start of the pandemic, streets were emptier. There was more speeding, more drinking and driving, and less seatbelt-wearing. Deaths and serious injuries spiked for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.

    And it didn't stop once cities reopened. The first half of 2021 had the largest six-month jump in traffic fatalities on record. City leaders and advocates hope the infrastructure bill will help strengthen safety policies.

    What's causing this spike in traffic deaths and what's being done to stop it?

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    • 32 min
    Why Guilty Pleasures Shouldn't Make Us Feel Guilty

    Why Guilty Pleasures Shouldn't Make Us Feel Guilty

    In July 2019, Rax King published an essay about Food Network Star Guy Fieri. The so-called mayor of Flavortown is known for his bleached hair, bowling shirts, and rhyming exclamations ("so much salami, call my mommy").

    King wrote about how Fieri's unadulterated tackiness was the perfect balm to help her move on from her ex-husband — a preppy, uptight, anti-Guy kind of guy.

    That essay went viral. King's followed it with her new book, a collection of essays that extol the benefits of what the subtitle calls "the worst culture we have to offer." These supposedly include things like "The Jersey Shore," The Cheesecake Factory, and the band Creed. King argues that guilty pleasures shouldn't make us feel guilty at all, but are where we find the most joy. They help us connect with each other, without surroundings that demand we play it cool.

    We talk about King's book and what guilty pleasures are all about.

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    • 29 min
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Judges

    What We Talk About When We Talk About Judges

    Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges in a criminal trial that's underscored deep divides over gun rights, vigilantism, and racial justice protests.

    And throughout the trial, Judge Bruce Schroeder has garnered a lot of attention.

    The trial has raised tough questions about judges — who gets to be one, how they're assigned cases, how they're appointed, and how they're removed.

    A former judge and a legal expert answer your questions.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

D8CH ,

A quality, engaging staple

Wonderfully paced, thoughtful, engaging and amazingly moderated. Joshua Johnson is an extraordinary host — never hesitating to clarify and seek to raise the quality of the conversation. The balance between US and global content in the Friday News Roundup is so appreciated. The topics throughout the week are diverse and smart. There’s no better podcast. This is the bar by which others should be measured. Highly recommended.

Dr Pony ,

Selling out hard

Used to adore this podcast and now Joshua is selling out to go to MSNBC...trash.

KSinCobourg ,

Compulsory listening

The 1A/host Joshua Johnson consistently cover a diverse range of topics with deft skill, probing questions; never afraid to challenge the orthodoxy. I got hooked on the Diane Rehm Show when I used to visit family in Florida. I now tune in to the 1A podcast from Toronto - this show is a great roadmap for understanding the USA.

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