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Cole Escola literally changes history in 'Oh, Mary!'

Cole Escola is the star and creator of Oh Mary!, an upcoming Broadway play about Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife... more

11 Jun 2024 · 18 minutes
Republicans really want revenge; plus, can AI take a chill pill?

What is our justice system for? Many Republicans over the past week have suggested it's for revenge, calling for the... more

07 Jun 2024 · 34 minutes
Devery Jacobs flies high in 'Backspot'

Cheerleaders are canonical when it comes to teen media - but is it time we expand our idea of... more

04 Jun 2024 · 19 minutes
Is it time to re-name "summer?" Plus, prom fashion is all grown up

Summer is supposed to be for vacation and more relaxation, right? Well, for climate watchers, this season goes by a... more

31 May 2024 · 30 minutes
You think you know true crime podcasts? Wait till you hear Tonya's story.

When a daughter or sister disappears how does a family move on without closure? Host Brittany Luse is joined by... more

28 May 2024 · 18 minutes
The Real Housewife-ification of Congress; And, 25 years of being pilled by The Matrix

Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jasmine Crockett exchanged heated words on the House floor. Greene commented on Crockett's eyelashes, and... more

24 May 2024 · 34 minutes
Tony nominee Jocelyn Bioh puts braiders centerstage

This week, Brittany Luse sits down with playwright Jocelyn Bioh, whose new play, Jaja's African Hair Braiding, is up for... more

21 May 2024 · 20 minutes
Bumble & the trap of modern dating; plus, living ethically in COVID's aftermath

This week, the dating app Bumble could not stay out of the news. First, the company launched an anti-celibacy advertising... more

17 May 2024 · 32 minutes
The miracle of middle age with Miranda July

Our culture is full of stories about what it's like to be young: to find yourself, to fall in love,... more

14 May 2024 · 21 minutes
Drake and Kendrick are beefing, but who pays? Plus, moms as our social safety net

Drake and Kendrick have been trading diss tracks for weeks, and it's gotten darker and darker with each track. Drake... more

10 May 2024 · 39 minutes
A 'Wild Card' game with Rachel Martin

NPR's Rachel Martin is the host of a new weekly podcast called Wild Card. It's part-interview, part-existential game show. In... more

09 May 2024 · 17 minutes
Suburban decay and choking on nostalgia

Brittany sits down with Jane Schoenbrun, the director of A24's coming of age horror film, I Saw The TV Glow.... more

07 May 2024 · 20 minutes
An inside look at the campus protests; plus, Israel at Eurovision

Pro-Palestinian protests have been popping up at universities around the world, and in the last few days things have escalated... more

03 May 2024 · 33 minutes
How Chicago's Black press shaped America

Host Brittany Luse sits down with Arionne Nettles, author of We Are the Culture: Black Chicago's Influence on Everything. Arionne... more

30 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
TikTok gets the boot; plus, a 'tradwife' fantasy

This week, President Biden signed a law that could ban TikTok nationwide unless its Chinese parent company sells the media... more

26 Apr 2024 · 35 minutes
Dating skills vs. dating gimmicks in 'Love on the Spectrum'

One of Brittany's latest TV obsessions has been Netflix's Love on the Spectrum. It's a reality series that follows several... more

23 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
The backlash against protests; plus, how OJ Simpson changed media forever

Earlier this week, pro-Palestinian protestors blocked traffic on highways and bridges in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Seattle. On... more

19 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
An argument for the art of whistling

Some of us whistle while we work, but what happens when your work is whistling? This week, host Brittany Luse... more

16 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The car culture wars; plus, the problem with child stars

President Biden has been pushing new regulations to promote electric vehicle production to combat the climate crisis — and former... more

12 Apr 2024 · 36 minutes
Boots with the spurs: 'Cowboy Carter' and the need for validation

Grab your cowboy hat, and saddle up that horse, because Beyoncé's highly anticipated album, Cowboy Carter is here. So far,... more

09 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
Is DEI a slur now? Plus, control & basketball

Following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore last week, the city's 39 year old mayor, Brandon... more

05 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
The hidden costs of hair braiding

This week, we're revisiting an exploration of hair braiding gone wrong. Online, women looking to get box braids have gone... more

03 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Harvard's TikTok strategy; plus, Shirley Chisholm, the coalition diva

TikTok has come under fire for its addictive algorithm and for being a place where misinformation spreads. But still, there... more

29 Mar 2024 · 38 minutes
'Love Lies Bleeding' and the fear and allure of strong women

Erotic thrillers are meant to be sexy, bloody, and fun. The best of them also deal with shifts in culture... more

26 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
Brittany talks bad accents and bad sex

Dune: Part Two is a marvel of cinematic wonder. Amongst all the chatter around the cinematography and lore, Brittany also... more

22 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
The spectacular femininity of bimbos and 'Barbie'

Awards season is finally over and even though Oppenheimer took home the top prize for best picture at the Oscars,... more

19 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
The déjà vu election; plus, losing faith in politics in "Great Expectations"

The 2024 presidential election will be a rematch between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden; and with that... more

15 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Jennifer Lopez's love affair with love

It's basically spring - which means wedding season is starting to rev up. And no one does weddings quite like... more

12 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
And the winner is... outrage? Plus, if the economy is good, why does it feel bad?

This weekend's Oscars ceremony will mark the close of awards season. But what has been an exciting year in film... more

09 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
'The Harlem Renaissance' and what is Black art for?

It's Been a Minute host Brittany Luse and producer Liam McBain took a little field trip to the Metropolitan Museum... more

05 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Three ways to think about journalism layoffs; plus, Aaron Bushnell's self-immolation

The American journalism industry is in crisis - layoffs, strikes, and site shutdowns have some people talking about the potential... more

01 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Da'Vine Joy Randolph on 'The Holdovers' and becoming a matriarch

Da'Vine Joy Randolph just keeps winning — she's won best supporting actress for her role in The Holdovers at the... more

27 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
Have we hit celebrity overload? Plus, Miyazaki's movie magic

Brittany feels like we've entered a new phase of celebrity oligarchy; new celebrity business enterprises are popping up daily, and... more

23 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Jada Pinkett Smith, the artist

Jada Pinkett Smith is the kind of celebrity that makes headlines just by breathing. But looking at those headlines ... more

20 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Legendary choreographer Fatima Robinson on moving through changes in dance

Choreographer Fatima Robinson has had an incredibly prolific career: she gave us the iconic King Tut-style moves from Michael Jackson's... more

16 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
Unlocking desire through smut; plus, the gospel of bell hooks

This week, we're asking: do the fantasies we read in romance novels say anything about what we want in our... more

14 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
A Super Bowl in 'new Vegas'; plus, the inverted purity of the Stanley Cup

This weekend, Vegas hit the jackpot. For the first time ever, Sin City will host the Super Bowl; and the... more

10 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
Sam Reich on revamping the game show - and Dropout's success as a small streamer

It seems like there are countless streamers these days – there's Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Max, Peacock, Roku, just to... more

06 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Charlamagne tha Pundit?; plus, was Tony Soprano white?

