Today, Explained

Today, Explained

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News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Today, Explained is your all killer, no filler, Monday to Friday news explainer hosted by Sean Rameswaram and featuring the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.


American Nightmare
Jun 1 • 22 min
Professor Ibram X. Kendi explains how the protests and unrest are a result of black America’s living nightmare and what it will take to wake up. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“I can’t breathe.” Again.
May 29 • 20 min
The former police officer who killed George Floyd has been charged with murder. But Floyd’s case is just one of many recent incidents of police brutality in Minneapolis. The Marshall Project’s Simone Weichselbaum explains why police reform hasn’t worked…
100,000 is an undercount
May 28 • 20 min
It could take years for all the Covid-19 deaths to be counted properly. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why the Trump administration is pushing for an undercount. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
“First Hong Kong, then the world”
May 27 • 18 min
While most of the world was distracted by the pandemic, China unveiled a law to strip Hong Kong of its autonomy, setting off a new wave of protests in the city. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
One giant leap for SpaceX
May 26 • 21 min
For the first time in almost a decade, an American rocket is launching people into space. The Verge’s Loren Grush explains why the launch could fundamentally alter the future of spaceflight. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad…
Today, Explained: Greatest Hits
May 22 • 28 min
You asked. We answered. Sean and Noam break down all the original songs in Today, Explained’s back catalog. Today, Explained: Greatest Hits is now streaming everywhere! Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Blame WHO?
May 21 • 22 min
President Trump would like to. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The case for reopening parks
May 20 • 18 min
Reopening America’s parks could help fight the pandemic. It’s a good time to rethink streets, too. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is this Trump’s fault?
May 19 • 24 min
Ezra Klein has some thoughts. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elongate
May 18 • 28 min
Elon Musk fought the law and Elon won. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Class of 2020
May 15 • 26 min
Graduate? In this economy!? The Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey explains the economic reality new graduates face and Sean offers one graduating senior a commencement speech. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Facebook’s PTSD payout
May 14 • 25 min
Facebook has agreed to pay a $52 million settlement to its content moderators. Reporting by The Verge’s Casey Newton was a game changer. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Covid, kids, and a mystery illness
May 13 • 18 min
Dozens of children have fallen ill with an inflammatory syndrome that may be linked to Covid-19. Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Kevin Friedman explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Will Ahmaud Arbery’s killing change Georgia law?
May 12 • 25 min
Two white men are accused of killing a black jogger. Georgia state Rep. Jasmine Clark wants to change the laws that could be used to defend them. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A few men in fishing boats try to take Venezuela
May 11 • 18 min
While the world was distracted by a pandemic, a ragtag team of Americans and Venezuelans attempted to overthrow President Maduro. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Quarantine dreams
May 8 • 26 min
Think you’ve been having exceptionally strange dreams lately? Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett says it’s not a figment of your imagination. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Reopening States of America
May 7 • 23 min
Dr. Richard Besser, former head of the Centers for Disease Control, explains how states can reopen without putting lives in danger. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Sweden stayed open
May 6 • 21 min
The Kingdom of Sweden watched the world lock down and decided to do the opposite. Swedish journalist Nathalie Rothschild explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to be happy
May 5 • 26 min
The most popular course in Yale’s 300-year history is all about achieving happiness. The pandemic has made it more relevant than ever. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tara Reade alleges, Joe Biden denies
May 4 • 19 min
Vox’s Laura McGann explains the sexual assault allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden, and the implications for his campaign. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Island of Explained
May 1 • 26 min
Come with us to the magical Island of Explained, where we’ll climb trees and venture into caves to answer kids’ biggest coronavirus questions. Go to vox.com/todayexplainedlearning to find supplemental activities, from testing how far snot travels to…
The Invisible Man
Apr 30 • 20 min
Vox’s Alex Ward explains what’s going on with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Overflowing farms, desperate food banks
Apr 29 • 27 min
American farmers are destroying their crops while demand is mounting at food banks. Politico food and agriculture reporter Helena Bottemiller Evich explains. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside the world’s biggest lockdown
Apr 28 • 25 min
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered 1.4 billion Indians to stay home. The world had never seen anything like it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oil is broke. Green New Deal with it?
Apr 27 • 24 min
Oil just went negative for the first time in history. Vox’s David Roberts says that creates an opportunity to make more history. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Georgia on my mind
Apr 24 • 19 min
As the state reopens, Vox’s Jillian Weinberger zooms to rural Georgia to hear how a Covid-19 outbreak spiraled out of control. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Conspiracy-19
Apr 23 • 25 min
Vox’s science editor, Eliza Barclay, arms you with the facts you need to fight your uncle’s favorite coronavirus conspiracy theories. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This one’s for Earth
Apr 22 • 22 min
Cryptic treehunters. Unknown apples. Flowers fighting back. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Vox’s Umair Irfan and Brian Resnick explain what we learned about the planet in the last year. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
One day, three healthcare workers
Apr 21 • 24 min
A nurse, a paramedic, and a physician’s assistant record themselves throughout the course of a day in the fight against Covid-19. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The epicenter of the epicenter
Apr 20 • 25 min
Covid-19’s victims, and the people they leave behind. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Long shot
Apr 17 • 28 min
It could be a year or more before the vaccine is ready, but there’s a radical plan to speed up the process. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Zeke Emanuel’s exit strategy
Apr 16 • 28 min
President Trump wants to reopen the country yesterday. Bioethicist Zeke Emanuel, who served as a health policy advisor to former President Obama, offers a safe path. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Death Cab for The Postal Service?
Apr 15 • 28 min
The United States Postal Service is on the brink of collapse. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains how and why the country should save it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All praise, no pay
Apr 14 • 28 min
Essential workers in the food, transportation, and retail industries are being called American heroes. They want to be paid as such. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too
Apr 13 • 54 min
Friend of the show Ezra Klein speaks to Sen. Elizabeth Warren about several plans she has proposed to combat this pandemic. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The loneliness pandemic
Apr 10 • 22 min
Coronavirus has led to another pandemic: social isolation. Vox’s Ezra Klein says this sickness has a cure. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Six feet away from God
Apr 9 • 27 min
While a few religious leaders flout shelter in place ordinances, Easter, Passover, and Ramadan are inspiring most to get creative with worship. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Vote and die
Apr 8 • 27 min
Wisconsinites had to choose between catching Covid-19 and voting on Tuesday. Is the rest of the country next? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“The Great Equalizer”
Apr 7 • 25 min
Madonna was wrong. Covid-19 isn’t an equalizer. It’s coming for America’s most vulnerable populations. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The immunity test
Apr 6 • 22 min
A vaccine will take a while, but Vox’s Umair Irfan says the global effort to test for immunity and treat Covid-19 is well underway. (An earlier version of this episode misidentified hydroxychloroquine as an active ingredient in aquarium cleaner. That’s…
Mask on? Mask off?
Apr 3 • 28 min
In an about-face, the Centers for Disease Control would now like you to cover your mouth and nose when you go outside. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6.6 million more unemployed
Apr 2 • 29 min
Last week’s unemployment numbers shattered all records. This week, they doubled. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, host of The Weeds podcast, proposes a way out of this mess. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lockdown while locked up
Apr 1 • 28 min
Arthur Longworth calls Sean from Washington State Reformatory to explain what it’s like to serve a life sentence at a prison where the coronavirus is spreading. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The trouble with Trump’s daily briefings
Mar 31 • 28 min
Part rally, part media-bashing, part critical updates on the coronavirus crisis, President Trump’s daily press briefings are muddying the message. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Covid-19 attacks your body
Mar 30 • 27 min
In this episode of Vox’s Reset podcast Ed Yong from The Atlantic explains how a little spiky ball called SARS-CoV2 brought the world to its knees. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Your coronavirus questions, answered (Part II)
Mar 27 • 27 min
On today’s show, more listener questions: Why isn’t everyone social distancing? Will I be immune after I get it? When will this end? My anxiety is spiking!(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The emergency room emergency
Mar 26 • 28 min
The Atlantic’s James Hamblin explains why America has a critical shortage of medical supplies. New York City ER doctor Calvin Sun says, “It’s like a lottery that we don’t want to play, but we’re forced to play.” (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad…
The two trillion dollar question
Mar 25 • 28 min
Congress has settled on an historic stimulus package, but Ezra Klein is worried it might not be enough. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Asia’s second wave
Mar 24 • 24 min
Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore managed to contain Covid-19, but now things look less promising. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Giving birth in a pandemic
Mar 23 • 27 min
Vox’s Julia Belluz went from covering the global coronavirus pandemic to giving birth in the middle of it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Your coronavirus questions, answered
Mar 20 • 25 min
On today’s show, we answer listener questions: Why is there no TP? Will we run out of food? Can I get the virus from sex? How can I help? (Transcript here.) An earlier version of this episode featured a section that could have been misconstrued as legal…
Six feet away
Mar 19 • 22 min
Vox’s Brian Resnick (safely) meets Sean in a Washington, D.C. park to deliver the Five Commandments of social distancing. Start your #SixFeetAwaySong journey at vox.com/today-explained. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
TFW your dad gives you Covid-19
Mar 18 • 30 min
Sean speaks to a Brooklyn family that has Covid-19, and Vox’s Dylan Scott explains how the United States is still trying to get its act together on testing. Subscribe to the Voxcare newsletter here: http://vox.com/voxcare. (Transcript here.) Learn more…
Can President Trump fix this?
Mar 17 • 25 min
After dismissing coronavirus concerns for months, President Donald is pivoting to serious action to slow the crisis in the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
School’s out for Covid
Mar 16 • 18 min
The country’s largest school district told a million kids to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s creating chaos for teachers, students, and parents. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Living in lockdown
Mar 13 • 20 min
Italy has quarantined the whole country in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains why the US might look like Italy soon.(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to slow down coronavirus
Mar 12 • 22 min
President Trump has banned most Europeans from traveling to the US. Vox’s Jen Kirby explains why that won’t stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, and Eliza Barclay tells us what we can do to slow the spread. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your…
Old Country for Old Men
Mar 11 • 26 min
After last night, Joe Biden is one step closer to the nomination, but no matter who wins, the next president will be over 70. The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains why that could be a problem. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Coronavirus hits the markets
Mar 10 • 21 min
The stock market’s going haywire. Major companies are telling their employees to stay home. Austin has canceled SXSW. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says governments across the world have to act fast to save the global economy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about…
James Carville thinks Trump will lose
Mar 9 • 22 min
The veteran political strategist argues that Democrats are well-positioned to win back not only the White House, but the Senate, too. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
So you think you have Covid-19
Mar 6 • 23 min
Thus far, the United States hasn’t been doing the best job of testing for the novel coronavirus. ProPublica’s Caroline Chen explains why. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Roe v. Wade v. Roberts
Mar 5 • 20 min
There’s a new fight over abortion at the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts is in the swing position. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thanks, Obama
Mar 4 • 24 min
Vox’s Andrew Prokop runs through Super Tuesday results, before Laura McGann explains Vice President Biden’s “Joementum.” (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Covid-19, explained by Carl (who has it)
Mar 3 • 26 min
Carl Goldman was on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and now he has Covid-19. He speaks to Sean Rameswaram from a CDC quarantine in Omaha, Nebraska. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tuesday, Explained
Mar 2 • 24 min
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what makes this Tuesday so super and performs some basic arithmetic to suggest how Democrats could end up with a contested convention. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Make America Doubt Again
Feb 28 • 27 min
McKay Coppins built a fake Facebook profile to fully experience President Trump’s 2020 digital strategy. It didn’t take long for him to start doubting reality. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The last stronghold in Syria
Feb 27 • 22 min
Idlib province in northwestern Syria is now the last stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad and one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pandemic?
Feb 26 • 29 min
Covid-19 may be on the brink of becoming a pandemic. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what that p-word means and Brian Resnick breaks down what an outbreak response might look like in the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices.…
Putin his thumb on the scale
Feb 25 • 22 min
Russian interference in U.S. elections could go from Vlad to worse as President Trump sidelines U.S. intelligence agencies. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weekend at Bernie’s
Feb 24 • 24 min
Bernie Sanders took Nevada with a landslide coalition so diverse it has left Joe Biden feeling nervous heading into South Carolina. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The sixth sense (the real one)
Feb 21 • 25 min
A study at the National Institutes of Health offers a window into some of science’s biggest mysteries, from the origins of pain to how consciousness works. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ok, Bloomberg
Feb 20 • 22 min
Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Where Medicare-for-all is real
Feb 19 • 21 min
The Democratic presidential candidates keep having the same argument over Medicare-for-all at the televised debates. To spice up the conversation, Vox’s Dylan Scott takes Sean on a journey to Taiwan to explore how the idea works in practice. (Transcript…
The floating petri dish
Feb 18 • 24 min
One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Love Me Tinder
Feb 14 • 27 min
A new investigation reveals what you may have suspected: dating apps can be very dangerous. But there are safer ways to look for love online.(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Between a Stone and a hard place
Feb 13 • 30 min
In this, the 500th episode of your favorite daily news podcast, Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the sentencing of Roger Stone has thrown the United States Department of Justice into disarray. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Bernie, bro.
Feb 12 • 24 min
New Hampshire felt the Bern. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Old Hampshire vs. New Hampshire
Feb 11 • 22 min
House parties are key to picking a president in New Hampshire, but they’re quickly being replaced by impersonal rallies. New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Lauren Chooljian attends both to determine what’s being lost. (Transcript here.) Learn more about…
President Trump’s “Africa ban”
Feb 10 • 21 min
Vox’s Nicole Narea explains how new immigration restrictions that will hit a quarter of Africa’s population might be President Trump’s version of diplomacy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why the wrong movies win Oscars
Feb 7 • 26 min
Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson would like to blame the Academy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How will coronavirus end?
Feb 6 • 21 min
In 2015, Dr. Vineet Menachery said a SARS-like virus could spread to humans more easily than previously believed. Now he explains what we can do to stop it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Acquitted
Feb 5 • 21 min
The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Vox’s Ezra Klein argues it’s time to change the Constitution. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Iowhaaaaat?!
Feb 4 • 23 min
Iowa caucuses? More like caucus chaos. Or a raucous caucus. Or an Iowasca trip. Somebody’s got some explaining to do. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Whyowa?
