Sam Sanders

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Race

Sunday, January 10, 2021

The insurrection at the Capitol was just the latest chapter in America's ongoing battle over race, writes NPR host Sam Sanders. "Once you see it as such," he says, "it all makes a lot more sense."


Angela Bassett Draws On Her Love Of Drama And Music In Pixar's 'Soul'

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Bassett plays world-renowned jazz saxophonist Dorothea Williams in Disney/Pixar's latest animated film. She talks about that role, as well as the challenges she's faced as a Black woman in Hollywood.


Stuck Apart, And Falling In Love

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

51 years after they went to prom together, a couple reconnects and falls in love during the pandemic. But despite being 15 minutes apart, they're waiting to see each other in person.


In 'Chicago 7,' Aaron Sorkin Sees Chilling Parallels Between '68 Summer And Today

Monday, November 02, 2020

In 1968, several prominent anti-war activists were accused of conspiring to start a riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Sorkin's new film captures their infamous trial.


'SNL' Star Bowen Yang Discusses Diversity, Queer Identity On Show

Friday, October 02, 2020

NPR's Sam Sanders recently caught up with comedian Bowen Yang. They talk comedy, the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live, and navigating queer and Asian identity on the show.


'My Spirit Is On The Verge Of Being Broken': Billy Porter On This Moment In History

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

A record number of Black actors have received Emmy nominations this year. American actor and singer Billy Porter talked with NPR about his work on Pose and his feelings about this moment.


Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh Brings The Laughs In Her Frank Conversations About Race

Friday, July 24, 2020

How many Black friends do you have? The comedian Ziwe Fumudoh is drawing praise, laughs and discomfort for the direct questions she asks her white guests on her Instagram Live show.


Comedian Chelsea Handler On White Privilege

Monday, July 13, 2020

Last year, Chelsea Handler made a Netflix documentary called Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea, in which she explored white privilege. She asks how to be a better white person to people of color.


A Black Mother Reflects On Giving Her 3 Sons 'The Talk' ... Again And Again

Sunday, June 28, 2020

It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders talks with Kenya Young, executive producer of Morning Edition and mother of three boys about "the talk" that Black parents have with their kids.


Author James McBride Sees Hope In Recent Activism For Racial Justice

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, protests and racial unrest, best-selling author James McBride tells NPR's It's Been A Minute he is hopeful that Americans can come together.


After Retooling Because Of COVID-19, 'Patriot Act' Returns To Netflix

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Comedian Hasan Minhaj recently returned to Netflix with his award-winning show, Patriot Act, after it was initially postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.


How COVID-19 Is Fundamentally Changing The TV Business

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

People are watching much more TV during the pandemic. Minutes spent streaming, compared to this time last year, more than doubled. But the industry is still taking a huge financial beating.


How Does Obama's 2008 Speech On Race Hold Up Today?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

On this day in 2008, in the heat of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama gave a major speech on race. But it sounds very different now given how cultural attitudes have changed over 12 years.


How To Relax On Busy Weekends

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Weekends are supposed to be time off, but often they get filled up with errands. NPR's Life Kit podcast has some suggestions on how to relax when your weekend gets busy.


20 Years Later, How Does It Feel?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Hailed as a neo-soul smash in 2000, D'Angelo's Voodoo now feels decades more lived-in than its peers. The album's engineer, Russell Elevado, says sounding "old" became the key to sounding timeless.


The Surprising Legacy Of Occupy Wall Street In 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A close look at Occupy Wall Street reveals a lasting legacy. Occupy lasted barely three months, and was messy and disorganized, but had a profound effect on the conversation in the Democratic Party.


Saeed Jones' Memoir Tells Of A Gay Black Man's Coming Of Age

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Award-winning poet Saeed Jones is out with a memoir that breaks the rules of the traditional memoir narrative. The book is called, How We Fight For Our Lives.


'It's Been A Minute' Ponders: Are We In An Influencer Bubble?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The influencer market on Instagram is expected to reach more than $2.5 billion in 2020. What is it like to be an influencer, and what role has this model played in changing the advertising industry?


When A Chicken Sandwich Is Not Just A Chicken Sandwich

Friday, August 23, 2019

After Popeyes introduced its new crispy fried chicken sandwich, it started a Twitter war. How did it blow up, and what does it mean for companies eager to capitalize on viral marketing?


Less Sex, Fewer Babies: Blame The Internet And Career Priorities

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

America's birthrate continues to decline, and young people are having less sex, amid career pressures and a confusing online dating scene. The declining fertility rate raises alarms for the economy.