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.
On this 4th of July, we’re going to bring you three stories about America from the Radio Times archives. First, we’ll hear from poet RICHARD BLANCO, who joined us to discuss his life and to read from his collection How to Love a Country. Then, we’ll hear from Ojibwe writer and anthropologist DAVID TREUER who critiques how Native Americans have been depicted through history. His new book is The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. Lastly, we’ll hear about the history of the Plessy v. Ferguson case from STEVEN LUXENBERG, author of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation.