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Today, Explained

News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Today, Explained is your all-killer, no-filler,... more

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Rep. Frost and David Hogg on what Gen Z wants

Five years after March for Our Lives, one of the historic protest’s organizers and his historic friend explain why it’s... more

23 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
A tents standoff at the VA

When the Veterans Administration failed to build the homes it promised, unhoused vets built a tent city across the street... more

22 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
The US is obsessed with China

There’s rare bipartisan consensus in Washington: China is a threat to be countered. Cornell professor Jessica Chen Weiss says the... more

21 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
7,300 days

The war in Iraq has been declared over by nearly every president since the one who started it 20 years... more

20 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
City Limits: Beware the Doom Loop

Pandemic restrictions are mostly over, but cities are still struggling to recover. Empty offices threaten to set off a downward... more

17 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
The “Lean In” era is over

Execs like YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki and Meta’s Sheryl Sandberg paved the way for women in tech. Now they’re leaving the... more

16 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
The Republicans breaking up with Tucker Carlson

The Fox News host aired a splashy exclusive this month about the January 6 insurrection. Some Republican senators saw his... more

15 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
The kids defying family court

Two siblings in Utah are defying a court order to reunite with their father, who they allege abused them. ProPublica’s... more

14 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Silicon Valley Bank goes bust

SVB’s collapse is the biggest bank failure since 2008. Insider’s Ben Bergman explains why the bank collapsed, why the Biden... more

13 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Top Fun: Oscars vs. blockbusters

Huge hits like Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water got nominated alongside Tár. In this episode of... more

12 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
The war on drag

Melissa Brown, a state politics reporter for The Tennessean, spills the tea on Tennessee’s new drag restrictions. And drag performer... more

10 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Congress is daddy

DC is baby. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Amina Al-Sadi, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul... more

09 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Auditing Ukraine

Congress wants more oversight of how the billions in US aid to Ukraine are being used. But our own military... more

08 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
How to save a murderer

Should past trauma prevent a convicted killer from being executed? The Marshall Project’s Maurice Chammah reports on “mitigation specialists” who... more

07 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
The fight for affordable insulin

Insulin was the poster child of overpriced life saving drugs, but a manufacturer finally capped the cost at $35. Vox’s... more

06 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
The rockstar maestro

Gustavo Dudamel brought classical music to the masses in Los Angeles. Now he’s announced that he’s taking his talents to... more

03 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Why newspapers fired Dilbert

Newspapers across the country pulled the long-running comic “Dilbert” after its creator uploaded a racist tirade about Rasmussen poll results.... more

02 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Block the sun, save the earth?

Solar geoengineering — the idea of cooling the planet by deflecting the sun’s rays — is so risky that scientists... more

01 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
Biden’s border orders

President Biden promised a more humane approach to immigration when he entered office. After two years and a flurry of activity... more

28 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
The shadow war on Russian yachts

Bloomberg's Stephanie Baker and the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos explain the fight to seize (and maintain) billionaire boats. This episode was... more

27 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Another phone call from Ukraine

On the morning Russia invaded Ukraine, we called Yulya and Kurii. A year later, we’re calling them back. This episode was... more

24 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Pharrell Vuitton

Pharrell Williams was happy to be named the new head of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, but his appointment had fashion industry... more

23 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Just how dangerous is the Ohio train crash?

The derailment of a train carrying toxic chemicals has residents of East Palestine, Ohio fearing for their health and safety.... more

22 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Ban TikTok?