Charlamagne tha God has been dominating hip-hop radio for years, and lately, his influence has extended far beyond the music... more

02 Feb 2024 · 40 minutes
Ayesha Rascoe on 'HBCU Made' — and some good old college memories

We're taking it way back — all the way to college. This episode is a mini-reunion: host Brittany Luse and... more

30 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
South Africa's case for preventing genocide in Palestine; plus, why people love cults

This morning, the International Court of Justice shared a decision on South Africa's genocide case against Israel. The courts found... more

26 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
Benny Safdie on 'The Curse' — and performing goodness

Director and actor Benny Safdie is probably best known for co-directing the film Uncut Gems, but he's also acted in... more

23 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
The political power of white Evangelicals; plus, Biden and the Black church

For decades, Evangelicals have propped up Republican presidents. And while church attendance has fallen across the board, Evangelicals are still... more

19 Jan 2024 · 39 minutes
Anna Deavere Smith plays real Americans on stage - and she shares her lessons

Anna Deavere Smith is an acclaimed actress, journalist, and playwright. She's a pioneer of what's known as 'verbatim theater,' which... more

16 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
The life lessons Fantasia brought to 'The Color Purple'; plus, Personal Style 101

Fantasia Barrino-Taylor is picking up awards buzz for her portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple, and Brittany is sitting... more

12 Jan 2024 · 43 minutes
American Fiction is a rich story — but is it a successful satire?

American Fiction is a movie you can spend hours discussing. Based on Percival Everett's novel Erasure, the movie is a... more

09 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Looking ahead to the 2024 election; plus, getting "sober curious" for Dry January

This week, host Brittany Luse is starting with the biggest story of the year - the upcoming presidential election. The... more

05 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Ross Gay on inciting joy while dining with sorrow

Looking for joy? Then it might be worth exploring your sorrow. In his collection of essays, Inciting Joy, poet Ross... more

02 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
'Oh Me Oh My': Finding grace after something hellified (a New Year's story)

To close out the year, Brittany is sitting down with Lonnie Holley. He's a painter, sculptor, and musician who released... more

29 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Why grief sometimes looks like a hyphy party

On August 11, 1973, hip-hop was born at a house party in the Bronx. 50 years later the genre has... more

26 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
Why does flying suck so much?

Flying can be a frustrating experience, but holiday travel tends to shift our stress levels into overdrive. Overbooking, delays, lost... more

22 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
2023: The year of the celebrity memoir

2023 has been huge for the celebrity memoir game: Britney Spears, Prince Harry and Jada Pinkett Smith are just a... more

19 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
The IBAMmys: The It's Been A Minute 2023 Culture Awards Show

Welcome to the first ever IBAMmys, the It's Been A Minute 2023 culture awards show! It's been a minute -... more

15 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Music trends that took us by surprise in 2023

It's been an eventful year for music; we saw the rise of Mexican Regional music on the charts, the emergence... more

12 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Nicki Minaj's bars, Barbz and beefs; plus, why 2023 was the year of the cowboy

Nicki Minaj just released her first album in half a decade, Pink Friday 2. The self-proclaimed 'Queen of Rap' has... more

08 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
The 'Renaissance' film and what we hear in Beyoncé's silence

In the credits for 'Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé' the Queen Bee makes it clear who is in charge. Written... more

05 Dec 2023 · 17 minutes
McCarthyism and queerness in 'Fellow Travelers'; plus, IBAM unplugged with Olivia Dean

This week, Brittany chats with New Yorker television critic Inkoo Kang about Showtime's historical romance, Fellow Travelers. The show follows... more

01 Dec 2023 · 49 minutes
All The Only Ones: I can't wait

This week we're bringing you a special episode from the Embedded series 'All the Only Ones.' The series looks at... more

28 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
Defending the Disney Adult; plus, what it takes to stand up for Black trans people

Disney recently celebrated its 100th birthday, so we're exploring a fandom that's kept the magic alive while also generating lots... more

24 Nov 2023 · 38 minutes
How gratitude improves your relationships and your future

For the millions of Americans that celebrate Thanksgiving, it's a time when a lot of us reflect on the things... more

21 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
The return of Andre 3000; plus, 'Rap Sh!t' puts the music industry on blast

As many male rappers seem to become more depressed or vindictive in their lyrics, the women of rap appear to... more

17 Nov 2023 · 36 minutes
Pressing pause on 'Killers Of The Flower Moon' and rethinking Scorsese's latest

Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon is everything an Oscar contender might be - long, epic, morally complicated and... more

14 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Barbra Streisand says she's not a diva - she's a director

The season of the celebrity memoir is upon us. In just the past few months Britney Spears, Jada Pinkett Smith,... more

10 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
What restaurant trends tell us about the economy and culture

The restaurant industry has been making headlines lately. Fine dining heavyweights are shuttering: Noma announced it would be closing in... more

07 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
"The Gilded Age" and the trouble with American period pieces

The Gilded Age delighted audiences with its lavish sets, decadent costumes and social sniping when it debuted. Lucky for us,... more

03 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
What makes 'The Real Housewives' so addictive? (Classic)

It's a big week for fans of reality TV - it's Bravocon 2023. This year it's in Las Vegas –... more

31 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
It's Britney, bestseller!

Britney Spears just released one of the most hotly anticipated celebrity memoirs of the year, The Woman In Me. The... more

27 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
The new "final girl" in horror; plus, who's afraid of a horny hag?

Halloween is upon us — and it's the season for horror movies. Host Brittany Luse is a HUGE horror... more

24 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Misinformation & uninformed comments are clogging war coverage; plus, Tupac's legacy

A warning: This episode contains explicit language and mentions of rape.For the past two weeks, social media has been flooded... more

20 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
Code Switch: Baltimore teens are fighting for environmental justice — and winning

From our friends at Code Switch, we present a story about one group of student activists in Baltimore and how... more

17 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are 100% in a PR relationship. Here's how we know.

