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Article by Michelle Keenan
The world is complicated, and NPR reporter and host Sam Sanders wants to talk it out. He does that each week on It’s Been A Minute where he engages with journalists, actors, musicians, and listeners — about news and pop culture — to gain the kind of understanding that can only be reached through conversation.
Sanders’ trademark curiosity and empathy made him a favorite of the very popular NPR Politics Podcast. Now he’s bringing It’s Been A Minute to Blue Ridge Public Radio where he’ll take that same approach for current events en masse — talking not just about what’s behind the week’s headlines, but what it felt like to process them.
“I want this show to sound just like the way I talk with my friends, when we get together and catch up on the week. We don’t just talk about politics or Beyoncé, or international diplomacy or memes — we talk about all of it,” said Sanders. “And we do it without pretense. I want to the show to sound just like that, and make the same kind of connections.”
BPR Director of Programming Barbara Sayer says It’s Been A Minute joins our Saturday morning line-up beginning at 10:00 am, “Sam stood out as a perceptive reporter who combined that with wit and off-beat observations on the campaign trail. When NPR announced the new weekend show with him we thought it would be a good match for BPR. Our audience cares about facts and real conversation – with a healthy dose of not taking yourself too seriously.”
Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats, including field producer and breaking news reporter. As a key member of NPR’s election unit, he covered the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election. He was one of the original co-hosts of the NPR Politics Podcast when it launched in 2015.