It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders Sometimes you just need to talk it out—and that's exactly what host Sam Sanders does each week. Join him on Fridays for a recap of the week's news, culture and everything – plus Tuesday deep dives with artists, writers, journalists and more.

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Sometimes you just need to talk it out—and that's exactly what host Sam Sanders does each week. Join him on Fridays for a recap of the week's news, culture and everything – plus Tuesday deep dives with artists, writers, journalists and more.

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The Franciscan Action Network, Faith in Action and the DMV Congregation Network holds a prayer vigil and protest over the Trump administration's immigration policies with children wrapped in survival blankets at the US Capitol on June 21, 2018 in Washington DC. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: "Game Of Chicken."

Sam can't believe we made it this week with Haley Byrd (@byrdinator), congressional reporter for The Weekly Standard, and Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla), political reporter for BuzzFeed News. They talk through the most dominant story of the week: immigration. Email samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Weekly Wrap: "Game Of Chicken."

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Niecy Nash, Living A Dream: To Be 'Black, Fabulous, And On TV'

Best known for comedic roles in Reno 911, The Mindy Project, and HBO's Getting On, Niecy Nash stars in the TNT show Claws, a female-driven crime drama in its second season that one critic described as "Breaking Bad meets Steel Magnolias." She tells Sam how she used comedy to overcome tragedy in her personal life, and bringing a black, female anti-hero to TV. Email samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Niecy Nash, Living A Dream: To Be 'Black, Fabulous, And On TV'

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Positivo by J Balvin and Michael Brun is the official song of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In this photo, Ramin Rezaeian of Iran battles with Amine Harit of Morocco during the Russia group B match on June 15, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Stanley Chou/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: "It Is Written."

Sam esta bailando with Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) and NPR Politics Podcast host and congressional correspondent Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow). Catch up on the week's news: the World Cup, Trump administration immigration policy, and diversity in film criticism. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Weekly Wrap: "It Is Written."

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Mishel Prada and Melissa Barrera star in the STARZ show Vida. They spoke with Sam Sanders at NPR West in Culver City, CA, in June 2018. Anjuli Sastry/NPR hide caption

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Racism, Gentrification, And Sexual Fluidity At Forefront On 'Vida'

Sam chats with the two leads of the STARZ show 'Vida,' Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada. They play two sisters who return home to their old east Los Angeles neighborhood after their mother's death. There, they have to grapple with family drama, gentrification, racism, and finding their identity. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels.

Racism, Gentrification, And Sexual Fluidity At Forefront On 'Vida'

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Philadelphia Eagles football player Malcolm Jenkins speaks to the media during Super Bowl LII in January 2018, in Minnesota. President Trump dis-invited Jenkins and his team to the White House this week. Jenkins responded with a silent gesture during an interview with reporters, using signs to deliver messages about social justice. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: "Look Over There."

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. The real Puerto Rico death toll, insulin prices, and baked beans, plus trade talk with Soumaya Keynes of The Economist. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Weekly Wrap: "Look Over There."

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Students gather in response to the election of Donald Trump at the University of California Los Angeles on November 10, 2016. College campuses have become a focal point in the free speech debate. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Roseanne's tweet. NFL players kneeling. The President blocking people on Twitter. These stories are all about the same thing: what is free speech? Who gets to decide? And what happens when one person's speech makes another person feel unsafe? Sam talks to Nadine Strossen, a law professor and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, about her new book, Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship.

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

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Live in Chicago with Samantha Irby

Here's a break from the news: Comedian and author Samantha Irby joins Sam live on stage at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music in partnership with WBEZ. Her recently re-published book is called "Meaty." Plus special guest Jennifer White drops by to dish about two famous Chicagoans — the subjects of WBEZ's "Making Obama" and "Making Oprah" podcasts. Back with our regular weekly wrap next Friday.

Live in Chicago with Samantha Irby

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Comedian and "Opposition" Host Jordan Klepper

The comedian and talks to Sam about running his own show, lampooing fringe news, and why the nicest parts of him are from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Email samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Comedian and "Opposition" Host Jordan Klepper

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Weekly Wrap: "On Bended Knee."

Sam is struck by two guests this week: Los Angeles Times reporter Laura Nelson, and senior writer at ESPN's "The Undefeated," Clinton Yates. They cover new NFL rules, Ramadan, North Korea, and lynx. Or lynxes. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org and tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Weekly Wrap: "On Bended Knee."

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BØRNS: Glam, Sunshine, and 'Electric Love'

Sam talks to singer Garrett Clark Borns in his Los Angeles studio on going from small town Michigan to playing at Coachella - TWICE. BØRNS' new album, Blue Madonna, is out now. Email samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

BØRNS: Glam, Sunshine, and 'Electric Love'

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