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News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Today, Explained is your all killer, no filler, Monday to Friday news explainer hosted by Sean Rameswaram and featuring the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.

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Why is Guantanamo still open?

September 27th, 2021


A former Defense Department adviser says President Biden might succeed where President Obama failed, and the man formerly known as “Detainee 441” speaks.

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Free college for everyone!

September 24th, 2021


President Biden wants to give Americans four more years of free school: two years of pre-K and two of community college. In a two-part series, Today, …

The cost of free preschool

September 23rd, 2021


President Biden wants to give Americans four more years of free school: two years of pre-K and two of community college. In a two-part series, Today, …

The disappearance of Gabby Petito

September 23rd, 2021


Vox’s Aja Romano explains why the internet stopped what it was doing to find one particular missing person.

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Haitians at the southern border

September 21st, 2021


Vox’s Nicole Narea explains the latest border crisis, and Ayibopost’s Widlore Mérancourt documents deported Haitians’ return to Port-au-Prince.

Xi Jinping cracks down on everything

September 20th, 2021


Chinese President Xi Jinping has kicked off a "rectification" campaign that’s affecting every sector of Chinese society and business. Lily Kuo, the Washington Post's China bureau chief, explains.

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Zemari Ahmadi

September 17th, 2021


A US drone strike in Afghanistan was meant to take out an ISIS-K target. Reporting on the ground shows an aid worker and several children were …

Havana syndrome

September 16th, 2021


The US military is redoubling its efforts to figure out what’s behind reports of mysterious sonic attacks. So is Vox’s Unexplainable podcast.

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Another bite at the Apple

September 15th, 2021


A California judge weighed in on whether Apple has a monopoly. NPR’s Bobby Allyn unpacks the ruling. Sen. Amy Klobuchar explains why she wants the …

Biden’s second shot

September 14th, 2021


President Joe Biden is taking a new approach to fight the pandemic. Former acting CDC director Richard Besser explains the vaccine mandates and the booster shot debate.

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The ghost of Jeffrey Epstein

September 13th, 2021


Jeffrey Epstein has been dead for over two years, but his crimes and mysterious death still haunt his victims and friends. The Miami Herald’s Julie …

The Jessica simulation

September 10th, 2021


A love story between a person who's alive and a person who is dead, told by the San Francisco Chronicle's Jason Fagone.

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School’s back. Covid never left.

September 9th, 2021


NPR’s Anya Kamenetz explains how America is sending its kids back to school while delta surges. Politico’s Lauren Gardner has the latest on vaccines …

Horse paste?

September 8th, 2021



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The cost of 9/11

September 7th, 2021


The Department of Defense tracks how much US wars cost, but last week President Biden cited instead accounting from the Costs of War Project at Brown University. Its co-director, Stephanie Savell, explains why.

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The four-day workweek

September 2nd, 2021


The pandemic has changed how we think about work. Vox’s Anna North says it might be time to change how much we work, too.

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The Texas abortion law

September 1st, 2021


Texas didn't just make it almost impossible to get an abortion, the state made it easy to sue somebody who gets one after about six weeks of pregnancy — and anyone who helps. KUT reporter Ashley Lopez explains.

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After the Afghan evacuation

August 31st, 2021


The United States’ 20-year war in Afghanistan is officially over. Vox’s Nicole Narea explains what’s next for the more than 100,000 refugees …


August 30th, 2021


California could elect a Republican governor in a few weeks. KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann explains how. And the dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law …


August 27th, 2021


The attack outside the Kabul airport on Thursday was perpetrated by an extremist group that doesn't think the Taliban is extreme enough.

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August 26th, 2021


I’ll take public scandal for $1000.

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Fleeing Afghanistan

August 25th, 2021


The Afghan refugee crisis started long before the US withdrawal. Al Jazeera English correspondent Ali Latifi explains from Kabul.

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Booster shots

August 24th, 2021


Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why you might need one. The Atlantic’s Sarah Zhang says the coronavirus is here forever, but ultimately, it might not be …

Addicted and alone

August 23rd, 2021


The pandemic wiped out the slow but steady progress America had been making against another deadly disease: opioid addiction. The Washington Post’s Peter Jamison explains.

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How to forgive

August 20th, 2021


In this episode of Vox Conversations, the Atlantic’s Elizabeth Bruenig shares forgiveness strategies built for unforgiving times.

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Taliban 2.0

August 19th, 2021


The Taliban last controlled Afghanistan 20 years ago. They may be more pragmatic now, but their ideology hasn’t changed.

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Who counts as white on the census?

August 18th, 2021


Some recent analysis of America’s changing demographics is inaccurate and dangerous. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang makes sense of the 2020 census.

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Back-to-back crises in Haiti

August 17th, 2021


An assassination followed by an earthquake followed by a tropical storm strike a country where aid organizations often have more influence than …

How the Taliban took back Afghanistan

August 16th, 2021


And did it faster than the US ever imagined.

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Delta in the Delta

August 13th, 2021


Covid-19 is surging so high in several states, you’d think we didn’t have a vaccine. A Mississippi nurse who was initially skeptical explains her path to getting the shot.

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The allies left behind

August 12th, 2021


While the US withdraws from Afghanistan, the Taliban is surging, which is a likely death sentence for the thousands of Afghans who helped the US military. An interpreter who escaped explains.

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“Code red for humanity”

August 11th, 2021


A new UN report says humans are “unequivocally” causing climate change. Rich countries are to blame, but poorer ones, like Madagascar, are paying the price with an unprecedented climate-induced famine. 

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Oye Cuomo va

August 10th, 2021


People said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would never resign. Then he did. New York magazine contributing writer David Freedlander explains.

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Were the Olympics worth it?

August 9th, 2021


The pandemic Olympics have come to an end. NPR’s Tom Goldman provides a highlight reel and an evaluation from Tokyo.

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An MVP for the world

August 7th, 2021


Giannis Antetokounmpo went from hawking watches and DVDs on the streets of Greece to winning an NBA championship for the Milwaukee Bucks. The Ringer’s Mirin Fader tells the story of his improbable rise.

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The fight to ban evictions

August 5th, 2021


Democrats this week scrambled to extend a federal evictions moratorium amid the government's failure to deliver tens of billions of dollars to …

Who owns Amanda Knox?

August 4th, 2021


The new Matt Damon movie, Stillwater, is based on Amanda Knox’s story. She wishes someone had asked her to tell it.

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Collect $5 billion. Do not pay taxes.

August 3rd, 2021


The Roth IRA was invented by Congress to incentivize middle-class retirement savings. ProPublica’s Justin Elliott explains how venture capitalist Peter Thiel ended up with $5 billion in his.

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The Provincetown cluster

August 2nd, 2021


Vox’s Dylan Scott explains what an outbreak in a mostly vaccinated beach town taught the CDC about the delta variant.

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The spike in gun violence (Part II)

July 30th, 2021


A Philadelphia election tested progressive ideas on how to reduce shootings in America. ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis explains.

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The spike in gun violence (Part I)

July 29th, 2021


The nation’s murder rate rose by almost 25 percent last year — the largest increase in at least 60 years. This year might be even worse. ProPublica’s Alec MacGillis reports on “The Great Regression.”

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The Capitol police speak

July 28th, 2021


Capitol police officers testified on Tuesday in the building they defended on January 6. Seamus Hughes, a former congressional investigator, explains …

The Covid Olympics

July 27th, 2021


The 2020 Games were mired in scandal before they even started. Vox’s Jen Kirby explains how things are going now that the Olympics have finally begun.

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Panic! At The Delta

July 26th, 2021


Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why the United States is seeing another Covid-19 surge. Dr. Rhea Boyd says the country is getting unvaccinated people all wrong.

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Infrastructure Pete

July 23rd, 2021


Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg explains what he and his boss are calling a once-in-a-generation spending plan.

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Human infrastructure

July 23rd, 2021


President Biden wants infrastructure spending to include child care, elder care, food assistance, even community college. Vox’s Anna North explains …

Our No. 2 problem

July 21st, 2021


America’s sewage system is total crap, but there’s a new plumber in town.

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Why we can’t have nice trains

July 20th, 2021


And how it got so dam expensive to build things in America.

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Hot infrastructure summer

July 19th, 2021


It’s a big week for President Biden’s infrastructure plans. Vox’s Li Zhou explains the obstacles in his way, and a historian says one of them is our …

#FreeBritney was right

July 16th, 2021


Britney Spears returned to conservatorship court this week. Vox’s Constance Grady explains how Spears has rapidly become the face of a legal reform movement.

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Cuba's had enough

July 15th, 2021


Cubans hit the streets for unprecedented protests against their communist government. CNN's Patrick Oppmann is on the ground in Havana with spotty wifi.

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The Lone Star strategy

July 14th, 2021


Republicans in Texas are legislating so far to the right the state’s Democrats up and fled to Washington, DC. Vox’s Nicole Narea explains.

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What’s happening in Haiti

July 13th, 2021


The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse is the latest in a long line of setbacks for Haiti’s stability. AyiboPost’s Widlore Mérancourt explains from Port-au-Prince.

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Postcards from pandemic purgatory

July 12th, 2021


Travel around the globe to hear how disparately people are experiencing the pandemic in July 2021.

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Where to go when the world burns

July 9th, 2021


An estimated 143 million people will relocate to escape climate change in the next three decades. Quartz’s Amanda Shendruk explains how cities can transform themselves into climate havens. 

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July 8th, 2021


Thirty years ago, Eugene, Oregon, figured out an alternative to the police. They called it CAHOOTS. Seriously.

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Let’s talk about terror (Part II)

July 7th, 2021


When people see Deeyah Khan's documentary about white supremacists, they tell her, "The real problem is jihad. You should spend time with jihadists." …

Let’s talk about terror (Part I)

July 6th, 2021


Documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan grew tired of receiving death threats from white supremacists so she traveled to a Detroit motel to meet up with one.

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The case for drinking

July 2nd, 2021


Getting buzzed helped build civilization.. The Atlantic's Kate Julian explains.

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Law & Order: Special POTUS Unit

July 1st, 2021


The Trump Organization and its top lieutenant have been indicted for tax fraud. Andrew Prokop says the case could have uge implications for American …

Unfair housing

June 30th, 2021


A housing watchdog says real estate companies often discriminate against low-income tenants who use federal rental assistance. Now it’s suing.

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Canada’s residential schools

June 29th, 2021


The discovery of mass graves of Indigenous children in Canada has led to reckonings on both sides of the border.

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The doctors are not all right

June 28th, 2021


Doctors have suffered psychologically throughout the pandemic, but as Vox’s Julia Belluz reports, those who seek mental health treatment in the US …

Food fight

June 25th, 2021


Restaurant delivery apps have made it possible to order pretty much anything we want to eat with the click of a button. The latest season of the Land of the Giants podcast explores the cost of that convenience.

Bish, don't kill my vibe

June 24th, 2021


Catholic bishops want to deny President Biden communion, even though Pope Francis thinks that's a terrible idea. The Atlantic's Emma Green explains.

Why stuff is getting more expensive

June 23rd, 2021


Vox’s Emily Stewart explains how scared you should be of inflation.

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The delta variant

June 22nd, 2021


The fast-spreading coronavirus variant first detected in India is coming for the rest of the world.

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A $55,000 drug that doesn’t cure Alzheimer’s

June 21st, 2021


After 20 years of waiting, there’s a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s. For some patients, it’s a glimmer of hope. For some scientists, it’s one of the FDA’s worst drug approval decisions ever.

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Tales from the crypto

June 17th, 2021


Cryptocurrency is everywhere! And now some people are saying it could be good for the environment?! New York Magazine's Jen Wieczner is here to …

Once more unto the Brexit

June 16th, 2021


The Atlantic’s Tom McTague provides a halftime report on Brexit. It appears it’s going very well for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Israel is under new management

June 15th, 2021


Benjamin Netanyahu is out. Israel has a new leader and a new coalition government. The question now is whether they bring anyone closer to peace.

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June 14th, 2021


What to do when your mom is with Q.

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The Kardashi-end

June 11th, 2021


Over 14 years and 20 seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the show rewrote the rules of reality TV, social media, marketing, and popular …

You know who kinda crushed Covid?

June 10th, 2021


Senegal. Vox’s Jen Kirby flew there to find out how.

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Mare of New York

June 9th, 2021


New York City is picking a new mayor with a new election system. What could go wrong?

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Mexico’s deadly election

June 8th, 2021


Gangs and drug cartels killed dozens of candidates in Mexico’s midterm elections. Voters weren’t intimidated.

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Critical race theory

June 7th, 2021


Across the country, Republican lawmakers are pushing laws banning “critical race theory” in schools. It’s already had a chilling effect on teachers.

It’s getting harder to vote in America

June 4th, 2021


Texas isn’t the only state advancing legislation that would disenfranchise voters in Democratic strongholds. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains why some …

The lab leak theory

June 3rd, 2021


The idea that Covid-19 emerged from a Chinese lab once sounded too fringe to take seriously. That’s starting to change.

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Myanmar wants a revolution

June 2nd, 2021


Despite a violent terror campaign by the military junta, protesters are still fighting for a new government. The latest conflict is uniting ethnic …

The Tulsa massacre, 100 years later

June 1st, 2021


It was one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history, but for a long time very few Americans learned what happened to the Black …

The truth is out there

May 28th, 2021


UFOs are having a renaissance. The New Yorker’s Gideon Lewis-Kraus explains what we stand to learn from an expected government disclosure, and why we want to believe.

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MO Medicaid MO Problems

May 27th, 2021


Missourians voted for more Medicaid. Missouri lawmakers said no. St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum explains what happens when you bypass the will of the people.

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Why Belarus hijacked a plane

May 26th, 2021


The hijacking of Ryanair flight 4978 is a big escalation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s attempts to hold on to power. It might also …

You’re vaxxed. You test positive. Don’t panic.

May 25th, 2021


Nine New York Yankees tested positive for Covid-19, even though they were all vaccinated. Vox’s Brian Resnick says it’s proof the system is working, just as New York City is opening back up.

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Remember the insurrection?

May 24th, 2021


Some would rather forget.

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A million Muslims detained

May 21st, 2021


China’s Uyghur minority has been subjected to torture, forced labor, religious restrictions, and even forced sterilization. NPR’s Throughline explains how they became the target of what many are calling a genocide.


May 20th, 2021


For decades, Bill Gates exemplified the “good billionaire.” His reputation — tarnished almost overnight — highlights the danger of relying too much on billionaire philanthropists.

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America and Israel

May 19th, 2021


An arms deal between the United States and Israel is drawing criticism from Democrats. It's part of a shifting tide in the American approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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The 2020* Olympics

May 18th, 2021


*Are being held this summer in Tokyo. And it’s a mess.

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Take this job and shove it

May 17th, 2021


Job growth has slowed, but there are plenty of positions posted. That's got politicians arguing about the cost of benefits. Matt Yglesias explains.

A new constitution

May 14th, 2021


This weekend, Chileans head to the polls to decide who will rewrite the country's constitution. CNN's Daniel Matamala explains why it's a historic …


May 14th, 2021


Weeks of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem have escalated into the region's worst violence in years. Two journalists in the …

How America’s gas got hacked

May 12th, 2021


The largest-known ransomware attack on American energy infrastructure is driving up gas prices and creating shortages. Wired's Lily Hay Newman says …

Liz Cheney and the Big Lie

May 11th, 2021


A push to remove Cheney from her House leadership position shows how Trump, marooned at Mar-a-Lago without Twitter, continues to hold sway in the GOP.

Vaccinated! (Still anxious.)

May 10th, 2021


There’s no vaccine for Covid-19 anxiety. Nor is there one for those who aren’t ready to “go back to normal.” But, as Vox’s Sigal Samuel explains, there is hope.

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“Free the vaccine!”

