1A (radio)

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Genre Talk radio
Running time approximately 93 minutes
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WAMU
Syndicates NPR
Hosted by Joshua Johnson
Produced by Denise Couture
Gabe Bullard
Lindsay Foster Thomas
Danielle Knight
Marc Kilstein
Bianca Martin
Jonquilyn Hill
Executive producer(s) Rupert Allman
Recording studio Washington, D.C.
Original release January 2, 2017 – present
Audio format Stereophonic
Website the1a.org
Podcast Podcast / RSS feed

1A is a radio talk show based in the United States. Hosted by Joshua Johnson, it is produced by WAMU in Washington D.C. and distributed nationally by NPR .[1] The show debuted on January 2, 2017, airing on more than 200 NPR member stations in 35 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.[2]


The show airs live Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm ET (for many years, the time slot of WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show) but some local stations will re-air it at a later time. Several stations air a one-hour curated version of the program that is produced each day, intended for broadcast in an afternoon/evening timeslot.[3]

The title, "1A", is a reference to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The show debuted on 169 stations in January, 2017, and by March of that year had expanded to over 200 stations.[4]


Joshua Johnson is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida.[5] He graduated from the University of Miami and worked for WLRN and the Miami Herald between 2004 and 2010.[6][7] From 2010 to 2016 he was morning news host of KQED in San Francisco when he left to develop a radio project series entitled "Truth Be Told", of which four episodes were broadcast nationally.[5] He substituted for Diane Rehm for two days on her talk show in September, 2016, and in November Rehm announced Johnson would be taking over her time slot.[7] Johnson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.[8]


  1. ^ Producers & Staff
  2. ^ Stations
  3. ^ Bullard, Gabe (June 14, 2017). "Did I Hear A Different Version Of 1A In The Afternoon?". 1A. 
  4. ^ Falk, Tyler (March 13, 2017). "WAMU's '1A' sees early carriage gains". Current. 
  5. ^ a b Montgomery, David (2 February 2017). "Meet Joshua Johnson, Diane Rehm's successor — and a bold move for WAMU". Washington Post. 
  6. ^ Farhi, Paul (16 November 2016). "Diane Rehm's station taps Joshua Johnson, a lesser-known radio host, as her successor". Washington Post. 
  7. ^ a b Beaujon, Andrew (18 November 2016). "Diane Rehm's Replacement Wants His Show to Be Relentlessly Civil, Even Nowadays". Washingtonian. 
  8. ^ "Joshua Johnson". WAMU. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 

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