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May 17, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Eurovision Takes The Stage, Plus China Tariffs, Abortion Restrictions
WBUR reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka and 'Endless Thread' podcast co-host Ben Brock Johnson join Sam in Boston.
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38 min
May 14, 2019
'SNL' And 'The Other Two' Writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly
After a whirlwind season of SNL, its head-writers created one of 2019's best new comedies.
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43 min
May 10, 2019
Weekly Wrap: 2020 Politics And More, Live From Des Moines, Iowa
For this special live edition of the show, Sam is joined by NPR national correspondent Sarah McCammon and Iowa Public Radio host and reporter Clay Masters.
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51 min
May 7, 2019
Art In The Age Of Instagram
The social media app Instagram is plastered with artwork, ranging from selfies inside Yayoi Kusama's mirrored rooms, to snapshots of the iconic "Mona Lisa" to short poems and colorful, inspirational messages. But how does the app affect how we engage with all these works — and how makers and museums create and share it? We talked with artists, curators and critics for a look at art in the age of Instagram.
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28 min
May 3, 2019
Weekly Wrap: A Meatless Moment, How To Combat Homelessness, Containing The Measles
Sam is joined by KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan and L.A. Times national correspondent Matt Pearce.
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38 min
April 30, 2019
Interview: Comedian Shane Torres
Shane's career caught fire when he famously defended Guy Fieri (and his shirt flames) in a bit on 'Conan.'
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29 min
April 26, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Transgender Military Ban, Chunky 'Dad' Sneakers, Plus Who Uses Twitter?
Sam is joined this week by KUT reporter Ashley Lopez and Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGauhey.
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36 min
April 23, 2019
Interview: Kathy Griffin's Life On the Blacklist
Griffin got death threats after she took that infamous photo with the Donald Trump mask in 2017. She talks moving past that and why she stands by her actions then and now.
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32 min
April 19, 2019
Weekly Wrap: The Mueller Report, Notre Dame, 2020 Fundraising
Sam is joined this week by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro and Associated Press national political reporter Juana Summers.
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38 min
April 16, 2019
Adam Serwer On White Nationalism's American Roots
The Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer explains how racism and white nationalism were deeply embedded in America not just from its founding, but throughout the 20th century — and how one man corralled those ideas into a grand pseudo-scientific theory that influenced U.S. immigration policy and eventually Nazi Germany. His article about that man, Madison Grant, is called "White Nationalism's Deep American Roots." Email the show at samsanders@npr.org
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33 min
April 12, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Tax Season Nears Its End, Plus Our Digital Lives After We Die
Elise Hu is keeping the host chair warm while Sam is away this week. She's joined by KPBS reporters Jean Guerrero and Claire Trageser.
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33 min
April 9, 2019
Interview: Anthony Carrigan On 'Barry'
A few years after he was told he should quit acting, Anthony Carrigan shines as NoHo Hank on HBO's 'Barry.' He talks to guest host Elise Hu about working with Bill Hader, empathizing with the villains he plays, and finding peace with a condition that once made a career in Hollywood seem out of reach. 'Barry' airs Sunday nights on HBO. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org.
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30 min
April 5, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Why Pop Songs Are Getting Shorter, Plus Climate Change, Opioids And CBD
Sam is joined by Dan Zak of The Washington Post and Sarah Halzack of Bloomberg Opinion.
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38 min
April 2, 2019
Interview: Karamo Brown On 'Queer Eye' & 'Embracing Purpose'
Sam talks to the Fab Fiver about how he learned to heal himself before he could help others.
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51 min
March 29, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Streaming Service Wars, Plus How Our Minds Handle The Unknown
Sam is joined by 'Invisibilia' hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin.
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38 min
March 26, 2019
Interview: Comedian Mo Amer on the Refugee Experience, #MeToo And Touring The World
Amer is the star of the recent Netflix special, 'Mo Amer: The Vagabond.'
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31 min
March 22, 2019
Weekly Wrap: March Madness, 2020 Dems Shift Left, Plus What #DoingThings Really Means
Julia Furlan fills in for Sam, and she's flanked by Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch and Arnie Seipel from NPR Politics.
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36 min
March 19, 2019
Interview: 'Russian Doll' Star Greta Lee
"Sweet birthday baby!" Greta Lee on the Netflix hit, rep sweats, and her own HBO deal.
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40 min
March 15, 2019
Weekly Wrap: 737 MAXs Grounded, #FacebookDown, Photoshopped College 'Athletes'
Julia Furlan is filling in for Sam this week, and she's joined by SELF editor Sally Tamarkin and WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal.
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36 min
March 12, 2019
Interview: Andrew Rannells On 'Fumbling Toward' Adulthood And Broadway Fame
His new book, "Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood" tells the story of his early years in New York.
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40 min
March 8, 2019
Weekly Wrap: HIV Remission, Ride-Hailing Traffic Tax, What's Happening In Kashmir
How did this week's news feel? Entertainment and sports journalist Audrey Cleo Yap and LA Times reporter Laura Nelson join Sam to talk it out.
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38 min
March 5, 2019
Interview: Phoebe Robinson of '2 Dope Queens'
The co-host of the popular podcast tells Sam how she got out of $65,000 of debt and how it feels to have a show on HBO.
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26 min
March 1, 2019
Weekly Wrap: No Deal With North Korea, 'The Big Money', T-Pain
It's Friday. Sam's "got money in the bank" with NPR correspondents Elise Hu and Eyder Peralta.
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39 min
February 26, 2019
Interview: 'Chewing Gum' And 'Black Earth Rising' Star Michaela Coel
It's Tuesday. The British actress bonds with Sam over faith, shaved heads, and their feelings on 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.'
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31 min
February 22, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Jussie Smollett, Bernie Sanders, Oscars 2019, Plus 'Pool Chips'
It's Friday. Sam is losing himself with HuffPost news editor Saba Hamedy and editor-in-chief of The Advocate Zach Stafford.
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41 min
February 19, 2019
Interview: Emily King's Change Of 'Scenery'
Her new album, her slot at Choachella, and her journey away from the big city.
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24 min
February 15, 2019
Weekly Wrap: With National Emergency Declaration, The Border Wall Saga Continues
It's Friday. Sam will be seeing NPR's Susan Davis and Lulu Garcia-Navarro in the studio.
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35 min
February 12, 2019
Beyond Parkland: Oakland Kids Who Experience Gun Violence Every Day
It's Tuesday. Three high school students from Oakland, Calif., share their regular encounters with gun violence.
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24 min
February 8, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Blackface In Virginia, 'El Chapo' Trial, How AOC Set The News Cycle
It's Friday. Sam is putting on his best falsetto to sing along with NPR reporters Sarah Gonzalez and Julia Furlan.
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37 min
February 5, 2019
Interview: Angie Thomas Wants To 'Mirror' Young, Black Readers
One of America's hottest writers is brining the black experience to young adult literature — and adjusting to success.
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34 min
February 1, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Schultz Ponders The Presidency, 'Leaving Neverland' Stirs At Sundance
It's Friday. Sam's got one hand in his pocket, and the other one is welcoming LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman and NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates to the studio.
