November 19, 2019
Menendez and guest host Elise Hu talk about creating more fulfilling personal relationships and a better workplace. Plus, how likeability plays into politics.
November 15, 2019
Sam is joined by BuzzFeed senior film reporter Adam B. Vary and host of NPR's 'The Indicator' podcast Stacey Vanek Smith.
November 12, 2019
Collier and Sam talked about his upcoming work, his four-album project, 'Djesse' and using everyday sounds to make songs.
November 8, 2019
Sam is joined by L.A. Times writers Gustavo Arellano and Cindy Carcamo.
November 5, 2019
Seales and Sam Sanders talked about the success of 'Insecure,' what it means for black shows on TV and who her comedy is for.
November 1, 2019
Sam is joined by host of NPR's 'All Things Considered' Audie Cornish and NPR music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson.
October 29, 2019
Holmes and Sanders talked about his faith journey, what it means to believe in a higher power and how it's shaped Holmes' life.
October 25, 2019
Sam is joined by NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenetz and NPR arts editor Rose Friedman.
October 22, 2019
Oscar-winning actress King and Sam Sanders discuss what it means to have difficult conversations about race and see that reflected in art.
October 18, 2019
Sam is joined by Matt Pearce, an L.A. Times reporter covering the 2020 presidential campaign and host of NPR's 'Embedded' podcast, Kelly McEvers.
October 15, 2019
Alonzo sat down with Sam to talk about her love of music and 'The Golden Girls,' growing up poor and fighting to make her ABC sitcom, which was canceled after one season.
October 11, 2019
Sam hosts a special weekly wrap episode from Chicago with WBEZ's Investigative Reporter Dan Mihalopoulos and WBEZ Weekend Anchor and host of the 'Nerdette' podcast, Greta Johnsen.
October 8, 2019
Poet and writer Saeed Jones sat down with Sam Sanders to give a glimpse at the many coming-of-age stories in his memoir, 'How We Fight For Our Lives.'
October 4, 2019
Sam is joined by NPR national correspondents Leila Fadel and Kirk Siegler.
October 1, 2019
The entertainment industry giant sat down with Sam Sanders to talk about balancing his life and career. This episode includes language some listeners may find offensive.
September 27, 2019
Sam is joined by Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins of the Slate podcast, 'Thirst Aid Kit.'
September 24, 2019
Van Ness spoke to Sam Sanders about his memoir, which details difficult and troubling moments in his life, and how Queer Eye has changed things.
September 20, 2019
Sam is joined this week by Marketplace senior reporter Tracey Samuelson and independent journalist Sally Herships.
September 17, 2019
Sam spoke to Gladwell about his new book at The George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Sept. 11, 2019.
September 13, 2019
Sam is joined in studio this week by NBC News White House reporter Geoff Bennett and Yahoo national politics reporter Brittany Shepherd.
September 10, 2019
For a look at influencer culture, Sam talks with an Instagram influencer, a reporter who covers the industry and an executive who helps influencers gain star status.
September 10, 2019
For a look at influencer culture, Sam talks with an Instagram influencer, a reporter who covers the industry and an executive who helps influencers gain star status.
September 6, 2019
Sam is joined in the studio this week by Curbed Urbanism editor Alissa Walker and producer Tom Dreisbach of NPR's Embedded podcast.
September 3, 2019
Actress Danielle Brooks talks with Sam Sanders about 'Orange Is The New Black,' its seventh and final season, becoming the character of Taystee and how she got her start in acting.
August 30, 2019
Dan Levy talks to Sam Sanders about creating 'Schitt's Creek,' and Greta Lee of 'Russian Doll' chats with guest host Julia Furlan about the show's New York identity.
August 27, 2019
Writer Jia Tolentino and Sam Sanders discuss growing up in church, putting your life on the internet and what happens when your life becomes a quest for optimization.
August 23, 2019
President Trump wanted to buy Greenland but Denmark said no, while American fast food chains argued over who has the best friend chicken sandwich.
August 20, 2019
The dark history of a massive wealth transfer from black farmers to white ones.
August 16, 2019
Sam is joined by NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe and Washington Post senior tech policy reporter Tony Romm.
August 13, 2019
Sam Sanders sat down with the band's lead singer and songwriter, Sam Harris to find out what it's like to be one part of rock music's biggest acts while spanning genres.
August 9, 2019
Guest host Julia Furlan is joined by Tanzina Vega, host of WNYC's 'The Takeaway,' and BuzzFeed News senior reporter Ryan Broderick.
August 6, 2019
Guest host Julia Furlan spoke with 'Los Espookys' co-writer, co-show runner and star Ana Fabrega about the show, her brand of comedy and meeting collaborator Fred Armisen.
August 2, 2019
Sam is joined this week by NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates.