Feb 3 • 23 min
Iowa gets to take the first swing at nominating the Democratic presidential candidate today. But why? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The invisible border
Jan 31 • 30 min
After nearly four years of acrimony, Britain finally Brexits tonight. But it risks plunging Northern Ireland back into a living nightmare. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let’s talk about how to talk about Kobe
Jan 30 • 23 min
Kobe Bryant’s death stunned the world. Then people started arguing. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From Nobel Peace Prize to denying genocide
Jan 29 • 32 min
The International Court of Justice is ordering Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from genocide, but no one knows if Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will heed the call. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The Bolton’s back in town
Jan 28 • 29 min
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why John Bolton’s leaked manuscript has upended the GOP’s hopes to wrap up the impeachment trial quickly without calling witnesses. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shaken like a polarized picture
Jan 27 • 26 min
The political polarization of America didn’t start with Donald Trump and it won’t end in 2020 either. Ezra Klein explains “Why We’re Polarized.” (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Crown Prince and the Amazon King
Jan 24 • 24 min
Did Mohammed Bin Salman hack Jeff Bezos? Recode’s Peter Kafka returns with an update and Kara Swisher explains Saudi Arabia’s impunity in the tech world. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coronavirus
Jan 23 • 25 min
A SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people, quarantined millions in China, and made its way to the United States. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what’s known and what’s next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
A George Washington Bridge too far
Jan 22 • 25 min
The Supreme Court is trying to settle the fight over the biggest traffic jam in the history of American politics once and for all. WNYC’s Matt Katz, author of “American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption,” explains. (Transcript here.) Learn…
The Senate trial begins
Jan 21 • 24 min
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial gets underway. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The 100 year fight for equal rights
Jan 17 • 23 min
Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. Now, Congress is the only thing standing between the 28th amendment and the Constitution of the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Ukraine International Flight 752
Jan 16 • 27 min
Canada now has the unfortunate job of dealing with the collateral damage from the conflict between Iran and the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Booker blames the rules
Jan 15 • 24 min
Senator Cory Booker tells Sean Rameswaram why he never stood a chance and Vox’s Ella Nilsen explains why Senators Warren and Sanders are fighting. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elizabeth Warren needs a poster boy
Jan 14 • 33 min
Elizabeth Warren’s best bet to fight the opioid epidemic might be stealing a page from the battle against AIDS. Vox’s Jillian Weinberger explains how for The Impact. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One billion animals dead
Jan 13 • 23 min
Australia is suffering unprecedented damage from months of bush fires, but the country remains divided on the politics of climate change. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Megxit
Jan 10 • 25 min
Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The (first) trial of Harvey Weinstein
Jan 9 • 25 min
Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What about Iraq?
Jan 8 • 21 min
Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The view from Iran
Jan 7 • 25 min
Iran analyst Dina Esfandiary explains why the killing of Qassem Soleimani was “the greatest gift the Trump administration could have given the Iranian government.” And an Iranian-American family disagrees on the meaning of Soleimani’s death. (Transcript…
War with Iran?
Jan 6 • 25 min
The United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week. Vox’s Alex Ward explains what might happen next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should we burn our recycling?
Jan 3 • 27 min
The vast majority of our plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The other TV president
Jan 2 • 21 min
Before stumbling into the biggest American political scandal in a generation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was best known for playing the president on TV. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump of the Year
Dec 30, 2019 • 21 min
On the cusp of a big election year, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias reviews President Trump’s accomplishments thus far. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Song of the Year
Dec 27, 2019 • 23 min
“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Person of the Year
Dec 26, 2019 • 16 min
Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Queen of Christmas
Dec 23, 2019 • 22 min
A quarter-century after its release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Call it a “Christmas Mariahcle.” (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Debate 6: Enter the Wine Cave
Dec 20, 2019 • 23 min
The sixth and final Democratic debate of the year was less diverse, more substantive, and also featured a fight about a wine cave. Vox’s Emily Stewart explains. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aging in America
Dec 19, 2019 • 20 min
By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment Day
Dec 18, 2019 • 17 min
The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump v. Taxes
Dec 17, 2019 • 16 min
The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump has to turn over his tax returns, but WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein says the Court is really deciding whether Trump can literally get away with murder. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices.…
Big Bezos is watching you
Dec 16, 2019 • 25 min
In under 20 years, Amazon grew from an online bookstore to the eyes and ears in our homes. OneZero’s Will Oremus says we should be concerned about what comes next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Space Farce
Dec 13, 2019 • 18 min
The Democrats gave President Trump his Space Force this week. But what is it? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
India’s Muslim ban
Dec 12, 2019 • 16 min
The second-largest Muslim nation in the world just got closer to becoming a Hindu state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The cost of PrEP
Dec 11, 2019 • 23 min
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Trump administration agree on one thing: the cost of HIV drugs is too high. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Articles of impeachment
Dec 10, 2019 • 19 min
House Democrats made history today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rudolph the former mayor
Dec 9, 2019 • 27 min
How Rudy Giuliani went from “America’s mayor” to the inadvertent architect of Donald Trump’s pending impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“This will end when one of us dies”
Dec 6, 2019 • 16 min
ProPublica’s Lizzie Presser explains why Americans are being jailed for their medical debt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Giving justice an extension
Dec 5, 2019 • 22 min
This week New Jersey joined a growing number of states that are extending statutes of limitations, making it easier to report childhood sexual abuse decades after it occurs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder
Dec 4, 2019 • 22 min
Four law professors walked into a room and the next phase of the impeachment began. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don’t curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs on TikTok
Dec 3, 2019 • 19 min
TikTok, the video sharing app that has taken the tweens and 2019 by storm, is now facing stiff competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
ICE University
Dec 2, 2019 • 18 min
Immigration and Customs Enforcement created a fake university with no teachers and no classes. Then they arrested the students who signed up. Vox’s Nicole Narea explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amazon’s preppers
Nov 29, 2019 • 22 min
A good number of Amazon packages make a pitstop in Roundup, Montana. Vox’s Reset podcast explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A tribe called keto
Nov 27, 2019 • 21 min
Some say the Kardashian-endorsed keto diet craze that’s sweeping the nation could help fight epilepsy and cancer, too. Vox’s Julia Belluz separates fat from fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can a billionaire buy the presidency?
Nov 26, 2019 • 28 min
Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg thinks he can beat Donald Trump in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Showdown at High Nunes
Nov 25, 2019 • 26 min
California Republican Devin Nunes spent much of the last two weeks mocking the impeachment inquiry. After allegations surfaced that he may have been involved with Ukraine, he now finds himself caught up in it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Ok boomer
Nov 22, 2019 • 25 min
TikTok’s hottest meme is pitting the Youngs against the Olds, but the truth about this generational standoff can be found in its shades of gray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Dems Went Down to Georgia
Nov 21, 2019 • 22 min
We’re taking a break from impeachment to talk about the fifth Democratic debate and the Buttigieg Bump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment TV: Mr. Sondland Goes to Washington
Nov 20, 2019 • 24 min
The most-anticipated testimony of the House impeachment inquiry was held today on Capitol Hill. It did not disappoint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment TV (Part 2 of 2)
Nov 19, 2019 • 10 min
The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how things changed when Republicans called witnesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment TV (Part 1 of 2)
Nov 19, 2019 • 14 min
The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. It was so big we couldn’t fit it all into one episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let’s talk about that party in Spain
Nov 18, 2019 • 23 min
Spain’s far-right party just won more than 50 seats in its parliament, reminding some of the country’s fascist past. Yes, the party is called “VOX”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Noise will be noise
Nov 15, 2019 • 22 min
After hearing a mysterious whine in suburban Arizona, Karthic Thallikar started on a journey that would ultimately lead to the center of the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hotel ISIS
Nov 14, 2019 • 26 min
Turkey says it’s “not a hotel” for ISIS, and is deporting fighters and their families. The problem is their native countries don’t want them back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bill and Kent’s congressional adventure
Nov 13, 2019 • 20 min
The first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry was held today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the significance of the testimonies given by Ambassador William Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. Learn more about…
Who is above the law?
Nov 12, 2019 • 18 min
Today the Supreme Court heard the case about a border patrol agent who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy. Ian Millhiser explains why it could make holding federal agents accountable a lot harder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The world’s most profitable company
Nov 11, 2019 • 21 min
Aramco, the secretive oil company that made Saudi Arabia rich, is going public after 86 years. Some say the timing couldn’t be worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Streaming: Infinity War
Nov 8, 2019 • 23 min
Disney+. Apple TV+. Netflix. HBO Max. Peacock. Which streaming service will win the great war to come? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Behind closed doors
Nov 7, 2019 • 17 min
This week the House released transcripts from closed-door impeachment testimonies. Vox’s Andrew Prokop pored through them for revelations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
California Dreamin’
Nov 6, 2019 • 15 min
A new California law limits how early school can start in the state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside a Trump rally
Nov 5, 2019 • 22 min
At a Kentucky rally, President Trump’s supporters ordered the media to “Do your job!” and reveal the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower. The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Bender explains how these events have changed the American political landscape and…
Just one year to go!
Nov 4, 2019 • 26 min
The election is now one year away. Ezra Klein offers Democrats a strategy to win in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Instagram’s war on nipples
Nov 1, 2019 • 27 min
Vox’s Reset podcast explores how Instagram’s nipple ban affects art and identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The first impeachment vote
Oct 31, 2019 • 21 min
Nancy: 1 / Donald: 0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is the world protesting?
Oct 30, 2019 • 17 min
A WhatsApp tax, a metro fare hike, and a check to a South African model have inspired a wave of anti-government protests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
California’s blackouts
Oct 29, 2019 • 17 min
The wildfires in California have gotten so bad the state’s biggest utility is turning off the power on purpose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The death of al-Baghdadi
Oct 28, 2019 • 23 min
ISIS has lost its leader, but that doesn’t mean the world is any safer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
WeWorked
Oct 25, 2019 • 23 min
America’s most controversial startup was finally bought out this week, but WeWork is a symptom of a much larger problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The right to sell out
Oct 24, 2019 • 18 min
California is going to let college athletes make money from sneaker deals and commercials. Will the rest of the country follow suit? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do
Oct 23, 2019 • 21 min
Ambassador William Taylor finally testified on Tuesday and it was a doozy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Yes We Canada?
Oct 22, 2019 • 22 min
Justin Trudeau won re-election on Tuesday, but it wasn’t pretty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Where are the troops going?
Oct 21, 2019 • 16 min
President Trump is pulling out of Syria while sending more troops to Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing Reset
Oct 20, 2019 • 23 min
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trumpster fire
Oct 18, 2019 • 16 min
Last week, the White House stonewalled the impeachment inquiry. This week, the stonewall came crumbling down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Should Facebook let Trump lie?
Oct 17, 2019 • 18 min
President Trump lied in a Facebook ad and Facebook didn’t take it down so Elizabeth Warren lied, too. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
DEB4TE
Oct 16, 2019 • 22 min
In the fourth Democratic debate, the candidates treated Elizabeth Warren as the frontrunner. Vox’s Ezra Klein explains what that means for the race ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A new war in Syria
Oct 15, 2019 • 21 min
The Trump administration just imposed sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria. But it may be too late for America’s Kurdish allies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Indigenous Peoples’ Delegate
Oct 14, 2019 • 22 min
Nearly 200 years ago, the Treaty of New Echota offered the Cherokee Nation representation in Congress. Kimberly Teehee just became its first nominee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Did China just dunk on the NBA?
Oct 11, 2019 • 23 min
An NBA executive’s tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong has exposed how vulnerable the biggest American companies are to China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The nine impeachment scenarios
Oct 10, 2019 • 15 min
President Pence? President Pelosi? There are nearly a dozen ways the impeachment inquiry could end. Vox’s Laura McGann runs through each of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stonewalling the impeachment inquiry
Oct 9, 2019 • 21 min
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the White House is now refusing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Ezra Klein scrutinizes the Republican strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Leaving Syria (and the Kurds)
Oct 8, 2019 • 22 min
Turkey is sending troops and tanks to its border with Syria hours after President Trump announced he would be removing US forces from the nation. Syrian Kurds feel betrayed and ISIS is watching. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
SCOTUS raises the stakes
Oct 7, 2019 • 22 min
After a sleepy spring term, the Supreme Court of the United States is back and looking to weigh in on abortion, immigration, and LGBT rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inside a Facebook all-staff
Oct 4, 2019 • 22 min
Audio of Mark Zuckerberg in a closed-door staff meeting leaked to Casey Newton of The Verge. Then Elizabeth Warren entered the fray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meanwhile in Ukraine….
Oct 3, 2019 • 20 min
Ukraine finds itself at the center of the American impeachment drama, but President Trump is the least of the country’s worries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s not easy whistleblowin’
Oct 2, 2019 • 26 min
The whistleblower’s attorneys say their client is in danger. That’s not unusual. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The impeachment counternarrative
Oct 1, 2019 • 24 min
Listen as Vox’s Andrew Prokop meticulously debunks the White House talking points around the whistleblower scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“No contract! No cars!”
Sep 30, 2019 • 23 min
The United Auto Workers is engaged in the biggest General Motors strike since the 1970s, all while union leaders are having their homes raided by the FBI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
UN-for-Greta-ble
Sep 27, 2019 • 26 min
In just one week, she inspired global protests, mean-mugged President Trump, and chastised world leaders at the United Nations. David Wallace-Wells, editor at New York magazine, explains the rise of Greta Thunberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The whistleblower complaint
Sep 26, 2019 • 21 min
The House Intelligence Committee released the whistleblower complaint minutes before Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire began his testimony before Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The “transcript”
Sep 25, 2019 • 18 min
The White House released a record of President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky, then went on the defensive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pelosi calls for impeachment inquiry
Sep 24, 2019 • 16 min
This evening Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how everything changed in 24 hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Son of a Biden
Sep 23, 2019 • 24 min
A whistleblower in the intelligence community has sparked a political scandal involving President Trump and a pair of Bidens. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Burn, baby, burn
Sep 20, 2019 • 27 min
The vast majority of your plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The 51st state?
