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A talk show with a heart. Each week, Sam interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation.

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Rashard Odomes #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners shoots against Dominik Olejniczak #13 of the Mississippi Rebels in the first half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: March Madness, 2020 Dems Shift Left, Plus What #DoingThings Really Means

With March Madness in full swing, the debate over whether the NCAA should compensate athletes resurfaces once again. 2020 Democratic presidential candidates continue to unveil progressive policy positions. Plus, how Outdoor Voices' #DoingThings slogan fits into a moment where lines between advertising and everyday life are increasingly blurry. Julia Furlan fills in for Sam, and she's flanked by Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch and Arnie Seipel from NPR Politics.

Weekly Wrap: March Madness, 2020 Dems Shift Left, Plus What #DoingThings Really Means

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'Russian Doll' Star Greta Lee

"Sweet birthday baby!" Greta Lee talks about her role in the critically acclaimed Netflix show 'Russian Doll,' starring Natasha Lyonne as a woman who can't stop dying and reliving the same night. Greta tells guest-host Julia Furlan how the show was reincarnated from a failed NBC pilot, why she still struggles to avoid Asian-American stereotypes in television and what to expect from the HBO show she's developing.

'Russian Doll' Star Greta Lee

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A French investigation into the March 10 Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crash that killed 157 passengers and crew opened on March 15. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: 737 MAXs Grounded, #FacebookDown, Photoshopped College 'Athletes'

After a second fatal crash involving the Boeing 737 MAX airplane, countries around the world grounded the jet this week. Facebook and its suite of apps went offline for some time this week, leaving some social media users feeling disconnected. Plus, what one Ivy League-school graduate of color has to say about the college admissions scandal unveiled by the FBI. Julia Furlan is filling in for Sam this week, and she's joined by SELF editor Sally Tamarkin and WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal.

Weekly Wrap: 737 MAXs Grounded, #FacebookDown, Photoshopped College 'Athletes'

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Andrew Rannells and the cast of "The Book of Mormon" perform on stage during the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City. His new book tells the story of his path to Broadway. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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Andrew Rannells On 'Fumbling Toward' Adulthood And Broadway Fame

Andrew Rannells has come a long way from Omaha, which he left in the late '90s to follow his dream of becoming a Broadway star in New York City. His new book, "Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood" tells the story of his early years there. He tells Sam about learning his dad died on a half-hearted date, getting drunk in piano bars with his best friend, Zuzanna, and how a failed audition for Rosie O'Donnell might have changed the course of his career.

Andrew Rannells On 'Fumbling Toward' Adulthood And Broadway Fame

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Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft could be adding to cities' traffic woes. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: HIV Remission, Ride-Hailing Traffic Tax, What's Happening In Kashmir

This week an HIV-positive person was declared in remission. That increased hopes for a cure, but what does it mean for infection rates overall? Ride-hailing services may be worsening traffic, and Los Angeles is considering a new tax to ease the congestion. Plus, what's going on in the India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir. Sam's guests are entertainment and sports journalist Audrey Cleo Yap and LA Times reporter Laura Nelson.

Weekly Wrap: HIV Remission, Ride-Hailing Traffic Tax, What's Happening In Kashmir

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Comedian Phoebe Robinson performs onstage during Vulture Festival Presents: Comedy Night at The Bell House on May 31, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for New York Magazine hide caption

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Phoebe Robinson on '2 Dope Queens,' Living Life Debt Free, & Abbreviations

It's Tuesday. Phoebe Robinson is doing a lot. There's her acting and her second book, 'Everything's Trash, But It's Okay.' And on top of that, there's '2 Dope Queens,' the podcast turned HBO live show that she hosted with Jessica Williams. Sam catches up with Robinson on the comedy landscape in the #MeToo era, getting out of debt, and abreevs. You'll find out what that means. Tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Phoebe Robinson on '2 Dope Queens,' Living Life Debt Free, & Abbreviations

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet during their second summit on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: No Deal With North Korea, 'The Big Money', T-Pain

It's Friday. Sam's "got money in the bank" with NPR correspondents Elise Hu and Eyder Peralta. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked away from the negotiating table without a deal this week. Does the "no deal" option have the broadest support? Tensions remain high in Venezuela as President Nicolas Maduro tries to retain office amid a push for a change of government in the country. Plus, how a Native American tribe's massive casino-profit payouts shape the lives of its membership.

Weekly Wrap: No Deal With North Korea, 'The Big Money', T-Pain

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Actress Michaela Coel attends the Women in Film and TV Awards, in London on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Vianney Le Caer/Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP hide caption

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'Chewing Gum' And 'Black Earth Rising' Star Michaela Coel

It's Tuesday. Michaela Coel first got the idea for her hit British sitcom 'Chewing Gum' while at drama school. Her later work as the creator, writer, and lead actress on the show earned her a BAFTA. She tells Sam about the transparency that comes from shaving her head and once embracing the Pentecostal faith. Tweet feels @NPRItsBeenAMin or email samsanders@npr.org.

'Chewing Gum' And 'Black Earth Rising' Star Michaela Coel

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Ill. Smollett has been accused with arranging a homophobic, racist attack against himself in an attempt to raise his profile because he was dissatisfied with his salary. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Weekly Wrap: Jussie Smollett, Bernie Sanders, Oscars 2019, Plus 'Pool Chips'

It's Friday. Sam is losing himself with HuffPost news editor Saba Hamedy and editor-in-chief of The Advocate Zach Stafford. 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was charged with filing a false police report in an alleged hate crime incident in Chicago last month. What does this development mean for other victims of hate crimes? Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders announced another bid for the presidency. Plus, Sam questions whether a big marketing budget is the secret to securing an Oscar.

Weekly Wrap: Jussie Smollett, Bernie Sanders, Oscars 2019, Plus 'Pool Chips'

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Emily King's Change Of 'Scenery'

It's Tuesday. Sam talks to musician Emily King about her new album, 'Scenery,' hailed by our NPR Music colleagues as "a precise-yet-fluid blend of '80s pop and rock, contemporary R&B and light jazz touches that, together, reveal a starry-eyed earnestness." They discuss the album, her slot at Coachella, and her journey away from the big city. Email samsanders@npr.org or tweet @NPRItsBeenAMin with feels.

Emily King's Change Of 'Scenery'

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