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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: "Simmer Down, Now."

49:21 | Aug 11th, 2017

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, a...Show More

Weekly Wrap: March Madness, 2020 Dems Shift Left, Plus What #DoingThings Really Means

36:37 | Mar 22nd

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

40:25 | Mar 19th

"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'

36:54 | Mar 15th

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

40:21 | Mar 12th

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

38:35 | Mar 8th

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'

26:10 | Mar 5th

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

39:45 | Mar 1st

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

31:31 | Feb 26th

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'

41:04 | Feb 22nd

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'

24:29 | Feb 19th

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

35:29 | Feb 15th

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

24:52 | Feb 12th

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

37:47 | Feb 8th

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

34:08 | Feb 5th

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

38:41 | Feb 1st

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

30:30 | Jan 29th

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

35:47 | Jan 25th

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'

32:42 | Jan 22nd

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

40:09 | Jan 18th

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'

37:48 | Jan 15th

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

39:05 | Jan 11th

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.

Weekly Wrap: Nancy Pelosi's Return, Retail's 2019 Outlook, What's The Deal With CBD?

38:10 | Jan 4th

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'

33:46 | Jan 1st

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

41:55 | Dec 28th, 2018

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'

38:06 | Dec 25th, 2018

It's Tuesday. Newfound celebrity is great. Now Nosrat wants to change things.

Weekly Wrap: Criminal Justice Reform, Teacher Strikes, & Dragons

39:13 | Dec 21st, 2018

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'

31:37 | Dec 18th, 2018

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

37:27 | Dec 14th, 2018

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

34:00 | Dec 11th, 2018

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

42:02 | Dec 7th, 2018

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

49:09 | Dec 4th, 2018

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

41:59 | Nov 30th, 2018

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

41:18 | Nov 27th, 2018

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

52:56 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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

24:26 | Nov 20th, 2018

Sam and 'Sporkful' host Dan Pashman swap Thanksgiving horror stories with listeners — and one special guest.

Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running

37:11 | Nov 16th, 2018

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'

28:18 | Nov 13th, 2018

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

38:05 | Nov 9th, 2018

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

30:22 | Nov 6th, 2018

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

35:54 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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

23:04 | Oct 30th, 2018

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

38:59 | Oct 26th, 2018

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?"

32:24 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Two candidates and one political reporter weigh in.

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

38:34 | Oct 19th, 2018

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

24:31 | Oct 16th, 2018

Sam talks with Rudy Valdez and Cindy Shank about the new HBO documentary 'The Sentence.'

Coming Out

42:16 | Oct 9th, 2018

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

39:13 | Oct 5th, 2018

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'

33:19 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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

38:36 | Sep 28th, 2018

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: #MeToo Hits Elite Sports

26:46 | Sep 18th, 2018

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."

42:29 | Sep 14th, 2018

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'

25:10 | Sep 11th, 2018

It's Tuesday: Rogen joins Sam to talk about her new film starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer.

Covering The Trump White House

49:58 | Sep 4th, 2018

It's Tuesday: two White House reporters join Sam to talk about covering the Trump administration.

Singer/Producer Syd And 'The Internet'

28:08 | Aug 28th, 2018

It's Tuesday: Sam talks to Syd, a breakout star of the hip-hop collective Odd Future and leader of the band The Internet.

John Cho And Aneesh Chaganty On 'Searching'

47:29 | Aug 14th, 2018

It's Tuesday: a visually innovative tech thriller also breaks ground on representation in Hollywood.

'The Bold Type': Aisha Dee and Amanda Lasher

32:02 | Aug 7th, 2018

It's Tuesday: actress Aisha Dee and showrunner Amanda Lasher talk to Sam about their Freeform TV show, 'The Bold Type.'

D.L. Hughley On 'How Not To Get Shot'

47:01 | Jul 31st, 2018

It's Tuesday: The comedian's "advice from white people," plus MeToo, Roseanne, and losing his father.

Uzo Aduba from 'Orange is the New Black'

43:05 | Jul 24th, 2018

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."

35:59 | Jul 19th, 2018

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'

32:07 | Jul 17th, 2018

It's Tuesday: Roker tells the tale of the most catastrophic flood in US history.

Weekly Wrap: "New World Disorder."

48:16 | Jul 13th, 2018

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'

43:42 | Jul 10th, 2018

It's Tuesday: Wilson on his latest film, religion, growing up weird, and — of course — 'The Office.'

Weekly Wrap: "In The Balance."

39:49 | Jul 6th, 2018

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'

51:55 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Actress Amber 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?"

43:14 | Jun 29th, 2018

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

49:31 | Jun 26th, 2018

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."

