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Today, Explained

Today, Explained is Vox's daily news explainer podcast. Hosts Sean Rameswaram and Noel King will guide you through the most important stories of the day. Part of the... more

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Save Darfur, again

A bloody civil war is spreading famine and fear through Sudan. It’s a near-repeat of a crisis from two decades... more

17 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Party in the USA?

How do you talk about colonialism and slavery at a birthday party? New York City is trying to tackle that... more

14 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Will LGBTQ voters come out for Biden?

The LGBTQ+ voting bloc has traditionally favored Democrats, but as Vox's Christian Paz explains, this year their support may be... more

13 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
We’re drowning in credit card debt

Americans owe more than $1 trillion to credit card companies, a record sum that’s likely to keep growing as rising... more

12 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
Was that antisemitic?

Since October 7 there has been a lot of debate over what is and isn’t antisemitic. Rabbi Jill Jacobs and... more

11 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Tiktalk therapy

Some therapists are turning to TikTok as a way to make more money and avoid burnout, but is a nightly... more

10 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
The last good day on the internet

Remember when the only thing anybody could talk about was white and gold versus blue and black? NatGeo’s Brian Resnick... more

07 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
A win for democracy in India

India's prime minister suffered a humiliating win this week. Vox's Zack Beauchamp explains a shocking election. This episode was produced by... more

06 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Immigration lemonade

When it comes to immigration solutions, the federal government is handing out lemons. Denver Mayor Mike Johnston is making lemonade. This... more

05 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Our immigration identity crisis

Americans hold contradictory views on immigration: They’re more supportive of it than ever before, while also calling it the nation’s... more

04 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
The backlash to America’s racial reckoning

The murder of George Floyd and the protests that followed looked like a turning point in the fight against systemic... more

03 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Florida man convicted

Former President Donald Trump is now also convicted felon Donald Trump. It didn’t have to be this way. New York... more

31 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Can Mexico’s first woman president fix Mexico?

The AP’s Megan Janetsky and Falko Ernst of the International Crisis Group explain how Mexico’s first woman president will inherit... more

30 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Chasing the storm

Aaron Rigsby has built a career out of documenting tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather up close. So he’s seen... more

29 May 2024 · 27 minutes
The Hamas org chart

Seven months in, Israel has not “eliminated” Hamas leadership. Newsweek’s Tom O’Connor introduces them, and Mairav Zonszein from International Crisis... more

28 May 2024 · 25 minutes
America’s shellfish behavior

Americans consume more shrimp than salmon and tuna combined. But where’s it all coming from? Listen to this episode of... more

27 May 2024 · 25 minutes
How to steal a team

The billionaire owner of the Oakland A’s is trying to move his team to Vegas, and he wants public money... more

24 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Red Lobster’s bankrupt-sea

The seafood chain found itself deep in the red after a disastrous unlimited shrimp promotion. Wall Street Journal restaurant reporter... more

23 May 2024 · 25 minutes
The AI hype machine

Big Tech companies have rolled out a new batch of AI-powered products, improving upon what came before. But as Wired's... more

22 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Weed did it, Joe

The federal government has moved to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous controlled substance. Politico cannabis policy reporter Natalie Fertig... more

21 May 2024 · 26 minutes
Is Russia winning now?

It sure seems like it. The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Luxmoore reports from Ukraine on why $60 billion of your... more

20 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Amazon’s garbage book factory

Vox senior correspondent Constance Grady went inside the seedy underbelly of online self-publishing and lived to tell the tale. This episode... more

17 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Cicada time

The last time these exact cicada broods emerged from the ground at the same time, Thomas Jefferson was president. The... more

16 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Florida man’s unhushed money

The hush money trial has exposed the ecosystem that once protected former president Donald Trump. Journalist Andrea Bernstein tells us... more

15 May 2024 · 25 minutes
What fixes medical debt

It's gotten so bad in America, people are crowdfunding their doctor bills. Vox's Dylan Scott and associate professor Nora Kenworthy... more

14 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Separation of church and church

Leaders of the United Methodist Church, one of the largest Christian denominations in the US, gathered in North Carolina to... more

