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Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders
Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders
Vulture & New York Magazine

Join host Sam Sanders as he guides you through the biggest pop culture stories, trends, and ideas we can’t stop thinking about.... more

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We Will Never Recover From What Justin Did to Britney or: the End of 'Into It'

In our final game of "Into It/Not Into It," comedians Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman, hosts of the Couples Therapy... more

27 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
Britney Was Always Trying to Tell Us Who She Was

Britney Spears' memoir The Woman in Me is out today. But we're taking this moment instead to revisit the songs... more

24 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
What Britney Reveals, and What George Clooney Wants Resolved

Britney Spears’ memoir comes out next week, but details are already emerging. From snake-handling to Justin Timberlake (redundant?), Sam is... more

20 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
It’s Not Just Scorsese. Why Are Movies So Long?

Long movies have often been associated with prestige, so it makes sense that Killers of the Flower Moon is three... more

17 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Jada & Will Deserve an Oscar for Their Marriage Performance

News came out this week that Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have actually been separated since 2016... and we... more

13 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Are Celebrities So Bad at PR?

Whether you’ve filmed your awkward apology video from the comfort of your own kitchen or a corner of your palatial... more

10 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Are Bed Bugs and Katy Perry Out for Blood?

Bed bugs in Paris? Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom entangled in yet another real estate lawsuit? U2 at The Sphere?... more

06 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Tech Bros Laid the Foundation, But Women Built Social Media

The story of social media has usually been told from the perspective of tech bros, set to a soundtrack by... more

03 Oct 2023 · 38 minutes
The Writers' Strike Is Over; What Does Hollywood Do Now?

After a contentious five months, the writers' strike is officially over. What does that actually mean for the writers themselves,... more

29 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Hip-Hop Is 50 and It’s Having a Midlife Crisis

So much of the coverage of hip-hop’s 50th birthday has been fawning. Congratulatory. Devoid of meaningful critique. All that despite... more

26 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Hasan Minhaj’s Broken Truths, and Taylor Swift’s Broken Google

Comedian Hasan Minhaj admitted to making up biographical stories involving racism and Islamophobia in his standup specials. Sam asks our... more

22 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
How to Game the Billboard Hot 100

Is it just us or has the Billboard Hot 100 felt... weird this year? It's the same chart that's seen... more

19 Sep 2023 · 40 minutes
The Backlash to Drew Barrymore

This week, Drew Barrymore announced her daytime TV talk show would return despite the ongoing Hollywood strikes. That prompted a... more

15 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Is Rotten Tomatoes… Rotten?

Rotten Tomatoes is the place you go when you want to figure out whether or not to see a movie.... more

12 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Olivia Rodrigo and the Year of the Girl

As Olivia Rodrigo releases Guts, we take stock of the singer-songwriter who seemed to come out of nowhere, fully realized... more

08 Sep 2023 · 42 minutes
The Real Bad Behavior Behind Reality TV

Allegations and complaints about working conditions, fair pay, and even covering up acts of sexual violence could force a reality... more

05 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
Here’s What’s Worth Watching This Fall

Yes, the writers’ and actors’ strikes mean a lot of reality on TV and delayed releases for movies this fall.... more

01 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
From #BookTok to Goodreads, Novelist Brandon Taylor on Why Literary Criticism Is Broken

For our first Into It Book Club pick, Sam talks to Brandon Taylor about his latest novel The Late Americans.... more

29 Aug 2023 · 41 minutes
Did Taylor Swift Curse Scooter Braun? And Will Fyre Fest Fool Us Twyce?

Justin Bieber. Demi Levato. Ariana Grande. Idina Menzel. All are reportedly dropping their manager, Scooter Braun. He’s one of the... more

25 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Chance the Rapper Looks Back on the Impact of 'Acid Rap'"

"A rap game Ferris Bueller." "Fun and life affirming." That's what Pitchfork called the buzziest mixtape of 2013: Chance the... more

22 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
Blindsided By White Saviors, and Reality TV’s Reckoning

Forget Trump’s most recent indictment. We’re discussing three other big controversies this week: allegations that the white folks behind The Blind... more

18 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
The Weird, Wild World of 'Big Brother,' 25 Seasons In

The CBS reality show Big Brother just entered its 25th season, making it one of the longest-running reality TV shows... more

15 Aug 2023 · 42 minutes
The Montgomery Riverfront Brawl Is True Cinema

A classic piece of American film dropped recently. It has everything: an epic battle, a giant boat, lawn furniture repurposed... more

11 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
How AI Is (Already) Transforming Hollywood