Sep 19, 2019 • 26 min
Residents in the District of Columbia have been living with “taxation without representation” from Day 1. Today, they take their call for statehood to Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
To Bibi or not to Bibi
Sep 18, 2019 • 16 min
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s decade-long hold on power may be coming to an end. Anyone up for peace? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When it’s time to die
Sep 17, 2019 • 21 min
This week Maine joins several states allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication. Cyndie Rogers explains why she eventually wants to take advantage of Maine’s Death with Dignity Act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How do you remove an egg from an omelette?
Sep 16, 2019 • 22 min
Some say that’s how hard it is to remove the UK from the EU. Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy heads to the United Kingdom’s highest court Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
ABCDebate
Sep 13, 2019 • 26 min
After Vox’s Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The president’s hit list
Sep 12, 2019 • 25 min
“I’d be happy to slaughter them,” President Rodrigo Duterte said about three million drug users in the Philippines. It appears he is following through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Like, bye
Sep 11, 2019 • 24 min
Facebook and Instagram are thinking about ditching the thumbs and hearts. What would life be like without “Likes”? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John Boltin’
Sep 10, 2019 • 18 min
John Bolton is out. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why he was at odds with his boss from Day 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Am I gonna die from vaping?
Sep 9, 2019 • 21 min
Maybe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gerry with the bad maps
Sep 6, 2019 • 18 min
A historic court decision erased some of the most gerrymandered maps in the country this week. North Carolina now has two weeks to redraw them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CNN’s climate marathon in 20 minutes
Sep 5, 2019 • 21 min
We watched seven straight hours of Democrats discussing climate policy so you wouldn’t have to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#FreedMeekMill
Sep 4, 2019 • 24 min
Rapper Meek Mill was arrested on drug and weapons charges as a teen in 2007, but the case didn’t close until last week. NPR’s Bobby Allyn explains how a police officer and a judge helped keep Meek Mill in the criminal justice system for over a decade.…
Missing history
Sep 3, 2019 • 25 min
Kids in school don’t learn much about American slavery. Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries says students deserve the real story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Still not safe to drink
Aug 30, 2019 • 19 min
First it was Flint, now it’s Newark. Why do American cities keep contaminating their water? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Death of a Koch brother
Aug 29, 2019 • 21 min
David Koch was one of the biggest and most influential donors in American politics. Mother Jones’ Daniel Schulman explains his complicated legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don’t try CRISPR at home
Aug 28, 2019 • 22 min
Biohackers treat their bodies like a science project. But should they be allowed to edit their own DNA at home? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Biofuel duel
Aug 27, 2019 • 23 min
An EPA decision has left Iowan corn growers feeling betrayed by President Trump. Democrats are watching. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alaska’s missing police force
Aug 26, 2019 • 22 min
A third of Alaskan communities don’t have cops. Kyle Hopkins, investigative reporter at the Anchorage Daily News, explains Alaska’s public safety emergency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When killing is “necessary”
Aug 23, 2019 • 21 min
This week California passed what some call the toughest law on police use of deadly force in the country. It hinges on one word: necessary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hope for Hong Kong
Aug 22, 2019 • 22 min
Hong Kong ramped up its protests and China ramped up its propaganda machine. But the conflict may have finally reached a turning point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coal’s last stand
Aug 21, 2019 • 25 min
There’s a train full of coal sitting on the tracks in eastern Kentucky. It’s being blocked by a group of laid-off miners who want what they’re owed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ending the endless war
Aug 20, 2019 • 21 min
This weekend in Afghanistan was one of the deadliest this year. Vox’s Jenn Williams explains whether America can end its longest war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do sanctions work?
Aug 19, 2019 • 26 min
The Trump administration is ramping up sanctions on Venezuela, but it may end up hurting the people they’re meant to help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The warehouse of forgotten evidence
Aug 16, 2019 • 22 min
Reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty set out to investigate why police across the country often fail to catch serial rapists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What’s up with the yield curve?
Aug 15, 2019 • 14 min
Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why everyone’s whispering about a recession. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
(Don’t) give me your poor
Aug 14, 2019 • 15 min
The Trump administration is about to make it a lot harder for poor people to get a green card. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Death behind bars
Aug 13, 2019 • 21 min
Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide is unexpectedly shining a light on the conditions in America’s jails. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Deep fried podcast
Aug 12, 2019 • 21 min
Vox’s Tara Golshan spent the weekend at the Iowa State Fair trying to figure out what eating deep fried Oreos has to do with running the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Latinos after El Paso
Aug 9, 2019 • 26 min
In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Latinos across the United States are questioning their safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Six rivers, three countries, one Kashmir
Aug 8, 2019 • 23 min
India is escalating its 70-year fight for Kashmir. The winner gets the water. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amazon Crime
Aug 7, 2019 • 24 min
What started as a push to increase mining in the rainforest led to a murder. Ernesto Londoño, Brazil bureau chief for The New York Times, explains how President Jair Bolsonaro is speeding the destruction of the Amazon. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Disown your kid to pay for college
Aug 6, 2019 • 21 min
This summer’s hottest college admissions scam is parents disowning their children. The Wall Street Journal’s Doug Belkin explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Green New Deal, but for guns
Aug 5, 2019 • 22 min
Vox’s German Lopez explains why Democrats need a bold new plan for gun control. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Reviving death
Aug 2, 2019 • 20 min
After 16 years, the Trump administration is bringing back the federal death penalty. Reverend Sharon Risher, who lost her mother, two cousins, and a childhood friend in the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, explains how she feels…
Dem Debates 2: Election Boogaloo
Aug 1, 2019 • 23 min
Bernie yelled at Ryan. Biden defended Obama. Warren destroyed Delaney. Vox’s Tara Golshan explains the “fight for the heart of the party” and Ezra Klein says the frontrunners missed the mark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Life’s a breach
Jul 31, 2019 • 16 min
Capital One got hacked. Equifax is trying to make up for its hack. And The Verge’s Russell Brandom explains why you should definitely prepare yourself for more hacks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Coats checks out
Jul 30, 2019 • 19 min
Dan Coats is resigning, leaving a vacancy at the top of US intelligence. The Washington Post’s Shane Harris explains how his replacement may be a Trump loyalist who believes in a “deep state” conspiracy against the president. Learn more about your ad…
Where we’re going, we still need roads
Jul 29, 2019 • 22 min
Four of the world’s biggest carmakers have secretly negotiated an emissions deal with California, circumventing the Trump administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
No such thing as free lunch
Jul 26, 2019 • 23 min
A school district in Pennsylvania apologized this week for saying students with unpaid lunch debt might end up in foster care. The scandal is part of a nationwide crisis that has resulted in low-income students cleaning cafeterias or missing graduation…
BoJo
Jul 25, 2019 • 23 min
Boris Johnson wanted a Brexit and now he’ll have to figure out how to make it happen. The Atlantic’s Tom McTague explains how a self-proclaimed “blithering idiot” became prime minister. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mueller reports
Jul 24, 2019 • 19 min
At long last, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#RickyRenuncia
Jul 23, 2019 • 23 min
Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are demanding Governor Ricardo Roselló resign. David Begnaud from CBS News reports from San Juan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Five years after Eric Garner
Jul 22, 2019 • 19 min
After five years, a decision on the death of Eric Garner, who was put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer, creates further questions. The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery tries to answer them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Holy shit
Jul 19, 2019 • 23 min
On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Vox’s Brian Resnick says astronauts left something up there that could unlock the origins of life itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Send her back”
Jul 18, 2019 • 23 min
An ugly, racist week in America came to a head last night with a chant at a Trump rally. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer says this is a defining moment for American democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to solve the asylum crisis
Jul 17, 2019 • 23 min
On Tuesday, the Trump administration dramatically changed the rules governing asylum. A scholar who has helped shape US immigration policy since the 1980s explains why the rule change won’t solve the crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The Prince of Blackwater
Jul 16, 2019 • 27 min
Betsy DeVos’s baby brother made a name for himself running one of America’s top mercenary companies. The Intercept’s Matthew Cole explains how Blackwater founder Erik Prince has reinvented himself since falling out of favor with the US government. Learn…
What raids?
Jul 15, 2019 • 22 min
Immigrant communities across the United States spent the weekend on edge awaiting so-called “ICE raids.” Reporter Tal Kopan explains what happened and immigration attorney Claudia Cubas describes the detention process. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Don’t stop, make it pop
Jul 12, 2019 • 25 min
Your favorite young person’s favorite app is TikTok. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings has been spending too much time trying to understand it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The government will sleep in your bed
Jul 11, 2019 • 23 min
This week, 22 UN ambassadors condemned China for detaining at least a million ethnic Uighurs in “reeducation camps.” After Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist, started reporting on the camps, over twenty of her relatives were imprisoned. Learn more about…
A preexisting debate
Jul 10, 2019 • 22 min
Obamacare is back in court. Vox’s Li Zhou explains how the healthcare bill might finally meet its maker and Ezra Klein explains why that might be great news for Democrats in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The renegade general
Jul 9, 2019 • 21 min
Libya’s ongoing civil war has escalated into one of its bloodiest moments yet—the bombing of a migrant detention center in Tripoli. Analyst Anas El Gomati explains why the likeliest culprit is a rogue Libyan general who worked with the CIA and once…
Switch to Mitch
Jul 8, 2019 • 28 min
In the first Democratic debates, candidates seemed to be running against a powerful Republican who arrived long before Trump and will likely outlast him. NPR’s Kelly McEvers explains the secret to Senator Mitch McConnell’s dominance. Learn more about your…
Know your enemy (Part II)
Jul 5, 2019 • 19 min
When people see Deeyah Khan’s documentary about white supremacists they tell her, “The real problem is jihad. You should spend time with jihadists.” She says, “I did.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Know your enemy (Part I)
Jul 3, 2019 • 24 min
Documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan grew tired of receiving death threats from white supremacists so she traveled to a Detroit motel to meet up with one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Equal pay is the goooooaaaaaallllllllll!
Jul 2, 2019 • 24 min
Team USA is having quite the World Cup, but the women made headlines even before the tournament started by suing the United States Soccer Federation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
40 acres and a bill
Jul 1, 2019 • 23 min
Slavery reparations were once an untouchable idea in American politics, but now presidential candidates openly support it. And for the first time ever, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has Congress considering it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Two days, Explained
Jun 28, 2019 • 21 min
Twenty Democratic candidates. Two debates. Some awkward Spanish. Vox’s Ella Nilsen hits the highlights and Ezra Klein explains why Democrats should be worried. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Supreme Count
Jun 27, 2019 • 20 min
The Supreme Court dropped two doozies today. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang details a ruling on the 2020 census before Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how the Court finally weighed in on partisan gerrymandering. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
“Safe and sanitary”
Jun 26, 2019 • 17 min
The Senate passed $4.6 billion in emergency aid for the crisis at the southwestern border today. Last night, the House passed its own version. Aid will help, but for lasting change Congress will have to deal with Flores. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Republicans on the run
Jun 25, 2019 • 21 min
A landmark cap-and-trade bill in Oregon is on life support after Republicans fled the state to avoid voting on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The rise and fall of R. Kelly
Jun 24, 2019 • 33 min
R. Kelly is facing new criminal charges, as well as investigations that involve the IRS, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. Jim DeRogatis went from reviewing his music to documenting his alleged misdeeds against minors. Learn more about…
Never forget
Jun 21, 2019 • 25 min
The 9/11 first responders and Jon Stewart are fighting Congress for what they hope is the last time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Drone down
Jun 20, 2019 • 21 min
Iran kicked off the day by blowing up a very expensive US surveillance drone. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why tensions keep getting more tense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I see fake people
Jun 19, 2019 • 21 min
Doctored videos of Nancy Pelosi and Mark Zuckerberg have Congress worried about the nation’s grasp on reality. Drew Harwell from the Washington Post explains how “deepfakes” might corrupt upcoming elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Change for a 20?
Jun 18, 2019 • 20 min
As Washington gears up for the 2020 elections, it’s fighting over who should be on the $20 bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After the ouster
Jun 17, 2019 • 24 min
Sudanese protesters pulled off the impossible: ousting dictator Omar al-Bashir. Now, the protestors face a new adversary: al-Bashir’s military. Reem Abbas reports on the latest from Khartoum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Little pink houses for nobody
Jun 14, 2019 • 19 min
California is the most populous state in the country, but people increasingly can’t afford to live there. Single family zoning is partly to blame, but state legislators haven’t been able to dump the housing policy. Minneapolis has. Learn more about your…
Hong Kong in the streets
Jun 13, 2019 • 26 min
Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong. CNN’s Matt Rivers is on the scene and the BBC’s Helier Cheung explains how British colonialism complicated everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Guatemala’s corruption conundrum
Jun 12, 2019 • 22 min
There are nearly twenty candidates vying to be president of Guatemala. Some are being investigated for corruption by the country’s watchdog court, the CICIG. But corruption isn’t the only problem facing Guatemala right now. Learn more about your ad…
Planting dreams
Jun 11, 2019 • 24 min
Erica Alfaro just got her master’s degree. But underneath the cap and gown is the story of migrant farm workers, a teen pregnancy, and domestic abuse. Wil Del Pilar explains why it’s time for colleges to do more to cater to first-generation college…
Mushroom magic
Jun 10, 2019 • 25 min
Denver and Oakland have become the first US cities to effectively decriminalize magic mushrooms. Michael Pollan, author of “How to Change Your Mind,” explains how taking a trip could help treat depression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
My Brexit brings all the boys to the yard
Jun 7, 2019 • 19 min
Right-wing politicians in the UK are under attack. Delicious, sticky attack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Crisis of faith
Jun 5, 2019 • 23 min
Iraq’s Christian population has been fleeing the country en masse. The United States wants to help, so long as they don’t come here. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The new secession
Jun 4, 2019 • 21 min
Wealthy white residents are trying to secede from East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. The Atlantic’s Adam Harris says they’re part of a growing trend of school resegregation. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s hard to ratify U-S-M-C-A
Jun 3, 2019 • 20 min
President Trump wants his NAFTA replacement deal ratified. But President Trump appears to be standing in the way. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sex and branding
May 31, 2019 • 24 min
Nxivm: sounds like a drug, looks like a cult. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Agent Assange?
