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