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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Weekly Wrap: Jamal Khashoggi, Research Hoax, & Nebraska's New Slogan

Sam is joined by NPR's Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded, and Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates. Questions continue to mount after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Plus, Sam digs into an elaborate hoax designed to discredit research in so-called "grievance studies" — what the hoaxsters call academic fields focused on identity. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Weekly Wrap: Jamal Khashoggi, Research Hoax, & Nebraska's New Slogan

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'The Sentence' Documents Toll of Mandatory Sentencing Laws On A Family

It's Tuesday: Cindy Shank was living a comfortable life at home with her three little girls and husband when one day the feds came knocking. They were there to arrest her for not telling the police about an ex-boyfriend's drug dealing several years prior. That's the story behind a new HBO documentary, 'The Sentence' - directed by Shank's brother, Rudy Valdez. Sam talks to Cindy and Rudy about documenting the impact on their family, a mother's love for her children, and how the film has brought politicians together on both sides of the aisle.

'The Sentence' Documents Toll of Mandatory Sentencing Laws On A Family

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Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels

It's Friday: Sam has waited hours for this weekly wrap with hosts of the WNYC podcast "Nancy," Tobin Low and Kathy Tu. A study from the United Nations says current efforts to fight climate change are not enough. Plus, Sam talks to a former lobbyist who is leading an effort to restore voting rights for felons in Florida — because he is one. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels

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It Almost Destroyed Ellen's Career; Now Celebrities Are Playing With 'Coming Out'

To mark National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Sam examines the history, meaning and future of coming out with University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor Marcia Gallo and E. Patrick Johnson of Northwestern University. He also shares coming out stories from listeners and swaps stories with NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

It Almost Destroyed Ellen's Career; Now Celebrities Are Playing With 'Coming Out'

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Weekly Wrap: Supreme Court, Homecoming, & Gender Fire

It's Friday: Sam is up on his feet with Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner), legal editor at Buzzfeed News, and Alina Selyukh (@alinaselyukh), business correspondent at NPR. They're talking about Supreme Court strategy, net neutrality, and Amazon's minimum wage. Plus, Sam talks to two high school girls who are changing the rules of homecoming royalty.

Weekly Wrap: Supreme Court, Homecoming, & Gender Fire

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Ike Barinholtz On 'The Oath,' Thanksgiving Politics, & Tiffany Haddish

It's Tuesday: Sam talks to actor Ike Barinholtz about his new film 'The Oath,' which he wrote, directed, and stars in alongside Tiffany Haddish. They discuss Ike's big break as Morgan Tookers on 'The Mindy Project,' his own personal stuffing recipe, and playing basketball back home in Chicago with a local community organizer. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Ike Barinholtz On 'The Oath,' Thanksgiving Politics, & Tiffany Haddish

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UNITED STATES - SEPT 27: A woman's hands reading, "I BELIEVE" and "ME TOO" are handcuffed as she is arrested after sitting in on First Street outside of the Supreme Court as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Ford-Kavanaugh Fall-Out, Midterms, Meghan Markle

It's Friday: Sam is getting through the week with Juana Summers (@jmsummers), national political reporter for The AP, and Ben Terris (@bterris), feature reporter for The Washington Post. They're talking reaction to the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing, President Trump's lengthy news conference, and the SEC suing Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Plus, Sam talks to journalist and author Annie Lowrey about universal basic income and how it could work in the U.S. Don't forget: buy tickets to our next Los Angeles live show at kpcc.org/inperson

Weekly Wrap: Ford-Kavanaugh Fall-Out, Midterms, Meghan Markle

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'SNL' Wasn't A Good Fit For Natasha Rothwell. Now On 'Insecure,' She's Anything But

It's Tuesday: Sam talks with Rothwell, who plays Kelli on the HBO show Insecure. Kelli is loud, proud and loyal — and she owns the screen when she walks on. Rothwell tells Sam about going from writing to acting and co-executive producing the show, auditioning for Saturday Night Live, plus, teaching high school drama. Get tickets to our Los Angeles live show with Guy Branum and a surprise guest at kpcc.org/inperson.

'SNL' Wasn't A Good Fit For Natasha Rothwell. Now On 'Insecure,' She's Anything But

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) hold a sign reading "Don't Grab Workers" while protesting outside of a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Kavanaugh, MeToo, Bert & Ernie

It's Friday: Sam is LIVING this week with NPR Weekend Edition Senior Editor Barrie Hardymon (@bhardymon) and NPR Washington Desk Editor Arnie Seipel (@NPRnie). They're talking about the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and other men who were shunned after sexual harassment allegations now saying, "what about me." Plus, as McDonald's workers protest sexual harassment, we talk to a waitress in Tuscon, Arizona, about the harassment she has experienced over her 17 years in the food service industry. Don't forget: buy tickets to our next Los Angeles live show at kp.cc/IBAM.

Weekly Wrap: Kavanaugh, MeToo, Bert & Ernie

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Speed skater Bridie Farrell testifies before a Congressional committee on Capitol Hill regarding protecting Olympic athletes who have been sexual abused. Farrell was in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2018. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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#MeToo Hits Elite Sports

It's Tuesday: Sam talks to speed skater Bridie Farrell. Her mentor, former Olympian Andy Gabel, sexually abused her when she was a teenager. Sam also talks to journalist Alexandra Starr about the unique ways elite sports can groom children to be victims of abuse.

#MeToo Hits Elite Sports

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