May 7th, 2021


President Joe Biden heeded calls from low-income countries to try to relax patents on Covid-19 vaccines so they can make cheaper generic versions. Big Pharma was furious.

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Fortnite fights Apple for your phone

May 6th, 2021


One of the world's biggest video games is suing one of the world's biggest tech companies. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins explains how the fight might fundamentally change your phone.

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Can we get to 70%?

May 5th, 2021


That’s President Joe Biden’s new vaccination goal, and he’s got some fresh ideas on how to get there. Vox’s German Lopez explains.

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Congress takes on sexual assault in the military

May 4th, 2021


Congress wants to change how the military prosecutes sex crimes. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand explains her bill.

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The bonkers housing market

May 3rd, 2021


Is it a bubble? Is it going to pop? Do you need to bid over asking? Has it already sold? Are there any houses left? Will you ever find one? Vox’s …

The enduring mystery of long Covid

April 30th, 2021


An estimated 10 percent of people who test positive for Covid-19 experience long-haul symptoms. Vox’s Julia Belluz joins the Unexplainable podcast to …

We scored Biden's first 100 days

April 29th, 2021


Biden’s biographer, Evan Osnos, explains why the president is a weather vane for the Democratic Party.

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Apple vs. Facebook (feat. Privacy)

April 28th, 2021


Apple updated its software and Facebook was very upset. Recode’s Sara Morrison and Peter Kafka explain. Roller derby is involved.

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Biden vs. Putin (feat. Navalny)

April 27th, 2021


President Biden is cranking the pressure on President Putin, but it was Russian dissident Alexei Navalny who scored a victory by refusing his prison food.

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India’s SOS to the world

April 26th, 2021


The world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer ended up with the world’s worst Covid-19 surge. Neha Arora, New Delhi correspondent for Reuters, explains.

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A plan to protect the planet

April 24th, 2021


Or at least 30 percent of it.

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Is nuclear energy good or bad?

April 22nd, 2021


Listen to the Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer explain the arguments and then decide for yourself.

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It’s electric!

April 21st, 2021


Norway has lapped the world in adopting electric vehicles. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains how the US might catch up.

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The case for climate optimism

April 20th, 2021


In 2019, David Wallace-Wells wrote a book called The Uninhabitable Earth. Just two years later, he’s feeling hopeful — thanks to the world’s biggest …

Peanut butter and jellyfish

April 19th, 2021


And other items from the lunch menu of 2050.

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America awaits a verdict

April 16th, 2021


Arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin have wrapped after a brutal week for policing in America. Minnesota Public Radio’s Jon Collins shares his …

The Echo Park eviction

April 15th, 2021


The recent police crackdown on a tent camp in Los Angeles has left the city divided. One thing everyone agrees on is the dire need for lasting …


April 14th, 2021


Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz’s sex scandal.

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Johnson & Johnson & Problems

April 13th, 2021


The US government is calling for an immediate pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccinations after six recipients (out of millions) developed blood …

Vaccine passport, please

April 12th, 2021


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April 9th, 2021


Or maybe, after listening to this episode, it’ll be more like CICADAPALOOZA!

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Taylor Swift rewrites her story

April 9th, 2021


One of the biggest pop stars in the world is rerecording her first six albums at the artistic peak of her career. The Atlantic’s Shirley Li explains Swift’s gambit to reclaim her catalog.

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KKK High

April 7th, 2021


A group of students in Topeka, Kansas, discovered their high school was named after an exalted cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan. Then they tried to change …

Hot Senate procedural news

April 6th, 2021


On Monday night, the Senate parliamentarian gave Democrats an unprecedented blessing. Vox’s Ella Nilsen and Li Zhou explain what they might do with it.

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MLB to Georgia: You’re out!

April 6th, 2021


Major League Baseball, Delta, and Coke are calling out Georgia for its new voting reforms, but some of these corporations were involved in crafting …

“My friend” has a question about the vaccine

April 2nd, 2021


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High crimes

April 1st, 2021


New York is the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana, but President Joe Biden won’t budge. This means that it’s possible to become a billionaire or a convicted felon for selling weed in the US.

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Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan

March 31st, 2021


It’s infrastructure week in America. President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to spend trillions on bridges, roads, housing, and clean energy to prove it. Transcript at Learn more about your ad …

Making tennis a misdemeanor

March 30th, 2021


More than half of US states are working to ban, or even criminalize, trans athletes playing sports. Vox contributor Katelyn Burns explains how …

Ship happens

March 29th, 2021


After six days, a very big boat is finally afloat. While stuck, it brought international trade through the Suez Canal to a halt and cost companies …

The original anti-vaxxer

March 26th, 2021


When a Swedish American pastor refused to get a smallpox vaccine in 1902, he ended up in the United States Supreme Court. The Atlantic’s new podcast The Experiment tells the story of Pastor Henning Jacobson.

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The end of minty cigarettes?

March 25th, 2021


With Democrats in charge, there is a lot of talk about big ideas for the country, including … banning menthol cigarettes? Politico’s Sarah Owermohle …

Would NOT demanding gun control be more effective?

March 24th, 2021


The Trace’s Jennifer Mascia explains why two gun reform bills the House recently passed are likely to fail in the Senate. Patrick Blanchfield from the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research argues the American gun …

WTF is an NFT?

March 23rd, 2021


On Monday, a tweet sold for $2.9 million. That followed a JPEG that went for $69 million. The Verge’s Liz Lopatto explains how internet ephemera …


March 22nd, 2021


The United States and China met in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday to air grievances, and the cameras were rolling. Vox’s Alex Ward explains how the …

Why America needs a national pandemic memorial

March 19th, 2021


People want to move on from Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean forgetting its victims. Historian Paul Farber and Vox reporter Alissa Wilkinson explain …

Racism, misogyny, and the shootings in Georgia

March 18th, 2021


Eight people were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area spas. Most of the victims were women. Six were Asian American. Georgia state Sen. Michelle Au explains how her community is coping, and author Kate Manne …

Why are more children crossing the border?

March 17th, 2021


A growing number of unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border is highlighting President Biden’s struggle to fulfill his campaign promises on …

Who gets to vote?

March 16th, 2021


It’s a question the US has struggled with since its founding.

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March 15th, 2021


President Biden says all adults will be eligible for a vaccine by May 1. But for the world to truly return to normal, young people will need shots, …

No one nose

March 12th, 2021


Believe it or not, scientists still don’t know how the sense of smell works. But that isn’t stopping one guy at MIT from trying to reverse-engineer it. Sounds like a job for Vox’s new podcast, Unexplainable.

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It’s been a year

March 11th, 2021


The year in revue.

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Biden’s Big F***ing Deal

March 10th, 2021


President Biden’s American Rescue Plan has been approved by Congress. It’s a revolution in American welfare disguised as stimulus.

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You’re vaccinated. Now what?

March 9th, 2021


New guidelines from the CDC for fully vaccinated people suggest it’s finally time to hug your grandparents. Dr. Kavita Patel explains the do’s and …

Alabama shakes up Amazon

March 8th, 2021


Darryl Richardson, a worker at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, explains why he helped initiate a unionization effort that now has President Biden’s support. Recode’s Jason Del Rey explains how the Bessemer …

The Bachelor meets reality

March 5th, 2021


Beset by controversy, The Bachelor’s latest season is winding down with an identity crisis. It’s a rare case of reality TV reflecting our cultural …

The surge of anti-Asian violence

March 5th, 2021


The United States is stumbling through two racial reckonings at once. Author Jeff Chang says it’s an inflection point centuries in the making.

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Manchin in the middle

March 3rd, 2021


Joe Biden won the presidency, but it’s Joe Manchin from West Virginia who seems to be the decider. The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Joe Severino shadowed Senator Joe in the spotlight. Mountain State Spotlight’s Greg Moore …

The $15 dream

March 2nd, 2021


Washington’s hottest policy fight is over raising the minimum wage to $15. Emily Stewart explains the Democrats’ effort to get it through Congress, …

How acid trips led to better policing

March 1st, 2021


Thirty years ago, Eugene, Oregon, figured out an alternative to the police. They called it CAHOOTS. Seriously.

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Canceling Keystone XL

February 27th, 2021


President Biden finally wants to put the Keystone XL pipeline to bed. But if the last 12 years of environmental fights are any indication, it won’t be easy.

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The case for Covid-19 optimism

February 25th, 2021


Vox’s German Lopez explains why he feels optimistic about the end of the pandemic even though 500,000 Americans have died, the virus is mutating, and it’s going to take a long time to vaccinate the world.

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A tale of two governors

February 24th, 2021


Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom were hailed for their leadership early on in the pandemic. Now, the former is mired in scandal and the latter is facing a recall campaign.

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February 23rd, 2021


What’s taking so long? What’s happening with those $1,400 checks? Are the Democrats betraying the people who voted for them? Vox’s Li Zhou and Andrew Prokop explain.

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February 22nd, 2021


Australia just reined in Google. Dozens of other countries want in on the action. The latest season of Land of the Giants explains how two grad …

A tough week for Texas

February 20th, 2021


First it was brutal winter weather, power outages followed, and then came a poorly timed trip to Cancun. Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios explains …

Rush Limbaugh’s legacy

February 19th, 2021


Author Nicole Hemmer explains how Limbaugh helped pave the way for Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax.

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Biden at the border

February 17th, 2021


President Biden says he wants to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, so why are some of them still in effect? The El Paso Times’s Lauren …


February 17th, 2021


Democrats made a strong case against Donald Trump. Republicans are being punished for supporting it. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains.

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February 13th, 2021


The movement to liberate Britney Spears from her conservatorship may not succeed, but it’s revealing a lot about how we treat young women. Vox’s Constance Grady explains.

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The Republican(!) plan to give parents money

February 11th, 2021


Sen. Mitt Romney wants to throw money at parents, Andrew Yang-style. President Biden is into it, too. Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains.

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Vaccine hoarding

February 10th, 2021


Poorer countries have received less than 1 percent of the Covid-19 vaccines distributed around the world. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what the WHO is …

26 Words

February 9th, 2021


A quarter-century after it was signed, Section 230, the law that made the modern internet, has done the impossible: united Democrats and Republicans.

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Capitol punishment

February 9th, 2021


Vox’s Andrew Prokop previews the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Law professor Alan Rozenshtein explains what the Justice Department can and cannot do to prosecute insurrectionists.

The Senate’s $1.9 trillion all-nighter

February 5th, 2021


The Senate voted on more than 40 pieces of legislation overnight. Vox’s Li Zhou explains what the “vote-a-rama” means for President Biden’s agenda.

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The Arab Spring, 10 years later

February 4th, 2021


Ten years ago, a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire and set off a revolution across the Middle East and North Africa. The Independent’s Borzou …

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “loony lies”

February 3rd, 2021


Vox’s Aaron Rupar explains why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has likened a fellow Republican’s views to cancer. And New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi explores what lawmakers peddling conspiracy theories means …

The coup in Myanmar

February 2nd, 2021


Some would say the military has always been in control of Myanmar. On Monday morning, they made it official once again.

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Introducing Chicano Squad

February 1st, 2021


After the 1977 murder of a young Latino man, the Houston Police Department created a team of five young Latino officers to solve homicides in their …

Biden’s latest 13 actions (in 13 minutes)

January 30th, 2021


And whether or not any of it will last beyond his presidency.

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January 29th, 2021


Vox’s Emily Stewart explains how GameStop’s stock jumped by 1,700 percent this month. Bloomberg’s Matt Levine ponders the purpose of the stock market.

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The military’s far-right problem

January 27th, 2021


Sen. Tammy Duckworth wants the military to do a better job of rooting out extremism in its ranks. A military investigator explains how to solve a …

Coronavirus, 365 days later

January 26th, 2021


One year after our first episode on the novel coronavirus, Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what we got right, what we got wrong, and what comes next.

Marianne Williamson on healing America’s soul

January 25th, 2021


Marianne Williamson was applauded as well as ridiculed on the presidential debate stage when she warned of the “dark psychic forces of collectivized …

Second in command, first in history

January 22nd, 2021


Kamala Harris has already broken barriers, but ahead lies the rare task of leading a polarized and evenly divided Senate.

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Biden’s first 17 actions (in 17 minutes)

January 22nd, 2021


In his first few minutes in office, President Biden hit CTRL+Z on former President Trump’s agenda.

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January 21st, 2021


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in today and got straight to work. Vox’s Laura McGann and Dylan Matthews explain what will be done immediately, and what’s possible with the slimmest of majorities in Congress.

Abolish the lame-duck period?

January 19th, 2021


America’s two-month lame-duck period gave supporters of the outgoing president ample time to plan a violent uprising. Vox’s Ian Millhiser argues the …

The first global vaccination

January 15th, 2021


Was distributed by 22 orphans.

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Okay, Google: unionize!

January 15th, 2021


A very big tech company now has a very small union. Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary explains why highly paid workers in an anti-union industry still organized and made history.

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The people behind the insurrection

January 13th, 2021


President Trump has been impeached for inciting an insurrection on the Capitol one week ago. CNN’s Elle Reeve was there and explains who was duped …

A step past impeachment

January 12th, 2021


Impeachment won’t stop the United States’ slide towards authoritarianism. Voter reform might.

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Deplatforming Donald

January 12th, 2021


First he lost his Facebook. Then he lost his Twitter. As of today, President Trump had been limited or booted by more than a dozen platforms. Casey Newton, editor of Platformer, explains the historic shift on social …

The flamethrowers and the fire extinguishers

January 8th, 2021


Infighting among Republican lawmakers reached a breaking point this week. The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins explains why and the tough road ahead for the GOP.

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How security at the Capitol failed

January 8th, 2021


Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe explains how a number of agencies and politicians put together a historically bad security …

The breach, explained by Rep. Maloney (locked in her office)

January 7th, 2021


Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York explains what it was like to live through today’s violent transfer of power.

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The virus gets more contagious

January 5th, 2021


Viruses mutate, but this time it’s different.

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All eyes on Georgia

January 5th, 2021


Tuesday’s election will decide who controls the Senate, but the president is still hung up on the election he already lost.

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The year in revue

December 30th, 2020


It's been a year.

It’s been a year

And after all the news 

We’re still not in the clear

It’s been a year

Can’t even remember what life was like 

Back before we didn’t need a mask to go outside

It’s been a year

Can’t even …

How 2020 changed us

December 29th, 2020


In the final episode of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” people look back on a very long year.

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Animals catch Covid-19, too

December 28th, 2020


In the fourth of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” a reminder that we’re not the only animals who got Covid-19 this year. Science writer David Quammen explains why our health and theirs are intertwined.

Dr. Fauci’s nightmare before Christmas

December 23rd, 2020


In the third of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects back on his pandemic year, what he’s learned, and what he’d do differently.

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The year live music died

December 22nd, 2020


 In the second of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” musicians explain how they got creative when live shows and tours were canceled.

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Moving home

December 21st, 2020


In the first of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” millennials are moving back in with their parents (again), but they are discovering …

A climate change of address

December 19th, 2020


An estimated 143 million people will relocate to escape climate change in the next three decades. Quartz’s Amanda Shendruk explains how cities can transform themselves into climate havens.

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How Netscape created our tech world

December 17th, 2020


In this episode of the Go for Broke podcast, host Julia Furlan travels back to the mid-’90s to explain how a bygone web browser set the stage for …

Pornhub just deleted 80% of its videos

December 16th, 2020


One of the most popular porn sites on the internet just purged more than 10 million videos. Vice’s Samantha Cole explains why.

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Your vaccine questions, answered

December 16th, 2020


The Covid-19 vaccine is being distributed in the United States, and you have questions. Vox’s Umair Irfan has answers.

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India’s farmers strike

December 14th, 2020


The world’s biggest democracy is contending with what might be the world’s biggest labor stoppage.

