It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
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.

The Rise of Netflix
Aug 11 • 26 min
One of the few companies doing well during this pandemic is Netflix. In the last few months, the streaming service has seen a huge uptick in new subscribers. Sam talks to Peter Kafka and Rani Molla, co-hosts of the podcast Land of the Giants, about the…
Regina King on Race, Policing and HBO’s ‘Watchmen’
Aug 7 • 29 min
Sam revisits his chat with Regina King from 2019 after the actress’ recent Emmy nomination for her performance on the HBO series Watchmen. In this encore interview, King talks about why she gravitates toward work that deals with race and policing, why…
Code Switch: What’s In A ‘Karen’?
Aug 4 • 25 min
“Karen” is not just a name. It’s also a persona, an attitude, a label for a certain type of white woman determined to get what she wants—especially at the expense of Black people. Karens are part of a long lineage going back at least a couple centuries.…
Bonus Episode: Padma Lakshmi on ‘Asian Enough’
Aug 3 • 48 min
A special bonus feed drop from The Los Angeles Times podcast Asian Enough: A conversation with Top Chef host, model and writer Padma Lakshmi about growing up Indian American in the San Gabriel Valley, cultural appropriation vs. appreciation in food, and…
Coronavirus Questions Answered, Plus A Chat About ‘Indian Matchmaking’
Jul 31 • 37 min
Should I wear a mask while running? How often should I wipe down my phone? Can I say hello to other people’s dogs? Our listeners had questions about coronavirus, we have answers. Sam is joined by Short Wave host Maddie Sofia to dig into the science behind…
Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman And Their ‘Big Friendship’
Jul 28 • 26 min
All relationships have a backstory, even friendships. Best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, are out with a new book called Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. In it, they write about their…
It’s A Women’s Recession
Jul 24 • 34 min
We’re in a recession, and it’s hitting women especially hard. So how does it compare to the last recession, and how much of it has to do with childcare? Sam is joined by Planet Money’s Mary Childs and Stacey Vanek Smith to make sense of it all. Then Sam…
‘I May Destroy You’ Star Michaela Coel
Jul 21 • 27 min
Sam revisits his 2019 conversation with actress and writer Michaela Coel, who is the star and creator of the new critically acclaimed show, I May Destroy You. Before that show, Coel made waves in the hit British sitcom Chewing Gum. Her work as the…
What’s College Without A Campus? Plus Ziwe Makes Things Awkward
Jul 17 • 35 min
Colleges and universities are getting ready for a new year, but like everything else, coronavirus is complicating everything. Some are closing campus and moving online, others plan to bring students back with social distancing. Sam checks in with Tressie…
Reckoning With Race in Journalism
Jul 14 • 42 min
The newsrooms that covered the protests for racial justice are now being forced to confront racism and inequity within their own organizations. Black journalists and other journalists of color are sharing their experiences on social media and leading a…
Paying The Price Of Coronavirus
Jul 10 • 35 min
Four months into the pandemic, it seems like we’re no better off in dealing with the coronavirus. There are still so many questions and few definitive answers about how this all ends, and for a lot of us, that’s turned into anger and frustration. Sam…
Chelsea Handler On White Privilege
Jul 7 • 25 min
Last year, comedian Chelsea Handler made a documentary on Netflix called, Hello Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea, where she explored the idea of white privilege. Which happens to be a thing that a lot of people are talking about again… right now, in 2020.Sam…
Summer Pop Culture Recs, Plus A Visit With Kirk Franklin
Jul 3 • 36 min
It’s summer without a lot of the usual summer fun because, you know, pandemic. But we’ve got music and TV recommendations to keep you company. Joining Sam are All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish and Code Switch co-host Gene Demby to chat about…
Nicole Byer On How To Love Yourself
Jun 30 • 25 min
Ever wonder what it would be like to take hundreds of photos of yourself for a giant coffee table book … wearing only a bikini? Comedian Nicole Byer has. And did, for her new book: #VeryFat #VeryBrave: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a…
How Much Have Facebook And Twitter Changed Since 2016?
Jun 26 • 35 min
How much has Big Tech changed since the 2016 election? Sam is joined by Washington Post tech reporters Elizabeth Dwoskin and Tony Romm. They chat about Facebook and Twitter and how their platforms and views on free speech have evolved since the last…
Tracee Ellis Ross Is Thriving, Not Surviving
Jun 23 • 29 min
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross has been acting for years — from the early 2000s sitcom ‘Girlfriends’ to her Golden Globe winning role on ABC’s ‘Black-ish.’ She talks to Sam about pushing back against Black stereotypes on and off-screen, pursuing success at any…
Supreme Court Protects Rights For DACA And LGBTQ Workers
Jun 19 • 38 min
What does it all mean when so much change happens at the same time? This week, the Supreme Court protected the rights of two marginalized groups — DACA recipients and LGBTQ workers — and protests against police brutality continued around the world. Sam…
James McBride on Race, Religion and Why He’s Hopeful
Jun 16 • 32 min
James McBride is the National Award-winning author of The Good Lord Bird and the best-selling memoir, The Color of Water. His latest book is Deacon King Kong, which is set against the backdrop of 1960s Brooklyn and tells the story of how one man’s…
Lessons About Racism from ‘Cops’ and ‘Gone With The Wind’
Jun 12 • 34 min
Sam talks to NPR’s Tanya Mosley and Eric Deggans about popular culture’s reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Trump v Nixon on Race: Why 2020 Isn’t Quite 1968
Jun 9 • 27 min
Sam talks to The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer about this current moment in history and how it recalls the Nixon era and the Reconstruction era.
Not Just Another Protest
Jun 5 • 41 min
There is so much to unpack in this current moment. Sam has a candid conversation with Aunt Betty about how history has shaped her view of the current protests, and he walks around downtown Los Angeles to get the perspective of people he meets. Sam also…
Hasan Minhaj On Faith And Seeking Answers
Jun 2 • 29 min
Comedian Hasan Minhaj is not afraid of talking about his faith, even when it gets him in trouble. He’s a two-time Peabody Award winner and host of the Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which has just begun its second season. He talks to Sam…
Money and Coronavirus; Samantha Irby On Judge Mathis
May 29 • 34 min
The coronavirus pandemic has us worrying not only about our health, but also about money. Sam talks to CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger, about the current economic crisis and how it’s affecting different generations. Then, Sam talks to writer…
Interview: Yvonne Orji on ‘Insecure’
May 26 • 26 min
Yvonne Orji plays the part of best friend Molly Carter on the HBO series Insecure, but Orji will soon headline her own stand-up special in June called, “Mama, I Made It.” Orji talks to Sam about religion, getting her start in comedy at a Nigerian beauty…
Maya Erskine Takes The Lead In ‘Plus One’ And ‘PEN15’
May 22 • 39 min
Maya Erskine has come a long way from the NYU experimental theater department where she met her PEN15 co-creator Anna Konkle. In this encore episode, Erskine talks to Sam about her starring role in the genre-bending romantic comedy Plus One and how she…
Saeed Jones On ‘How We Fight For Our Lives’ — And How He Fought For His
May 19 • 43 min
Sam talks to writer Saeed Jones about his new memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, which details his coming of age as black and gay in suburban Texas.
The Show Must Go On
May 15 • 33 min
Sam talks to guests whose lives or work were thrown of course by the pandemic, but who scrambled to keep doing what they were doing.
Interview: Chicano Batman On ‘Invisible People’ And LA Vibes
May 12 • 22 min
The music of the band Chicano Batman has long defied genre. Funk, psychedelic, soul, indie — it’s all these things and more. Sam talks to band members Carlos Arévalo and Bardo Martinez about their new album, Invisible People, what it’s like not to be able…
Weekly Wrap: Back To Capitol Hill
May 8 • 34 min
Sam checks in with NPR’s congressional correspondent Susan Davis and White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe to learn how Capitol Hill is operating safely.
Love And Coronavirus
May 5 • 28 min
We’re in the middle of a global pandemic. But people are still trying to find love online and make relationships work.
TV, Movies And Coronavirus
May 1 • 33 min
Sam talks to entertainment makers and watchers about the coronavirus is affecting Hollywood productions
It’s Been A Minute Presents: Code Switch
Apr 28 • 35 min
This week, we share an episode from Code Switch about the ever-shifting boundaries of blackness in the United States and why it matters to this decade’s census.
Coronavirus: The Great Equalizer — Or Maybe Not
Apr 24 • 36 min
Sam talks to NPR’s Leila Fadel and Kirk Siegler about how differently rural and urban populations are dealing with the pandemic — and what they may have in common.
Interview: Sopan Deb on ‘Missed Translations’ and Found Connections
Apr 21 • 24 min
Sopan talks to Sam about his new memoir, Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me.
Weekly Wrap: Sports On Hold, And Your Productivity Too
Apr 17 • 38 min
Sam talks to ESPN’s Mina Kimes and The Undefeated’s Clinton Yates about the impact of the coronavirus on sports.
Encore: Drag Culture’s Moment - From ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ to Shangela
Apr 14 • 38 min
Sam goes deep on drag culture: past, present, future.
Weekly Wrap: Yes, The Census Is Still Happening
Apr 10 • 34 min
Sam talks to NPR’s Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji about the impact of the coronavirus on the census.
Interview: Jonathan Van Ness on Quarantine Life and His New Children’s Book
Apr 7 • 23 min
Van Ness talks to Sam about his new children’s book, Peanut Goes for the Gold, about a gender nonbinary guinea pig who has their own way of doing things.
Weekly Wrap: A Jobs Crisis, And It’s No One’s Fault
Apr 3 • 34 min
Sam talks to NPR’s Cardiff Garcia and Stacey Vanek Smith about the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.
Homeschooling In The Age Of The Coronavirus
Mar 31 • 24 min
Sam talks with parents about homeschooling their kids in the age of the coronavirus.
Weekly Wrap: The Coronavirus ‘New Normal’
Mar 27 • 38 min
Sam Sanders talks to NPR’s David Greene and Kelly McEvers about how coronavirus shutdowns are impacting their daily lives.
Interview: Audie Cornish on ‘She’s Funny’
Mar 24 • 34 min
Comedian Jenny Slate spills the tea on the real experience at Saturday Night Live, in this special episode featuring Audie Cornish.
Special Episode: A Social Distancing Survival Guide
Mar 20 • 37 min
Sam in joined by various guests to talk ways of coping with social distancing during the coronavirus.
