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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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Interview: Karamo Brown On 'Queer Eye' & 'Embracing Purpose'

51:29 | Apr 2nd

Sam talks to the Fab Fiver about how he learned to heal himself before he could help others.
Weekly Wrap: All Eyes On The Economy, Language And The Internet, Plus Hard Seltzer

38:30 | Aug 16th

Sam is joined by NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Washington Post senior tech policy reporter Tony Romm.
Adam Serwer On White Nationalism's American Roots

33:43 | Apr 16th

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 ...Show More
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
Interview: X Ambassadors' Sam Harris On Bridging Genres And Working With Lizzo

33:54 | Aug 13th

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

40:38 | Aug 9th

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

31:18 | Aug 6th

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?

34:43 | Aug 2nd

Sam is joined this week by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates.
An All-Politics Mid-Year Special

25:17 | Jul 30th

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

37:38 | Jul 26th

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

29:17 | Jul 23rd

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

37:12 | Jul 19th

Sam is joined in the studio by New York Times national correspondent Jennifer Medina and NPR correspondent Kirk Siegler.
Weekly Wrap: The Biggest Stories Of 2019 (So Far)

38:52 | Jul 12th

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

37:40 | Jul 9th

A quarter of employed millennials rely on family for financial help. We look at how complicated that can be.
Songs For Summer

52:19 | Jul 5th

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

35:09 | Jul 2nd

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 t...Show More
Weekly Wrap: Before Stonewall, LGBT History, Student Loan Debt

40:56 | Jun 28th

Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei of NPR's Throughline podcast join Sam for this edition of our weekly wrap.
The Great Big DRAGisode

39:07 | Jun 25th

We go deep on drag culture: past, present, and future.
Weekly Wrap: UFOs, Iran, Libra

39:13 | Jun 21st

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.
Weekly Wrap: Jon Stewart on 9/11 Fund, Veteran Homelessness, & Women's World Cup

38:11 | Jun 14th

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'

37:37 | Jun 11th

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 sho...Show More
Weekly Wrap: Government Takes On Big Tech, What 'Intersectionality' Means, RIP iTunes

39:10 | Jun 7th

NPR Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and Washington Post tech reporter Tony Romm join Sam for a look back at this week.
Writer Shelby Lorman Has Plenty Of 'Awards For Good Boys'

28:30 | Jun 4th

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

38:32 | May 31st

ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman and Quartz editor David Yanofsky join Sam for this week's roundup.
Weekly Wrap: Severe Weather And Climate Change, U.S. Migrant Deaths, VIP Dining

38:07 | May 24th

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

22:15 | May 21st

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

38:19 | May 17th

WBUR reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka and 'Endless Thread' podcast co-host Ben Brock Johnson join Sam in Boston.
'SNL' And 'The Other Two' Writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly

43:25 | May 14th

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

51:13 | May 10th

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

28:29 | May 7th

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...Show More
Weekly Wrap: A Meatless Moment, How To Combat Homelessness, Containing The Measles

38:05 | May 3rd

Sam is joined by KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan and L.A. Times national correspondent Matt Pearce.
Interview: Comedian Shane Torres

29:34 | Apr 30th

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?

36:48 | Apr 26th

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

32:15 | Apr 23rd

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

38:50 | Apr 19th

Sam is joined this week by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro and Associated Press national political reporter Juana Summers.
Weekly Wrap: Tax Season Nears Its End, Plus Our Digital Lives After We Die

33:33 | Apr 12th

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'

30:58 | Apr 9th

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...Show More
Weekly Wrap: Why Pop Songs Are Getting Shorter, Plus Climate Change, Opioids And CBD

38:52 | Apr 5th

Sam is joined by Dan Zak of The Washington Post and Sarah Halzack of Bloomberg Opinion.
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.'
Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels

38:04 | Oct 12th, 2018

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

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: 'Insecure' Actress Natasha Rothwell

40:31 | Sep 25th, 2018

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

42:32 | Sep 21st, 2018

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

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.
Weekly Wrap: "Just Do It."

39:12 | Sep 7th, 2018

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

49:58 | Sep 4th, 2018

It's Tuesday: two White House reporters join Sam to talk about covering the Trump administration.
Emmy Nominees Rachel Brosnahan & Brian Tyree Henry

57:35 | Aug 31st, 2018

It's Friday: Sam's taking a break from the news and revisiting two conversations from this year.
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.
Weekly Wrap: "Lying In Wait."

40:57 | Aug 24th, 2018

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

30:59 | Aug 21st, 2018

It's Tuesday: Skogland is the only woman nominated for best directing (drama) at next month's Emmy Awards.
Weekly Wrap: "This Or That."

40:45 | Aug 17th, 2018

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'

47:29 | Aug 14th, 2018

It's Tuesday: a visually innovative tech thriller also breaks ground on representation in Hollywood.
Weekly Wrap: "We Are Done."

55:50 | Aug 10th, 2018

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

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.'
Weekly Wrap: "#MeToo and Moonves."

43:35 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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'

47:01 | Jul 31st, 2018

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

40:29 | Jul 27th, 2018

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'

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

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?"

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 samsanders@npr.org 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 samsanders@npr.org.
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 samsanders@npr.org 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). Plus music from Nick Ha...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."

52:53 | 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 samsanders@npr.org 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