Taylor Swift and her maybe boyfriend, Kansas Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, have been inescapable the past few weeks. The... more

13 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
In defense of bad movie accents

We can all think of a bad movie accent. There's Lady Gaga in House of Gucci, Brad Pitt in Meet... more

10 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
It's Fat Bear Week - but our fascination with bears is timeless

Every year, the Katmai National Park in Alaska puts on a March Madness-style bracket of all the fattest bears in... more

06 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Jordan Peele presents a 'new' Black horror

This week, host Brittany Luse kicks off spooky season by sitting down with the current champion of Black horror, Jordan... more

03 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Hasan Minhaj and the limits of representation

A recent New Yorker piece on Hasan Minhaj found that some crucial bits of his stand-up act didn't stand up... more

29 Sep 2023 · 37 minutes
How Bethann Hardison changed the face of fashion - and why that matters

Bethann Hardison is the fashion icon behind so many fashion icons: she worked as a modeling agent in the era... more

26 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
The WNBA's coming out story; plus, the dangers of sports betting

This year, the WNBA had its most-watched regular season in 21 years, but what went into creating this new moment... more

22 Sep 2023 · 37 minutes
The year concert etiquette went to trash and why

Every couple of weeks there's a new story of a fan at a concert misbehaving. One fan threw ashes at... more

19 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Is capitalism in its flop era?

In 2017, Today, Explained co-host Noel King says she started getting a vibe: young people were discussing and dissecting capitalism.... more

15 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Rock and roll's pioneer is a queer, Southern Black man

When you think of rockstar royalty, a queer, Southern Black man normally doesn't come to mind. But director Lisa Cortés... more

12 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
The Photo of the Year; plus, whose RICO is it anyway?

When former President Donald Trump's mugshot was released, pundits immediately searched for meaning. Was it defiant? Was it embarrassing? Turns... more

08 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
20 years of pumpkin spice power

It's been 20 years since Starbucks debuted the first pumpkin spice latte in 2003. Since then, it's become a cultural... more

05 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Luther Vandross and Samara Joy sing across generations

Music is all about pushing the envelope, and no one knew that more than Luther Vandross. His rendition of "A... more

02 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
'All The Things She Said': queer anthem or problematic queerbait?

In September 2002, the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. released their smash single "All The Things She Said." The song is... more

29 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Skincare is dewy diet culture; plus, how to have the "Fat Talk"

In this conversation from November 2022, host Brittany Luse chats with beauty reporter Jessica Defino about the increase in celebrity... more

25 Aug 2023 · 46 minutes
Why we don't trust the 'vanilla girl'

This week is all about beauty and diet trends. In this first interview from March, host Brittany Luse chats with... more

22 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
'Abbott Elementary' and 'Succession' take on love and grief

This week, we're looking at some of the best TV of the year. Brittany Luse revisits her November 2022 conversation... more

19 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
Why aren't there more union stories onscreen?

In this conversation from March, Brittany Luse is joined by Chicago Tribune TV and film critic Nina Metz to chat... more

15 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Getting lit for hip-hop's 50th birthday

On August 11, 1973, hip-hop was born at a house party in the Bronx. 50 years later the genre has... more

11 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
How pop culture framed the crack epidemic

The crack epidemic has had seismic impact on American culture, from music to TV and film. This week, Brittany Luse... more

08 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
The tension behind tipping; plus, the anger over box braids

Over the past few years, tipping expectations have changed: we're asked to tip in restaurants and coffee shops, yes, but... more

04 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes
How racism became a marketing tool for country music

The top three songs in America right now are country tracks, and the top two hits are by artists facing... more

01 Aug 2023 · 15 minutes
Viral dating screenshots and the absurdity of 'And Just Like That'

Screenshots of dating apps are making the rounds online and what feels like mundane exchanges are generating lots of ire... more

28 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Lil' Kim's fashion legacy is undeniable

Think of the top women rappers of our time: Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj. They all showcase signature... more

25 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
The spectacular femininity of bimbos and 'Barbie'

The Barbie movie has arrived and we seem to be reaching peak Barbie-mania. But, Barbie's brand of hyperfeminine fun has... more

21 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Twitter vs. Threads, and why influencers could be the ultimate winners

In the wake of user dissatisfaction with Twitter, a crop of hungry new apps have sprung up to replace it.... more

19 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Where's the song of the summer? Plus, the making of Beyoncé's 'Crazy in Love'

It's been 20 years since Beyoncé's single Crazy in Love poured out of every radio, car speaker and club for... more

14 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
Ashley Park on Joy Ride, getting raunchy, and a letter to Cardi B

Joy Ride, the ensemble R-rated comedy of the summer, has burst onto the scene with raunchiness, heart, and an unapologetic... more

11 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
A rare battle at the Supreme Court; plus, Asian Americans and affirmative action

Years before their appointments to the highest court in the land, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas both... more

07 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
Pop Culture Happy Hour: why is 'Scandoval' such a big deal for 'Vanderpump Rules'?

Bravo's hit reality show Vanderpump Rules has become infamous due to a much-discussed affair between two members of its cast.... more

04 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
You can't even hate watch 'The Idol'; Plus, LIVE with Aubrey Gordon

HBO's 'The Idol' has been riddled with controversy, and with the show coming to an end, host Brittany Luse and... more

01 Jul 2023 · 42 minutes
'Never Have I Ever' is over, but Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is just getting started

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has big dreams. The 21-year-old gained full celebrity status with her breakout role as Devi Vishwakumar in the... more

27 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
Why we all need a himbo with 'The Other Two's Josh Segarra

Today, we consider the himbo — sweet hotties who are maybe a little naive about the world, but are... more

23 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Dominique Fishback is the actress with a thousand faces

Dominique Fishback is starring in one of the biggest summer movies, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, but her star has... more

20 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
Are children a marginalized group?