Politicians across the United States are calling for an outright ban on the popular social media platform. Alex Heath, deputy... more

21 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Honey, they stole the bees

Humanity can’t survive without bees, which is why bees are big business for thieves. Today, Explained’s Haleema Shah heads to... more

17 Feb 2023 · 36 minutes
Turkey's man-made catastrophe

Thousands of buildings collapsed after Turkey’s massive earthquakes. Now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is facing a backlash for an amnesty... more

16 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Nikki Haley kicks off a Republican mutiny

Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, is running for president. Vox’s Andrew Prokop says she’s likely the first... more

15 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Democratizing spying

“Zero-click spyware” is making it easier for governments to get their hands on individuals’ personal data. New York Times investigative... more

14 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Pow pow power grid

Attacks on vulnerable electrical infrastructure are surging. The tactic — embraced by everyone from copper-seeking vandals to chaos-minded white nationalists... more

13 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
The great American cattle swindle

Cody Easterday was ranching royalty in Washington state until he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for swindling two... more

10 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Decisions after Dobbs

The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade is reshaping the way a lot of Americans think about pregnancy and... more

09 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
One earthquake, two recoveries

Turkey is digging itself out from the devastating earthquake that has killed thousands across the country. Recovery efforts have been... more

08 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
The fight over AP African American Studies

The College Board piloted an AP course on African American Studies. Then, after conservative pushback, it debuted a revised curriculum.... more

07 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes

The balloon crisis is blown up. Politico’s Alex Ward deflates it for us. This episode was produced by Amanda Lewellyn, edited... more

06 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Paying ex-gang members to stop shootings

Policymakers across the country are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on “violence interruptor” programs to try to stop shootings... more

03 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Sickened chickens

Poultry farmers are in flock-down. The bird flu known as H5N1 is being called “the largest foreign animal disease outbreak... more

02 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
Dry February?

New national health guidelines in Canada say any amount of alcohol consumption could lead to serious health risks. The guidance... more

01 Feb 2023 · 27 minutes
The police killing of Tyre Nichols

Memphis braced for an explosive reaction to footage of the deadly police beating. It never came. Wendi C. Thomas of... more

31 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
“Okay, Google, what’s a monopoly?”

The Department of Justice wants Google to break up its advertising business. The Wall Street Journal’s Keach Hagey explains how... more

30 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Why are businesses acting like there’s a recession?

Wealthy companies like Google and Microsoft are announcing unprecedented layoffs — all while the economy is trending in the right... more

27 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Peru’s democracy crisis

Dozens have died in anti-government protests in Peru. Journalist Simeon Tegel reports from Lima on how the mounting anger over... more

26 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Fine dining isn’t fine

Chef René Redzepi said his Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, deemed the best in the world, isn't sustainable and will close next... more

25 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Mexico’s top cop is on trial in NYC

The US and Mexican governments trusted Genaro Garcia Luna to crack down on the drug trade. Now he’s on trial... more

24 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Thanks but no tanks, Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine desperately needs tanks to fight Russia. The US, which has provided many other weapons, is... more

23 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
The politics of India’s biggest blockbusteRRR

Most people watch RRR and see one of the greatest action epics in the history of cinema. But some see... more

20 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
It’s debt ceiling season

House Republicans are refusing to raise the US debt ceiling without huge concessions. Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains why we have... more

19 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
The half-baked gas stove debate

No, the government isn’t coming for your gas stove. Vox’s Rebecca Leber explains why you might want to switch anyway. This... more

18 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Compost yourself

Remember you are dirt and to dirt you shall return. Science journalist Eleanor Cummins and law professor Tanya Marsh explain... more

17 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
What’s up, docs?

What do a Delaware garage and a Florida palace have in common? We dig into Joe Biden’s classified document mess. This... more

13 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Too much water for California

Rain is good for California, but the state was not prepared for what might be a megastorm. KQED’s Dan Brekke... more

12 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
The Taliban vs. women

When the Taliban took power, it promised a place for women in its new Afghanistan. Now, hardliners are embracing policies... more

11 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Brazil’s January 6?

Except it was on January 8. The Brazilian Report’s Gustavo Ribeiro explains from São Paulo. This episode was produced by Miles... more

10 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Andrew Tate: The king of toxic masculinity

Controversial manfluencer Andrew Tate is in a Romanian prison, accused of rape and human trafficking. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings and sociolinguist... more

09 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Will Kevin McCarthy become speaker?

