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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
Little influencers, big business

Parents are turning their kids into influencers on social media. What could go wrong? This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin,... more

23 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Gen Z in the House

Florida’s Maxwell Frost, 25, is the first member of Generation Z elected to Congress. He tells us what he plans... more

22 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Ticketmaster (Taylor’s Version)

It’s me, Ticketmaster. I’m the problem, it’s me. This episode was produced by Amanda Lewellyn, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by... more

21 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
World Cup: How 2 B a legend

Pelé. Maradona. Ronaldo. Soccer’s greats are so good, they’re typically known by one name. Men in Blazers soccer journalist Roger... more

18 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Pushing the Russians back

In its biggest victory yet, Ukraine retook its vital port city, Kherson. The Guardian’s Luke Harding calls Russia’s retreat a... more

17 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
An inconvenient glacier

While the world’s leaders are meeting at COP27 to discuss climate change, Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier is melting. The world’s... more

16 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
The FTX cryptocalypse

With the collapse of one of its largest exchanges, crypto’s having its very own Lehman Brothers moment. Semafor’s Liz Hoffman... more

15 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
The tech boom is over

Mark Zuckerberg fired 11,000 employees at Meta. Elon Musk axed half his staff at Twitter. Other tech giants are slashing... more

14 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
World Cup: They built this city

The people who built Qatar’s stadiums, hotels, and transit systems were employed under the country’s exploitative migrant worker system. Officials... more

11 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
A vaccine for RSV

A respiratory virus called RSV has a lot of kids in critical condition and hospitals overwhelmed. Vox public health reporter... more

10 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
No red wave

The midterms weren’t a clear victory for Republicans, and it’s still too early to know who’ll control Congress. Vox’s Andrew... more

09 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
What if you HAD to vote?

Midterm elections are a tough sell in the United States. Half of eligible voters show up in a good year.... more

08 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
Kari Lake is MAGA’s rising star

Perhaps the most consequential midterms in US history are this week. Arizona’s Kari Lake, a former news anchor turned gubernatorial... more

07 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
World Cup: Welcome to Qatar!

Soccer is sometimes called “the second religion of the Arab World,” and Qatar is the region’s first country to host... more

04 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Elon’s Twitter hell

Twitter is about to suck for you. But it’s going to suck for self-proclaimed “Chief Twit” Elon Musk too. Recode’s... more

03 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
How does the war in Ukraine end?

The next Congress could be a whole lot less willing to keep spending billions on aid to Ukraine. It’s time... more

02 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
The teen’s gambit

The chess world is in chaos after its top player accused 19-year-old Hans Niemann of using AI to cheat. Niemann... more

01 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
A win for Lula (and democracy) in Brazil

Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro vowed he wouldn’t accept the results of the Brazilian election if he lost. Then he lost.... more

31 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Our annual Halloween hysteria

This year’s fear of rainbow fentanyl in kids’ trick-or-treat bags is just the latest unfounded Halloween candy freakout. But the... more

28 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Supermarket supermerger

Grocery story giants Kroger and Albertsons want to become one mega-company. The chains say merging will allow them to lower... more

27 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Teflon Ron

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hit on a winning — if possibly unethical — campaign strategy: prosecuting people who accidentally... more

26 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
A police sketch based on DNA

Earlier this month, police in Edmonton, Canada, released a sketch of a suspect. The issue is, no one knows what... more

25 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Investigating women’s soccer

Allegations of misconduct have rocked US women’s soccer for the last year. The Athletic’s Steph Yang breaks down a new... more

24 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
On with Kara Swisher (and Stacey Abrams)

Stacey Abrams is running for governor of Georgia, again … against Brian Kemp, again. The two last faced off in... more

23 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Nikola (not Tesla)

The bombastic founder of an electric truck startup (no, not Elon) has been convicted for his role in his company’s... more

21 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Truss fall

Liz Truss accomplished at least one thing in her 45 days as prime minister: She set a record for the... more

20 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The devil’s bargain on inflation

The Federal Reserve knows raising interest rates disproportionately hurts Black people. It just doesn’t have any better tools, says the... more

19 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The Los Angeles city council meltdown

Leaked audio revealed elected officials, including City Council President Nury Martinez, making xenophobic, homophobic, and racist statements about their colleagues... more

18 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
Legal weed’s half-baked promise

Pro-pot Californians said legalizing marijuana would end the state’s black market for reefer. Instead, says LA Times investigative reporter Paige... more

17 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Made in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping is a product of Mao Zedong’s revolution. On Sunday, he'll become the most powerful Chinese leader... more

14 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
A new law to “save the animals”

The Endangered Species Act was transformative in protecting animals from extinction. Vox’s Benji Jones says its proposed successor, the Recovering... more

13 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
#MahsaAmini was just the beginning

The 22-year-old Iranian died in police custody after being arrested for wearing her hijab improperly. Her death has sparked a... more

12 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
If Republicans win the midterms

They’ve got a few legislative ideas and a LOT of investigative ones. Vox’s Rachel Cohen and Ben Jacobs explain. This episode... more

11 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Fettermania

John Fetterman, the 6-foot-8, hoodie and cargo shorts-wearing Democratic candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania, may be the model for how... more

07 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
Small nukes

Vladimir Putin keeps threatening to use smaller nuclear weapons to win his war. Author J. Peter Scoblic says “there’s no... more

06 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Student loan forgiveMESS

President Biden’s plan to forgive billions of dollars in student debt is both historic and controversial. Now some red states... more

05 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Puerto Rico’s power crisis