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How movie theaters might survive

December 12th, 2020


On this episode of the Decoder podcast, host Nilay Patel speaks with Shelli Taylor, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. Taylor argues the government has failed to manage the pandemic effectively for business owners and …

The vaccine, explained by Martin (who got it)

December 10th, 2020


Martin Kenyon was one of the first people to get the Covid-19 vaccine this week. He talks about his experience, and an epidemiologist explains how to …

No coup for you!

December 9th, 2020


Joe won. And won. And won. Rudy can fail. And fail. And fail.

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How Melbourne eradicated Covid-19

December 8th, 2020


Melbourne, Australia, had a first wave. Then it had a second wave. Then it decided it was done with Covid-19.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like stimulus

December 8th, 2020


In an end-of-year plot twist, Congress is working on a fresh bipartisan stimulus bill.

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A woman’s work is never done

December 4th, 2020


Millions of women left the workforce as Covid-19 forced school closures, but that doesn’t mean they have less on their plates. Is government-funded …

God-given right?

December 3rd, 2020


The Supreme Court ruled that New York state can’t limit how many people gather in church, even during a pandemic. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains why …

America Offline

December 2nd, 2020


Low-income students are dropping out of college because many don’t have a reliable way to get online. Vox’s Emily Stewart says the solution is …

The key to the Cabinet

December 1st, 2020


President-elect Biden has started announcing his Cabinet nominees, but Matthew Yglesias says the most important positions aren’t the ones you’d think.

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What if developing a vaccine was the easy part?

December 1st, 2020


Covid-19 vaccines are coming out faster than many thought possible. But distributing the vaccines could be an even tougher challenge.

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November 24th, 2020


Scientists all over the world are searching for dark matter: an invisible, untouchable substance that holds our universe together. But they haven’t …

Withdrawing won’t end the war

November 23rd, 2020


With two months left in the Trump presidency, the US is reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan in an attempt to end America's longest war. But Biden will still inherit the conflict.

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All the mall things

November 20th, 2020


Retail was struggling. Then came the virus. Recode’s Jason Del Rey explains how the American mall will never be the same, and how the machines might save retail.

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The peacemaker’s civil war

November 19th, 2020


An ethnic conflict in Ethiopia has thrown the Horn of Africa into disarray and could upset order on the continent.

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November 18th, 2020


Covid-19 is surging across the United States, just in time for cold weather and major holidays. North Dakota is doing particularly badly. Vermont may …

America said yes to drugs

November 17th, 2020


Oregon decriminalized all drugs. Red states and blue states are doing the same with weed. It’s the culmination of a failed drug war.

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November 16th, 2020


A weekend of protests, violence, and enmity in DC revealed what Donald Trump has planned post-presidency.

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(Home)school is cool

November 13th, 2020


Covid-19 is surging (again). Schools are closing (again). Kids are learning online (again). And more American parents than ever are turning to …

They fought the Lyft and the Lyft won

November 12th, 2020


California tried to strengthen labor rights for gig workers. Uber, Lyft, and their food-delivering cohorts responded with a $200 million propaganda offensive.

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Fox & Frenemies

November 11th, 2020


After a fraught Election Week, cable news is finally cutting away from President Trump’s falsehoods. Erik Wemple, media critic for the Washington Post, explains why it might not last.

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No concession!

November 10th, 2020


The 45th president of the United States has thus far refused to acknowledge the 46th. Political scientist Zeynep Tufekci explains this latest test of …

Biden’s coronavirus plan

November 9th, 2020


And some big vaccine news, too.

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Joe Biden wins

November 6th, 2020


-And Kamala Harris, too.

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What happened to Congress?

November 5th, 2020


Vox’s Ella Nilsen explains why Democrats are waving goodbye to the blue wave.

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President Biden?

November 4th, 2020


Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the latest election math, and Ezra Klein argues that, despite record-setting turnout, it wasn’t a great night for American democracy.

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Today (should be a holiday), Explained

November 3rd, 2020


This Election Day, voter turnout is projected to break records in the United States, but it won’t get anywhere close to Australia’s. Professor Lisa Hill explains what happens when you make voting mandatory.

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What to expect when you’re electing

November 2nd, 2020


Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how Joe Biden — or President Trump — could win 270 electoral votes.

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The Trump Years: State of our union

October 30th, 2020


In the final episode of our five-part series, New York Magazine’s Rebecca Traister and Vox’s Ezra Klein explain how four years of the Trump …

The Trump Years: Health of the nation

October 29th, 2020


In the fourth of our five-part series, Vox’s Dylan Scott explains how a president with no plan on health care evolved into a president with no plan …

The Voters

October 28th, 2020


Election turnout is on track to be the highest in a century. Farmers, essential workers, prisoners, and two ladies named Ruth explain their 2020 presidential pick.

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The Supreme Court may disenfranchise you now

October 27th, 2020


Pandemic or not, the highest court in the land won’t extend Wisconsin’s deadline for mailed ballots. Good thing it’s not a swing state. Oh, wait ...

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October 26th, 2020


Alexis Akwagyiram, bureau chief for Reuters in Nigeria, explains how a protest to reform the country’s police made its way around the world.

The Trump Years: Win at all costs

October 23rd, 2020


In the third of our five-part series, Vox’s Andrew Prokop says there’s one key takeaway from the Mueller investigation and impeachment: Trump will do anything to win an election.

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“Hey Google,” the United States is suing you

October 22nd, 2020


Bill Barr and Elizabeth Warren have found a common enemy.

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Will Covid-19 cancel the holidays?

October 21st, 2020


Last Christmas, I gave you my health.

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Block the vote?

October 20th, 2020


The 2020 election is well underway, as are efforts to prevent people from voting.

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The parody-proof president

October 19th, 2020


Live from New York, impressions are trite! Vox critic-at-large Emily VanDerWerff explains why late-night TV struggles to satirize President Trump, and argues the internet is doing a much better job.

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The Trump Years: America First

October 16th, 2020


In the second of our five-part series, Vox’s Nicole Narea and Jenn Williams explain how President Trump has fundamentally changed the perception of …

Do you believe in magic?

October 15th, 2020


A Los Angeles magician struck gold with a glorified Zoom meeting. Some are asking if he’s figured out how to save theater.

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Amy Coney Barrett’s originalism

October 14th, 2020


The judge isn’t saying much in her confirmation hearing, but Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains how her legal theory will guide her on the Supreme Court. Transcript at Learn more about your ad choices. …

The case for ending the filibuster

October 13th, 2020


Even if Democrats win the White House, take the Senate, and hold the House, most of their legislation could be doomed because of the filibuster. …

The Trump Years: Deregulator in chief

October 9th, 2020


In the first of our five-part series, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why President Donald Trump seldom boasts about his biggest accomplishment.

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Did anyone defund the police?

October 8th, 2020


In June, nine members of the Minneapolis City Council stood onstage at a community rally and pledged to dismantle the police. Council member Alondra …

1600 Coronavirus Avenue

October 7th, 2020


After months of downplaying the risks, the White House has come down with Covid-19. Vox’s Aaron Rupar gives the updates, and Future Perfect’s Sigal …

Who are the Proud Boys?

October 6th, 2020


President Trump told a fringe group of misogynistic racists to “stand back and stand by” at the first presidential debate. Vox’s Jane Coaston …

It’s time to talk about Mike Pence

October 5th, 2020


President Trump is battling Covid-19 and the vice-presidential debate is days away. McKay Coppins from the Atlantic explains the man waiting in the wings. Transcript at

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Contact tracing President Trump

October 2nd, 2020


The president had a very busy week, then tested positive for the coronavirus. Vox’s Aaron Rupar traces his steps and Ella Nilsen explores the possible scenarios.

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Missing Chapter

October 1st, 2020


A forgotten protest movement in a seaside Florida town helped end legal segregation in the United States. Vox’s Ranjani Chakraborty explains.

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Joe Versus the Volcano

September 30th, 2020


While it might feel as though nothing could be worse than last night’s presidential debate, Vox’s Ezra Klein explains what could happen if President …

Amy Coney Barrett

September 29th, 2020


President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee first garnered attention after being questioned about her Catholic faith. Vox’s Ian Millhiser says that …


September 28th, 2020


That's how much "billionaire" President Trump paid in federal income taxes his first year in office, according to reporting from the New York Times.

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Justice For Breonna Taylor (Part II)

September 25th, 2020


One of the three officers who shot at Breonna Taylor’s apartment was indicted ... for endangering her neighbors. Tessa Duvall from the Louisville …

Dr. Fauci on pandemic politics

September 24th, 2020


With mounting concerns over the politicization of federal health agencies, Dr. Anthony Fauci explains why Americans should still trust the vaccine …

Working from work

September 23rd, 2020


What do a bus driver, a teacher, a McDonald’s employee, and a project manager with a conference on her calendar all have in common?

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RBG’s seat

September 22nd, 2020


Republicans appear ready to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the end of the year. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains Democrats’ last defense.

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September 21st, 2020


The fight over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat has already begun, but let’s not forget to celebrate her legendary life.

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Class of Covid-19

September 18th, 2020


Colleges reopened. Outbreaks followed. Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explains why he still thinks …

ICE and involuntary hysterectomies

September 17th, 2020


A whistleblower complaint alleges immigrants being detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in Georgia have been subjected to involuntary …

A firefighter on battling wildfires

September 16th, 2020


After 16 seasons of wildfires, Glen Haydon has figured out how to cope. For everyone else, there’s an app for that.

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This is the future Joe Biden wants

September 15th, 2020


Trillions spent on the environment, caregiving, manufacturing, and the racial wealth gap: Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains how Biden wants to “Build Back Better.”

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Can the Democrats take the Senate?

September 14th, 2020


Vox’s Ella Nilsen says the implausible is now looking possible.

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September 11th, 2020


The pandemic hasn’t stopped Americans from dating, hooking up, or tying the knot. In fact, lockdown has been helping people get down.

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What was Putin the tea?

September 10th, 2020


A chief political rival of Vladimir Putin has been poisoned in what Foreign Policy’s Amy MacKinnon says is a watershed moment for Russia.

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The truth about herd immunity

September 9th, 2020


Some people think it’s the only way out of the pandemic. Those people are very wrong.

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A Fake News Survival Guide

September 8th, 2020


As the election draws near, of fake news you must steer clear. For you (and your uncle), this episode is here.

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The movies are back*

September 4th, 2020


*But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go see one.

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Is the stock market bull?

September 3rd, 2020


Vox’s Emily Stewart clears up the mystery of the market, and Ella Nilsen offers an update on the stimulus that has collapsed into stalemate.

Let’s talk about ventilation

September 2nd, 2020


Ventilation is key to reopening office buildings safely. But The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson says many workers aren’t going back, even when it’s safer.

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Is Facebook ready for the election?

September 1st, 2020


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company made an “operational mistake” in its handling of Kenosha militia groups. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains whether that has implications for November’s election.

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Wakanda forever

August 31st, 2020


The actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer on Friday, but because of Black Panther he’ll live forever.

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The Island of Explained: A Summer of Protest

August 29th, 2020


All summer long, we have been explaining complex news stories to kids. In our final summer camp journey to the Island of Explained, we tackle the fight for racial justice in the United States.

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Unconventional (Part II)

August 28th, 2020


The GOP proved that laws were made to be broken at its 2020 convention.

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August 27th, 2020


Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times by police and the protests escalated all the way to the NBA. Gina Barton, investigative reporter at …

Optimism in 2020

August 26th, 2020


Being an optimist can seem ridiculous right now, but in the inaugural episode of The Cut podcast, host Avery Trufelman is searching for some …


August 25th, 2020


Covid’s hottest new treatment is plasma. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why, and where the world stands on a vaccine.

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What is QAnon?

August 24th, 2020


As the Republican National Convention gets underway, a bonkers (and dangerous) conspiracy theory is gaining a foothold inside the GOP. President …


August 21st, 2020


The Democrats proved a virtual convention doesn't have to be a downer. Especially when Rhode Island brings calamari.

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Who polices the police?

August 20th, 2020


ProPublica's Eric Umansky explains how the New York Police Department's Civilian Complaint Review Board has struggled for decades to hold the NYPD to …

Class is in quarantine

August 19th, 2020


Schools in the US are reopening even though kids play a key role in community transmission of Covid-19. Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter Ellen …

A woman’s place is at the polls

August 18th, 2020


The 19th Amendment’s centenary is today, but the fight for universal suffrage in the United States continues.

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The mail, man

August 17th, 2020


The House of Representatives is cutting its vacation short to block changes at the United States Postal Service that could affect the integrity and …

The Island of Explained: Escape from Boredom

August 15th, 2020


After hearing from kids around the world who are grappling with serious boredom, Noam Hassenfeld and Byrd Pinkerton venture deep into the belly of a whale to learn how to have fun in quarantine.

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Well, this is awkward

August 14th, 2020


The coronavirus is complicating our relationships with family, friends, and strangers. But it’s also making us better at life??

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2020 makes no census

August 13th, 2020


The 2020 census is fighting a losing battle against the coronavirus and President Trump. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang explains how a decade of money and power are at stake.

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August 12th, 2020


Biden picked Harris. Vox’s Fabiola Cineas explains the role race is already playing in the election, and Ezra Klein argues Donald Trump is making …

The dictator vs. the homemaker

August 11th, 2020


The longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is facing nationwide protests and accusations that he stole Sunday’s election. His opponent, a …

How Trump’s relief plan helps and hurts

August 10th, 2020


President Trump wants to resolve the congressional deadlock over stimulus relief by himself. Vox’s Li Zhou rummages through the mixed bag.

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TikTok, on the clock, Donald says your time is up

August 7th, 2020


President Trump is threatening to ban TikTok, but Microsoft might be able to stop the clock. Transcript at

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Florida’s Covid-19 tragedy

August 6th, 2020


The state saw Covid-19 coming. It still became an outbreak epicenter. Transcript at

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What’s going on in Lebanon

August 5th, 2020


A chemical blast has made a very bad situation worse for Lebanon. Journalist Habib Battah explains from Beirut. Transcript at

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Everything that could go wrong with the November election

August 4th, 2020


A worsening pandemic. A poll worker shortage. A hobbled postal service. Russian hacking. Donald Trump. Vox’s Ella Nilsen explains the many obstacles …

Who’s “Karen?” And what’s BIPOC?

August 3rd, 2020


A Washington Post columnist named Karen explains her feelings about “Karen.” A University of Arizona linguist named Sonja explains BIPOC and the …

The Island of Explained: Election Day

July 31st, 2020


It’s Election Day on the Island of Explained! Will the candidate with the most votes win, or will the island’s Electoral College determine a …

Tim, Mark, Jeff, and Sundar

July 30th, 2020


The leaders of Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google testified before Congress on Wednesday in what The Verge’s Casey Newton says might have been the most important Webex in human history.

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Life after Covid-19, explained by Carl (who had it)

July 29th, 2020


Some people walk away from Covid-19 feeling fine. Others are dealing with a long list of lingering health issues.

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Stimulating America

July 28th, 2020


Democrats and Republicans have a $2 trillion disagreement on how to relieve Americans from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Transcript at

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Rural America meets Black Lives Matter

July 27th, 2020


In Bethel, Ohio, a Black Lives Matter rally became a standoff between armed bikers and peaceful protesters. BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen explains. …

Houston, we have a problem

July 24th, 2020


Baseball’s back, but fans won’t get the chance to boo the cheating Astros. Transcript at

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The Anti-maskers

July 23rd, 2020


The United States has now confirmed 4 million cases of Covid-19. Some Americans still don’t want to wear a mask. Transcript at

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Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan

July 22nd, 2020


Joe Biden is tacking to the left and embracing a historic climate plan. Vox’s David Roberts explains whether it stands a chance. Transcript at

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Tucker Carlson’s America

July 21st, 2020


The most popular host in the history of cable news returned from a week-long vacation after his head writer was exposed as a raging bigot. The …

When the feds came to Portland

July 20th, 2020


They came in military camouflage and unmarked vans. Now the state of Oregon is suing the federal government over its policing tactics. Oregon Public …

The Island of Explained: Vaccines

July 17th, 2020


We return to the magical Island of Explained with a microbiologist and a talking moth to find out what it will take to produce a coronavirus vaccine. …


July 16th, 2020


Eviction bans and expanded unemployment benefits are expiring, leaving millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes by the end of the summer.

