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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 State Of Voting Rights In America

    The State Of Voting Rights In America

    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced he'd vote against the For The People Act, dealing a blow to Democrats in the fight over voting rights.

    The bill promised to expand voting rights and combat the onslaught of restrictive voting laws being passed on the state level.

    What does the failure to pass this legislation mean for voting rights?

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    • 32 min
    Colson Whitehead And Barry Jenkins On Making 'The Underground Railroad'

    Colson Whitehead And Barry Jenkins On Making 'The Underground Railroad'

    When the novel The Underground Railroad was published in 2016, it caught the world's attention for its stark portrayal of slavery in America.

    The story reimagines the metaphorical underground railroad as an actual underground railroad, with train tracks and stations. Readers follow the journey of Cora, a young woman escaping slavery in Georgia.

    Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has been adapted into a limited TV series of the same name, available to stream on Amazon Prime.

    We speak with Barry Jenkins, the director of the show, and Colson Whitehead, the book's author.

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    • 32 min
    The News Roundup for June 11, 2021

    The News Roundup for June 11, 2021

    Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna say they expect their COVID-19 vaccines to be available to children as young as 6 months by the fall.

    COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen in states with low vaccination rates.

    Meanwhile, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are on the move.

    Harris made her first trip abroad to Central America, meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

    Biden traveled to Europe for meetings with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    • 1 hr 39 min
    The Writers' Room: Young Adult Fiction And Social Media

    The Writers' Room: Young Adult Fiction And Social Media

    Young Adult fiction is a genre can range from high fantasy to contemporary. The subject matter can be as heavy as books written for older readers. And while its characters are usually teenagers, those popular enough are often read and beloved by fans of all ages.

    Those fans and their use of social media sites have made YA fiction more popular than ever.

    For this installment of "The Writers' Room," we talk to three young adult fiction authors on the state of the genre and the communities that fuel it.

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    • 30 min
    The FDA Just Approved A Major Alzheimer's Drug. Now What?

    The FDA Just Approved A Major Alzheimer's Drug. Now What?

    The FDA has approved a new medication for treating Alzheimer's, called aducanumab.

    It's the first new drug for the disease in almost 20 years, but the FDA's approval comes despite an intense debate over the drug's efficacy and associated side effects.

    We discuss what we know about the medication and how it will shape the future of Alzheimer's research and treatment.

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    • 29 min
    Teaching Race And History In America's Schools

    Teaching Race And History In America's Schools

    The latest culture war is being fought in the classroom, with several states banning Critical Race Theory.

    The theory is an academic pursuit examining how race intersects with history. While many may not know the fundamentals of the theory, Republican-led state legislatures now say the decades-old concept is said to be anti-American and sow division.

    We discuss what Critical Race Theory is and how America's complicated racial history should be taught.

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    • 31 min

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White-hate / White-guilt

Listened to plenty of white-hate/white-guilt episodes on this podcast.

Latest “taxes are racist” episode could take the cake.
The “data” presented in this discussion does not expose racism in the tax system; the discussion only exposes the racism of the panel members. When you data mine seeking a certain outcome, you’re bound to reach a self-fulfilling conclusion. In step with your “most shocking” revelation a couple minutes in: defining wealth as (assets)-(debt), then saying that graduating college seniors (student loans) have less wealth than graduating high school seniors (*crickets*) based on race. Notwithstanding the fact that most of the points that follow were “theories” behind supposed outcomes, explicated by no wholesome statistics.

The banter in this episode is typical of the program as a whole. It’s alarming and sad that the political rhetoric from this nationally promoted show comes from college professors and (somehow) published authors.

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