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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.

    Not Just Another Protest

    Not Just Another Protest

    There is so much to unpack in this current moment. Sam has a candid conversation with Aunt Betty about how history has shaped her view of the current protests, and he walks around downtown Los Angeles to get the perspective of people he meets. Sam also talks to BuzzFeed News reporter Melissa Segura on her recent reporting about police unions and what they mean for reform, and Morning Edition executive producer Kenya Young about being a black parent during this time.

    • 41 min
    Hasan Minhaj On Faith And Seeking Answers

    Hasan Minhaj On Faith And Seeking Answers

    Comedian Hasan Minhaj is not afraid of talking about his faith, even when it gets him in trouble. He's a two-time Peabody Award winner and host of the Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which has just begun its second season. He talks to Sam about being an Indian American Muslim, how he finds joy in family and what his faith means to him today.

    • 29 min
    Money and Coronavirus; Samantha Irby On Judge Mathis

    Money and Coronavirus; Samantha Irby On Judge Mathis

    The coronavirus pandemic has us worrying not only about our health, but also about money. Sam talks to CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger, about the current economic crisis and how it's affecting different generations. Then, Sam talks to writer Samantha Irby about her newsletter "Who's On Judge Mathis Today?," which recaps the foibles of the syndicated daytime court show Judge Mathis.

    • 34 min
    Interview: Yvonne Orji on 'Insecure'

    Interview: Yvonne Orji on 'Insecure'

    Yvonne Orji plays the part of best friend Molly Carter on the HBO series Insecure, but Orji will soon headline her own stand-up special in June called, "Mama, I Made It." Orji talks to Sam about religion, getting her start in comedy at a Nigerian beauty pageant, growing up with strict immigrant parents and finding the humor in all of it.

    Email the show at samsanders@npr.org.

    • 26 min
    Maya Erskine Takes The Lead In 'Plus One' And 'PEN15'

    Maya Erskine Takes The Lead In 'Plus One' And 'PEN15'

    Maya Erskine has come a long way from the NYU experimental theater department where she met her PEN15 co-creator Anna Konkle. In this encore episode, Erskine talks to Sam about her starring role in the genre-bending romantic comedy Plus One and how she wrote her own life experiences into the character she plays on Hulu's PEN15.

    • 39 min
    Saeed Jones On 'How We Fight For Our Lives' — And How He Fought For His

    Saeed Jones On 'How We Fight For Our Lives' — And How He Fought For His

    Sam talks to writer Saeed Jones about his new memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, which details his coming of age as black and gay in suburban Texas.

    • 43 min

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