13 May 2024 · 27 minutes
The real victims of Baby Reindeer

The Netflix show Baby Reindeer is a hit. It's been viewed 56 million times. The writer claims it's a true story.... more

10 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Biden’s breaking point on Gaza

President Joe Biden says the US won’t supply further weapons if Israel is going to use them in Rafah. Axios... more

09 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Kendrick, Drake, and the last great rap beef

The best rapper in the world is beefing with the biggest rapper in the world. The Ringer’s Charles Holmes explains... more

08 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Israel, Gaza, and Eurovision

The pop music competition is facing boycott calls over Israel’s participation. Switched on Pop’s Charlie Harding and historian Tess Megginson... more

07 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Is divesting from Israel possible?

Yes, but it’s hard. Inside Higher Ed’s Josh Moody and UC Merced’s Charlie Eaton explain. This episode was produced by Avishay... more

06 May 2024 · 25 minutes
The tourist tax

Venice is drowning in tourists. A new fee for day-trippers is the latest tool aimed at keeping overtourism at bay. This... more

03 May 2024 · 27 minutes
Paramount’s looking for a deal they can’t refuse

Media behemoth Paramount Global is struggling. Stock prices are down. The CEO was just ousted. And the head of this... more

02 May 2024 · 25 minutes
One Flu Over The Cowcow’s Nest

Avian flu, which recently leapt from chickens to cows, has now been detected in milk. Vox’s Keren Landman and Kenny... more

01 May 2024 · 25 minutes
North America’s biggest city is running out of water

Officials say “Day Zero” is imminent in Mexico City. A walk through the city reveals the historical roots of the... more

30 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The failed promise of egg freezing

Egg freezing was once hailed as a reproductive game changer, but as Vox's Anna North reports, it might not live... more

29 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Honey, We Saved the Bees

Millions of bees died because of colony collapse disorder over the past few decades, but America’s honeybee population has now... more

26 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The TikTok “ban” is law

President Joe Biden signed into law a bill that would ban the app unless it’s sold to an American company.... more

25 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Columbia’s free-speech fight

Daily Spectator news editor Sarah Huddleston reports on the protests at her university. AAUP President Irene Mulvey explains the stakes... more

24 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Florida man wants immunity

You can beat the heat if you beat the charges too. Vox’s Ian Millhiser previews the Donald Trump immunity case... more

23 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Just in: Trudeau’s plan to fight populism

Canadian-American podcast host Sean Rameswaram goes one-on-one with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to find out how he might win... more

22 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Feeling Bluey

Bluey delights children and reduces their grown-ups to tears. But the latest episode has fans young and old wondering whether... more

19 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
The great American squatter panic

Politicians and conservative news outlets say there’s an epidemic of people moving into a stranger’s house and refusing to leave.... more

18 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
How car ownership got so expensive

Drivers are increasingly paying sticker price or more for a new car. Then there are sky-high insurance rates and mortgage-level... more

17 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Florida man’s first criminal trial begins

The first of former President Donald Trump's four criminal trials began this week. Vox's Andrew Prokop explains what's at stake,... more

16 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Why Iran attacked Israel

The Economist’s Gregg Carlstrom explains. Jerusalem-based journalist Noga Tarnopolsky explores whether the unprecedented attack hurts or helps Benjamin Netanyahu. This episode... more

15 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
America at war, now in theaters

The new movie Civil War delivers a sensational story about political polarization spilling into mass violence. If that seems reckless,... more

12 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Speaker Johnson's next test

Congress is back in session and the House speakership is once again on the line. The New Yorker’s David Kirkpatrick... more

11 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Prosecuting parents

The Oxford, Michigan, school shooter's parents will serve up to 15 years in prison. Jennifer and James Crumbley are the... more

10 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The man with a pig kidney

A pig’s kidney was just transplanted into a human. But Vox’s Dylan Matthews says we shouldn't need the pigs. This episode... more

09 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Is college still worth it?

