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The Next Chapter For Dystopian Literature

18 hours ago

Today’s book lovers are hungry for stories of dark, dystopian futures. Novels like “1984,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Parable of the Sower” are hard to keep in stock these days.

But what’s inspiring the next generation of dystopian narratives? We assemble a panel of authors to talk about how current events, national politics and international relations inspire their new works and appeal to an audience with an affinity for apocalyptic endings.


The Search For America's Moral Core

Aug 17, 2017

America is doing some heavy soul-searching after the violence in Charlottesville and President Trump’s responses to it.

America has survived far worse, but today millions of Americans are saying, “This is not who we are.”

Are we sure about that?


This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years. The eclipse will travel from Oregon to South Carolina, darkening skies and dropping temperatures along the way.

CEOs Cut Ties With Trump

Aug 15, 2017

The CEOs of Merck, Intel and Under Armour resigned their positions on the White House American Manufacturing Council this week. The three condemned the hate groups that attracted violence to a recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia — something President Donald Trump has been criticized for not doing in a timely way.

What will the absence of these CEOs mean for the president’s business council? And what does the council do anyway?


What Can I Do To Stop Hate Groups?

Aug 15, 2017

The violent racism we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia is not new.

But after last weekend’s attack, many people are looking for new ideas about how to stop extremists. On Monday’s show, our guest Jameta Barlow said “Everyone needs to do something every day.”

But what? What is the most productive response to a white nationalist rally in your town? Or on your campus? What should you do if a cousin says something racist at Thanksgiving?

As tensions mount between the U.S. and North Korea, so does the number of unanswered questions.

Would the U.S. launch a pre-emptive strike?

Would North Korea really attack Guam?

What role will China play?

How did we get to this point?

In this show, we’re taking all questions, big and small, on North Korea. Send them to us with this form, or tune in and give us a call.

Charlottesville And The White Supremacists

Aug 14, 2017

What began as a rally by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend ended in terror Saturday as a car slammed into a group that was protesting the rally, killing at least one person and injuring 19 others.

Friday News Roundup - International

Aug 11, 2017

Tensions are running high in Kenya after another contested election.

South Africa’s president has survived another no-confidence vote.

Tensions remain high and questions abound with North Korea.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Aug 11, 2017

President Donald Trump says he will declare the opioid crisis a national emergency, following the recommendation of a White House commission. This also follows a report that the tens of thousands of recorded opiate deaths might be too low a measurement.

1A Movie Club Sees "Detroit"

Aug 10, 2017

It’s time for another meeting of the 1A Movie Club!

This month, we see “Detroit,” a historical drama from Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Kransinski. It depicts events that led up to a violent riot in 1967 when tensions between the Motor City’s African-American community and law enforcement boiled over, leaving three black men dead and many more injured.

Fire, Fury And Figuring Out North Korea

Aug 10, 2017

In a development that was years ahead of several experts’ opinions, North Korea has been found to be developing nuclear warheads small enough to put on missiles.

What It's Like To Report On Race Today

Aug 10, 2017

Some of the first journalists to specialize in reporting on race were … white men. They doggedly covered the civil rights movement for local and national outlets, bringing needed attention to the ways America’s social and political systems were stacked against the nation’s black citizens.

These days, the race beat still exists, but it’s occupied by a more diverse group of journalists who cover topics through the lens of minority communities for national newsrooms.

How Is Guam Handling North Korea's Threats?

Aug 10, 2017

North Korean state media has floated the possibility of an attack on Guam, a small U.S. territory in the Pacific that’s also home to a significant American military presence.

When People With Autism Encounter Police

Aug 8, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

Missed social cues are awkward. But what happens when poor communication is a matter of life and death?

People with autism are significantly more likely to have an encounter with law enforcement over the course of their lives. Now, more police officers are being trained to better understand their interactions with men, women and children on the autism spectrum.

Baby, It's Cold Inside

Aug 8, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

Air conditioning does more than keep our temperatures low and utility bills high:

Is The NFL Colluding Against Kaepernick?

Aug 8, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

NFL pre-season is halfway over and Colin Kaepernick still hasn’t been signed to a team.

Baltimore and Miami both passed on the quarterback, who gained attention outside of sports circles when he declined to stand in protest during the pre-game national anthem.

With guest host John Donvan.

What does it mean to be made in America?

San Francisco-based clothier American Giant sells apparel for men and women, all manufactured in the U.S. It’s not cheap. The company’s popular hoodie retails at around $90. So, is it worth it to be American-made?

We talk with American Giant CEO Bayard Winthrop about why he focuses on more than the bottom line in his business.


With guest host John Donvan.

When a patient has run out of options, should new options be put on the table?

The U.S. Senate said Yes to that question this month by approving so-called right-to-try legislation, which lets patients request drugs and treatments that are still in clinical trials and haven’t yet been approved for the market.

Sanctuary Cities Fight Back

Aug 7, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

The city of Chicago is suing the Department of Justice over the DOJ’s decision to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.

Friday News Roundup - International

Aug 4, 2017

President Donald Trump laments that U.S. relations with Russia are at an “all-time low” after Russia expels hundreds of American diplomats.

In Venezuela, accusations of fraud in Sunday’s national election are flying, increasing tensions between President Nicolás Maduro’s administration and opposition groups.