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What happened to California?

July 15th, 2020


California once looked like an example of how to handle the pandemic. Now it’s a warning for other states looking to reopen.

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The Washington Football Team

July 14th, 2020


The District of Columbia's football team is abandoning the name it adopted almost a century ago. Paul Chaat Smith, a curator at the National Museum …

Stone free

July 13th, 2020


President Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence in what Vox’s Andrew Prokop says is a particularly troubling variety of political corruption. …

A million international students in limbo

July 10th, 2020


The Trump administration announced it would send a million international students home this week. But Vox’s Nicole Narea says the students are …

Supreme Tax Court

July 9th, 2020


The Supreme Court issued its remaining decisions today for the 2020 term, including the biggie: Trump’s tax returns.

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July 8th, 2020


President Trump says students and teachers must return to the classroom. Reality says this is going to be the toughest reopening yet.

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Surfaces vs. droplets vs. aerosols

July 7th, 2020


239 scientists have signed a letter urging the World Health Organization to warn people about airborne transmission of the coronavirus. Professor Jose-Luis Jimenez, who helped write the letter, explains.

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Netflix has no chill

July 6th, 2020


Netflix grew so popular during lockdown, it almost broke the internet. Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect explains how the company has upended …

How AI makes policing more racist

July 2nd, 2020


Turns out it’s just as biased as people are. Transcript at

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A bounty on American troops

July 1st, 2020


Russia allegedly paid the Taliban to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan. But President Trump’s response may be the real scandal. Transcript at

Helicopter policing

June 30th, 2020


Police across the country have responded to recent protests with military tactics and equipment. The Washington Post’s Alex Horton investigated how …

Lockdown, reopen, repeat

June 29th, 2020


Hospitals are stretched to their breaking point in Texas, Arizona, and other states where Covid-19 cases are rising sharply. Vox’s Dylan Scott says …

Justice for Breonna Taylor

June 26th, 2020


There hasn’t been an arrest in the case in the three months since police shot and killed Taylor in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. But now the …

Black Lives Matter is working

June 25th, 2020


America is undergoing a new racial reckoning. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer explains why this time is different. Transcript at

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Brazil’s coronavirus disaster

June 24th, 2020


President Jair Bolsonaro called it the "sniffles" and recommended hydroxychloroquine. Now the country has over a million confirmed cases. Reporter …

A world without bail?

June 23rd, 2020


With the wave of protests came waves of arrests and record-breaking donations to bail funds across the US, but reformers hope for a reckoning of one of the only for-profit bail systems in the world. Transcript at

How not to fire someone

June 22nd, 2020


Attorney General William Barr tried to quietly push out the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan on Friday night. Then everybody noticed. Transcript at

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Celebrate Juneteenth!

June 19th, 2020


The celebration of emancipation is as vital today as ever. Transcript at

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A good day for DREAMers

June 18th, 2020


In a major decision from the Supreme Court, DACA lives to fight another day. But it's not in the clear yet. Transcript at

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The return of sports

June 17th, 2020


There are two ways to do it: safely or not so safely. Guess which one we’re heading toward in the United States? Transcript at

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Welcome to CHAZ

June 16th, 2020


Some are calling six blocks of a Seattle neighborhood the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. KUOW’s Casey Martin spent a week within its loosely guarded …

A landmark LGBTQ ruling

June 15th, 2020


The Supreme Court of the United States has decided the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Transcript at

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June 13th, 2020


After 33 seasons, the reality TV show Cops was canceled this week. Should scripted police dramas follow? Transcript at

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Is this the second wave?

June 11th, 2020


Vox’s Dylan Scott says it’s hard to tell because the United States is riding 50 different Covid-19 waves. Transcript at

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Can Congress reform the police?

June 10th, 2020


The United States has a policing problem and Congress wants to fix it. Vox’s Li Zhou explains whether the Democrats’ new bill will go anywhere. …

Minneapolis commits to “dismantling” the police

June 9th, 2020


Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano explains what the city wants to do and what might get in the way. Transcript at

Biden his time

June 8th, 2020


Pandemic, protests, and the best poll numbers yet for Joe Biden. Transcript at

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The Talk

June 5th, 2020


Two mothers talk to their teenage sons about race and police brutality in the United States. Transcript at

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What “abolish the police” means

June 4th, 2020


It’s not what you think. Transcript at

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The problem with police unions

June 3rd, 2020


Even after Derek Chauvin was captured on video killing George Floyd, he could still get his job back. BuzzFeed’s Melissa Segura explains how. …


June 2nd, 2020


President Trump wants to blame the unrest on antifa. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains why he can’t. Transcript at

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American Nightmare

June 1st, 2020


Professor Ibram X. Kendi explains how the protests and unrest are a result of black America’s living nightmare and what it will take to wake up. …

“I can’t breathe.” Again.

May 29th, 2020


The former police officer who killed George Floyd has been charged with murder. But Floyd’s case is just one of many recent incidents of police …

100,000 is an undercount

May 28th, 2020


It could take years for all the Covid-19 deaths to be counted properly. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why the Trump administration is pushing for …

"First Hong Kong, then the world"

May 27th, 2020


While most of the world was distracted by the pandemic, China unveiled a law to strip Hong Kong of its autonomy, setting off a new wave of protests in the city. Transcript at

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One giant leap for SpaceX

May 26th, 2020


For the first time in almost a decade, an American rocket is launching people into space. The Verge’s Loren Grush explains why the launch could …

Today, Explained: Greatest Hits

May 22nd, 2020


You asked. We answered. Sean and Noam break down all the original songs in Today, Explained's back catalog. Today, Explained: Greatest Hits is now streaming everywhere!

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Blame WHO?

May 21st, 2020


President Trump would like to.

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The case for reopening parks

May 20th, 2020


Reopening America’s parks could help fight the pandemic. It’s a good time to rethink streets, too.

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Is this Trump's fault?

May 19th, 2020


Ezra Klein has some thoughts. Transcript at

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May 18th, 2020


Elon Musk fought the law and Elon won. Transcript at

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The Class of 2020

May 15th, 2020


Graduate? In this economy!? The Atlantic's Annie Lowrey explains the economic reality new graduates face and Sean offers one graduating senior a commencement speech. Transcript at

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Facebook’s PTSD payout

May 14th, 2020


Facebook has agreed to pay a $52 million settlement to its content moderators. Reporting by The Verge’s Casey Newton was a game changer. Transcript at

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Covid, kids, and a mystery illness

May 13th, 2020


Dozens of children have fallen ill with an inflammatory syndrome that may be linked to Covid-19. Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Kevin Friedman …

Will Ahmaud Arbery’s killing change Georgia law?

May 12th, 2020


Two white men are accused of killing a black jogger. Georgia state Rep. Jasmine Clark wants to change the laws that could be used to defend them. …

A few men in fishing boats try to take Venezuela

May 11th, 2020


While the world was distracted by a pandemic, a ragtag team of Americans and Venezuelans attempted to overthrow President Maduro. Transcript at

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Quarantine dreams

May 8th, 2020


Think you’ve been having exceptionally strange dreams lately? Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett says it’s not a figment of your imagination. …

The Reopening States of America

May 7th, 2020


Dr. Richard Besser, former head of the Centers for Disease Control, explains how states can reopen without putting lives in danger. Transcript at

Why Sweden stayed open

May 6th, 2020


The Kingdom of Sweden watched the world lock down and decided to do the opposite. Swedish journalist Nathalie Rothschild explains. Transcript at

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How to be happy

May 5th, 2020


The most popular course in Yale's 300-year history is all about achieving happiness. The pandemic has made it more relevant than ever. Transcript at

Tara Reade alleges, Joe Biden denies

May 4th, 2020


Vox's Laura McGann explains the sexual assault allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden, and the implications for his campaign. Transcript …

The Island of Explained

May 1st, 2020


Come with us to the magical Island of Explained, where we’ll climb trees and venture into caves to answer kids’ biggest coronavirus questions. Go to to find supplemental activities, from …

The Invisible Man

April 30th, 2020


Vox's Alex Ward explains what's going on with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. (Transcript here.)

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Overflowing farms, desperate food banks

April 29th, 2020


American farmers are destroying their crops while demand is mounting at food banks. Politico food and agriculture reporter Helena Bottemiller Evich …

Inside the world's biggest lockdown

April 28th, 2020


Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered 1.4 billion Indians to stay home. The world had never seen anything like it. (Transcript here.)

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Oil is broke. Green New Deal with it?

April 27th, 2020


Oil just went negative for the first time in history. Vox's David Roberts says that creates an opportunity to make more history. (Transcript here.)

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Georgia on my mind

April 24th, 2020


As the state reopens, Vox's Jillian Weinberger zooms to rural Georgia to hear how a Covid-19 outbreak spiraled out of control. (Transcript here.)


April 23rd, 2020


Vox’s science editor, Eliza Barclay, arms you with the facts you need to fight your uncle’s favorite coronavirus conspiracy theories. (Transcript here.)

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This one's for Earth

April 22nd, 2020


Cryptic treehunters. Unknown apples. Flowers fighting back. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Vox’s Umair Irfan and Brian Resnick explain what we learned about the planet in the last year. (Transcript here.)

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One day, three healthcare workers

April 21st, 2020


A nurse, a paramedic, and a physician’s assistant record themselves throughout the course of a day in the fight against Covid-19. (Transcript here.)

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The epicenter of the epicenter

April 20th, 2020


Covid-19's victims, and the people they leave behind. (Transcript here.)

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Long shot

April 17th, 2020


 It could be a year or more before the vaccine is ready, but there’s a radical plan to speed up the process. (Transcript here.)

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Zeke Emanuel’s exit strategy

April 16th, 2020


President Trump wants to reopen the country yesterday. Bioethicist Zeke Emanuel, who served as a health policy advisor to former President Obama, …

Death Cab for The Postal Service?

April 15th, 2020


The United States Postal Service is on the brink of collapse. Vox's Matthew Yglesias explains how and why the country should save it. (Transcript here

All praise, no pay

April 14th, 2020


Essential workers in the food, transportation, and retail industries are being called American heroes. They want to be paid as such. (Transcript here.)

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Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too

April 13th, 2020


Friend of the show Ezra Klein speaks to Sen. Elizabeth Warren about several plans she has proposed to combat this pandemic. (Transcript here.)

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The loneliness pandemic

April 10th, 2020


Coronavirus has led to another pandemic: social isolation. Vox’s Ezra Klein says this sickness has a cure. (Transcript here.)

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Six feet away from God

April 9th, 2020


While a few religious leaders flout shelter in place ordinances, Easter, Passover, and Ramadan are inspiring most to get creative with worship. (Transcript here.)

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Vote and die

April 8th, 2020


Wisconsinites had to choose between catching Covid-19 and voting on Tuesday. Is the rest of the country next? (Transcript here.)

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"The Great Equalizer"

April 7th, 2020


Madonna was wrong. Covid-19 isn't an equalizer. It's coming for America's most vulnerable populations. (Transcript here.)

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The immunity test

April 6th, 2020


A vaccine will take a while, but Vox’s Umair Irfan says the global effort to test for immunity and treat Covid-19 is well underway. (An earlier version of this episode misidentified hydroxychloroquine as an active …

Mask on? Mask off?

April 3rd, 2020


In an about-face, the Centers for Disease Control would now like you to cover your mouth and nose when you go outside. (Transcript here.)

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6.6 million more unemployed

April 2nd, 2020


Last week's unemployment numbers shattered all records. This week, they doubled. Vox's Matthew Yglesias, host of The Weeds podcast, proposes a way out of this mess. (Transcript here.)

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Lockdown while locked up

April 1st, 2020


Arthur Longworth calls Sean from Washington State Reformatory to explain what it's like to serve a life sentence at a prison where the coronavirus is spreading. (Transcript here.)

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The trouble with Trump’s daily briefings

March 31st, 2020


Part rally, part media-bashing, part critical updates on the coronavirus crisis, President Trump's daily press briefings are muddying the message. (Transcript here.)

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How Covid-19 attacks your body

March 30th, 2020


In this episode of Vox's Reset podcast Ed Yong from The Atlantic explains how a little spiky ball called SARS-CoV2 brought the world to its knees. (Transcript here.)

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Your coronavirus questions, answered (Part II)

March 27th, 2020


On today's show, more listener questions: Why isn't everyone social distancing? Will I be immune after I get it? When will this end? My anxiety is spiking!(Transcript here.)

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The emergency room emergency

March 26th, 2020


The Atlantic's James Hamblin explains why America has a critical shortage of medical supplies. New York City ER doctor Calvin Sun says, “It’s like a lottery that we don’t want to play, but we’re forced to play.” …

The two trillion dollar question

March 25th, 2020


Congress has settled on an historic stimulus package, but Ezra Klein is worried it might not be enough. (Transcript here.)

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Asia's second wave

March 24th, 2020


Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore managed to contain Covid-19, but now things look less promising. (Transcript here.)

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Giving birth in a pandemic

March 23rd, 2020


Vox's Julia Belluz went from covering the global coronavirus pandemic to giving birth in the middle of it. (Transcript here.)

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Your coronavirus questions, answered

March 20th, 2020


On today's show, we answer listener questions: Why is there no TP? Will we run out of food? Can I get the virus from sex? How can I help? (Transcript here.)

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Six feet away

March 19th, 2020


Vox’s Brian Resnick (safely) meets Sean in a Washington, D.C. park to deliver the Five Commandments of social distancing. Start your #SixFeetAwaySong journey at (Transcript here.)

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TFW your dad gives you Covid-19

March 18th, 2020


Sean speaks to a Brooklyn family that has Covid-19, and Vox’s Dylan Scott explains how the United States is still trying to get its act together on testing. Subscribe to the Voxcare newsletter here:

Can President Trump fix this?

March 17th, 2020


After dismissing coronavirus concerns for months, President Donald is pivoting to serious action to slow the crisis in the United States. (Transcript here.)

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School's out for Covid

March 16th, 2020


The country’s largest school district told a million kids to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s creating chaos for teachers, students, …

Living in lockdown

March 13th, 2020


Italy has quarantined the whole country in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains why the US might look like Italy …

How to slow down coronavirus

March 12th, 2020


President Trump has banned most Europeans from traveling to the US. Vox’s Jen Kirby explains why that won’t stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, and Eliza Barclay tells us what we can do to slow the spread. …

Old Country for Old Men

March 11th, 2020


After last night, Joe Biden is one step closer to the nomination, but no matter who wins, the next president will be over 70. The Atlantic’s Derek …

Coronavirus hits the markets

March 10th, 2020


The stock market’s going haywire. Major companies are telling their employees to stay home. Austin has canceled SXSW. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says governments across the world have to act fast to save the global economy. …

James Carville thinks Trump will lose

March 9th, 2020


The veteran political strategist argues that Democrats are well-positioned to win back not only the White House, but the Senate, too. (Transcript here

So you think you have Covid-19

March 6th, 2020


Thus far, the United States hasn't been doing the best job of testing for the novel coronavirus. ProPublica's Caroline Chen explains why. (Transcript

Roe v. Wade v. Roberts

March 5th, 2020


There's a new fight over abortion at the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts is in the swing position. (Transcript here.)

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Thanks, Obama

March 4th, 2020


Vox's Andrew Prokop runs through Super Tuesday results, before Laura McGann explains Vice President Biden's "Joementum." (Transcript here.)