More and more Americans feel like college isn’t a good deal anymore. One state thinks it’s found a way to... more

08 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The Sephora kids

Tweens are shopping for trendy, expensive skincare products. Gen Z worries it’s “aging like milk.” Are today’s young people too... more

05 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Israel’s attack on World Central Kitchen

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Kalin explains what happened, and Refugees International President Jeremy Konyndyk lays out what this means... more

04 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Project 2025

Donald Trump arrived at the White House in 2017 without a lot of plans to actually govern. The conservative Heritage... more

03 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The fight for control of Disney’s kingdom

CEO Bob Iger is fighting off activist investor Nelson Peltz, who argues the company spends too much on message-based “woke”... more

02 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Making taxes less taxing

The IRS finally has a brand-new, totally free tax-filing software for you. But not everyone’s excited about it. This episode was... more

01 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
The kids are all home

Living with your parents is so hot right now, with more adults doing it now than at any other time... more

29 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Buy a house? In this economy?

Home affordability hasn’t been this bad in decades. Wall Street Journal housing reporter Nicole Friedman explains the economic forces shaping... more

28 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
The Baltimore bridge collapse

The Key Bridge disaster is yet another reminder of the vulnerability of global shipping. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan... more

27 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Why ISIS attacked Moscow

The Moscow terror attack could mark the beginning of an even more brutal phase in Russia’s war in Ukraine —... more

26 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Spoiler alert: RFK’s VP

Robert Kennedy Jr. is set to announce his running mate this week. To mark the occasion, Semafor’s Dave Weigel explains... more

25 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Beyoncé country

Beyoncé has a new country album. The first single has already broken records and drawn criticism from those who think... more

22 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Can Caitlin Clark fix college sports?

The biggest star of this year’s March Madness basketball tournament isn’t one of the male players, explains SB Nation’s Ricky... more

21 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Can Congress ban TikTok?

Probably not. Punchbowl’s Andrew Desiderio and Kate Ruane from the Center for Democracy and Technology explain. This episode was produced by... more

20 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
How gangs took over Haiti

Haiti’s latest crisis is being driven by something new: The country’s gangs have united, and they are demanding political power.... more

19 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Conned into the Russian army

Desperately low on troops for its protracted war with Ukraine, the Russian military is relying on men from countries like... more

18 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Live from SXSW: Noel King interviews Charlamagne tha God and Angela Rye

In this no-holds-barred interview from the SXSW stage, Vox's Noel King asks comedian and radio host Charlamagne tha God and... more

17 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Hollywood’s still not back

Covid and last year’s strikes delivered a one-two punch that the entertainment industry still hasn’t recovered from. Entertainment journalists Mark... more

15 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Lip gloss, gum, and the Pill

Soon you can buy them all at your local drugstore. The FDA approved an over-the-counter birth control pill that will... more

14 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Where's Kate?!?

Two grainy paparazzi shots and an edited Mother’s Day photo are the only “sightings” of the Princess of Wales the... more

13 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
The real fight over fake meat

Americans are eating more meat than ever, and it’s wreaking havoc on the environment. Vox’s Kenny Torrella explains how lab-grown... more

12 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Charlamagne tha God on Biden v. Trump

A recent poll shows almost a quarter of registered Black voters would vote for Donald Trump. We ask Charlamagne tha... more

11 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Bringing back the SAT

Four years after a pandemic pause, some colleges and universities are again requiring applicants to submit standardized test scores. Inside... more

08 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Can Reddit survive going public?

It’s the first major social media IPO since 2017. CNN’s Clare Duffy breaks down what is at stake, and New... more

07 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Why measles is back

One state (cough, cough Florida) is leading the US in measles cases. The contagious disease was once declared eliminated, but... more

06 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
How Israel is upending Democratic races

Super Tuesday is the biggest day of the presidential primary campaign, but the biggest race in the biggest state isn’t... more

05 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Why groceries are still so expensive

When it’s time to Stop & Shop, the American Publix is finding it costs more than ever to fill a... more

04 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
It’s Shotime!

Shohei Ohtani made his Dodger debut this week. His record-setting contract solidifies an international era for Major League Baseball, which... more

01 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
The politics of IVF

A theologian explains why he agrees with Alabama’s Supreme Court ruling that embryos are children. A conservative pollster explains why... more

29 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
“Make Argentina Great Again!”