July 30, 2019
Election 2020 is just heating up. We got the scoop from two journalists covering politics and the White House.
July 26, 2019
Guest host Julia Furlan is joined by TV Guide features editor Krutika Mallikarjuna and BuzzFeed World senior reporter and editor Hayes Brown.
July 23, 2019
Lee Carr talked to guest host Julia Furlan about her documentary, 'I Love You, Now Die,' the court case behind the film, as well as her journey to sobriety.
July 19, 2019
Sam is joined in the studio by New York Times national correspondent Jennifer Medina and NPR correspondent Kirk Siegler.
July 16, 2019
Sam and NPR's Life Kit have some suggestions.
July 12, 2019
NPR chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley and NPR Music assistant editor Sidney Madden join Sam for this midyear edition of our weekly wrap.
July 9, 2019
A quarter of employed millennials rely on family for financial help. We look at how complicated that can be.
July 5, 2019
We present songs for your summer — featuring interviews with artists whose music is perfect for the poolside or a long, slow drive with the windows down.
July 2, 2019
Her debut novel is one of this summer's most buzzed-about books. It's about race and dating, men and women, stereotypes and sexuality. Sam talks to Candice Carty-Williams about all that and more — and she reveals what she absolutely won't change in the coming television version of 'Queenie.' Email the show at
June 28, 2019
Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei of NPR's Throughline podcast join Sam for this edition of our weekly wrap.
June 25, 2019
We go deep on drag culture: past, present, and future.
June 21, 2019
Geoff Brumfiel (@gbrumfiel), NPR Science Desk Senior Editor and Correspondent, and NPR Business Desk Reporter Camila Domonoske (@camilareads) wrap up the week of news with Sam.
June 18, 2019
Erskine is the co-creator of the hit Hulu comedy 'PEN15.'
June 14, 2019
Libby Denkmann, veterans and military reporter at NPR member station KPCC, and Tonya Mosley, co-host of the KQED podcast Truth Be Told, look back on the week of news with Sam.
June 11, 2019
Coming out as gay was easy for Ryan O'Connell. Coming out as disabled — admitting the cause of his limp was cerebral palsy and not, as he lied, a car accident — was a lot harder. Ryan tells Sam how that experience became the basis for his Netflix show, 'Special.' Email the show at
June 7, 2019
NPR Congressional reporter Kelsey Snell and Washington Post tech reporter Tony Romm join Sam for a look back at this week.
June 4, 2019
Writer Shelby Lorman talked to Sam about some "tales of dating, double standards, and doom" and to explain why rewarding men for doing "the barest of minimums" isn't so great.
May 31, 2019
ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman and Quartz editor David Yanofsky join Sam for this week's roundup.
May 28, 2019
She's had a busy few years.
May 24, 2019
NPR reporter Nate Rott and KCRW reporter and host Steve Chiotakis join guest host Elise Hu.
May 21, 2019
A former Google tech design ethicist is pushing back against an entire industry that's out for our attention. He says technology platforms are leading to 'human downgrading.'
May 17, 2019
WBUR reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka and 'Endless Thread' podcast co-host Ben Brock Johnson join Sam in Boston.
May 14, 2019
After a whirlwind season of SNL, its head-writers created one of 2019's best new comedies.
May 10, 2019
For this special live edition of the show, Sam is joined by NPR national correspondent Sarah McCammon and Iowa Public Radio host and reporter Clay Masters.
May 7, 2019
The social media app Instagram is plastered with artwork, ranging from selfies inside Yayoi Kusama's mirrored rooms, to snapshots of the iconic "Mona Lisa" to short poems and colorful, inspirational messages. But how does the app affect how we engage with all these works — and how makers and museums create and share it? We talked with artists, curators and critics for a look at art in the age of Instagram.
May 3, 2019
Sam is joined by KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan and L.A. Times national correspondent Matt Pearce.
April 30, 2019
Shane's career caught fire when he famously defended Guy Fieri (and his shirt flames) in a bit on 'Conan.'
April 26, 2019
Sam is joined this week by KUT reporter Ashley Lopez and Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren McGauhey.
April 23, 2019
Griffin got death threats after she took that infamous photo with the Donald Trump mask in 2017. She talks moving past that and why she stands by her actions then and now.
April 19, 2019
Sam is joined this week by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro and Associated Press national political reporter Juana Summers.
April 16, 2019
The Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer explains how racism and white nationalism were deeply embedded in America not just from its founding, but throughout the 20th century — and how one man corralled those ideas into a grand pseudo-scientific theory that influenced U.S. immigration policy and eventually Nazi Germany. His article about that man, Madison Grant, is called "White Nationalism's Deep American Roots." Email the show at
April 12, 2019
Elise Hu is keeping the host chair warm while Sam is away this week. She's joined by KPBS reporters Jean Guerrero and Claire Trageser.
