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It's Been a Minute

It's Been a Minute

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Each week, It's Been a Minute features people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with journalists in the know. Join us to make sense of the world through conversation.If you can't get enough, try It's Been a Minute Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/itsbeenaminute
  1. September 30, 2022
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    How Tiny Desk became a go-to spot for hip-hop
    When folks think about where to get the latest in hip-hop, NPR doesn't usually come to mind. But that's changing, thanks to the team at the Tiny Desk Concerts, which was just nominated as the Best Hip-Hop Platf…
  2. September 27, 2022
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    For author Julissa Arce, 'sounding white' isn't a compliment
    Julissa Arce used to think that the secret to fitting in was to "sound white" — to speak English perfectly, with no accent. And for years after her family came to the U.S. from Mexico, she did all the things i…
  3. September 23, 2022
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    Judy Greer on 'Reboot' — And Why Are There So Many Reboots, Anyway?
    We talk TV REBOOTS. Guest host Elise Hu chats with Judy Greer about her role in the new Hulu series Reboot; her work as a comedic actress, and the state of television. Then, Elise talks with Daniel Herbert, ass…
  4. September 20, 2022
    17 min
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    How HBO transformed television
    HBO gave us some of the most iconic television shows of our time: Sex and the City. The Sopranos. Game of Thrones. But is the era of HBO coming to a close?Earlier this year, HBO's parent company, Warner Media,…
  5. September 16, 2022
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    Who needs the monarchy? Plus, why gray floors and barn doors are everywhere
    King Charles III doesn't enjoy the same popularity as his mother. In the face of mixed feelings towards the new king, some are asking: Is this the beginning of the end of the British monarchy? Guest host Elise…
  6. September 13, 2022
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    How Girls' Generation shaped K-pop as we know it
    To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the K-pop group Girls' Generation put out their newest album, 'Forever 1.' Today, we're taking a look back at their career and how they changed the standards for K-pop throu…
  7. September 09, 2022
    37 min
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    Serena's final serve; plus, the Emmys in an era of too much TV
    Serena Williams just played her last U.S. Open. In the historic two-plus decades of her tennis career, she's won 23 Grand Slams and four Olympic gold medals — all while becoming a mother, dealing with injuries…
  8. September 06, 2022
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    t.A.T.u's 'All The Things She Said' still runs through our heads
    The Russian pop duo t.A.T.u released their smash single "All The Things She Said" 20 years ago this week. To this day, the bop is a queer staple, but should it be?From t.A.T.u to Britney Spears and Madonna, the…
  9. September 02, 2022
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    The game has changed for D&D and 'A League of Their Own'
    For a long time, Dungeons & Dragons was stereotyped as a game for nerdy young white guys in their parents' basement. But not anymore — the game has exploded in popularity and players of all backgrounds are join…
  10. August 30, 2022
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    From cupcakes to private jets, how the quest for status drives culture
    What is culture, where does it come from and why does it change? W. David Marx, author of the new book Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Chan…
  11. August 26, 2022
    38 min
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    Will BeReal just make us BeFake? Plus, A Guidebook To Smell
    BeReal may be the hottest new social media app on the market, but can it live up to its promise to be a more authentic alternative to other platforms? Guest co-host Elise Hu talks with writers Haley Nahman and…
  12. August 23, 2022
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    Presenting 'Code Switch': The glittering neon universe of 'P-Valley' with Katori Hall
    The Starz hit series P-Valley takes audiences to a strip club in a fictional town in the Mississippi Delta. Part soap opera, part Southern Gothic, the show focuses on the interior lives of the Black women who w…
  13. August 19, 2022
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    Bad Bunny's dream for Puerto Rico; plus, 'Koshersoul'
    Bad Bunny is the biggest pop star in the world, so what does he believe in? Guest host Tracie Hunte and political anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla look at the politics of Bad Bunny, and his vision of a Puerto Ric…
  14. August 16, 2022
    23 min
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    Joyful protests and funny rituals with Reservation Dogs' Dallas Goldtooth
    In FX's Reservation Dogs, Dallas Goldtooth plays the character "Spirit" — a Native American warrior in feathers and buckskin who curses and makes dirty jokes. Dallas also brings his irreverence to the frontline…
  15. August 12, 2022
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    Russia's long played with U.S. racial politics. Brittney Griner is the latest example
    What does Brittney Griner's hypervisibility as a tall, queer, Black woman have to do with her 9-year sentence in a Russian prison? A lot, according to historian Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon, who studies race and…
  16. August 09, 2022
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    In 'Industry,' Myha'la Herrold makes herself undeniable
    In HBO's Industry, Myha'la Herrold plays Harper, a ruthless young trading floor analyst working for a bank in London. We've seen characters like her before — think of the power-obsessed personalities in shows l…
  17. August 05, 2022
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    All things comedy: HBO's 'Rap Sh!t,' plus, what's going on with late-night TV?
    What do we expect from women rappers? Guest host Tracie Hunte and music and culture journalist Naima Cochrane discuss HBO's Rap Sh!t — and how it portrays women in hip hop walking the line between sexuality and…
  18. August 02, 2022
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    Why protecting the 'viral underclass' can keep us all healthy
    After years of covering HIV and AIDS, journalist Steven Thrasher knew that the hardest hit communities were almost always the poorest and most marginalized ones. Then COVID-19 struck, and he saw that the same g…
  19. July 29, 2022
    34 min
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    Bow down, Queen Bey's 'Renaissance' era has finally arrived
    Beyoncé's new album is here! Guest host Anna Sale chats with Dan Runcie, founder of the hip hop site Trapital, and Joey Guerra, music critic for the Houston Chronicle. They talk about Renaissance, what Beyoncé…
  20. July 26, 2022
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    Presenting 'The Limits': Colman Domingo on success, grief and powerful characters
    In this episode from our friends at The Limits with Jay Williams, host Jay Williams speaks with Colman Domingo, the ultimate character actor, known for stealing scenes in films like Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Se…

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