May 30, 2019 • 22 min
Julian Assange was already in heaps of trouble when the United States indicted him under the Espionage Act last week. Now he (and journalism) might be put on trial. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mueller speaks
May 29, 2019 • 17 min
Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement about his investigation today. No questions. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Hack to the Future
May 28, 2019 • 21 min
Baltimore is under attack. Hackers have hijacked the city’s online services and are demanding $100,000 worth of bitcoin. ProPublica’s Renee Dudley explains how ransomware is threatening cities across the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How to save a life
May 24, 2019 • 24 min
Dylan Matthews, host of Vox’s Future Perfect podcast, gave away his kidney because it felt like the right thing to do. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Keep our honor clean”
May 23, 2019 • 22 min
President Trump is reportedly considering issuing a series of pardons for alleged war crimes in time for Memorial Day. Some see parallels to Nixon’s handling of the My Lai massacre. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tissue issues
May 22, 2019 • 19 min
Stem cell clinics are popping up all over the United States. They’re profitable and full of promises, but almost totally unregulated. ProPublica’s Caroline Chen explores the shadier side of a booming business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The mother of all elections
May 21, 2019 • 23 min
When you have 900 million eligible voters, elections take a little longer. After 39 days of polling, India’s will be over this week. Journalist Ashish Malhotra explains what’s at stake from New Delhi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How to kill a gram
May 20, 2019 • 22 min
Today, a new definition of the kilogram officially takes effect. But it’s just one piece in the massively complicated history of weight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All shows must die
May 17, 2019 • 24 min
What do we say to the God of Death? Not today. Explained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The race to ban abortion
May 16, 2019 • 23 min
The governor of Alabama signed the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bill into law. Vox’s Anna North explains what the legislation means and Sean Rameswaram speaks with Eric Johnston, the man who helped write it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Make America Trade Again
May 15, 2019 • 19 min
President Trump’s trade war with China just got a lot worse. Can you feel it? Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says most Americans won’t, but it’s still bad for America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The fight for your face
May 14, 2019 • 17 min
Today San Francisco could become the first American city to ban government agencies from using facial recognition technology. Vox’s Sigal Samuel explains how a cool sci-fi feature might now wreak havoc on civil liberties. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Life sentence, no trial
May 13, 2019 • 24 min
Terry Allen has been in prison for over 30 years without a conviction because of a little-known rule that was meant to reform the criminal justice system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Missile in a bottle
May 10, 2019 • 22 min
After a long hiatus, Kim Jong-un is back to launching missiles. A lot of people are up in arms, but Vox’s Alex Ward says North Korea’s Supreme Leader is only interested in one of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Uber but for strikes
May 9, 2019 • 23 min
Uber drivers want some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And it might actually be as easy as A-B-C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Who framed Mayor Pete?
May 8, 2019 • 20 min
Two right-wing operatives tried to frame Mayor Pete Buttigieg for sexual assault. It didn’t go as planned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Awwww, Shucky Ducky!”
May 7, 2019 • 23 min
President Trump has tried and failed to install two controversial candidates onto the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias argues that while failing the president might also be succeeding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Sarah Kliff vs. Zuckerberg General
May 6, 2019 • 23 min
Vox’s Sarah Kliff has been writing about surprise ER bills for a year, but the practices at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital were unlike anything she had seen before. Her reporting changed them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
A Mueller walks into a Barr
May 3, 2019 • 22 min
This week in Mueller report aftermath: An incendiary letter leaks; the attorney general spars with senators and then cancels a date with the House. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick reflects on what might be a constitutional crisis. Learn more about your ad…
Track and Female
May 2, 2019 • 24 min
The track and field world is trying to figure out what it means to be female. South African Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya’s future is caught in the balance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bovine intervention
May 1, 2019 • 23 min
Burger King announced it’s going nationwide with a meatless Whopper that tastes like the real thing. Is this the end for Big Meat? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After the smoke clears
Apr 30, 2019 • 24 min
Sri Lanka is both returning to normalcy and struggling with last week’s Easter attacks. Roel Raymond provides an update from Colombo and Amarnath Amarasingam explains how nations can battle extremism without violating human rights. Learn more about your…
Standoff at the NRA
Apr 29, 2019 • 17 min
Things are so bad at the NRA that President Trump told the organization to get its act together today. Infighting, self-dealing, and lavish spending have led to a state investigation and turmoil at the top. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Subpoena season
Apr 26, 2019 • 21 min
Post-Mueller, President Trump is navigating a sea of subpoenas. He says he doesn’t want his aides to testify, setting the stage for a showdown with the House. Vox’s Dylan Scott explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tuition: Impossible
Apr 25, 2019 • 22 min
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel your college debt. To pay for it, she wants to tax the ultra-rich and take more than just their income. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Follow the drugs
Apr 24, 2019 • 21 min
For the first time, federal prosecutors have brought drug trafficking charges against pharmaceutical executives. It’s one way to fight the opioid crisis. Vox’s German Lopez went to Vermont in search of another. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Martin Sheen 2020?
Apr 23, 2019 • 22 min
Ukraine elected a new president on Sunday and his only meaningful preparation for the position was playing the president on TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sri Lanka’s Easter attacks
Apr 22, 2019 • 23 min
Almost 300 people were killed in a string of bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Roel Raymond reports from Colombo and Amarnath Amarasingam explains how this attack was both familiar and unprecedented. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Frankenswine
Apr 19, 2019 • 22 min
Maybe you’ve heard about the pig brains that were resuscitated by Yale researchers? But did you hear about the human brain genes that were inserted into monkey embryos in China? Vox’s Brian Resnick and Sigal Samuel explain some scary science. Learn more…
It’s Robert Time!
Apr 18, 2019 • 21 min
Attorney General William Barr released Robert Mueller’s report today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop reads between the redactions and Ezra Klein explains what it all means. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal isn’t over
Apr 17, 2019 • 24 min
A Florida millionaire created a system to sexually abuse around 80 young girls. The sitting Secretary of Labor who let him off easy might now be held accountable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
My lovely lady pumps
Apr 16, 2019 • 20 min
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It’s a great time to cheat on your taxes
Apr 15, 2019 • 20 min
The IRS is in a bit of a crisis. ProPublica’s Paul Kiel explains how a profitable government agency succumbed to politics and ended up losing tens of billions in revenue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Maximum Pressure
Apr 12, 2019 • 21 min
Earlier this week, President Trump designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. It is the first time the United States has ever given such a designation to a part of another nation’s government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
They called it (a revolution)
Apr 11, 2019 • 21 min
After 30 years in power, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the authoritarian leader of Sudan, has been ousted. Reporter Reem Abbas explains how the Sudanese people reclaimed power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Medicare Bears
Apr 10, 2019 • 25 min
Senator Bernie Sanders rolled out a new Medicare-for-all bill today. Vox’s Sarah Kliff explains how such a huge overhaul of the healthcare system went from fringe to mainstream. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Achy Breaky Charts
Apr 9, 2019 • 25 min
“Old Town Road” officially became the most popular song in America today. But it’s also the most controversial. Vox’s Allegra Frank chronicles Lil Nas X’s challenges with the charts and Charlie Harding, co-host of the “Switched on Pop” podcast, attempts…
A brutal new law in Brunei
Apr 8, 2019 • 19 min
Sex between men will now get you stoned to death in Brunei. It’s a strict reading of Sharia by a sultan who seems to have little regard for it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Art of the Green New Deal
Apr 5, 2019 • 23 min
It’s the hottest resolution since sliced bread. But is it just empty calories? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Banned: Aid
Apr 4, 2019 • 19 min
After months of threats, President Donald Trump has officially taken steps to cut off aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Vox’s Dara Lind explains what this might mean for the current unprecedented wave of family migration to the United States.…
RU$H HOUR
Apr 3, 2019 • 20 min
New York City wants to charge drivers a congestion fee to slim down traffic. We travel the world to see if it’s a good idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What women really want
Apr 2, 2019 • 20 min
To mark Equal Pay Day 2019, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reveals the very simple reason women earn less than men. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The right to refuse
Apr 1, 2019 • 23 min
The Texas Senate is debating a bill that would give state-licensed professionals the freedom to deny services based on religious beliefs. Lauren McGaughy from the Dallas Morning News says the state’s LGBT community feels directly threatened. Learn more…
Once, twice, three times a Brexit
Mar 29, 2019 • 24 min
Theresa May staked her prime ministership on her Brexit deal and, for the third time, the British Parliament rejected it. Vox’s Jen Kirby explains a very bad day for Theresa May. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Grounded
Mar 28, 2019 • 19 min
Unsettling details continue to arise about Boeing’s 737 Max and now Congress is pressing the FAA and America’s largest manufacturing exporter for answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I got 5G on it
Mar 27, 2019 • 24 min
You’ve heard about the trade war, but how about the phone war? Politico’s Steven Overly explains why the US and China are fighting over Huawei and 5G. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Golan Heights
Mar 26, 2019 • 19 min
President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, breaking with decades of United States policy. The move could alter the Middle East forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The report on the report
Mar 25, 2019 • 23 min
Robert Mueller’s investigation has ended and Attorney General William Barr has furnished a four-page summary. Vox’s Andrew Prokop says this is far from over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jacinda
Mar 22, 2019 • 25 min
The terrorist attacks in New Zealand have thrust Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern into the spotlight. Radio New Zealand’s Jane Patterson explains the 38-year-old’s improbable rise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Electoral College dropout
Mar 21, 2019 • 20 min
Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are calling to abolish the Electoral College and a dozen states have signed on to a plan that would subvert it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tried six times for the same crime
Mar 20, 2019 • 23 min
Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime: a quadruple homicide at a furniture store in Mississippi. Madeleine Baran, host of the “In the Dark” podcast, explains how this case…
CBD? TBD.
Mar 19, 2019 • 22 min
CBD is winding up in your lattes, your gummies, and your massages, but what exactly is it? And is anyone regulating it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
American hate
Mar 18, 2019 • 25 min
The Christchurch shooting took place thousands of miles from the United States, but for Muslims in America, the threat of white supremacy remains very real. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A mass shooting, live-streamed
Mar 15, 2019 • 16 min
A terrorist attacked two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing at least 49 people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Boeing 737 Max
Mar 14, 2019 • 23 min
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday killing all 157 aboard. The response was unprecedented. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Becky with the bad grades
Mar 13, 2019 • 21 min
Remember Aunt Becky from Full House? She might be heading to the big house. Fifty grown-ups, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are facing federal charges over college admissions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
For all eyes only
Mar 12, 2019 • 17 min
Can’t pass an FBI background check? Not a problem. That’s the Trump administration’s approach to top secret security clearances for some White House officials. Now Democrats are launching an investigation. Vox’s Ella Nilsen explains. Learn more about your…
Sailing a boat on an alien sea
Mar 11, 2019 • 24 min
SpaceX and Blue Origin have been driving much of the excitement around space travel for the past several years, but NASA got back in the game today. Dr. Ellen Stofan, the agency’s former chief scientist, explains what’s next for us, Mars, infinity and…
Trump’s money man
Mar 8, 2019 • 24 min
Michael Cohen mentioned one name multiple times during his Congressional testimony: accountant Allen Weisselberg. We peel back the curtain on the keeper of Trump’s fiercely guarded secrets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Title X factor
Mar 7, 2019 • 18 min
The Trump administration got a lot closer to defunding Planned Parenthood this week — 21 states are fighting back with a sweeping new lawsuit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Uh-oh, Trudeau!
Mar 6, 2019 • 22 min
Canada’s prime minister is accused of pressuring his attorney general to go easy on a wealthy corporation, and two cabinet officials resigned in protest. With an election mere months away, can Justin Trudeau survive? Learn more about your ad choices.…
Outbreak
Mar 5, 2019 • 23 min
The United States officially eliminated measles in 2000. But the deadly disease is making a comeback, and the anti-vaccine movement is largely to thank. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael Jackson, allegedly
Mar 4, 2019 • 27 min
Two men accuse Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them as children in a new HBO documentary. Sean Rameswaram speaks with the film’s director and a lawyer representing the estate of Michael Jackson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Friends without benefits
Mar 1, 2019 • 25 min
Facebook moderators watch suicides, decapitations, and drone attacks so you don’t have to—and they’re paid just a fraction of what the average Facebook employee makes. The Verge’s Casey Newton got a rare glimpse inside “the Trauma Floor.” Learn more about…
Terrorism, airstrikes, tea
Feb 28, 2019 • 24 min
The long-simmering feud between nuclear powers India and Pakistan is boiling over. Ankit Panda from The Diplomat explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael Cohen LIVE
Feb 27, 2019 • 22 min
After weeks of delays and drama, President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, testified before Congress today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop says his statements amount to much more than blockbuster political theater. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Your money is under arrest
Feb 26, 2019 • 22 min
Police can seize your property without ever charging you with a crime. And you probably won’t get it back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aiding chaos
Feb 25, 2019 • 17 min
Venezuela’s whole “two presidents” thing has turned lethal. Emiliana Duarte spent the weekend at Venezuela’s border with Colombia where security forces faced off against protesters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jussie Smollett’s worst enemy
Feb 22, 2019 • 25 min
Jussie Smollett was the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime last month. Or at least that’s what he’d have you believe. The Advocate’s Zach Stafford tells the Smollett saga from its shocking start to its outrageous end. Learn more about your ad…
Train takes a bullet
Feb 21, 2019 • 20 min
Californians were promised high-speed rail. Eleven years and billions of dollars later, all they have is a fight with President Trump. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias laments a train in vain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
HQ2-1
Feb 20, 2019 • 24 min
Amazon decided on two headquarters: one in New York and the other in Arlington, Virginia. One deal fell apart, the other just might work out perfectly. Today, Explained’s Noam Hassenfeld finds out why. ************** Clarification: We noted that New York…
A little privacy, please
Feb 19, 2019 • 20 min
The Verge’s Casey Newton says a California privacy law to protect your online data might finally push federal legislators to come up with one set of rules for the entire country. Recode’s Kara Swisher says it’s high time big tech gets its act together.…
2020 vision
Feb 18, 2019 • 20 min
Nearly a dozen candidates have announced their run for the presidency and 2019 has only just begun. John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest explains the endless American tradition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Emergency podcast!