Obama’s Historic ‘Race Speech’ -12 Years Later
Mar 17 • 26 min
Sam revisits President Obama’s ‘A More Perfect Union’ speech from 2008 and looks at its impact today.
Weekly Wrap: Everything Is Canceled, Here Are Some Distractions
Mar 13 • 38 min
Sam is joined by NPR film critic Bob Mondello and Barrie Hardymon, senior editor at Weekend Edition.
Interview: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on ‘Something That May Shock and Discredit You’
Mar 10 • 29 min
Ortberg talks to Sam about his relationship with religion, the power of self-knowledge and being able to fully own who you are.
Weekly Wrap: Afghanistan Withdrawal, Coronavirus Fears
Mar 6 • 36 min
Sam is joined by NPR veterans correspondent Quil Lawrence and co-host of NPR’s The Indicator from Planet Money Stacey Vanek Smith.
Interview: Pamela Adlon on ‘Better Things’
Mar 3 • 29 min
Adlon talks to Sam about her career, seeing your parents as real-life people, and the awful, crazy, beautiful experience of being a parent yourself.
Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus and the Markets; ‘Love Is Blind’ is Final Boss Reality TV
Feb 28 • 40 min
Sam is joined by Marielle Segarra, Marketplace reporter, and Reema Khrais, host of the Marketplace podcast “This Is Uncomfortable.”
Interview: Nick Kroll on ‘Olympic Dreams’ And ‘Big Mouth’
Feb 25 • 26 min
Kroll talks to Sam about making a movie set at the Olympics and creating a hit animated show about kids going through puberty.
Weekly Wrap: The Rise of Bloomberg, Revisiting Oakland
Feb 21 • 36 min
Sam is joined by Rosie Gray, a reporter for Buzzfeed, and Matt Flegenheimer, a national political reporter for the New York Times.
Interview: R. Eric Thomas on ‘Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America’
Feb 18 • 31 min
Thomas tells Sam about his love of words, growing up as a gay black teenager and finding love in an unexpected place.
Weekly Wrap: Elections Are Too Modern, Evidently So Are Federal Buildings
Feb 14 • 37 min
Sam is joined by Miles Parks, NPR Washington Desk reporter, and Libby Denkmann, senior politics reporter for member station KPCC.
Interview: What Makes a Hit Pop Song
Feb 11 • 20 min
From M.I.A.’s Paper Planes to Drake’s God’s Plan, what makes a song, why do we find ourselves humming along, and what makes it a hit?
Weekly Wrap: Oscars Still So White. So Is New Hampshire’s Primary
Feb 7 • 38 min
Sam is joined by Adam B. Vary, senior entertainment writer for Variety, and Audrey Cleo Pay, host of Daily Variety on
Roy Wood Jr. on Comedy, Criminal Justice, and Chicken Sandwiches
Feb 4 • 29 min
Sam talks with comedian Roy Wood Jr. about his career.
Weekly Wrap: Coronavirus and Racism, Australia Fires, Kobe Bryant’s Legacy
Jan 31 • 37 min
Sam is joined by Julie Cart, a reporter for CalMatters, and Andrew Ti, host of the podcast Yo, Is This Racist? and a writer for the ABC series Mixed-ish.
Interview: Prince’s Iconic Moments
Jan 28 • 27 min
Sam talks to Randee St. Nicholas, the photographer behind some of Prince’s most iconic moments.
Weekly Wrap: Flint Water Crisis Continues, Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders
Jan 24 • 38 min
Sam is joined by Tom Dreisbach, investigative reporter for NPR’s Embedded podcast, and Vanessa Romo, NPR breaking news reporter.
Author Jennifer Weiner On ‘Mrs. Everything’ & Plus-Size Representation In Books
Jan 21 • 31 min
Guest host Karen Grigsby Bates steps in for Sam Sanders and chats with best-selling author and ‘New York Times’ op-ed columnist Jennifer Weiner.
Weekly Wrap: Big Tech Gonna Big Tech, Congrats To ‘Those Men’ On Oscar Nods
Jan 17 • 34 min
Guest host Elise Hu is joined by Nitasha Tiku, tech culture reporter at The Washington Post and Farhad Manjoo, opinion columnist at the New York Times.
Interview: Broadway Playwright Jeremy O. Harris On ‘Slave Play’
Jan 14 • 42 min
Whether he thinks Broadway will embrace him for the long haul.
Weekly Wrap: Harvey Weinstein Trial Begins, Iran Conflict, Plus Getting Off Twitter
Jan 10 • 37 min
Guest host Elise Hu is joined by Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s ‘Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!’, and Greta Johnsen ‘Nerdette.’
Interview: Jad Abumrad On ‘Dolly Parton’s America’
Jan 7 • 37 min
It’s Dolly’s America. We’re just living in it.
How To Start Your 2020 Right: Advice From NPR’s ‘Life Kit’
Jan 6 • 36 min
Sam is joined by NPR correspondent Chris Arnold and NPR senior editor and correspondent Maria Godoy as they discuss how to make New Year’s resolutions stick.
Encore Interview: Jimmy O. Yang From ‘Silicon Valley’
Dec 31, 2019 • 52 min
The comedian and actor went from DJ’ing at a strip club to starring in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and the box office hit, ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’
Encore Interview: Authors Candice Carty-Williams And Angie Thomas
Dec 27, 2019 • 50 min
Sam Sanders revisits conversations with Candice Carty-Williams, author of ‘Queenie,’ and Angie Thomas, author of the books, ‘On The Come Up’ and ‘The Hate U Give.’
Encore Interview: Maroon 5’s PJ Morton On Reimagining Classic Christmas Songs
Dec 24, 2019 • 27 min
How the grammy-nominated artist put his own twist on holiday classics.
Weekly Wrap: A Look Back At 2019 In Democracy, Protests And Business
Dec 20, 2019 • 42 min
Sam is joined by NPR political editor Ron Elving and host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” Lulu Garcia-Navarro.
Why ‘Friends’ Remains So Successful — And So Divisive — Even In 2019
Dec 17, 2019 • 30 min
The NBC sitcom ‘Friends’ has been around for 25 years. Sam Sanders digs into why our love-hate relationship with the show has endured for so long.
Weekly Wrap: How Cities Are Responding To Homelessness, Plus All About Flu Season
Dec 13, 2019 • 37 min
Sam is joined this week by NPR national desk correspondents Kirk Siegler and Leila Fadel.
Interview: Writer Lyz Lenz On ‘God Land’, Faith And Politics In The Midwest
Dec 10, 2019 • 30 min
Lenz and Sanders spoke about questioning her faith, how religious institutions shapes our personal views and whether Americans can bridge their political and religious divides.
Weekly Wrap: Climate Talks, PrEP Access, Women’s Rage
Dec 6, 2019 • 43 min
Sam is joined this week by NPR reporters Rebecca Hersher and Selena Simmons-Duffin.
Interview: Liz Plank On ‘For The Love Of Men’
Dec 3, 2019 • 41 min
Writer Liz Plank’s new book offers a blueprint for men to examine themselves and how they think about masculinity and gender.
Chef Samin Nosrat, Plus Dan Pashman Vs. The Thanksgiving Industrial Complex
Nov 29, 2019 • 51 min
‘The Sporkful’ host Dan Pashman discusses food media’s Thanksgiving expectations, and Samin Nosrat talks about her philosophy as a chef.
Interview: Comedian Nicole Byer On Auditioning, Coping With Loss And Fat Jokes
Nov 26, 2019 • 31 min
‘All Things Considered’ host Audie Cornish and comedian Nicole Byer discuss her successes, auditioning as a black woman in comedy and coping with loss through improv.
Weekly Wrap: Dems Debate, Mister Rogers and WeWork
Nov 22, 2019 • 35 min
Guest host Elise Hu steps in for Sam Sanders. KPCC Science Reporter Jacob Margolis and host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America, Peter Hamby, join her to wrap up the news of the week.
Interview: Alicia Menendez On How Women Fall Into ‘The Likeability Trap’
Nov 19, 2019 • 33 min
Menendez and guest host Elise Hu talk about creating more fulfilling personal relationships and a better workplace. Plus, how likeability plays into politics.
Weekly Wrap: Disney+, Four-Day Workweek, Impeachment In Historical Context
Nov 15, 2019 • 35 min
Sam is joined by BuzzFeed senior film reporter Adam B. Vary and host of NPR’s ‘The Indicator’ podcast Stacey Vanek Smith.
Interview: Musician Jacob Collier On Making Everyday Sounds Into Songs
Nov 12, 2019 • 39 min
Collier and Sam talked about his upcoming work, his four-album project, ‘Djesse’ and using everyday sounds to make songs.
Weekly Wrap: DACA’s Legal Future, The Lasting Impact Of Prop 187, And Local Politics
Nov 8, 2019 • 37 min
Sam is joined by L.A. Times writers Gustavo Arellano and Cindy Carcamo.
Interview: Comedian Amanda Seales On ‘Insecure’ And Her Book, ‘Small Doses’
Nov 5, 2019 • 30 min
Seales and Sam Sanders talked about the success of ‘Insecure,’ what it means for black shows on TV and who her comedy is for.
Weekly Wrap: Impeachment, Kanye West, Plus Why The Internet Loves Jeff Goldblum
Nov 1, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined by host of NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ Audie Cornish and NPR music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson.
Interview: Comedian Pete Holmes On ‘Comedy Sex God’ And His Faith
Oct 29, 2019 • 31 min
Holmes and Sanders talked about his faith journey, what it means to believe in a higher power and how it’s shaped Holmes’ life.
Weekly Wrap: School Surveillance, That Anonymous Book, College Tuition Benefits
Oct 25, 2019 • 35 min
Sam is joined by NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz and NPR arts editor Rose Friedman.
Interview: Actress Regina King On Having Difficult Conversations About Race
Oct 22, 2019 • 35 min
Oscar-winning actress King and Sam Sanders discuss what it means to have difficult conversations about race and see that reflected in art.
Weekly Wrap: What’s Going On In Turkey And Syria, And Facebook’s Political Ad Problem
Oct 18, 2019 • 34 min
Sam is joined by Matt Pearce, an L.A. Times reporter covering the 2020 presidential campaign and host of NPR’s ‘Embedded’ podcast, Kelly McEvers.
Interview: Comedian Cristela Alonzo On Her Sitcom And Her Love Of Music
Oct 15, 2019 • 39 min
Alonzo sat down with Sam to talk about her love of music and ‘The Golden Girls,’ growing up poor and fighting to make her ABC sitcom, which was canceled after one season.
