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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

    Vaccine Disinformation For Hire; Plus, Hannah Waddingham Of 'Ted Lasso'

    Vaccine Disinformation For Hire; Plus, Hannah Waddingham Of 'Ted Lasso'

    Disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines abounds on social media, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Sam talks to Max Fisher, international reporter for the New York Times, about "disinformation for hire" and what social media platforms are doing to combat it. Plus, Sam talks to actress Hannah Waddingham, one of the stars of Ted Lasso. They're also joined by fellow cast member Jeremy Swift to play Who Said That.

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

    • 35 min
    Emilia Clarke On Mothers Of Madness And Dragons

    Emilia Clarke On Mothers Of Madness And Dragons

    The "Mother of Dragons" is out with a new comic book, Mother of Madness. Actress Emilia Clarke talks with guest host Ayesha Rascoe about superpowers in real life and fantasy, her career-launching role in Game of Thrones and how Hollywood has changed since her first season as Daenerys.

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

    • 23 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.1K Ratings

8.1K Ratings

Ballroomdru ,

Great perspective

This perspective and these questions need to be asked and brought up.

sneakykikiriki ,

A very special podcast

Lately, current events are very hard for me to face and process, but I’ve found that Sam and his guests bringing attention to important and serious current news and social issues while acknowledging beauty and joy in our daily lives as well. The balance has really helped my outlook during 2020 and 2021.

fortheloveoflanguage51 ,

Why?

Sam is great but why (why!?) have someone like Ayesha be the interim host of this show. She is not the best interviewer (constantly using the worst phrases every time she talks “You know…” “obviously”). Just incredibly annoying.

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