Feb 15, 2019 • 22 min
President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency today. It’s the latest installment in his controversial “Build the wall!” series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The 400% interest rate
Feb 14, 2019 • 19 min
Remember the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? It’s not doing so well. Enforcement is down by 75 percent, employees are leaving in droves, and now regulations are being rolled back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Race runs through it
Feb 13, 2019 • 18 min
Virginia: birthplace of American democracy and American slavery, first state to elect a black governor and maybe the first to have a governor with a KKK costume on his yearbook page. Christy Coleman from the American Civil War Museum in Richmond explains…
Killing Sears
Feb 12, 2019 • 21 min
Sears was on its way to the graveyard of American icons when its former CEO, a reclusive billionaire named Eddie Lampert, stepped in to buy it. Unfortunately, he’s the same CEO who led the company into bankruptcy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Virginia is for scandals
Feb 11, 2019 • 22 min
First it was blackface. And maybe the KKK? Then there was an accusation of sexual assault. Then more blackface. Then another sexual assault. Welcome to Virginia 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alexa, disable camera
Feb 8, 2019 • 21 min
Jeff Bezos. Donald Trump. The Washington Post. The National Enquirer. This dick pic is not like the others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Inauguration investigation
Feb 7, 2019 • 20 min
President Trump’s inaugural committee this week received a sweeping subpoena. Federal prosecutors in New York want to know where a record-breaking amount of money came from and where exactly it went. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Pushing opioids over lunch
Feb 6, 2019 • 20 min
Let’s do lunch! And talk Oxy! A new study suggests a correlation between aggressive marketing and opioid overdoses. The timing isn’t great for Purdue Pharma. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The State of the World
Feb 5, 2019 • 19 min
President Trump delivers his second State of the Union tonight, but how’s the world doing? Believe it or not, Vox’s Dylan Matthews says things are getting much, much better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Shadow Rulers
Feb 4, 2019 • 22 min
Big changes are afoot at the second-biggest federal agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs. ProPublica’s Isaac Arnsdorf explains how a trio of President Trump’s friends has been leading the charge from outside the VA. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Written in blood
Feb 1, 2019 • 24 min
For 31 years, Joe Bryan has been in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. He was convicted based on bloodstain-pattern analysis, but ProPublica’s Pamela Colloff says it’s way less scientific than you might think. Learn more about your ad choices.…
They’re calling it a revolution
Jan 31, 2019 • 20 min
Historic protests threaten to topple Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Reporter Reem Abbas speaks to Sean Rameswaram after being tear gassed in Khartoum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All your data for $20
Jan 30, 2019 • 18 min
Facebook has been paying 13- to 35-year-olds $20 in exchange for access to their phones and Apple isn’t happy about it. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains what happens when your hardware gets mad at your software. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Peace with the Taliban
Jan 29, 2019 • 18 min
The US and the Taliban are working out a deal to end America’s longest war. Afghanistan is nervous. Vox’s Jennifer Williams explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Grounding the shutdown
Jan 28, 2019 • 19 min
Air traffic controllers aren’t allowed to strike, but they may have found another way to end the government shutdown on Friday. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias determines whether the country learned anything from its pointless and painful political exercise. Learn…
The Man with the Nixon Tattoo
Jan 25, 2019 • 25 min
It’s been quite a day for Roger Stone. Arrested before dawn. Released on $250,000 bond. Called Alex Jones. Gave a circus of a press conference. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the latest development in the Mueller investigation. Learn more about your ad…
Venezuela’s two presidents
Jan 24, 2019 • 19 min
In one corner, there’s Nicolás Maduro, the incumbent presiding over a failing economy. In the other, you have Juan Guaidó, a 35-year-old lawmaker who just declared himself president, backed by the United States and most of Latin America. Journalist…
Ebola is back
Jan 23, 2019 • 19 min
The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history is spreading toward a major city. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains whether you should panic now, later, or maybe never. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SHUTDATE UPDOWN
Jan 22, 2019 • 18 min
President Donald Trump would very much like a deal to end his shutdown. The Republican-controlled Senate is with him. Vox’s Dara Lind explains why the road ahead remains long. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28 Days Later
Jan 18, 2019 • 21 min
The partial government shutdown is now officially a record-breaking, trip-cancelling, State of the Union-postponing, Cardi B-angering hot mess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When your power company is a felon
Jan 17, 2019 • 23 min
What if your utility were a felon filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy? You would be one of 16 million in California. KQED’s Marisa Lagos lays out Pacific Gas and Electric’s woes and Vox’s Umair Irfan says this is just the beginning of our power problems.…
The Roberts Court
Jan 16, 2019 • 21 min
The Supreme Court is back in session and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick says Chief Justice John Roberts is ready to take a swing at balancing an increasingly partisan bench. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The $600 EpiPen
Jan 15, 2019 • 23 min
If there’s one thing pretty much everyone in the government can agree on, it’s this: prescription drug prices are too damn high. But how to fix them? Vox’s Dylan Scott showcases seven solutions floating around Congress.…
Chapo Big House
Jan 14, 2019 • 28 min
Brooklyn really does have everything: a basketball team, a laundromat-pinball bar, and now the drug lord trial of the century. Keegan Hamilton, host of the “Chapo” podcast from Vice News, explains what it’s like to stare deep into the eyes of former…
The shutdown gets very, very real
Jan 11, 2019 • 23 min
Come midnight, the government shutdown will be the longest in US history. Vox’s Li Zhou runs through the consequences for federal workers and the rest of America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What can the president do during a national emergency?
Jan 10, 2019 • 23 min
This morning, the president doubled down on his threat to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Such a declaration could also allow him to send in the troops, freeze your bank account, and shut down the internet. Learn more about your ad…
Let’s talk about tax, baby. Let’s talk about AOC.
Jan 9, 2019 • 22 min
Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has floated a marginal tax rate of 70% for top earners in America. A lot of people are upset, and even more have no idea how it works. *********************************** Check out this easy video on how tax…
The troop withdrawal withdrawal
Jan 8, 2019 • 22 min
National security advisor John Bolton traveled to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan, who cancelled today. It’s the latest development in a very messy troop withdrawal President Trump announced in late December. Vox’s Jennifer Williams explains what…
The nine lives of Obamacare
Jan 7, 2019 • 23 min
Obamacare’s back in the crosshairs. Vox’s Sarah Kliff breaks down a lawsuit that’s pitting states’ attorneys general against each other, and how the new House will defend the landmark legislation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
You should not throw away your shot
Jan 4, 2019 • 21 min
Around 80,000 people died of the flu last season. Despite that, Sean doesn’t want to get the flu shot. Luckily, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health is here to hit him with some hard and fast facts. And history. Learn more about your ad…
Who is Paul Whelan and why does Russia think he’s a spy?
Jan 3, 2019 • 18 min
Paul Whelan went to Moscow for a wedding. The Russians arrested him, and today charged him with espionage. Amie Ferris-Rotman, Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post, explains how Russia might be using him as leverage to win back one of its own.…
Shutdown
Jan 2, 2019 • 17 min
It’s Day 12 of the government shutdown. Vox’s Li Zhou explains what that means for the country and Matthew Yglesias argues that the core issue of the wall is fundamentally dumb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Let’s Explain “Today, Explained”
Jan 1, 2019 • 1 min
If you like this trailer, then you’re going to love this show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
All my friends are robocalls
Dec 28, 2018 • 22 min
Why even answer the phone anymore? All your questions about all those pesky automated phone calls are answered in this holiday rebroadcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Stanford Prison Correction
Dec 27, 2018 • 23 min
In 1971, a professor locked a bunch of young men in a basement to understand evil. The results were explosive. This summer, it all came crashing down. Vox’s Brian Resnick explains what’s going on with the Stanford Prison Experiment in this holiday…
Black Panther is (still) the most important movie of 2018
Dec 26, 2018 • 17 min
We called it! Sean Rameswaram attends a “Black Panther”-themed engagement party and speaks to Evan Narcisse, writer of the “Rise of the Black Panther” comic books, in this holiday rebroadcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“A horrible miscarriage of justice”
Dec 21, 2018 • 23 min
A Florida millionaire created a system to rape or abuse at least 80 young girls for years. The current Secretary of Labor may have helped him get away with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The most powerful woman in the world
Dec 20, 2018 • 22 min
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is officially planning her exit from politics. The Guardian’s Kate Connolly explains how an awkward scientist became the most powerful woman in the world and defined a global immigration crisis. Learn more about your ad…
Take a penny, take a penny
Dec 19, 2018 • 25 min
The Trump Foundation is shutting down. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold shares a series of increasingly unbelievable stories about the charity’s shenanigans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The World in 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 22 min
The North Korea summit. Brexit chaos. The brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The hosts of Vox’s Worldly podcast look back on the biggest international stories of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tumblr’s war on sex
Dec 17, 2018 • 18 min
Tumblr is removing adult content from its platform today. Vox’s Aja Romano says it’s about much more than banning “female-presenting nipples”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This episode is unrated
Dec 14, 2018 • 22 min
“The House That Jack Built” opens in select theaters across the country today, but it’s not the version director Lars von Trier wanted you to see. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) put the kibosh on the director’s cut. Some say it’s…
Paul Ryan vs. himself
Dec 13, 2018 • 20 min
After 20 years, Speaker Paul Ryan is set to leave the House of Representatives in early January. Ezra Klein says Paul Ryan’s legacy would be a big let down to… Paul Ryan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fraud, actually
Dec 12, 2018 • 18 min
One man in North Carolina may have swung an election by defrauding voters. But North Carolina is interested in stopping a different type of voter fraud. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Replacements
Dec 11, 2018 • 22 min
President Trump is looking to fill some key positions. One pick is a former attorney general, another comes from “Fox & Friends”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Totally clears the President. Thank you!”
Dec 10, 2018 • 19 min
Except it doesn’t. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the latest pieces of Robert Mueller’s puzzle are bad news for President Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wait, why did Canada arrest a Chinese CFO?
Dec 7, 2018 • 17 min
Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States this week. It may set off a whole new Cold War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don Jr.
Dec 6, 2018 • 22 min
There used to be one Trump Tower controversy. Now there are two. Donald Trump Jr. is in the middle of both of them. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold explains what Don Jr. has been up to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Power, stripped
Dec 5, 2018 • 18 min
Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to pass last-minute measures that would strip the incoming Democratic governor of a lot of his powers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is it time to delete Facebook?
Dec 4, 2018 • 18 min
The Verge’s Casey Newton explains the pros and cons of staying on Facebook after the latest scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One-term wonder
Dec 3, 2018 • 20 min
George H. W. Bush went from a record-breaking 89 percent approval rating after the Gulf War to losing his re-election bid to an upstart from Arkansas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Humans 2.0
Nov 30, 2018 • 24 min
A Chinese scientist says he has genetically engineered two human babies, with another on the way. Is this the beginning of the end? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Madam Speaker
Nov 29, 2018 • 25 min
Nancy Pelosi is now officially the nominee for Speaker of the House. Time’s Molly Ball explains who’s happy and who’s mad about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mandatory minimums
Nov 28, 2018 • 25 min
President Trump and both parties actually agree on something: mandatory minimum sentences are too harsh. Can they fix them? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Battleship: Russia vs. Ukraine
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
Russia rammed one of its ships into a Ukrainian tug boat, further straining an already strung-out relationship. Vox’s Alex Ward takes us on a voyage to the Black Sea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From bad to worse at the border
Nov 26, 2018 • 18 min
U.S. Border Patrol tear-gassed asylum seekers who rushed the border yesterday. Maya Averbuch was there reporting for the New York Times. Vox’s Dara Lind explains how the Trump administration might deal with its asylum problem. Learn more about your ad…
When dogs fly
Nov 21, 2018 • 20 min
Airlines are getting tough on emotional support animals. Some people think they’re a scam. Science isn’t sure. An expert weighs in, as does an emotional support dog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Those weird Cuban attacks
Nov 20, 2018 • 21 min
The Trump administration is punishing Cuba in response to mysterious attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana. ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella explains what we know and what we don’t. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Still burning
Nov 19, 2018 • 18 min
The Camp Fire is the most destructive fire in California history, surpassing a record set just a few months ago. Vox’s Umair Irfan heads to Paradise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do it for the gram
Nov 16, 2018 • 25 min
Massive news: Scientists in France voted to officially redefine the kilogram today. They’ve been weighing their options for centuries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The simplest way to fix our gun laws
Nov 15, 2018 • 21 min
California has the strictest gun laws in the country, but they didn’t prevent last week’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks. Vox’s German Lopez explains the flaws in California’s laws, and points to a far-away state doing a better job. Learn more about your…
The citizenship question
Nov 14, 2018 • 20 min
The Trump administration would very much like to know if you’re a citizen come the 2020 census. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang explains how that might break the census. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sit in a circle. Save your baby’s life.
Nov 13, 2018 • 24 min
South Carolina used to be one of the most dangerous places in America to have a baby. But now, it’s reducing infant mortality with an unconventional approach: having pregnant women talk to each other. Listen and subscribe to The Impact: Apple Podcasts |…
Total Recount
Nov 12, 2018 • 22 min
Almost a week after the midterm elections, several key races remain undecided and recounts are coming. The president calls shenanigans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Could one man’s death change the conflict in Yemen?
Nov 9, 2018 • 22 min
The journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has put the spotlight on an unlikely place: Yemen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
thank u, next (Attorney General remix)
Nov 8, 2018 • 22 min
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out. His replacement has criticized the Mueller probe. Is the investigation safe? Vox’s Andrew Prokop isn’t so sure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What now?
Nov 7, 2018 • 22 min
The results are in! Vox’s Libby Nelson provides a rundown. Matthew Yglesias predicts the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is voting optional?
Nov 6, 2018 • 22 min
For answers, we head to Australia where it isn’t. Turnout surpasses 90% and elections are celebrated with democracy sausages on the barbie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Everything you need to know about tomorrow’s midterms
Nov 5, 2018 • 25 min
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the midterm elections are tomorrow. A pair of Vox’s congressional reporters take a tour of key races before Ezra Klein takes a deep breath and talks stakes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Can I hack it? (Yes, you can.)