US inflation feels bad until you look at Argentina’s, which is breaking 200 percent. Today, Explained’s Sean Rameswaram reports from... more

28 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The protest vote against Biden

Michigan’s primary today will test President Biden’s viability with Muslim voters amid the war in Gaza. One Arab American leader... more

27 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
What Ozempic can't fix

Fat women make less money than thin women and get fewer raises and promotions. It’s going to take more than... more

26 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The Ozempic economy

The weight loss drug is so profitable that its parent company, Danish health care giant Novo Nordisk, is propping up... more

23 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Fight at the Museum

New federal regulations are forcing museums across the United States to take down, cover up, or close their exhibits. ProPublica... more

22 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Florida man owes half a billion

Former President Donald Trump has now lost back-to-back civil trials in New York. Reporter Andrea Bernstein says it’s a big... more

21 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The Panama Canal is drying up

A drought has dramatically reduced the Panama Canal’s capacity, leading to higher costs and big delays for US-bound goods. Reporter... more

20 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
What dies with Alexei Navalny?

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 47, has died in an Arctic prison. The Guardian’s Luke Harding explains the life and... more

16 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Rafah, the last “safe” zone

Palestinians are trapped in Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, where about 1.5 million people have sought refuge. After bombings this weekend,... more

15 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Why America loves faerie smut

Romantasy is the most popular literary genre in America right now. Vulture’s Kathryn VanArendonk and Circana’s Kristen McLean explain why. This... more

14 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Forgetful old men

Joe Biden’s age and mental acuity are center stage after a Justice Department prosecutor described him as an “elderly man... more

13 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
A Tale of Two Chinatowns

Residents of Philadelphia’s Chinatown have mobilized against plans for a new arena in their backyard. To find out how their... more

12 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Why Taylor left TikTok

Her label, Universal Media Group, pulled its entire catalog off TikTok. The Verge’s Nilay Patel explains why, and author Cory... more

09 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
When one (airplane) door opens ...

Missing bolts, door panels flying off in midair — and that’s not even on the planes that crashed. The Washington... more

08 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
The border standoff in Eagle Pass

Congress has failed to pass an immigration bill. The House is attempting to impeach Biden’s secretary of homeland security. As... more

07 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
“The world’s coolest dictator”

That’s how El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele describes himself. Silvia Viñas from the news podcast El hilo explains how his victory... more

06 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Build Back Biden

New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait wants Joe Biden to win. He explains how his coalition has fallen apart. Former White... more

05 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
A new treatment for deafness

A promising gene therapy can help kids born without the ability to hear. A Deaf bioethicist wants you to consider... more

02 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Make the economy Trump’s again?

As president, Donald Trump presided over a good — sometimes great — economy. But his proposals are unnerving business leaders... more

01 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Iran and the Axis of Resistance

Iran-backed militias use drones, missiles, and even TikTok dances to antagonize the United States and Israel. The International Crisis Group’s... more

31 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Living in Zyn

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer accidentally started a culture war over Zyn. Semafor’s Dave Weigel explains. And Vox health reporter... more

30 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Israel at the International Court of Justice

South Africa took Israel to court over claims of genocide. Courthouse News reporter Molly Quell and the International Crisis Group’s... more

29 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Music’s Pitchfork in the road

Pitchfork’s parent company is folding the influential music site into GQ. Vulture’s Craig Jenkins explains how this is the end... more

26 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Prostate of the union

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin drew flak after trying to keep his prostate cancer surgery a secret. Health journalist Howard Wolinsky... more

25 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Is the Republican primary already over?

