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Vox Conversations
Vox Conversations
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Vox Conversations brings you discussions between the brightest minds and the deepest thinkers; conversations that will cause you to question old assumptions... more

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Episodes

Imagine a future with no police

Vox's Fabiola Cineas talks with author, lawyer, and organizer Derecka Purnell about her recent book Becoming Abolitionists. They discuss Derecka's... more

20 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Novelist Lauren Groff on the other Matrix

Vox's Constance Grady talks with novelist Lauren Groff about her latest book, the National Book Award finalist Matrix, before a... more

13 Jan 2022 · 47 minutes
Are we living in a simulation?

Sean Illing talks with philosopher David Chalmers about virtual worlds and the nature of reality, and other topics that stem... more

10 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Rep. Jamie Raskin on living through the unthinkable, twice

Vox's Dylan Matthews talks with Congressman Jamie Raskin about the tragic loss of his son Tommy, who was twenty-five years... more

06 Jan 2022 · 57 minutes
Best of: Why fascism in America isn't going away

Vox's Sean Illing talks to Yale professor and author Jason Stanley about why American democracy provides such fertile soil for... more

03 Jan 2022 · 49 minutes
Best of: Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of slavery

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with author Clint Smith III about his book How the Word Is Passed, which documents the... more

30 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Best of: We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.

Vox's Sean Illing talks with international politics professor and amateur ufologist Alex Wendt about why it's time to start thinking... more

27 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Chris Bosh on winning (and losing everything)

Vox’s Jamil Smith talks with NBA legend Chris Bosh about his basketball career, his youth, and his legacy. They discuss... more

23 Dec 2021 · 58 minutes
The cult of toughness

Sean Illing talks with political commentator and author David French about modern conservatism and masculinity. They discuss the divergence between... more

20 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Is ethical investing a scam?

Vox's Emily Stewart talks with Tariq Fancy about whether or not "socially responsible investment" is a scam. Fancy is a... more

16 Dec 2021 · 57 minutes
The good life is painful

Sean Illing talks with psychologist Paul Bloom about his new book The Sweet Spot, and whether it's necessary to experience... more

13 Dec 2021 · 55 minutes
The father of environmental justice

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with Dr, Robert Bullard, a pioneer in the crusade for environmental justice, about his more than... more

09 Dec 2021 · 50 minutes
Jill Lepore on Elon Musk's imaginary world

Sean Illing talks with historian Jill Lepore about her new podcast: The Evening Rocket explores Elon Musk and the new... more

06 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
E.O. Wilson's plan to save the world

Vox's Benji Jones talks with the celebrated entomologist, biologist, and naturalist E.O. Wilson. They talk about Wilson's sixty-plus years as... more

02 Dec 2021 · 56 minutes
Workers of the world, stay home!

Sean Illing talks with Anne Helen Petersen and her partner Charlie Warzel about their new book, Out of Office: The... more

29 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
How progressives get back in the game

Sean Illing talks with Briahna Joy Gray, the former national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders 2020 Presidential campaign, and... more

22 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The highs and lows of the "creator economy"

Vox's Rebecca Jennings talks with Taylor Lorenz, tech culture reporter for the New York Times, about the creator economy: what... more

18 Nov 2021 · 49 minutes
Why Chris Hayes thinks we're all famous now

Sean Illing talks with Chris Hayes, author, commentator, and host of All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. They discuss... more

15 Nov 2021 · 1 hour,
The stories soul food tells

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with Caroline Randall Williams, academic, poet, and co-author (with her mother, Alice Randall) of Soul Food... more

11 Nov 2021 · 51 minutes
The paradox of American freedom

Sean Illing talks with Sebastian Junger, journalist, filmmaker, and author of the recent book Freedom. Informed by his experience hiking... more

08 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
Nonbinary parenthood

Anna North talks with Krys Malcolm Belc, nonbinary transmasculine parent, essayist, and author of the memoir The Natural Mother of... more

04 Nov 2021 · 1 hour,
John McWhorter, the anti-antiracist

Sean Illing talks with John McWhorter, linguist, New York Times columnist, and author of Woke Racism: How a New Religion... more

01 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The overwhelming, invisible work of elder care

Vox culture contributor Anne Helen Petersen talks with Liz O'Donnell, an advocate for working caregivers and the author of Working... more

28 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
How Big Tech benefits from the disinformation panic

Sean Illing talks with Joe Bernstein of BuzzFeed News about online disinformation and what — if anything — can be... more

