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More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults. But where the public’s view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
 
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Wildfires and hurricanes continue to affect large swaths of the US. COVID infections top 30 million globally, as the work on a vaccine continues. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu celebrate a peace deal for Israel, and scientists search for life on Venus. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this p…
 
Some will tell you crime in America has gone up. Others say it's down. But it depends on the type of crime. And as many politicians know, for some people, it's not about the numbers, it's about how they feel. We explore the rhetoric and the reality behind crime and the pandemic. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscr…
 
1A listener George told us, "My vote doesn't really matter[...]Six states are getting virtually all of the attention and all of the campaign dollars are going to those states." "There's this idea that people don't vote out of lethargy," says George. He thinks a majority of people don't vote because they feel left out of the process. Their voice and…
 
"Part of the reason the Benin royal art is so much at the forefront of this conversation is because it's one of the best documented examples of colonial appropriation," says Chika Okeke-Agulu, professor of African art at Princeton. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on …
 
"The thing that you're always looking to do in horror is to make the audience feel like they're participating," says "Host" director Rob Savage. "The great thing about screen horror is that if the audience forgets they're watching the movie, they can have an involvement in the scares." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and…
 
Wildfires continue to rage in the Western U.S. The race for a COVID-19 vaccine faces some setbacks. Disney is criticized for filming parts of Mulan in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Taliban and the Afghan government open negotiations. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? F…
 
Many schools that were financially stressed going into the pandemic might not come out of it, says Fred Lawrence, CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. "Once you put the nose of the plane down, you can't always pull out of that dive," he says, about a school's financial management. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscr…
 
"I think there is a morbid fascination in thinking of how everything will fall apart," says cosmologist Katie Mack. "But you can contemplate how we fit into this bigger picture, and that can be a really comforting thought." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter …
 
"The title of the album (Limbo) was to tell fans 'I'm literally figuring it out, I'm just a guy still in limbo,'" says rapper Aminé. "I always wanted to challenge myself and try to push the envelope sonically." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.…
 
To look at them, you might think, “Monarch butterflies aren’t going anywhere fast.” But each year, these beauties complete one of the most remarkable migrations in the animal kingdom, soaring more than a mile high to gather on a few mountaintops in Mexico they’ve never seen before, yet somehow they all know where to find. We unlock the secret lives…
 
Incarcerated firefighters make up a significant portion of the crews fighting the wildfires in California. But formerly incarcerated firefighter Rasheed Lockheart wonders: "Why can't our service and our time at these fire camps be our academy? We want equality in pay and the same opportunities as everybody else." Want to support 1A? Give to your lo…
 
"I find writing very immersive and as I write in my mind I have some notion of how I'll say the lines when we do our first take. All the characters I write, I somehow embody," says writer and showrunner Michaela Coel. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.…
 
"It's always interesting who in America we frame as having the ability to fully enact this Second Amendment right [to defend their home]," sociologist Rashawn Ray says. Plus, we start the show with an update on the latest from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Protests broke out after police in Kenosha shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, several times while his back …
 
Bonus Episode | This week, we wanted to share “And Nothing Less,” the new short series from our colleagues at the National Park Service and PRX. It gives a much-needed closer look at the twisty history of the 19th Amendment - and its lesser-known heroes. It’s hosted by two fabulous women: Rosario Dawson and Retta. We’ll play the first episode right…
 
"We are constantly dismissed at every level of the justice system." Grace Bulltail told us about her family's search to find answers around the death of her niece, Kaysera Stops Pretty Places. If you or someone you know needs help, StrongHearts Native Helpline is a domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Native…
 
"Rockstar" by DaBaby feat. Roddy Ricch has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for seven weeks. Meanwhile art from Beyonce, Michaela Cole, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, and more have all been swirling all around us during this pandemic summer. We talk about it all on today's pop culture roundup! Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio stat…
 
"[Postmaster General Louis] DeJoy does have quite a few stockholdings in places like Amazon and other shipping companies and worked in shipping for a number of years himself," says ProPublica's Jessica Huseman. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.…
 
Fred Tutman is the voice of the river. Specifically, Maryland’s Patuxent River. As the Riverkeeper, his job is to protect and preserve all 110 miles of that waterway – a role that takes him both to the courtroom and to the riverbank. But Fred is also the only African American Riverkeeper in the United States, a fact he sees as an indicator of an en…
 
"We need things like transformative and restorative justice processes to address some of these issues, rather than the knee-jerk reaction of punishment or [..] separating people who are incarcerated into the 'good people' and the 'bad people,'" author James Kilgore says. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to t…
 
Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer fought for voting rights. She questioned why we have to fight for basic rights and freedoms because of the color of our skin. "Is this America, the land of the free and home of the brave?" Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twit…
 
"Some children are medically fragile so it's impossible for them to go back to school...schools are going to have to be really nimble and flexible [to support them]," education professor Melody Musgrove says. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.…
 
"If a student is not learning, that could be the fault of the system, not of the student," says education reporter Moriah Balingit. "[Grades] seem to measure what students have, not what they know." Should we keep assessing students in a way that assumes they're all on the same level? Or is it time to do away with grades completely? Want to support…
 
"I'm a Black Muslim woman, so people don't really see a lot of us in the cottagecore community," influencer Sumaiyuh Jones says. "And it's different to see someone's religion and someone's culture fit into an aesthetic that's usually dominated by a different demographic." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to …
 
"What matters to me is to be honest and to be fair. I think it is absolutely clear that the president has numerous failings which has cost the country as a whole, dearly," Atlantic writer Ed Yong says. "Trump is central to this problem but not the only thing that matters." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to…
 
"The number of people who are dying is more than 1,000 a day," says Reid Wilson about the White House's claims of success on increased COVID tests. "Public opinion is not on the President's side no matter how much he talks about testing." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find…
 
"So much of our day-to-day lives are about defusing or deescalating situations with men that could turn violent or frightening," says Natasha Trethewey. "If I couldn't tell a story about my life and what it's led to, I could have been overtaken by despair." We also talk about TikTok and what a Microsoft purchase of the app (or a nationwide ban of i…
 
"Housing and neighborhoods are really the fundamental way that we've segregated people," former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan says. "At the very time that we need to be moving the country forward [...] President Trump wants to take us back to a racist past." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Ha…
 
It's a tough time for Black Americans. How is Levar Burton protecting his heart? "I try to remind myself and others to keep our heads up. Unless our head is up. We cannot see the horizon. And it's the horizon that beckons us." Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitt…
 
Congress grills Big Tech and continues to quarrel over coronavirus aid. Thousands — not millions — participate in Hajj. And Hong Kong postpones elections. We bring you all the national and global news you need on this edition of the News Roundup. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questio…
 
"If you always come to activism with the same set of ideas, it's ahistorical. Things have changed since 1850. The use of the word 'hate' lets way too many people off the hook," says writer Zadie Smith. We also talk about this week's Congressional hearing with four Big Tech CEOs. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscr…
 
"We have many families in Arizona that don't even have access to electricity and it's our duty to provide access," says Beth Lewis of Save Our Schools. "But it's harder when we're being asked to spread that money to kids in private schools who come from affluent backgrounds" Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe …
 
"It's an upheaval of society through violence to turn the clock back," says historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat. "When there are periods of great progress, charismatic men organize movements around themselves as a red flag against progress." We talked about the definition of fascism and whether President Trump is a fascist. Want to support 1A? Give to your lo…
 
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