Nikki Haley pinned her presidential hopes on a powerful showing in New Hampshire but still wound up in second place.... more

24 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Modi’s temple grandstanding

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a Hindu temple in the once-sleepy city of Ayodhya on Monday. The BBC’s Soutik... more

23 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Frosty the Tesla

New electric vehicle owners have been finding out the hard way that extreme cold weather and their cars don’t mix... more

22 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Buy me to the moon

NASA has long relied on private companies to build its rockets, but now it’s turning to private companies to own... more

19 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
How the war in Gaza ends

Israel's war against Hamas has now been raging for over 100 days. According to Ian Lustick, professor emeritus at the... more

18 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Cocaine problems

Growing cocaine demand and booming coca leaf cultivation is fueling unrest in Ecuador. The Economist’s Ana Lankes and Will Freeman... more

17 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Iowa caucused

Trump won big. DeSantis came in second, but Vox’s Zack Beauchamp says that won’t be enough to keep his campaign... more

16 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Hollywood’s secret musicals

The studios promoting Mean Girls, Wonka, and The Color Purple are hiding something from you. The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh explains... more

12 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Elections everywhere all at once

This weekend, Taiwan goes to the polls, kicking off the biggest election year in history. The Guardian’s Amy Hawkins brings... more

11 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Nikki Haley, maybe?

Nikki Haley is gunning for second place in the Iowa Republican caucuses. In New Hampshire polls, she’s gaining on Donald... more

10 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Is the US ghosting Ukraine?

Last year’s counteroffensive failed and Ukraine needs American aid to win. Republicans in Congress won’t give it up without a... more

09 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Pirates of the Red Sea

The Houthis, a rebel group from Yemen, are seizing cargo ships in retaliation for the war in Gaza. Vox’s Joshua... more

08 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Many unhappy returns

Your aunt mailed you a sweater for Christmas that’s three sizes too small. Armed with a gift receipt, you set... more

05 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Will Trump be on your ballot?

As states decide whether Donald Trump is eligible to be on their primary ballots based on his actions on January... more

04 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Israel’s next move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces trouble at home and abroad. AP correspondent Tia Goldenberg and scholar Hussein Ibish explain... more

03 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
When solar power leaves you feeling burned

The potential of rooftop solar is being squandered. Time’s economic correspondent Alana Semuels reports a cautionary tale, and writer Andrew... more

02 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Dry January

The start of a new year is increasingly a time when people choose to abstain from drinking for a month.... more

28 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
The Joshua Generation grows up

A group of evangelical Christians raised their children to become influential in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in... more

27 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Let’s process food

Doctor and journalist Chris van Tulleken wanted to know how ultra-processed foods affect us, so for a month he ate... more

22 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Shein wants to go public

The Chinese apparel company Shein, a favorite of Gen Z shoppers and the latest frontier in US-China tensions, has indicated... more

21 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
The stretched-too-thin blue line

FBI data shows police departments have been solving fewer violent crimes since 2020. Data analyst Jeff Asher explains where policing... more

20 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
How Barnes & Noble survived

The bookseller has gone from big-box villain to company on the brink of bankruptcy to bright spot in the mostly... more

19 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
EU vs. AI

The EU has advanced first-of-its-kind AI regulation. The Verge’s Jess Weatherbed tells us whether it will make a difference, and... more

18 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Why millennials dread motherhood

American policy failures and bad PR have made millennials dread motherhood. Vox’s Rachel Cohen and Momfluenced author Sara Petersen explain. This... more

15 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
An oily climate deal

Semafor’s Tim McDonnell says what made COP28 successful was the same thing that made climate activists skeptical about the conference:... more

14 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Long live your dog

A drug that aims to increase life expectancy for dogs is getting closer to market. But pet ethicists aren’t sure... more

13 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
The fight over campus antisemitism

Three elite university presidents walk into Congress for a hearing on antisemitism. Only two still have their jobs. New York... more

12 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
A concrete solution to climate change

Concrete is one of the world’s biggest sources of carbon emissions. Tech companies, including a startup co-founded by former NBA... more

11 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Are movies too long now?