There's been a common theme swirling throughout the culture wars: from gun policy, to drag bans, to talking about race... more

16 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
It's time to have the 'Fat Talk' with our kids — and ourselves

Virginia Sole-Smith is an author, writer and host of the podcast Burnt Toast — and her work focuses on our... more

13 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Emily King's heartbreak on 'Special Occasion'

Grammy-nominated singer Emily King is a master architect of love songs: her dreamy pop-infused music has provided the soundtrack to... more

09 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Eric André on pulling a prank in late stage capitalism

The prince of pranks, Eric André, changed the comedy landscape with his long running series on Adult Swim, The Eric... more

06 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Authors Emily Henry and Bolu Babalola give their hottest summer reading recs

It's finally summer! And what better way to celebrate than to pick up a juicy book on a nice day?... more

02 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Brandon Taylor on art, loving across class and why he writes sex scenes

This week, host Brittany Luse chats with author and culture critic Brandon Taylor about his latest novel, The Late Americans.... more

30 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Tina Turner's happy ending

This week, the world went into mourning after losing the Goddess of Rock n' Roll: Tina Turner. Veteran music journalist... more

27 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Formula 1's new fandom; plus, Christian Horner is always on the offense

We're in a motorsports moment: Fast X just dropped, Rosalía is popularizing the motomami aesthetic and now it's time for... more

26 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Beauty culture in South Korea reveals a grim future in 'Flawless'

Author and one of NPR's beloved hosts, Elise Hu, joins Brittany Luse to talk about her new book: Flawless: Lessons... more

23 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Psychedelic freedom with Tonya Mosley; plus, 'Monica' and ambiguous apologies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could approve certain psychedelic drugs for treatment of PTSD within the next few years,... more

19 May 2023 · 38 minutes
It's been one year since the Buffalo shooting. How has it changed the community?

It has been one year since a white supremacist drove to a predominantly Black neighborhood with an AR-15 style rifle... more

16 May 2023 · 42 minutes
A Black, trans journey through TV and film; plus, inside Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' tour

Since releasing one of the most critically acclaimed albums in 2022, pop titan Beyoncé has withheld the visuals for almost... more

12 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Beyoncé's Renaissance tour begins; revisiting house music history with DJ Honey Dijon

Host Brittany Luse revisits her 2022 conversation with the legendary DJ Honey Dijon. As one of the only Black trans... more

09 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Padma Lakshmi's Trojan Horse; Plus, is Michael Jackson un-cancellable?

Brittany Luse talks to Padma Lakshmi about the second season of her series Taste The Nation. They get into what... more

05 May 2023 · 35 minutes
The best Met Gala looks and the messy legacy of Karl Lagerfeld

Yesterday was the first Monday in May, which meant we were inundated with pics of the Met Gala. The theme... more

03 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Brittany goes to 'Couples Therapy;' Plus, why Hollywood might strike

A big strike might be coming to Hollywood. That's because the Writer's Guild of America - the union that protects... more

28 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
George Santos and the great American tradition of "self-making"

New York Congressman George Santos has been embroiled in controversy since the day he stepped into office in November. The... more

25 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
The new conservative bent of rap media; plus, the sweetness of 'Somebody Somewhere'

While hip hop has a history of anti-establishment and progressive politics, hip hop media is taking an increasingly conservative turn.... more

21 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
Trina and her larger-than-life persona in hip-hop

From our friends at Louder Than a Riot, a look back at the origins of Miami's wildest rap icon, Trina... more

18 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Death and grief in 'Succession'; plus, privacy and the abortion pill

This week, host Brittany Luse is joined by UC Berkeley Law professor Khiara Bridges to connect the dots between the... more

14 Apr 2023 · 33 minutes
Tracee Ellis Ross is an icon – and our favorite rich auntie

Tracee Ellis Ross is an icon. From playing the premiere Black bachelorette, Joan Carol Clayton, on Girlfriends to becoming America's... more

11 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Serving up villains and vengeance in 'Love Is Blind' and Steven Yeun's 'Beef'

In reality TV, bringing the drama used to mean making it big. But these days, it doesn't seem to pay... more

07 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
The surprising case for AI boyfriends

The AI revolution has come for our love lives. Millions around the world are now in relationships with chatbots who... more

04 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Fighting back against spams, scams and schemes

It's not just you – the constant texts, calls, emails and DMs from scammers are invading so many of our... more

31 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
The 'vanilla girl' trend shows that beauty is power

If you're more than a casual observer on the interwebs, you've probably heard the term, "chronically online" – someone who... more

28 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Breaking down the Jennifer Lopez Wedding Industrial Complex Canon

It's basically spring - which means wedding season is starting to rev up. And no one does weddings quite like... more

24 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Surviving long COVID three years into the pandemic

It's been three years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. And according to the CDC, out... more

21 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Silicon Valley Bank and the sordid history of 'Palo Alto'

Even after Silicon Valley Bank crumbled and tech workers have been laid off in the thousands, Silicon Valley is still... more

17 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
The key to EGOT-ing with John Legend

John Legend has permeated the culture for over two decades. His music has racked up billions of plays and he... more

14 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
How Hollywood squeezed out women directors; plus, what's with the rich jerks on TV?

In nearly 100 years, the Oscar award for Best Director has only gone to three women. The film industry as... more

10 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Marilyn Monroe was more than just 'Blonde'

In the six decades since Marilyn Monroe passed away, Hollywood has not let her go. Actresses have portrayed her in... more

08 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
What's real about The Real Housewives?

What makes The Real Housewives peak culture – as in the #1 topic in the group chat – for so... more

03 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Keyla Monterroso Mejia embraces cringe as comedy's newest star

Keyla Monterroso Mejia is a dramedy star on the rise. She made audiences cringe with laughter in Curb Your Enthusiasm... more

28 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Fear, Florida, and The 1619 Project

How should U.S history be told, and who gets to tell it? Debate over these questions has raged for years... more

24 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Ross Gay on inciting joy while dining with sorrow

Looking for joy? Then it might be worth exploring your sorrow, complications and mess. In his latest collection of essays,... more

21 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Kelela's guide for breaking up with men

If you haven't stepped into an underground club in the last decade, you might be forgiven if you don't know... more

17 Feb 2023 · 21 minutes
Unlocking desire through smut; plus, the gospel of bell hooks

This week, we're asking: do the fantasies we read in romance novels say anything about what we want in our... more

14 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
Hot and kinda bothered by 'Magic Mike'; plus Penn Badgley on bad boys

The scintillating strip sensation is back! 'Magic Mike's Last Dance' hits theaters this weekend – and to celebrate, we're talking... more

10 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
Everything leading up to Rihanna's Halftime Show

This weekend Rihanna will perform on the world's biggest stage as the halftime headliner at the Super Bowl. Yet, in... more

07 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
The loneliness and longing of Luther Vandross; plus Grammy winner Samara Joy

From "A House Is Not A Home" to "The Glow of Love," Luther Vandross' music has become a staple for... more

03 Feb 2023 · 37 minutes
George Santos and the great American tradition of "self-making"

New York Congressman George Santos has been embroiled in controversy since the day he stepped into office in November. The... more

31 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Saying goodbye to Pikachu and Ash, plus how Pokémon changed media forever

It's the end of an era. After more than 25 years, The Pokémon Company is closing the book on the... more

27 Jan 2023 · 37 minutes
Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu is everywhere, all at once

Everything Everywhere All at Once is the critical darling of the 2023 awards season. The film is up for 11... more

25 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
One of Grindr's favorite podcasts; plus, art versus AI

It's in our homes and in our pockets, and now artificial intelligence is in our art. The runaway rise of... more

20 Jan 2023 · 42 minutes
M3GAN, murder, and mass queer appeal

At first blush, M3GAN seems like your standard murder doll horror film. Uncanny appearance, eerily close relationship with a young... more

18 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
What's worse than heat damage? Hair discrimination

For Black women, hair is about so much more than beauty. It can affect how they're treated and what opportunities... more

13 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Do you really know what turns you on?