Days after Ian, most Floridians now have their power back. Weeks after Fiona, more than 100,000 Puerto Rican households and... more

04 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The Supreme Court is back and “even more consequential”

According to Vox’s Ian Millhiser (and no, he hasn’t forgotten they just overturned Roe). This episode was produced by Siona Peterous,... more

03 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Brett Favre and the Mississippi welfare fraud

An extraordinary case of fraud is unfolding in Mississippi, where a chummy cadre of nonprofit leaders, elected officials, and professional... more

30 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
The ’90s throwback no one wants

Elvedin Pasic lived through the Bosnian genocide in the early 1990s. So why is one of Bosnia’s leaders saying it... more

29 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Europe’s looming energy crisis

Pipelines are leaking, winter is coming, and concerns over an energy crisis in Europe are growing. Vox’s Jen Kirby heads... more

28 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Can Beto flip Texas?

Republicans have firmly held the Texas governorship since 1995. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign is both a long shot and Democrats’ best... more

27 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Putin’s fake elections

The Russian president is calling on reservists and holding fake referenda to legitimize his war. Washington Post reporter Mary Ilyushina... more

26 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
I wish I was a little bit taller

I wish I was a baller. I wish there was a doc who’d break my legs, I would call her. This... more

23 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Johnson & Johnson’s “bankruptcy”

Thousands of people say Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder gave them cancer. They’re suing — but the consumer giant is... more

22 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Pakistan wants climate reparations

After catastrophic flooding, Pakistani people are demanding better disaster management from their government. Their government wants reparations from wealthy countries. This... more

21 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Is Patagonia fleecing the IRS?

The billionaire founder of Patagonia is giving away his company to fight climate change. He’s also getting a giant tax... more

20 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
You can’t spell “dysfunction” without the UN

The war in Ukraine has demonstrated just how dysfunctional the United Nations is. Uri Friedman, managing editor at the Atlantic... more

19 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
The true story of The Woman King

The historical epic The Woman King, in theaters today, is set in the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century.... more

16 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
I should have applied for a fraudulent PPP loan

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupted business in the US, the government sent billions of dollars to people and businesses that... more

15 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Is Ukraine winning now?

A recent Ukrainian counteroffensive seems to have caught Russia on its back foot. That could have consequences for Putin in... more

14 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
When an election denier becomes election chief

A quartet of 2020 election deniers are running for secretary of state this year in key swing states, raising questions... more

13 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
“Bringing the border to Biden”

Texas and Arizona's governors are giving migrants bus tickets to the capital. The mayor of Washington, DC, says it’s causing... more

12 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
The queen is dead

Long live the king. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy and Hady Mawajdeh, fact-checked by Serena Solin and Amina Al-Sadi... more

09 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
The water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi

What’s happening in Jackson is hardly unique: Cities and states across the US are setting themselves up for failure by... more

08 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Your long Covid questions, answered

Millions of people have long Covid; countless more could get it. Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez answers questions from Today, Explained listeners... more

07 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Curious Georgia

Prosecutor Fani Willis and a special grand jury have some questions for the man with the yellow hair. Georgia Public... more

06 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
It ain’t over 'til the crawdads sing

Delia Owens’s runaway bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of a killing in North Carolina’s marshland. The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg... more

01 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Heat waves been faking me out

As devastating heat waves like the recent one in China become more common, we’re going to need new ways of... more

31 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
What do we owe future humans?

A new wave of philanthropists wants to make charity more effective. They’re focused not just on the present day but... more

30 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Instagram’s identity crisis

If you think Instagram sucks now, it’s by design. Vox's Rebecca Jennings and Platformer's Casey Newton explain.  This episode was produced... more

29 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The Island of Explained: It’s electric!

A magical theme park ride on the Island of Explained demonstrates the damage done by fossil fuels and why renewable... more

27 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
Is Russia a state sponsor of terror?

Six months into its escalation of war with Ukraine, the calls to declare Russia a state sponsor of terror have... more

26 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Health care’s post-Roe nightmare

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe has implications far beyond abortion; it complicates access to vital drugs and delays... more

25 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
RIP OAN

A cable news network tailor-made for the former president is getting canceled. The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona chronicles the demise... more

24 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Putin’s war comes to Russia

A car bomb killed Russian commentator Darya Dugina over the weekend. The bomb may have been meant for her father,... more

23 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
FREE YSL

Two of the biggest rappers in the world, Young Thug and Gunna, are behind bars. And their bars will likely... more

22 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Hollywood’s IP industrial complex

Noel and Sean join Sam Sanders to kick off the third episode of his new Vulture show, “Into It.” Sam... more

20 Aug 2022 · 35 minutes
You know nothing, HBO

HBO hopes to win the streaming wars with House of the Dragon, a prequel to Game of Thrones. But GoT’s... more

19 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Merrick Garland’s dilemma

The Justice Department is investigating Donald Trump, but the ex-president's still-large base likely won’t want him prosecuted under any circumstances.... more

18 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The fatwa against Salman Rushdie

Was never about Salman Rushdie. Journalist Robin Wright explains. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy, fact-checked by Laura Bullard with... more

17 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Dark Brandon

A meme that mocks President Biden has been transformed by supporters to celebrate his recent wins. But questions about whether... more

16 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Russia’s back-to-school plan for Ukraine

Russia is paying teachers big bucks to teach a pro-Kremlin curriculum in Ukraine. It’s part of a campaign to formally... more

15 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The Island of Explained: Listen up!

