Encore: A Thanksgiving Special

Sam and Dan Pashman, host of "The Sporkful," swap Thanksgiving horror stories with listeners — and one special guest. First recorded for Thanksgiving 2017. Episodes of The Sporkful at www.sporkful.com. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Encore: A Thanksgiving Special

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A fire-damaged Pacific Coast sign remains standing along the Pacific Coast Highway amid the blackened and charred hills from the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California on November 15, 2018. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running

It's Friday. Guest host Elise Hu tries to "work this whole" news thing out with Los Angeles Times health reporter Soumya Karlamangla and Snapchat's Good Luck America host, Peter Hamby. Soumya talks twin tragedies in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Peter questions CNN's election night re-do, and Elise finds no great deception in this week's North Korea news.

Weekly Wrap: California Fires, Drunk Raccoons, Beto Running

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Steven Yeun, A Star On Both Sides Of The Pacific, Talks Toggling Between East & West

It's Tuesday. Elise Hu steps in the hosting chair for Sam and gets deep with Yeun on why he's sick of talking about Asian identity, his time as Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead, and his new South Korean thriller. Send thoughts about the episode to Elise at ehu@npr.org or tweet her @elisewho.

Steven Yeun, A Star On Both Sides Of The Pacific, Talks Toggling Between East & West

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Weekly Wrap: Democrats' Victory or Defeat, Amazon HQ2, Alien Spaceship

It's Friday. Sam is getting in the zone with Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR's podcast "Pop Culture Happy Hour." This week, Sam is asking whether Democrats really won or lost in the midterms, and Linda and Glen are wondering if we should care about a so-called alien spacecraft and Alec Baldwin. Also Sam is digging into what Amazon's reported expansion to Crystal City, Va., might mean for people living there.

Weekly Wrap: Democrats' Victory or Defeat, Amazon HQ2, Alien Spaceship

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Heartbreak Led 'Broad City' Co-Star Abbi Jacobson On A Cross-Country Road Trip

It's Tuesday. 'Broad City' co-star Abbi Jacobson's new book, 'I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff,' chronicles her cross-country road trip following a devastating breakup. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Heartbreak Led 'Broad City' Co-Star Abbi Jacobson On A Cross-Country Road Trip

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Weekly Wrap: Processing Pittsburgh, Race And Politics, Cardi Vs. Nicki

It's Friday. Sam is clapping along because he's happy to be in the studio with NPR "Morning Edition" host David Greene and journalist Audrey Cleo Yap. The 2018 midterm elections are just days away, and David shares some insights from conversations he's had with voters. Sam explains why race is the primary subtext of all U.S. politics right now. After the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sam chats with a man whose father was killed in a massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin six years ago.

Weekly Wrap: Processing Pittsburgh, Race And Politics, Cardi Vs. Nicki

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Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder: Through the Lens

It's Tuesday: Sam talks with photographer Bruce Talamon on capturing famous black musicians in their most intimate moments from their living rooms to the stage. His photos are out in a new book: Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk. Photographs 1972-1982.

Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder: Through the Lens

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Weekly Wrap: Transgender Rights, Netflix Rom-Coms, Halloween Candy

It's Friday. Sam's loneliness is killing him, so he's joined by podcast maker and journalist Julia Furlan and Stacey Vanek Smith, host of NPR's The Indicator podcast. The Trump administration may seek to limit the federal government's definition of "sex" — potentially allowing for the rollback of protections for transgender people under federal civil rights law. Plus, Sam looks at the success of Netflix's "Summer of Love" and wonders if it could revive the romantic-comedy genre in film.

Weekly Wrap: Transgender Rights, Netflix Rom-Coms, Halloween Candy

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Attendees cheer a speaker during the Women's March "Power to the Polls" voter registration tour launch at Sam Boyd Stadium on January 21, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, as demonstrators across the nation gathered to protest President Donald Trump's administration and to raise awareness for women's issues. Sam Morris/Getty Images hide caption

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2018: The "Year Of The Woman?"

Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Elizabeth Heng talk to Sam about running as women in 2018, and NPR political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben (@titonka) explains why even 2018's record number of female candidates won't mean parity.

2018: The "Year Of The Woman?"

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Weekly Wrap: Jamal Khashoggi, Research Hoax, & Nebraska's New Slogan

Sam is joined by NPR's Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded, and Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates. Questions continue to mount after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Plus, Sam digs into an elaborate hoax designed to discredit research in so-called "grievance studies" — what the hoaxsters call academic fields focused on identity. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Weekly Wrap: Jamal Khashoggi, Research Hoax, & Nebraska's New Slogan

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'The Sentence' Documents Toll of Mandatory Sentencing Laws On A Family

It's Tuesday: Cindy Shank was living a comfortable life at home with her three little girls and husband when one day the feds came knocking. They were there to arrest her for not telling the police about an ex-boyfriend's drug dealing several years prior. That's the story behind a new HBO documentary, 'The Sentence' - directed by Shank's brother, Rudy Valdez. Sam talks to Cindy and Rudy about documenting the impact on their family, a mother's love for her children, and how the film has brought politicians together on both sides of the aisle.

'The Sentence' Documents Toll of Mandatory Sentencing Laws On A Family

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Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels

It's Friday: Sam has waited hours for this weekly wrap with hosts of the WNYC podcast "Nancy," Tobin Low and Kathy Tu. A study from the United Nations says current efforts to fight climate change are not enough. Plus, Sam talks to a former lobbyist who is leading an effort to restore voting rights for felons in Florida — because he is one. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Weekly Wrap: Climate Change, LeBron James, Squirrels

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It Almost Destroyed Ellen's Career; Now Celebrities Are Playing With 'Coming Out'

To mark National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Sam examines the history, meaning and future of coming out with University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor Marcia Gallo and E. Patrick Johnson of Northwestern University. He also shares coming out stories from listeners and swaps stories with NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

It Almost Destroyed Ellen's Career; Now Celebrities Are Playing With 'Coming Out'

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Weekly Wrap: Supreme Court, Homecoming, & Gender Fire

It's Friday: Sam is up on his feet with Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner), legal editor at Buzzfeed News, and Alina Selyukh (@alinaselyukh), business correspondent at NPR. They're talking about Supreme Court strategy, net neutrality, and Amazon's minimum wage. Plus, Sam talks to two high school girls who are changing the rules of homecoming royalty.

Weekly Wrap: Supreme Court, Homecoming, & Gender Fire

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Ike Barinholtz On 'The Oath,' Thanksgiving Politics, & Tiffany Haddish

It's Tuesday: Sam talks to actor Ike Barinholtz about his new film 'The Oath,' which he wrote, directed, and stars in alongside Tiffany Haddish. They discuss Ike's big break as Morgan Tookers on 'The Mindy Project,' his own personal stuffing recipe, and playing basketball back home in Chicago with a local community organizer. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org.

Ike Barinholtz On 'The Oath,' Thanksgiving Politics, & Tiffany Haddish

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UNITED STATES - SEPT 27: A woman's hands reading, "I BELIEVE" and "ME TOO" are handcuffed as she is arrested after sitting in on First Street outside of the Supreme Court as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Ford-Kavanaugh Fall-Out, Midterms, Meghan Markle

It's Friday: Sam is getting through the week with Juana Summers (@jmsummers), national political reporter for The AP, and Ben Terris (@bterris), feature reporter for The Washington Post. They're talking reaction to the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing, President Trump's lengthy news conference, and the SEC suing Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Plus, Sam talks to journalist and author Annie Lowrey about universal basic income and how it could work in the U.S. Don't forget: buy tickets to our next Los Angeles live show at kpcc.org/inperson

Weekly Wrap: Ford-Kavanaugh Fall-Out, Midterms, Meghan Markle

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'SNL' Wasn't A Good Fit For Natasha Rothwell. Now On 'Insecure,' She's Anything But

It's Tuesday: Sam talks with Rothwell, who plays Kelli on the HBO show Insecure. Kelli is loud, proud and loyal — and she owns the screen when she walks on. Rothwell tells Sam about going from writing to acting and co-executive producing the show, auditioning for Saturday Night Live, plus, teaching high school drama. Get tickets to our Los Angeles live show with Guy Branum and a surprise guest at kpcc.org/inperson.