Weekly Wrap: #MeToo and Matt Lauer, Political Corruption, & Snoop Dogg Shenanigans
Oct 11, 2019 • 36 min
Sam hosts a special weekly wrap episode from Chicago with WBEZ’s Investigative Reporter Dan Mihalopoulos and WBEZ Weekend Anchor and host of the ‘Nerdette’ podcast, Greta Johnsen.
Interview: Writer And Poet Saeed Jones On ‘How We Fight For Our Lives’
Oct 8, 2019 • 46 min
Poet and writer Saeed Jones sat down with Sam Sanders to give a glimpse at the many coming-of-age stories in his memoir, ‘How We Fight For Our Lives.’
Weekly Wrap: Funk’s Resurgence In Pop, The Future Of Title VII, Domestic Extremism
Oct 4, 2019 • 40 min
Sam is joined by NPR national correspondents Leila Fadel and Kirk Siegler.
John Legend On The Music Industry, His Career, Politics And Balancing It All
Oct 1, 2019 • 36 min
The entertainment industry giant sat down with Sam Sanders to talk about balancing his life and career. This episode includes language some listeners may find offensive.
Weekly Wrap: Where The Climate Conversation Stands, Plus The Emmys And Diversity
Sep 27, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined by Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins of the Slate podcast, ‘Thirst Aid Kit.’
Interview: Jonathan Van Ness Of ‘Queer Eye’ On Overcoming Trauma
Sep 24, 2019 • 45 min
Van Ness spoke to Sam Sanders about his memoir, which details difficult and troubling moments in his life, and how Queer Eye has changed things.
Weekly Wrap: GM Workers On Strike, School Lunch Debt, Whitney Houston Hologram
Sep 20, 2019 • 34 min
Sam is joined this week by Marketplace senior reporter Tracey Samuelson and independent journalist Sally Herships.
Interview: Best-Selling Author Malcolm Gladwell On ‘Talking To Strangers’
Sep 17, 2019 • 54 min
Sam spoke to Gladwell about his new book at The George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on Sept. 11, 2019.
Weekly Wrap: Congress Returns To Washington, The Youth Vote, Plus Viral Food Videos
Sep 13, 2019 • 37 min
Sam is joined in studio this week by NBC News White House reporter Geoff Bennett and Yahoo national politics reporter Brittany Shepherd.
All About Instagram Influencers And How They’ve Changed Advertising
Sep 10, 2019 • 30 min
For a look at influencer culture, Sam talks with an Instagram influencer, a reporter who covers the industry and an executive who helps influencers gain star status.
Weekly Wrap: ‘Truth Hurts’ Hits No. 1, McConnell On Gun Control, More Brexit Chaos
Sep 6, 2019 • 37 min
Sam is joined in the studio this week by Curbed Urbanism editor Alissa Walker and producer Tom Dreisbach of NPR’s Embedded podcast.
Interview: Danielle Brooks On The End Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’
Sep 3, 2019 • 32 min
Actress Danielle Brooks talks with Sam Sanders about ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ its seventh and final season, becoming the character of Taystee and how she got her start in acting.
Dan Levy On ‘Schitt’s Creek’ And Greta Lee On ‘Russian Doll’
Aug 30, 2019 • 49 min
Dan Levy talks to Sam Sanders about creating ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ and Greta Lee of ‘Russian Doll’ chats with guest host Julia Furlan about the show’s New York identity.
Interview: Jia Tolentino On The Internet, Optimization And Other Late Capitalist Woes
Aug 27, 2019 • 38 min
Writer Jia Tolentino and Sam Sanders discuss growing up in church, putting your life on the internet and what happens when your life becomes a quest for optimization.
Weekly Wrap: For GOP, Warning Signs With Women; Greenland Not For Sale
Aug 23, 2019 • 39 min
President Trump wanted to buy Greenland but Denmark said no, while American fast food chains argued over who has the best friend chicken sandwich.
Interview: Vann Newkirk On How Black Farmers Were Robbed Of Their Land
Aug 20, 2019 • 30 min
The dark history of a massive wealth transfer from black farmers to white ones.
Weekly Wrap: All Eyes On The Economy, Language And The Internet, Plus Hard Seltzer
Aug 16, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined by NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Washington Post senior tech policy reporter Tony Romm.
Interview: X Ambassadors’ Sam Harris On Bridging Genres And Working With Lizzo
Aug 13, 2019 • 33 min
Sam Sanders sat down with the band’s lead singer and songwriter, Sam Harris to find out what it’s like to be one part of rock music’s biggest acts while spanning genres.
Weekly Wrap: Violence Against Latinos, Angry Online Men, Victoria’s Secret’s Future
Aug 9, 2019 • 40 min
Guest host Julia Furlan is joined by Tanzina Vega, host of WNYC’s ‘The Takeaway,’ and BuzzFeed News senior reporter Ryan Broderick.
Interview: HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Star Ana Fabrega
Aug 6, 2019 • 31 min
Guest host Julia Furlan spoke with ‘Los Espookys’ co-writer, co-show runner and star Ana Fabrega about the show, her brand of comedy and meeting collaborator Fred Armisen.
Weekly Wrap: Unpaid Coal Miners, Looming Streaming Wars, Plus What’s Up With The Fed?
Aug 2, 2019 • 34 min
Sam is joined this week by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates.
An All-Politics Mid-Year Special
Jul 30, 2019 • 25 min
Election 2020 is just heating up. We got the scoop from two journalists covering politics and the White House.
Weekly Wrap: Mueller Hearings, Critiquing Beyoncé, The State Of Low-Wage Work
Jul 26, 2019 • 37 min
Guest host Julia Furlan is joined by TV Guide features editor Krutika Mallikarjuna and BuzzFeed World senior reporter and editor Hayes Brown.
Interview: Erin Lee Carr On ‘I Love You, Now Die,’ Sobriety And Her Father
Jul 23, 2019 • 29 min
Lee Carr talked to guest host Julia Furlan about her documentary, ‘I Love You, Now Die,’ the court case behind the film, as well as her journey to sobriety.
Weekly Wrap: ‘Send Them Back,’ New Asylum Rules, Storming Area 51
Jul 19, 2019 • 37 min
Sam is joined in the studio by New York Times national correspondent Jennifer Medina and NPR correspondent Kirk Siegler.
NPR’s Life Kit: Choose The Best Diet For You
Jul 16, 2019 • 22 min
Sam and NPR’s Life Kit have some suggestions.
Weekly Wrap: The Biggest Stories Of 2019 (So Far)
Jul 12, 2019 • 38 min
NPR chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley and NPR Music assistant editor Sidney Madden join Sam for this midyear edition of our weekly wrap.
Millennials And Money
Jul 9, 2019 • 37 min
A quarter of employed millennials rely on family for financial help. We look at how complicated that can be.
Songs For Summer
Jul 5, 2019 • 52 min
We present songs for your summer — featuring interviews with artists whose music is perfect for the poolside or a long, slow drive with the windows down.
Interview: ‘Queenie’ Author Candice Carty-Williams
Jul 2, 2019 • 35 min
Her debut novel is one of this summer’s most buzzed-about books. It’s about race and dating, men and women, stereotypes and sexuality. Sam talks to Candice Carty-Williams about all that and more — and she reveals what she absolutely won’t change in the…
Weekly Wrap: Before Stonewall, LGBT History, Student Loan Debt
Jun 28, 2019 • 40 min
Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei of NPR’s Throughline podcast join Sam for this edition of our weekly wrap.
The Great Big DRAGisode
Jun 25, 2019 • 39 min
We go deep on drag culture: past, present, and future.
Weekly Wrap: UFOs, Iran, Libra
Jun 21, 2019 • 39 min
Geoff Brumfiel (@gbrumfiel), NPR Science Desk Senior Editor and Correspondent, and NPR Business Desk Reporter Camila Domonoske (@camilareads) wrap up the week of news with Sam.
Interview: Maya Erskine on ‘Plus One’ and ‘PEN15’
Jun 18, 2019 • 39 min
Erskine is the co-creator of the hit Hulu comedy ‘PEN15.’
Weekly Wrap: Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund, Veteran Homelessness, & Women’s World Cup
Jun 14, 2019 • 38 min
Libby Denkmann, veterans and military reporter at NPR member station KPCC, and Tonya Mosley, co-host of the KQED podcast Truth Be Told, look back on the week of news with Sam.
Interview: Ryan O’Connell On ‘Special’
Jun 11, 2019 • 37 min
Coming out as gay was easy for Ryan O’Connell. Coming out as disabled — admitting the cause of his limp was cerebral palsy and not, as he lied, a car accident — was a lot harder. Ryan tells Sam how that experience became the basis for his Netflix show,…
Weekly Wrap: Government Takes On Big Tech, What ‘Intersectionality’ Means, RIP iTunes
Jun 7, 2019 • 39 min
NPR Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and Washington Post tech reporter Tony Romm join Sam for a look back at this week.
Interview: Writer Shelby Lorman Has Plenty Of ‘Awards For Good Boys’
Jun 4, 2019 • 28 min
Writer Shelby Lorman talked to Sam about some “tales of dating, double standards, and doom” and to explain why rewarding men for doing “the barest of minimums” isn’t so great.
Weekly Wrap: Hollywood Versus Georgia, AirPods, 737 Max Troubles And Summer Travel
May 31, 2019 • 38 min
ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman and Quartz editor David Yanofsky join Sam for this week’s roundup.
Interview: Writer, Actor, & Producer Lena Waithe
May 28, 2019 • 55 min
She’s had a busy few years.
Weekly Wrap: Severe Weather And Climate Change, U.S. Migrant Deaths, VIP Dining
May 24, 2019 • 38 min
NPR reporter Nate Rott and KCRW reporter and host Steve Chiotakis join guest host Elise Hu.
How Tech Hijacks Our Brains, Corrupts Culture, And What To Do Now
May 21, 2019 • 22 min
A former Google tech design ethicist is pushing back against an entire industry that’s out for our attention. He says technology platforms are leading to ‘human downgrading.’
Weekly Wrap: Eurovision Takes The Stage, Plus China Tariffs, Abortion Restrictions
May 17, 2019 • 38 min
WBUR reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka and ‘Endless Thread’ podcast co-host Ben Brock Johnson join Sam in Boston.