Kiarra and Izii are having an argument when they are unexpectedly transported to the Island of Explained. There, they meet... more

13 Aug 2022 · 21 minutes
Liz Cheney is losing (and winning)

The Wyoming Republican will likely lose her primary, but she’s winning over a lot of Democrats in the process. This episode... more

12 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The New Right’s pay pal

From politicians to podcasters, one man’s money unites the New Right. Bloomberg’s Max Chafkin explains how Silicon Valley billionaire Peter... more

11 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Meet the New Right

The newest conservative dissidents want to radically reshape the Republican party and American democracy. Journalist James Pogue explains the confounding... more

10 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Raid-a-Lago

Florida man's beach house searched by FBI. This episode was produced by Haleema Shah and Avishay Artsy with help from Hady... more

09 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
Brittney Griner for the Merchant of Death

Viktor Bout might be the most successful arms dealer in history. The US could let him go free if Russia... more

08 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Authoritarianism, baby!

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán traveled to Texas for CPAC this week. Back home, he’s trying to fight population decline by... more

05 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Monkeypox is a queer emergency

Gay men, queer people, and their partners represent an overwhelming majority of monkeypox cases. But even though the WHO just... more

04 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Did Joe Manchin just save the planet?

Probably not, but he did finally compromise on the Inflation Reduction Act (née Build Back Better), which could be the... more

03 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Pelosi in Taiwan

China didn’t want Speaker Nancy Pelosi to visit Taiwan. Neither did the White House. Politico’s Alex Ward explains why she... more

02 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
America has Afghanistan’s money

The US froze billions in Afghanistan’s central bank reserves when the Taliban took control. Now it’s wrestling with how to... more

01 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The Island of Explained: Plant-based party

An invitation to a vegan party sends producers Kiarra and Izii to the Island of Explained, where a giant who... more

30 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Fighting climate despair

Climate change has driven some environmental activists to extremes. We talk about overcoming despair with Terry Kaelber, whose husband David... more

29 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Are we in a recession?

The US economy has shrunk for two consecutive quarters. That’s technically a recession. But economists aren’t so sure we’re actually... more

28 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Riding in Cars with Robots

The data is in on autonomous cars: They are crashing, but they're still doing a lot better than regular cars... more

27 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Replacing Boris Johnson

Britain’s Conservative party is spending the summer choosing its next prime minister. The Atlantic’s Tom McTague introduces the candidates vying... more

26 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
McMoscow

The 1990 opening of a McDonald's in Russia heralded not just burgers and fries but, get this, a new era... more

25 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Wrestling with Vince McMahon

The CEO who turned World Wrestling Entertainment into a global brand has retired after nearly 40 years, amid allegations of... more

22 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Dry Hot American Summer

As the world heats up, the American West is drier than at any period in the past 1,200 years. But... more

21 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
FYI those telescope photos are kinda fake

But the images from the Webb Space Telescope still provide our best look yet at the formation of the universe.... more

20 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
BA.5 and DIY Covid

Surging cases, Paxlovid rebounds, and apathy everywhere. Vox’s Dr. Keren Landman explains how to navigate the do-it-yourself era of the... more

19 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
What the January 6 committee has found (so far)

A congressional committee set out to offer the definitive story of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.... more

18 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
The Island of Explained: The missing firefly

Luz the firefly is missing, and producers Izii and Sara want to know why. They take a trip to the... more

16 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
“To [REDACTED] a Mockingbird”

Some conservative parents are trying to get books about race and sexuality banned from libraries and schools. Author Clint Smith... more

15 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Shinzo Abe’s call to arms

The assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe may have given his agenda to militarize Japan new life. Abe biographer... more

14 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
The case of the fake Basquiats

Art crime is booming and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings (or at least some very realistic forgeries) are the loot du jour.... more

13 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Joe Biden’s Saudi vacation

Candidate Biden said he would make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” on the world stage. Now President Biden is traveling there, asking for... more

12 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Joe Biden’s tampon shortage

No, President Biden didn’t cause the tampon shortage — or any of the recent shortages. But that won’t stop him... more

11 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
UFOMG

Congress just had its first hearings on UFOs in over 50 years. We revisit a 2021 episode where the New... more

08 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
What if you could talk without speaking?

A groundbreaking new study claims to have found a way for a fully paralyzed person to communicate entirely via thought.... more

07 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
How the US learned to love sanctions

The US hoped sanctions would end Russia’s war in Ukraine quickly. We revisit our conversation with historian Nicholas Mulder who... more

06 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Ask for Jane

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

01 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
This country is a lot right now

The past week/month/year/pandemic has taken a toll on a lot of people’s mental health. And the US has proven woefully... more

30 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Roe v. Wade v. God

A rabbi, a priest, and an imam walk into the abortion debate. The priest wins. This episode was produced by Victoria... more

29 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Abortion pills

It’s safe and easy to end a pregnancy during the first trimester using a pair of FDA-approved pills. Accessing them... more

28 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Trigger bans

The Supreme Court’s decision was most immediately felt in states that pegged abortion bans to the fall of Roe v.... more

27 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
The end of Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court overturned a 49-year-old precedent that secured the right to an abortion. Irin Carmon from New York magazine... more

24 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
Is Ukraine losing now?

The US is spending billions to arm Ukraine against Russian invaders. But without the proper training or supplies, Javelin missiles... more

23 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
The rise and fall of the “millennial lifestyle subsidy”

Venture capitalists spent years subsidizing the price of things like Uber rides and food delivery. The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains... more

22 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
From Russia with cash

Oligarchs from Russia and beyond stash their cash in British banks, which play a central role in the global offshore... more

21 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
What if we saw the gunshot wounds?

