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Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation.

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Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Joy Of Black Hair; Plus, What's In The Biden Spending Plans?

    The Joy Of Black Hair; Plus, What's In The Biden Spending Plans?

    The Black Hair Experience is a pop-up visual exhibit dedicated to the beauty, history and nostalgia of Black hair. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe takes a trip there and chats with its co-founder, Alisha Brooks. Then, Ayesha is joined by NPR's Susan Davis and Asma Khalid about the two huge economic priorities for the Biden administration.

    — Read Ayesha's essay: "The Black Hair Experience Is About The Joy Of Black Hair — Including My Own"

    You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 37 min
    ‘Space Jam 2’ Star Sonequa Martin-Green

    ‘Space Jam 2’ Star Sonequa Martin-Green

    Actress Sonequa Martin-Green has made a career of otherworldly roles. She survived a zombie apocalypse in The Walking Dead, she explores space — the final frontier — in Star Trek: Discovery, and she's the wife of NBA star LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy. She talks to guest host Ayesha Rascoe about her career, her hair and identity, and why she felt called to speak up about her internalized racism after the murder of George Floyd.

    You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 29 min
    Why Workers Are Quitting; Plus The Comfort Of Horror Movies

    Why Workers Are Quitting; Plus The Comfort Of Horror Movies

    Americans are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe brings on CBS MoneyWatch editor Irina Ivanova to break down some of the reasons why. Then, The New Republic staff writer Jo Livingstone joins Ayesha to discuss the current state of horror movies and why nothing's better than a good scare. Author and Big Mood, Little Mood podcast host Daniel Lavery joins them to play Who Said That.

    You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 37 min
    Trump's America And Why 'The Cruelty Is The Point'

    Trump's America And Why 'The Cruelty Is The Point'

    The Cruelty Is The Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump's America, is journalist Adam Serwer's new book, based on a popular essay he wrote for The Atlantic. Serwer talks with guest host Ayesha Rascoe and lays out the ways in which Donald Trump came to power, the historical roots of his vision of law and order, and how he managed to build a loyal political following on the basis of cruelty.

    You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 25 min
    The Weight On Black Women In Sports; Plus, ‘We Are Lady Parts’

    The Weight On Black Women In Sports; Plus, ‘We Are Lady Parts’

    With Sha'Carri Richardson's recent disqualification, and the controversy surrounding the banning of natural hair swimming caps, there's a lot to talk about the treatment of Black women in the Olympics and across the sports world. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe brings on ESPN producer and podcast host Terrika Foster-Brasby and The Athletic's Kavitha A. Davidson to discuss. Then, she talks to 'We Are Lady Parts' creator Nida Manzoor about the intersection of art, faith, and representation.

    You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 37 min
    Tiffany Haddish Stays Busy: 'I Want to See Our Stories'

    Tiffany Haddish Stays Busy: 'I Want to See Our Stories'

    Tiffany Haddish has had a busy year. From starring in prank film Bad Trip, to hosting Kids Say the Darndest Things, to voicing a self-confident toucan in animated series Tuca & Bertie, it seems like she's everywhere. Sam talks to Tiffany about her many projects, her hopes and dreams for the entertainment industry, and she tells a wild story about Nicolas Cage.

    — Watch the full extended version of this interview on YouTube: youtube.com/npr

    You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

Crissle & West ,

Fantastic podcast

Sam is a genuine, interesting/interested, and gracious host. He covers the news and special topics with legitimate intrigue and compassion. Every episode leaves me more informed and sometimes just a bit more optimistic. Highly recommended!

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“Maybe we’ve miss-priced childcare...” THIS!

I’ve been that childcare worker, I love this discussion.

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Great show!

Always great content, Sam is wonderful.

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