Interview: ‘SNL’ And ‘The Other Two’ Writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly
May 14, 2019 • 43 min
After a whirlwind season of SNL, its head-writers created one of 2019’s best new comedies.
Weekly Wrap: 2020 Politics And More, Live From Des Moines, Iowa
May 10, 2019 • 51 min
For this special live edition of the show, Sam is joined by NPR national correspondent Sarah McCammon and Iowa Public Radio host and reporter Clay Masters.
Art In The Age Of Instagram
May 7, 2019 • 28 min
The social media app Instagram is plastered with artwork, ranging from selfies inside Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored rooms, to snapshots of the iconic “Mona Lisa” to short poems and colorful, inspirational messages. But how does the app affect how we engage with…
Weekly Wrap: A Meatless Moment, How To Combat Homelessness, Containing The Measles
May 3, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined by KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan and L.A. Times national correspondent Matt Pearce.
Interview: Comedian Shane Torres
Apr 30, 2019 • 29 min
Shane’s career caught fire when he famously defended Guy Fieri (and his shirt flames) in a bit on ‘Conan.’
Weekly Wrap: Transgender Military Ban, Chunky ‘Dad’ Sneakers, Plus Who Uses Twitter?
Apr 26, 2019 • 36 min
Sam is joined this week by KUT reporter Ashley Lopez and Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGauhey.
Interview: Kathy Griffin’s Life On the Blacklist
Apr 23, 2019 • 32 min
Griffin got death threats after she took that infamous photo with the Donald Trump mask in 2017. She talks moving past that and why she stands by her actions then and now.
Weekly Wrap: The Mueller Report, Notre Dame, 2020 Fundraising
Apr 19, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined this week by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro and Associated Press national political reporter Juana Summers.
Interview: Adam Serwer On White Nationalism’s American Roots
Apr 16, 2019 • 33 min
The Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer explains how racism and white nationalism were deeply embedded in America not just from its founding, but throughout the 20th century — and how one man corralled those ideas into a grand pseudo-scientific theory that…
Weekly Wrap: Tax Season Nears Its End, Plus Our Digital Lives After We Die
Apr 12, 2019 • 33 min
Elise Hu is keeping the host chair warm while Sam is away this week. She’s joined by KPBS reporters Jean Guerrero and Claire Trageser.
Interview: Anthony Carrigan On ‘Barry’
Apr 9, 2019 • 30 min
A few years after he was told he should quit acting, Anthony Carrigan shines as NoHo Hank on HBO’s ‘Barry.’ He talks to guest host Elise Hu about working with Bill Hader, empathizing with the villains he plays, and finding peace with a condition that once…
Weekly Wrap: Why Pop Songs Are Getting Shorter, Plus Climate Change, Opioids And CBD
Apr 5, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined by Dan Zak of The Washington Post and Sarah Halzack of Bloomberg Opinion.
Interview: Karamo Brown On ‘Queer Eye’ & ‘Embracing Purpose’
Apr 2, 2019 • 51 min
Sam talks to the Fab Fiver about how he learned to heal himself before he could help others.
Weekly Wrap: Streaming Service Wars, Plus How Our Minds Handle The Unknown
Mar 29, 2019 • 38 min
Sam is joined by ‘Invisibilia’ hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin.
Interview: Comedian Mo Amer on the Refugee Experience, #MeToo And Touring The World
Mar 26, 2019 • 31 min
Amer is the star of the recent Netflix special, ‘Mo Amer: The Vagabond.’
Weekly Wrap: March Madness, 2020 Dems Shift Left, Plus What #DoingThings Really Means
Mar 22, 2019 • 36 min
Julia Furlan fills in for Sam, and she’s flanked by Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch and Arnie Seipel from NPR Politics.
Interview: ‘Russian Doll’ Star Greta Lee
Mar 19, 2019 • 40 min
“Sweet birthday baby!” Greta Lee on the Netflix hit, rep sweats, and her own HBO deal.
Weekly Wrap: 737 MAXs Grounded, #FacebookDown, Photoshopped College ‘Athletes’
Mar 15, 2019 • 36 min
Julia Furlan is filling in for Sam this week, and she’s joined by SELF editor Sally Tamarkin and WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal.
Interview: Andrew Rannells On ‘Fumbling Toward’ Adulthood And Broadway Fame
Mar 12, 2019 • 40 min
His new book, “Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood” tells the story of his early years in New York.
Weekly Wrap: HIV Remission, Ride-Hailing Traffic Tax, What’s Happening In Kashmir
Mar 8, 2019 • 38 min
How did this week’s news feel? Entertainment and sports journalist Audrey Cleo Yap and LA Times reporter Laura Nelson join Sam to talk it out.
Interview: Phoebe Robinson of ‘2 Dope Queens’
Mar 5, 2019 • 26 min
The co-host of the popular podcast tells Sam how she got out of $65,000 of debt and how it feels to have a show on HBO.
Weekly Wrap: No Deal With North Korea, ‘The Big Money’, T-Pain
Mar 1, 2019 • 39 min
It’s Friday. Sam’s “got money in the bank” with NPR correspondents Elise Hu and Eyder Peralta.
Interview: ‘Chewing Gum’ And ‘Black Earth Rising’ Star Michaela Coel
Feb 26, 2019 • 31 min
It’s Tuesday. The British actress bonds with Sam over faith, shaved heads, and their feelings on ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.’
Weekly Wrap: Jussie Smollett, Bernie Sanders, Oscars 2019, Plus ‘Pool Chips’
Feb 22, 2019 • 41 min
It’s Friday. Sam is losing himself with HuffPost news editor Saba Hamedy and editor-in-chief of The Advocate Zach Stafford.
Interview: Emily King’s Change Of ‘Scenery’
Feb 19, 2019 • 24 min
Her new album, her slot at Choachella, and her journey away from the big city.
Weekly Wrap: With National Emergency Declaration, The Border Wall Saga Continues
Feb 15, 2019 • 35 min
It’s Friday. Sam will be seeing NPR’s Susan Davis and Lulu Garcia-Navarro in the studio.
Beyond Parkland: Oakland Kids Who Experience Gun Violence Every Day
Feb 12, 2019 • 24 min
It’s Tuesday. Three high school students from Oakland, Calif., share their regular encounters with gun violence.
Weekly Wrap: Blackface In Virginia, ‘El Chapo’ Trial, How AOC Set The News Cycle
Feb 8, 2019 • 37 min
It’s Friday. Sam is putting on his best falsetto to sing along with NPR reporters Sarah Gonzalez and Julia Furlan.
Interview: Angie Thomas Wants To ‘Mirror’ Young, Black Readers
Feb 5, 2019 • 34 min
One of America’s hottest writers is brining the black experience to young adult literature — and adjusting to success.
Weekly Wrap: Schultz Ponders The Presidency, ‘Leaving Neverland’ Stirs At Sundance
Feb 1, 2019 • 38 min
It’s Friday. Sam’s got one hand in his pocket, and the other one is welcoming LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman and NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates to the studio.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Star Tituss Burgess
Jan 29, 2019 • 30 min
It’s Tuesday. Burgess discusses the final season of the hit Netflix show — and mastering his own narrative.
Weekly Wrap: TikTok, Climate Change & Fyre Fest
Jan 25, 2019 • 35 min
It’s Friday. Uh-oh, another episode with Sam, this time with NPR Reporter Vanessa Romo and KPCC ‘The Big One’ host Jacob Margolis.
Interview: A Broadway Star And Director On ‘Rent: Live’
Jan 22, 2019 • 32 min
Sam talks to ‘Hamilton’ star Brandon Victor Dixon and Broadway director Michael Greif about bringing the groundbreaking 1996 Broadway musical to live television.
Weekly Wrap: Las Vegas, Paradise & Hamberders
Jan 18, 2019 • 40 min
It’s Friday. Sam ooga-chakas it up with NPR National Desk correspondent Leila Fadel and ‘The Nevada Independent’ editor Jon Ralston.
Interview: Dan Levy On ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Jan 15, 2019 • 37 min
It’s Tuesday. Dan Levy talks about the comedy series he co-created with his father, actor Eugene Levy.
Weekly Wrap: ‘One Hot Mess’ As Shutdown Continues, Plus Millennials And Burnout
Jan 11, 2019 • 39 min
It’s Friday. Sam is swimming through the latest in shutdown news with help from NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson.
Interview: Actress Kathryn Hahn Talks Film ‘Private Life’ — And Her Own
Jan 8, 2019 • 28 min
The “Transparent” star on motherhood and acting in the #MeToo era.
Weekly Wrap: Nancy Pelosi’s Return, Retail’s 2019 Outlook, What’s The Deal With CBD?
Jan 4, 2019 • 38 min
It’s Friday. Sam is talking to everyone here, specifically NPR Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Sarah Halzack.
Encore: From ‘Black-ish,’ Jenifer Lewis: ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
Jan 1, 2019 • 33 min
Jenifer Lewis on her deacdes-long career Broadway to the hit ABC show Black-ish.
Year-End Wrap: Big Tech Reckoning, Identity Politics, & Yanny vs. Laurel
Dec 28, 2018 • 41 min
It’s Friday. Sam rings like a bell wrapping up the year in news with NPR reporter Elise Hu and Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Erich Schwartzel.
Interview: Samin Nosrat Of ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’
Dec 25, 2018 • 38 min
It’s Tuesday. Newfound celebrity is great. Now Nosrat wants to change things.
Weekly Wrap: Criminal Justice Reform, Teacher Strikes, & Dragons
Dec 21, 2018 • 39 min
It’s Friday. Sam is on an island in the sun with ‘Los Angeles Times’ education reporter Sonali Kohli and ‘Broken Record’ podcast producer Justin Richmond.
Interview: Jennifer Lopez On Longevity And ‘Second Act’
Dec 18, 2018 • 31 min
The one and only Jennifer Lopez gives Sam a master class on maintaining super stardom in Hollywood for almost three decades.
Weekly Wrap: Ron Elving On Impeachment, Investigations And More Political Qs
Dec 14, 2018 • 37 min
It’s Friday. Sam is joined by NPR political editor and correspondent Ron Elving and reporter Camila Domonoske to answer all the latest questions on the Mueller investigation.
Interview: PJ Morton Talks Christmas Classics, The Super Bowl And Stevie Wonder
Dec 11, 2018 • 34 min
It’s Tuesday. Grammy-nominated artist PJ Morton offers a soulful take on Christmas classics.