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Covid-19, explained by Carl (who has it)

March 3rd, 2020


Carl Goldman was on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and now he has Covid-19. He speaks to Sean Rameswaram from a CDC quarantine in Omaha, Nebraska. …

Tuesday, Explained

March 2nd, 2020


Vox's Andrew Prokop explains what makes this Tuesday so super and performs some basic arithmetic to suggest how Democrats could end up with a …

Make America Doubt Again

February 28th, 2020


McKay Coppins built a fake Facebook profile to fully experience President Trump's 2020 digital strategy. It didn't take long for him to start …

The last stronghold in Syria

February 27th, 2020


Idlib province in northwestern Syria is now the last stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad and one of the world’s greatest …


February 26th, 2020


Covid-19 may be on the brink of becoming a pandemic. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what that p-word means and Brian Resnick breaks down what an …

Putin his thumb on the scale

February 25th, 2020


Russian interference in U.S. elections could go from Vlad to worse as President Trump sidelines U.S. intelligence agencies. (Transcript here.)

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Weekend at Bernie’s

February 24th, 2020


Bernie Sanders took Nevada with a landslide coalition so diverse it has left Joe Biden feeling nervous heading into South Carolina. (Transcript here.)

The sixth sense (the real one)

February 21st, 2020


A study at the National Institutes of Health offers a window into some of science’s biggest mysteries, from the origins of pain to how consciousness works. (Transcript here.)

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Ok, Bloomberg

February 20th, 2020


Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg? (Transcript here.)

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Where Medicare-for-all is real

February 19th, 2020


The Democratic presidential candidates keep having the same argument over Medicare-for-all at the televised debates. To spice up the conversation, Vox’s Dylan Scott takes Sean on a journey to Taiwan to explore how the …

The floating petri dish

February 18th, 2020


One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes. (Transcript here.)

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Love Me Tinder

February 14th, 2020


A new investigation reveals what you may have suspected: dating apps can be very dangerous. But there are safer ways to look for love online.(Transcript here.)

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Between a Stone and a hard place

February 13th, 2020


In this, the 500th episode of your favorite daily news podcast, Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the sentencing of Roger Stone has thrown the United States Department of Justice into disarray. (Transcript here.)

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Bernie, bro.

February 12th, 2020


New Hampshire felt the Bern. (Transcript here.)

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Old Hampshire vs. New Hampshire

February 11th, 2020


House parties are key to picking a president in New Hampshire, but they’re quickly being replaced by impersonal rallies. New Hampshire Public Radio …

President Trump's "Africa ban"

February 10th, 2020


Vox's Nicole Narea explains how new immigration restrictions that will hit a quarter of Africa's population might be President Trump's version of …

Why the wrong movies win Oscars

February 7th, 2020


Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson would like to blame the Academy. (Transcript here.)

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How will coronavirus end?

February 6th, 2020


In 2015, Dr. Vineet Menachery said a SARS-like virus could spread to humans more easily than previously believed. Now he explains what we can do to …


February 5th, 2020


The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Vox’s Ezra Klein argues it’s time to change the Constitution. (Transcript here.)

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February 4th, 2020


Iowa caucuses? More like caucus chaos. Or a raucous caucus. Or an Iowasca trip. Somebody's got some explaining to do. (Transcript here.)

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February 3rd, 2020


Iowa gets to take the first swing at nominating the Democratic presidential candidate today. But why? (Transcript here.)

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The invisible border

January 31st, 2020


After nearly four years of acrimony, Britain finally Brexits tonight. But it risks plunging Northern Ireland back into a living nightmare. (Transcript here.)

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Let’s talk about how to talk about Kobe

January 30th, 2020


Kobe Bryant’s death stunned the world. Then people started arguing. (Transcript here.)

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From Nobel Peace Prize to denying genocide

January 29th, 2020


The International Court of Justice is ordering Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from genocide, but no one knows if Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will heed the call. (Transcript here.)

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The Bolton's back in town

January 28th, 2020


Vox's Andrew Prokop explains why John Bolton’s leaked manuscript has upended the GOP’s hopes to wrap up the impeachment trial quickly without calling …

Shaken like a polarized picture

January 27th, 2020


The political polarization of America didn’t start with Donald Trump and it won’t end in 2020 either. Ezra Klein explains "Why We're Polarized." …

The Crown Prince and the Amazon King

January 24th, 2020


Did Mohammed Bin Salman hack Jeff Bezos? Recode’s Peter Kafka returns with an update and Kara Swisher explains Saudi Arabia's impunity in the tech world. (Transcript here.)

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January 23rd, 2020


A SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people, quarantined millions in China, and made its way to the United States. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains …

A George Washington Bridge too far

January 22nd, 2020


The Supreme Court is trying to settle the fight over the biggest traffic jam in the history of American politics once and for all. WNYC's Matt Katz, …

The Senate trial begins

January 21st, 2020


Vox's Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump's Senate impeachment trial gets underway. (Transcript here.)

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The 100 year fight for equal rights

January 17th, 2020


Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. Now, Congress is the only thing standing between the 28th amendment and the Constitution of the United States. (Transcript here.)

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Ukraine International Flight 752

January 16th, 2020


Canada now has the unfortunate job of dealing with the collateral damage from the conflict between Iran and the United States. (Transcript here.)

Booker blames the rules

January 15th, 2020


Senator Cory Booker tells Sean Rameswaram why he never stood a chance and Vox's Ella Nilsen explains why Senators Warren and Sanders are fighting. (Transcript here.)

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Elizabeth Warren needs a poster boy

January 14th, 2020


Elizabeth Warren’s best bet to fight the opioid epidemic might be stealing a page from the battle against AIDS. Vox’s Jillian Weinberger explains how for The Impact. (Transcript here.)

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One billion animals dead

January 13th, 2020


Australia is suffering unprecedented damage from months of bush fires, but the country remains divided on the politics of climate change. (Transcript


January 10th, 2020


Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit. (Transcript here.)

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The (first) trial of Harvey Weinstein

January 9th, 2020


Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein. (Transcript here.)

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What about Iraq?

January 8th, 2020


Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else. (Transcript here.)

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The view from Iran

January 7th, 2020


Iran analyst Dina Esfandiary explains why the killing of Qassem Soleimani was “the greatest gift the Trump administration could have given the …

War with Iran?

January 6th, 2020


The United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week. Vox's Alex Ward explains what might happen next. (Transcript here.)

Should we burn our recycling?

January 3rd, 2020


The vast majority of our plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. (Transcript here.)

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The other TV president

January 2nd, 2020


Before stumbling into the biggest American political scandal in a generation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was best known for playing the …

Trump of the Year

December 30th, 2019


On the cusp of a big election year, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias reviews President Trump’s accomplishments thus far. (Transcript here.)

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Song of the Year

December 27th, 2019


“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music. (Transcript here.)

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Person of the Year

December 26th, 2019


Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why. (Transcript here.)

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The Queen of Christmas

December 23rd, 2019


A quarter-century after its release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Call it a "Christmas Mariahcle." (Transcript here.)

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Debate 6: Enter the Wine Cave

December 20th, 2019


The sixth and final Democratic debate of the year was less diverse, more substantive, and also featured a fight about a wine cave. Vox's Emily Stewart explains. (Transcript here.)

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Aging in America

December 19th, 2019


By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready. (Transcript here.)

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Impeachment Day

December 19th, 2019


The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next. (Transcript here.)

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Trump v. Taxes

December 17th, 2019


The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump has to turn over his tax returns, but WNYC's Andrea Bernstein says the Court is really deciding whether Trump can literally get away with murder. (Transcript here.)

Big Bezos is watching you

December 16th, 2019


In under 20 years, Amazon grew from an online bookstore to the eyes and ears in our homes. OneZero's Will Oremus says we should be concerned about …

Space Farce

December 13th, 2019


The Democrats gave President Trump his Space Force this week. But what is it? (Transcript here.)

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India's Muslim ban

December 12th, 2019

The second-largest Muslim nation in the world just got closer to becoming a Hindu state.

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The cost of PrEP

December 12th, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Trump administration agree on one thing: the cost of HIV drugs is too high.

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Articles of impeachment

December 10th, 2019

House Democrats made history today.

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Rudolph the former mayor

December 9th, 2019

How Rudy Giuliani went from "America's mayor" to the inadvertent architect of Donald Trump's pending impeachment.

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“This will end when one of us dies”

December 6th, 2019

ProPublica’s Lizzie Presser explains why Americans are being jailed for their medical debt.

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Giving justice an extension

December 6th, 2019

This week New Jersey joined a growing number of states that are extending statutes of limitations, making it easier to report childhood sexual abuse decades after it occurs.

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Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder

December 4th, 2019

Four law professors walked into a room and the next phase of the impeachment began.

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Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs on TikTok

December 3rd, 2019

TikTok, the video sharing app that has taken the tweens and 2019 by storm, is now facing stiff competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation.

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ICE University

December 2nd, 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement created a fake university with no teachers and no classes. Then they arrested the students who signed up. Vox’s …

Amazon's preppers

November 29th, 2019

A good number of Amazon packages make a pitstop in Roundup, Montana. Vox's Reset podcast explains why.

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A tribe called keto

November 27th, 2019

Some say the Kardashian-endorsed keto diet craze that’s sweeping the nation could help fight epilepsy and cancer, too. Vox’s Julia Belluz separates …

Can a billionaire buy the presidency?

November 26th, 2019

Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg thinks he can beat Donald Trump in 2020.

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Showdown at High Nunes

November 25th, 2019

California Republican Devin Nunes spent much of the last two weeks mocking the impeachment inquiry. After allegations surfaced that he may have been …

Ok boomer

November 22nd, 2019

TikTok's hottest meme is pitting the Youngs against the Olds, but the truth about this generational standoff can be found in its shades of gray.

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The Dems Went Down to Georgia

November 21st, 2019

We’re taking a break from impeachment to talk about the fifth Democratic debate and the Buttigieg Bump.

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Impeachment TV: Mr. Sondland Goes to Washington

November 21st, 2019

The most-anticipated testimony of the House impeachment inquiry was held today on Capitol Hill. It did not disappoint.

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Impeachment TV (Part 2 of 2)

November 20th, 2019

The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how things changed when Republicans called witnesses.

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Impeachment TV (Part 1 of 2)

November 19th, 2019

The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. It was so big we couldn't fit it all into one episode.

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Let's talk about that party in Spain

November 18th, 2019

Spain's far-right party just won more than 50 seats in its parliament, reminding some of the country's fascist past. Yes, the party is called "VOX".

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Noise will be noise

November 15th, 2019

After hearing a mysterious whine in suburban Arizona, Karthic Thallikar started on a journey that would ultimately lead to the center of the …

Hotel ISIS

November 14th, 2019

Turkey says it’s “not a hotel” for ISIS, and is deporting fighters and their families. The problem is their native countries don’t want them back.

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Bill and Kent's congressional adventure

November 14th, 2019

The first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry was held today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the significance of the testimonies given by Ambassador William Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the …

Who is above the law?

November 12th, 2019

Today the Supreme Court heard the case about a border patrol agent who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy. Ian Millhiser explains why it could make …

The world's most profitable company

November 11th, 2019

Aramco, the secretive oil company that made Saudi Arabia rich, is going public after 86 years. Some say the timing couldn’t be worse.

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Streaming: Infinity War

November 8th, 2019

Disney+. Apple TV+. Netflix. HBO Max. Peacock. Which streaming service will win the great war to come?

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Behind closed doors

November 7th, 2019

This week the House released transcripts from closed-door impeachment testimonies. Vox's Andrew Prokop pored through them for revelations.

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California Dreamin'

November 6th, 2019

A new California law limits how early school can start in the state.

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Inside a Trump rally

November 5th, 2019

At a Kentucky rally, President Trump's supporters ordered the media to "Do your job!" and reveal the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender explains how these events have changed …

Just one year to go!

November 4th, 2019

The election is now one year away. Ezra Klein offers Democrats a strategy to win in 2020.

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Instagram's war on nipples

November 1st, 2019

Vox’s Reset podcast explores how Instagram's nipple ban affects art and identity.

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The first impeachment vote

October 31st, 2019

Nancy: 1 / Donald: 0

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Why is the world protesting?

October 30th, 2019

A WhatsApp tax, a metro fare hike, and a check to a South African model have inspired a wave of anti-government protests.

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California's blackouts

October 29th, 2019

The wildfires in California have gotten so bad the state's biggest utility is turning off the power on purpose.

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The death of al-Baghdadi

October 28th, 2019

ISIS has lost its leader, but that doesn't mean the world is any safer.

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October 25th, 2019

America’s most controversial startup was finally bought out this week, but WeWork is a symptom of a much larger problem.

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The right to sell out

October 24th, 2019

California is going to let college athletes make money from sneaker deals and commercials. Will the rest of the country follow suit?

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Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do

October 23rd, 2019

Ambassador William Taylor finally testified on Tuesday and it was a doozy.

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Yes We Canada?

October 22nd, 2019

Justin Trudeau won re-election on Tuesday, but it wasn't pretty.

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Where are the troops going?

October 21st, 2019

President Trump is pulling out of Syria while sending more troops to Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

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Introducing Reset

October 20th, 2019

Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write?

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Trumpster fire

October 18th, 2019

Last week, the White House stonewalled the impeachment inquiry. This week, the stonewall came crumbling down.

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Should Facebook let Trump lie?

October 17th, 2019

President Trump lied in a Facebook ad and Facebook didn’t take it down so Elizabeth Warren lied, too. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains.

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October 16th, 2019

In the fourth Democratic debate, the candidates treated Elizabeth Warren as the frontrunner. Vox’s Ezra Klein explains what that means for the race ahead.

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A new war in Syria

October 15th, 2019

The Trump administration just imposed sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria. But it may be too late for America’s Kurdish allies.

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Indigenous Peoples' Delegate

October 14th, 2019

Nearly 200 years ago, the Treaty of New Echota offered the Cherokee Nation representation in Congress. Kimberly Teehee just became its first nominee.

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Did China just dunk on the NBA?

October 11th, 2019

An NBA executive’s tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong has exposed how vulnerable the biggest American companies are to China.

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The nine impeachment scenarios

October 10th, 2019

President Pence? President Pelosi? There are nearly a dozen ways the impeachment inquiry could end. Vox’s Laura McGann runs through each of them.

Stonewalling the impeachment inquiry

October 9th, 2019

Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the White House is now refusing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Ezra Klein scrutinizes the Republican strategy.

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Leaving Syria (and the Kurds)

October 9th, 2019

Turkey is sending troops and tanks to its border with Syria hours after President Trump announced he would be removing US forces from the nation. …

SCOTUS raises the stakes

October 7th, 2019

After a sleepy spring term, the Supreme Court of the United States is back and looking to weigh in on abortion, immigration, and LGBT rights.

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Inside a Facebook all-staff

October 4th, 2019

Audio of Mark Zuckerberg in a closed-door staff meeting leaked to Casey Newton of The Verge. Then Elizabeth Warren entered the fray.

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Meanwhile in Ukraine....

October 3rd, 2019

Ukraine finds itself at the center of the American impeachment drama, but President Trump is the least of the country's worries.

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It's not easy whistleblowin'

October 2nd, 2019

The whistleblower’s attorneys say their client is in danger. That’s not unusual.

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The impeachment counternarrative

October 1st, 2019

Listen as Vox’s Andrew Prokop meticulously debunks the White House talking points around the whistleblower scandal.

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"No contract! No cars!"

September 30th, 2019

The United Auto Workers is engaged in the biggest General Motors strike since the 1970s, all while union leaders are having their homes raided by the FBI.

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September 27th, 2019

In just one week, she inspired global protests, mean-mugged President Trump, and chastised world leaders at the United Nations. David Wallace-Wells, editor at New York magazine, explains the rise of Greta Thunberg.