25 Oct 2021 · 58 minutes
Fannie Lou Hamer and the meaning of freedom

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with Keisha Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Until... more

21 Oct 2021 · 59 minutes
What the internet took from us

Sean Illing talks with writer and New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul about her book 100 Things We've... more

18 Oct 2021 · 58 minutes
Trapped inside with Susanna Clarke's Piranesi

Vox's Constance Grady talks with novelist Susanna Clarke about her latest book, Piranesi, before a virtual audience for the Vox... more

14 Oct 2021 · 49 minutes
Bryan Stevenson on the legacy of enslavement

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with attorney, author, and activist Bryan Stevenson about the newly expanded Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.... more

07 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
What's your status?

Sean Illing talks with writer Will Storr about his new book The Status Game, and its central idea: all human... more

04 Oct 2021 · 57 minutes
Is there a hack for enlightenment?

Vox's Sigal Samuel talks with scholars and authors Wesley Wildman and Kate Stockly about their book, Spirit Tech: The Brave... more

30 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Fighting a world on fire with fire

Sean Illing talks with climate scholar Andreas Malm about his book How to Blow Up A Pipeline. They discuss the... more

27 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Revolutionary Love

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with author, activist, and filmmaker Valarie Kaur about her memoir See No Stranger and the Revolutionary... more

23 Sep 2021 · 57 minutes
How to make meaning out of suffering

Vox’s Sean Illing talks with David Wolpe, senior rabbi of the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, about the role and... more

20 Sep 2021 · 56 minutes
Ken Burns's latest on The Greatest

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with acclaimed documentary filmmakers Ken and Sarah Burns. The father-daughter team discuss their latest documentary about... more

16 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The road from 9/11 to Donald Trump

Sean Illing talks with national security reporter Spencer Ackerman, author of the new book Reign of Terror. They discuss the... more

13 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on immigrants and America after 9/11

Aarti Shahani, host of the WBEZ Chicago podcast Art of Power and author of the memoir Here We Are, talks... more

09 Sep 2021 · 51 minutes
Why America's obsession with rights is wrong

Vox's Zack Beauchamp talks with Columbia law professor Jamal Greene about his book How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession... more

02 Sep 2021 · 58 minutes
The news is by — and for — rich, white liberals

Vox’s Sean Illing talks with professor and media researcher Nikki Usher about her new book News for the Rich, White, and... more

30 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of slavery

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with author Clint Smith III about his book How the Word Is Passed, which documents the... more

26 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Was the cruelty the point?

Vox's Sean Illing talks with Adam Serwer, whose new book The Cruelty Is the Point documents the role of cruelty... more

23 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How seashells shaped the world — and predict our future

Vox's Benji Jones talks with author and environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett about seashells and her new book, The Sound of... more

19 Aug 2021 · 58 minutes
Bill Maher on free speech, comedy, and his haters

Vox's Sean Illing talks with comedian Bill Maher about the risks and challenges of political comedy today, free speech, and... more

16 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
Robert Reich wants you to take on the system

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with former labor secretary, author, and social media gadfly Robert Reich about how our elected officials... more

12 Aug 2021 · 53 minutes
Marty Baron on the future of news

Vox's Sean Illing talks with former Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron about the state of journalism. They discuss Baron's... more

09 Aug 2021 · 54 minutes
The death of cool

Vox culture contributor Anne Helen Petersen talks with writer Safy-Hallan Farah about the concept of 'cool.' They discuss different generations'... more

05 Aug 2021 · 48 minutes
We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.

Vox's Sean Illing talks with international politics professor and amateur ufologist Alex Wendt about why it's time to start thinking... more

02 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Philadelphia's progressive prosecutor

Vox's Jamil Smith talks with Larry Krasner, the former civil rights attorney who's been district attorney of Philadelphia since 2018.... more

29 Jul 2021 · 55 minutes
Fareed Zakaria on the fate of democracy

Vox's Sean Illing talks with CNN's Fareed Zakaria about the global trend in democratic decline, and whether we should worry... more

26 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Jane Goodall on the power of hope

Vox's Sigal Samuel talks with world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall about what six decades of studying chimpanzees has taught her about... more

22 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Why we love drugs

Vox's Sean Illing talks with author Michael Pollan about his new book This Is Your Mind on Plants, why some... more

19 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
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Vox's Sigal Samuel talks with world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall about what six decades of studying chimpanzees has taught her about humans. They... more