Weekly Wrap: George H.W. Bush, Explaining Brexit And Kevin Hart’s Oscars Whirlwind
Dec 7, 2018 • 42 min
It’s Friday. Sam is counting the ways he could make this last forever with NPR’s Nathan Rott and KPCC’s Priska Neely.
Viola Davis On ‘Widows’; Race And Power in Hollywood
Dec 4, 2018 • 49 min
It’s Tuesday: a conversation with the Oscar-winning actress about her new film and representation in Hollywood.
Weekly Wrap: GM, Awaiting Asylum, Stock Market
Nov 30, 2018 • 41 min
It’s Friday. Sam wishes he “had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a six-four Impala.” Instead he’s joined by Quartz’s David Yanofsky and the L.A. Times’ Cindy Carcamo.
Comedian Guy Branum Wants To Change the Boys Club of Comedy
Nov 27, 2018 • 41 min
It’s Tuesday. Branum’s recent memoir My Life As a Goddess serves as a kind of counter-programming to the 2018 news cycle.
A Post-Thanksgiving Treat: Our Favorite Comedians
Nov 23, 2018 • 52 min
It’s Friday. Sam is taking a break from the news to bring you some of our favorite moments and funniest guests.
Encore: A Thanksgiving Special
Nov 20, 2018 • 24 min
Sam and ‘Sporkful’ host Dan Pashman swap Thanksgiving horror stories with listeners — and one special guest.
Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running
Nov 16, 2018 • 37 min
It’s Friday. Guest host Elise Hu is gonna “work this whole thing out” with Los Angeles Times health reporter Soumya Karlamangla and Snapchat’s Good Luck America host, Peter Hamby.
Actor Steven Yeun On ‘The Walking Dead,’ Identity and ‘Burning’
Nov 13, 2018 • 28 min
It’s Tuesday. After Yeun left The Walking Dead, he took on projects that have helped him see his Korean roots – and American upbringing – in revealing new ways.
Weekly Wrap: Democrats’ Victory or Defeat, Amazon HQ2, Alien Spaceship
Nov 9, 2018 • 38 min
It’s Friday. Sam is getting in the zone with Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR’s podcast “Pop Culture Happy Hour.”
Heartbreak Led ‘Broad City’ Co-Star Abbi Jacobson On A Cross-Country Road Trip
Nov 6, 2018 • 30 min
It’s Tuesday. The ‘Broad City’ star is getting personal in a new book of essays and drawings.
Weekly Wrap: Processing Pittsburgh, Race And Politics, Cardi Vs. Nicki
Nov 2, 2018 • 35 min
It’s Friday. Sam is clapping along because he’s happy to be in the studio with NPR Morning Edition host David Greene and journalist Audrey Cleo Yap.
From Aretha to Michael: Bruce Talamon on Photographing Black Musical Legends
Oct 30, 2018 • 23 min
It’s Tuesday: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross – name a black musician from the 1970s and Bruce Talamon has photographed them.
Weekly Wrap: Transgender Rights, Netflix Rom-Coms, Halloween Candy
Oct 26, 2018 • 38 min
It’s Friday. Sam’s loneliness is killing him, so he’s joined by podcast maker and journalist Julia Furlan and Stacey Vanek Smith, host of NPR’s The Indicator podcast.
2018: The “Year Of The Woman?”
Oct 23, 2018 • 32 min
Two candidates and one political reporter weigh in.
Weekly Wrap: Jamal Khashoggi, Research Hoax, & Nebraska’s New Slogan
Oct 19, 2018 • 38 min
It’s Friday: Sam is stuck here in the streets with NPR’s Kelly McEvers and Karen Grigsby Bates.
Interview: ‘The Sentence’ Documents Toll of Mandatory Sentencing Laws On A Family
Oct 16, 2018 • 24 min
Sam talks with Rudy Valdez and Cindy Shank about the new HBO documentary ‘The Sentence.’
Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels
Oct 12, 2018 • 38 min
It’s Friday: Sam has waited hours for this weekly wrap with hosts of the WNYC podcast ‘Nancy,’ Tobin Low and Kathy Tu.
Coming Out
Oct 9, 2018 • 42 min
In honor of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11: the history, the meaning, and your stories of coming out.
Weekly Wrap: Supreme Court, Homecoming, & Gender Fire
Oct 5, 2018 • 39 min
It’s Friday: Sam is up on his feet with Chris Geidner , legal editor at Buzzfeed News, and Alina Selyukh, business correspondent at NPR.
Interview: Ike Barinholtz Tackles Thanksgiving Politics In ‘The Oath’
Oct 2, 2018 • 33 min
His new movie, co-starring Tiffany Haddish, is about surviving Thanksgiving in an era of political division.
Weekly Wrap: Ford-Kavanaugh Fall-Out, Midterms, Meghan Markle
Sep 28, 2018 • 38 min
It’s Friday: Sam is getting through the week with Juana Summers, national political reporter for The AP, and Ben Terris, and feature reporter for The Washington Post.
Interview: ‘Insecure’ Actress Natasha Rothwell
Sep 25, 2018 • 40 min
It’s Tuesday: Rothwell talks to Sam about playing Kelli on Insecure, writing on the show, and being black on Saturday Night Live.
Weekly Wrap: Kavanaugh, MeToo, Bert & Ernie
Sep 21, 2018 • 42 min
It’s Friday. Sam is LIVING this week with NPR Weekend Edition Senior Editor Barrie Hardymon and NPR Washington Desk Editor Arnie Seipel.
Interview: #MeToo Hits Elite Sports
Sep 18, 2018 • 26 min
It’s Tuesday: Sam talks to speed skater Bridie Farrell and journalist Alexandra Starr about the #MeToo movement in sports.
Weekly Wrap: “Onto the List.”
Sep 14, 2018 • 42 min
It’s Friday: Sam’s got it covered this week with NPR Morning Edition editor Ashley Brown and NPR political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.
Director Lauren Miller Rogen on ‘Like Father’
Sep 11, 2018 • 25 min
It’s Tuesday: Rogen joins Sam to talk about her new film starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.
Weekly Wrap: “Just Do It.”
Sep 7, 2018 • 39 min
It’s Friday: Sam is dreaming about this week’s news with the help of NPR tech reporter Jasmine Garsd (@JasGarsd) and public radio host Lizzie O’Leary (@lizzieohreally).
Covering The Trump White House
Sep 4, 2018 • 49 min
It’s Tuesday: two White House reporters join Sam to talk about covering the Trump administration.
Emmy Nominees Rachel Brosnahan & Brian Tyree Henry
Aug 31, 2018 • 57 min
It’s Friday: Sam’s taking a break from the news and revisiting two conversations from this year.
Singer/Producer Syd And ‘The Internet’
Aug 28, 2018 • 28 min
It’s Tuesday: Sam talks to Syd, a breakout star of the hip-hop collective Odd Future and leader of the band The Internet.
Weekly Wrap: “Lying In Wait.”
Aug 24, 2018 • 40 min
It’s Friday: Sam’s feeling like a rockstar with New York Times reporter Caitlin Dickerson (@itscaitlinhd) and host of ‘The News’ from BuzzFeed, Julia Furlan (@juliastmi).
‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Kari Skogland
Aug 21, 2018 • 30 min
It’s Tuesday: Skogland is the only woman nominated for best directing (drama) at next month’s Emmy Awards.
Weekly Wrap: “This Or That.”
Aug 17, 2018 • 40 min
It’s Friday: Sam’s in a material world with NPR correspondent Elise Hu and Morning Edition host David Greene.
John Cho And Aneesh Chaganty On ‘Searching’
Aug 14, 2018 • 47 min
It’s Tuesday: a visually innovative tech thriller also breaks ground on representation in Hollywood.
Weekly Wrap: “We Are Done.”
Aug 10, 2018 • 55 min
It’s Friday: Sam is kicking it with Joey Palacios and Asma Khalid. They’re talking immigration, social media, and talking to kids about race.
‘The Bold Type’: Aisha Dee and Amanda Lasher
Aug 7, 2018 • 32 min
It’s Tuesday: actress Aisha Dee and showrunner Amanda Lasher talk to Sam about their Freeform TV show, ‘The Bold Type.’
Weekly Wrap: “#MeToo and Moonves.”
Aug 3, 2018 • 43 min
It’s Friday: Sam slows it down just a little this week with Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
D.L. Hughley On ‘How Not To Get Shot’
Jul 31, 2018 • 47 min
It’s Tuesday: The comedian’s “advice from white people,” plus MeToo, Roseanne, and losing his father.
Weekly Wrap: “Pay Them Off.”
Jul 27, 2018 • 40 min
It’s Friday: Sam is young, scrappy, and hungry in our latest weekly wrap with NPR reporter Vanessa Romo and Ira Madison III, host of the ‘Crooked Media’ podcast ‘Keep It.’
Uzo Aduba from ‘Orange is the New Black’
Jul 24, 2018 • 43 min
It’s Tuesday: Aduba joins Sam to talk about the latest season of ‘Orange is the New Black’ and her path to playing Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren on the show.
Weekly Wrap: “They’ll Be Fine.”
Jul 19, 2018 • 35 min
It’s Friday: NPR Political Reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Stephen Thompson of NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour join Sam to look back on the week of news.
Al Roker on ‘Ruthless Tide’
Jul 17, 2018 • 32 min
It’s Tuesday: Roker tells the tale of the most catastrophic flood in US history.
Weekly Wrap: “New World Disorder.”
Jul 13, 2018 • 48 min
It’s Friday: Sam talks NATO, Brett Kavanaugh, and America’s homelessness crisis with NPR correspondents Ina Jaffe and Kirk Siegler.
Rainn Wilson On ‘Permanent’ And Life Post-‘Office’
Jul 10, 2018 • 43 min
It’s Tuesday: Wilson on his latest film, religion, growing up weird, and — of course — ‘The Office.’
Weekly Wrap: “In The Balance.”
Jul 6, 2018 • 39 min
It’s Friday: NPR’s Sarah McCammon hops in the stu’ this fourth of July weekend with NPR Political Reporter Danielle Kurtzleben and Marketplace Senior Reporter Kimberly Adams.
Amber Tamblyn Flips The Script on MeToo in ‘Any Man’
Jul 3, 2018 • 51 min
It’s Tuesday: Tamblyn talks with Sam about her first novel, Any Man, which challenges assumptions about sexual assault in the age of MeToo.
Weekly Wrap: “Who Are We?”