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38 min
January 29, 2019
'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Star Tituss Burgess
It's Tuesday. Burgess discusses the final season of the hit Netflix show — and mastering his own narrative.
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30 min
January 25, 2019
Weekly Wrap: TikTok, Climate Change & Fyre Fest
It's Friday. Uh-oh, another episode with Sam, this time with NPR Reporter Vanessa Romo and KPCC 'The Big One' host Jacob Margolis.
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35 min
January 22, 2019
Interview: A Broadway Star And Director On 'Rent: Live'
Sam talks to 'Hamilton' star Brandon Victor Dixon and Broadway director Michael Greif about bringing the groundbreaking 1996 Broadway musical to live television.
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32 min
January 18, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Las Vegas, Paradise & Hamberders
It's Friday. Sam ooga-chakas it up with NPR National Desk correspondent Leila Fadel and 'The Nevada Independent' editor Jon Ralston.
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40 min
January 15, 2019
Interview: Dan Levy On 'Schitt's Creek'
It's Tuesday. Dan Levy talks about the comedy series he co-created with his father, actor Eugene Levy.
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37 min
January 11, 2019
Weekly Wrap: 'One Hot Mess' As Shutdown Continues, Plus Millennials And Burnout
It's Friday. Sam is swimming through the latest in shutdown news with help from NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson.
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39 min
January 8, 2019
Interview: Actress Kathryn Hahn Talks Film 'Private Life' — And Her Own
The "Transparent" star on motherhood and acting in the #MeToo era.
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28 min
January 4, 2019
Weekly Wrap: Nancy Pelosi's Return, Retail's 2019 Outlook, What's The Deal With CBD?
It's Friday. Sam is talking to everyone here, specifically NPR Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Sarah Halzack.
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38 min
January 1, 2019
Encore: From 'Black-ish,' Jenifer Lewis: 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'
Jenifer Lewis on her deacdes-long career Broadway to the hit ABC show Black-ish.
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33 min
December 28, 2018
Year-End Wrap: Big Tech Reckoning, Identity Politics, & Yanny vs. Laurel
It's Friday. Sam rings like a bell wrapping up the year in news with NPR reporter Elise Hu and Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Erich Schwartzel.
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41 min
December 25, 2018
Interview: Samin Nosrat Of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'
It's Tuesday. Newfound celebrity is great. Now Nosrat wants to change things.
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38 min
December 21, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Criminal Justice Reform, Teacher Strikes, & Dragons
It's Friday. Sam is on an island in the sun with 'Los Angeles Times' education reporter Sonali Kohli and 'Broken Record' podcast producer Justin Richmond.
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39 min
December 18, 2018
Interview: Jennifer Lopez On Longevity And 'Second Act'
The one and only Jennifer Lopez gives Sam a master class on maintaining super stardom in Hollywood for almost three decades.
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31 min
December 14, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Ron Elving On Impeachment, Investigations And More Political Qs
It's Friday. Sam is joined by NPR political editor and correspondent Ron Elving and reporter Camila Domonoske to answer all the latest questions on the Mueller investigation.
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37 min
December 11, 2018
Interview: PJ Morton Talks Christmas Classics, The Super Bowl And Stevie Wonder
It's Tuesday. Grammy-nominated artist PJ Morton offers a soulful take on Christmas classics.
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34 min
December 7, 2018
Weekly Wrap: George H.W. Bush, Explaining Brexit And Kevin Hart's Oscars Whirlwind
It's Friday. Sam is counting the ways he could make this last forever with NPR's Nathan Rott and KPCC's Priska Neely.
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42 min
December 4, 2018
Viola Davis On 'Widows'; Race And Power in Hollywood
It's Tuesday: a conversation with the Oscar-winning actress about her new film and representation in Hollywood.
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49 min
November 30, 2018
Weekly Wrap: GM, Awaiting Asylum, Stock Market
It's Friday. Sam wishes he "had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a six-four Impala." Instead he's joined by Quartz's David Yanofsky and the L.A. Times' Cindy Carcamo.
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41 min
November 27, 2018
Comedian Guy Branum Wants To Change the Boys Club of Comedy
It's Tuesday. Branum's recent memoir My Life As a Goddess serves as a kind of counter-programming to the 2018 news cycle.
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41 min
November 23, 2018
A Post-Thanksgiving Treat: Our Favorite Comedians
It's Friday. Sam is taking a break from the news to bring you some of our favorite moments and funniest guests.
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52 min
November 20, 2018
Encore: A Thanksgiving Special
Sam and 'Sporkful' host Dan Pashman swap Thanksgiving horror stories with listeners — and one special guest.
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24 min
November 16, 2018
Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running
It's Friday. Guest host Elise Hu is gonna "work this whole thing out" with Los Angeles Times health reporter Soumya Karlamangla and Snapchat's Good Luck America host, Peter Hamby.
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37 min
November 13, 2018
Actor Steven Yeun On 'The Walking Dead,' Identity and 'Burning'
It's Tuesday. After Yeun left The Walking Dead, he took on projects that have helped him see his Korean roots – and American upbringing – in revealing new ways.
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28 min
November 9, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Democrats' Victory or Defeat, Amazon HQ2, Alien Spaceship
It's Friday. Sam is getting in the zone with Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR's podcast "Pop Culture Happy Hour."
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38 min
November 6, 2018
Heartbreak Led 'Broad City' Co-Star Abbi Jacobson On A Cross-Country Road Trip
It's Tuesday. The 'Broad City' star is getting personal in a new book of essays and drawings.
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30 min
November 2, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Processing Pittsburgh, Race And Politics, Cardi Vs. Nicki
It's Friday. Sam is clapping along because he's happy to be in the studio with NPR Morning Edition host David Greene and journalist Audrey Cleo Yap.
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35 min
October 30, 2018
From Aretha to Michael: Bruce Talamon on Photographing Black Musical Legends
It's Tuesday: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross – name a black musician from the 1970s and Bruce Talamon has photographed them.
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23 min
October 26, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Transgender Rights, Netflix Rom-Coms, Halloween Candy
It's Friday. Sam's loneliness is killing him, so he's joined by podcast maker and journalist Julia Furlan and Stacey Vanek Smith, host of NPR's The Indicator podcast.
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38 min
October 23, 2018
2018: The "Year Of The Woman?"
Two candidates and one political reporter weigh in.
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32 min
October 19, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Jamal Khashoggi, Research Hoax, & Nebraska's New Slogan
It's Friday: Sam is stuck here in the streets with NPR's Kelly McEvers and Karen Grigsby Bates.
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38 min
October 16, 2018
Interview: 'The Sentence' Documents Toll of Mandatory Sentencing Laws On A Family
Sam talks with Rudy Valdez and Cindy Shank about the new HBO documentary 'The Sentence.'
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24 min
October 12, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels
It's Friday: Sam has waited hours for this weekly wrap with hosts of the WNYC podcast 'Nancy,' Tobin Low and Kathy Tu.
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38 min
October 9, 2018
Coming Out
In honor of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11: the history, the meaning, and your stories of coming out.