45:53 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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'

41:31 | Jun 19th, 2018

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."

49:17 | Jun 13th, 2018

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'

46:21 | Jun 12th, 2018

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."

48:45 | Jun 8th, 2018

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

41:57 | Jun 5th, 2018

Where's the line? And who gets to decide? A new book examines the perennial debate.

Live in Chicago with Samantha Irby

50:16 | Jun 1st, 2018

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

39:18 | May 29th, 2018

The comedian talks to Sam about running his own show and fringe news.

Weekly Wrap: "On Bended Knee."

42:43 | May 25th, 2018

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'

28:30 | May 22nd, 2018

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."

46:08 | May 18th, 2018

Sam Sanders wraps up the week in news with NPR reporters Vanessa Romo and Brakkton Booker.

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became 'Notorious RBG'

43:00 | May 15th, 2018

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 samsanders@npr.or...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Where's My Money?"

41:33 | May 11th, 2018

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 @NPRIt...Show More

Jimmy O. Yang on 'Silicon Valley' and 'How To American'

52:08 | May 8th, 2018

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 o...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Check The Tape."

40:45 | May 4th, 2018

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....Show More

The Political 'Circus' of 2018

53:00 | May 1st, 2018

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 s...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "He Is Perfect."

41:25 | Apr 27th, 2018

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 Ton...Show More

Meg Wolitzer on "The Female Persuasion"

55:13 | Apr 24th, 2018

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Who's In Charge?"

47:37 | Apr 20th, 2018

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...Show More

D'Arcy Carden From 'The Good Place'

48:05 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 s...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "On The Edge."

40:18 | Apr 13th, 2018

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...Show More

'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz

40:28 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 le...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Been Here Before."

44:55 | Apr 6th, 2018

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...Show More

Tim Robbins on HBO's 'Here and Now'

34:25 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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 Shawshan...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "The Long Shadow."

44:49 | Mar 30th, 2018

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 More

Zach Braff and Alex Blumberg on 'Alex, Inc.'

44:13 | Mar 27th, 2018

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, ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Data. Data. Data."

47:36 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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 w...Show More

Jennifer Palmieri On 2016 And Lessons For The First 'Madam President'

43:11 | Mar 20th, 2018

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." Je...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Epic Eye Roll."

39:04 | Mar 16th, 2018

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 wee...Show More

Momofuku Chef David Chang's 'Ugly Delicious' Food

36:02 | Mar 13th, 2018

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "It's All Connected."

41:21 | Mar 9th, 2018

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...Show More

'Atlanta' Star Brian Tyree Henry

45:36 | Mar 6th, 2018

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 abou...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "No, You Can't."

42:02 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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 indus...Show More

'Black Panther' with Glen Weldon and Evan Narcisse

36:01 | Feb 27th, 2018

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap LIVE: "Kids Will Lead."

48:19 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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 corresponde...Show More

Journalist Ann Curry On Dramatic Reunions, #MeToo, and 'Today'

34:18 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 reun...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "All Over Again."

52:41 | Feb 16th, 2018

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). Email the show at samsa...Show More

'Love and Marriage in Mumbai'

39:28 | Feb 13th, 2018

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Hey, Big Spender."

49:53 | Feb 9th, 2018

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...Show More

Congressman Beto O'Rourke

41:28 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 consultant...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Did It Matter?"

46:58 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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 Cultu...Show More

Carrie Brownstein On The 'Portlandia' Final Season

39:17 | Jan 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "The Whole Map."

44:44 | Jan 26th, 2018

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 ...Show More

#MeToo in Politics: Then and Now

42:22 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "War of Worlds."

41:45 | Jan 19th, 2018

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 repo...Show More

New Yorker Editor Kevin Young on 'Hoaxes, Post-Facts, and Fake News'

36:43 | Jan 16th, 2018

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Forests And Trees."

48:14 | Jan 12th, 2018

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 electio...Show More

'Bachelor' Producer Elan Gale Thinks 'You're Not That Great'

49:12 | Jan 9th, 2018

"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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Resolve To Unplug."

43:14 | Jan 5th, 2018

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...Show More

Congressman Will Hurd on Party Divisions, the GOP, and 2018

37:11 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

A Special Year-End Edition

1:02:03 | Dec 29th, 2017

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 h...Show More

Stuart Murdoch and Sarah Martin of Belle And Sebastian

25:28 | Dec 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "They're Not Done."

43:26 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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 uncle...Show More

'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Star Rachel Brosnahan

41:51 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 creat...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Tell It All."