We've been hearing a lot about artificial intelligence in TV and movies from both sides of the Hollywood strikes. Some... more

08 Aug 2023 · 39 minutes
What Is Going On With Lizzo?

Three of Lizzo’s former dancers sued her for alleged sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. How does this... more

04 Aug 2023 · 40 minutes
#FreeBritney’s Dark Turn

At the end of Britney Spears’s conservatorship in November of 2021, most of her fans rejoiced. But conspiracy theories have... more

01 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
Country Music’s Race Problem

What is up right now with country music and race? There’s the controversy over Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a... more

28 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
The Mount Rushmore of 'Real Housewives'

Bravo replaced the whole cast for the 14th season of The Real Housewives of New York City, but it almost... more

25 Jul 2023 · 47 minutes
Culture Is Back: Why We Love 'The Golden Bachelor' and Those Weird TikTok Livestreams

It's Barbenheimer weekend and Sam is joined by none other than Who? Weekly hosts Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber for... more

21 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
The Enduring Appeal of Barbie

Barbie (the doll) is more than 60 years old. But Barbie (the idea, the aesthetic, the cultural artifact) feels more... more

18 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
What Happens When All of Hollywood’s on Strike?

It’s been more than 60 years since both the Writers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild have gone on strike... more

14 Jul 2023 · 37 minutes
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Sex Onscreen

That recent scene in The Idol, the one where the intimacy coordinator gets locked in a bathroom, was fully unrealistic. So... more

11 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
A Messy 2023 So Far: Ranking Celebrity Breakups and Songs of the Summer

We're about halfway into 2023... but are we into it? Sam and Jay Jurden, comedian and writer on The Problem... more

07 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
A Portrait of Taylor Swift, Miss Americana

What better way to celebrate our nation's independence than with an episode about Miss Americana herself? We revisit our episode... more

04 Jul 2023 · 29 minutes
'The Bear' Has an Improbably Good Second Season; Harry & Meghan, Not So Much

What led podcaster and Spotify executive Bill Simmons to call Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "grifters" following the news that... more

30 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
My Beyoncé Ticket Cost $4,000: Why the Touring Industry Might Be Broken

Content creator and head of the Beyhive Kalen Allen is more than OK spending four thousand dollars on one ticket for Beyoncé’s... more

27 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
‘And Just Like That’ Writers Heard Your Feelings About Che

Samantha Irby knows what you think about the newer characters on ‘And Just Like That.’ She writes for the ‘Sex... more

23 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
The Culture That Made Me Queer

Sometimes before we have the language to describe ourselves, we have the culture in front of us to help —... more

20 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
'The Flash,' 'The Idol,' and 'The Ultimatum': Watch, Hate-Watch, or Skip?

The Flash is giving DC Comics its own multiverse, but its star is giving... controversy. Ezra Miller was once considered... more

16 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes
How Netflix Envy Broke TV

Netflix broke the TV mold in 2013 with ‘House of Cards.’ Now, the streaming wars may have broken TV altogether.... more

13 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
Taylor Swift's Single Era, and How Tom Sandoval Ruined White Nails

This week, Sam is joined by Lovett or Leave It host and Crooked Media co-founder Jon Lovett to get into... more

09 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
While Writers Strike, Special Effects Artists Try To Unionize

‘Across the Spider-Verse’ was an animated feast, but many live-action, CGI-bloated summer blockbusters are visual mush. If you’re tired of... more

06 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
What Was 'Succession' Really About? And Is 'Ted Lasso' Over or Not?

This week, Today, Explained co-host Sean Rameswaram keeps our host chair warm while Sam is away. He's joined by Vulture... more

02 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes
Christy Carlson Romano Turns Disney Nostalgia to Her Advantage

Christy Carlson Romano was ubiquitous on the Disney Channel in the early 2000s, starring in ‘Even Stevens,’ ‘Kim Possible,’ and... more

30 May 2023 · 39 minutes
Are We Into the End of 'Succession' and HBO Max? (Plus: We Remember Tina Turner)

This week, Sam is joined by comedian Zach Zimmerman. We catch up on the writers' strike and ask for his... more

26 May 2023 · 39 minutes
‘The Little Mermaid’ and the Black Princess Test

Halle Bailey stars as Ariel in the live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film. Casting a Black actress in... more

23 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Are We Into 'Fast X,' Martha Stewart, and the Vitriol Toward Che Diaz?