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42 min
October 5, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Supreme Court, Homecoming, & Gender Fire
It's Friday: Sam is up on his feet with Chris Geidner , legal editor at Buzzfeed News, and Alina Selyukh, business correspondent at NPR.
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39 min
October 2, 2018
Interview: Ike Barinholtz Tackles Thanksgiving Politics In 'The Oath'
His new movie, co-starring Tiffany Haddish, is about surviving Thanksgiving in an era of political division.
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33 min
September 28, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Ford-Kavanaugh Fall-Out, Midterms, Meghan Markle
It's Friday: Sam is getting through the week with Juana Summers, national political reporter for The AP, and Ben Terris, and feature reporter for The Washington Post.
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38 min
September 25, 2018
Interview: 'Insecure' Actress Natasha Rothwell
It's Tuesday: Rothwell talks to Sam about playing Kelli on Insecure, writing on the show, and being black on Saturday Night Live.
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40 min
September 21, 2018
Weekly Wrap: Kavanaugh, MeToo, Bert & Ernie
It's Friday. Sam is LIVING this week with NPR Weekend Edition Senior Editor Barrie Hardymon and NPR Washington Desk Editor Arnie Seipel.
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42 min
September 18, 2018
Interview: #MeToo Hits Elite Sports
It's Tuesday: Sam talks to speed skater Bridie Farrell and journalist Alexandra Starr about the #MeToo movement in sports.
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26 min
September 14, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Onto the List."
It's Friday: Sam's got it covered this week with NPR Morning Edition editor Ashley Brown and NPR political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.
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42 min
September 11, 2018
Director Lauren Miller Rogen on 'Like Father'
It's Tuesday: Rogen joins Sam to talk about her new film starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.
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25 min
September 7, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Just Do It."
It's Friday: Sam is dreaming about this week's news with the help of NPR tech reporter Jasmine Garsd (@JasGarsd) and public radio host Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally).
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39 min
September 4, 2018
Covering The Trump White House
It's Tuesday: two White House reporters join Sam to talk about covering the Trump administration.
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49 min
August 31, 2018
Emmy Nominees Rachel Brosnahan & Brian Tyree Henry
It's Friday: Sam's taking a break from the news and revisiting two conversations from this year.
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57 min
August 28, 2018
Singer/Producer Syd And 'The Internet'
It's Tuesday: Sam talks to Syd, a breakout star of the hip-hop collective Odd Future and leader of the band The Internet.
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28 min
August 24, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Lying In Wait."
It's Friday: Sam's feeling like a rockstar with New York Times reporter Caitlin Dickerson (@itscaitlinhd) and host of 'The News' from BuzzFeed, Julia Furlan (@juliastmi).
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40 min
August 21, 2018
'Handmaid's Tale' Director Kari Skogland
It's Tuesday: Skogland is the only woman nominated for best directing (drama) at next month's Emmy Awards.
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30 min
August 17, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "This Or That."
It's Friday: Sam's in a material world with NPR correspondent Elise Hu and Morning Edition host David Greene.
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40 min
August 14, 2018
John Cho And Aneesh Chaganty On 'Searching'
It's Tuesday: a visually innovative tech thriller also breaks ground on representation in Hollywood.
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47 min
August 10, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "We Are Done."
It's Friday: Sam is kicking it with Joey Palacios and Asma Khalid. They're talking immigration, social media, and talking to kids about race.
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55 min
August 7, 2018
'The Bold Type': Aisha Dee and Amanda Lasher
It's Tuesday: actress Aisha Dee and showrunner Amanda Lasher talk to Sam about their Freeform TV show, 'The Bold Type.'
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32 min
August 3, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "#MeToo and Moonves."
It's Friday: Sam slows it down just a little this week with Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
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43 min
July 31, 2018
D.L. Hughley On 'How Not To Get Shot'
It's Tuesday: The comedian's "advice from white people," plus MeToo, Roseanne, and losing his father.
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47 min
July 27, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Pay Them Off."
It's Friday: Sam is young, scrappy, and hungry in our latest weekly wrap with NPR reporter Vanessa Romo and Ira Madison III, host of the 'Crooked Media' podcast 'Keep It.'
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40 min
July 24, 2018
Uzo Aduba from 'Orange is the New Black'
It's Tuesday: Aduba joins Sam to talk about the latest season of 'Orange is the New Black' and her path to playing Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the show.
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43 min
July 19, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "They'll Be Fine."
It's Friday: NPR Political Reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Stephen Thompson of NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour join Sam to look back on the week of news.
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35 min
July 17, 2018
Al Roker on 'Ruthless Tide'
It's Tuesday: Roker tells the tale of the most catastrophic flood in US history.
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32 min
July 13, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "New World Disorder."
It's Friday: Sam talks NATO, Brett Kavanaugh, and America's homelessness crisis with NPR correspondents Ina Jaffe and Kirk Siegler.
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48 min
July 10, 2018
Rainn Wilson On 'Permanent' And Life Post-'Office'
It's Tuesday: Wilson on his latest film, religion, growing up weird, and — of course — 'The Office.'
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43 min
July 6, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "In The Balance."
It's Friday: NPR's Sarah McCammon hops in the stu' this fourth of July weekend with NPR Political Reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and Marketplace Senior Reporter Kimberly Adams.
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39 min
July 3, 2018
Amber Tamblyn Flips The Script on MeToo in 'Any Man'
It's Tuesday: Tamblyn talks with Sam about her first novel, Any Man, which challenges assumptions about sexual assault in the age of MeToo.
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51 min
June 29, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Who Are We?"
Sam is up on his feet this week with sports and entertainment journalist Audrey Cleo Yap (@audreycleo) and INTO Editor-In-Chief Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford).
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43 min
June 26, 2018
Joe Morton, From Stage To Screen And Back Again
Morton stars alongside Tom Hanks in a new stage production of Henry IV. He's also known for his role as Eli Pope on Scandal.
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49 min
June 22, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Game Of Chicken."
Sam can't believe we made it with Haley Byrd (@byrdinator), congressional reporter for The Weekly Standard, and Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla), Buzzfeed News political reporter.
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45 min
June 19, 2018
Actress Niecy Nash on 'Claws'
Best known for comedic roles, Niecy Nash is the star of a female-driven crime drama described as "Breaking Bad meets Steel Magnolias." The second season airs Sundays on TNT.
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41 min
June 13, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "It Is Written."
Sam esta bailando with Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes and NPR Politics Podcast host and congressional correspondent Scott Detrow.
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49 min
June 12, 2018
The Stars of 'Vida'
Sam chats with the two leads of the STARZ show 'Vida,' Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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46 min
June 8, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Look Over There."
We gon' be alright with Sam and these two guests this week: Morning Edition and Up First host Steve Inskeep and CNN Politics Senior Writer Juana Summers.
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48 min
June 5, 2018
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
Where's the line? And who gets to decide? A new book examines the perennial debate.
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41 min
June 1, 2018
Live in Chicago with Samantha Irby
Talking breakups and bounce-backs with the New York Times-bestselling author. Plus a special guest drops by to dish about two famous Chicagoans.
