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Stop using “stay close”

by Matfie on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I miss the breadth and depth of Diane’s interviews. Joshua shows his bias far too often, and the “stay close” tag line is downright creepy.

So sad to say it, but......

by Wendy in NOLA on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I listened to The Diane Rehm Show - both hours - religiously for many years. Her presence in my life in this form was incalculably valuable in many ways. Together, Diane and Terry Gross (Fresh Air), buoyed my sense of hope for our country and world, while keeping me informed of news good and bad. She was incisive, always on point, and ultimately reassuring that no, we weren’t the only ones feeling that certain acts and statements of our leaders were unacceptable. She was always fair and generous to differing views, but she wasn’t afraid to take sides and express the outraged indignation so many of us felt through the Bush years and beyond. In the final year or two, she shared the mic with a small cadre of excellent guest hosts, notably Susan Page. All were excellent, and though none were Diane, who was always missed, maintained the tone, priorities, and structure of this remarkable radio show. It seemed obvious than any one of these erudite commentators familiar to listeners and “pre-blessed” by Diane would become her successor. WHY DID THIS NOT HAPPEN????!!!!!!!! I literally grieved the loss of Diane’s daily presence, wisdom, goodness, and for lack of a better word “normalcy” in an increasingly frightening world. How precious it would have been to have the transition be smoother and more familiar, more reassuring, and more respectful of Diane’s legacy and her listeners. Instead, we were given a host that to my knowledge had no involvement on Diane’s show, and was apparently charged with completely revamping both show content, guest commentators, and priorities of topic. I tried, very very hard, to embrace Joshua and the new show. After many frustrated hours trying, I sadly gave up and went in search of other podcasts to keep me informed and sane. After years listening to many other podcasts (no one of them even approaching the quality of The Diane Rehm Show), I tried again to dip into 1A (what the hell kind of a name is that btw?!?! Are you ashamed to put your name on the line Joshua?). Nothing was better, nothing had changed. This podcast that once was a comprehensive airing of national and international issues with erudite, informed and articulate guests became a soapbox for “identity politics” and little more. The one familiar remnant of the DR Show- Friday News Round-up, I listen to sometimes, but only rarely. Guest commenters are excellent.The choices made in how to move forward with Diane Rehm’s widely loved news show (it was so much more than that as her many awards demonstrate), were and remain baffling, and to me represent a still painful loss.I was and am bewildered, flummoxed, and really really sad.

Please List Shows Separately!

by try again1 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Please list each 1-hour show as a separate podcast. I miss a lot of them because I don't always want to listen to the one that is listed for each day (I'm guessing it's the topic that's discussed during the first hour). Thanks.

Joshua is amazing.

by CubeB on
Rating: ★★★★★

Joshua is one of the most charismatic personalities on NPR right now, and his reporting is phenomenal.

Joshua is fantastic.

by Only Sane Floridian on
Rating: ★★★★★

I prefer his hosting to Diane’s. This is an excellent show.


by Lindsayisawesome3 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

It’s so annoying to listen to a show live and then go to register here only to find large portions cut out. What’s the goal there? To change the tone of the show? It seems very fishy.

Bernie sanders episode @ 19:38

by burrowsTaylor on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Anybody else notice someone whisper to Bernie sanders at 19:38 minutes into the interview about the name of the “Workplace Environment Act” that they were discussing? I don’t know why it turned me off so much. It just fell in-authentic to me

Half good. Half not

by SteveSchmchr on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Some episodes are great. Some are not. But anything not about a musician or artist of some sort (which I always skip because they end up being a pretty niche genre) is getting even more Liberal by the day. I don’t mind. But the obnoxious, sarcastic, arrogant laugh of one of the females is too much. Keep your opinion a little more bottled up. 1A titled or not NPR has always been my favorite news outlet for less biased news. Every NPR though is going this way including Up First. Unsubscribing today.

Worthy Replacement for daily Diane Rehm Show

by R43T on
Rating: ★★★★★

Although no one can replace Diane Rehm, Joshua Johnson is going a great job hosting 1A. I like the wide range of topics and the even-handed, let's get to the essential truth approach Joshua uses with all the topics and guests.

Well Presented and inclusive

by chocchipman on
Rating: ★★★★★

Joshua Johnson and the team producing this podcast do a fantastic job of raising and exploring profound questions important to our local and notional conversations. Thank you.