The whistleblower complaint

September 26th, 2019

The House Intelligence Committee released the whistleblower complaint minutes before Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire began his testimony before Congress.

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The "transcript"

September 25th, 2019

The White House released a record of President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky, then went on the defensive.

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Pelosi calls for impeachment inquiry

September 24th, 2019

This evening Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how everything changed in 24 hours.

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Son of a Biden

September 23rd, 2019

A whistleblower in the intelligence community has sparked a political scandal involving President Trump and a pair of Bidens. Vox’s Andrew Prokop …

Burn, baby, burn

September 20th, 2019

The vast majority of your plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire.

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The 51st state?

September 19th, 2019

Residents in the District of Columbia have been living with "taxation without representation" from Day 1. Today, they take their call for statehood …

To Bibi or not to Bibi

September 18th, 2019

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s decade-long hold on power may be coming to an end. Anyone up for peace?

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When it's time to die

September 17th, 2019

This week Maine joins several states allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication. Cyndie Rogers explains why she eventually wants to take advantage of Maine’s Death with Dignity Act.

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How do you remove an egg from an omelette?

September 16th, 2019

Some say that’s how hard it is to remove the UK from the EU. Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy heads to the United Kingdom's highest court Tuesday.

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September 13th, 2019

After Vox's Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses.

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The president's hit list

September 12th, 2019

“I’d be happy to slaughter them,” President Rodrigo Duterte said about three million drug users in the Philippines. It appears he is following …

Like, bye

September 11th, 2019

Facebook and Instagram are thinking about ditching the thumbs and hearts. What would life be like without "Likes"?

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John Boltin'

September 10th, 2019

John Bolton is out. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why he was at odds with his boss from Day 1.

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Gerry with the bad maps

September 6th, 2019

A historic court decision erased some of the most gerrymandered maps in the country this week. North Carolina now has two weeks to redraw them.

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CNN's climate marathon in 20 minutes

September 5th, 2019

We watched seven straight hours of Democrats discussing climate policy so you wouldn't have to.

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September 4th, 2019

Rapper Meek Mill was arrested on drug and weapons charges as a teen in 2007, but the case didn't close until last week. NPR's Bobby Allyn explains …

Missing history

September 3rd, 2019

Kids in school don’t learn much about American slavery. Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries says students deserve the real story.

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Still not safe to drink

August 30th, 2019

First it was Flint, now it's Newark. Why do American cities keep contaminating their water?

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Death of a Koch brother

August 29th, 2019

David Koch was one of the biggest and most influential donors in American politics. Mother Jones' Daniel Schulman explains his complicated legacy.

Don't try CRISPR at home

August 28th, 2019

Biohackers treat their bodies like a science project. But should they be allowed to edit their own DNA at home?

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Biofuel duel

August 27th, 2019

An EPA decision has left Iowan corn growers feeling betrayed by President Trump. Democrats are watching.

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Alaska's missing police force

August 26th, 2019

A third of Alaskan communities don’t have cops. Kyle Hopkins, investigative reporter at the Anchorage Daily News, explains Alaska’s public safety emergency.

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When killing is "necessary"

August 23rd, 2019

This week California passed what some call the toughest law on police use of deadly force in the country. It hinges on one word: necessary.

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Hope for Hong Kong

August 22nd, 2019

Hong Kong ramped up its protests and China ramped up its propaganda machine. But the conflict may have finally reached a turning point.

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Coal's last stand

August 21st, 2019

There’s a train full of coal sitting on the tracks in eastern Kentucky. It’s being blocked by a group of laid-off miners who want what they're owed.

Ending the endless war

August 20th, 2019

This weekend in Afghanistan was one of the deadliest this year. Vox’s Jenn Williams explains whether America can end its longest war.

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Do sanctions work?

August 19th, 2019

The Trump administration is ramping up sanctions on Venezuela, but it may end up hurting the people they're meant to help.

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The warehouse of forgotten evidence

August 16th, 2019

Reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty set out to investigate why police across the country often fail to catch serial rapists.

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What's up with the yield curve?

August 15th, 2019

Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why everyone's whispering about a recession.

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(Don't) give me your poor

August 14th, 2019

The Trump administration is about to make it a lot harder for poor people to get a green card.

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Death behind bars

August 13th, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide is unexpectedly shining a light on the conditions in America’s jails.

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Deep fried podcast

August 12th, 2019

Vox's Tara Golshan spent the weekend at the Iowa State Fair trying to figure out what eating deep fried Oreos has to do with running the country.

Latinos after El Paso

August 9th, 2019

In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Latinos across the United States are questioning their safety.

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Six rivers, three countries, one Kashmir

August 8th, 2019

India is escalating its 70-year fight for Kashmir. The winner gets the water.

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Amazon Crime

August 7th, 2019

What started as a push to increase mining in the rainforest led to a murder. Ernesto Londoño, Brazil bureau chief for The New York Times, explains …

Disown your kid to pay for college

August 6th, 2019

This summer’s hottest college admissions scam is parents disowning their children. The Wall Street Journal’s Doug Belkin explains.

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A Green New Deal, but for guns

August 5th, 2019

Vox’s German Lopez explains why Democrats need a bold new plan for gun control.

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Reviving death

August 2nd, 2019

After 16 years, the Trump administration is bringing back the federal death penalty. Reverend Sharon Risher, who lost her mother, two cousins, and a childhood friend in the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, …

Dem Debates 2: Election Boogaloo

August 1st, 2019

Bernie yelled at Ryan. Biden defended Obama. Warren destroyed Delaney. Vox's Tara Golshan explains the "fight for the heart of the party" and Ezra …

Life's a breach

July 31st, 2019

Capital One got hacked. Equifax is trying to make up for its hack. And The Verge’s Russell Brandom explains why you should definitely prepare …

Coats checks out

July 30th, 2019

Dan Coats is resigning, leaving a vacancy at the top of US intelligence. The Washington Post’s Shane Harris explains how his replacement may be a Trump loyalist who believes in a “deep state” conspiracy against the …

Where we’re going, we still need roads

July 29th, 2019

Four of the world’s biggest carmakers have secretly negotiated an emissions deal with California, circumventing the Trump administration.

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No such thing as free lunch

July 26th, 2019

A school district in Pennsylvania apologized this week for saying students with unpaid lunch debt might end up in foster care. The scandal is part of …


July 25th, 2019

Boris Johnson wanted a Brexit and now he’ll have to figure out how to make it happen. The Atlantic’s Tom McTague explains how a self-proclaimed “blithering idiot” became prime minister.

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Mueller reports

July 24th, 2019

At long last, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress today.

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July 23rd, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are demanding Governor Ricardo Roselló resign. David Begnaud from CBS News reports from San Juan.

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Five years after Eric Garner

July 22nd, 2019

After five years, a decision on the death of Eric Garner, who was put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer, creates further questions. The Washington …

Holy shit

July 19th, 2019

On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Vox’s Brian Resnick says astronauts left something up there that could unlock the origins of life itself.

"Send her back"

July 18th, 2019

An ugly, racist week in America came to a head last night with a chant at a Trump rally. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer says this is a defining moment for American democracy.

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How to solve the asylum crisis

July 17th, 2019

On Tuesday, the Trump administration dramatically changed the rules governing asylum. A scholar who has helped shape US immigration policy since the …

The Prince of Blackwater

July 16th, 2019

Betsy DeVos’s baby brother made a name for himself running one of America's top mercenary companies. The Intercept's Matthew Cole explains how …

What raids?

July 15th, 2019

Immigrant communities across the United States spent the weekend on edge awaiting so-called "ICE raids." Reporter Tal Kopan explains what happened and immigration attorney Claudia Cubas describes the detention process.

Don't stop, make it pop

July 12th, 2019

Your favorite young person’s favorite app is TikTok. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings has been spending too much time trying to understand it.

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The government will sleep in your bed

July 11th, 2019

This week, 22 UN ambassadors condemned China for detaining at least a million ethnic Uighurs in “reeducation camps.” After Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur …

A preexisting debate

July 10th, 2019

Obamacare is back in court. Vox’s Li Zhou explains how the healthcare bill might finally meet its maker and Ezra Klein explains why that might be great news for Democrats in 2020.

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The renegade general

July 9th, 2019

Libya’s ongoing civil war has escalated into one of its bloodiest moments yet—the bombing of a migrant detention center in Tripoli. Analyst Anas El …

Switch to Mitch

July 8th, 2019

In the first Democratic debates, candidates seemed to be running against a powerful Republican who arrived long before Trump and will likely outlast …

Know your enemy (Part II)

July 5th, 2019

When people see Deeyah Khan's documentary about white supremacists they tell her, "The real problem is jihad. You should spend time with jihadists." …

Know your enemy (Part I)

July 3rd, 2019

Documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan grew tired of receiving death threats from white supremacists so she traveled to a Detroit motel to meet up with one.

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Equal pay is the goooooaaaaaallllllllll!

July 2nd, 2019

Team USA is having quite the World Cup, but the women made headlines even before the tournament started by suing the United States Soccer Federation.

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40 acres and a bill

July 1st, 2019

Slavery reparations were once an untouchable idea in American politics, but now presidential candidates openly support it. And for the first time …

Two days, Explained

June 28th, 2019

Twenty Democratic candidates. Two debates. Some awkward Spanish. Vox’s Ella Nilsen hits the highlights and Ezra Klein explains why Democrats should …

Supreme Count

June 27th, 2019

The Supreme Court dropped two doozies today. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang details a ruling on the 2020 census before Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how the …

"Safe and sanitary"

June 26th, 2019

The Senate passed $4.6 billion in emergency aid for the crisis at the southwestern border today. Last night, the House passed its own version. Aid will help, but for lasting change Congress will have to deal with Flores.

Republicans on the run

June 25th, 2019

A landmark cap-and-trade bill in Oregon is on life support after Republicans fled the state to avoid voting on it.

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The rise and fall of R. Kelly

June 24th, 2019

R. Kelly is facing new criminal charges, as well as investigations that involve the IRS, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. Jim …

Never forget

June 21st, 2019

The 9/11 first responders and Jon Stewart are fighting Congress for what they hope is the last time.

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Drone down

June 20th, 2019

Iran kicked off the day by blowing up a very expensive US surveillance drone. Vox's Alex Ward explains why tensions keep getting more tense.

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I see fake people

June 19th, 2019

Doctored videos of Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg have Congress worried about the nation’s grasp on reality. Drew Harwell from the Washington Post explains how “deepfakes” might corrupt upcoming elections.

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Change for a 20?

June 18th, 2019

As Washington gears up for the 2020 elections, it's fighting over who should be on the $20 bill.

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After the ouster

June 18th, 2019

Sudanese protesters pulled off the impossible: ousting dictator Omar al-Bashir. Now, the protestors face a new adversary: al-Bashir's military. Reem …

Little pink houses for nobody

June 14th, 2019

California is the most populous state in the country, but people increasingly can’t afford to live there. Single family zoning is partly to blame, …

Hong Kong in the streets

June 13th, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong. CNN’s Matt Rivers is on the scene and the BBC's Helier Cheung explains how British …

Guatemala’s corruption conundrum

June 12th, 2019

There are nearly twenty candidates vying to be president of Guatemala. Some are being investigated for corruption by the country’s watchdog court, the CICIG. But corruption isn’t the only problem facing Guatemala right …

Planting dreams

June 11th, 2019

Erica Alfaro just got her master’s degree. But underneath the cap and gown is the story of migrant farm workers, a teen pregnancy, and domestic …

Mushroom magic

June 10th, 2019

Denver and Oakland have become the first US cities to effectively decriminalize magic mushrooms. Michael Pollan, author of “How to Change Your Mind,” …

My Brexit brings all the boys to the yard

June 7th, 2019

Right-wing politicians in the UK are under attack. Delicious, sticky attack.

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Crisis of faith

June 5th, 2019

Iraq’s Christian population has been fleeing the country en masse. The United States wants to help, so long as they don’t come here. (Transcript …

The new secession

June 4th, 2019

Wealthy white residents are trying to secede from East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. The Atlantic’s Adam Harris says they’re part of a growing trend …

It’s hard to ratify U-S-M-C-A

June 3rd, 2019

President Trump wants his NAFTA replacement deal ratified. But President Trump appears to be standing in the way. (Transcript here.)

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Sex and branding

May 31st, 2019

Nxivm: sounds like a drug, looks like a cult. (Transcript here.)

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Agent Assange?

May 30th, 2019

Julian Assange was already in heaps of trouble when the United States indicted him under the Espionage Act last week. Now he (and journalism) might …

Mueller speaks

May 29th, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement about his investigation today. No questions. (Transcript here.)

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Hack to the Future

May 28th, 2019

Baltimore is under attack. Hackers have hijacked the city’s online services and are demanding $100,000 worth of bitcoin. ProPublica’s Renee Dudley explains how ransomware is threatening cities across the country.

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How to save a life

May 24th, 2019

Dylan Matthews, host of Vox's Future Perfect podcast, gave away his kidney because it felt like the right thing to do.

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"Keep our honor clean"

May 23rd, 2019

President Trump is reportedly considering issuing a series of pardons for alleged war crimes in time for Memorial Day. Some see parallels to Nixon’s handling of the My Lai massacre.

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Tissue issues

May 22nd, 2019

Stem cell clinics are popping up all over the United States. They're profitable and full of promises, but almost totally unregulated. ProPublica's …

The mother of all elections

May 21st, 2019

When you have 900 million eligible voters, elections take a little longer. After 39 days of polling, India’s will be over this week. Journalist …

How to kill a gram

May 20th, 2019

Today, a new definition of the kilogram officially takes effect. But it's just one piece in the massively complicated history of weight.

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All shows must die

May 17th, 2019

What do we say to the God of Death? Not today. Explained.

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The race to ban abortion

May 16th, 2019

The governor of Alabama signed the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bill into law. Vox’s Anna North explains what the legislation means and Sean Rameswaram speaks with Eric Johnston, the man who helped write it.

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Make America Trade Again

May 15th, 2019

President Trump's trade war with China just got a lot worse. Can you feel it? Vox's Matthew Yglesias says most Americans won't, but it's still bad for America.

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The fight for your face

May 14th, 2019

Today San Francisco could become the first American city to ban government agencies from using facial recognition technology. Vox’s Sigal Samuel …

Life sentence, no trial

May 13th, 2019

Terry Allen has been in prison for over 30 years without a conviction because of a little-known rule that was meant to reform the criminal justice …

Missile in a bottle

May 10th, 2019

After a long hiatus, Kim Jong-un is back to launching missiles. A lot of people are up in arms, but Vox's Alex Ward says North Korea's Supreme Leader is only interested in one of them.

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Uber but for strikes

May 9th, 2019

Uber drivers want some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And it might actually be as easy as A-B-C.

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Who framed Mayor Pete?

May 8th, 2019

Two right-wing operatives tried to frame Mayor Pete Buttigieg for sexual assault. It didn’t go as planned.

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“Awwww, Shucky Ducky!”

May 7th, 2019

President Trump has tried and failed to install two controversial candidates onto the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias argues that while failing the president might also be succeeding.

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Sarah Kliff vs. Zuckerberg General

May 6th, 2019

Vox's Sarah Kliff has been writing about surprise ER bills for a year, but the practices at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital were unlike anything she had seen before. Her reporting changed them.

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A Mueller walks into a Barr

May 3rd, 2019

This week in Mueller report aftermath: An incendiary letter leaks; the attorney general spars with senators and then cancels a date with the House. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick reflects on what might be a constitutional …

Track and Female

May 3rd, 2019

The track and field world is trying to figure out what it means to be female. South African Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya’s future is caught …

Bovine intervention

May 1st, 2019

Burger King announced it's going nationwide with a meatless Whopper that tastes like the real thing. Is this the end for Big Meat?

