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Sam Sanders

Correspondent and Host, It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

Sam Sanders is a correspondent and host of It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders at NPR. In the show, Sanders engages with journalists, actors, musicians, and listeners to gain the kind of understanding about news and popular culture that can only be reached through conversation. The podcast releases two episodes each week: a "deep dive" interview on Tuesdays, as well as a Friday wrap of the week's news.

Previously, as a key member of NPR's election unit, Sam covered the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election, and embedded with the Bernie Sanders campaign for several months. He was also one of the original co-hosts of NPR's Politics Podcast, which launched in 2015.

Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization, including field producer and breaking news reporter. He's spent time at three Member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston, as an intern for On Point.

Sanders graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a master's degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, with a double major in political science and music.

In his free time, Sanders runs, eats bacon, and continues his love/hate relationship with Twitter.

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'It's Been A Minute With Sam Sanders': The History Of Drag Queens

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RuPaul Andre Charles hosts the ribbon cutting with drag queens at RuPaul's DragCon in Los Angeles in May 2019. MOVI Inc for World of Wonder//Getty Images hide caption

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Meryl Streep joined the second season of the HBO series Big Little Lies. Jennifer Clasen/HBO hide caption

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Alone Together: Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own' Opens The Corners Of Community

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How Instagram Is Changing Life For Artists

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Steven T. Johnson rents a bed at the PodShare in Hollywood, Calif. "When you don't own things, you don't have to keep track of them," he says. "You just show up." Courtesy of Steven T. Johnson hide caption

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The Affluent Homeless: A Sleeping Pod, A Hired Desk And A Handful Of Clothes

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Kathy Griffin: Life After The Trump Severed Head Controversy

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Gabriel Patten, 18, a student at Castlemont High School in East Oakland, Calif., is a member of an Oakland-based violence intervention program called Youth ALIVE! He remembers when one of the program counselors was shot just outside the school. James Tensuan for NPR hide caption

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It's Been A Minute: Oakland Kids Who Experience Gun Violence Every Day

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Ajahnay Cooper poses for a portrait at Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif., where she is a student. The program Youth ALIVE! at Castlemont High School helps students who have been affected by gun violence and other traumas. James Tensuan for NPR hide caption

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Comedy Central Premieres Final Season Of 'Broad City'

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The Masked Singer: We Have So Many Questions

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Opinion: It's Time To Put 'Woke' To Sleep

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Jennifer Lopez says women are increasingly realizing: "We have worth, and value, and that we deserve everything that we want." (Above) Lopez performs during the 2018 American Music Awards on Oct. 9 in Los Angeles. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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How Jennifer Lopez Fought For Her 'Second Act'

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