This week, Sam is joined by comedian and writer Samantha Irby to dive into the week in culture: the latest... more

19 May 2023 · 44 minutes
The Conversation We’re NOT Having About AI

AI is making fake Drake/The Weeknd songs, weird images, and there’s a worry that TV and movie scripts could be... more

16 May 2023 · 39 minutes
Are We Into a New 'Zelda' Game, the End of MTV News, and 'Jury Duty'?

This week, Sam is joined by Into It's own Travis Larchuk and Tarkor Zehn. They try to convince Sam of... more

12 May 2023 · 44 minutes
'Mrs. Davis' Just Wants You to Be Happy

As tech companies assure us AI is here to help and not to eradicate humanity, the Peacock series ‘Mrs. Davis’... more

09 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Are We Into the Writers' Strike, the Coronation, and Ryan Murphy's 'Monsters'?

This week, Sam is joined by Jay Jurden, comedian and writer on The Problem with Jon Stewart. We dive into... more

05 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Nida Manzoor Hits Every Genre with ‘Polite Society’

Last weekend, 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' passed $1 billion. But another film quietly hit theaters and really defied all... more

02 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Are We Into Ed Sheeran's Lawsuit, Tucker Carlson's Firing, and Timothée Chalamet?

This week, Sam is joined by Sam Taggart and George Civeris, hosts of StraightioLab, a podcast from iHeartMedia and Will... more

28 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes
Roy Wood Jr. Is Ready for Late Night

Comedian Roy Wood Jr. wants the job — and he's ready for it. Sam chats with Roy about guest hosting... more

25 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
Will Hollywood Strike? And Are We Into Netflix’s Late 'Love' and AI Drake?

Josh Gondelman isn’t just a comedian and maybe the nicest person on the planet — he’s also an elected council member... more

21 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
A Guide to Spoiler Culture from 'Lost' to 'Succession'

When did the rise of spoiler culture begin? And what should the modern-day rules of spoiler etiquette be? Sam traces... more

18 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
Are We Into Taylor Swift's Breakup, Lofi Girl, and a Baby Shark Podcast?

This week, Sam is joined by Normal Gossip host Kelsey McKinney and producer Alex Sujong Laughlin. We dive into the... more

14 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Sasha Velour’s Drag Manifesto

Just in time for the finale of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ season 9 winner Sasha Velour joins Sam to talk about the political... more

11 Apr 2023 · 32 minutes
Are We Into the 'Barbie' Trailer, Fading Taylor Swift Merch, and a New 'Moana'?

This week, Sam is joined by Vox's Alex Abad-Santos and Rebecca Jennings for the latest on the effort to ban... more

07 Apr 2023 · 43 minutes
Is Nothing Too Outrageous for 'Succession'?

Sam can't get enough of HBO's Succession. The phrase "fuck off" has turned into a term of endearment among his... more

04 Apr 2023 · 42 minutes
Are We Into the Gwyneth Paltrow Trial, Questlove's Disney Project, and Remaking 'The Bachelor'?

This week, Sam is joined by Vulture's Jesse David Fox, host of Good One: A Podcast About Jokes, and Vulture... more

31 Mar 2023 · 45 minutes
Andy Warhol, Black Eyed Peas, and Unicorn Poop

At the heart of two big intellectual property disputes are three titans of pop culture: Black Eyed Peas, Andy Warhol,... more

28 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
Are We Into the Return of 'Succession,' Grounded Nepo Babies, and A24 Casting?

This week, a game of hosts: We ask NPR's All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro and CNN's The Assignment host... more

24 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
'Swarm' and the Killer Beyhive

Swarm is about a Beyoncé superfan who defends her idol’s honor to the death... as in, by literally committing murder.... more

21 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
Are We Into Tom Cruise Skipping the Oscars, Nancy Meyers, and M3GAN's Sartorial Debut?

This week, we play our game with Vulture's Anusha Praturu and Morgan Baila and ask if they're into Tom Cruise... more

17 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
The Messy Episode: Selena and Hailey (Plus: Scandoval)

Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber are having TikTok drama. There’s a “blockbuster” off-camera Vanderpump Rules cheating scandal. If you saw it on... more

14 Mar 2023 · 41 minutes
What If 'Top Gun: Maverick' Wins Best Picture? And Other Oscars Predictions

Who will — and who should — win at this year's Oscars? Vulture critics Angelica Jade Bastien and Bilge Ebiri... more

10 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
Are the Oscars Into Blockbusters?

There’s something different about this crop of Best Picture nominees: A few of them are bonafide blockbusters. Last year’s highest-grossing... more

07 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
Sex, 'Cocaine Bear,' and 'You'

On the Netflix series You, people are — yes, getting murdered — but also keeping on a lot more of... more

02 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes
The Wave Returns to the Ocean (Plus: What Are Michelle Buteau and Jordan Carlos Into?)

