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It's Been a Minute
It's Been a Minute
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Each week, It's Been a Minute features people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with... more

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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 records that draw deeply on 90s era house music. Neither... more

24 Jun 2022 · 33 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 · 33 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 · 34 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 · 30 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. Former host Sam Sanders talks... 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 · 25 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
The '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 · 42 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 · 37 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 · 33 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 · 31 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 · 41 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 · 36 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 · 39 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 · 32 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 · 32 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 · 49 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 · 29 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 · 37 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 · 28 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

Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen's new book Out Of Office tackles the ways remote work can improve, no matter... 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 · 34 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
Yebba Sheds Old Beliefs With A New Album

It was 2016, and Yebba's career was beginning to take off. But 2016 was also the year that something... more

14 Sep 2021 · 24 minutes
20 Years Of The War On Terror; Plus, Redemption For Mariah Carey's 'Glitter'

Sam talks to Washington Post security and terrorism reporter Souad Mekhennet about what the war on terror has—and hasn't—achieved in... more

10 Sep 2021 · 35 minutes
Michaela Coel On 'Misfits' And 'I May Destroy You'

Writer and actor Michaela Coel's new book is Misfits: A Personal Manifesto.

07 Sep 2021 · 30 minutes
Songs Of The Summer With 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'

Sam talks to Novena Carmél and Anthony Valadez, hosts of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, about their end of summer song... more

03 Sep 2021 · 26 minutes
Presenting 'Code Switch': To Love And Not Forgive With Ashley C. Ford

In this special episode from our friends at the Code Switch podcast, we feature author Ashley C. Ford. For much... more

31 Aug 2021 · 39 minutes
How Do We Make Sense Of Afghanistan? Plus, 'Reservation Dogs'

For the last 20 years, the U.S. has been wrapped up in a costly war in Afghanistan, initially in response... more

27 Aug 2021 · 42 minutes
Jonathan Van Ness On 'Queer Eye,' Cats, And Overcoming Trauma

Jonathan Van Ness stepped into the spotlight in 2018 as a walking, talking bundle of energy, optimism and positivity as... more

24 Aug 2021 · 39 minutes
Maya Rudolph On SNL, Self-Acceptance, And Seeing Yourself On Screen

Maya Rudolph has had a successful career, spanning decades as a Saturday Night Live cast member and well-loved actor and... more

20 Aug 2021 · 26 minutes
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Writer and actor Michaela Coel's new book is Misfits: A Personal Manifesto.