John Temple was the editor of Rocky Mountain News in April 1999, when two students committed mass murder at Columbine... more

17 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
A gun policy game-changer

America’s gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis. After 24 years of blocked funding, Congress is finally starting to... more

16 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Gun laws that work

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says tougher gun laws wouldn’t have stopped the Uvalde shooter. He’s wrong. This episode was produced by... more

15 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Let’s untangle the Second Amendment

It wasn’t until 2008 that the US Supreme Court established what a confusing sentence in the Constitution really meant for... more

14 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Has the gun control movement failed?

You might look at school shootings and think “Yes, obviously.” But two people who have been studying and participating in... more

13 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
ConGRADulations, fellow kids

Ten months ago the faculty of Cramer Hill Elementary set out to get their kids back on track after a... more

10 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
Adderall via Instagram

The mental health startup Cerebral benefited from pandemic-era changes to federal telehealth laws. But its easy-to-get prescriptions for tightly regulated... more

09 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Ugraine

Russia is weaponizing food by blockading Ukraine’s grain exports and withholding its own until other countries come to Putin to... more

08 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Boris Johnson presents: Motel Rwanda

The British government will deport UK-bound migrants to Rwanda. It’s part of a larger trend of rich countries offloading asylum... more

07 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Innocence is not enough

The Supreme Court is going to let Arizona kill Barry Jones, a man whose rape and murder convictions were vacated... more

06 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Let’s vent about guns

We opened up our hotline. You called and asked questions. We found answers. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin and... more

03 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Why the economy feels bad right now

The stock market tumble and crypto crash are symptoms of a broader shift in the US economy. Jacob Goldstein explains... more

02 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
How often can you get Covid?

Does your immunity still last for months? We asked a researcher who has been studying omicron reinfections. This episode was produced... more

01 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Can women fix the police?

Police departments across the US are signing a pledge to increase the share of women in their ranks, hoping the... more

31 May 2022 · 27 minutes
The shooters were 18

Writer and parent Joanna Schroeder wrote a guide for parents about what to look out for and how to intervene. This... more

27 May 2022 · 25 minutes
Monkeypox!?!?

Good news: Epidemiologists don’t think monkeypox will be as bad as Covid-19. Bad news: We stopped vaccinating people against this... more

26 May 2022 · 27 minutes
How to not give up on gun control

Vox’s Marin Cogan, who lived through a school shooting herself, explains why she hasn’t given up on a solution to... more

25 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Why the internet hates Amber Heard

It’s not just Johnny Depp’s fans — it’s Amber Heard’s anti-fans, too. The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany explains the Depp-ressing social... more

24 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Finland and Sweden have entered the chat

Their admission to NATO would further isolate Russia, leaving it the only Arctic country outside the alliance. This episode was produced... more

23 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Why the right is thirsty for Hungary

The Conservative Political Action Conference, which is like Republican Coachella, is usually held stateside, but this week it's throwing a... more

20 May 2022 · 27 minutes
So I elected an autocrat

Noel King traveled to Hungary to talk to people who voted for Viktor Orbán, people being persecuted by his government,... more

19 May 2022 · 27 minutes
How to lose a democracy in 10,000 days

The same man who helped usher in democracy in Hungary is the one who’s chipping away at it now. American... more

18 May 2022 · 25 minutes
Formula None

Millions of US parents are struggling to feed their infants due to a nationwide shortage of baby formula. This episode was... more

17 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Dr. Oz and the celebrity politician

This week Pennsylvania voters decide whether to give Dr. Oz a shot at the US Senate. To mark the occasion,... more

16 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Is abortion in the Constitution?

Not explicitly, no. But neither is the right to travel from New York to New Jersey. NYU law professor Kenji... more

13 May 2022 · 25 minutes
Sri Lankans have had enough

Sri Lanka’s “Go home, Gota!” protesters want to throw President Gotabaya Rajapaksa out of office. Reveal’s Ike Sriskandarajah explains what... more

12 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Dictator Jr.

The son of repressive dictator Ferdinand Marcos was just elected president of the Philippines. All he had to do was... more

11 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Free Brittney (Griner)

A week before Russia invaded Ukraine, it detained WNBA superstar Brittney Griner. Now the United States is turning up the... more

10 May 2022 · 27 minutes
A priest explains Putin’s “holy” war

Patriarch Kirill is the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. A former colleague describes him as a one-time anti-Kremlin nonconformist.... more

09 May 2022 · 27 minutes
A cure for sickle cell?

Scientists have developed a long-sought treatment — perhaps even a cure — for sickle cell anemia. But getting it to... more

06 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Why little kids don’t have vaccines

And how the seemingly endless wait in the US is affecting their development. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, edited... more

05 May 2022 · 27 minutes
One man’s crusade against Roe v. Wade

Indiana lawyer Jim Bopp has spent most of his life chipping away at Roe v. Wade. His incremental approach to... more

04 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Justice Alito’s opinion

A largely unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court decision reveals the Court’s conservative majority intends to overturn Roe v. Wade. New... more

03 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Our (machine) gun problem

For less than $20 plus shipping everyday people can turn their handguns into machine guns. The Trace’s Alain Stephens explains... more

02 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Trumpbilly Elegy

Liberals turned to J.D. Vance’s book to better understand Donald Trump’s victory. Now the “Hillbilly Elegy” author is turning to... more

29 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
Twitter’s new Musk

Elon Musk and Twitter have reached a deal. Recode’s Peter Kafka and Shirin Ghaffary explain what it means for the... more