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50 min
May 29, 2018
Comedian and "Opposition" Host Jordan Klepper
The comedian talks to Sam about running his own show and fringe news.
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39 min
May 25, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "On Bended Knee."
Sam is struck by two guests this week: Los Angeles Times reporter Laura Nelson and senior writer at ESPN's The Undefeated, Clinton Yates. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org.
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42 min
May 22, 2018
BØRNS: Glam, Sunshine, and 'Electric Love'
Sam catches up with singer Garrett Clark Borns in his Los Angeles studio to talk about his new album, Blue Madonna.
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28 min
May 18, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Just Say It."
Sam Sanders wraps up the week in news with NPR reporters Vanessa Romo and Brakkton Booker.
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46 min
May 15, 2018
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became 'Notorious RBG'
In 'RBG,' filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West chronicle the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg joins the conversation with Sam, Betsy, and Julie. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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43 min
May 11, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Where's My Money?"
Sam's voice takes you there this week, with NPR Editor Arezou Rezvani and Los Angeles Times national correspondent Matt Pearce. Plus, the Iran Nuclear Deal, wage stagnation, and 'This Is America.' Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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41 min
May 8, 2018
Jimmy O. Yang on 'Silicon Valley' and 'How To American'
The comedian and actor talks to Sam about his immigrant experience and making it in Hollywood, which he writes about in a new book, "How To American: An Immigrant's Guide To Disappointing Your Parents." Jimmy stars as immigrant programmer Jìan-Yáng on the HBO comedy "Silicon Valley." Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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52 min
May 4, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Check The Tape."
Sam lets the sunshine in with NPR Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates (@karenbates) and NPR Embedded producer and reporter Tom Dreisbach (@TomDreisbach). Also Rudy Giuliani, the Broadway musical "Hair," meatballs, and a call to Puerto Rico. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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40 min
May 1, 2018
The Political 'Circus' of 2018
Political strategists Mark McKinnon and Mike Murphy join Sam to talk about the 2018 midterms and Mark's Showtime series 'The Circus,' which he co-hosts. Mike is a Republican who's worked for John McCain, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels. Tickets for our May 15 show in Chicago are at wbez.org/events.
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53 min
April 27, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "He Is Perfect."
Kanye's tweets, Emmanuel Macron's state visit, and Bill Cosby's guilty verdict, plus latest on Facebook and user privacy. From member station KQED in San Francisco, NPR Silicon Valley correspondent Aarti Shahani (@aarti411) and KQED senior editor Tonya Mosley (@TonyaMosley) join Sam to talk about the week that was. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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41 min
April 24, 2018
Meg Wolitzer on "The Female Persuasion"
Wolitzer's new novel is about women, misogyny, ambition, death, and the disillusionment of growing older. It's on virtually every must-read list this year, and feels so perfectly forged for the current moment that the Washington Post called Meg 'the novelist we need right now.' Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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55 min
April 20, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Who's In Charge?"
That Philadelphia Starbucks, Bey-chella, Nikki Haley, and a spotlight on Cuba and its new president. NPR Reporter and Codeswitch host Shereen Marisol Meraji (@RadioMirage) and Morning Edition producer Justin Richmond (@JustJRichmond) join Sam to talk about the week that was. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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47 min
April 17, 2018
D'Arcy Carden From 'The Good Place'
Actress and comedian D'Arcy Carden plays Janet - the AI personal assistant - on NBC's 'The Good Place.' But she still makes time to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Los Angeles, where Sam got a chance to see her perform. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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48 min
April 13, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "On The Edge."
Facebook, Syria, Michael Cohen, and voters. NPR's Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) is in for Sam, and she's joined by All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) and NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid (@asmamk) to talk about the week that was. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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40 min
April 10, 2018
'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz
Chrissy Metz currently plays Kate on the hit NBC show 'This Is Us.' But for years, she was an agent doing auditions on the side, just trying to catch a break. And in her new memoir, 'This Is Me: Loving the Person You are Today,' Chrissy relays the lessons she learned along the way, with some humor and grace sprinkled in. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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40 min
April 6, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Been Here Before."
A migrant caravan, Scott Pruitt, James Brown, edible glitter, and 'Jesus Christ Superstar.' NPR 'Embedded' host Kelly McEvers (@kellymcevers) and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) join Sam to talk about the week that was, plus an in depth look at police shootings of unarmed people. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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44 min
April 3, 2018
Tim Robbins on HBO's 'Here and Now'
The Oscar-winning actor stars in a new HBO drama that follows one multicultural family's struggle to navigate American life post-election-2016. Tim also talks about his work in the theater, and why he'll never get tired of talking about 'The Shawshank Redemption.' Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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34 min
March 30, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "The Long Shadow."
Hacking for bitcoin, Stormy Daniels, privacy on Facebook, and sliceable ketchup. NPR Business Reporter Alina Selyukh (alinaselyukh) and Vanessa Romo (@vanromo), reporter for NPR's The Two-Way blog, join Sam to talk about the week that was. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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44 min
March 27, 2018
Zach Braff and Alex Blumberg on 'Alex, Inc.'
Zach Braff's character in the new ABC sitcom 'Alex, Inc.' is based on Alex Blumberg, who founded the podcast company Gimlet Media, and chronicled it in the podcast 'Start Up'. They talk to Sam about how the new TV show came to be. Follow @zachbraff, @abexlumberg, and @Gimletmedia. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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44 min
March 23, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Data. Data. Data."
Cambridge Analytica, sanctuary cities, Blockbuster, and the Backstreet Boys. New York Times immigration reporter Caitlin Dickerson (@itscaitlinhd) and David Greene (@nprgreene), host of NPR's Morning Edition and Up First, join Sam to talk about the week that was. Plus, a call to a listener in Finland, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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47 min
March 20, 2018
Jennifer Palmieri On 2016 And Lessons For The First 'Madam President'
Hillary Clinton's former Communications Director dishes about the 2016 campaign and its aftermath in a new book written as an open letter to the future first female president, "Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to Women Who Will Run The World." Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) talks to Sam about the rigors of the campaign, how voters responded to Hillary Clinton's candidacy, crying at work, working in the Obama White House, and a confrontational post-election meeting with Kellyanne Conway. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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43 min
March 16, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Epic Eye Roll."
The revolving door at the White House, an irritated Chinese reporter, "norms- engineering," and an unexpected guest at a pro-hockey game. NPR's Invisibilia hosts Alix Spiegel (@aspiegelnpr) and Hanna Rosin (@HannaRosin) join Sam to talk about the week that was. Plus a call to a mom in Newtown, Connecticut, along with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.
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39 min
March 13, 2018
Momofuku Chef David Chang's 'Ugly Delicious' Food
Fried butterball potatoes. Tapioca lo mein. Crispy pork belly. Those are just a few of the items on the menu at majordōmo, the new restaurant from chef David Chang of Momofuku fame. Sam met up with David at majordōmo in Los Angeles, where they talked food, racial identity, and his new Netflix show, 'Ugly Delicious.' Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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36 min
March 9, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "It's All Connected."