April 9, 2019
A few years after he was told he should quit acting, Anthony Carrigan shines as NoHo Hank on HBO's 'Barry.' He talks to guest host Elise Hu about working with Bill Hader, empathizing with the villains he plays, and finding peace with a condition that once made a career in Hollywood seem out of reach. 'Barry' airs Sunday nights on HBO. Email the show at
April 5, 2019
Sam is joined by Dan Zak of The Washington Post and Sarah Halzack of Bloomberg Opinion.
April 2, 2019
Sam talks to the Fab Fiver about how he learned to heal himself before he could help others.
March 29, 2019
Sam is joined by 'Invisibilia' hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin.
March 26, 2019
Amer is the star of the recent Netflix special, 'Mo Amer: The Vagabond.'
March 22, 2019
Julia Furlan fills in for Sam, and she's flanked by Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch and Arnie Seipel from NPR Politics.
March 19, 2019
"Sweet birthday baby!" Greta Lee on the Netflix hit, rep sweats, and her own HBO deal.
March 15, 2019
Julia Furlan is filling in for Sam this week, and she's joined by SELF editor Sally Tamarkin and WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal.
March 12, 2019
His new book, "Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood" tells the story of his early years in New York.
March 8, 2019
How did this week's news feel? Entertainment and sports journalist Audrey Cleo Yap and LA Times reporter Laura Nelson join Sam to talk it out.
March 5, 2019
The co-host of the popular podcast tells Sam how she got out of $65,000 of debt and how it feels to have a show on HBO.
March 1, 2019
It's Friday. Sam's "got money in the bank" with NPR correspondents Elise Hu and Eyder Peralta.
February 26, 2019
It's Tuesday. The British actress bonds with Sam over faith, shaved heads, and their feelings on 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.'
February 22, 2019
It's Friday. Sam is losing himself with HuffPost news editor Saba Hamedy and editor-in-chief of The Advocate Zach Stafford.
February 19, 2019
Her new album, her slot at Choachella, and her journey away from the big city.
February 15, 2019
It's Friday. Sam will be seeing NPR's Susan Davis and Lulu Garcia-Navarro in the studio.
February 12, 2019
It's Tuesday. Three high school students from Oakland, Calif., share their regular encounters with gun violence.
February 8, 2019
It's Friday. Sam is putting on his best falsetto to sing along with NPR reporters Sarah Gonzalez and Julia Furlan.
February 5, 2019
One of America's hottest writers is brining the black experience to young adult literature — and adjusting to success.
February 1, 2019
It's Friday. Sam's got one hand in his pocket, and the other one is welcoming LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman and NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates to the studio.
January 29, 2019
It's Tuesday. Burgess discusses the final season of the hit Netflix show — and mastering his own narrative.
January 25, 2019
It's Friday. Uh-oh, another episode with Sam, this time with NPR Reporter Vanessa Romo and KPCC 'The Big One' host Jacob Margolis.
January 22, 2019
Sam talks to 'Hamilton' star Brandon Victor Dixon and Broadway director Michael Greif about bringing the groundbreaking 1996 Broadway musical to live television.
January 18, 2019
It's Friday. Sam ooga-chakas it up with NPR National Desk correspondent Leila Fadel and 'The Nevada Independent' editor Jon Ralston.
January 15, 2019
It's Tuesday. Dan Levy talks about the comedy series he co-created with his father, actor Eugene Levy.
January 11, 2019
It's Friday. Sam is swimming through the latest in shutdown news with help from NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson.
January 8, 2019
The "Transparent" star on motherhood and acting in the #MeToo era.
January 4, 2019
It's Friday. Sam is talking to everyone here, specifically NPR Congressional correspondent Susan Davis and Bloomberg Opinion columnist Sarah Halzack.
January 1, 2019
Jenifer Lewis on her deacdes-long career Broadway to the hit ABC show Black-ish.
December 28, 2018
It's Friday. Sam rings like a bell wrapping up the year in news with NPR reporter Elise Hu and Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Erich Schwartzel.
December 25, 2018
It's Tuesday. Newfound celebrity is great. Now Nosrat wants to change things.
December 21, 2018
It's Friday. Sam is on an island in the sun with 'Los Angeles Times' education reporter Sonali Kohli and 'Broken Record' podcast producer Justin Richmond.
December 18, 2018
The one and only Jennifer Lopez gives Sam a master class on maintaining super stardom in Hollywood for almost three decades.
December 18, 2018
The one and only Jennifer Lopez gives Sam a master class on maintaining super stardom in Hollywood for almost three decades.
December 14, 2018
It's Friday. Sam is joined by NPR political editor and correspondent Ron Elving and reporter Camila Domonoske to answer all the latest questions on the Mueller investigation.
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