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After the smoke clears

April 30th, 2019

Sri Lanka is both returning to normalcy and struggling with last week’s Easter attacks. Roel Raymond provides an update from Colombo and Amarnath …

Standoff at the NRA

April 29th, 2019

Things are so bad at the NRA that President Trump told the organization to get its act together today. Infighting, self-dealing, and lavish spending …

Subpoena season

April 26th, 2019

Post-Mueller, President Trump is navigating a sea of subpoenas. He says he doesn't want his aides to testify, setting the stage for a showdown with the House. Vox's Dylan Scott explains.

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Tuition: Impossible

April 25th, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel your college debt. To pay for it, she wants to tax the ultra-rich and take more than just their income.

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Follow the drugs

April 24th, 2019

For the first time, federal prosecutors have brought drug trafficking charges against pharmaceutical executives. It's one way to fight the opioid crisis. Vox's German Lopez went to Vermont in search of another.

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Martin Sheen 2020?

April 23rd, 2019

Ukraine elected a new president on Sunday and his only meaningful preparation for the position was playing the president on TV.

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Sri Lanka's Easter attacks

April 22nd, 2019

Almost 300 people were killed in a string of bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Roel Raymond reports from Colombo and Amarnath Amarasingam …


April 19th, 2019

Maybe you've heard about the pig brains that were resuscitated by Yale researchers? But did you hear about the human brain genes that were inserted into monkey embryos in China? Vox's Brian Resnick and Sigal Samuel …

It's Robert Time!

April 18th, 2019

Attorney General William Barr released Robert Mueller’s report today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop reads between the redactions and Ezra Klein explains what it all means.

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The Jeffrey Epstein scandal isn't over

April 17th, 2019

A Florida millionaire created a system to sexually abuse around 80 young girls. The sitting Secretary of Labor who let him off easy might now be held accountable.

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My lovely lady pumps

April 16th, 2019

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It's a great time to cheat on your taxes

April 15th, 2019

The IRS is in a bit of a crisis. ProPublica’s Paul Kiel explains how a profitable government agency succumbed to politics and ended up losing tens of …

Maximum Pressure

April 12th, 2019

Earlier this week, President Trump designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. It is the first time the United States has ever …

They called it (a revolution)

April 11th, 2019

After 30 years in power, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the authoritarian leader of Sudan, has been ousted. Reporter Reem Abbas explains how the Sudanese people reclaimed power.

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Medicare Bears

April 10th, 2019

Senator Bernie Sanders rolled out a new Medicare-for-all bill today. Vox’s Sarah Kliff explains how such a huge overhaul of the healthcare system …

Achy Breaky Charts

April 9th, 2019

“Old Town Road” officially became the most popular song in America today. But it’s also the most controversial. Vox’s Allegra Frank chronicles Lil …

A brutal new law in Brunei

April 8th, 2019

Sex between men will now get you stoned to death in Brunei. It’s a strict reading of Sharia by a sultan who seems to have little regard for it.

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The Art of the Green New Deal

April 5th, 2019

It's the hottest resolution since sliced bread. But is it just empty calories?

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Banned: Aid

April 4th, 2019

After months of threats, President Donald Trump has officially taken steps to cut off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Vox's Dara Lind explains what this might mean for the current unprecedented wave of …


April 3rd, 2019

New York City wants to charge drivers a congestion fee to slim down traffic. We travel the world to see if it’s a good idea.

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What women really want

April 2nd, 2019

To mark Equal Pay Day 2019, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reveals the very simple reason women earn less than men.

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The right to refuse

April 1st, 2019

The Texas Senate is debating a bill that would give state-licensed professionals the freedom to deny services based on religious beliefs. Lauren …

Once, twice, three times a Brexit

March 29th, 2019

Theresa May staked her prime ministership on her Brexit deal and, for the third time, the British Parliament rejected it. Vox's Jen Kirby explains a very bad day for Theresa May.

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March 28th, 2019

Unsettling details continue to arise about Boeing's 737 Max and now Congress is pressing the FAA and America's largest manufacturing exporter for answers.

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I got 5G on it

March 27th, 2019

You've heard about the trade war, but how about the phone war? Politico's Steven Overly explains why the US and China are fighting over Huawei and 5G.

The Golan Heights

March 26th, 2019

President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, breaking with decades of United States …

The report on the report

March 25th, 2019

Robert Mueller's investigation has ended and Attorney General William Barr has furnished a four-page summary. Vox's Andrew Prokop says this is far from over.

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March 22nd, 2019

The terrorist attacks in New Zealand have thrust Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern into the spotlight. Radio New Zealand’s Jane Patterson explains the …

Electoral College dropout

March 21st, 2019

Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are calling to abolish the Electoral College and a dozen states have signed on to a plan that would subvert it.

Tried six times for the same crime

March 20th, 2019

Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime: a quadruple homicide at a furniture store in Mississippi. Madeleine Baran, host of the “In the Dark” …


March 19th, 2019

CBD is winding up in your lattes, your gummies, and your massages, but what exactly is it? And is anyone regulating it?

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American hate

March 18th, 2019

The Christchurch shooting took place thousands of miles from the United States, but for Muslims in America, the threat of white supremacy remains very real.

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A mass shooting, live-streamed

March 15th, 2019

A terrorist attacked two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing at least 49 people.

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Boeing 737 Max

March 14th, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday killing all 157 aboard. The response was unprecedented.

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Becky with the bad grades

March 13th, 2019

Remember Aunt Becky from Full House? She might be heading to the big house. Fifty grown-ups, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are facing …

For all eyes only

March 12th, 2019

Can't pass an FBI background check? Not a problem. That's the Trump administration's approach to top secret security clearances for some White House officials. Now Democrats are launching an investigation. Vox's Ella …

Sailing a boat on an alien sea

March 11th, 2019

SpaceX and Blue Origin have been driving much of the excitement around space travel for the past several years, but NASA got back in the game today. Dr. Ellen Stofan, the agency’s former chief scientist, explains what’s …

Trump's money man

March 8th, 2019

Michael Cohen mentioned one name multiple times during his Congressional testimony: accountant Allen Weisselberg. We peel back the curtain on the …

The Title X factor

March 7th, 2019

The Trump administration got a lot closer to defunding Planned Parenthood this week — 21 states are fighting back with a sweeping new lawsuit.

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Uh-oh, Trudeau!

March 6th, 2019

Canada’s prime minister is accused of pressuring his attorney general to go easy on a wealthy corporation, and two cabinet officials resigned in protest. With an election mere months away, can Justin Trudeau survive?


March 5th, 2019

The United States officially eliminated measles in 2000. But the deadly disease is making a comeback, and the anti-vaccine movement is largely to thank.

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Michael Jackson, allegedly

March 4th, 2019

Two men accuse Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children in a new HBO documentary. Sean Rameswaram speaks with the film's director and a lawyer representing the estate of Michael Jackson.

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Friends without benefits

March 1st, 2019

Facebook moderators watch suicides, decapitations, and drone attacks so you don’t have to—and they’re paid just a fraction of what the average Facebook employee makes. The Verge’s Casey Newton got a rare glimpse inside …

Terrorism, airstrikes, tea

February 28th, 2019

The long-simmering feud between nuclear powers India and Pakistan is boiling over. Ankit Panda from The Diplomat explains why.

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Michael Cohen LIVE

February 27th, 2019

After weeks of delays and drama, President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop says …

Your money is under arrest

February 26th, 2019

Police can seize your property without ever charging you with a crime. And you probably won’t get it back.

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Aiding chaos

February 25th, 2019

Venezuela's whole “two presidents” thing has turned lethal. Emiliana Duarte spent the weekend at Venezuela’s border with Colombia where security …

Jussie Smollett's worst enemy

February 22nd, 2019

Jussie Smollett was the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime last month. Or at least that’s what he’d have you believe. The Advocate’s Zach …

Train takes a bullet

February 21st, 2019

Californians were promised high-speed rail. Eleven years and billions of dollars later, all they have is a fight with President Trump. Vox’s Matthew …


February 20th, 2019

Amazon decided on two headquarters: one in New York and the other in Arlington, Virginia. One deal fell apart, the other just might work out perfectly. Today, Explained’s Noam Hassenfeld finds out why. ************** …

A little privacy, please

February 19th, 2019

The Verge's Casey Newton says a California privacy law to protect your online data might finally push federal legislators to come up with one set of …

2020 vision

February 18th, 2019

Nearly a dozen candidates have announced their run for the presidency and 2019 has only just begun. John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest …

Emergency podcast!

February 15th, 2019

President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency today. It’s the latest installment in his controversial “Build the wall!” series.

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The 400% interest rate

February 14th, 2019

Remember the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? It’s not doing so well. Enforcement is down by 75 percent, employees are leaving in droves, and …

Race runs through it

February 13th, 2019

Virginia: birthplace of American democracy and American slavery, first state to elect a black governor and maybe the first to have a governor with a …

Killing Sears

February 12th, 2019

Sears was on its way to the graveyard of American icons when its former CEO, a reclusive billionaire named Eddie Lampert, stepped in to buy it. Unfortunately, he’s the same CEO who led the company into bankruptcy.

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Virginia is for scandals

February 11th, 2019

First it was blackface. And maybe the KKK? Then there was an accusation of sexual assault. Then more blackface. Then another sexual assault. Welcome …

Alexa, disable camera

February 8th, 2019

Jeff Bezos. Donald Trump. The Washington Post. The National Enquirer. This dick pic is not like the others.

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Inauguration investigation

February 7th, 2019

President Trump’s inaugural committee this week received a sweeping subpoena. Federal prosecutors in New York want to know where a record-breaking amount of money came from and where exactly it went.

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Pushing opioids over lunch

February 6th, 2019

Let's do lunch! And talk Oxy! A new study suggests a correlation between aggressive marketing and opioid overdoses. The timing isn't great for Purdue Pharma.

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The State of the World

February 5th, 2019

President Trump delivers his second State of the Union tonight, but how’s the world doing? Believe it or not, Vox’s Dylan Matthews says things are getting much, much better.

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The Shadow Rulers

February 4th, 2019

Big changes are afoot at the second-biggest federal agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs. ProPublica’s Isaac Arnsdorf explains how a trio of President Trump’s friends has been leading the charge from outside the …

Written in blood

February 1st, 2019

For 31 years, Joe Bryan has been in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. He was convicted based on bloodstain-pattern analysis, but …

They're calling it a revolution

January 31st, 2019

Historic protests threaten to topple Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Reporter Reem Abbas speaks to Sean Rameswaram after being tear gassed in Khartoum.

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All your data for $20

January 30th, 2019

Facebook has been paying 13- to 35-year-olds $20 in exchange for access to their phones and Apple isn't happy about it. The Verge’s Casey Newton …

Peace with the Taliban

January 29th, 2019

The US and the Taliban are working out a deal to end America’s longest war. Afghanistan is nervous. Vox’s Jennifer Williams explains.

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Grounding the shutdown

January 28th, 2019

Air traffic controllers aren’t allowed to strike, but they may have found another way to end the government shutdown on Friday. Vox’s Matthew …

The Man with the Nixon Tattoo

January 25th, 2019

It’s been quite a day for Roger Stone. Arrested before dawn. Released on $250,000 bond. Called Alex Jones. Gave a circus of a press conference. Vox's Andrew Prokop explains the latest development in the Mueller …

Venezuela's two presidents

January 24th, 2019

In one corner, there’s Nicolás Maduro, the incumbent presiding over a failing economy. In the other, you have Juan Guaidó, a 35-year-old lawmaker who …

Ebola is back

January 23rd, 2019

The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history is spreading toward a major city. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains whether you should panic now, later, or …


January 22nd, 2019

President Donald Trump would very much like a deal to end his shutdown. The Republican-controlled Senate is with him. Vox’s Dara Lind explains why …

28 Days Later

January 18th, 2019

The partial government shutdown is now officially a record-breaking, trip-cancelling, State of the Union-postponing, Cardi B-angering hot mess.

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When your power company is a felon

January 17th, 2019

What if your utility were a felon filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy? You would be one of 16 million in California. KQED’s Marisa Lagos lays out …

The Roberts Court

January 16th, 2019

The Supreme Court is back in session and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick says Chief Justice John Roberts is ready to take a swing at balancing an increasingly partisan bench.

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The $600 EpiPen

January 15th, 2019

If there’s one thing pretty much everyone in the government can agree on, it’s this: prescription drug prices are too damn high. But how to fix them? …

Chapo Big House

January 14th, 2019

Brooklyn really does have everything: a basketball team, a laundromat-pinball bar, and now the drug lord trial of the century. Keegan Hamilton, host of the “Chapo” podcast from Vice News, explains what it’s like to …

The shutdown gets very, very real

January 11th, 2019

Come midnight, the government shutdown will be the longest in US history. Vox’s Li Zhou runs through the consequences for federal workers and the rest of America.

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What can the president do during a national emergency?

January 10th, 2019

This morning, the president doubled down on his threat to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Such a declaration could also allow …

Let's talk about tax, baby. Let's talk about AOC.

January 9th, 2019

Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has floated a marginal tax rate of 70% for top earners in America. A lot of people are upset, and even more have no idea how it works. *********************************** Check …

The troop withdrawal withdrawal

January 8th, 2019

National security advisor John Bolton traveled to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan, who cancelled today. It's the latest development in a very …

The nine lives of Obamacare

January 7th, 2019

Obamacare’s back in the crosshairs. Vox’s Sarah Kliff breaks down a lawsuit that’s pitting states’ attorneys general against each other, and how the new House will defend the landmark legislation.

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You should not throw away your shot

January 4th, 2019

Around 80,000 people died of the flu last season. Despite that, Sean doesn’t want to get the flu shot. Luckily, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health is here to hit him with some hard and fast facts. …

Who is Paul Whelan and why does Russia think he’s a spy?

January 3rd, 2019

Paul Whelan went to Moscow for a wedding. The Russians arrested him, and today charged him with espionage. Amie Ferris-Rotman, Moscow correspondent …


January 2nd, 2019

It’s Day 12 of the government shutdown. Vox’s Li Zhou explains what that means for the country and Matthew Yglesias argues that the core issue of the wall is fundamentally dumb.

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Let's Explain "Today, Explained"

January 1st, 2019

If you like this trailer, then you're going to love this show.

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All my friends are robocalls (replay)

December 28th, 2018


Why even answer the phone anymore? All your questions about all those pesky automated phone calls are answered in this holiday rebroadcast.

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The Stanford Prison Correction (replay)

December 27th, 2018


In 1971, a professor locked a bunch of young men in a basement to understand evil. The results were explosive. This summer, it all came crashing …

Black Panther is (still) the most important movie of 2018

December 26th, 2018

We called it! Sean Rameswaram attends a "Black Panther"-themed engagement party and speaks to Evan Narcisse, writer of the "Rise of the Black …

"A horrible miscarriage of justice"

December 21st, 2018

A Florida millionaire created a system to rape or abuse at least 80 young girls for years. The current Secretary of Labor may have helped him get away with it.

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The most powerful woman in the world

December 20th, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is officially planning her exit from politics. The Guardian’s Kate Connolly explains how an awkward scientist became …

Take a penny, take a penny (replay)

December 19th, 2018


The Trump Foundation is shutting down. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold shares a series of increasingly unbelievable stories about the …

The World in 2018

December 18th, 2018

The North Korea summit. Brexit chaos. The brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The hosts of Vox's Worldly podcast look back on the biggest international stories of the year.

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Tumblr's war on sex

December 17th, 2018

Tumblr is removing adult content from its platform today. Vox’s Aja Romano says it's about much more than banning “female-presenting nipples".