Jun 29, 2018 • 43 min
Sam is up on his feet this week with sports and entertainment journalist Audrey Cleo Yap (@audreycleo) and INTO Editor-In-Chief Zach Stafford (@ZachStafford).
Joe Morton, From Stage To Screen And Back Again
Jun 26, 2018 • 49 min
Morton stars alongside Tom Hanks in a new stage production of Henry IV. He’s also known for his role as Eli Pope on Scandal.
Weekly Wrap: “Game Of Chicken.”
Jun 22, 2018 • 45 min
Sam can’t believe we made it with Haley Byrd (@byrdinator), congressional reporter for The Weekly Standard, and Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla), Buzzfeed News political reporter.
Actress Niecy Nash on ‘Claws’
Jun 19, 2018 • 41 min
Best known for comedic roles, Niecy Nash is the star of a female-driven crime drama described as “Breaking Bad meets Steel Magnolias.” The second season airs Sundays on TNT.
Weekly Wrap: “It Is Written.”
Jun 13, 2018 • 49 min
Sam esta bailando with Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes and NPR Politics Podcast host and congressional correspondent Scott Detrow.
The Stars of ‘Vida’
Jun 12, 2018 • 46 min
Sam chats with the two leads of the STARZ show ‘Vida,’ Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada. Email the show at and tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.
Weekly Wrap: “Look Over There.”
Jun 8, 2018 • 48 min
We gon’ be alright with Sam and these two guests this week: Morning Edition and Up First host Steve Inskeep and CNN Politics Senior Writer Juana Summers.
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
Jun 5, 2018 • 41 min
Where’s the line? And who gets to decide? A new book examines the perennial debate.
Live in Chicago with Samantha Irby
Jun 1, 2018 • 50 min
Talking breakups and bounce-backs with the New York Times-bestselling author. Plus a special guest drops by to dish about two famous Chicagoans.
Comedian and “Opposition” Host Jordan Klepper
May 29, 2018 • 39 min
The comedian talks to Sam about running his own show and fringe news.
Weekly Wrap: “On Bended Knee.”
May 25, 2018 • 42 min
Sam is struck by two guests this week: Los Angeles Times reporter Laura Nelson and senior writer at ESPN’s The Undefeated, Clinton Yates. Email the show at
BØRNS: Glam, Sunshine, and ‘Electric Love’
May 22, 2018 • 28 min
Sam catches up with singer Garrett Clark Borns in his Los Angeles studio to talk about his new album, Blue Madonna.
Weekly Wrap: “Just Say It.”
May 18, 2018 • 46 min
Sam Sanders wraps up the week in news with NPR reporters Vanessa Romo and Brakkton Booker.
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became ‘Notorious RBG’
May 15, 2018 • 43 min
In ‘RBG,’ filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West chronicle the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg joins the conversation with Sam, Betsy, and Julie. Email the show at and…
Weekly Wrap: “Where’s My Money?”
May 11, 2018 • 41 min
Sam’s voice takes you there this week, with NPR Editor Arezou Rezvani and Los Angeles Times national correspondent Matt Pearce. Plus, the Iran Nuclear Deal, wage stagnation, and ‘This Is America.’ Email the show at and tweet…
Jimmy O. Yang on ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘How To American’
May 8, 2018 • 52 min
The comedian and actor talks to Sam about his immigrant experience and making it in Hollywood, which he writes about in a new book, “How To American: An Immigrant’s Guide To Disappointing Your Parents.” Jimmy stars as immigrant programmer Jìan-Yáng on the…
Weekly Wrap: “Check The Tape.”
May 4, 2018 • 40 min
Sam lets the sunshine in with NPR Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates (@karenbates) and NPR Embedded producer and reporter Tom Dreisbach (@TomDreisbach). Also Rudy Giuliani, the Broadway musical “Hair,” meatballs, and a call to Puerto Rico.…
The Political ‘Circus’ of 2018
May 1, 2018 • 53 min
Political strategists Mark McKinnon and Mike Murphy join Sam to talk about the 2018 midterms and Mark’s Showtime series ‘The Circus,’ which he co-hosts. Mike is a Republican who’s worked for John McCain, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney. Email the show at…
Weekly Wrap: “He Is Perfect.”
Apr 27, 2018 • 41 min
Kanye’s tweets, Emmanuel Macron’s state visit, and Bill Cosby’s guilty verdict, plus latest on Facebook and user privacy. From member station KQED in San Francisco, NPR Silicon Valley correspondent Aarti Shahani (@aarti411) and KQED senior editor Tonya…
Meg Wolitzer on “The Female Persuasion”
Apr 24, 2018 • 55 min
Wolitzer’s new novel is about women, misogyny, ambition, death, and the disillusionment of growing older. It’s on virtually every must-read list this year, and feels so perfectly forged for the current moment that the Washington Post called Meg ‘the…
Weekly Wrap: “Who’s In Charge?”
Apr 20, 2018 • 47 min
That Philadelphia Starbucks, Bey-chella, Nikki Haley, and a spotlight on Cuba and its new president. NPR Reporter and Codeswitch host Shereen Marisol Meraji (@RadioMirage) and Morning Edition producer Justin Richmond (@JustJRichmond) join Sam to talk…
D’Arcy Carden From ‘The Good Place’
Apr 17, 2018 • 48 min
Actress and comedian D’Arcy Carden plays Janet - the AI personal assistant - on NBC’s ‘The Good Place.’ But she still makes time to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre in Los Angeles, where Sam got a chance to see her perform. Email the show…
Weekly Wrap: “On The Edge.”
Apr 13, 2018 • 40 min
Facebook, Syria, Michael Cohen, and voters. NPR’s Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) is in for Sam, and she’s joined by All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly (@NPRKelly) and NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid (@asmamk) to talk about the week that…
‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz
Apr 10, 2018 • 40 min
Chrissy Metz currently plays Kate on the hit NBC show ‘This Is Us.’ But for years, she was an agent doing auditions on the side, just trying to catch a break. And in her new memoir, ‘This Is Me: Loving the Person You are Today,’ Chrissy relays the lessons…
Weekly Wrap: “Been Here Before.”
Apr 6, 2018 • 44 min
A migrant caravan, Scott Pruitt, James Brown, edible glitter, and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ NPR ‘Embedded’ host Kelly McEvers (@kellymcevers) and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) join Sam to talk about the week that was, plus an in…
Tim Robbins on HBO’s ‘Here and Now’
Apr 3, 2018 • 34 min
The Oscar-winning actor stars in a new HBO drama that follows one multicultural family’s struggle to navigate American life post-election-2016. Tim also talks about his work in the theater, and why he’ll never get tired of talking about ‘The Shawshank…
Weekly Wrap: “The Long Shadow.”
Mar 30, 2018 • 44 min
Hacking for bitcoin, Stormy Daniels, privacy on Facebook, and sliceable ketchup. NPR Business Reporter Alina Selyukh (alinaselyukh) and Vanessa Romo (@vanromo), reporter for NPR’s The Two-Way blog, join Sam to talk about the week that was. Email the show…
Zach Braff and Alex Blumberg on ‘Alex, Inc.’
Mar 27, 2018 • 44 min
Zach Braff’s character in the new ABC sitcom ‘Alex, Inc.’ is based on Alex Blumberg, who founded the podcast company Gimlet Media, and chronicled it in the podcast ‘Start Up’. They talk to Sam about how the new TV show came to be. Follow @zachbraff,…
Weekly Wrap: “Data. Data. Data.”
Mar 23, 2018 • 47 min
Cambridge Analytica, sanctuary cities, Blockbuster, and the Backstreet Boys. New York Times immigration reporter Caitlin Dickerson (@itscaitlinhd) and David Greene (@nprgreene), host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First, join Sam to talk about the week…
Jennifer Palmieri On 2016 And Lessons For The First ‘Madam President’
Mar 20, 2018 • 43 min
Hillary Clinton’s former Communications Director dishes about the 2016 campaign and its aftermath in a new book written as an open letter to the future first female president, “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to Women Who Will Run The World.”…
Weekly Wrap: “Epic Eye Roll.”
Mar 16, 2018 • 39 min
The revolving door at the White House, an irritated Chinese reporter, “norms- engineering,” and an unexpected guest at a pro-hockey game. NPR’s Invisibilia hosts Alix Spiegel (@aspiegelnpr) and Hanna Rosin (@HannaRosin) join Sam to talk about the week…
Momofuku Chef David Chang’s ‘Ugly Delicious’ Food
Mar 13, 2018 • 36 min
Fried butterball potatoes. Tapioca lo mein. Crispy pork belly. Those are just a few of the items on the menu at majordōmo, the new restaurant from chef David Chang of Momofuku fame. Sam met up with David at majordōmo in Los Angeles, where they talked…
Weekly Wrap: “It’s All Connected.”
Mar 9, 2018 • 41 min
Tariffs, day-cares, and laughing Alexas. Senior early childhood reporter for KPCC Priska Neely (@priskaneely) and NPR Business Correspondent Sonari Glinton (@Sonari) join Sam to talk news and culture of the week. Plus a call to a gun owner in Orlando, FL,…
‘Atlanta’ Star Brian Tyree Henry
Mar 6, 2018 • 45 min
He plays Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles on FX’s Atlanta. He’s also starred in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon and HBO’s Vice Principals, and earned an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role on NBC’s This Is Us. Sam talks to Brian about his…
Weekly Wrap: “No, You Can’t.”
Mar 2, 2018 • 42 min
It’s Sam’s first show in LA, and it’s Oscar weekend. Variety/Access Live contributor Audrey Cleo (@audreycleo) and Wall Street Journal reporter Erich Schwartzel (@erichschwartzel) join Sam to talk about the Academy Awards, the state of the film industry,…
‘Black Panther’ with Glen Weldon and Evan Narcisse
Feb 27, 2018 • 36 min
Sam talks about the success of Black Panther and where Hollywood goes next with writer Glen Weldon (@ghweldon) from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and Evan Narcisse (@EvNarc), who’s writing Rise of the Black Panther for Marvel Comics. Email the show at…
Weekly Wrap LIVE: “Kids Will Lead.”
Feb 23, 2018 • 48 min
The Parkland shooting, a wrap on the 2018 Olympic Games, and the mood at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Sam looks back at the week’s news and more with PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) and VICE News correspondent…
Journalist Ann Curry On Dramatic Reunions, #MeToo, and ‘Today’
Feb 20, 2018 • 34 min
Ann Curry, journalist and former host of Today on NBC, hosts a new PBS series called We’ll Meet Again, documenting dramatic reunions of people whose lives crossed at pivotal moments. She talks to Sam about the series, the MeToo movement, and the reunion…
Weekly Wrap: “All Over Again.”