Exceptionally Biased — Unsubscribe

by Deleted this game on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I could not listen to this one sided,clearly partisan discussion.

Insane, far right wing apologist

by Zizifex on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

If it makes for good, balanced reporting to have off the deep end far right pundits like Inez Stepman on, there should also be far left pundits to counter Stepman. However, there never are. 1a, like most media, has been gamed by secretive libertarians that claim everything is biased left and so give a platform to joyless misanthropes like Inez Stepman. Sadly, Joshua Johnson gives oxygen to sometimes appalling white privilege fear based points of view. So disappointing on so many levels, far too often.

Not on point

by YaxieBherga on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Sorry to say that I stopped listening and change the station... when it is on my local npr station. The thing that tipped my scale was when he was interviewing a young African American girl. The topic was that she and other girls of color were being treated differently in relation to the dress code. The host’s response was patronizing. Instead of following the point, he asked her if she can understand the perspective of a father trying to protect his daughter from (xyz-fill in the sexist and limiting fear story,) which had nothing to do with what the girl was describing. She was too young to redirect him and no one else did either. He basically joined the adults who were bullying her body into repression. This is not the only time his conversation went shallow and the follow up question was personal instead of profound.NPR always produces great podcasts, in high quality and with good guests to interview. But I think that the choice of host here really missed the average of their otherwise usually great open minded precision.

More balance

by Markewms on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Diane would never have handed off to a conservative, but she handed off to a really sharp, quick, erudite successor. I just wish for a bit more balance sometimes. Nothing wrong with an occasional clash of ideas.That said, I find him a tiny bit more balanced than Diane.


by Khkhgkhg on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

he gets all weird if he's jealous of someone he interviews....

How to raise Boys

by Dennesau on
Rating: ★★★★★

Candis Pin is erroneous in saying that male and female brains are different that theory has been debunked and to her veteran status is paired with her antiquated thoughts and beliefs in old research. As of late the research sez that truly from infancy males and females are treated differently therefore by the time they reach school age they will already fall into gender roles. It has been concluded that baby girls are spoken to more than baby boys and that baby boys are played with hands more than baby girls thus the upbringing of children is what separates them falls on parents to treat either the same and not as a sex.

Free and Responsible Speech is Alive and We’ll

by H31974 on
Rating: ★★★★★

1A offers the best news round table on the air. The first hour is dedicated to domestic news and the second hour is dedicated to international news. The host is smart, respectful, curious, and prone to making nerdy pop culture references.

Top Notch with insightful guests about current events

by greensmile098 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this podcast! This is my main source of keeping up with current events. Host is fair and open to many points of view while monitoring guests.

Bad Faith

by Fyndhorn Joe on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

While the title of the show indicates that these conversations welcome the freedom of speech, too often there are people representing bad faith agendas on an issue that get brought in and regarded with the same expertise as someone who has truly studied the issue for a long time. Despite Mr. Johnson being better at fact checking them on-air, when this has to happen it turns into a punching bag session and makes for cringeworthy listening.

Where’s yesterday’s show?

by diodido on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

About autoimmune diseases. I could only catch a few minutes of it and promised myself I would listen to the podcast. No podcast! So disappointed.


by DW-99 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Why not post the entire two-hour show? This does not make any sense.

Love it!!

by Ellerpea on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is my favorite podcast! Joshua is very knowledgeable, fair in his presentation, and also fun and humorous! I’m always sad when he’s not there and there’s a sub, haha. My fave way of getting the news.

Well rounded and fair

by O7diesel on
Rating: ★★★★★

I like what is happening in this podcast, different points of view CIVILLY discussed. Not a bunch of nonsensical unproductive yelling. We need more peace and respect for differing opinions and each other in this Country, remember the old adage: United we stand, divided we fall.

Every day listener

by A-Schu on
Rating: ★★★★★

Joshua Johnson is incredibly sharp, well spoken, and culturally savvy. He juggles wrangling his panelists and incorporating listener comments with charisma and finesse, all while injecting his unique personality and background. Though the show leans ideologically left, it remains one of the most politically neutral programs available today. It engages differing viewpoints while not shying away from calling out falsehoods and copouts. I loved the Diane Rehm Show and feel that 1A is a worthy follow up. We need more level-headed, in depth dialogue programs like 1A in the news. I’m able to listen almost every day, and wish the full show were published here so others could too!

