It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders Sometimes you just need to talk it out—and that's exactly what host Sam Sanders does each week. Join him on Fridays for a recap of the week's news, culture and everything – plus Tuesday deep dives with artists, writers, journalists and more.
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Sometimes you just need to talk it out—and that's exactly what host Sam Sanders does each week. Join him on Fridays for a recap of the week's news, culture and everything – plus Tuesday deep dives with artists, writers, journalists and more.

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Dan Levy 'Leans Into Joy' On 'Schitt's Creek'

It's Tuesday. Sam talks to Dan Levy about the comedy series he co-created with his father, actor Eugene Levy. They discuss why Dan has always had to pay his own way, choosing to make his character on "Schitt's Creek" pansexual, and what he doesn't miss about working as a host for MTV. And, uh, Beyonce may have come up, too. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.

Dan Levy 'Leans Into Joy' On 'Schitt's Creek'

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Weekly Wrap: 'One Hot Mess' As Shutdown Continues, Plus Millennials And Burnout

It's Friday. Sam is swimming through the latest in shutdown and border wall news with help from NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson. Race is seemingly absent from that debate, even though it's a big predictor of voter attitudes on immigration. Plus, why BuzzFeed writer Anne Helen Petersen dubbed millennials the "burnout generation."

Weekly Wrap: 'One Hot Mess' As Shutdown Continues, Plus Millennials And Burnout

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Kathryn Hahn attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations screening of "Private Life" at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images hide caption

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Actress Kathryn Hahn Talks Film 'Private Life' — And Her Own

It's Tuesday: Sam talks with Kathryn Hahn — best known for her work in "Transparent" and "I Love Dick" — about her new film 'Private Life.' She stars alongside Paul Giamatti in the film, which is about a couple struggling to have a baby, and what happens when your life doesn't turn out the way you thought. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.

Actress Kathryn Hahn Talks Film 'Private Life' — And Her Own

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., smiles after receiving the gavel from Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., following her election as the next Speaker of the House during the first session of the 116th Congress. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Nancy Pelosi's Return, Retail's 2019 Outlook, What's The Deal With CBD?

It's Friday. Sam is talking to everyone here, specifically NPR Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Sarah Halzack. A new U.S. Congress was sworn in this week and Rep. Nancy Pelosi returned as Speaker of the House, but what will Democrats' legislative priorities be? It's a new year, and tariffs could mean an uncertain future for retail in the months to come. Plus, what is CBD, why is it everywhere, and is it legal?

Weekly Wrap: Nancy Pelosi's Return, Retail's 2019 Outlook, What's The Deal With CBD?

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Jenifer Lewis, author of The Mother of Black Hollywood, performs at the 28th Annual Divas Simply Singing Benefit Concert at Taglyan Cultural Complex on December 09, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Michael Tullberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Encore: From 'Black-ish,' Jenifer Lewis: 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'

It's Tuesday: In her memoir, "The Mother of Black Hollywood," Jenifer Lewis chronicles a career that has spanned decades, from Broadway to the hit ABC show Black-ish. Along the way, she played fictional moms to Tupac Shakur, Taraji P. Henson, and Whitney Houston. Jenifer talks to Sam about her long career, struggling with addiction and bipolar disorder, growing up in Missouri, and lying her way into the DNC in 2008. Originally released in November of 2017. Email the show at samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with your feedback.

Encore: From 'Black-ish,' Jenifer Lewis: 'The Mother of Black Hollywood'

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First lady Melania Trump walks to her vehicle as she arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on June 21, 2018. The photo displays the back of her jacket, which reads, "I really don't care, do U?" The photo went viral. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Year-End Wrap: Big Tech Reckoning, Identity Politics, & Yanny vs. Laurel

It's Friday. Sam rings like a bell wrapping up the year in news with NPR reporter Elise Hu and The Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Erich Schwartzel. Plus a call to professor Lilliana Mason about how politics and identity have become entwined. It's topped off with the best things that happened to listeners all year. Tweet @ NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Year-End Wrap: Big Tech Reckoning, Identity Politics, & Yanny vs. Laurel

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'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Star Samin Nosrat Wants To Burn It All Down

It's Tuesday (and Christmas). Sam is in the kitchen with Samin Nosrat, author of the James Beard Award-winning book 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' and star of the Netflix show of the same name. She talks to Sam about adjusting to fame, how she became a chef, and what makes her pessimistic about the world right now.

'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Star Samin Nosrat Wants To Burn It All Down

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Senior advisor to the President Jared Kushner (L) leans in to speak with President Donald Trump during the signing of the First Step Act and the Juvenile Justice Reform Act in the Oval Office of the White House on December 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Criminal Justice Reform, Teacher Strikes, & Dragons

It's Friday. Sam is on an island in the sun with 'Los Angeles Times' education reporter Sonali Kohli (@Sonali_Kohli) and 'Broken Record' podcast producer Justin Richmond (@JustJRichmond). Plus a year-end music check in with NPR music critic Ann Powers. Happy Holidays from the IBAM fam! Tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Weekly Wrap: Criminal Justice Reform, Teacher Strikes, & Dragons

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Jennifer Lopez On Longevity And 'Second Act'

It's Tuesday. Jennifer Lopez dishes to Sam on life lessons from her "Jenny from the Block" days to her starring role in the upcoming romantic comedy, "Second Act." Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Jennifer Lopez On Longevity And 'Second Act'

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President Donald Trump argues about border security with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Vice President Mike Pence sits nearby in the Oval Office. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Ron Elving On Impeachment, Investigations And More Political Qs

It's Friday. Sam is joined by NPR political editor and correspondent Ron Elving and NPR breaking news reporter Camila Domonoske. Sam and Camila are looking for answers to all the latest and burning questions on the Mueller investigation and President Trump's political agenda. Then Sam catches up with a listener from Portland, Maine, who last year shared her story of hosting a family of asylum seekers from Burundi.

Weekly Wrap: Ron Elving On Impeachment, Investigations And More Political Qs

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