For women who date men, bad sex might feel like a personal problem, but Nona Willis Aronowitz says it's political... more

10 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
What has Rep. Maxwell Frost gotten himself into?

It's a new year, and with it comes a new Congress. This week, Brittany Luse sits down with the first... more

06 Jan 2023 · 33 minutes
Millennials in Hollywood are making parents apologize on-screen

In this episode from June 2022, guest host B.A. Parker and Vox entertainment critic Emily St. James dive into a... more

03 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
Dancing into 2023 with legendary DJ Honey Dijon

2022 was a banner year for Honey Dijon. She co-produced two of the fiercest tracks on Beyoncé's latest record, 'Renaissance,'... more

30 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
A critic's love letter to Black women in pop

In this conversation from April 2022, former guest host Juana Summers sits down with author Danyel Smith to chat about... more

27 Dec 2022 · 31 minutes
Tory Lanez is guilty, so why was Megan Thee Stallion's strength on trial?

For the last two weeks, rapper Tory Lanez has been on trial for allegedly shooting Grammy winner Megan Thee Stallion.... more

24 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
(Almost) 20 years of 'Love Actually'

It's been almost two decades since the star-studded romantic comedy premiered, but Love Actually is still a holiday staple that... more

20 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
Dark academia's deadly allure and the timeless appeal of prep style

Donna Tartt's The Secret History turned 30 this year. Since the book's release, the novel has sold millions of copies... more

16 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
There is no Twitter without Black Twitter

#BlackLivesMatter. #OscarsSoWhite. #Zola. These huge cultural moments come from one of the most chaotic, beloved, and influential communities online: Black... more

13 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
'Framing Agnes' flips the script for trans stories

When the world never stops questioning you, do you refuse to answer... or do you play along to get what... more

09 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
Lil Kim is a style icon. It's time she got her due.

Think of the top women rappers of our time: Cardi B. Megan Thee Stallion. Nicki Minaj. They all showcase a... more

06 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
For Colored Nerds: Why Brittany wants to be a bad Black mom

Recently, host Brittany Luse has found herself curious about motherhood. As she's thought about the kind of mom she might... more

02 Dec 2022 · 48 minutes
Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Godfather' and the limits of on-screen representation

From our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, a deep dive on The Godfather – and why the classic film... more

29 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Sibling rivalry takes the stage on Broadway; plus Randall Park's latest 'Blockbuster'

There's nothing like the holidays for family drama. And in today's episode, Brittany Luse sits down with two actors who... more

25 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
'The Long COVID Survival Guide' to finding care and community

According to the CDC, out of all the American adults who have had COVID — and that's a lot of... more

22 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
Lionel Messi's last World Cup? Plus, a 'Diasporican' Thanksgiving

They call him a 21st-century god of soccer. One of the all time greats. A king. But Lionel Messi's crown... more

18 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
'Abbott Elementary' gets teachers

Brittany Luse watches a lot of TV, but there's one show she's always caught up on — Abbott Elementary. This... more

15 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Black films that changed the game

It's a big week in Black cinema as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hit theaters Friday. But on the same day,... more

12 Nov 2022 · 39 minutes
A vote for 'Black Disability Politics'

It's Election Day, and Brittany's focusing on those long lines at the polls. For years there's been a lot of... more

08 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Are the Kardashians America's family? Plus, our skincare desires and delusions

The Kardashians. Whether you're into them or not, one thing is true: You can't avoid them. When they're not releasing... more

04 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Sophistication and sexuality at 70 with Christine Baranski

If you ask people to describe Christine Baranski, one word rises to the top: sophisticated. That's no accident; the actress... more

01 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Vampires are hot, y'all

Spooky season is upon us, so we decided to sink our teeth into the world of vampires. Host Brittany Luse... more

28 Oct 2022 · 33 minutes
The Grim Reaper of retail: Spirit Halloween

Every fall, with the same regularity as birds flying south, Spirit Halloween materializes in locations across the country. The superstore... more

25 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Taylor Swift loves main character energy; Julio Torres hates it

The It's Been a Minute team gives you a sneak peek at the event of the season: BravoCon, where our... more

21 Oct 2022 · 35 minutes
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan tells those racist trolls to chill; Princess Peach can be Brown

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan has big dreams. The 20-year-old gained full celebrity status with her breakout role as Devi Vishwakumar in the... more

18 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Crafting the narrative of Elon Musk

The saga around Elon Musk's deal to buy Twitter has been just that: a months-long soap opera involving lawsuits and... more

14 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
'The Woman King' and when movies aren't history lessons

When our host Brittany Luse first heard of The Woman King – a film about an all-women warrior unit defending... more

12 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
Stacey Abrams is running against history

Stacey Abrams wants to make history again. After losing the Georgia governor's race to Brian Kemp back in 2018, Abrams... more

07 Oct 2022 · 45 minutes
May we present our new host...Brittany Luse

NPR is proud to present Brittany Luse as the new host for It's Been A Minute. Whether you're a long... more

05 Oct 2022 · 2 minutes
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... more

04 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
How Tiny Desk became a go-to spot for hip-hop

When folks think about where to get the latest in hip-hop, NPR doesn't usually come to mind. But that's changing,... more

30 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
For author Julissa Arce, 'sounding white' isn't a compliment

Julissa Arce used to think that the secret to fitting in was to "sound white" — to speak English perfectly,... more

27 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
Judy Greer on 'Reboot' — And Why Are There So Many Reboots, Anyway?