'SNL' Wasn't A Good Fit For Natasha Rothwell. Now On 'Insecure,' She's Anything But

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) hold a sign reading "Don't Grab Workers" while protesting outside of a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Kavanaugh, MeToo, Bert & Ernie

It's Friday: Sam is LIVING this week with NPR Weekend Edition Senior Editor Barrie Hardymon (@bhardymon) and NPR Washington Desk Editor Arnie Seipel (@NPRnie). They're talking about the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and other men who were shunned after sexual harassment allegations now saying, "what about me." Plus, as McDonald's workers protest sexual harassment, we talk to a waitress in Tuscon, Arizona, about the harassment she has experienced over her 17 years in the food service industry. Don't forget: buy tickets to our next Los Angeles live show at kp.cc/IBAM.

Weekly Wrap: Kavanaugh, MeToo, Bert & Ernie

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#MeToo Hits Elite Sports

It's Tuesday: Sam talks to speed skater Bridie Farrell. Her mentor, former Olympian Andy Gabel, sexually abused her when she was a teenager. Sam also talks to journalist Alexandra Starr about the unique ways elite sports can groom children to be victims of abuse.

#MeToo Hits Elite Sports

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A woman holds a placard in Spanish that translates to "genocide," in front of hundreds of shoes that were displayed in memory of those killed by Hurricane Maria. She stands in front of the Puerto Rican Capitol in San Juan, on June 1, 2018. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: "Onto the List."

It's Friday: Sam is chatting this week with NPR Morning Edition editor Ashley Brown (@hey_hashbrown) and NPR political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben (@titonka). They're talking about the record number of women running ahead of the midterms and how that has Dems particularly excited for November, President Trump's denial about the death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and the police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in his own home. To top it off, a chat about how we're all focused on Washington when our local politics is what counts. Buy tickets to our next Los Angeles live show at kp.cc/IBAM.

Weekly Wrap: "Onto the List."

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Director Lauren Miller Rogen's 'Like Father' Reflects Her Own Emotional Journey

It's Tuesday: writer and director Lauren Miller Rogen talks to Sam about her new Netflix film, "Like Father," starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer, caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease, and working with her husband, Seth Rogen.

Director Lauren Miller Rogen's 'Like Father' Reflects Her Own Emotional Journey

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Weekly Wrap: "Just Do It."

It's Friday: Sam is dreaming about the news with NPR tech reporter Jasmine Garsd (@JasGarsd) and reporter and public radio host Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) . They're discussing the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, the anonymous New York Times op-ed and teens using social media. Plus a chat about Nike's new Colin Kaepernick ad and what it says about corporations and "wokeness." Buy tickets to our next Los Angeles live show at kp.cc/IBAM.

Weekly Wrap: "Just Do It."

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Covering The Trump White House

It's Tuesday: two White House reporters join Sam to talk about life behind the scenes covering the Trump administration: Katie Rogers of the New York Times (@katierogers) and Geoff Bennett of NBC News (@GeoffRBennett). Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org. Tickets to our October 2 live show in LA are at kp.cc/IBAM.

Covering The Trump White House

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Emmy Nominees Rachel Brosnahan & Brian Tyree Henry

It's Friday: Sam's taking a break from the news and revisiting two conversations from this year. First up, Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Afred "Paperboi" Miles on the hit FX show 'Atlanta.' He's up for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series at next month's 2018 Emmy Awards. Also nominated — for her starring role in 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel' — is Rachel Brosnahan, up for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. Back to our regular schedule next week. Tweet @NPRItsBeenaMin with feels or email samsanders@npr.org. Tickets to our October 2 live show in LA are at kp.cc/IBAM.

Emmy Nominees Rachel Brosnahan & Brian Tyree Henry

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