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1A Remaking America: Ballot Measures And Direct Democracy

Come November, voters will likely decide on more than 100 ballot measures across the nation, according to a database from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ballot measures let citizens bypass their elected officials to make direct change. They decide issues ranging from Medicaid expansion and recreational marijuana in South Dakota to digital privacy in Montana. But so far this year, lawmakers have proposed hundreds of tweaks to the measure processes in their states or cities, according to Ballotpedia. Critics say these changes attempt to reign in the ballot measure and curtail direct democracy. We talk about how the ballot measure furthers democracy, how it's imperfect, and what citizens are pushing for.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

30mins

29 Jun 2022

Rank #1

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Closing The 'Boyfriend Loophole' With Gun Legislation

President Biden signed the most significant bipartisan gun legislation in decades into law over the weekend. It comes after last month's mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.The bill includes funding for mental health services and school security. Lawmakers also say it'll close what's known as "the boyfriend loophole." That means dating partners convicted of domestic abuse will no longer be able to purchase firearms, rather than just spouses and former spouses.We discuss how far the bill goes to close the loophole and what is still left to be done when it comes to intimate partner homicide involving a gun.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

32mins

28 Jun 2022

Rank #2

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Understanding Reproductive Care And Civil Rights In Post-Roe America

Protests erupted Friday in the nation's capital and continued across the country over the weekend due to the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe vs. Wade.The landmark decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization ended a 50-year constitutional right to an abortion.Many states were ready for this decision. So-called trigger laws are in effect in 13 states across the country, effectively making all abortions illegal in the event of the Supreme Court decision against Roe.We explore the impact the decision is having on reproductive health care and take a look at what rights could be targeted next.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

32mins

27 Jun 2022

Rank #3

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Best Of: Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Female Animals

Submissive. Chaste. Monogamous.That's how evolutionary biologists have classified female animals for centuries — dating back to Darwin and Aristotle.Zoologist Lucy Cooke says they've got it all wrong.Cooke joins us to talk about her new book, "Bitch: On the Female of the Species". Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

32mins

26 Jun 2022

Rank #4

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The Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

Just shy of its 50th anniversary, Roe v. Wade has been overturned.In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court voted to strike down the precedent this morning. In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote, "It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives."It's a historic moment – one with massive implications for every American.And there are a lot of questions about what this means for the future of abortion access and health care more broadly. We take your calls and ask a panel of experts about the decision.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

1hr 2mins

24 Jun 2022

Rank #5

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Medical Bias Against Obesity Is Preventing Patients From Receiving Proper Care

According to a study in the National Library of Medicine, only 1 percent of doctors are trained in treating one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S. — obesity.That lack of education comes with consequences for patients.The condition has been recognized as a disease since 2013. The CDC reports nearly 42 percent of Americans are experiencing obesity. But a longstanding bias against these patients has affected their ability to seek treatment and weight loss medication. To tackle this bias, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is rolling out new standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will address practices in treating patients who are diagnosed as overweight or obese.We discuss the barriers to seeking treatment for obesity and what role do doctors play. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

34mins

23 Jun 2022

Rank #6

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What's Changed One Year After The Deadly Condo Collapse In Surfside?

It's been almost a year since 98 people were killed in an early morning condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida.This week, the South Florida community is commemorating the lives lost and asking what's changed to prevent another tragedy.A federal investigation into the exact cause of the collapse is ongoing. But family members of the victims have reached a nearly $1 billion settlement with developers, engineers, insurance companies, and others.We speak with Martin Langesfeld who lost his sister and brother-in-law as well as the attorney representing victims in the class action lawsuit. We also speak with WLRN reporter Veronica Zaragovia and Florida state Rep. Daniel Perez, who has been pushing for legislative changes to condo inspections and regulations.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

32mins

22 Jun 2022

Rank #7

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Mental Health, Gun Violence, And Why America Connects Them

Congress is looking to pass a bipartisan gun safety proposal. And if it succeeds, the bill could come with a hefty investment in mental health treatment. Lawmakers have yet to solidify their plans, but they've said a Senate bill would include bolstering school-based mental health services, crisis intervention, substance use disorder services, and suicide prevention.Mental health providers say they'll take all the federal resources they can get, but they aren't convinced it will do much to prevent mass shootings.There's little evidence that people with mental health issues are more likely to assault or kill someone with a gun. In fact, people with mental illnesses are more likely to be the victims of this violence.One area where mental health and guns do collide is suicide, which accounts for thousands more firearm deaths every year than homicides, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.We talk about the connection between mental health and gun violence. Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

33mins

21 Jun 2022

Rank #8

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Best Of: What Reconstruction Teaches Us About Today's Politics

A new report from the nonprofit Zinn Education Project found that 45 states have insufficient or non-existent lesson coverage of Reconstruction in schools.Historians warn that eclipsing the aftermath of the Civil War will lead students to be uninformed about the seeds of racial inequity today.We hear from experts about the legacy of Reconstruction. Plus, we share highlights from our tour of a special exhibit on Reconstruction at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

31mins

20 Jun 2022

Rank #9

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Best Of: The Writers' Room: Celebrating LGBTQ+ literature

The late writer bell hooks defined queer as "not about who you're having sex with ... but as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it."As LGBTQ+ rights have expanded, so too has the canon of queer literature. According to industry tracker NPD Bookscan, LGBTQ+ fiction book sales sold almost 5 million copies last year, doubling sales between 2020 and 2021.For this installment of our "Writers' Room" series, we talk to authors about using writing as an outlet to express themselves and explore their sexuality and gender identity.Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter @1A.

33mins

19 Jun 2022

Rank #10