Feb 16, 2018 • 52 min
Music from Black Panther, the Pyeongchang Olympics, and a new champion show-dog. Sam looks back at the week’s news and more with NPR International Correspondent Elise Hu (@elisewho) and NPR editor Barrie Hardymon (@bhardymon). Plus music from Nick Hakim…
‘Love and Marriage in Mumbai’
Feb 13, 2018 • 39 min
In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, a look at what happens AFTER you get married. Sam talks to PBS reporter and author Liz Flock about her new book, The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai. Liz spent about 10 years following three…
Weekly Wrap: “Hey, Big Spender.”
Feb 9, 2018 • 49 min
Space Jam, another government shutdown, military parades, and stock shock. Sam looks back at the week’s news and more with New York Times reporter Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) and comedian and Fake the Nation host Negin Farsad (@NeginFarsad). Email the show at…
Congressman Beto O’Rourke
Feb 6, 2018 • 41 min
Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) is a rising star in the Democratic party hoping to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz, which would make him the first Democrat to win statewide office in Texas since 1994. And he’s trying to do it without party consultants,…
Weekly Wrap: “Did It Matter?”
Feb 2, 2018 • 46 min
Grammys Gonna Grammy, the State of the Union, and the state of pro football on Super Bowl weekend. Sam looks back at the week’s news and more with NPR reporter Vanessa Romo (@vanromo) and Stephen Thompson (@idislikestephen) of NPR Music and Pop Culture…
Carrie Brownstein On The ‘Portlandia’ Final Season
Jan 30, 2018 • 39 min
Carrie Brownstein was a member of indie rock band Sleater-Kinney for years before starring in and co-executive producing Portlandia. But the award-winning IFC show is taking its final bow this spring. Carrie chats with Sam about working with co-star Fred…
Weekly Wrap: “The Whole Map.”
Jan 26, 2018 • 44 min
Laurel Wamsley (@laurelwamsley), reporter for NPR’s breaking news blog The Two-Way, and NPR Business Reporter Alina Selyukh (@alinaselyukh) join Sam to talk about the week that was, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to the fallout over…
#MeToo in Politics: Then and Now
Jan 23, 2018 • 42 min
Sam talks with NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor about sexual assault and harassment in politics and #MeToo now and in the 1990s, when Nina broke the Anita Hill story. Email the show at…
Weekly Wrap: “War of Worlds.”
Jan 19, 2018 • 41 min
Recode Senior Editor Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) and CNN Politics Senior Writer Juana Summers (@jmsummers) join Sam to talk about the week that was: Hawaii’s ballistic missile alert, the government shutdown, a renewed debate over net neutrality, and a report on…
New Yorker Editor Kevin Young on ‘Hoaxes, Post-Facts, and Fake News’
Jan 16, 2018 • 36 min
Young, poetry editor of The New Yorker, has written a book about ‘fake news’ before President Trump co-opted the term. It’s called “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.” He talks to Sam about the book, as well…
Weekly Wrap: “Forests And Trees.”
Jan 12, 2018 • 48 min
Washington Post reporter Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) and New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers (@katierogers) join Sam to talk about the week that was: the President’s vulgar language, a 200-page report on Russia’s hacking of the 2016 election,…
‘Bachelor’ Producer Elan Gale Thinks ‘You’re Not That Great’
Jan 9, 2018 • 49 min
“You’re Not That Great” is a self-up send-up by Gale, Executive Producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He talks to Sam about the book, The Bachelor, Christian rock, embracing negative emotions, and his struggle with addiction. Email the show at…
Weekly Wrap: “Resolve To Unplug.”
Jan 5, 2018 • 43 min
NPR’s All Things Considered and Embedded host Kelly McEvers (@kellymcevers) and Codeswitch reporter Karen Grigsby Bates (@karenbates), join Sam to talk about the rift between President Trump and Steve Bannon and a look on what’s ahead for immigration in…
Congressman Will Hurd on Party Divisions, the GOP, and 2018
Jan 2, 2018 • 37 min
Texas Republican Will Hurd represents the 23rd district — a sprawling, diverse district bigger than dozens of states — which Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Sam talks to Congressman Hurd about tax cuts, health care, San Antonio, working for the CIA, and what…
A Special Year-End Edition
Dec 29, 2017 • 62 min
Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee), NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis (@DaviSusan), and R. Eric Thomas (@oureric), playwright and ‘person on the internet’ join Sam to talk about the year that was. Plus year-end music…
Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin of Belle And Sebastian
Dec 26, 2017 • 25 min
The indie band Belle and Sebastian is out with a trio of EPs called “How To Solve Our Human Problems.” Members Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin talk to Sam about the new music, the songwriting process, life on the road, and why they still clean their own…
Weekly Wrap: “They’re Not Done.”
Dec 22, 2017 • 43 min
NPR reporter Camila Domonoske (@camilareads) and Lauren Ober (@OberandOut), host of WAMU’s The Big Listen, join Sam to talk about the week that was. With the holiday weekend upon us, the GOP got their tax bill but the future of CHIP and DACA is unclear —…
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Rachel Brosnahan
Dec 19, 2017 • 41 min
You might know actress Rachel Brosnahan from her supporting role on Netflix’s House of Cards a few years back. Now she’s back as the fast-talking 1950s housewife Midge Maisel on the new Amazon show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, from Gilmore Girls creator…
Weekly Wrap: “Tell It All.”
Dec 15, 2017 • 47 min
Bloomberg retail reporter Sarah Halzack (@sarahhalzack) and Derek Thompson (@DKThomp), writer and senior editor at The Atlantic, join Sam to talk about the week that was: Disney acquiring Fox, net neutrality, #MeToo, and the Alabama Senate race. Plus a…
Matt Bellassai on Viral Fame, Internet Culture, and Why ‘Everything Is Awful’
Dec 12, 2017 • 35 min
Professional pessimist Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) launched a comedy career doing viral videos for Buzzfeed. Now he’s got a new book and performs live across the country. He and Sam talk about the book, Everything Is Awful, and about how his video…
Weekly Wrap: “Up In Smoke.”
Dec 8, 2017 • 42 min
Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff), Vox senior policy correspondent and host of the Vox podcast ‘The Impact,’ and NPR film critic Bob Mondello (@Bob_Mondello) join Sam to talk about the week that was: raging wildfires in southern California, the resignation of…
Journalist Dan Rather on Trump, Patriotism, and ‘What Unites Us’
Dec 5, 2017 • 45 min
Veteran journalist Dan Rather thinks the U.S. is facing an ‘existential crisis,’ but one the country can survive. His new book is called What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. Sam and Dan talked in front of an audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music…
Weekly Wrap: “Keep It Coming.”
Dec 1, 2017 • 52 min
Sam is joined by Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) from 538 Politics and ESPN’s ‘30 for 30’ podcast series, along with Brittany Luse (@bmluse), co-host of Gimlet Media’s ‘The Nod,’ to talk about the week that was: Michael Flynn, Republican progress on taxes,…
From ‘Black-ish,’ Jenifer Lewis: ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
Nov 28, 2017 • 34 min
In her new memoir, “The Mother of Black Hollywood,” Jenifer Lewis chronicles a career that has spanned decades, from Broadway to the hit ABC show Black-ish. Along the way, she played fictional moms to Tupac Shakur, Taraji P. Henson, and Whitney Houston.…
A Thanksgiving Special
Nov 23, 2017 • 28 min
Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful (@TheSporkful), and a surprise special guest join the show — and three listeners share Thanksgiving horror stories. Then, as always, the best things that happened to our listeners all week. We’re back with a deep dive on…
Bill Nye On Fame, Family, and How He Became The ‘Science Guy’
Nov 21, 2017 • 23 min
The one and only Bill Nye the Science Guy (@BillNye) is the subject of a new documentary all about his life. He talks to Sam about the film, how he thinks fame has changed his brain, a troubling degenerative disease that afflicts his family, and his…
Weekly Wrap: “Death And Taxes.”
Nov 17, 2017 • 44 min
Guest host Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) talks with NPR newscaster Korva Coleman (@KorvaColemanNPR) and NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro (@lourdesgnavarro) about the week that was: the status of the tax plan turned healthcare bill in…
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger on ‘Girl Logic’
Nov 14, 2017 • 42 min
Iliza Shlesinger’s (@iliza) new book, “Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity,” is her take on how women think. She and Sam talk about the book, her dog, Blanche; the party goblin in us all, growing up in Texas, getting her start in comedy, and…
Weekly Wrap: “People Be Votin.’”
Nov 10, 2017 • 42 min
Public radio reporter and Marketplace contributor Sally Herships (@sherships) and WNYC Reporter Sean Rameswaram (@rameswaram) join Sam to talk about the week that was: Election Day, an update on the Paradise Papers, and the Texas shooting, along with a…
Taking Stock of Trump, One Year Since His Election
Nov 7, 2017 • 45 min
Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) and Michael D’Antonio, author of the biography “The Truth About Trump,” join Sam to talk about the President one the year since he was elected. Email the show at or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin…
Weekly Wrap: “Truth Will Out.”
Nov 3, 2017 • 43 min
NPR Asia Correspondent Elise Hu (@elisewho) and Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon (@bhardymon) join Sam to talk through the week that was: Facebook and Twitter executives testifying in front of Congress, President Trump’s Asia trip, the resignation…
Author Daniel Alarcón On His New Book And The Immigrant Experience
Oct 31, 2017 • 30 min
Daniel Alarcón’s (@DanielGAlarcon) new book of short stories, “The King Is Always Above The People,” deals closely with immigration and the Latino experience. Alarcón talks to Sam about his own life immigrating from Peru to the U.S. at a young age, the…
Weekly Wrap: “Just Say No.”
Oct 27, 2017 • 45 min
NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) and All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) join Sam to talk through the week that was: President Trump’s speech on opioid addiction, the internal politics of the GOP, the surprise…
Ashley Nicole Black From “Full Frontal” On Comedy, Improv, and Bridging Political Divides
Oct 24, 2017 • 34 min
Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) gave up pursuing a PHD to make it in comedy. This year she won an Emmy for her work on “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.” She talked to Sam about Savage Garden, why the Chicago comedy scene is great for aspiring comics…
Weekly Wrap: “All Of Us.”