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This episode is unrated

December 14th, 2018

"The House That Jack Built" opens in select theaters across the country today, but it’s not the version director Lars von Trier wanted you to see. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) put the kibosh on the …

Paul Ryan vs. himself

December 13th, 2018

After 20 years, Speaker Paul Ryan is set to leave the House of Representatives in early January. Ezra Klein says Paul Ryan’s legacy would be a big …

Fraud, actually

December 12th, 2018

One man in North Carolina may have swung an election by defrauding voters. But North Carolina is interested in stopping a different type of voter …

The Replacements

December 11th, 2018

President Trump is looking to fill some key positions. One pick is a former attorney general, another comes from "Fox & Friends".

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"Totally clears the President. Thank you!"

December 10th, 2018

Except it doesn't. Vox's Andrew Prokop explains why the latest pieces of Robert Mueller's puzzle are bad news for President Trump.

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Wait, why did Canada arrest a Chinese CFO?

December 7th, 2018

Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States this week. It may set off a whole new Cold War.

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Don Jr.

December 6th, 2018

There used to be one Trump Tower controversy. Now there are two. Donald Trump Jr. is in the middle of both of them. The Washington Post’s David …

Power, stripped

December 5th, 2018

Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to pass last-minute measures that would strip the incoming Democratic governor of a lot of his powers.

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Is it time to delete Facebook?

December 4th, 2018

The Verge’s Casey Newton explains the pros and cons of staying on Facebook after the latest scandal.

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One-term wonder

December 3rd, 2018

George H. W. Bush went from a record-breaking 89 percent approval rating after the Gulf War to losing his re-election bid to an upstart from …

Humans 2.0

November 30th, 2018

A Chinese scientist says he has genetically engineered two human babies, with another on the way. Is this the beginning of the end?

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Madam Speaker

November 29th, 2018

Nancy Pelosi is now officially the nominee for Speaker of the House. Time's Molly Ball explains who's happy and who's mad about it.

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Mandatory minimums

November 28th, 2018

President Trump and both parties actually agree on something: mandatory minimum sentences are too harsh. Can they fix them?

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Battleship: Russia vs. Ukraine

November 27th, 2018

Russia rammed one of its ships into a Ukrainian tug boat, further straining an already strung-out relationship. Vox’s Alex Ward takes us on a voyage to the Black Sea.

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From bad to worse at the border

November 26th, 2018

U.S. Border Patrol tear-gassed asylum seekers who rushed the border yesterday. Maya Averbuch was there reporting for the New York Times. Vox’s Dara …

When dogs fly

November 21st, 2018

Airlines are getting tough on emotional support animals. Some people think they're a scam. Science isn’t sure. An expert weighs in, as does an emotional support dog.

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Those weird Cuban attacks

November 20th, 2018

The Trump administration is punishing Cuba in response to mysterious attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana. ProPublica's Sebastian Rotella explains what we know and what we don't.

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Still burning

November 19th, 2018

The Camp Fire is the most destructive fire in California history, surpassing a record set just a few months ago. Vox’s Umair Irfan heads to Paradise.

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Do it for the gram

November 16th, 2018

Massive news: Scientists in France voted to officially redefine the kilogram today. They’ve been weighing their options for centuries.

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The simplest way to fix our gun laws

November 15th, 2018

California has the strictest gun laws in the country, but they didn't prevent last week’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks. Vox’s German Lopez explains the flaws in California’s laws, and points to a far-away state doing …

The citizenship question

November 14th, 2018

The Trump administration would very much like to know if you’re a citizen come the 2020 census. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang explains how that might break the …

Sit in a circle. Save your baby’s life.

November 13th, 2018

South Carolina used to be one of the most dangerous places in America to have a baby. But now, it’s reducing infant mortality with an unconventional …

Total Recount

November 12th, 2018

Almost a week after the midterm elections, several key races remain undecided and recounts are coming. The president calls shenanigans.

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Could one man’s death change the conflict in Yemen?

November 9th, 2018

The journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has put the spotlight on an unlikely place: Yemen.

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thank u, next (Attorney General remix)

November 8th, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out. His replacement has criticized the Mueller probe. Is the investigation safe? Vox’s Andrew Prokop isn’t so sure.

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What now?

November 7th, 2018

The results are in! Vox’s Libby Nelson provides a rundown. Matthew Yglesias predicts the future.

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Why is voting optional?

November 6th, 2018

For answers, we head to Australia where it isn't. Turnout surpasses 90% and elections are celebrated with democracy sausages on the barbie.

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Everything you need to know about tomorrow’s midterms

November 5th, 2018

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the midterm elections are tomorrow. A pair of Vox’s congressional reporters take a tour of key races before Ezra Klein takes a deep breath and talks stakes.

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Can I hack it? (Yes, you can.)

November 2nd, 2018

Hacking our elections is so easy, a 7-year-old can do it. (Really.) How we got here and why the best solution is one you might not expect.

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November 1st, 2018

What if the government just gave everyone money? No strings attached. Crazier things have happened. Nixon even tried to implement such a program once. The Atlantic's Annie Lowrey explains how universal basic income …

What the frack is up with Colorado

October 31st, 2018

Colorado's Proposition 112 is dividing the state. The ballot measure could severely limit oil and gas production, including fracking. Sean Rameswaram …

One week to midterms, 5000 troops to border

October 30th, 2018

THE CARAVAN IS COMING! DISEASE! MUSLIMS! DANGER! LOCK THE BORDER! Or maybe just listen to this episode in which Vox’s Dara Lind separates truth from fiction about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S.

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Tree of Life

October 29th, 2018

A mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue has confirmed what many believed to be true: Anti-Semitism is on the rise in America, and it's fueling white nationalism.

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The Purge

October 26th, 2018

More than 50,000 voters in Georgia have found themselves on a “pending list.” One candidate for governor is responsible for it. The other is fighting …

Bombs in the mail

October 25th, 2018

America’s favorite Democrats are getting pipe bombs in the mail. Who even mails bombs anymore?

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Kill the Treaty

October 24th, 2018

The Trump administration announced it’s throwing out a decades-old arms treaty with Russia. Arms control specialist Alexandra Bell explains why this …

What the transgender memo means

October 23rd, 2018

A leaked Health and Human Services memo has left transgender Americans feeling like the Trump administration wants to define them out of existence. …

We're gonna need a bigger vote

October 22nd, 2018

A ballot initiative on November 6 might re-enfranchise over a million Floridians. Demetrius Jifunza explains what it would mean to regain the right …


October 19th, 2018

Metabolism is one of the greatest mysteries of the human body. Vox’s Julia Belluz spends a day in a metabolic chamber and emerges with some answers.


October 18th, 2018

It is now almost certain that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered at the hands of the Saudi government. As more and more gruesome details emerge, things get worse and worse for Crown Prince Mohammed bin …

Affirmative reaction

October 17th, 2018

Harvard is on trial. A group of Asian Americans is facing off against the college in court, where it might dismantle the very affirmative action law …

Beto and Ted's Excellent Adventure

October 16th, 2018

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including a Senate race that feels more like a presidential one. Texas Monthly’s Eric Benson explains how Beto O’Rourke might break the Democrats’ dry spell in the Lone Star State on the …

Remember, remember the 6th of November

October 15th, 2018

Midterm elections are three weeks and a day away. Vox’s Dylan Scott says if you think the country's polarized, you ain't seen nothing yet.

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The $629 Band-Aid

October 12th, 2018

Imagine a world where a Band-Aid costs $629. Bad news: you live in that world. Vox’s Sarah Kliff explains how American hospitals tack on “facility …


October 11th, 2018

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but he never left. Now, Turkish officials claim he was killed and …

Earth is cancelled due to weather

October 10th, 2018

The United Nations now says the planet has 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change. Vox’s Umair Irfan explores the options humanity has left. ******************************************** Vox crunched 3.1T of …

Nikki out

October 9th, 2018

Surprise! Nikki Haley, President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why one of the most popular members …

The death penalty and the gopher frog

October 8th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh starts his new job tomorrow. The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes previews the Supreme Court’s new term and Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says his first day cements a shift 25 years in the making.

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All my friends are robocalls

October 5th, 2018

Why even answer the phone anymore?

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The Kavanaugh report is here and no, you can't see it

October 4th, 2018

The FBI has finished its investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. Today, senators entered a highly secured room to review it.

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How to run for president from a hospital bed

October 3rd, 2018

One candidate was stabbed. Another is sitting in jail. His replacement was slapped with corruption charges. Just your friendly neighborhood candidates for president in Brazil. *********** Correction: This episode …

Good news for Canadians who like milk

October 2nd, 2018

The United States, Mexico, and Canada have a new trade deal. It’s called USMCA, or “the new NAFTA.” Vox’s Jen Kirby breaks it down before political …

Internet fist fight

October 1st, 2018

California passed the strongest net neutrality law the country’s ever seen this weekend. The Department of Justice immediately sued. Who’s gonna win this broadband spat? ******************************** Tap here to …

"Somebody's gotta explain this to Trump"

September 28th, 2018

After tense words and a walkout, the Republicans got their man and the Democrats got their FBI investigation. Vox's Ezra Klein explains how both sides sorta won.

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Testimony (Part 2 of 2)

September 27th, 2018

Today, Brett Kavanaugh responded to Christine Blasey Ford's testimony that he tried to rape her in high school. (An episode on Ford's testimony was …

Testimony (Part 1 of 2)

September 27th, 2018

Today, Christine Blasey Ford publicly testified about her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school. (Expect an …

The ghost of Florence

September 26th, 2018

Dozens died, millions of animals drowned, billions of dollars worth in damage done, and Hurricane Florence isn’t even over yet. Before rebuilding …

Red light, green card

September 25th, 2018

The Trump administration wants to make it a whole lot harder to get a green card. Vox's Dara Lind explains the newest proposal to rein in legal …

Accusers, plural

September 24th, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing more accusations of sexual misconduct.

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Chicago on trial

September 21st, 2018

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. His murder trial began this week, four years after Laquan was killed. WBEZ's …

elon r u ok

September 20th, 2018

Elon Musk is having a bit of a week, a month, a year. Now the Department of Justice is investigating him, as is Today, Explained.

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China's concentration camps

September 19th, 2018

China has a secret that’s slowly slipping out: roughly a million Uighurs are being held in “reeducation camps”. Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist, …

Now’s a great time to commit some white-collar crime

September 18th, 2018

The Mueller investigation has revealed how easy it is to get away with white-collar crime in the United States. ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger explains …

What the letter said

September 17th, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Vox's Li Zhou recounts the alleged assault and Emily Bazelon from …

Back to Juul

September 14th, 2018

The FDA announced this week it’s cracking down on e-cigarettes, demanding that manufacturers like Juul prove within 60 days they aren’t harmful to …

Have you talked to God about this?

September 13th, 2018

Today, Pope Francis met with American bishops at the Vatican to discuss the fallout from a report on decades of abuse by priests. A religion reporter explains the widening crisis within the Church, before a Jesuit …


September 12th, 2018

Meteorologist Angela Fritz forecasts the catastrophic storm that's about to slam the Carolinas.

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September 11th, 2018

Three transgender women of color have been murdered in the past two weeks. ProPublica’s Lucas Waldron explains why so many murders of trans people …

Game, Upset, Match

September 11th, 2018

Naomi Osaka defeated her lifelong hero Serena Williams to win the US Open on Saturday. The match might be remembered for the wrong reasons.

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Arrested for reporting a massacre

September 7th, 2018

Two Reuters reporters have been sentenced to seven years in prison for calling attention to a recent massacre in Myanmar. The United Nations says it's part of a larger genocide to wipe Rohingya from the country.

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But his emails!

September 6th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh’s emails are spilling out and they’re causing waves on Capitol Hill.

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Bad blood

September 5th, 2018

The scandal-plagued blood-testing startup Theranos is shutting down. The Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou chronicles the rise and fall of a $10 billion business built on lies.

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Confirmation screamings

September 4th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court began today. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick say they were unlike any she'd seen before.

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America's worst defense attorney

August 31st, 2018

Who is Robert Mueller?

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Don't call it a comeback

August 30th, 2018

Louis CK surprised New York City's Comedy Cellar with a fresh set of jokes Sunday night. Some were not amused. Vox's Constance Grady explains how to …

Take a penny, take a penny

August 29th, 2018

New York investigators are turning up the heat on the Trump Foundation this summer. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold shares a series of …

False profit

August 28th, 2018

The top student loan officer in the country kicked off the school year by quitting. He says the Trump administration "turned its back on young people …

The empty seat in Arizona

August 27th, 2018

Love him, hate him, or both, Senator John McCain will be remembered as a towering figure of American politics.

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Kill me maybe

August 24th, 2018

The EPA is rolling back Obama-era regulations on coal-fired plants. It says its decision will kill 1400 Americans per year by 2030.

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Insecurity complex

August 23rd, 2018

The president has threatened to revoke the national security clearances for current and former government officials. The Washington Post's Shane Harris explains why this is a bad idea for basically everyone.

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Guilty. Guilty. Guilty?

August 22nd, 2018

In an unprecedented one-two punch Donald Trump’s personal lawyer pleaded guilty to and his campaign manager was found guilty of serious crimes yesterday evening. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explores the implications.

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19 cents per hour

August 21st, 2018

Inmates nationwide go on strike today to protest conditions they call “modern-day slavery": incarcerated Americans are paid pennies on the dollar for …

No fair, ride share

August 20th, 2018

New York City has approved the first cap in the U.S. on Uber and Lyft vehicles. WIRED’s Aarian Marshall explains who’ll be impacted the most, and whether this is scooters’ big chance to zip ahead.

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Never tweet

August 17th, 2018

Twitter temporarily banned Alex Jones and Infowars this week. Why'd it take so long?

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Saw something, said nothing

August 16th, 2018

A Pennsylvania grand jury has released a 1300-page report on child sex abuses within the state's Catholic Church. Jack Jenkins from Religion News …

Crazy. Rich. And finally seen.

August 15th, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters today. Los Angeles Times film critic Jen Yamato says it's been 25 years in the making.

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Democracy Dies in Daylight

August 14th, 2018

Democracies can fall many ways: military coups, assassinations, mass protests. But what does it look like when a democracy quietly backslides into autocracy? Vox’s Zack Beauchamp went on a trip to Hungary to explore …

NASA shoots a billion dollars at the sun

August 13th, 2018

You might have missed it this weekend, but NASA shot a spaceship at the sun. Once it gets there, the Parker Solar Probe might find the secret to …

"These bastards tried to kill me"

August 10th, 2018

Aubtin Heydari tells the story of how he was almost murdered by a white supremacist at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year.

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This too shall MoviePass

August 9th, 2018

MoviePass is changing the way we see movies, but it's going to have to get its act together. Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson explains.

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When a season lasts a year

August 8th, 2018

California’s Mendocino Complex Fire is now the biggest in the state’s recorded history, surpassing a record set… last year. Vox’s Umair Irfan says the worst is yet to come.

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Wrestling with Ohio State

August 7th, 2018

Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan wants to be the next Speaker of the House, but a pack of wrestlers could be blocking his path. Corky Siemaszko broke the …


August 6th, 2018

Amazon will soon announce which city will land its second headquarters along with 50,000 new jobs. There’s a lot to win and maybe just as much to lose.

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Is the economy great again?

August 3rd, 2018

The US economy is booming, unemployment keeps dropping, and the country is in the midst of one of the longest economic expansions in our history. Guest host Ezra Klein talks with economist Betsey Stevenson about what's …

You must sign here

August 2nd, 2018

An immigration lawyer at the border says ICE agents are pressuring parents into being deported with their children. Vox’s Dara Lind broke the story.

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Ready, print, fire

August 1st, 2018

Today was supposed to be a big day for people who wanted to make their own guns with 3D printers. But last night, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily banned a man named Cody Wilson from sharing blueprints for his …

How to solve the opioid crisis

July 31st, 2018

Vox's German Lopez explains America's opioid crisis and goes looking for a solution.

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