Tariffs, day-cares, and laughing Alexas. Senior early childhood reporter for KPCC Priska Neely (@priskaneely) and NPR Business Correspondent Sonari Glinton (@Sonari) join Sam to talk news and culture of the week. Plus a call to a gun owner in Orlando, FL, and the best things that happened to our listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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41 min
March 6, 2018
'Atlanta' Star Brian Tyree Henry
He plays Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles on FX's Atlanta. He's also starred in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon and HBO's Vice Principals, and earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on NBC's This Is Us. Sam talks to Brian about his path to acting, the success of Atlanta, the city of Atlanta, show creator Donald Glover, how his mother figures into the character of Paper Boi, and his good friend Sterling K. Brown. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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45 min
March 2, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "No, You Can't."
It's Sam's first show in LA, and it's Oscar weekend. Variety/Access Live contributor Audrey Cleo (@audreycleo) and Wall Street Journal reporter Erich Schwartzel (@erichschwartzel) join Sam to talk about the Academy Awards, the state of the film industry, and more news and culture of the week. Plus a call to a listener in Oakland, CA, and the best things that happened to our listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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42 min
February 27, 2018
'Black Panther' with Glen Weldon and Evan Narcisse
Sam talks about the success of Black Panther and where Hollywood goes next with writer Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Evan Narcisse (@EvNarc), who's writing Rise of the Black Panther for Marvel Comics. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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36 min
February 23, 2018
Weekly Wrap LIVE: "Kids Will Lead."
The Parkland shooting, a wrap on the 2018 Olympic Games, and the mood at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Sam looks back at the week's news and more with PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) and VICE News correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro. (@EvanMcS). Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels. And PS — thanks for all the dog pics! Keep 'em coming.
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48 min
February 20, 2018
Journalist Ann Curry On Dramatic Reunions, #MeToo, and 'Today'
Ann Curry, journalist and former host of Today on NBC, hosts a new PBS series called We'll Meet Again, documenting dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. She talks to Sam about the series, the MeToo movement, and the reunion story in her own life. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.
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34 min
February 16, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "All Over Again."
Music from Black Panther, the Pyeongchang Olympics, and a new champion show-dog. Sam looks back at the week's news and more with NPR International Correspondent Elise Hu (@elisewho) and NPR editor Barrie Hardymon (@bhardymon). Plus music from Nick Hakim (@nick_hakim). Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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52 min
February 13, 2018
'Love and Marriage in Mumbai'
In honor of Valentine's Day this week, a look at what happens AFTER you get married. Sam talks to PBS reporter and author Liz Flock about her new book, The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai. Liz spent about 10 years following three Indian couples in both love and arranged marriages. In a country that is rapidly changing, how do those changes impact marriage? Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.
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39 min
February 9, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Hey, Big Spender."
Space Jam, another government shutdown, military parades, and stock shock. Sam looks back at the week's news and more with New York Times reporter Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) and comedian and Fake the Nation host Negin Farsad (@NeginFarsad). Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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49 min
February 6, 2018
Congressman Beto O'Rourke
Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) is a rising star in the Democratic party hoping to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz, which would make him the first Democrat to win statewide office in Texas since 1994. And he's trying to do it without party consultants, pollsters, and PAC money. O'Rourke talks to Sam about Texas politics, immigration policy, campaigning, how he got into public service, the President's State of the Union address, and Kit-Kats. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.
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41 min
February 2, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Did It Matter?"
Grammys Gonna Grammy, the State of the Union, and the state of pro football on Super Bowl weekend. Sam looks back at the week's news and more with NPR reporter Vanessa Romo (@vanromo) and Stephen Thompson (@idislikestephen) of NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
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46 min
January 30, 2018
Carrie Brownstein On The 'Portlandia' Final Season
Carrie Brownstein was a member of indie rock band Sleater-Kinney for years before starring in and co-executive producing Portlandia. But the award-winning IFC show is taking its final bow this spring. Carrie chats with Sam about working with co-star Fred Armisen, the show's satirizing of liberals, and being a riot grrrl. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.
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39 min
January 26, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "The Whole Map."
Laurel Wamsley (@laurelwamsley), reporter for NPR's breaking news blog The Two-Way, and NPR Business Reporter Alina Selyukh (@alinaselyukh) join Sam to talk about the week that was, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to the fallout over the abuse of female gymnasts by Larry Nassar. Also a phone call to a listener in San Francisco, and a look at the relationship between President Trump and big tech. It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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44 min
January 23, 2018
#MeToo in Politics: Then and Now
Sam talks with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor about sexual assault and harassment in politics and #MeToo now and in the 1990s, when Nina broke the Anita Hill story. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.
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42 min
January 19, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "War of Worlds."
Recode Senior Editor Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) and CNN Politics Senior Writer Juana Summers (@jmsummers) join Sam to talk about the week that was: Hawaii's ballistic missile alert, the government shutdown, a renewed debate over net neutrality, and a report on White House staff turnover. Also three things you're not hearing about Puerto Rico and a call to a listener in Anchorage, Alaska. It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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41 min
January 16, 2018
New Yorker Editor Kevin Young on 'Hoaxes, Post-Facts, and Fake News'
Young, poetry editor of The New Yorker, has written a book about 'fake news' before President Trump co-opted the term. It's called "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News." He talks to Sam about the book, as well as Prince, why hoaxes are so tied up with race, Donald Trump and P.T. Barnum, editing poetry at The New Yorker, black twitter, and growing up in Nebraska. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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36 min
January 12, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Forests And Trees."
Washington Post reporter Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) and New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers (@katierogers) join Sam to talk about the week that was: the President's vulgar language, a 200-page report on Russia's hacking of the 2016 election, and how the Trump administration might change US policy on nuclear weapons, plus a call to a listener from El Salvador about her temporary protected status and the best things that happened to our listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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48 min
January 9, 2018
'Bachelor' Producer Elan Gale Thinks 'You're Not That Great'
"You're Not That Great" is a self-up send-up by Gale, Executive Producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He talks to Sam about the book, The Bachelor, Christian rock, embracing negative emotions, and his struggle with addiction. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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49 min
January 5, 2018
Weekly Wrap: "Resolve To Unplug."
NPR's All Things Considered and Embedded host Kelly McEvers (@kellymcevers) and Codeswitch reporter Karen Grigsby Bates (@karenbates), join Sam to talk about the rift between President Trump and Steve Bannon and a look on what's ahead for immigration in 2018. All that plus a call to a listener in Virginia Beach and the best things that happened to our listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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43 min
January 2, 2018
Congressman Will Hurd on Party Divisions, the GOP, and 2018
Texas Republican Will Hurd represents the 23rd district — a sprawling, diverse district bigger than dozens of states — which Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Sam talks to Congressman Hurd about tax cuts, health care, San Antonio, working for the CIA, and what 2018 might hold for the GOP. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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37 min
December 29, 2017
A Special Year-End Edition
Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee), NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis (@DaviSusan), and R. Eric Thomas (@oureric), playwright and 'person on the internet' join Sam to talk about the year that was. Plus year-end music highlights with Radio Menea host Verónica Flores (@veroconplatanos) and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael (@rodneyology). Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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62 min
December 26, 2017
Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin of Belle And Sebastian
The indie band Belle and Sebastian is out with a trio of EPs called "How To Solve Our Human Problems." Members Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin talk to Sam about the new music, the songwriting process, life on the road, and why they still clean their own studio after 20 years. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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25 min
December 22, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "They're Not Done."