Nov 2, 2018 • 21 min
Hacking our elections is so easy, a 7-year-old can do it. (Really.) How we got here and why the best solution is one you might not expect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
$$ FREE MONEY FREE MONEY $$
Nov 1, 2018 • 21 min
What if the government just gave everyone money? No strings attached. Crazier things have happened. Nixon even tried to implement such a program once. The Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey explains how universal basic income could work. Learn more about your ad…
What the frack is up with Colorado
Oct 31, 2018 • 23 min
Colorado’s Proposition 112 is dividing the state. The ballot measure could severely limit oil and gas production, including fracking. Sean Rameswaram speaks with Cody Doane, who’s Team Fracking, even though there was a lethal natural gas explosion near…
One week to midterms, 5000 troops to border
Oct 30, 2018 • 22 min
THE CARAVAN IS COMING! DISEASE! MUSLIMS! DANGER! LOCK THE BORDER! Or maybe just listen to this episode in which Vox’s Dara Lind separates truth from fiction about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Tree of Life
Oct 29, 2018 • 24 min
A mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue has confirmed what many believed to be true: Anti-Semitism is on the rise in America, and it’s fueling white nationalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Purge
Oct 26, 2018 • 23 min
More than 50,000 voters in Georgia have found themselves on a “pending list.” One candidate for governor is responsible for it. The other is fighting it. The outcome could turn Georgia purple and make Stacey Abrams the first black woman to run an American…
Bombs in the mail
Oct 25, 2018 • 17 min
America’s favorite Democrats are getting pipe bombs in the mail. Who even mails bombs anymore? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Kill the Treaty
Oct 24, 2018 • 22 min
The Trump administration announced it’s throwing out a decades-old arms treaty with Russia. Arms control specialist Alexandra Bell explains why this news pairs well with a stiff drink. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What the transgender memo means
Oct 23, 2018 • 20 min
A leaked Health and Human Services memo has left transgender Americans feeling like the Trump administration wants to define them out of existence. Dominic Holden from BuzzFeed News says the whole situation is much more complicated. Learn more about your…
We’re gonna need a bigger vote
Oct 22, 2018 • 19 min
A ballot initiative on November 6 might re-enfranchise over a million Floridians. Demetrius Jifunza explains what it would mean to regain the right to vote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FW: FW: FW: SECRETS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM
Oct 19, 2018 • 17 min
Metabolism is one of the greatest mysteries of the human body. Vox’s Julia Belluz spends a day in a metabolic chamber and emerges with some answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Consequences
Oct 18, 2018 • 21 min
It is now almost certain that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered at the hands of the Saudi government. As more and more gruesome details emerge, things get worse and worse for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Learn more about your ad…
Affirmative reaction
Oct 17, 2018 • 21 min
Harvard is on trial. A group of Asian Americans is facing off against the college in court, where it might dismantle the very affirmative action law that was meant to help minorities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Beto and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Oct 16, 2018 • 20 min
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including a Senate race that feels more like a presidential one. Texas Monthly’s Eric Benson explains how Beto O’Rourke might break the Democrats’ dry spell in the Lone Star State on the eve of the second O’Rourke-Cruz…
Remember, remember the 6th of November
Oct 15, 2018 • 24 min
Midterm elections are three weeks and a day away. Vox’s Dylan Scott says if you think the country’s polarized, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The $629 Band-Aid
Oct 12, 2018 • 23 min
Imagine a world where a Band-Aid costs $629. Bad news: you live in that world. Vox’s Sarah Kliff explains how American hospitals tack on “facility fees” to cover their expansive costs, and a new solution that’s getting bipartisan support. Learn more about…
Disappeared
Oct 11, 2018 • 21 min
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but he never left. Now, Turkish officials claim he was killed and then dismembered with a bone saw. Saudi dissident Ghanem al-Masarir al-Dosari explains how speaking out…
Earth is cancelled due to weather
Oct 10, 2018 • 20 min
The United Nations now says the planet has 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change. Vox’s Umair Irfan explores the options humanity has left. ******************************************** Vox crunched 3.1T of data so you can see how much and how fast…
Nikki out
Oct 9, 2018 • 11 min
Surprise! Nikki Haley, President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, has resigned. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why one of the most popular members of the Trump cabinet would want to leave. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The death penalty and the gopher frog
Oct 8, 2018 • 22 min
Brett Kavanaugh starts his new job tomorrow. The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes previews the Supreme Court’s new term and Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says his first day cements a shift 25 years in the making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
All my friends are robocalls
Oct 5, 2018 • 23 min
Why even answer the phone anymore? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Kavanaugh report is here and no, you can’t see it
Oct 4, 2018 • 17 min
The FBI has finished its investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. Today, senators entered a highly secured room to review it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How to run for president from a hospital bed
Oct 3, 2018 • 22 min
One candidate was stabbed. Another is sitting in jail. His replacement was slapped with corruption charges. Just your friendly neighborhood candidates for president in Brazil. *********** Correction: This episode mistakenly notes that a leading…
Good news for Canadians who like milk
Oct 2, 2018 • 23 min
The United States, Mexico, and Canada have a new trade deal. It’s called USMCA, or “the new NAFTA.” Vox’s Jen Kirby breaks it down before political scientist Ian Bremmer determines who’s really going to benefit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Internet fist fight
Oct 1, 2018 • 21 min
California passed the strongest net neutrality law the country’s ever seen this weekend. The Department of Justice immediately sued. Who’s gonna win this broadband spat? ******************************** Tap here to find out more about Vox Media’s new…
“Somebody’s gotta explain this to Trump”
Sep 28, 2018 • 19 min
After tense words and a walkout, the Republicans got their man and the Democrats got their FBI investigation. Vox’s Ezra Klein explains how both sides sorta won. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Testimony (Part 2 of 2)
Sep 27, 2018 • 13 min
Today, Brett Kavanaugh responded to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that he tried to rape her in high school. (An episode on Ford’s testimony was released earlier today.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Testimony (Part 1 of 2)
Sep 27, 2018 • 17 min
Today, Christine Blasey Ford publicly testified about her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school. (Expect an additional episode about Kavanaugh’s testimony in a few hours.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The ghost of Florence
Sep 26, 2018 • 23 min
Dozens died, millions of animals drowned, billions of dollars worth in damage done, and Hurricane Florence isn’t even over yet. Before rebuilding begins, the government offers a way out. ******************************** Tap here to find out more about Vox…
Red light, green card
Sep 25, 2018 • 19 min
The Trump administration wants to make it a whole lot harder to get a green card. Vox’s Dara Lind explains the newest proposal to rein in legal immigration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Accusers, plural
Sep 24, 2018 • 20 min
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing more accusations of sexual misconduct. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Chicago on trial
Sep 21, 2018 • 23 min
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. His murder trial began this week, four years after Laquan was killed. WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan explains how this shooting has changed Chicago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
elon r u ok
Sep 20, 2018 • 28 min
Elon Musk is having a bit of a week, a month, a year. Now the Department of Justice is investigating him, as is Today, Explained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
China’s concentration camps
Sep 19, 2018 • 24 min
China has a secret that’s slowly slipping out: roughly a million Uighurs are being held in “reeducation camps”. Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist, explains how reporting on China’s human rights abuses against Muslims led to the disappearance of 23 of…
Now’s a great time to commit some white-collar crime
Sep 18, 2018 • 23 min
The Mueller investigation has revealed how easy it is to get away with white-collar crime in the United States. ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger explains how we got here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What the letter said
Sep 17, 2018 • 21 min
Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Vox’s Li Zhou recounts the alleged assault and Emily Bazelon from the New York Times Magazine explains what might come next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Back to Juul
Sep 14, 2018 • 22 min
The FDA announced this week it’s cracking down on e-cigarettes, demanding that manufacturers like Juul prove within 60 days they aren’t harmful to youth. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains why kids love vaping and why they shouldn’t. Learn more about your ad…
Have you talked to God about this?
Sep 13, 2018 • 24 min
Today, Pope Francis met with American bishops at the Vatican to discuss the fallout from a report on decades of abuse by priests. A religion reporter explains the widening crisis within the Church, before a Jesuit priest and a few everyday Catholics…
CAROLINAS, PLEASE EVACUATE
Sep 12, 2018 • 20 min
Meteorologist Angela Fritz forecasts the catastrophic storm that’s about to slam the Carolinas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Deadname
Sep 11, 2018 • 20 min
Three transgender women of color have been murdered in the past two weeks. ProPublica’s Lucas Waldron explains why so many murders of trans people remain unsolved, and why a lot of it boils down to something called a “deadname.”…
Game, Upset, Match
Sep 10, 2018 • 29 min
Naomi Osaka defeated her lifelong hero Serena Williams to win the US Open on Saturday. The match might be remembered for the wrong reasons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Arrested for reporting a massacre
Sep 7, 2018 • 23 min
Two Reuters reporters have been sentenced to seven years in prison for calling attention to a recent massacre in Myanmar. The United Nations says it’s part of a larger genocide to wipe Rohingya from the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
But his emails!
Sep 6, 2018 • 20 min
Brett Kavanaugh’s emails are spilling out and they’re causing waves on Capitol Hill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bad blood
Sep 5, 2018 • 21 min
The scandal-plagued blood-testing startup Theranos is shutting down. The Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou chronicles the rise and fall of a $10 billion business built on lies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Confirmation screamings
Sep 4, 2018 • 21 min
Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court began today. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick say they were unlike any she’d seen before. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
America’s worst defense attorney
Aug 31, 2018 • 20 min
Who is Robert Mueller? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don’t call it a comeback
Aug 30, 2018 • 21 min
Louis CK surprised New York City’s Comedy Cellar with a fresh set of jokes Sunday night. Some were not amused. Vox’s Constance Grady explains how to apologize. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Take a penny, take a penny
Aug 29, 2018 • 26 min
New York investigators are turning up the heat on the Trump Foundation this summer. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold shares a series of increasingly unbelievable stories about the organization’s shenanigans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
False profit
Aug 28, 2018 • 22 min
The top student loan officer in the country kicked off the school year by quitting. He says the Trump administration “turned its back on young people and their financial futures.” Vox’s Libby Nelson explains one contentious call: Education Secretary Betsy…
The empty seat in Arizona
Aug 27, 2018 • 26 min
Love him, hate him, or both, Senator John McCain will be remembered as a towering figure of American politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kill me maybe
Aug 24, 2018 • 19 min
The EPA is rolling back Obama-era regulations on coal-fired plants. It says its decision will kill 1400 Americans per year by 2030. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Insecurity complex
Aug 23, 2018 • 22 min
The president has threatened to revoke the national security clearances for current and former government officials. The Washington Post’s Shane Harris explains why this is a bad idea for basically everyone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Guilty. Guilty. Guilty?
Aug 22, 2018 • 21 min
In an unprecedented one-two punch Donald Trump’s personal lawyer pleaded guilty to and his campaign manager was found guilty of serious crimes yesterday evening. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explores the implications. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
19 cents per hour
Aug 21, 2018 • 19 min
Inmates nationwide go on strike today to protest conditions they call “modern-day slavery”: incarcerated Americans are paid pennies on the dollar for cooking food, making license plates, even fighting fires. The Marshall Project’s Nicole Lewis explains.…
No fair, ride share
Aug 20, 2018 • 20 min
New York City has approved the first cap in the U.S. on Uber and Lyft vehicles. WIRED’s Aarian Marshall explains who’ll be impacted the most, and whether this is scooters’ big chance to zip ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Never tweet
Aug 17, 2018 • 22 min
Twitter temporarily banned Alex Jones and Infowars this week. Why’d it take so long? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Saw something, said nothing
Aug 16, 2018 • 23 min
A Pennsylvania grand jury has released a 1300-page report on child sex abuses within the state’s Catholic Church. Jack Jenkins from Religion News Service peels back the curtain on 70 years of heinous assaults. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Crazy. Rich. And finally seen.
Aug 15, 2018 • 21 min
Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters today. Los Angeles Times film critic Jen Yamato says it’s been 25 years in the making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Democracy Dies in Daylight
Aug 14, 2018 • 21 min
Democracies can fall many ways: military coups, assassinations, mass protests. But what does it look like when a democracy quietly backslides into autocracy? Vox’s Zack Beauchamp went on a trip to Hungary to explore (with support from the Pulitzer Center…
NASA shoots a billion dollars at the sun
Aug 13, 2018 • 19 min
You might have missed it this weekend, but NASA shot a spaceship at the sun. Once it gets there, the Parker Solar Probe might find the secret to keeping our big hot star from destroying us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“These bastards tried to kill me”
Aug 10, 2018 • 20 min
Aubtin Heydari tells the story of how he was almost murdered by a white supremacist at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This too shall MoviePass
Aug 9, 2018 • 21 min
MoviePass is changing the way we see movies, but it’s going to have to get its act together. Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When a season lasts a year
Aug 8, 2018 • 19 min
California’s Mendocino Complex Fire is now the biggest in the state’s recorded history, surpassing a record set… last year. Vox’s Umair Irfan says the worst is yet to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wrestling with Ohio State
Aug 7, 2018 • 20 min
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan wants to be the next Speaker of the House, but a pack of wrestlers could be blocking his path. Corky Siemaszko broke the story for NBC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
HQ2
Aug 6, 2018 • 22 min
Amazon will soon announce which city will land its second headquarters along with 50,000 new jobs. There’s a lot to win and maybe just as much to lose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is the economy great again?
