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

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PJ Morton Talks Christmas Classics, The Super Bowl And Stevie Wonder

It's Tuesday. The Grammy-nominated solo artist and Maroon 5 keyboardist joins Sam to talk about his album "Christmas With PJ Morton," a soulful take on Christmas classics. They also discuss PJ's childhood and his father, the famous preacher and gospel singer Paul S. Morton; what makes a classic holiday song; working with Stevie Wonder; and Maroon 5 possibly playing the Super Bowl. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

PJ Morton Talks Christmas Classics, The Super Bowl And Stevie Wonder

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Weekly Wrap: George H.W. Bush, Explaining Brexit And Kevin Hart's Oscars Whirlwind

It's Friday. Sam is counting the ways he could make this last forever with NPR's Nathan Rott and KPCC's Priska Neely. The United Nations is meeting in hopes of finding ways to slow climate change. Sam wonders if journalists are going too far in their remembrances of President George H.W. Bush, who died last week. Plus, Sam chats with the BBC's Rich Preston to break down exactly what's going on with Brexit.

Weekly Wrap: George H.W. Bush, Explaining Brexit And Kevin Hart's Oscars Whirlwind

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Viola Davis On 'Widows'; Race And Power in Hollywood

It's Tuesday: 'All Things Considered' host Audie Cornish joins Sam to share her conversation with Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, recorded on stage at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Audie and Viola talk about her new film, 'Widows,' and the harsh reality of being a black leading woman in Hollywood.

Viola Davis On 'Widows'; Race And Power in Hollywood

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Weekly Wrap: GM, Awaiting Asylum, Stock Market

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 to dig into the latest happenings at the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as why we're not stopping to celebrate NASA's landing on Mars. Plus Sam chats with Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal about what the stock market's roller coaster means for the economy.

Weekly Wrap: GM, Awaiting Asylum, Stock Market

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Comedian Guy Branum Wants To Change the Boys Club of Comedy

It's Tuesday. Sam is live with comedian and writer Guy Branum at the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC in Pasadena, Calif. Branum went from his small, rural hometown to hosting his own talk show in Hollywood. He gets real with Sam on destroying the white, straight, male-dominated comedy world, challenging narratives about gay people in entertainment, and takes questions from the audience.

Comedian Guy Branum Wants To Change the Boys Club of Comedy

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A Post-Thanksgiving Treat: Our Favorite Comedians

It's Friday. Sam is revisiting some of our favorite moments and funniest guests: D'Arcy Carden from "The Good Place," "Saturday Night Live" alums Taran Killam and Sasheer Zamata, Timothy Simons from "VEEP," Natasha Rothwell from "Insecure," Jimmy O. Yang from "Silicon Valley" and Ike Barinholtz from "The Mindy Project."

A Post-Thanksgiving Treat: Our Favorite Comedians

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Encore: A Thanksgiving Special

Sam and Dan Pashman, host of "The Sporkful," swap Thanksgiving horror stories with listeners — and one special guest. First recorded for Thanksgiving 2017. Episodes of The Sporkful at www.sporkful.com. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Encore: A Thanksgiving Special

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A fire-damaged Pacific Coast sign remains standing along the Pacific Coast Highway amid the blackened and charred hills from the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California on November 15, 2018. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running

It's Friday. Guest host Elise Hu tries to "work this whole" news thing out with Los Angeles Times health reporter Soumya Karlamangla and Snapchat's Good Luck America host, Peter Hamby. Soumya talks twin tragedies in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Peter questions CNN's election night re-do, and Elise finds no great deception in this week's North Korea news.

Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running

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Steven Yeun, A Star On Both Sides Of The Pacific, Talks Toggling Between East & West

It's Tuesday. Elise Hu steps in the hosting chair for Sam and gets deep with Yeun on why he's sick of talking about Asian identity, his time as Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead, and his new South Korean thriller. Send thoughts about the episode to Elise at ehu@npr.org or tweet her @elisewho.

Steven Yeun, A Star On Both Sides Of The Pacific, Talks Toggling Between East & West

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Weekly Wrap: Democrats' Victory or Defeat, Amazon HQ2, Alien Spaceship

It's Friday. Sam is getting in the zone with Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR's podcast "Pop Culture Happy Hour." This week, Sam is asking whether Democrats really won or lost in the midterms, and Linda and Glen are wondering if we should care about a so-called alien spacecraft and Alec Baldwin. Also Sam is digging into what Amazon's reported expansion to Crystal City, Va., might mean for people living there.

Weekly Wrap: Democrats' Victory or Defeat, Amazon HQ2, Alien Spaceship

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