28 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
The Senate’s age-old old age problem

Dianne Feinstein’s colleagues are concerned the 88-year-old senator is struggling with memory loss, reports Tal Kopan of the San Francisco... more

27 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
ok groomer

Accounts like “Libs of TikTok” are fueling right-wing media to label people who speak openly about sexuality and gender as... more

26 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
El Salvador’s bet on bitcoin

By making bitcoin a national currency, El Salvador tried to transform its economy. Rest of World’s Leo Schwartz explains why... more

25 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
A rough week for mask mandates

A Florida judge ended the federal government’s mass transit mask mandate this week. Vox’s Dylan Scott explains if mask mandates... more

22 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Russia’s mercenary army

The Wagner Group, a superviolent (and supersecretive) team of Kremlin-aligned mercenaries, is doing Vladimir Putin’s dirty work in Ukraine and... more

21 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
@elonmusk

Elon Musk says he wants to buy Twitter, but is also making 420 jokes. Kara Swisher (who knows him) and... more

20 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
How Dylan got inflation wrong

Last year, Vox correspondent Dylan Matthews didn’t think inflation would be a big deal. He wasn’t the only one to... more

19 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
The threat of Russian cyberwar

Russia is ramping up attacks on Ukraine’s digital infrastructure. The US could be next. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin,... more

18 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
China’s grip on Hollywood

Warner Bros. is censoring the newest Fantastic Beasts movie for Chinese audiences. It’s the latest reminder that Hollywood’s reliance on... more

15 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
The end of January 6

The congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection has gathered an enormous amount of information. Now it must decide what to... more

14 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Let’s talk about Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden may not be the archcriminal that conservatives describe, but his actions present problems for his father (the president... more

13 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Pakistan’s vote of no Khanfidence

Pakistan’s prime minister was ousted. He blames the US. This episode was produced by Haleema Shah, edited by Matt Collette, engineered... more

12 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
A grande victory for Starbucks workers

Starting a union can be a tall order, but many baristas have found it’s an effective way to venti their... more

11 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Canceling Russian culture

Vladimir Putin says the West is trying to erase 1,000 years of culture. Arts organizations say they have an obligation... more

08 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Buffalo Billions

The Buffalo Bills are set to receive a record-breaking $850 million in public funds to build a new stadium —... more

07 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Should Congress be able to trade stocks?

A 2012 law tried to limit lawmakers' ability to make money on Wall Street. It hasn’t worked. This episode was produced... more

06 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
The isolation of Vladimir Putin

The Russian president has come to rely on a skewed version of history and an increasingly small circle of advisers.... more

05 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Did we just invent telepathy?

A groundbreaking new study claims to have found a way for a fully paralyzed person to communicate entirely via thought.... more

04 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
Umami Mama

For thousands of years, there have been four basic tastes recognized across cultures. But thanks to Kumiko Ninomiya (aka the... more

01 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Microdosing goes mainstream

There is growing support for psychedelics as performance enhancers, mood boosters, and a shortcut to therapy. The science is mixed. This... more

31 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
Ukrainians (and Russians) meet US Border Patrol

The US southern border remains closed to asylum seekers on account of Covid-19, unless you happen to be Ukrainian. This episode... more

30 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
The National Guard is tired

And in Texas, they’re trying to unionize. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, engineered by Efim Shapiro and Paul Mounsey,... more

29 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
“The greatest night in the history of television”

The Oscars were bordering on irrelevancy until Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage. This episode was produced by Hady Mawajdeh... more

28 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Is the war in Ukraine unwinnable?

One month in, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t going according to plan. Historian and retired Army colonel Andrew Bacevich explains... more

25 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
(Ukrainian) refugees welcome!

As Poland welcomes almost 2 million Ukrainians in, it’s spending $4 million on a wall to keep Syrians, Iraqis, and... more

24 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Mariupol under siege

The Russian military may have committed war crimes in its brutal attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. International law... more

23 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Permanent daylight saving time?

A bill to make daylight saving time permanent slipped through the Senate. Now, the real fight for time begins. This episode... more

22 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
The Americans fighting for Ukraine

President Biden insists he won’t send American troops to join Ukraine’s war with Russia. Veterans like Alexander Szokoly joined the... more

21 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
South Korea’s incoming “anti-feminist” president

With its neighbor distracted by domestic culture wars, North Korea is making new moves. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan,... more

18 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
“Don’t Say Gay”

The furor over Florida’s latest culture-war legislation has Disney, among the state’s largest employers, turning red. This episode was produced by... more

17 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Why Ukraine won’t quit

Millions of people have fled Ukraine since Russia’s war begin. We check back in with Kurii Vasyl, who stayed behind,... more

16 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Defunding Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t over, but certain corners of Congress don’t want to spend a penny more on it. Dr.... more

15 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Beware the Madness of March

Americans bet more than $50 billion on sports last year, and that record will likely be broken in 2022 as... more

14 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
Radio, someone still loves you

The BBC is bringing back shortwave radio broadcasts to counter censorship and disinformation in Russia and Ukraine. Professor D.W. Stupples... more

11 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Putin’s war spills into space

Russia has threatened to let the International Space Station plummet. The Verge’s Loren Grush explains the Star Wars. This episode was... more

10 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
From Kabul’s airport to Virginia’s burbs

The world watched in horror as tens of thousands fled Afghanistan last August. Today, Explained’s Haleema Shah meets with an... more

09 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Banning Russian oil

Gas prices hit a record high in the United States today. Then the White House put an embargo on Russian... more

