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.
Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg, known as The Word Mavens, are the authors of “The Whole Spiel: Funny essays about digital nudniks, seder selfies and chicken soup memories.” The pair write feature stories and personal essays together for national and local publications, such as The Forward, Moment Magazine, InterfaithFamily.com, and WHYY.org. They are regular contributors to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s commentary page, where they offer their opinions on everything from Christmas tchotchkes and paper valentines to the questionable benefits of loyal shoppers clubs.