We talk TV REBOOTS. Guest host Elise Hu chats with Judy Greer about her role in the new Hulu series... more

23 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
How HBO transformed television

HBO gave us some of the most iconic television shows of our time: Sex and the City. The Sopranos. Game... more

20 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Who needs the monarchy? Plus, why gray floors and barn doors are everywhere

King Charles III doesn't enjoy the same popularity as his mother. In the face of mixed feelings towards the new... more

16 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
How Girls' Generation shaped K-pop as we know it

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the K-pop group Girls' Generation put out their newest album, 'Forever 1.' Today, we're taking... more

13 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
Serena's final serve; plus, the Emmys in an era of too much TV

Serena Williams just played her last U.S. Open. In the historic two-plus decades of her tennis career, she's won 23... more

09 Sep 2022 · 37 minutes
t.A.T.u's 'All The Things She Said' still runs through our heads

The Russian pop duo t.A.T.u released their smash single "All The Things She Said" 20 years ago this week. To... more

06 Sep 2022 · 20 minutes
The game has changed for D&D and 'A League of Their Own'

For a long time, Dungeons & Dragons was stereotyped as a game for nerdy young white guys in their parents'... more

02 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
From cupcakes to private jets, how the quest for status drives culture

What is culture, where does it come from and why does it change? W. David Marx, author of the new... more

30 Aug 2022 · 20 minutes
Will BeReal just make us BeFake? Plus, A Guidebook To Smell

BeReal may be the hottest new social media app on the market, but can it live up to its promise... more

26 Aug 2022 · 37 minutes
Presenting 'Code Switch': The glittering neon universe of 'P-Valley' with Katori Hall

The Starz hit series P-Valley takes audiences to a strip club in a fictional town in the Mississippi Delta. Part... more

23 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Bad Bunny's dream for Puerto Rico; plus, 'Koshersoul'

Bad Bunny is the biggest pop star in the world, so what does he believe in? Guest host Tracie Hunte... more

19 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
Joyful protests and funny rituals with Reservation Dogs' Dallas Goldtooth

In FX's Reservation Dogs, Dallas Goldtooth plays the character "Spirit" — a Native American warrior in feathers and buckskin who... more

16 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
Russia's long played with U.S. racial politics. Brittney Griner is the latest example

What does Brittney Griner's hypervisibility as a tall, queer, Black woman have to do with her 9-year sentence in a... more

12 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
In 'Industry,' Myha'la Herrold makes herself undeniable

In HBO's Industry, Myha'la Herrold plays Harper, a ruthless young trading floor analyst working for a bank in London. We've... more

09 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
All things comedy: HBO's 'Rap Sh!t,' plus, what's going on with late-night TV?

What do we expect from women rappers? Guest host Tracie Hunte and music and culture journalist Naima Cochrane discuss HBO's... more

05 Aug 2022 · 37 minutes
Why protecting the 'viral underclass' can keep us all healthy

After years of covering HIV and AIDS, journalist Steven Thrasher knew that the hardest hit communities were almost always the... more

02 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Bow down, Queen Bey's 'Renaissance' era has finally arrived

Beyoncé's new album is here! Guest host Anna Sale chats with Dan Runcie, founder of the hip hop site Trapital,... more

29 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
Presenting 'The Limits': Colman Domingo on success, grief and powerful characters

In this episode from our friends at The Limits with Jay Williams, host Jay Williams speaks with Colman Domingo, the... more

26 Jul 2022 · 42 minutes
'Nope' and the history of Black horror; plus, when to say 'no' to the news

These days, following the news can be utterly demoralizing. How do we deal? Guest host Anna Sale talks to Amanda... more

22 Jul 2022 · 46 minutes
Presenting 'Death, Sex & Money': From manager to labor activist

From guest host Anna Sale's other podcast Death, Sex & Money, we bring you this story about Mary Gundel, whose... more

19 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
988 is the new mental health hotline. Can it change how we respond to crisis?

Starting July 16, anyone in the US experiencing emotional distress or a mental health crisis can call the phone number... more

14 Jul 2022 · 37 minutes
Writer Erika L. Sánchez on mental health, Lisa Simpson and 'Crying in the Bathroom'

In 2017, author Erika L. Sánchez was making her dreams come true, her young adult novel I'm Not Your Perfect... more

12 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Hoochie daddy shorts give more than a lil leg; plus, let's get 'Seen, Heard and Paid'

They're short, sexy and on-trend: Hoochie daddy shorts are all the rage for cisgender straight men this summer. And this... more

08 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
'X' explores pleasure and pain in a dystopic world

How do freedom and rights intersect with sex, pleasure and the self? It's a question the U.S. is facing in... more

05 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Staying grounded after Roe v. Wade; plus, let's talk about fat liberation

The Supreme Court gutted abortion rights by overturning Roe v. Wade. For those who have been in the trenches of... more

01 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
When parents say sorry on-screen

Family conflict is a cinema staple. But recently Hollywood has come out with a slew of stories about parents and... more

28 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Guess who's back in the house (music scene); plus, 'Would it Kill You to Laugh'

In a matter of days Beyoncé and Drake both released music that draws deeply on 90s era house music. Neither... more

24 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Fangirls rule the internet in 'Everything I Need, I Get From You'

Fangirls often don't get taken seriously in pop culture. But in her new book, Everything I Need, I Get From... more

21 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Why old is new again in pop music; plus, 'Rutherford Falls'

When singer-songwriter Kate Bush released "Running Up That Hill" in 1985, it peaked at number 30 on the Hot 100.... more

17 Jun 2022 · 32 minutes
Joseph Han on U.S. imperialism, Korean ghosts and Guy Fieri

We don't often think of Hawaii and the Korean peninsula as having any kind of shared history. But author Joseph... more

14 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Even influencers are burning out; plus, there's nothing boring about 'Normal Gossip'

These days, it seems everyone wants to be an influencer. But as content creators realize that it's a demanding, often... more

10 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
Joel Kim Booster on making a queer, Asian American 'Pride and Prejudice'

The first time Joel Kim Booster vacationed on New York's Fire Island with his friend, comedian Bowen Yang, he brought... more

07 Jun 2022 · 21 minutes
Reframing guns on screen; plus, is it just us, or are movies getting longer?

Once again, Americans are asking how to end mass shootings. With consensus on gun laws unlikely, some are turning to... more

03 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Bruce Talamon on photographing Black excellence in the 1970s

Name a Black musician from the 1970s and chances are Bruce Talamon has photographed them. The Jackson 5. Aretha Franklin.... more

31 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Presenting 'Life Kit': Making the most of travel and your time off

In this episode from our friends at Life Kit, guest host Elise Hu teaches us how to make the most... more

