Schools And Critical Race Theory; Plus, The Writers Of 'Hacks' : It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders The furor over critical race theory fits into a longer history of culture wars in schools. Sam talks to Adam Laats, a professor of history and education at Binghamton University, about what the past can teach us about today's fight. Plus, Sam talks to Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, writers and creators of the HBO Max series Hacks. They discuss what inspired them to write the show, as well as the overlooked legacies of many trailblazing women comedians. They also play Who Said That.

You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.

Culture Wars Then and Now; Plus, The Creators of 'Hacks'

Culture Wars Then and Now; Plus, The Creators of 'Hacks'

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Two men (L and R) against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools, speak with a female counter protester(C) that wants CRT to be taught, during a rally at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Two men (L and R) against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools, speak with a female counter protester(C) that wants CRT to be taught, during a rally at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021.

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

The debate over critical race theory and the teaching of race in schools is everywhere. But where did it all come from? Sam talks to Adam Laats, a professor of history and education at Binghamton University, about the furor over critical race theory and the history of culture wars in education.

Plus, Sam talks to Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, writers and creators of the HBO Max series Hacks. They discuss what inspired them to write the show, as well as the overlooked legacies of many trailblazing women comedians. They also play Who Said That.

This episode of 'It's Been a Minute' was produced by Andrea Gutierrez, Sylvie Douglis and Liam McBain. Our intern is Manuela López Restrepo. Our editor is Jordana Hochman. Engineering help came from Patrick Murray. Brin Winterbottom provided research support. Our director of programming is Steve Nelson. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.