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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.

    Life In Prison Gets a New Chapter

    Life In Prison Gets a New Chapter

    Since 2017, the podcast Ear Hustle has showcased the daily realities of life inside San Quentin State Prison in California. Eight seasons later, it's still going strong.

    Earlonne Woods is the show's co-host and co-producer. In 1999, he was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison. In November 2018, his sentence was commuted after 21 years served.

    Nigel Poor is also a co-host and co-producer. She's a visual artist and photography professor at California State University in Sacramento.

    They are co-authors of the new book "This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life."

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    • 31 min
    How Safe Are America's Film Sets?

    How Safe Are America's Film Sets?

    Last week, actor and producer Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his new film "Rust." The film's director, Joel Souza, was also hit and injured by a bullet and was hospitalized before being released.

    The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees sent an email to its members alleging that the gun used in the scene contained a live round.

    IATSE has been arguing that America's film sets are unsafe since before the shooting, even threatening to go on strike over the issue. A strike is off the table for now, but many members still feel unsatisfied.

    What's the state of America's film sets?

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    • 28 min
    From Chili-Eating Contests To Ultramarathons, Why Do We Seek Pain For Pleasure?

    From Chili-Eating Contests To Ultramarathons, Why Do We Seek Pain For Pleasure?

    If you've ever burnt your hand on a stove and someone told you it's "all in your head," they're technically not wrong. Our sensory receptors communicate with the brain to create the sensation of pain.

    But if pain is... painful, why do some of us seek it out?To find out, journalist Leigh Cowart interviewed ultramarathoners, spice aficionados, lovers (practitioners) of BDSM, and other pain-seekers about why they do what they do.

    We talk about the link between pain and pleasure — and hear your stories and questions about pain on purpose.

    Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

    • 33 min
    The News Roundup for October 22, 2021

    The News Roundup for October 22, 2021

    The Freedom to Vote Act failed in the Senate this week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the bill was an overreach by Democrats in an attempt to federalize elections.

    Members of the Trump administration clashed with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. The committee recommended that former White House advisor Steve Bannon be held in contempt after he ignored their requests for cooperation.

    Vaccine mandates are being extended. New York City will now require all city employees to be vaccinated. General Electric will also soon require all its U.S. workers to be vaccinated.

    Meanwhile, a gang that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries has asked for a ransom of $17 million for their safe return. The White House said that the FBI is working on a solution.

    The international community is struggling to address climate change. A U.N. report found that governments are on track to produce twice as much fossil fuel pollution as is necessary to keep global temperatures down by 2030.

    We cover all this and more during the News Roundup.

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    How Whistleblowers Have Put Big Tech On The Back Foot

    How Whistleblowers Have Put Big Tech On The Back Foot

    As the power of Silicon Valley's tech companies has grown, so too has the number of people willing to air their dirty laundry.

    Facebook is the latest in the line of fire after whistleblower Francis Haugen's congressional testimony in early October.

    Apple is also reeling from an internal crisis. One of the organizers of the #AppleToo movement was fired last week. But even though these organizations seem to be on the back foot, blowing the whistle is complicated and risky.

    What does it take to be a whistleblower? And is it enough to actually implement change in Silicon Valley?

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    • 30 min
    The Future of The Child Tax Credit

    The Future of The Child Tax Credit

    Since the the Child Tax Credit went into effect in July, millions of children have been lifted out of poverty according to one study done by Columbia University. The program is set to end in a few weeks if Congress doesn't vote to make it permanent.

    But there's a fight unfolding around what a permanent Child Tax Credit should look like—and who should get it.

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    • 31 min

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