08 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Breaking Russia’s banks

The US and EU are denying a handful of Russian banks access to SWIFT, a key tool in the global... more

07 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Volodymyr vs. Vladimir

Volodymyr Zelenskyy went from a middling peacetime president to a heroic wartime president. Kyiv Independent’s Oleksiy Sorokin explains from an... more

04 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
The Texas transgender panic

Gov. Greg Abbott has instructed child protection officials to investigate the parents of transgender children. Dallas Morning News reporter Lauren... more

03 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
Why Ukraine has to fight Russia alone

And how the fight might end. This episode was produced by Hady Mawajdeh, edited by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim Shapiro,... more

02 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
What Russians think of Putin’s war

It depends a lot on where they get their news. Meduza’s Aleksey Kovalev reports from Moscow. This episode was produced by... more

01 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
Ketanji Brown Jackson

President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee is historic but may have little impact on American law. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains. This... more

28 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
The real and imagined history of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin says Ukraine isn’t a country. He’s wrong. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, engineered... more

25 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
A phone call from Ukraine

Kurii Vasyl and his niece Yulya try to make sense of Russia’s invasion of their country. And Kyiv Independent reporter... more

24 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
Why Ukraine matters

Vox’s Jonathan Guyer explains how a Russian invasion of Ukraine could affect me and you and everyone we know. This episode... more

23 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
The Olympics on thin ice

This year’s weird Winter Olympics were overshadowed by politics, Covid-19, and the threat of war. But as NPR’s Tom Goldman... more

22 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Weapons of cash destruction

The US hopes the threat of sanctions will dissuade Russia from invading Ukraine. Historian Nicholas Mulder explains the surprising history... more

18 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
Bitcoin Bonnie and Clyde

A tech investor and his rapper wife were busted for a multi-billion dollar bitcoin heist. They couldn’t really spend any... more

17 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
All-American divorce

In her Today, Explained debut, co-host Noel King heads to Atlanta to find out why some people in one of... more

16 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
What the truck is happening in Canada?

A convoy of truckers angry over Covid-19 mandates is disrupting life in Canada’s capital city. Their movement is gaining traction... more

15 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Sarah Palin v. The New York Times

The New York Times published an editorial that made false claims about Sarah Palin. A lawsuit over the error could... more

14 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
The best and worst of Tom Brady

Quarterback Tom Brady will retire as the winningest football player in NFL history. ESPN's Seth Wickersham explains why so many... more

11 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
How Brett Kavanaugh views time

When it comes to fixing discriminatory voting maps, nine months may not be enough for some justices. Ian Millhiser explains. This... more

10 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
Why America loves a Jackass

The Oscar nominations are out, but the No. 1 movie in America features Johnny Knoxville and his friends hurting each... more

09 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
How this Syria raid was different

President Biden gave strict orders to avoid collateral damage during a raid on an ISIS leader. Civilians still died, but... more

08 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
RIP SAT

Why are colleges ditching the test? A) The SAT is biased B) Colleges want to admit more diverse students C)... more

07 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Is everything trauma now?

Psychologists are worried that "trauma" is losing its meaning. A trauma survivor says they shouldn't be. This episode was produced by... more

04 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
The case against masks

At least in schools. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, edited by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim Shapiro, fact-checked by... more

03 Feb 2022 · 29 minutes
Throwing money at the migrant crisis

Vice President Kamala Harris just attended Honduras’s presidential inauguration. Her trip was really about the US-Mexico border. February 4, 2022 correction: An... more

02 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
Spotify’s Joe Rogan problem

The podcast host built a massive audience by speaking to fringe figures in culture, business, and science. During the pandemic,... more

01 Feb 2022 · 33 minutes
Honey, I shrunk the kids’ tax credit

The US government let the expanded child tax credit expire ... just as researchers produced a study showing giving parents... more

31 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Ukraine’s pipeline problem

The US is negotiating to stop Russia from invading Ukraine, but a Germany-backed natural gas project complicates things. This episode was... more

28 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
Breyer to Reteyer

Vox’s Ian Millhiser says American politics shifted during Justice Stephen Breyer’s career, until he no longer had a place in... more

27 Jan 2022 · 23 minutes
Joe Biden, r u ok?

Build Back Blunders, and other presidential misadventures. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim... more

26 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
A Syrian war criminal is actually going to prison

Crimes against humanity are rarely prosecuted successfully, but a Syrian colonel got a life sentence for just that. Documentarian Adithya... more

25 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
China’s Winter Olympics (feat. Covid-19)

The Games don’t begin until February 4, but the drama around the pandemic, free speech, and diplomatic boycotts has been... more

24 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
10 Downer Street

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing political ruin because his aides partied while the UK locked down. This episode was... more

21 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
The man with a pig heart

That’ll do, pig. That’ll do. Today's show was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim Shapiro and... more

20 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
The James Webb Time Machine

To look into deep space is to look back in time. Ahead of the launch of the James Webb Space... more

19 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
The James Webb Space Telescope

This Sunday, the greatest telescope in the history of humanity is scheduled to reach its destination nearly a million miles... more

18 Jan 2022 · 29 minutes
Chile’s millennial president

The 35-year-old president-elect in Chile loves tattoos, Taylor Swift, and progressive policies. Gabriel Boric will now try to overhaul the government... more

14 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
Why Russia sent its janky version of NATO to Kazakhstan

The speedy arrival of CSTO troops in Kazakhstan is unprecedented in the 30-year history of the Russia-backed regional security alliance. Today’s... more