NPR reporter Camila Domonoske (@camilareads) and Lauren Ober (@OberandOut), host of WAMU's The Big Listen, join Sam to talk about the week that was. With the holiday weekend upon us, the GOP got their tax bill but the future of CHIP and DACA is unclear — plus a call to a politically divided couple in Connecticut and a very special edition of the best things that happened to our listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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43 min
December 19, 2017
'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Star Rachel Brosnahan
You might know actress Rachel Brosnahan from her supporting role on Netflix's House of Cards a few years back. Now she's back as the fast-talking 1950s housewife Midge Maisel on the new Amazon show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The role earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a TV comedy. She and Sam discuss what the show says about women, especially in light of the #MeToo movement, and much more. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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41 min
December 15, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Tell It All."
Bloomberg retail reporter Sarah Halzack (@sarahhalzack) and Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), writer and senior editor at The Atlantic, join Sam to talk about the week that was: Disney acquiring Fox, net neutrality, #MeToo, and the Alabama Senate race. Plus a call to a listener finishing up her first semester of college, a look at why the economy seems to be doing so well, and the best things that happened to our listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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47 min
December 12, 2017
Matt Bellassai on Viral Fame, Internet Culture, and Why 'Everything Is Awful'
Professional pessimist Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) launched a comedy career doing viral videos for Buzzfeed. Now he's got a new book and performs live across the country. He and Sam talk about the book, Everything Is Awful, and about how his video series became a hit, being an awkward kid, how he came out in college, embracing his sexuality as a part of his identity, and when the Internet used to be better. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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35 min
December 8, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Up In Smoke."
Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff), Vox senior policy correspondent and host of the Vox podcast 'The Impact,' and NPR film critic Bob Mondello (@Bob_Mondello) join Sam to talk about the week that was: raging wildfires in southern California, the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, and TIME Magazine naming "The Silence Breakers" people of the year – along with a call to a longtime listener in Alabama. They also discuss the health care implications of the GOP tax plan. It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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42 min
December 5, 2017
Journalist Dan Rather on Trump, Patriotism, and 'What Unites Us'
Veteran journalist Dan Rather thinks the U.S. is facing an 'existential crisis,' but one the country can survive. His new book is called What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. Sam and Dan talked in front of an audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last month. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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45 min
December 1, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Keep It Coming."
Sam is joined by Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) from 538 Politics and ESPN's '30 for 30' podcast series, along with Brittany Luse (@bmluse), co-host of Gimlet Media's 'The Nod,' to talk about the week that was: Michael Flynn, Republican progress on taxes, net neutrality, even more sexual assault firings, along with a call to a listener currently in Puerto Rico. It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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52 min
November 28, 2017
From 'Black-ish,' Jenifer Lewis: 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'
In her new memoir, "The Mother of Black Hollywood," Jenifer Lewis chronicles a career that has spanned decades, from Broadway to the hit ABC show Black-ish. Along the way, she played fictional moms to Tupac Shakur, Taraji P. Henson, and Whitney Houston. Jenifer talks to Sam about her long career, struggling with addiction and bipolar disorder, growing up in Missouri, and lying her way into the DNC in 2008. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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34 min
November 23, 2017
A Thanksgiving Special
Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful (@TheSporkful), and a surprise special guest join the show — and three listeners share Thanksgiving horror stories. Then, as always, the best things that happened to our listeners all week. We're back with a deep dive on Tuesday, and our regular wrap on the week next Friday. As always, you can reach the show at samsanders@npr.org or @NPRItsBeenAMin. Tweet at Sam @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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28 min
November 21, 2017
Bill Nye On Fame, Family, and How He Became The 'Science Guy'
The one and only Bill Nye the Science Guy (@BillNye) is the subject of a new documentary all about his life. He talks to Sam about the film, how he thinks fame has changed his brain, a troubling degenerative disease that afflicts his family, and his advocacy of climate science. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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23 min
November 17, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Death And Taxes."
Guest host Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) talks with NPR newscaster Korva Coleman (@KorvaColemanNPR) and NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro (@lourdesgnavarro) about the week that was: the status of the tax plan turned healthcare bill in Congress, sexual assault accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and Senator Al Franken, a shooting in California, and the butterball turkey hotline. They also call a listener in Australia, and it's all capped off by the best things that happened to listeners all week. Sam will be back next week for a special Thanksgiving edition of the show, which we'll release on Thursday morning. As always, you can reach the show at samsanders@npr.org or @NPRItsBeenAMin. Tweet at Sam @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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44 min
November 14, 2017
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger on 'Girl Logic'
Iliza Shlesinger's (@iliza) new book, "Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity," is her take on how women think. She and Sam talk about the book, her dog, Blanche; the party goblin in us all, growing up in Texas, getting her start in comedy, and publishing her book with what was formerly Weinstein Press. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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42 min
November 11, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "People Be Votin.'"
Public radio reporter and Marketplace contributor Sally Herships (@sherships) and WNYC Reporter Sean Rameswaram (@rameswaram) join Sam to talk about the week that was: Election Day, an update on the Paradise Papers, and the Texas shooting, along with a call to a listener in Los Angeles. It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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42 min
November 7, 2017
Taking Stock of Trump, One Year Since His Election
Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) and Michael D'Antonio, author of the biography "The Truth About Trump," join Sam to talk about the President one the year since he was elected. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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45 min
November 3, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Truth Will Out."
NPR Asia Correspondent Elise Hu (@elisewho) and Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon (@bhardymon) join Sam to talk through the week that was: Facebook and Twitter executives testifying in front of Congress, President Trump's Asia trip, the resignation of NPR Senior Vice President of News Michael Oreskes — plus a check-in with a listener who just moved to Antarctica. It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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43 min
October 31, 2017
Author Daniel Alarcón On His New Book And The Immigrant Experience
Daniel Alarcón's (@DanielGAlarcon) new book of short stories, "The King Is Always Above The People," deals closely with immigration and the Latino experience. Alarcón talks to Sam about his own life immigrating from Peru to the U.S. at a young age, the Latino diaspora, and reinventing oneself in a new place. Though Alarcón didn't intend for it to be political, his book gets at what it means to be an immigrant in today's political climate. Alarcón is also host of NPR's Spanish-language podcast, Radio Ambulante. E-mail the It's Been A Minute team at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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30 min
October 27, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Just Say No."
NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) and All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) join Sam to talk through the week that was: President Trump's speech on opioid addiction, the internal politics of the GOP, the surprise return of James Comey on Twitter — plus a check-in with a listener in Houston and our usual game of 'Who Said That.' It's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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45 min
October 24, 2017
Ashley Nicole Black From "Full Frontal" On Comedy, Improv, and Bridging Political Divides
Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) gave up pursuing a PHD to make it in comedy. This year she won an Emmy for her work on "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee." She talked to Sam about Savage Garden, why the Chicago comedy scene is great for aspiring comics and tough for people of color, developing her own comedy style, landing a job on "Full Frontal" and making the transition from writer to correspondent, and why she says improv could help people bridge political divides. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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34 min
October 20, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "All Of Us."
