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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 financial aid conspiracy; plus, 'For Colored Nerds'

    The financial aid conspiracy; plus, 'For Colored Nerds'

    A group of elite colleges and universities this week found themselves at the center of a lawsuit alleging that they conspired to limit financial aid to admitted students. Sam talks to Washington Post higher education reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel about the lawsuit and what it means for students and families across the country. Plus, Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse join Sam to talk about the era of Black abundance in media and their revamped podcast, For Colored Nerds.

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

    • 35 min
    It's still Trump's GOP

    It's still Trump's GOP

    Former President Donald Trump is still one of the most influential members of the Republican party even after leaving office nearly a year ago. Sam chats with Vann R. Newkirk II, senior editor for The Atlantic, and McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic, to make sense of what Trump's GOP has been up to this past year — and its strategies going into the next elections.

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

    • 28 min
    Revisiting the January 6 insurrection, one year later

    Revisiting the January 6 insurrection, one year later

    It's been a full year since the January 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, perhaps the most shocking political event of the past year — or even this generation. But has our understanding of the insurrection changed with time? Sam chats with Hannah Allam, national security reporter at The Washington Post, and Tom Dreisbach, NPR investigative correspondent, about how the U.S. government has responded to the insurrection — and how we've moved from political polarization into political radicalization.

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

    • 29 min
    Presenting 'Throughline': Nikole Hannah-Jones and the war over history

    Presenting 'Throughline': Nikole Hannah-Jones and the war over history

    In this special episode from our friends at Throughline, co-hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei explore the war over history with Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist at The New York Times and the creator of the 1619 Project. They discuss how the 1619 Project became one of the most dramatic battlegrounds in the fight over our country's historical narratives — and whether an agreed upon history could ever exist.

    • 49 min
    Looking back at Whitney Houston's 1991 national anthem

    Looking back at Whitney Houston's 1991 national anthem

    Happy New Year's Eve, y'all! Before we officially end 2021, we're revisiting on one of our favorite episodes of the year — our deep dive into Whitney Houston's 1991 national anthem. Sam chats with Danyel Smith, host of Black Girl Songbook, about how Whitney Houston captivated the entire nation with her rendition of the national anthem that year and why it still matters more than 30 years later.

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

    • 21 min
    2021 in music with 'Switched on Pop'

    2021 in music with 'Switched on Pop'

    Sam chats with Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, the two co-hosts of the podcast Switched on Pop, about the year in music. They discuss how TikTok and streaming continue to change the pop landscape and share their favorite albums of 2021.

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

    • 24 min

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