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Each week, It's Been a Minute features people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with journalists in the know. Join us to make sense of the world through conversation.

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Each week, It's Been a Minute features people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with journalists in the know. Join us to make sense of the world through conversation.

If you can't get enough, try It's Been a Minute Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/itsbeenaminute

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    Russia's long played with U.S. racial politics. Brittney Griner is the latest example

    Russia's long played with U.S. racial politics. Brittney Griner is the latest example

    What does Brittney Griner's hypervisibility as a tall, queer, Black woman have to do with her 9-year sentence in a Russian prison? A lot, according to historian Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, who studies race and Blackness in Russia. She chats with guest host Tracie Hunte about what Griner's detainment means for Black queer folks who travel and the antagonism surrounding the case.

    Then, Tracie talks about the big moment Nigerian pop culture is having in the U.S. She is joined by Nigerian American filmmaker and artist Amarachi Nwosu to discuss why this is happening now and how Nigeria's success might impact pop culture from other African nations.

    Plus, we play Who Said That! Tracie connects with NPR's B. A. Parker and Juana Summers to test their pop culture knowledge.

    You can follow us on Twitter @npritsbeenamin and email us at ibam@npr.org.

    • 34 min
    In 'Industry,' Myha'la Herrold makes herself undeniable

    In 'Industry,' Myha'la Herrold makes herself undeniable

    In HBO's Industry, Myha'la Herrold plays Harper, a ruthless young trading floor analyst working for a bank in London. We've seen characters like her before — think of the power-obsessed personalities in shows like Billions and Succession. The big difference? The stakes are much higher for a young Black woman like Harper.

    Myha'la talks to guest host Tracie Hunte about the new season of Industry, bringing her own context to a complex, morally ambiguous character and why she credits her mom for her success.

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

    • 18 min
    All things comedy: HBO's 'Rap Sh!t,' plus, what's going on with late-night TV?

    All things comedy: HBO's 'Rap Sh!t,' plus, what's going on with late-night TV?

    What do we expect from women rappers? Guest host Tracie Hunte and music and culture journalist Naima Cochrane discuss HBO's Rap Sh!t — and how it portrays women in hip hop walking the line between sexuality and respectability.

    Then, Tracie talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about recent shake-ups in late-night TV. They look at the genre's influence on comedy and what the future looks like for women and comedians of color.

    Plus, we play Who Said That! Tracie brings on her WNYC colleagues Alex Neason, producer and editor for Radiolab, and Janae Pierre, host of WNYC's Consider This.

    You can follow us on Twitter @npritsbeenamin and email us at ibam@npr.org.

    • 37 min
    Why protecting the 'viral underclass' can keep us all healthy

    Why protecting the 'viral underclass' can keep us all healthy

    After years of covering HIV and AIDS, journalist Steven Thrasher knew that the hardest hit communities were almost always the poorest and most marginalized ones. Then COVID-19 struck, and he saw that the same groups of people were suffering the most.

    In his new book The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide, Thrasher explores how this pattern plays out in communities around the world. Guest host Tracie Hunte talks to him about the ways that systemic oppression puts marginalized people at greater risk of infection for all diseases – and also blames them for transmission.

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

    • 15 min
    Bow down, Queen Bey's 'Renaissance' era has finally arrived

    Bow down, Queen Bey's 'Renaissance' era has finally arrived

    Beyoncé's new album is here! Guest host Anna Sale chats with Dan Runcie, founder of the hip hop site Trapital, and Joey Guerra, music critic for the Houston Chronicle. They talk about Renaissance, what Beyoncé means to us and how this album meets the moment.

    Also, It's Been a Minute producer Liam McBain talks to culture writer Crispin Long about their shared obsession with reality dating shows. They discuss how these shows lay bare our society's obsession with marriage, and why reality dating drama is so compelling — even to folks who don't buy into the fixation on finding "the one."

    — Read Crispin's Astra Magazine essay on reality dating shows: "Heterosexual Vortex"

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

    • 34 min
    Presenting 'The Limits': Colman Domingo on success, grief and powerful characters

    Presenting 'The Limits': Colman Domingo on success, grief and powerful characters

    In this episode from our friends at The Limits with Jay Williams, host Jay Williams speaks with Colman Domingo, the ultimate character actor, known for stealing scenes in films like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Selma and If Beale Street Could Talk. He embodies every character he takes on, most recently earning an Emmy nod for his role as father-figure Ali to Zendaya's Rue on HBO's Euphoria.

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

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.3K Ratings

8.3K Ratings

MrKayHay ,

So happy the show is still going!

I have to admit, I was nervous about the trajectory of IBAM. However, I’m really happy with the show. NPR, thank you for keeping the show alive and continuing to provide insight on current events!

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MarcAlexander7 ,

Gotta Have Who Said That?!

I think the show is doing great after Sam’s departure, but y’all have to keep the Who Said That? segment. It’s such a fun way to get through three more news topics, and it brings a degree of levity to Friday episodes that is perfectly suited for IBAM. Please keep that as part of the weekly offering.

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