New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) and The Atlantic's McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) join Sam to talk through the week that was: the healthcare subsidy battle in Congress, the fallen soldiers in Niger, the social media outpouring over #MeToo — plus a call to a listener at the University of Florida where white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke this week. That's all capped off with the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback. Follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders and producers Brent Baughman @brentbaughman and Anjuli Sastry @AnjuliSastry.
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44 min
October 17, 2017
Taran Killam On His New Film, Leaving SNL, And That Time Trump Hosted
SNL alum Taran Killam talks to Sam about his new action-comedy mockumentary Killing Gunther, which he directed and stars in alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. They also discuss Wild 'N Out, Taran's role in Hamilton, the challenges of being a first-time director, why and how he left SNL a year earlier than he expected, what made Drake one of his favorite hosts, and the week in November 2015 when then-candidate Donald Trump controversially hosted the show. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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45 min
October 13, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Not Functioning Legislatively"
Washington Post blogger and columnist Alexandra Petri and Mike Pesca from Slate's The Gist podcast join Sam to talk through the week that was: the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood, the Trump administration's actions without Congress's help, and the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of the Clean Power Plan — plus a call to a listener in Northern California about wildfires that have ravaged the state, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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39 min
October 10, 2017
Facebook, Fake News, and Democracy
Sam talks to journalist Max Read about his recent New York Magazine cover story, "Does Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?" Max writes about Facebook's role in the 2016 election as the company grapples how to handle fake news, free speech, and political advertising. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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29 min
October 6, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Politics Over Empathy."
New York Times reporter Katie Rogers and Stephen Thompson from NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour join Sam to talk through the week that was: the Las Vegas shooting and its aftermath, the continued recovery in Puerto Rico, and President Trump's response to Puerto Rico amid the usual palace intrigue at the White House — plus a call to a listener in Barcelona and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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38 min
October 3, 2017
Actor/Director John Carroll Lynch
Google him. You know his face. John Carroll Lynch is one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood, and he's just directed his first film, "Lucky," starring the late, legendary Harry Dean Stanton. John talks to Sam about the film, and about being a character actor (and what that even means), getting recognized in public, what made Harry Dean Stanton so special, how he got into acting as a teenager in high school, playing evil characters, and a lesson about acting from Tropic Thunder. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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49 min
September 29, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Back At It."
NPR newscaster Korva Coleman and NPR sports correspondent Tom "Yes, we do sports" Goldman join Sam to talk through the week that was: Puerto Rico, the NFL and Donald Trump, a dashed Republican health bill and a new Republican tax proposal — plus a call to a listener with family in Puerto Rico and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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43 min
September 26, 2017
'Insecure' Showrunner Prentice Penny
Prentice Penny, showrunner for 'Insecure', joins Sam to talk about the HBO comedy series, which just wrapped its second season. They also discuss what a showrunner does, how he got the job, collaborating with star and co-creator Issa Rae, diversity in television, why he likes Drake (and Sam doesn't), how he came to love television and writing as a kid, how he almost became a marine biologist, and black Twitter. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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39 min
September 22, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Where Is Elton?"
NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis and Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes join Sam to talk through the week that was: Mariah Carey natural disasters, panic fatigue, President Trump's UN speech, the new Republican Health care bill, the Emmys, the economics of streaming, awards, and the television industry, Facebook and the election — plus a call to a listener in Missouri and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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55 min
September 19, 2017
Obama Speechwriter David Litt's "Hopey Changey White House Years"
David Litt was writing speeches for President Barack Obama when he was 24. His new book about the experience is called "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years." David talks to Sam about falling in love with then-candidate Obama, working his way to the White House after an internship spent playing minesweeper, getting his dream job, meeting the President, joining his team of speechwriters, how Obama used language, orchestrating moments like Obama's 'Anger Translator' bit with Keegan-Michael Key, and how David came to realize the President was not as infallible has he had once believed. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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44 min
September 16, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Everything. Is. Fine."
NPR National Desk reporter Nate Rott and University of Montana journalism professor Jule Banville join Sam to talk through the week that was: fires, hurricanes, Trump on ISIS on Twitter, Silicon Valley vs bodegas, economic indicators, the legal rights of apes — plus a call to a listener in Australia and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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49 min
September 12, 2017
The Russia Investigation and The President's Foreign Deals
New Yorker writer Adam Davidson and NPR national security correspondent Mary Louise Kelly join Sam to talk about a central question raised by Adam's reporting: What will investigators find when they look into President Trump's foreign business deals? Adam Davidson's latest story is here: http://bit.ly/2wr8pEx. Mary Louise described reporting from Moscow here: https://n.pr/2tJaMxS. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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31 min
September 8, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Chuck And Nancy."
NPR Science Desk producer Madeline Sofia and education reporter Claudio Sanchez join Sam to talk through the week that was: hurricanes and earthquakes, Donald Trump's deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Beyonce's birthday, the Trump administration's action on DACA and Title IX, a man-made gas shortage in Texas, endangered salamanders, and an Irish bat — plus a call to a listener in California and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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51 min
September 5, 2017
Race, Identity, and Performance in Danzy Senna's 'New People'
Sam talks to novelist Danzy Senna about her new book, 'New People,' and about race in America, why LA is boring in a good way, black identity, what white people say when they think they're alone, being "professionally black", how her students perform their race, artistic integrity and safe spaces, prestige black TV like 'Atlanta' and 'Insecure', and the election of Barack Obama. If you're in the Washington DC area, catch Sam and Danzy in person at the East City Bookshop in Capitol Hill on Monday, September 18. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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39 min
September 1, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Thoughts And Prayers."
New York Times reporter Katie Rogers and NPR film critic Bob Mondello join Sam to talk through the week that was: Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, one woman's experience in the small Texas town of Refugio, and the view from Houston with Houston Public Media reporter Laura Isensee — then, in other news, the summer box office, upcoming movies, Prince's favorite color, Tom Brady's meal plan, six second television ads, and the Trump Hotel at night. More about how to help the Hurricane Harvey relief effort is at https://n.pr/2wiX1bS. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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53 min
August 29, 2017
'Trials of the Free Press'
Anonymous wealth leveraged in court represents a new threat to journalism in Brian Knappenberger's Netflix documentary, "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press." Brian talks to Sam about the movie, which features NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik. David joins this conversation as well. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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35 min
August 25, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "On And On."
Planet Money correspondent Stacey Vanek Smith and "Rough Translation" host Gregory Warner join Sam to talk through the week that was: Afghanistan, the President and the border wall, Amazon and Whole Foods, Taylor Swift, the eclipse, the GOP and tax reform, the economy in North Korea, racial identity in Brazil, and the 10-year-anniversary of the hashtag — plus music from Kanye West, a call to a listener in Georgia, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Stick around after the episode to hear Sam talk to Stretch and Bobbito from "What's Good." Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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64 min
August 22, 2017
Inside 'The Onion'
Sam visits the Chicago offices of the satirical news publication for a headline pitch meeting and conversations with Editor-In-Chief Cole Bolton, Executive Editor Ben Berkley, Managing Editor Marnie Shure, and Head Writer Chad Nackers. They talk about comedy and President Trump (and why he makes their jobs harder), feuding with Sean Hannity, covering Barack Obama, crossing lines, and being socially awkward at parties. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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29 min
August 18, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Pick A Side."