One of the last scenes from the TV show The Good Place finds its way into a real-life eulogy. And... more

23 Feb 2023 · 44 minutes
'The Last of Us' Is Prestige, But Is It Any Good? (Plus: What's Elsa Majimbo Into?)

HBO's The Last of Us is critically acclaimed, attracts a huge audience every week, and has all the trappings of... more

16 Feb 2023 · 42 minutes
Rihanna Should Take Notes from These Super Bowl Halftime Shows

What do Diana Ross, Dan Aykroyd, and Indiana Jones all have in common? Well, they have — at one point... more

09 Feb 2023 · 41 minutes
A History of Whammies at the Grammys (Plus: What's Lil Rel Howery Into?)

It's Grammys weekend and Sam is ready for disappointment! Sam is joined by Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Reanna... more

02 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
What Happens When HBO Max Disappears Your Show (Plus: We Discuss Oscar Noms)

HBO Max isn't just canceling shows; it's getting rid of them entirely. Claudia Forestieri experienced it firsthand with her series... more

26 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Why Horror Will Never Die with 'M3GAN' Producer James Wan

What is it about the horror genre that makes it so successful at the box office? Sam chats with James... more

19 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
Harry & 'M3GAN' (Plus: What's Taylor Garron Into?)

What was the pettiest thing we learned in Prince Harry's new memoir Spare? The cringiest? The most unbelievable? And what... more

12 Jan 2023 · 46 minutes
2023 is the Year of Hollywood in Recession

Hollywood companies that spent years pouring money into content to win the streaming wars are finally looking at their profitability.... more

05 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
Are We Into or Not Into 2022?

As the end of 2022 fast approaches, we play a supersized version of “Into It / Not Into It.” Our... more

29 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
Matt Rogers Has Heard of Christmas, But 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

Matt Rogers has heard of Christmas, but what are his thoughts on peppermint bark? Elf on the Shelf? That time... more

22 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
In Defense of 'Avatar' (Plus: What's Niles Abston Into?)

Is Avatar culturally meaningful? Or just ridiculous? Sam and Vulture film critic Bilge Ebiri debate James Cameron's decades-in-the-making sequel and... more

15 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
The Best TV of 2022 (Plus: Our 'White Lotus' Predictions)

We look back on some of the best TV shows of the year with Vulture critics Roxana Hadadi and Kathryn... more

08 Dec 2022 · 51 minutes
Sheryl Lee Ralph Teaches the Children

Sheryl Lee Ralph won an Emmy for her work on Abbott Elementary as Barbara Howard, a firm yet big-hearted veteran... more

06 Dec 2022 · 55 minutes
Before Elon Bought Twitter, He Tried His Own Version of 'The Onion' (Plus: What's Laci Mosley Into?)

Before his acquisition of Twitter, Elon Musk set his sights on another kind of media company: Thud. A longtime fan... more

01 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
The Juiciest Celebrity Memoirs of 2022 (Plus: What's Chelsea Devantez Into?)

This year — and every year — we are grateful for family, friends, and celebrity memoirs. On this Thanksgiving, Sam... more

24 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
'Wakanda' Over It or: How I Learned to Come to Terms with 'Black Panther' Ambivalence

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has to do a lot of things: mourn the real and fictional loss of Chadwick Boseman,... more

17 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Keep 'Atlanta' Weird (Plus: What's Daisy Rosario Into?)

As Atlanta comes to a close after four seasons, it’s still hard to characterize the series. Was it comedy, drama,... more

10 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
We Need to Talk About Marvel (Plus: What's Vinny Thomas Into?)

Black Panther is back soon, but what do you actually need to know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be... more

03 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
The Abortion Episode

Does seeing abortion on TV and film change the way people feel about it? You could argue that another big... more

27 Oct 2022 · 33 minutes
A Portrait of the Artist as Taylor Swift

What is the meaning of Taylor Swift? She's performed damsel in distress, but represents women’s empowerment. She’s a confessional artist,... more

20 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
The Implosion of Time's Up (Plus: What's R. Eric Thomas Into?)

After five years, what happened to the #MeToo movement and Time's Up? The Hollywood advocacy group made a splash at... more

13 Oct 2022 · 38 minutes
Into It: A Vulture Podcast with Sam Sanders
The Abortion Episode
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Does seeing abortion on TV and film change the way people feel about it? You could argue that another big social issue... more