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.
'They've Dismissed Us': How Latino Voter Outreach Still Falls Short
Latinos are the second largest group of eligible voters by race or ethnicity in the United States, but they continue to be misunderstood and underappreciated by political campaigns of all parties. Sam talks to Lisa García Bedolla, a scholar of Latino politics, about how the word "Latino" encompasses diverse communities of all political stripes and life experiences, and he checks in with the former mayor of a small town in Texas who's been thinking of Latino voter outreach for a long time.
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Voting In Texas, Plus John Paul Brammer Gives Advice
From fights over early voting applications to ballot drop-off sites, voting in Texas has drawn national attention. Sam talks to Texas reporters Ashley Lopez of member station KUT and Jessica Huseman of ProPublica to unpack what's happening and what it means for voting access. Then, Sam gets advice from John Paul Brammer, creator of the advice column "Hola Papi."
Throughline: James Baldwin's Fire
Writer and thinker James Baldwin used the power of his words to confront in order to connect, something that feels especially relatable in a year when the United States has been forced to reckon with racial inequality. This week we share an episode from our friends at Throughline, about James Baldwin, his life and philosophy, and what we can learn from him to lead us into the future.
Joel Kim Booster On Religion, Identity, and Coming Out
In honor of Coming Out Day this weekend, Sam talks to comedian and actor Joel Kim Booster about his experience coming out to his evangelical Christian family. As Kim Booster grew up in this religious household, he struggled to come to terms with his sexual orientation. On top of that, he was also adopted into an all-white family living in an all-white town. Kim Booster often jokes about his upbringing in his comedy sets: "I fully knew I was gay before I knew I was Asian." He also talks to Sam about finding community outside of church.
'Radio Ambulante' Host Daniel Alarcón On The Immigrant Experience
Sam revisits his 2017 chat with author and Radio Ambulante host, Daniel Alarcón. They discuss Alarcón's book of short stories, The King Is Always Above The People, which holds a mirror to the immigrant experience in today's political climate. Alarcón also shares his own experiences immigrating from Peru to the U.S. as a child.
The Dangers of White Supremacy, Plus Demi Adejuyigbe Brings Joy
When President Trump told white supremacists to "stand back and stand by," the country responded with heavy criticism. Sam talks with Kathleen Belew, assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago, about what we get wrong when we talk about the white power movement. Then, Sam chats with Demi Adejuyigbe, writer for The Amber Ruffin Show. They talk about his career, his viral September 21 videos, and how he uses online fame for good.
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I love this show. I intake a lot of news, especially in the Wild year of 2020, and I love how Sam structures a show where the news doesn’t feel like drudgery. I love “Who Said That?” And hearing from a normal person connected to something in national news and have shed tears of joy when listeners call in with the best things that happened to them that week. Thanks for your hard work Sam!
Wonderful Interview with Joel Kim Booster
Another wonderful show! So appreciated the interview with Joel Kim Booster! Thanks for shedding light on another subject besides the usual - elections, debates, and Covid. Refreshing! Also, a very heartfelt and touching ending to the show. Thank you!
A Shot of Sunshine with Binoculars
Sam’s ending of the show where people share their bright spots in their week often chokes me up.
At the same time he covers relevant topics that helps me stay informed without getting the news that needs to glorify the negative in our world. Drama sells right?