Aug 3, 2018 • 20 min
The US economy is booming, unemployment keeps dropping, and the country is in the midst of one of the longest economic expansions in our history. Guest host Ezra Klein talks with economist Betsey Stevenson about what’s driving this growth — and whether…
You must sign here
Aug 2, 2018 • 19 min
An immigration lawyer at the border says ICE agents are pressuring parents into being deported with their children. Vox’s Dara Lind broke the story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ready, print, fire
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
Today was supposed to be a big day for people who wanted to make their own guns with 3D printers. But last night, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily banned a man named Cody Wilson from sharing blueprints for his weapons online. WIRED’s Andy Greenberg…
How to solve the opioid crisis
Jul 31, 2018 • 23 min
Vox’s German Lopez explains America’s opioid crisis and goes looking for a solution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Manafort, day in court
Jul 30, 2018 • 20 min
The first trial of the Mueller investigation begins tomorrow. Vox’s Andrew Prokop runs through the many, many charges Paul Manafort is facing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Delete your account
Jul 27, 2018 • 22 min
Dan Harmon quit Twitter. James Gunn was fired by Disney. Sarah Silverman defended a nine-year-old joke about molestation. Vox’s Aja Romano explains why internet mobs are digging up celebrities’ old social media posts. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Cricketer-in-Chief
Jul 26, 2018 • 20 min
A thrice-married, nightclub-loving cricket star just won Pakistan’s election. Mehreen Zahra-Malik explains why the military backed Imran Khan and Brookings’ Madiha Afzal explains why democracy in Pakistan never seems to last long. Learn more about your ad…
Soy Story
Jul 25, 2018 • 17 min
The Trump administration stirred up a flurry of trade disputes that threatened to put farmers in the red. Then it threw out a lifesaver: $12 billion in emergency relief. A farmer in Minnesota tells us what she really thinks. Learn more about your ad…
Graduating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High
Jul 24, 2018 • 18 min
What’s up with the Parkland teens? Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School inspired over a million people to march for gun control a few months ago, but it’s been relatively quiet since. Turns out they’ve been busier than ever. David Hogg…
The Endangered Endangered Species Act
Jul 23, 2018 • 22 min
The White House has proposed stripping the Endangered Species Act of key provisions - the same legislation that helped save the grizzly bear, bald eagle and humpback whale. But Congressional Republicans say protecting some critters is hurting farmers and…
Mr. Trump’s wild week
Jul 20, 2018 • 20 min
What a week. President Trump sided with President Putin, then he didn’t, then he did, then he didn’t again. Vox’s Alex Ward tries to keep up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Stanford Prison Correction
Jul 19, 2018 • 25 min
In 1971, a professor locked a bunch of young men in a basement to understand evil. The results were explosive. This summer, it all came crashing down. Vox’s Brian Resnick explains what’s going on with the Stanford Prison Experiment. (Transcript here.)…
Open casket, reopened case
Jul 18, 2018 • 21 min
One of the most brutal murder cases in American history has been reopened. The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery explains how Emmett Till’s family might finally find justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Does America need Sacha Baron Cohen?
Jul 17, 2018 • 18 min
Bernie Sanders, Sarah Palin, and Dick Cheney walk into an interview. Sacha Baron Cohen is waiting for them. Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Vladimir’s best day ever
Jul 16, 2018 • 21 min
Vladimir Putin flatly denied Russian interference in the United States’s 2016 elections and President Trump refused to call him out. Former ambassador Nicholas Burns says it’s a sad day for America. Then Vox’s Andrew Prokop digs into the fresh…
What are Democrats doing even?
Jul 13, 2018 • 22 min
Republicans control the White House, Congress and most state legislatures. Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer explains how Democrats can dig themselves out of this hole. ************************************************************* CORRECTION: In this…
I can’t believe it’s not breastmilk
Jul 12, 2018 • 21 min
Breastmilk. Research says it’s the best, so why did the U.S. threaten to shut down a breastfeeding proposal at the World Health Assembly? Vox’s Julia Belluz says it all boils down to baby formula, the $70 billion industry lurking in the shadows.…
Brexiting is hard to do
Jul 11, 2018 • 19 min
British Prime Minister Theresa May is losing cabinet members left and right. She can’t figure out how to Brexit. BBC’s Rob Watson says the UK’s breakup with the European Union is turning into its biggest political crisis since the Second World War. Learn…
The New Justice
Jul 10, 2018 • 18 min
Brett Kavanaugh is President Trump’s pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. The New York Times Magazine’s Emily Bazelon says the nomination was decades in the making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Roe v. Wade v. Trump
Jul 9, 2018 • 28 min
Tonight the president announces who might replace Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. During his campaign, he promised he would choose pro-life justices to dismantle the abortion case Roe v. Wade. Mary Ziegler, author of “After Roe”,…
Say goodbye to Pruitt
Jul 6, 2018 • 19 min
It’s official: Scott Pruitt will no longer lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why it doesn’t really matter who replaces him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tonight. Midnight. Trade war.
Jul 5, 2018 • 18 min
When the clock strikes twelve tonight, the US government plans to hit Chinese goods with $34 billion in tariffs. China plans to lash back. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains who this trade war will hurt the most. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Abolish ICE?
Jul 3, 2018 • 23 min
#AbolishICE has gone from an online murmur to a national movement, but a lot of Americans are confused about what exactly Immigration and Customs Enforcement does. Vox’s Dara Lind explains the short history of the controversial agency and what it might…
They call him AMLO
Jul 2, 2018 • 21 min
Meet Mexico’s next president: Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Call him AMLO. He’s a leftist, a populist, and wasn’t shy about calling Donald Trump a “neo-fascist”. Professor Carlos Bravo Regidor explains how AMLO went from losing the presidency twice to…
We need to talk about Yemen
Jun 29, 2018 • 21 min
The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban this week, making it all but impossible for the citizens of seven countries to enter the United States. One of those countries is Yemen, which the United Nations says is undergoing the worst…
Born to run
Jun 28, 2018 • 17 min
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is set to become the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress this November. The 28-year-old Democratic Socialist defeated ten-term Representative Joe Crowley in a massive upset for the Democratic Party. Vox’s Kay Steiger explains…
The most powerful man in America retires
Jun 27, 2018 • 20 min
After 30 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement today. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick explains what the departure of the swing vote means for the Court and the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Yes we ban
Jun 26, 2018 • 16 min
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban. Emily Bazelon from The New York Times Magazine explains the opinion, a fiery dissent, and how the justices used this case to undo one of the Court’s most racist decisions. Learn…
Controversy for controversy’s sake
Jun 25, 2018 • 19 min
A 32-year-old from Santa Monica, California, helped President Trump conceive of the most divisive immigration policy in decades. The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins explains how Stephen Miller went from high school troll to West Wing advisor. Learn more about…
Redesigning life on Earth
Jun 22, 2018 • 20 min
Bill and Melinda Gates are messing with nature. But they’re doing it to save the world. This week, their foundation gave away millions to make malaria-carrying mosquitoes extinct before long. On the way, they’ll have to tweak some DNA. Vox’s Joss Fong…
What the executive order doesn’t fix
Jun 21, 2018 • 22 min
President Trump signed an executive order which aims to end his own policy of family separation at the border. Yeah… it’s confusing. Martha Mendoza from the Associated Press tries to parse it out, and immigration lawyer Anne Chandler explains the chaos…
UNHRC ya later
Jun 20, 2018 • 19 min
The United States has been threatening to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council for some time, but President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley made it official last night. The announcement comes just one day after the council called the act…
Happy Juneteenth!
Jun 19, 2018 • 19 min
It’s Juneteenth! What is this holiday that hardly anyone fully understands? UCLA’s Brenda Stevenson explains the history, and argues that the celebration of emancipation is more important now than ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
2,000
Jun 18, 2018 • 19 min
That’s how many kids have been separated from their parents at border crossings over a six-week span since the Trump administration’s new zero tolerance policy took effect in April. CBS’s David Begnaud tours a holding facility in Texas. Then Vox’s Dara…
Little summer vampires
Jun 15, 2018 • 20 min
Tiny blood-sucking Lyme-disease-carrying ticks are out to ruin your summer. Since 1991, Lyme disease has doubled in the United States due to a variety of factors, including global warming and suburbanization. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains how to avoid ticks…
Mo Salah will make you care about soccer
Jun 14, 2018 • 21 min
The World Cup kicks off today. Looking for a country to cheer for? Consider Egypt. The team might not be the most storied or stacked, but it’s got Mohamed Salah. The New York Times’ chief soccer correspondent Rory Smith explains how the Muslim player who…
The Sessions Doctrine
Jun 13, 2018 • 18 min
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it harder for Central Americans fleeing gang violence or women escaping domestic violence to gain asylum in the United States. This comes after the Trump administration made a practice of separating families…
How do you solve a problem like Korea?
Jun 12, 2018 • 24 min
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un made history today. Or did they? NPR’s Elise Hu was there. She explains what happened and what didn’t. Plus, The New Yorker’s Robin Wright recounts United States summit history. She says there are two keys to a successful…
Will work for healthcare
Jun 11, 2018 • 20 min
Good news for poor Americans: Medicaid is expanding in several states. Bad news for poor Americans: Medicaid is expanding in several states with work requirements. How do poor people who can’t find work prove that they’re working to qualify for Medicaid?…
Riding in cars without boys
Jun 8, 2018 • 21 min
This week, the Saudi government issued driver’s licenses to women for the first time in the country’s history. But London School of Economics professor Madawi al Rasheed says Saudi women are hardly even people under the law. She explains what life is like…
You’re tariffing us apart
Jun 7, 2018 • 22 min
North America isn’t getting along anymore. Canada’s Prime Minister is having testy phone calls with President Trump about the War of 1812. Mexico has slapped the United States with a $3 billion dollar tax bill. It all comes down to steel. Today, U.S.…
Pardon me
Jun 6, 2018 • 23 min
Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Scooter Libby. Dinesh D’Souza. So far, none of President Donald Trump’s pardons have had anything to do with his administration, but many believe he is flexing this particular muscle for an audience of one: Robert Mueller. Vox’s Andrew…
When your president acts like a dictator
Jun 5, 2018 • 18 min
Nicaragua is spiraling into a state of national catastrophe, as clashes between police and student protesters over the past two months have left more than 100 dead. Reuters’ Delphine Schrank explains why much of that anger is aimed towards President…
You can’t have your cake
Jun 4, 2018 • 18 min
Today the Supreme Court issued a decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, or as it’s colloquially known, the “gay cake” case. The 7-2 ruling sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay…
2 Big 2 Fail
Jun 1, 2018 • 23 min
Congress is rolling back the bank regulations implemented after the 2008 financial crisis. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why, and what it means for the country’s financial future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why does everyone hate George Soros?
May 31, 2018 • 18 min
There are three things you need to know about George Soros: 1) You’re pronouncing his name wrong. 2) He’s richer than rich. 3) He’s one of the most hated people in the world. Roseanne tweeted that the Holocaust survivor was a Nazi on Tuesday, and Hungary…
Roseanne gets canned
May 30, 2018 • 18 min
ABC canceled the popular reboot of Roseanne after its star likened President Obama’s former advisor, an African-American woman, to an ape on Twitter. Today, Roseanne Barr blamed her tweets on Ambien. The manufacturer responded that “racism is not a known…
We’ve updated our privacy policy
May 29, 2018 • 16 min
You know those privacy policy emails flooding your inbox lately? Turns out those are thanks to the European Union’s crackdown on websites that collect your personal data. The Verge’s Russell Brandom explains the regulation known as the GDPR and why Europe…
The poorest rich country in the world
May 25, 2018 • 21 min
Venezuela has been crippled by poverty, starvation, five-figure inflation, and on Sunday, an election that many countries didn’t recognize as legit. Bloomberg’s Patricia Laya shares reactions to Nicolás Maduro’s new term from her base in Caracas before…
We’ll never have Singapore
May 24, 2018 • 16 min
President Trump cancelled his historic Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today. The announcement comes after a North Korean official called Vice President Pence “ignorant and stupid” for likening their country to Libya, which crumbled…
Kneecapped
May 23, 2018 • 17 min
Today the National Football League released a statement saying players will be fined if they kneel during the national anthem. It’s the ultimate response to a protest that began with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, and…
Arbitration Nation
May 22, 2018 • 19 min
The Supreme Court may have taken away your ability to file a class action lawsuit against your employer. In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Court decided that workers who signed contracts with arbitration clauses aren’t allowed to band together and sue…
Ireland’s great divide
May 21, 2018 • 22 min
This Friday, Ireland holds a historic vote that could overturn one of the strictest abortion policies in the world. The race is razor-tight: Facebook and Google have banned foreign political ads, U2 has weighed in, and there’s been a massive uptick in…
A cynic’s guide to the royal wedding
May 18, 2018 • 22 min
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard that there’s a royal wedding happening this Saturday. (Even Sean’s mom is tuning in!) England’s Prince Harry is set to wed American actress Meghan Markle with great fanfare, to the ballpark cost…
Go ahead. Legalize it.
May 17, 2018 • 20 min
This week, the Supreme Court of the United States fundamentally changed… sports. It struck down a 1992 law that prevented states from legalizing sports gambling. Now, New Jersey is at the head of a long line of states looking to allow their citizens to…
Hawaii versus the volcano
May 16, 2018 • 18 min
Explosions are ramping up on Hawaii’s Big Island this week, as the Kilauea volcano continues to spew lava and blow a 12,000-foot plume of ash into the air. The volcanic gas and lava have already destroyed 25 homes and prompted the evacuation of nearly…
What you need to know about Gaza
May 15, 2018 • 21 min
Sixty Palestinians were killed at the Israel-Gaza border yesterday, the day the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Vox’s Yochi Dreazen breaks down the conflict, the history, and whether there’s a way forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Jordan Peterson explains himself
May 14, 2018 • 25 min
Jordan Peterson has gone from being an obscure Canadian academic to a kind of political rock star for the right. Overnight. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp unpacks Peterson’s controversial ideology and explains how the clinical psychologist gained a following of…
#MeToo’s big betrayal
May 11, 2018 • 21 min
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned Monday after four women accused him of physical assault. The news was a rough blow to the #MeToo movement, where Schneiderman was aiding an investigation into Harvey Weinstein. Today news broke that…
Dial C for Cohen
May 10, 2018 • 16 min
Stormy D, AT&T, and nine Fabergé eggs. The investigation into the president’s personal lawyer keeps getting more colorful. This week, it was confirmed that a shell company set up by Michael Cohen received payments from AT&T as well as a company linked to…
No deal!
