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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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    • 4.8 • 7.8K Ratings

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.

    Voting Rights Under Threat, Plus Do We Still Need Sports?

    Voting Rights Under Threat, Plus Do We Still Need Sports?

    A new case before the U.S. Supreme Court could jeopardize the power of the Voting Rights Act. Sam talks to Mark Joseph Stern, staff writer for Slate, about what's at stake and how so much of the current debate goes back to Reconstruction. Sam also chats with contributing writer for The Atlantic and podcaster Jemele Hill about how tv viewership across almost all sports has tanked during the pandemic.

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

    • 44 min
    Author Torrey Peters On Seeing Through A Trans Lens

    Author Torrey Peters On Seeing Through A Trans Lens

    Torrey Peters' new book Detransition, Baby, is about navigating identity, commitment, parenthood and divorce. The three main characters, a pregnant cis woman, her partner who is a detransitioned man, and his ex, a trans woman, are all considering how they might come together to create a family. Sam talks to Torrey about writing for trans readers, creating flawed characters and how the COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed through a trans lens.

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

    • 34 min
    A Weird Awards Season, Plus "Anything for Selena"

    A Weird Awards Season, Plus "Anything for Selena"

    What's an awards season when many theaters are still closed and it's harder to track which movies and shows deserve buzz? Louis Virtel and Ira Madison III, co-hosts of Keep It chat with Sam about who's being selected and who's being overlooked, and whether the pandemic further exposes awards' irrelevance or not. Plus, Sam talks with Maria Garcia about her podcast, Anything for Selena, and why honoring Selena is political.

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

    • 34 min
    Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction‬

    Octavia Butler: Visionary Fiction‬

    A special episode from our friends at NPR's history podcast Throughline: Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. But along with her warning is her message of hope - a hope conjured by centuries of survival and persistence. For every society that perishes in her books comes a story of rebuilding, of repair.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Your Vaccine Questions, Answered

    Your Vaccine Questions, Answered

    Will the vaccine make me sick? Can I see grandma if she's vaccinated but I'm not? And what's the deal with double masking? Listeners had questions about the coronavirus and vaccines, Sam and NPR Short Wave host Maddie Sofia have answers. Sam also talks to his Aunt Betty about her experience getting her COVID-19 vaccination. Then, the view on coming out to the other side of the pandemic with health journalist Bridie Witton in New Zealand.

    — Learn more about masks: A User's Guide To Masks: What's Best At Protecting Others (And Yourself)

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

    • 33 min
    The (Not So?) Wonderful World of Disney

    The (Not So?) Wonderful World of Disney

    Sam talks to filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney, daughter of Roy E. Disney, about her views on inequality in the U.S., corporate greed and why, despite her last name, she's become one of the more vocal and prominent critics of The Walt Disney empire.

    • 22 min

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7.8K Ratings

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Great Podcast; Great Topics ; Great Host.

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