47:23 | Dec 15th, 2017

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...Show More

Matt Bellassai on Viral Fame, Internet Culture, and Why 'Everything Is Awful'

35:58 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 vide...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Up In Smoke."

42:46 | Dec 8th, 2017

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 o...Show More

Journalist Dan Rather on Trump, Patriotism, and 'What Unites Us'

45:01 | Dec 5th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Keep It Coming."

0:00 | Dec 1st, 2017

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 taxe...Show More

From 'Black-ish,' Jenifer Lewis: 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'

34:31 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 Houst...Show More

A Thanksgiving Special

28:55 | Nov 23rd, 2017

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 div...Show More

Bill Nye On Fame, Family, and How He Became The 'Science Guy'

23:59 | Nov 21st, 2017

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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Death And Taxes."

44:13 | Nov 17th, 2017

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 bil...Show More

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger on 'Girl Logic'

42:08 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 pub...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "People Be Votin.'"

42:40 | Nov 11th, 2017

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...Show More

Taking Stock of Trump, One Year Since His Election

45:47 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 @NPRItsBee...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Truth Will Out."

43:50 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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 resignat...Show More

Author Daniel Alarcón On His New Book And The Immigrant Experience

30:06 | Oct 31st, 2017

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, t...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Just Say No."

45:45 | Oct 27th, 2017

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 surp...Show More

Ashley Nicole Black From "Full Frontal" On Comedy, Improv, and Bridging Political Divides

34:37 | Oct 24th, 2017

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 com...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "All Of Us."

44:14 | Oct 20th, 2017

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 #Me...Show More

Taran Killam On His New Film, Leaving SNL, And That Time Trump Hosted

45:27 | Oct 17th, 2017

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Not Functioning Legislatively"

39:21 | Oct 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Facebook, Fake News, and Democracy

29:22 | Oct 10th, 2017

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 p...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Politics Over Empathy."

38:21 | Oct 6th, 2017

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 res...Show More

Actor/Director John Carroll Lynch

49:34 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 ab...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Back At It."

43:51 | Sep 29th, 2017

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 ca...Show More

'Insecure' Showrunner Prentice Penny

39:27 | Sep 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Where Is Elton?"

55:48 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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 ...Show More

Obama Speechwriter David Litt's "Hopey Changey White House Years"

44:58 | Sep 19th, 2017

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 hi...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Everything. Is. Fine."

49:27 | Sep 16th, 2017

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 right...Show More

The Russia Investigation and The President's Foreign Deals

31:22 | Sep 12th, 2017

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?...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Chuck And Nancy."

51:12 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 a...Show More

Race, Identity, and Performance in Danzy Senna's 'New People'

39:03 | Sep 5th, 2017

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...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Thoughts And Prayers."

53:17 | Sep 1st, 2017

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 Pu...Show More

'Trials of the Free Press'

35:03 | Aug 29th, 2017

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 Folkenf...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "On And On."

1:04:15 | Aug 25th, 2017

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 r...Show More

Inside 'The Onion'

29:58 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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 abou...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Pick A Side."

54:00 | Aug 18th, 2017

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...Show More

Charlottesville and White People

1:01:48 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 sa...Show More

'SNL' Alum Sasheer Zamata

49:56 | Aug 8th, 2017

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, goin...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Because Of You."

51:50 | Aug 4th, 2017

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 mar...Show More

Lakeith Stanfield from 'Get Out' and 'Atlanta'

35:54 | Aug 1st, 2017

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 experien...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "This Feels Weird."

52:32 | Jul 28th, 2017

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 bi...Show More

Zoe Lister-Jones on 'Band Aid'

39:04 | Jul 25th, 2017

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 Fre...Show More

Weekly Wrap: "Shoe's Gonna Drop."

48:45 | Jul 21st, 2017

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 ...Show More

Producer/Songwriter Jeff Bhasker

35:35 | Jul 18th, 2017

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 m...Show More

Friday Wrap: "Sir And Rumi."

46:06 | Jul 14th, 2017

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, Senat...Show More

'The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman'

44:48 | Jul 11th, 2017

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 Wi...Show More

Friday Wrap: "Get Over Yourselves."

49:39 | Jul 7th, 2017

'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, ...Show More

Timothy Simons from 'Veep'

39:11 | Jul 4th, 2017

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 Am...Show More

Friday Wrap: "They're Still Here."

47:07 | Jun 30th, 2017

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 wa...Show More

Lena Waithe from 'Master Of None'

50:52 | Jun 27th, 2017

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, ...Show More

Friday Wrap: "Likes Don't Matter."

45:13 | Jun 23rd, 2017

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"

02:59 | Jun 19th, 2017

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!