27 May 2022 · 20 minutes
Phoebe Bridgers On 'Punisher' and Hate Touring

Singer Phoebe Bridgers had a huge year in 2020. She was nominated for four Grammys for her work on her... more

24 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Presenting 'Pop Culture Happy Hour': Beauty & pain of 'Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel'

In this special episode from our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, guest host Aisha Harris talks with journalists Tre'vell... more

20 May 2022 · 24 minutes
From Odd Future to The Internet, Syd

In this encore episode from 2018, former host Sam Sanders speaks with singer-songwriter Syd about her work with the hip-hop... more

17 May 2022 · 25 minutes
'End of Roe' and your digital search history; plus, the villain of 'Selling Sunset'

With the anticipated repeal of Roe v. Wade, it's unclear how Americans will access abortion and other reproductive care. ... more

13 May 2022 · 25 minutes
Singer Yebba on 'Dawn'

Yebba had a huge year in 2016. The singer and songwriter's career was taking off. But 2016 was also the... more

10 May 2022 · 24 minutes
The consequences of losing Roe v. Wade, plus, Summer of Books

Protests erupted across the nation this week in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court brief suggesting the landmark "Roe... more

06 May 2022 · 40 minutes
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... more

02 May 2022 · 17 minutes
Anti-trans legislation; plus, Broadway is back

Legislation targeting transgender Americans and trans children has increased sharply in the last year. Guest host Ari Shapiro speaks... more

29 Apr 2022 · 35 minutes
The power in owning your 'Big Feelings'

Guest host Juana Summers speaks with co-authors Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy about their new book, Big Feelings: How... more

26 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
COVID travel mask mandates drop; plus, 'Oprahdemics'

With travel mask mandates dropping, increasing cases, and more COVID variants, precaution exhaustion is real, but the pandemic is far... more

22 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
Danyel Smith highlights Black women who defined pop music in 'Shine Bright'

Guest host Juana Summers talks with Danyel Smith about her new memoir, Shine Bright: A Personal History of Black Women... more

19 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
Etsy sellers on strike; plus, the creators of 'ROAR'

From homemade candles to jewelry, leather goods to cloth masks, online marketplace Etsy has been a haven for makers looking... more

15 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Presenting 'Broken Record': An Interview With Nas

In this special episode from our friends at the Broken Record podcast, we will hear producer Rick Rubin's conversation with... more

12 Apr 2022 · 50 minutes
The problem of diversity in 'Bridgerton'; plus, the Latinx history of punk music

Guest host Jasmine Garsd talks to Kristen Warner, an associate professor at the University of Alabama, about Bridgerton's diversity problem.... more

08 Apr 2022 · 39 minutes
'True Story': Danielle Lindemann on 'What Reality TV Says About Us'

In this special new episode of It's Been a Minute, we share a conversation Sam Sanders recorded about one of... more

05 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
The vibe has shifted; plus, 'Conversations with People Who Hate Me'

You may see it in the news or on social media. You may be feeling different in your relationships or... more

01 Apr 2022 · 35 minutes
Bringing 'Pachinko' from page to the screen

Elise Hu chats with Soo Hugh, writer and showrunner of the much anticipated series Pachinko, based on the 2017 novel... more

29 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
And the Oscar goes to...

A trimmed telecast? A crowd-sourced award? DJ Khaled as a presenter? The Oscars are back like you've never seen them... more

25 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
Rejecting assimilation in 'You Sound Like a White Girl'

A school crush once told Julissa Arce that she sounded "like a white girl." At the time, Arce believed that... more

22 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
One year later, the Atlanta spa shootings; plus, tech on TV

It's been one year since the Atlanta-area spa shootings that claimed eight lives, six of whom were Asian women. Guest... more

18 Mar 2022 · 33 minutes
Presenting 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!': Everyone & Their Mom

Our friends at Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! have a new show out with host Emma Choi. It's called... more

15 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Sam says goodbye

It's Been A Minute is sticking around, but before our beloved Sam Sanders takes flight we've got news to cover!... more

11 Mar 2022 · 36 minutes
The trouble with defining antisemitism

With more extreme antisemitic attacks on the rise and more antisemitic rhetoric in the mainstream, antisemitism has become an increasingly... more

08 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
Sanctions 101

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, global powers have put the pressure on with sanctions upon sanctions. But... more

04 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
'Jackass' star Johnny Knoxville has nothing left to prove

It's our 500th episode and what better way to celebrate than with Johnny Knoxville's first appearance on NPR? We couldn't... more

01 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Trayvon, ten years later

Before George Floyd and Michael Brown, there was Trayvon Martin. And this weekend marks ten years since the watershed moment... more

25 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
Presenting 'The Limits': Gabrielle Union stands up for herself

In this episode from our friends at NPR's newest podcast The Limits, host Jay Williams chats with Gabrielle Union —... more

22 Feb 2022 · 47 minutes
Ok. I guess we'll talk about the metaverse.

What is the metaverse? How do you get to it? Why does it seem to dominate headlines every week? Is... more

18 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
How to make and sustain Latinx TV

Streaming has totally changed the face of TV, but in all its abundance, who gets to make a show, and... more

15 Feb 2022 · 32 minutes
The demand for salary transparency, plus a new fresh prince of 'Bel-Air'

Victoria Walker, former The Points Guy senior travel reporter, didn't think much about tweeting her salary when she quit her... more

11 Feb 2022 · 36 minutes
China's Influence Over Hollywood

China has held a soft power over Hollywood for the last few decades. Examples range from the cosmetic, like the... more

08 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
It's all politics at the Winter Olympics, plus 'This Is Dating'

It's hard to believe the Winter Olympics have begun in Beijing, our second COVID Games. Sam talks to NPR correspondent... more

04 Feb 2022 · 39 minutes
Questlove's 'Summer of Soul' brings lost music back to life

There were two big music festivals happening in the summer of 1969. While one defined an entire generation of culture... more

01 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
Whodunit at 'The Afterparty' plus the lie of 'Laziness'

Sam sits down to chat, sing, improv and of course play Who Said That with actors Ben Schwartz and Sam... more

28 Jan 2022 · 37 minutes
'Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations' from Wajahat Ali

Sam chats with author Wajahat Ali about his new book, Go Back To Where You Came From: And Other Helpful... more

25 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
Remembering André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley became a major part of the global fashion zeitgeist while navigating being one of the few, if... more

21 Jan 2022 · 46 minutes
The legacy of ACT UP and its fight to end AIDS

Sam revisits his 2021 conversation with Sarah Schulman about ACT UP. The organization united a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals... more