No, movies aren’t getting longer. Even though, yes, it definitely does feel like they are. Slate’s Sam Adams makes it... more

08 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Get the lead out

The Biden administration wants all lead pipes ripped up. It’ll take billions of dollars and rarely seen cooperation among government... more

07 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Still hot and bothered

Earlier this year the FDA approved a game-changing drug to treat hot flashes, a symptom of menopause. But menopause is... more

06 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
They paved paradise

In our quest to accommodate parked cars, we’ve paved over downtowns, polluted the planet, and made it damn near impossible... more

05 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
How Palestine went global

People with no direct connection to the Middle East have taken to seeing the Palestinian cause as an anti-colonial struggle... more

04 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
The Golden Bachelor was actually good

72-year-old Gerry Turner has handed out his final rose on ABC’s The Golden Bachelor. In a season full of gendered... more

01 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Kissinger’s long goodbye

Noted American diplomat and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is revered by few, reviled by many, and now he’s... more

30 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
The American politics of Israel

The Israel-Hamas war is dividing the previously united Democrats and uniting the recently fractured Republican party. Semafor’s David Weigel explains... more

29 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Taking Tuesday

Package theft is on the rise, and it affects everyone, from the retailer, to shippers, to consumers. So maybe it’s... more

28 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
The hostage deal (brought to you by Qatar)

After 50 days of the Israel-Hamas war, both sides took a breather to save lives. And it couldn’t have happened... more

27 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Chaos at OpenAI

It’s been a wild few days at OpenAI, whose board fired CEO Sam Altman on Friday only to rehire him... more

22 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
How Cassie sued Diddy

Sean "Diddy" Combs is the latest high-profile figure to be accused of sexual assault under New York’s Adult Survivors Act,... more

21 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Inside the occupied West Bank

With the world focused on Gaza, Israeli settlers and soldiers are increasing attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank. Writer... more

20 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
F1: Gears and Loathing in Las Vegas

Formula 1 spent half a billion dollars to return to Las Vegas. Jalopnik’s Elizabeth Blackstock explains how a lackluster season... more

17 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Speaker Johnson’s first test

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, infamous election denier, moved to the middle to make a budget deal with Democrats.... more

16 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Who can fix 150% inflation?

That’s what voters are trying to figure out as they prepare for this weekend’s runoff election between Peronist insider Sergio... more

15 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
A call from Gaza

People are desperately trying to escape Gaza as the siege on the strip continues. Mohammed Ghalaieny, a Palestinian British man,... more

14 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
China’s soft (and fluffy) power

Panda diplomacy couldn’t fix the US and China’s tense relationship. Perhaps a meeting between Presidents Biden and Xi can bring... more

13 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
A scam cost me $31k and a pool

Writer Devin Friedman has wanted a pool since he was a kid. As an adult, he saved tens of thousands... more

10 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Adjust the tip

Tipping’s getting even more complicated thanks to a DoorDash change that will prioritize diners who tip over diners who don’t.... more

09 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes

Protesters, politicians, and the pope are calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, but the US and Israeli governments... more

08 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
There’s Something About Romney

On his way out of the United States Senate, Mitt Romney gave one reporter unprecedented access to his emails, texts,... more

07 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Should domestic abusers lose gun rights?

The Supreme Court will decide if Zackey Rahimi, a man accused of domestic violence and involved in at least five... more

06 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes

The lawyer behind the Supreme Court case that overturned affirmative action in university admissions has a new target: a small... more

03 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
The view from Israel

Israelis overwhelmingly disapprove of their government’s handling of the October 7 attacks, but their desire for unity keeps Prime Minister... more

02 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
The law that broke immigration

Supporters of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act pledged it wouldn’t radically change immigration. David Leonhardt, author of Ours Was... more

01 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Pope friction

The Pope, his bishops, and some women walk into the Vatican. The National Catholic Reporter’s Joshua McElwee explains what happens... more

31 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Gaza’s humanitarian crisis

Cut off from water and power and recovering from a communications blackout, Gaza is plunged deeper into crisis. It’s not... more

30 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
The Dollar General will see you now

The primary care physician shortage is ruining health care in America. Dollar General, Best Buy, and Walmart are trying to... more

27 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
New Dork City

Silicon Valley billionaires are battling local residents over plans to build a whole new city in California, part of a... more

26 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Why does the US always side with Israel?