Oct 20, 2017 • 44 min
New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) and The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) join Sam to talk through the week that was: the healthcare subsidy battle in Congress, the fallen soldiers in Niger, the social media outpouring over #MeToo —…
Taran Killam On His New Film, Leaving SNL, And That Time Trump Hosted
Oct 17, 2017 • 45 min
SNL alum Taran Killam talks to Sam about his new action-comedy mockumentary Killing Gunther, which he directed and stars in alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. They also discuss Wild ‘N Out, Taran’s role in Hamilton, the challenges of being a first-time…
Weekly Wrap: “Not Functioning Legislatively”
Oct 13, 2017 • 39 min
Washington Post blogger and columnist Alexandra Petri and Mike Pesca from Slate’s The Gist podcast join Sam to talk through the week that was: the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood, the Trump administration’s actions without Congress’s help, and the…
Facebook, Fake News, and Democracy
Oct 10, 2017 • 29 min
Sam talks to journalist Max Read about his recent New York Magazine cover story, “Does Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is?” Max writes about Facebook’s role in the 2016 election as the company grapples how to handle fake news, free speech, and…
Weekly Wrap: “Politics Over Empathy.”
Oct 6, 2017 • 38 min
New York Times reporter Katie Rogers and Stephen Thompson from NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour join Sam to talk through the week that was: the Las Vegas shooting and its aftermath, the continued recovery in Puerto Rico, and President Trump’s response…
Actor/Director John Carroll Lynch
Oct 3, 2017 • 49 min
Google him. You know his face. John Carroll Lynch is one of the most recognizable character actors in Hollywood, and he’s just directed his first film, “Lucky,” starring the late, legendary Harry Dean Stanton. John talks to Sam about the film, and about…
Weekly Wrap: “Back At It.”
Sep 29, 2017 • 43 min
NPR newscaster Korva Coleman and NPR sports correspondent Tom “Yes, we do sports” Goldman join Sam to talk through the week that was: Puerto Rico, the NFL and Donald Trump, a dashed Republican health bill and a new Republican tax proposal — plus a call to…
‘Insecure’ Showrunner Prentice Penny
Sep 26, 2017 • 39 min
Prentice Penny, showrunner for ‘Insecure’, joins Sam to talk about the HBO comedy series, which just wrapped its second season. They also discuss what a showrunner does, how he got the job, collaborating with star and co-creator Issa Rae, diversity in…
Weekly Wrap: “Where Is Elton?”
Sep 22, 2017 • 55 min
NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis and Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes join Sam to talk through the week that was: Mariah Carey natural disasters, panic fatigue, President Trump’s UN speech, the new Republican Health care bill, the…
Obama Speechwriter David Litt’s “Hopey Changey White House Years”
Sep 19, 2017 • 44 min
David Litt was writing speeches for President Barack Obama when he was 24. His new book about the experience is called “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years.” David talks to Sam about falling in love with then-candidate Obama, working his way…
Weekly Wrap: “Everything. Is. Fine.”
Sep 15, 2017 • 49 min
NPR National Desk reporter Nate Rott and University of Montana journalism professor Jule Banville join Sam to talk through the week that was: fires, hurricanes, Trump on ISIS on Twitter, Silicon Valley vs bodegas, economic indicators, the legal rights of…
The Russia Investigation and The President’s Foreign Deals
Sep 12, 2017 • 31 min
New Yorker writer Adam Davidson and NPR national security correspondent Mary Louise Kelly join Sam to talk about a central question raised by Adam’s reporting: What will investigators find when they look into President Trump’s foreign business deals? Adam…
Weekly Wrap: “Chuck And Nancy.”
Sep 8, 2017 • 51 min
NPR Science Desk producer Madeline Sofia and education reporter Claudio Sanchez join Sam to talk through the week that was: hurricanes and earthquakes, Donald Trump’s deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Beyonce’s birthday, the Trump…
Race, Identity, and Performance in Danzy Senna’s ‘New People’
Sep 5, 2017 • 39 min
Sam talks to novelist Danzy Senna about her new book, ‘New People,’ and about race in America, why LA is boring in a good way, black identity, what white people say when they think they’re alone, being “professionally black”, how her students perform…
Weekly Wrap: “Thoughts And Prayers.”
Sep 1, 2017 • 53 min
New York Times reporter Katie Rogers and NPR film critic Bob Mondello join Sam to talk through the week that was: Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, one woman’s experience in the small Texas town of Refugio, and the view from Houston with Houston Public…
‘Trials of the Free Press’
Aug 29, 2017 • 35 min
Anonymous wealth leveraged in court represents a new threat to journalism in Brian Knappenberger’s Netflix documentary, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.” Brian talks to Sam about the movie, which features NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.…
Weekly Wrap: “On And On.”
Aug 25, 2017 • 64 min
Planet Money correspondent Stacey Vanek Smith and “Rough Translation” host Gregory Warner join Sam to talk through the week that was: Afghanistan, the President and the border wall, Amazon and Whole Foods, Taylor Swift, the eclipse, the GOP and tax…
Inside ‘The Onion’
Aug 22, 2017 • 29 min
Sam visits the Chicago offices of the satirical news publication for a headline pitch meeting and conversations with Editor-In-Chief Cole Bolton, Executive Editor Ben Berkley, Managing Editor Marnie Shure, and Head Writer Chad Nackers. They talk about…
Weekly Wrap: “Pick A Side.”
Aug 18, 2017 • 54 min
NPR reporter Kirk Siegler and Southern California Public Radio reporter Priska Neely join Sam to talk through the week that was: Charlottesville and the President’s reaction to it, the reaction to that by corporations and everyone else, the so-called “alt…
Charlottesville and White People
Aug 14, 2017 • 61 min
Sam talks to white people — and only white people — about Charlottesville. This episode: UVA history professor Grace Hale, NPR’s Sarah McCammon, and developmental psychologist Amy Roberson Hayes, plus some calls to our listeners. Email the show at…
Weekly Wrap: “Simmer Down, Now.”
Aug 11, 2017 • 49 min
From WWNO in New Orleans, NPR Code Switch correspondent Gene Demby and Planet Money correspondent Noel King join Sam to talk through the week that was: a giant inflatable chicken, the President’s rhetoric toward North Korea, White House infighting, an…
‘SNL’ Alum Sasheer Zamata
Aug 8, 2017 • 49 min
Sam talks to comedian and former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Sasheer Zamata about leaving the show, breakups, her new comedy special and variety show, talking about race in the age of Trump, growing up in the mid-west, moving around a lot, going to…
Weekly Wrap: “Because Of You.”
Aug 4, 2017 • 51 min
Morning Edition host Rachel Martin and Stephen Thompson of NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour join Sam to talk through the week that was: the speed of the news, the President’s new immigration proposal and focus on the party base, why the stock market…
Lakeith Stanfield from ‘Get Out’ and ‘Atlanta’
Aug 1, 2017 • 35 min
Sam talks to actor Lakeith Stanfield about fidget spinning, meditating, loneliness, his character Darius on ‘Atlanta,’ growing up in California, working odd jobs before acting, what success means in Hollywood, why ‘Get Out’ was the creepiest experience…
Weekly Wrap: “This Feels Weird.”
Jul 28, 2017 • 52 min
All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Planet Money correspondent Ailsa Chang join Sam to talk through the week that was: health care, the President’s tweets on transgender individuals in the military, the GOP’s failure to pass a health care bill in…
Zoe Lister-Jones on ‘Band Aid’
Jul 25, 2017 • 39 min
The first-time director and star of the CBS sitcom ‘Life in Pieces’ shot her new movie using an all-female crew. She talks to Sam about that, and about diversity in hiring, her favorite karaoke song, Jamie Foxx, her film’s co-stars Adam Pally and Fred…
Weekly Wrap: “Shoe’s Gonna Drop.”
Jul 21, 2017 • 48 min
NPR reporter Camila Domonoske and NPR editor Barrie Hardymon join Sam to talk through the week that was: Elon Musk, the President’s New York Times interview, intern season, private student loan debt, HBO’s new series set in a fictional America where…
Producer/Songwriter Jeff Bhasker
Jul 18, 2017 • 35 min
Sam talks to musician and record producer Jeff Bhakser about having a kid, settling down, working with Harry Styles (in Jamaica), what he learned working with Kanye West (in Hawaii), growing up half-Indian in New Mexico, his musical influences, the…
Friday Wrap: “Sir And Rumi.”
Jul 14, 2017 • 46 min
NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis and VICE News correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro join Sam to talk through the week that was: Pitbull, Donald Trump Jr and his emails, Beyonce’s twins, Game of Thrones, the Senate GOP and health care, Senator Al…
‘The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman’
Jul 11, 2017 • 44 min
Sam talks to writer Anne Helen Petersen about her new book, “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman.” They cover pop culture and the news, President Trump, the nature of celebrity, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Serena…
Friday Wrap: “Get Over Yourselves.”
Jul 7, 2017 • 49 min
‘This American Life’ reporter Zoe Chace and ‘Reply All’ host PJ Vogt join Sam to talk through the week that was: Chris Christie in the sun, North Korea, CNN and the President, the anniversary of the Dallas police shooting, wealthy Republican donors,…
Timothy Simons from ‘Veep’
Jul 4, 2017 • 39 min
Sam talks to writer and actor Timothy Simons about hustling, playing such contemptible character, the fair city of Boston, growing up in New England, struggling in school, struggling in regional theatre, struggling as a bouncer at the worst bar in…
Friday Wrap: “They’re Still Here.”
Jun 30, 2017 • 47 min
Washington Post writer Alexandra Petri and Gene Demby from NPR’s Code Switch team join Sam to talk through the week that was: Baby Driver, Jay-Z, the President’s tweets, a new survey on American attitudes about race and discrimination, the minimum wage in…
Lena Waithe from ‘Master Of None’
Jun 27, 2017 • 50 min
Sam talks to producer, writer, and actor Lena Waithe about microwavable pork rinds, growing up in front of the TV in Chicago, transcribing reality television footage, finally making it as a Hollywood writer, powerful storytelling by people of color, and…
Friday Wrap: “Likes Don’t Matter.”
Jun 23, 2017 • 45 min
All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro and New York Times reporter Katie Rogers join Sam to talk through the week that was. Email the show at and follow Sam on Twitter @samsanders.
“Hey, y’all”
Jun 19, 2017 • 2 min
Introducing the show! For our first episode, out Friday, June 23, email us at with a brief recording of the best thing that happened to you all week. You might hear it in the podcast!