May 9, 2018 • 17 min
President Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Everyone else - including France, Russia, China, even Iran - has insisted on staying in. Vox’s Yochi Dreazen explains the implications of Trump’s move, from a spike in…
“We tortured some folks”
May 8, 2018 • 20 min
Tomorrow is the Senate confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the C.I.A. The 33-year veteran of the organization would be its first female director, but standing in her way are reports of her involvement in torture…
This is America
May 7, 2018 • 20 min
The NRA announced a new president today: Fox News contributor and Iran-Contra alum Oliver North. The news caps a big weekend for the organization. Tens of thousands of Americans (including President Trump) descended on Dallas for the National Rifle…
The $5,751 ice pack
May 4, 2018 • 23 min
Imagine a world where a Band-Aid costs $629. Bad news: you live in that world. Vox’s Sarah Kliff explains how American hospitals tack on “facility fees” to cover their expansive costs. Then, a Kentucky doctor gives us his perspective on those costs from…
Too Juul for school
May 3, 2018 • 25 min
On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters to 13 companies that appear to market their vaping products directly to kids. E-cigarettes are a gangbuster business but one device, the sleekly-designed Juul, has really captured the…
Nowhere to go
May 2, 2018 • 21 min
Forty-nine Central Americans seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border were granted entry today. They’re part of a caravan of around 200 migrants who arrived Sunday and camped in the rain, after traveling 2,000 miles and fleeing gang violence and other…
Golden State Killer opens Pandora’s box
May 1, 2018 • 19 min
After 40 years, police say they have finally caught the Golden State Killer, a man responsible for at least 12 murders, 50 rapes, and 100 break-ins in the 1970’s and ’80s. They found him using a genealogy site — a relative uploaded DNA and unwittingly…
There’s something about Sean
Apr 30, 2018 • 24 min
Sean Hannity is curiously close to President Donald Trump — so close that some say he may as well have a desk in the Oval Office. In recent weeks, the Fox News host has gone from covering the news to being in the headlines. Nicole Hemmer, author of…
Just call us “Korea”
Apr 27, 2018 • 18 min
For the first time in history, the leader of North Korea took a trip to South Korea today. Kim Jong Un met with President Moon Jae-in to talk unification and denuclearization over some cold noodles. NPR’s Elise Hu was there. She tells Sean Rameswaram what…
Oh, SNAP!
Apr 26, 2018 • 21 min
Next up on the chopping block? Food stamps or SNAP as it’s now known. A new farm bill, fresh out of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, could force over two million people off the program. Vox’s Tara Golshan explains why Republicans want to put SNAP…
Don’t drink the water
Apr 25, 2018 • 23 min
Four years ago today, Flint, Michigan switched water supplies to save a few million dollars. To date, that decision has cost over $400 million. Governor Rick Snyder says Flint’s water is finally safe again, but residents remain skeptical — they’re…
SEE YOU IN COURT
Apr 24, 2018 • 20 min
The Supreme Court wraps up its term with a bang tomorrow: Trump v. Hawaii, the travel ban case. The Court will hear arguments on whether the ban exceeds the president’s powers under federal immigration law, and whether it violates the establishment clause…
Too little, too latte?
Apr 23, 2018 • 19 min
On May 29th, Starbucks will shut 8,000 locations and lose millions of dollars to provide racial bias training for employees. The training comes after the arrest of two black men, who were waiting in the store for a business meeting, prompted nationwide…
Yes we cannabis
Apr 20, 2018 • 21 min
Today Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a plan to decriminalize marijuana federally. But the debate over legalization rages on at the local level. Sean Rameswaram speaks with a Massachusetts mayor who wants marijuana to fund schools, and a…
“I don’t get confused”
Apr 19, 2018 • 19 min
Nikki Haley has had a rough week. On Sunday, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations announced sanctions against Russia. On Monday, the White House said there would be no sanctions. Then, the president’s economic advisor said Haley was simply…
Congress just broke the Internet
Apr 18, 2018 • 18 min
Donald Trump signed FOSTA into law a week ago today. The “Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” looks good on paper, but Vox’s Aja Romano says it alters fundamental freedoms online. Plus Alex Levy, a Notre Dame Law School professor, says it won’t do much to…
The $43,000 phone booth
Apr 17, 2018 • 23 min
Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is facing a host of new scandals: a $43,000 soundproof phone booth, a security detail to Disneyland, and even using a siren on his car to get to a restaurant faster. But Vox’s Umair…
Why did the U.S. just bomb Syria?
Apr 16, 2018 • 20 min
President Trump and United States allies bombed chemical weapons facilities in Syria on Friday. The attacks came in response to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why the United States escalated…
Mile-high mutiny
Apr 13, 2018 • 24 min
When its corporate owner introduced new budget cuts and layoffs, journalists at The Denver Post decided to fight back. They ran a front-page editorial calling the owners “vulture capitalists”. Chuck Plunkett led the secret revolt, and tells Sean…
He said, she said, she said, she said….
Apr 12, 2018 • 17 min
Today is Day 4 of Bill Cosby’s retrial. The first trial ended in a hung jury, but this time things are different. Five new women are testifying, accusing Cosby of sexual assault. Vox’s Jen Kirby offers the latest, and Vox’s Laura McGann explains why…
The raid
Apr 11, 2018 • 23 min
President Trump today called the raid on the office of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen “unthinkable.” Vox’s Zachary Fryer-Biggs explains what the FBI was looking for, and Vox’s Andrew Prokop reveals Cohen’s complicated past. Learn more about your ad…
What’s my wage again?
Apr 10, 2018 • 21 min
Today is Equal Pay Day. Vox’s Sarah Kliff reveals the real reason why working women earn about 82% as much as men. Then Valerie Wilson of the Economic Policy Institute explains why things get a lot more complicated when race comes into play. Learn more…
1, 2, 3, 4… I declare a trade war
Apr 9, 2018 • 19 min
President Trump said he would “always be friends” with China’s leader, but the two countries have been acting anything but these past few days. First, the U.S. slapped China with $50 billion in tariffs. Then, China retaliated with $50 billion in tariffs…
It’s never too late to understand the war in Syria
Apr 6, 2018 • 22 min
President Trump announced this week he wants to withdraw US troops from Syria over the next six months. The country’s civil war has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced around 13 million. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains how an uprising led to…
They’re not gonna take it
Apr 5, 2018 • 20 min
The West Virginia teacher strike has ended, but walkouts are just getting started in Kentucky and Oklahoma, where lawmakers are scrambling to pass bills that would supplement school funding. Vox’s Alexia Fernández Campbell explains why public school…
20 shots and a cell phone
Apr 4, 2018 • 25 min
289. That’s the number of people who have been shot and killed by police in 2018 alone. One of them was Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old black man from Sacramento. His death sparked a wave of protests and renewed scrutiny of the police. But less than one…
Mark Zuckerberg Explains Himself
Apr 3, 2018 • 22 min
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seldom gives interviews, but in the wake of the massive Cambridge Analytica privacy breach, he made an exception to speak with Vox’s Ezra Klein. Mark tells Ezra why he’s hopeful about Facebook’s future before privacy advocate…
Gerrymandering 101
Apr 2, 2018 • 23 min
The Supreme Court is currently deliberating two cases that could reshape the entire country’s political maps. At issue is partisan gerrymandering—the practice of drawing districts that benefit one party over another. Dave Daley, author of “Ratf**ked: Why…
Quitting the Border Patrol
Mar 30, 2018 • 19 min
Mexican-American Francisco Cantú never expected to become a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. But for nearly four years, Cantú both detained and rescued migrants stranded in the desert. He tells Sean Rameswaram about his experiences policing a border his own…
Chief Wahoo Strikes Out
Mar 29, 2018 • 18 min
It’s Opening Day — peanuts, cracker jack, and for some, racism. Sundance, a Native American activist, has been protesting the Cleveland Indians mascot, Chief Wahoo, for years. The team recently announced it would be removing the caricature from its…
The New Abortion Wars
Mar 28, 2018 • 18 min
Kentucky just joined a wave of states attempting to severely limit when a woman can terminate her pregnancy. Vox’s Anna North surveys the growing restrictions on women’s reproduction under the Trump administration, and explains why the landmark abortion…
Bolton’s Back
Mar 27, 2018 • 17 min
President Trump announced John Bolton will be his new National Security Advisor just as the White House prepares for historic talks with North Korea. Just last month, Bolton called for pre-emptive strikes on North Korea. In 2015, he endorsed war with…
The Survivors
Mar 26, 2018 • 25 min
Dantrell Blake traveled from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to join hundreds of thousands for the March of Our Lives on Saturday. Sean Rameswaram spent the day with the survivor of gun violence to find out why he needed to see the march for himself. Also, a…
Flagrant Foul
Mar 23, 2018 • 20 min
The FBI is investigating over twenty colleges for paying athletes under the table, reigniting the age-old debate: Should college athletes be formally paid? Sean Rameswaram talks to former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and The Nation’s Dave Zirin, who…
Me Too, Mr. Trump
Mar 22, 2018 • 19 min
A judge gave the green light this week for a woman to sue President Trump for defamation. Summer Zervos claims Donald Trump sexually assaulted her; he called her a liar. Vox’s Laura McGann explains why this might change the game for other Trump accusers,…
Cambridge Analytica
Mar 21, 2018 • 20 min
Today Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted the social media giant “made mistakes” in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and vowed to fix them. The UK-based company improperly acquired the data of some 50 million Facebook users, and revealed how easily our…
It’s Been Six Months
Mar 20, 2018 • 17 min
Today is the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria, one of the worst natural disasters in American history. But Puerto Rico remains without fully-restored power or an exact idea of how many people died because of the storm. Latino USA’s Julio Ricardo…
One Man vs. InfoWars
Mar 19, 2018 • 19 min
The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville sparked outrage when a driver barreled through the crowd, killing one woman and injuring more than 30. Brennan Gilmore filmed it, and everyone saw his video. Then came the conspiracies, backlash, and death…
Lady and the Trump
Mar 16, 2018 • 19 min
A president. A porn star. A lawyer with a $130,000 payoff. The allegation is Donald Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels and his lawyer paid her to keep quiet. Now, she’s suing so she can talk freely and just today, Daniels’ attorney says someone…
The Colder War
Mar 15, 2018 • 19 min
There’s a new Cold War being fought in the North Pole between the United States and Russia (but also China, Finland, Norway, Canada, Greenland and more). Fueling the battle is the melting Arctic, which just had its warmest winter in recorded history.…
Default in Our Loans
Mar 14, 2018 • 21 min
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told states to back off regulating the nine private companies that lend money to students last week. That could mean more student debt and more student defaults when both are already at record highs. Vox’s Libby Nelson…
Rexit
Mar 13, 2018 • 21 min
Twitter. That’s how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found out he was fired today. The news came on the heels of Tillerson calling Russia “an irresponsible force of instability”. He hands over the reins to CIA director Mike Pompeo - who is now in charge…
The United States vs. California
Mar 12, 2018 • 16 min
Donald Trump takes his first trip to California as president tomorrow. Making matters awkward, his administration sued the Golden State last week over SB 54, a law that limits how much the state helps federal immigration agents. KQED reporter Marisa Lagos…
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Mar 9, 2018 • 16 min
After months of name calling and test missiles, Donald Trump will be the first sitting United States president to meet with a North Korean leader. Vox’s Yochi Dreazen lays out what to expect from the historic meeting. Plus, he shares some negotiation tips…
The Disability Belt
Mar 8, 2018 • 19 min
Out of the ten counties with the most adults on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), nine voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. But in the president’s new budget, he’s calling for $72 billion in cuts to the program over the next ten years. It’s a…
That’ll Teach ‘Em
Mar 7, 2018 • 18 min
An historic walkout in West Virginia ended yesterday. Teachers managed to shut down every single public school in the state for nine days to demand higher pay. Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky may be next. Sean Rameswaram speaks with West Virginia Public…
What’s the Deal with Steel?
Mar 6, 2018 • 20 min
President Trump announced that he’s okay with a trade war late last week and he’s got the tariff proposals to prove it: 25% for steel, 10% for aluminum. It’s another campaign promise fulfilled, but the decision flies in the face of Republicans in Congress…
Inclusion Riders, Explained
Mar 5, 2018 • 3 min
Quick bonus episode! Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress last night for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” In her memorable acceptance speech, she asked all the nominated women to stand up and left them…
President for Life
Mar 5, 2018 • 19 min
China’s National People’s Congress opened its annual two-week meeting today. The country’s parliament is expected to change China’s constitution to allow President Xi Jinping to abolish term limits. Sean Rameswaram speaks to Fordham professor Carl Minzner…
The Gun Problem No One Wants to Talk About
Mar 2, 2018 • 19 min
It was a week of whiplash in the national fight over gun control. First, major retailers like Dick’s and Walmart raised the gun-buying age from 18 to 21, and companies like Delta dropped their NRA discounts. But then pro-gun rights legislatures pushed…
The Deep Fake
Mar 1, 2018 • 19 min
There’s a new kind of algorithm that allows you to take a video of one person and map the face of another person onto his or her body. Not surprisingly, it’s being used to map celebrities’ faces onto the bodies of porn stars having sex. Vox’s Aja Romano…
The Quiet War on Obamacare
Feb 28, 2018 • 17 min
A coalition of 20 states filed a lawsuit claiming Obamacare is unconstitutional yesterday. Vox’s Sarah Kliff says that’s just the latest pushback on the Affordable Care Act. Idaho has been quietly allowing insurance plans that don’t comply with…
Mueller 101
Feb 27, 2018 • 19 min
Today, special counsel Robert Mueller dropped over 20 criminal counts against former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, just days after Gates agreed to a plea deal. Mueller’s Russia probe has a lot of people and moving parts, so how do we keep them all…
Give Us Your No One
Feb 26, 2018 • 17 min
Today, the United States Supreme Court denied a request from the Trump administration to expedite a decision on DACA. This keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on life support for a few more months, but also keeps its 690,000…
This Time Could Be Different
Feb 23, 2018 • 24 min
Something changed this week. Teenagers managed to break the deadlock over gun control. Marches, walkouts, and serious policy debates are on the way. To understand what’s different about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sean…
Countdown to Day Zero
Feb 22, 2018 • 20 min
Cape Town is just a few months away from being the first major city to shut off its taps in the history of the modern world. Day Zero - the day Capetonians in South Africa will need to line up at water distribution points for daily water rations - is…
Breaking the Ice with North Korea
Feb 21, 2018 • 17 min
North and South Korea are on opposite sides of a demilitarized zone, separated by barbed wire, tank traps, and guard towers. But in the 2018 Winter Olympics, they came together on the rink. Is hockey the key to peace with North Korea? Learn more about…
Black Panther Is the Most Important Movie of 2018
Feb 20, 2018 • 16 min
“Black Panther” is the biggest movie in the world, but what makes this comic book adaptation more important than the nearly 20 Marvel movies that came before it? Sean Rameswaram attends a “Black Panther”-themed engagement party and speaks to Evan…
Six Easy Steps to Nuclear War
Feb 19, 2018 • 21 min
Today we launch our show, but it turns out it’s a lot easier to launch a nuclear weapon. Vox’s Alex Ward walks us through the six easy steps and tells Sean Rameswaram about the time we accidentally dropped a nuke on North Carolina. Twice. Learn more about…