Host does his best to avoid bias

by Jschmee on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you for striving for unbiased reporting! Keep it up

I tried to like this podcast.

by Abu Mahmoud1 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I downloaded the podcast because I miss TOTN, but after hearing the inaccuracies, misinformation and the same shallow negative narrative about life in Saudi Arabia I decided to unsubscribe. People shouldn’t be allowed to outright misinform others without being checked.


by EdtheDCguy on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I never thought I would delete WAMU's flagship podcast, but I am. I would like to hear more from the guests! If you tune in on 1A at any moment, you will get Joshua: Setting the stage for the rest of the show or the next series of questions, plugging an upcoming show and soliciting voice mails for it, reading a listener email or tweet, taking a call and then getting to know the caller, giving his take on the listener question, giving the guest a couple options of how she or he could answer a question. When the poor guest finally gets a chance to talk, he or she will blurt out a whole bunch of stuff, because it is a rare opportunity to talk. There is no flow. Instead of saying (as Diane did), "Short break, right back," you will get instead a repetition of the guests' names and titles, a listener question to be answered after the break, then you get a break, and then after the break you get the same question you got before the break---plus Joshua's take on the question. This show needs to draw out the guests, with far, far fewer breaks in the action.

I miss Diane

by randyrisher on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Hey Joshua, you act like your listeners are morons. This is NPR, we are smarter than you. And can you stop with the high pitched squeaking at the end of sentences. My favorite episodes start off, “I’m xxx sitting in for Joshua...”


by hlharrower18 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Absolutely love this show. Love Jake Johnson, he may be the next great host for years to come. Not only does he bring in his own personality in very subtle, but needed ways, he also empathizes with many sides while also drawing the line on certain issues (not letting guests question scientific facts! THANK YOU). With their varied topics and respectful guests I feel like I get to learn about the world holistically. They talk about actual things that I am interested, and introduced me to things I never thought about before. If you listen to anything, listen to the Friday News roundup. Thanks 1A!


by Cindoc on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Like many other comments mention, where are the rest of the shows? Otherwise it’s usually very good content.

Great show, podcast incomplete

by jelibeanpasadena on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I love the show, especially Joshua Johnson. I’m just disappointed that the podcast only plays 35 minutes of a 2 hour show. I really wish it could play all the discussion segments as I sometimes miss it live.

Incredibly informative ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

by kirsten amber on
Rating: ★★★★★

Varied, intelligent and interesting conversations about all manner of subjects. Above all, the hosting is second to none!

Great news roundup!

by Lauren in Columbus on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love the weekly news roundup. Smart, calm, measured, genuine. Great host, great guests. It’s part of my weekly routine!

Joshua Johnson is the best serious interviewer out there.

by eddie from seattle on
Rating: ★★★★★

The show is excellent. Thought provoking. Smart. I was worried when Diane left the air but Joshua filled her shoes quite well but he did not just follow her formula. He has brought his own thinking into the show and does that well. Like others have said, I’m not sure why all of the show is not available on this podcast app .... I go to the website to catch the stuff I miss

Not Diane?

by rbr34 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Comparisons to Diane Rehm miss the point - nobody can compare to her! The show should be judged on its own merits. I enjoy it. That said, the incomplete podcast is a bit annoying.

Far Right Normalization

by Lotus Effects on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

A truly sad display of right wing propaganda normalization, dressed up as neutral & fair reporting. It’s unlistenable if you know what’s actually happening to America.

What you need to know in an intelligent & fun production

by LANCEMAN 9 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Open your ears & your mind. Let Joshua Johnson & the 1A staff will take you on a journey with this great everyday podcast.

Enough already

by Hate A1 sauce on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

This isn't an NPR-worthy program. NPR isn't talk radio. It's supposed to be educational, informative and thought-provoking. I expect intelligent programming from NPR, not a drive-time radio call-in show. Replace it already. Please.

Great Energy

by Rod Brown 4 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love J. Johnson's strong energy. Great pace for podcast.


by LouluMassey on
Rating: ★★★★★

Enjoy the host and his point of view, guest choice, humor and topic choice