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Tuesday

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'Bad Sex' and how the sexual revolution left women's desires behind

For women who date men, bad sex might feel like a personal problem, but Nona Willis Aronowitz says it's political too. In Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution, Aronowitz tackles the historic and systemic causes of unsatisfying sex. With wisdom from both her reading and romps, Aronowitz sits down with host Brittany Luse to talk about pleasure and the paths to building better relationships with men.

'Bad Sex' and how the sexual revolution left women's desires behind

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'Framing Agnes' questions the ways trans stories are told

When the world never stops questioning you, do you refuse to answer... or do you play along to get what you want? These questions are at the heart of Framing Agnes, an award-winning documentary about the legacy of a young trans woman in the 1950s who was forced to choose between access and honesty. The film uses the format of a talk show to re-enact interviews with the eponymous Agnes and five other trans people – taken from case files from a decades-old gender identity clinic at UCLA. Brittany Luse chats with the film's director, Chase Joynt, and historian Jules Gill-Peterson about the ways our society tells trans stories. They also dive into the limits of representation, the power dynamics of interviews and the nature of truth itself.

'Framing Agnes' questions the ways trans stories are told

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Tuesday

Viola Davis, Sheila Atim and Lashana Lynch in 'The Woman King' © 2021 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo Illustration by Kaz Fantone. hide caption

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Friday

If Stacey Abrams (center) wins her bid for the governorship of Georgia, she would become the first Black woman governor in U.S. history. Political scientist Christina Greer (right) compares Abrams with other Black women politicians who have made history. Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images; Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images; Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Image from Dr. Christina Greer; Photo Illustration by Kaz Fantone hide caption

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Spanish singer Rosalia performs during her Motomami World Tour in Bogota. Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images hide caption

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Presenting Alt.Latino: Rosalía on what makes a 'Motomami'

Today we have a special drop from our friends at NPR's Alt.Latino! The show just welcomed Anamaria Sayre as a new co-host alongside Felix Contreras. In this conversation, Anamaria chats with Spanish musician Rosalía about her recent album Motomami, how she uses the album to play in different genres, and why she embraces change.

Presenting Alt.Latino: Rosalía on what makes a 'Motomami'

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HBO set out to do what networks wouldn't (and couldn't) do. In the process, the company changed TV as we know it. Thiago Prudencio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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How HBO transformed television

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Abortion-rights protesters wave flags during a demonstration outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, Sunday, May 8, 2022, in Washington. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP hide caption

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Pro-choice and anti-abortion activist rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. In an initial draft opinion obtained by Politico, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey should be overturned, which would end federal protection of abortion rights. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan host the podcast Switched On Pop and are co-authors of the book Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters. Ellyn Jameson/Switched On Pop hide caption

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What makes Drake's 'God's Plan' a hit pop song

Attention to all the music lovers out there! All month, we're revisiting our best music episodes from It's Been a Minute. In this episode from February 2020, former host Sam Sanders is joined by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding, co-hosts of the podcast Switched On Pop. They break down what makes a song: why certain pop songs become ear worms and what their form and structure mean for the future of music. Sloan and Harding deconstruct songs in their 2020 book, Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works and Why It Matters.

What makes Drake's 'God's Plan' a hit pop song

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Friday

MONTGOMERY, AL - MARCH 30: Sydney Duncan holds a sign during a rally at the Alabama State House to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced in Alabama on March 30, 2021 in Montgomery, Alabama. There are so far 192 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the United States. Of those, 93 directly target transgender people. Julie Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

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From Sold-Out Shows To Quiet Moments Alone, She Captured The Magic Of Prince

Prince's posthumous album, Welcome 2 America, came out last weekend. In honor of the release, Sam revisits his 2020 conversation with Prince's photographer, Randee St. Nicholas. She shares intimate stories about the legendary artist: from spontaneous photo shoots in burned out buildings to late nights after sold-out concerts.

From Sold-Out Shows To Quiet Moments Alone, She Captured The Magic Of Prince

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NPR Exclusive: Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph on Haiti's Future

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Tuesday

Pamela Adlon stars as Sam Fox, a single working mother, in the FX series Better Things. Suzanne Tenner/FX hide caption

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Then Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama delivers his speech 'A More Perfect Union,' in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008. Matt Rourke/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Pamela Adlon is the writer, director, star and co-creator of the comedy-drama Better Things on FX. Pamela Littky/FX hide caption

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Nick Kroll in the 2020 film Olympic Dreams. Kroll is also the creator and star of the animated show Big Mouth. IFC Films hide caption

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R. Eric Thomas' new book is Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America. Katie Simbala hide caption

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R. Eric Thomas on 'Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America'

R. Eric Thomas writes a column that is part news, part culture and part celebrity shade for Elle.com. But in his new book, "Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America," Thomas takes a look at his own life. He talks to Sam about his love of words, growing up as a gay black teenager and finding love in an unexpected place. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org.

R. Eric Thomas on 'Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America'

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Tuesday

Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan host the podcast Switched On Pop and are co-authors of the book Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters. Ellyn Jameson/Switched On Pop hide caption

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What Makes A Hit Pop Song

Listen up music composition nerds and music lovers! In this episode Sam is joined by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding, co-hosts of the podcast Switched On Pop. They break down what makes a song: why certain pop songs become ear worms and what their form and structure mean for the future of music. Answers to those questions and more that will leave you singing along. Sloan and Harding's recent book is called Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works and Why It Matters.

What Makes A Hit Pop Song

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Prince at the burned-out building he and Randee St. Nicholas found in the mid-1990s in Hollywood. Randee St. Nicholas/My Name Is Prince hide caption

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