The 118th Congress has begun with a showdown over who will be elected House speaker. Vox’s Andrew Prokop argues that... more

06 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Why we’re all on antidepressants

Ray Osheroff was a successful doctor in the DC area until his depression became debilitating. The way he was treated... more

05 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
The many lies of George Santos

George Santos is supposed to become a member of Congress this week. We still have no idea who he is. This... more

04 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Let’s eat lab meat

Happy New Year! Maybe you’re interested in trying new things? Sean and his mom are. In today’s episode, they drive... more

03 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Abortions before Roe

Before Roe v. Wade, Eleanor Oliver was a Jane: a member of a group in Chicago that helped women get... more

29 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
How to save kids from online extremism

A lot of IRL violence starts with online radicalization. We revisit our conversation with writer and parent Joanna Schroeder, who... more

28 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Why the Ukraine war happened

Vladimir Putin believes Ukraine belongs to Russia, and he used that a pretense to invade. In an episode originally released... more

27 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
What’s the dill with pickleball?

Pickleball is bringing America together. Pickleball is tearing America apart. Sports Illustrated’s John Walters explains. This episode was produced by Avishay... more

22 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Why gaslighting is the word of the year

It’s sooo 2016, but the word still mattered a lot in 2022. Merriam-Webster explains. This episode was produced by Haleema Shah,... more

21 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Criminal referrals for Donald Trump

The January 6 committee sent the Justice Department four criminal referrals against the former president, who it alleges engaged in... more

20 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
The case against movie trailers

Movie trailers are misleading audiences. Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson says you should stop watching them. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy,... more

19 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Do I have to care about the Twitter Files?

Maybe not, but you’re going to be hearing about them for a while anyway. Republicans are saying they’ll use them... more

16 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion is everywhere — including in court, testifying against the rapper Tory Lanez, who is charged with shooting... more

15 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Throwing soup at art

Tensions are simmering in London as climate protesters turn up the heat on their soup-flinging activism. Rishi Sunak’s government is... more

14 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Art-ificial intelligence

Between chatbots and image generators, artificial intelligence has gotten scary good lately. The Verge’s James Vincent explains what’s behind the... more

13 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Hint of crime

Tostitos chips without real lime. Root beer made with fake vanilla. Instant mac and cheese that isn’t so instant. These... more

12 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
R-E-S-P-E-C-T (for Marriage Act)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin managed to rally bipartisan support for a marriage equality bill, but she’s the first to admit the... more

09 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
The prisoner swap for Brittney Griner

US officials are sending the “Merchant of Death” — a notorious arms dealer named Viktor Bout — back to Russia... more

08 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Power-tripping sheriffs

A growing number of county sheriffs believe they hold ultimate power in their jurisdictions. Some have even stopped enforcing state... more

07 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
The Moscow murders

Investigators are still trying to solve the brutal November killings of four college students in Moscow, Idaho. Making their work... more

06 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Digging tunnels for cars

Elon Musk created The Boring Company to fix traffic, but his fantasy of underground Tesla tunnels is running on empty.... more

05 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
8 billion humans

The United Nations says humanity has reached 8 billion, but Western nations are worried about population decline. Africa isn’t, though.... more

02 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
China’s biggest protests since Tiananmen Square

The protests in China might force the government to back down from its extreme Covid restrictions and ramp up its... more

01 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Disney’s boomerang CEO

Disney’s board wished upon a star and brought back former CEO Bob Iger, who replaced his own replacement, the now-axed... more

30 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
Nancy podcast

Democrats vote on new leadership this week, meaning Nancy Pelosi is out. Time’s Molly Ball explains why the country might... more

29 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Can you spare some climate change?

In a UN-brokered agreement, more than 190 countries agreed to pay for “loss and damage” caused by climate change. But... more

28 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
NASA wants to live in space

NASA’s Artemis mission is the first step toward a long-term human settlement on the moon. Vox’s Unexplainable examines whether humans... more

25 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
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Elon Musk created The Boring Company to fix traffic, but his fantasy of underground Tesla tunnels is running on empty. Curbed’s Alissa... more