We’re One Year Old. Here Are Some Of Our Favorite Moments.

From psychology to conspiracy theories to North Korea, the 1A team picks a few highlights from our first year on air.

Joshua Johnson in the studio, one year into the show. (Photo by Tyrone Turner/WAMU)

When a listener told us the moving story about how she voted in 2016

This is an unfair assignment— there are so many moments to pick from! But the ones I think of often are those where our listeners elevated the conversations we were having, like this one. It was a look back at the year since Donald Trump won the presidential election. A woman called in toward the end of the show to say that the campaign leading up to election day had shaken her so that she felt compelled to cast a ballot. Not a big deal, except that she’s a Jehovah’s Witness and is not supposed to vote. First of all, I didn’t know that about Jehovah’s Witnesses. But, let that sink in … breaking with your faith to vote in the most divisive presidential election in recent U.S. history because it is so important to have your voice heard. Her call left me breathless. I’ll never forget it. – Lindsay Foster Thomas

When Brené Brown told us how to push ourselves out of our comfort zones

It’s one thing to be that person who’ll go places most people don’t want to go — in this case, dealing with shame and vulnerability. But it’s another thing to go there when you personally, really, really don’t want to. Brené Brown’s awkward honesty about learning to put down her “20-ton shield” of perfectionism to face her own gremlins is not only inspiring, it gives us permission to do the same. I loved speaking with her, especially as a fan of her books. Geeking out over Harry Potter at the end of the interview was pretty nice, too. – Joshua Johnson

When we showed what it’s like to be a guest on the show

When we heard the conservative case for action on climate change

This show was a look at how some prominent Republicans — from former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson to the former chair of the board of Walmart — were urging the White House and Congress to adopt a carbon tax and dividend plan to address climate change. – Danielle Knight

When we went to space and talked about crashing Cassini

When we took some time for self care

When Tom Hanks told us why he doesn’t make more comedies

It’s a good answer.

I have wanted to ask Tom Hanks this question for years. He’s a great comedic actor, and he still makes jokes on late night shows. So why doesn’t he make more comedies? I was so glad we were able to ask him. – Gabe Bullard

When we learned how to earn six figures without a four-year degree

Economists and corporate leaders say apprenticeships can lead to interesting and stable careers in fields ranging from robotics and mechanical design to medical sciences and even high-end gourmet cuisine — all without college debt. This conversation explored how to find an apprenticeship, the pros and cons and common misunderstandings. – Danielle Knight

When we learned the truth behind the Prince pancake story

When Cardi B topped the charts

You couldn’t mess with Belcalis Almanzar if you wanted to. In 2017, Cardi B made history as the first female rapper to get number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 1998. In this episode, we discussed what took so long and the future of women in hip-hop. — Jonquilyn Hill

When we asked whether smartphones belong in schools

And when we found out what smartphones are doing to an entire generation

When we took a trip through Green Books

When Paul Manafort’s spokesman spoke out on the Russia investigation

When we talked candidly about periods

A movement to eliminate the tampon tax was in the news a couple of years ago, but I didn’t delve deeply into the menstrual equity debate until a publicist (relentlessly) pitched me Jennifer Weiss-Wolf’s new book, Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity. Joshua wasn’t entirely sold on the idea at first, but he came around. And then Senator Cory Booker, whose Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act includes menstrual equity issues, agreed to join our show. Hearing Joshua and Cory talk about the quality of pads and tampons for women in prison was a mini-highlight of my career. – Denise Couture

Two words: Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane may be the hardest working man in show business. Over his 16-year career, he’s released 11 studio albums and 70 mixtapes. He’s used his music to talk about his journey through the criminal justice system and addiction while transforming the sound of pop music. – Jonquilyn Hill

When we dove into conspiracy theories

Anna Merlan on conspiracy theories

I’m endlessly fascinated by conspiracy theories—how they form, how they evolve, how they influence public life. So when Megyn Kelly interviewed Alex Jones, it seemed like a perfect time to dust off our Richard Hofstadter and dive in. This was one of the shows where I wish we could’ve broadcast the pre-interviews we did with the guests. They were so smart, so fascinating and had so much more to say than could ever fit into a one-hour show. – Gabe Bullard

When we asked if the American Dream is dead

Many listeners were very moved by the story of the guest Elizabeth Valdivia, who works full-time in Silicon Valley but is homeless. Several asked what they could do to help her. As a result of this show, reporters with KQED and Bloomberg began to look into her story. – Danielle Knight

When Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant talked about grief and resilience

This was Sandberg’s only hour-long interview on her book about how she dealt with the death of her partner. Usually we see her as a commanding, wise leader of industry. This time we saw her as a wounded widow, learning to live without the love of her life. It was a very human, vulnerable conversation that taught us about loss, resilience and empathy. — Joshua Johnson

When we did a show on James Baldwin

(Photo by Allan Warren CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sometime, maybe around the end of 2015, it seemed like James Baldwin’s writing was everywhere again. Decades-old essays and speeches were being shared and discussed online. And in early 2017, a new documentary about Baldwin debuted. It was the perfect time to talk about the life and legacy of a literary legend. We put together a panel of writers, readers and thinkers who had all been personally moved by Baldwin’s work. Plus, we dug through archives of Baldwin’s past TV appearances and put together a few of our favorites, which you can find in the link above. – Gabe Bullard

When we covered pervasive workplace sexual harassment … in March.

“Favorite” may not be the right word for this show, but sexual harassment allegations at Sterling Jewelers foreshadowed what was to come later in the year. Before the Weinstein Effect, before #MeToo, before all the resignations, we explored harassment in workplaces and the avenues people can take to fight it. – Jonquilyn Hill

When we took big questions on Islam

This show explains everything you wanted to know about Islam and Muslims but were too embarrassed to ask. For one hour, an Imam, a scholar and a comedian took candid questions about their faith. Teachers and students wrote us to say how helpful the conversation was to understanding the nuances of what it means to be Muslim. – Danielle Knight

Every time we posted the News Roundup Cowboy

Our endless thanks to John from Pittsburgh, who drew the original and sent it to us for our very first Roundup

When a very wealthy guest gave advice to very wealthy people

You probably don’t know Nick Hanauer, but he has more money than you. He’s a self-proclaimed “unapologetic capitalist” who deals in millions the way many Americans deal in hundreds … or tens. And he wants others like him to pay attention to income inequality. It was a provocative show that made for a lot of heated conversation online. And it remains one of our most popular podcast episodes ever. – Gabe Bullard

When Major Garrett got real about teams leaving his hometown

When we took your questions on North Korea

North Korea was a big story all year. And we had many conversations about it on the Friday News Roundup and other episodes. In August I had the opportunity to pull together a panel to answer listener questions about North Korea. The guests for this show all had special knowledge about the Hermit Kingdom and, based on their individual experiences and perspectives, provided a multi-dimensional tutorial on one of the more fascinating — and frightening — international stories of the year. – Denise Couture

When we learned how storytelling could help people with Alzheimer’s

This show looks at an interesting project that is spreading to care facilities around the country. A network of reporters tell the stories of people who can’t tell their own. This helps caregivers understand their patients and improve their quality of life. – Danielle Knight

When we did the News Roundup in front of a live audience in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

This was a production: 400+ people in the audience, a live crew, a crew in D.C., event staff … the works. Granted, I’m well-practiced at stage performances, so that part was okay, but there were so many moving parts, on top of just following the week’s news! The tidal wave of love we got from the audience after the show was a little … exhausting! But public radio shows don’t do what we did. Either they’re live on-location but without an audience, or they’re in front of an audience on-location but not live. We hit the high mark, technically and journalistically — we even had a remote interview FROM MOSCOW. I hope we get to do it again! – Joshua Johnson

When we trained to be on Jeopardy!

When we talked about the Southern Baptists challenging their past

Pastor Dwight McKissic put forward a resolution at the Southern Baptist Convention that demanded the official denouncement of white nationalism and the alt-right. It was quietly dismissed and tabled, but after a public outcry, a revised resolution was accepted. When we talked to him, McKissic said he initially didn’t even recognize the wording of the revised resolution. It was a powerful exchange between the panelists and it was very meaningful to me. – Bianca Martin

When we learned how to stop hazing

Guest Caitlyn Flanagan, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, who has covered hazing for many years, told us, “You put together the BEST program on hazing I’ve ever heard.” One of the guests spoke bluntly about why he hazed and agreed to be hazed, and why he’d would probably do it again if he was in the same situation. – Danielle Knight

When we had deep conversations after the Charlottesville white supremacist rally

When we found out that you had made us the sixth most-downloaded new podcast of 2017

Seriously. Thank you! – All of us

When we chronicled all the things millennials are “ruining”

When we started thinking about the shows we’re going to do in our second year

Get ready.