18 Jan 2022 · 47 minutes
The financial aid conspiracy; plus, 'For Colored Nerds'

A group of elite colleges and universities this week found themselves at the center of a lawsuit alleging that they... more

14 Jan 2022 · 35 minutes
It's still Trump's GOP

Former President Donald Trump is still one of the most influential members of the Republican party even after leaving office... more

11 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
Revisiting the January 6 insurrection, one year later

It's been a full year since the January 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, perhaps the most shocking political... more

07 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
Presenting 'Throughline': Nikole Hannah-Jones and the war over history

In this special episode from our friends at Throughline, co-hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei explore the war over history... more

04 Jan 2022 · 49 minutes
Looking back at Whitney Houston's 1991 national anthem

Happy New Year's Eve, y'all! Before we officially end 2021, we're revisiting on one of our favorite episodes of the... more

31 Dec 2021 · 21 minutes
2021 in music with 'Switched on Pop'

Sam chats with Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, the two co-hosts of the podcast Switched on Pop, about the year... more

28 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
The holiday movie machine

Do holiday movies actually make money for networks like Hallmark and Netflix? How many Vanessa Hudgens characters is too many... more

24 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
'The View' is cultural (and political) canon

In an era when social media and streaming reign supreme, how has a daytime talk show on network television managed... more

21 Dec 2021 · 40 minutes
Did That Really Happen This Year?

We take a look back on the year in news and pop culture... in quotes. For this special episode of... more

17 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
Presenting 'Alt.Latino': Elvis Costello, reimagined en español

In this special episode from our friends at Alt. Latino, host Felix Contreras talks to Elvis Costello and Grammy-winning producer... more

14 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
What has Biden accomplished (or not) in 2021?

Now that we're nearly a year into Joe Biden's presidency (and out of Donald Trump's)... what has Biden actually achieved?... more

10 Dec 2021 · 40 minutes
How to make working from home better

Has working from home during the pandemic been frustrating for you? You're not alone. Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen's... more

07 Dec 2021 · 32 minutes
Was 2021 labor's year? Plus, 'Like a Virgin'

Was 2021 the labor movement's year? It certainly felt like it — thousands of workers went on strike this... more

03 Dec 2021 · 38 minutes
Presenting 'Pop Culture Happy Hour': is 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' stuck in nostalgia?

In this special episode from our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, guest host Ayesha Rascoe joins co-hosts Glen Weldon... more

30 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
What people miss when talking about banned books

Guest host Ayesha Rascoe is joined by NPR senior editor Barrie Hardymon and Traci Thomas, host of The Stacks podcast,... more

24 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
From Taylor Swift to Thanksgiving, Dear Prudence gives the gift of advice

What better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of... advice? And solicited advice at that! For this... more

23 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
The hidden costs of holiday consumerism

A lot of consumers are worried about supply chain delays this holiday season — but there are also other issues... more

19 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
Permission to feel joy with Rax King's 'Tacky'

Why do we feel shame for sincerely enjoying something that others don't like? That's one of the big questions tackled... more

16 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
Why flying feels so hard; Plus, 'Queer Love in Color'

Now that more people are getting comfortable flying again, it's about time to remind ourselves that, oh yes, flying was... more

12 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
Presenting 'Throughline': The Nostalgia Bone

The global pandemic has spawned a different type of epidemic, one of an entirely different nature: a nostalgia outbreak. Longing... more

09 Nov 2021 · 56 minutes
New threats to Roe v. Wade; Plus, Jo Firestone's 'Good Timing'

Sam talks to Slate staff writer Mark Joseph Stern about the Supreme Court hearing challenges to the Texas abortion law... more

05 Nov 2021 · 39 minutes
Presenting 'Code Switch': Kat Chow's 'Seeing Ghosts'

In this episode from our friends at NPR's Code Switch podcast, Kat Chow chats with former host Shereen Marisol Meraji... more

02 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
Should I have kids? Move? Recycle? Your climate questions answered

Ahead of the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow this weekend, Sam chats with climate experts Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist... more

29 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Presenting 'Switched On Pop': the Cyndi Lauper conspiracy

In this special bonus episode, Sam joins Switched On Pop co-host Charlie Harding to talk Cyndi Lauper. Many fall for... more

28 Oct 2021 · 35 minutes
Shea Serrano answers existential questions about rap in 'Hip Hop (And Other Things)'

Author and host of the No Skips podcast Shea Serrano gets obsessive about things — movies, basketball, and now, rap.... more

26 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
Why can't Democrats pass legislation? Plus, 'Succession'

Sam chats with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about why dysfunction in the Democratic Party is putting the big... more

22 Oct 2021 · 42 minutes
Why aren't Black and Indigenous missing persons cases covered enough?

Jermain Charlo was an Indigenous mother who went missing in Montana in the summer of 2018. Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old... more

19 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
Nicole Byer's '#VeryFat #VeryBrave' guide to bikini confidence

Sam revisits his 2020 conversation with comedian and Nailed It! host Nicole Byer on her coffee table book: #VeryFat #VeryBrave:... more

15 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Pop music's 'Latin Explosion' of 1999

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Latino artists like Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira ruled the... more

12 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
'LuLaRich' reveals how MLMs mirror the American economy

Sam interviews women's work and economic justice writer Meg Conley about the documentary series LuLaRich and how vulnerable people still... more

08 Oct 2021 · 34 minutes
Janet Jackson's Legacy After 'Control'

On the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, we look back at Control, her... more

05 Oct 2021 · 41 minutes
Has immigration changed much under Biden?

How much has really changed in U.S. immigration policy since President Biden came into office? After seeing graphic images of... more

01 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
The Lasting Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

When Soul Train was first nationally syndicated in October 1971, there was nothing else like it on TV. It became... more

28 Sep 2021 · 33 minutes
COVID Forever? Plus, Broadway's Back

Ever since the pandemic hit, life has been split into two timelines: before the pandemic and after the pandemic. But... more

24 Sep 2021 · 36 minutes
Brandon Taylor Wrote 'Real Life' And 'Filthy Animals' For His Queer, Black Friends

Author Brandon Taylor used to spend most of his hours studying nematodes under a microscope as a grad student. He... more

21 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
'Machiavelli for Women'; Plus, 'What We Do in the Shadows'

Sam is joined by NPR's The Indicator host Stacey Vanek Smith to talk about her new book, Machiavelli for Women... more

17 Sep 2021 · 40 minutes
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