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The On Being Project

Sam Sanders

If I Can Laugh With You, I Can See You

“I cannot tell you how many times laughter has connected me with all different kinds of people throughout the country, of all kinds of political persuasions.”

When politics and comedy mix they can become mean, sarcastic, and divisive. Reporter and NPR Politics Podcast co-host Sam Sanders thoughtfully avoids this. As an African American and Pentecostal growing up near a military base in San Antonio, he was surrounded by people from different class, political, and cultural backgrounds. This helped him develop his thoughtful voice, his objectivity, and his ability to connect to others through jokes and laughter.

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  • Sam Sanders

    Sam Sanders

    is a reporter and the host of the podcast It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. He was one of the original co-hosts of the NPR Politics Podcast.