NPR reporter Kirk Siegler and Southern California Public Radio reporter Priska Neely join Sam to talk through the week that was: Charlottesville and the President's reaction to it, the reaction to that by corporations and everyone else, the so-called "alt left", Steve Bannon's late-breaking departure from the White House — plus a back-to-school scene, Queens of the Stone Age, a call to a listener in Colorado, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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54 min
August 15, 2017
Charlottesville and White People
Sam talks to white people — and only white people — about Charlottesville. This episode: UVA history professor Grace Hale, NPR's Sarah McCammon, and developmental psychologist Amy Roberson Hayes, plus some calls to our listeners. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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61 min
August 11, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Simmer Down, Now."
From WWNO in New Orleans, NPR Code Switch correspondent Gene Demby and Planet Money correspondent Noel King join Sam to talk through the week that was: a giant inflatable chicken, the President's rhetoric toward North Korea, White House infighting, an instantly notorious Google memo, a lawsuit against Harvard seeking to challenge affirmative action, and the Snap IPO — plus some New Orleans brass band music, a call to a listener in Michigan, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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49 min
August 8, 2017
'SNL' Alum Sasheer Zamata
Sam talks to comedian and former 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Sasheer Zamata about leaving the show, breakups, her new comedy special and variety show, talking about race in the age of Trump, growing up in the mid-west, moving around a lot, going to UVA, getting into improv, moving to New York, auditioning for SNL, working on the show, and Beyonce. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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49 min
August 4, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Because Of You."
Morning Edition host Rachel Martin and Stephen Thompson of NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour join Sam to talk through the week that was: the speed of the news, the President's new immigration proposal and focus on the party base, why the stock market keeps soaring, the new White House chief of staff, TRL's return to MTV and the network's new CEO, celebrities (maybe?) running for office; plus, some LL Cool J, a call to a listener in San Diego, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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51 min
August 1, 2017
Lakeith Stanfield from 'Get Out' and 'Atlanta'
Sam talks to actor Lakeith Stanfield about fidget spinning, meditating, loneliness, his character Darius on 'Atlanta,' growing up in California, working odd jobs before acting, what success means in Hollywood, why 'Get Out' was the creepiest experience he's ever had on a set, black men in film and vulnerability, his family, charcoal lemonade, his upcoming movies 'Death Note' and 'Crown Heights', and they make a surprise phone call. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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35 min
July 28, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "This Feels Weird."
All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Planet Money correspondent Ailsa Chang join Sam to talk through the week that was: health care, the President's tweets on transgender individuals in the military, the GOP's failure to pass a health care bill in the Senate, a new wrinkle in the story of a Supreme Court case, millennials and beer; plus, some Missy Elliott, a call to a listener in Arizona, and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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52 min
July 25, 2017
Zoe Lister-Jones on 'Band Aid'
The first-time director and star of the CBS sitcom 'Life in Pieces' shot her new movie using an all-female crew. She talks to Sam about that, and about diversity in hiring, her favorite karaoke song, Jamie Foxx, her film's co-stars Adam Pally and Fred Armisen, growing up in New York as the daughter of struggling artists, success and failure in art, performing the music in 'Band Aid', how directing is like journalism editing, relationships, and working with her husband. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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39 min
July 21, 2017
Weekly Wrap: "Shoe's Gonna Drop."
NPR reporter Camila Domonoske and NPR editor Barrie Hardymon join Sam to talk through the week that was: Elon Musk, the President's New York Times interview, intern season, private student loan debt, HBO's new series set in a fictional America where slavery exists, the rebirth of the Thong Song, plus a call to a listener in Oregon and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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48 min
July 18, 2017
Producer/Songwriter Jeff Bhasker
Sam talks to musician and record producer Jeff Bhakser about having a kid, settling down, working with Harry Styles (in Jamaica), what he learned working with Kanye West (in Hawaii), growing up half-Indian in New Mexico, his musical influences, the message behind all his music, and the loneliest song he ever wrote. Plus a special guest drops in. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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35 min
July 14, 2017
Friday Wrap: "Sir And Rumi."
NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis and VICE News correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro join Sam to talk through the week that was: Pitbull, Donald Trump Jr and his emails, Beyonce's twins, Game of Thrones, the Senate GOP and health care, Senator Al Franken, Emmaneul Macron and President Trump's visit to France, plus a call to a listener in Alabama and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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46 min
July 11, 2017
'The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman'
Sam talks to writer Anne Helen Petersen about her new book, "Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman." They cover pop culture and the news, President Trump, the nature of celebrity, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, how white women can learn to be woke, Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump, Bernie Sanders and 'charismatic' politicians, and why Petersen's mother was an unruly woman. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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44 min
July 7, 2017
Friday Wrap: "Get Over Yourselves."
'This American Life' reporter Zoe Chace and 'Reply All' host PJ Vogt join Sam to talk through the week that was: Chris Christie in the sun, North Korea, CNN and the President, the anniversary of the Dallas police shooting, wealthy Republican donors, hacking in the Ukraine, Hobby Lobby, plus a call to a small business owner in Illinois and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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49 min
July 4, 2017
Timothy Simons from 'Veep'
Sam talks to writer and actor Timothy Simons about hustling, playing such contemptible character, the fair city of Boston, growing up in New England, struggling in school, struggling in regional theatre, struggling as a bouncer at the worst bar in America, getting cast on 'Veep', working with Julia Louis Dreyfus, and political comedy in the age of Donald Trump. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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39 min
June 30, 2017
Friday Wrap: "They're Still Here."
Washington Post writer Alexandra Petri and Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch team join Sam to talk through the week that was: Baby Driver, Jay-Z, the President's tweets, a new survey on American attitudes about race and discrimination, the minimum wage in Seattle, Serena Williams, the wrestler 'Progressive Liberal,' GLOW on Netflix, plus a call to a trucking company manager in Wisconsin and the best things that happened to listeners all week. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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47 min
June 27, 2017
Lena Waithe from 'Master Of None'
Sam talks to producer, writer, and actor Lena Waithe about microwavable pork rinds, growing up in front of the TV in Chicago, transcribing reality television footage, finally making it as a Hollywood writer, powerful storytelling by people of color, and writing and acting in Master Of None with Aziz Ansari. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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50 min
June 23, 2017
Friday Wrap: "Likes Don't Matter."
All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro and New York Times reporter Katie Rogers join Sam to talk through the week that was. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
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45 min
June 19, 2017
"Hey, y'all"
Introducing the show! For our first episode, out Friday, June 23, email us at samsanders@npr.org with a brief recording of the best thing that happened to you all week. You might hear it in the podcast!
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