13 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
"Break the Senate"

President Joe Biden wants to change how the Senate works to pass voting reforms. Sen. Mitch McConnell is threatening hell... more

12 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Novax Djokovic

How the best-ranked men’s tennis player in the world went to Australia to become the greatest of all time and... more

11 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
No substitutes for the substitutes

What happens when all the teachers get sick? Today’s show was produced by Miles Bryan with help from Hady Mawajdeh, edited... more

10 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
The high cost of cheap clothes

Fast fashion took over the apparel industry, but consumers are tiring of its poor labor and environmental standards. Vox’s Terry... more

07 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
Life on the Russia-Ukraine border

Russia has kept its military at Ukraine’s doorstep for almost a decade. But a recent escalation on the border is... more

06 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
Theranope

A tech startup said it could start a medical revolution with a little machine and a drop of blood. It... more

05 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
Will omicron speed up the pandemic’s end?

The omicron variant is very transmissible, but it might make Covid-19 less miserable. Today’s show was produced by Miles Bryan with... more

04 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
America still can’t agree on its insurrection

One year later, the United States is still trying to wrap its head around what happened on January 6, 2021.... more

03 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
2021

This song was written and performed by Sean Rameswaram and Noam Hassenfeld, produced by Noam, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and... more

30 Dec 2021 · 4 minutes
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s American dream

Giannis Antetokounmpo went from hawking watches and DVDs on the streets of Greece to winning an NBA championship for the... more

29 Dec 2021 · 37 minutes
Taylor’s version

One of the biggest pop stars in the world is rerecording her first six albums at the artistic peak of... more

28 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
The spike in gun violence

America's homicide rate rose by almost 30 percent in 2020. It was the biggest spike in 60 years, and the... more

27 Dec 2021 · 50 minutes
Four days of work?

The pandemic changed how we think about work. In this repodcast, Vox’s Anna North says it might be time to... more

23 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
Good news

2021 was better than 2020. Here's proof. Today’s show was produced by Matt Collette, edited by Jillian Weinberger, engineered by Efim... more

22 Dec 2021 · 20 minutes
Vanessa Nakate’s climate optimism

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate has been ridiculed, erased, and let down by the world's most powerful people. She explains... more

21 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
We scored Biden’s first year

We scored Biden’s first year The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos evaluates President Biden’s first year in office and whether Biden managed... more

20 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
Who killed Malcolm X?

Nearly 60 years after the assassination of Malcolm X, some of the men wrongly put in prison for killing him... more

17 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
The blood diamond of batteries

Cobalt is powering the electric vehicle revolution, but much of the world’s supply is mined under deadly conditions in Congo.... more

16 Dec 2021 · 31 minutes
(Some) omicron answers

Thanks to South Africa, the world now has some data on omicron’s severity, transmissibility, and whether or not the vaccines... more

15 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
Operation Flex

A bodybuilder posing as a Muslim convert was welcomed into a California mosque. When he showed signs of extremism, members... more

14 Dec 2021 · 35 minutes
Why we still can't predict tornadoes

Most people get about eight minutes' advance warning of a tornado. This episode of Vox’s Unexplainable podcast explores how scientists... more

13 Dec 2021 · 23 minutes
The new meth

While the nation’s attention has been focused on the opioid crisis, a new, more dangerous form of methamphetamine has swept... more

10 Dec 2021 · 22 minutes
The fastest economic collapse ever

That’s what the United Nations says is taking place in Afghanistan right now. Today’s show was produced by Will Reid, edited... more

09 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
Are you vaxxed, fellow kids?

Today, Explained returns to Cramer Hill Elementary School to explore the challenges of vaccinating children against Covid-19. Today’s show was reported... more

08 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
The shooter's parents

The mass killing at Oxford High School in Michigan may seem comparable to those that preceded it, but the aftermath... more

07 Dec 2021 · 23 minutes
Africa wants its stuff back

The world’s most illustrious museums are finally having to reckon with the stolen art in their collections. Today’s show was produced... more

07 Dec 2021 · 23 minutes
C is for Culture War

Big Bird got vaccinated, an Asian American Muppet moved in, and conservatives got really mad at Sesame Street. Today’s show was... more

03 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
What happened to Peng Shuai

A tennis star accused a former top Chinese official of sexual assault. Then she vanished. Now her case is changing... more

02 Dec 2021 · 28 minutes
Unraveling Roe

The Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains how the Court... more

02 Dec 2021 · 22 minutes
Space trash

Russia blew up a satellite and almost put the International Space Station in a precarious position. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains... more

30 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
Omicron

AA-muh-kraan or OH-muh-kraan Today’s show was produced by Miles Bryan and Will Reid, edited by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim Shapiro,... more

29 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
Salmonella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh

A deadly salmonella strain is spreading through American poultry, and there’s not much the government can do to stop it.... more

23 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
Kyle Rittenhouse and the “self-defense” defense

After the Chicago Tribune’s Stacy St. Clair runs through the Rittenhouse trial and verdict, legal scholar Eric Ruben explains how... more

23 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
The Future of Work: Retirement should be fun

But somehow it got very scary. Today’s show was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, edited by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim Shapiro,... more

19 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
Why it's hard to find rapid tests in the US

And why they're easy to find in Europe (though they don't seem to be helping much at the moment). Today’s show... more

18 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Is Zillow really buying all the houses?