This was the top question we got from Today, Explained listeners. Joel Beinin, Middle East history professor emeritus at Stanford,... more

25 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Trump, gagged

The most indicted president in history has judges grappling with how to balance the right to free speech against his... more

24 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Hearts, minds, and likes

False information about what is happening in Israel and Gaza is taking over social media faster than journalists like BBC... more

23 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes

To Airbnb, or not to Airbnb, that is the question. Wired’s Amanda Hoover and the Atlantic’s Kate Lindsay have the... more

20 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes

Republicans made history when they ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and they continue to make history in their inability to replace... more

19 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Biden goes to Israel

It’s been 11 days since Hamas attacked Israel, killing civilians and taking hostages. Israel’s retaliation has killed hundreds of Palestinians... more

18 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
So I unelected an authoritarian

The outcome of Poland’s election surprised the world. Vox's Jen Kirby explains what happened, and Anna Grzymała-Busse of Stanford University... more

17 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
How Palestinians view Hamas

The US along with Israel and many of its allies have long considered Hamas a terrorist group. Khaled Al-Hroub, a... more

16 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
America’s most successful downtown?

And the ecological crisis that threatens everything. Today, Explained’s Miles Bryan heads to Salt Lake City. This episode was reported and... more

13 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
RFK goes rogue

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is ditching his family’s party. David Freedlander explains how the candidate might have just gone from... more

12 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Driver’s license to kill

Across the country, traffic deaths are spiking. Vox’s Marin Cogan tells the tragic story of one grisly crash in Washington,... more

11 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Israel, Hamas, and how we got here

This Israel-Hamas war is unlike the ones that came before it, says Haaretz’s Allison Kaplan Sommer. But it was years... more

10 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Who shot ya, Tupac?

For 27 years there was no arrest in the shooting death of rapper Tupac Shakur. Slate’s Joel Anderson explains how... more

06 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Caste away

A bill outlawing caste-based discrimination in California could become the first law of its kind in the US. Reporter Sonia... more

05 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
We Need to Talk About Kevin

As House speaker, Kevin McCarthy worked with Democrats to keep the government open. Then Matt Gaetz worked with Democrats to... more

04 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Crypto’s crown prince in court

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s trial begins today; a guilty verdict could represent the final nail in crypto’s coffin. Bloomberg’s Zeke... more

03 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes

The US government is open for business at the cost of Ukraine aid. Semafor’s Jordan Weissmann explains how we got... more

02 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Hip-hop is 50 and it's having a midlife crisis

So much of the coverage of hip-hop’s 50th birthday has been congratulatory, in spite of its record of misogyny and... more

30 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Blame Capitalism: Degrowing pains

Capitalism isn’t natural, was never inevitable, and endless growth is killing Earth. The final episode of “Blame Capitalism” examines the... more

29 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Man’s best friend banned in UK

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says his government will ban a type of dog called the American Bully XL —... more

28 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Why the US is suing Amazon

The Federal Trade Commission has brought a landmark antitrust suit against Amazon. The Verge’s Makena Kelly and former FTC director... more

27 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Should you blow up a pipeline?

Climate activists have tried marching and lobbying. Now, a growing flank of movement radicals want to take more extreme action.... more

26 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Murder, Canada Wrote

Canada’s unprecedented decision to publicly accuse India of assassinating a Canadian citizen in Canada is upending the two countries' relationship. This... more

25 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Blame Capitalism: The 99%

Two wildly different political movements — Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party — emerged from the Great Recession. They... more

22 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
The six D-words of climate change

It’s climate week. To mark the occasion we’re talking to scientist Michael E. Mann about six D-words that help us... more

21 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Taxing traffic

New York City wants to be the first in the nation to implement congestion pricing to charge people for driving... more

20 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Everybody’s moving to Florida

We’re not just talking snowbirds. The Sunshine State is the fastest growing in the nation despite, you know, climate change.... more

19 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Autoworkers slam the brakes

The United Auto Workers union is on strike at three different factories. We ask the Wall Street Journal's Nora Eckert... more

18 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
Blame Capitalism: Profit over everything

Economist Milton Friedman published an essay in 1970 arguing that the job of a corporation was solely to make money... more

15 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
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The Federal Trade Commission has brought a landmark antitrust suit against Amazon. The Verge’s Makena Kelly and former FTC director Bill Baer... more