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Joyce Lilly moves a filing cabinet as her dog Max follows, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in the Riverdale neighborhood of The Bronx, in New York. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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The Good, Bad And Ugly Of The Pandemic Housing Market, Plus TikTok Under Fire

Home sales are up, but the number of people facing evictions is also up. Sam talks to The Indicator's Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia about the good and bad news of the housing market in a pandemic. Then, TikTok is massively popular around the world, but now it's under fire from the Trump Administration due to national security concerns. We hear from NPR tech reporter Bobby Allyn about the latest on the social media upstart and what a proposed ban has to do with China and user data.

The Good, Bad And Ugly Of The Pandemic Housing Market, Plus TikTok Under Fire

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Co-hosts Peter Kafka and Rani Molla dive deep into the streaming service in the podcast Land of the Giants. Vox Media hide caption

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Andrew Stuart wears a bandana as a mask while taking a selfie with his dog, Voltron, on Sunset Blvd, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in West Hollywood, Calif. Ashley Landis/AP hide caption

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Coronavirus Questions Answered, Plus A Chat About 'Indian Matchmaking'

Should I wear a mask while running? How often should I wipe down my phone? Can I say hello to other people's dogs? Our listeners had questions about coronavirus, we have answers. Sam is joined by Short Wave host Maddie Sofia to dig into the science behind some of the decisions we have to make about everyday encounters in this pandemic. Then, Sam is all caught up in the buzz around Netflix's Indian Matchmaking, and he calls up journalist and former It's Been a Minute intern Hafsa Fathima to break it down.

Coronavirus Questions Answered, Plus A Chat About 'Indian Matchmaking'

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Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are the co-authors of Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Milan Zrnic hide caption

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Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman And Their 'Big Friendship'

All relationships have a backstory, even friendships. Best friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, are out with a new book called Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. In it, they write about their friendship story and they share lessons for all of us about how to keep our own friendships strong. Sam chats with them about going to friend therapy and what it's like to have a deep friendship with someone of a different race.

Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman And Their 'Big Friendship'

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Two women and a child wait to take a COVID-19 test at a mobile testing site in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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It's A Women's Recession

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Columbia University class of 2020 graduates pose for celebratory photographs on Commencement Day around the Alma Mater statue near the Low Memorial Library Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in New York. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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What's College Without A Campus? Plus Ziwe Makes Things Awkward

Colleges and universities are getting ready for a new year, but like everything else, coronavirus is complicating everything. Some are closing campus and moving online, others plan to bring students back with social distancing. Sam checks in with Tressie McMillan Cottom, associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, about the state of higher education and why not all colleges are created equal when it comes to prioritizing health over business. Then he chats with comedian and Desus and Mero writer Ziwe Fumudoh, whose recent interviews with white celebrities like Alison Roman and Rose McGowan have generated a lot of social media buzz for her frank questions about race. They talk about the art of the interview and her comfort with discomfort.

What's College Without A Campus? Plus Ziwe Makes Things Awkward

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Futuro Media president and founder and Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa poses with her award at The 74th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 31, 2015 in New York City. Latino USA was formerly distributed by NPR. Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Peabody Awards hide caption

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Host Carla Alexander disinfects a table at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Paying The Price Of Coronavirus

Four months into the pandemic, it seems like we're no better off in dealing with the coronavirus. There are still so many questions and few definitive answers about how this all ends, and for a lot of us, that's turned into anger and frustration. Sam talks to comedian Laurie Kilmartin about how she used Twitter and her iPad to process her mother's illness and death from COVID-19. Then he chats with Houston bar owner Greg Perez about how he's trying to keep workers and customers safe while also keeping his business afloat. And Sam asks Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo in Miami about how to make sense of all the mixed public health messaging on the coronavirus.

Paying The Price Of Coronavirus

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Chelsea Handler's latest book is Life Will Be the Death of Me...and You Too! Emily Shur hide caption

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Michaela Coel writes, directs and stars in I May Destroy You on HBO. Laura Radford/HBO hide caption

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Summer Pop Culture Recs, Plus A Visit With Kirk Franklin

It's summer without a lot of the usual summer fun because, you know, pandemic. But we've got music and TV recommendations to keep you company. Joining Sam are All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish and Code Switch co-host Gene Demby to chat about their TV picks — Netflix's Bojack Horseman and HBO's I May Destroy You — and to play a special summer songs version of Who Said That. Then, Sam chats with gospel musician, songwriter and author Kirk Franklin about how his music and faith are a balm for these turbulent times.

Summer Pop Culture Recs, Plus A Visit With Kirk Franklin

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How Much Have Facebook And Twitter Changed Since 2016?

How much has Big Tech changed since the 2016 election? Sam is joined by Washington Post tech reporters Elizabeth Dwoskin and Tony Romm. They chat about Facebook and Twitter and how their platforms and views on free speech have evolved since the last presidential election. Sam also chats with Washington Post columnist and satirist Alexandra Petri about her book of essays Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why and how she uses humor to uncover bigger truths.

How Much Have Facebook And Twitter Changed Since 2016?

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Tracee Ellis Ross as music superstar Grace Davis in the film The High Note. Glen WIlson/Focus Features hide caption

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