No. Vox's Jerusalem Demsas disproves a popular internet conspiracy theory. Today’s show was produced by Hady Mawajdeh, edited by Matt Collette,... more

17 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Belarus manufactures a migrant crisis

Belarus is promising migrants passage to Europe knowing the EU will turn them away. Today’s show was produced by Haleema Shah... more

16 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
Inflation nation

Consumer prices are rising at their fastest rate in 30 years. Vox’s Emily Stewart explains why this is bad news... more

15 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
The Future of Work: The gig is up

A third of American workers do gig work. In the third part of our series, The Future of Work, learn... more

12 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
China’s pursuit of ‘Zero Covid’

China’s 1.4 billion people are averaging fewer than 100 cases of Covid-19 a day. All it takes is the willingness... more

11 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
So I elected an Oath Keeper

Extremists in the right-wing militant organization known as the Oath Keepers are present in law enforcement and in the military.... more

10 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Astroworld

How a music festival became a death trap, and what it would take for it never to happen again. Today’s show... more

09 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
Trillion-dollar Biden

You win some and you lose some. Just ask President Biden, who started last week with electoral setbacks and ended... more

08 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
OOO

They said the office would never be the same. In part two of our series, The Future of Work, what... more

05 Nov 2021 · 28 minutes
The case for climate reparations

While world leaders have descended on Glasgow to try to figure out how to slow emissions in the future, New... more

04 Nov 2021 · 30 minutes
Sudan’s coup

After a bloody fight for democracy, Sudan is sliding back into the hands of the military. CNN’s Nima Elbagir says... more

03 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
School board brawl

It's Election Day in the USA. This time around, the nasty political fights and insurrections are going local. NPR's Anya... more

03 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
For whom the door bells

While the doorbell recovers from Halloween, Nice Try explains how it’s an essential part of the American dream. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Support... more

01 Nov 2021 · 47 minutes
“I quit!”

There are millions of job openings in America, and millions of Americans are still not able to find work that... more

29 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
Facebook’s Meta-morphosis

From the company that brought you alternate facts comes an alternate reality! Today’s show was produced by Will Reid, edited by... more

28 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
Chappelle's Show(down with the trans community)

Vox's Aja Romano explains how Dave Chappelle's latest standup special led to a reckoning at Netflix. Vulture's Craig Jenkins assesses... more

27 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
The Alec Baldwin shooting

Variety’s Brent Lang explains how cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died on the Rust film set—and how the tragic shooting might catalyze... more

26 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
Ruthless County, Tennessee

For 11 years, a Tennessee judge sent kids to jail for a crime that doesn’t exist. Nashville Public Radio’s Meribah... more

25 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
The Supreme Court’s legitimacy crisis

Since the Supreme Court’s "shadow docket" decision to allow the Texas abortion ban to go into effect, a growing chorus... more

22 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
Steve Bannon in contempt

The House is holding Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena as part of its January... more

21 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
Out of stock

All I want for Christmas is a functional supply chain. Today’s show was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette,... more

20 Oct 2021 · 22 minutes
What does Kyrsten Sinema want?

Tim Murphy from Mother Jones explains how Sen. Kyrsten Sinema went from a left-wing activist to a Biden obstructionist. Today’s show... more

19 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
Iran’s hostage industrial complex

Iran is entering its fifth decade of taking hostages. One who made it out tells his story. Today’s show was produced... more

18 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
How the iPhone changed everything

In 2007, Steve Jobs introduced a product that would change our lives forever. The new season of Land of the... more

15 Oct 2021 · 34 minutes
How Squid Game won Netflix

And whether the show’s message is being lost in the shuffle. Today’s show was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt... more

14 Oct 2021 · 23 minutes
Covid little pill

Vox’s Umair Irfan explains how a new pill that might soon be authorized by the FDA could fill major gaps... more

13 Oct 2021 · 21 minutes
Why body cameras don’t work

Body cameras were supposed to bring greater transparency to law enforcement. The case of Ronald Greene suggests police departments are... more

12 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
The Fyre Festival of vaccine rollouts

The city of Philadelphia put an opportunistic 22-year-old in charge of its vaccine rollout. Nina Feldman of WHYY’s Half Vaxxed... more

08 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
A vaccine for malaria

But also, should we kill all the mosquitoes? Today’s show was produced by Will Reid with help from Miles Bryan, edited... more

07 Oct 2021 · 20 minutes
Drill, baby, drill

An energy expert explains why offshore oil spills keep happening and whether they’ll ever stop. Today’s show was produced by Victoria... more

06 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
The Facebook whistleblower

Facebook kicked off the week with an outage and followed that up today with a whistleblower testifying before Congress. The... more

05 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
How do you do, fellow kids?

School’s been back for a month. Today, Explained spent a month checking in with Cramer Hill Elementary to find out... more

04 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
The $5,000 butt

The Brazilian butt lift isn’t just a cosmetic surgery; it’s a lifestyle. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings explains how influencers gave a decades-old... more

01 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
The humanitarian crisis at Rikers Island

Twelve people at Rikers Island have died in custody so far this year. The pandemic is only part of the... more

30 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
Are boosters good science — or just good politics?

Former CDC Director Nancy Messonnier and former White House Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt join Sean at Code Conference in Los... more

29 Sep 2021 · 36 minutes
Democrats play chicken

Moderates and progressives are threatening to vote down different parts of their own party’s agenda, all while a government shutdown... more

28 Sep 2021 · 20 minutes
Why is Guantanamo still open?

A former Defense Department adviser says President Biden might succeed where President Obama failed, and the man formerly known as... more

27 Sep 2021 · 33 minutes
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School’s been back for a month. Today, Explained spent a month checking in with Cramer Hill Elementary to find out how it’s... more