Today, Explained

News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Monday to Friday. All killer, no filler. Hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Featuring the finest explainers from Vox and more. Produced by Vox and Stitcher, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.


  • The cost of PrEP

    Dec 12 2019

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Trump administration agree on one thing: the cost of HIV drugs is too high. (Transcript here.)

  • Articles of impeachment

    Dec 10 2019

    House Democrats made history today. (Transcript here.)

  • Rudolph the former mayor

    Dec 09 2019

    How Rudy Giuliani went from "America's mayor" to the inadvertent architect of Donald Trump's pending impeachment. (Transcript here.)

  • “This will end when one of us dies”

    Dec 06 2019

    ProPublica’s Lizzie Presser explains why Americans are being jailed for their medical debt. (Transcript here.)

  • Giving justice an extension

    Dec 06 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder

    Dec 04 2019

    Four law professors walked into a room and the next phase of the impeachment began. (Transcript here.)

  • Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs on TikTok

    Dec 03 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • ICE University

    Dec 02 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Amazon's preppers

    Nov 29 2019

    A good number of Amazon packages make a pitstop in Roundup, Montana. Vox's Reset podcast explains why. (Transcript here.)

  • A tribe called keto

    Nov 27 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Can a billionaire buy the presidency?

    Nov 26 2019

    Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg thinks he can beat Donald Trump in 2020. (Transcript here.)

  • Showdown at High Nunes

    Nov 25 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Ok boomer

    Nov 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Dems Went Down to Georgia

    Nov 21 2019

    We’re taking a break from impeachment to talk about the fifth Democratic debate and the Buttigieg Bump. (Transcript here.)

  • Impeachment TV: Mr. Sondland Goes to Washington

    Nov 21 2019

    The most-anticipated testimony of the House impeachment inquiry was held today on Capitol Hill. It did not disappoint. (Transcript here.)

  • Impeachment TV (Part 2 of 2)

    Nov 20 2019

    The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how things changed when Republicans called witnesses. (Transcript here.)

  • Impeachment TV (Part 1 of 2)

    Nov 19 2019

    The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. It was so big we couldn't fit it all into one episode. (Transcript here.)

  • Let's talk about that party in Spain

    Nov 18 2019

    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". (Transcript here.)

  • Noise will be noise

    Nov 15 2019

    After hearing a mysterious whine in suburban Arizona, Karthic Thallikar started on a journey that would ultimately lead to the center of the internet. (Transcript here.)

  • Hotel ISIS

    Nov 14 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Bill and Kent's congressional adventure

    Nov 14 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Who is above the law?

    Nov 12 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The world's most profitable company

    Nov 11 2019

    Aramco, the secretive oil company that made Saudi Arabia rich, is going public after 86 years. Some say the timing couldn’t be worse. (Transcript here.)

  • Streaming: Infinity War

    Nov 08 2019

    Disney+. Apple TV+. Netflix. HBO Max. Peacock. Which streaming service will win the great war to come? (Transcript here.)

  • Behind closed doors

    Nov 07 2019

    This week the House released transcripts from closed-door impeachment testimonies. Vox's Andrew Prokop pored through them for revelations. (Transcript here.)

  • California Dreamin'

    Nov 06 2019

    A new California law limits how early school can start in the state. (Transcript here.)

  • Inside a Trump rally

    Nov 05 2019

    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 Sean Rameswaram speaks with a superfan who has attended 18 rallies. And counting. (Transcript here.)

  • Just one year to go!

    Nov 04 2019

    The election is now one year away. Ezra Klein offers Democrats a strategy to win in 2020. (Transcript here.)

  • Instagram's war on nipples

    Nov 01 2019

    Vox’s Reset podcast explores how Instagram's nipple ban affects art and identity. (Transcript here.) Subscribe to Reset: pod.link/reset

  • The first impeachment vote

    Oct 31 2019

    Nancy: 1 / Donald: 0(Transcript here.)

  • Why is the world protesting?

    Oct 30 2019

    A WhatsApp tax, a metro fare hike, and a check to a South African model have inspired a wave of anti-government protests. (Transcript here.)

  • California's blackouts

    Oct 29 2019

    The wildfires in California have gotten so bad the state's biggest utility is turning off the power on purpose. (Transcript here.)

  • The death of al-Baghdadi

    Oct 28 2019

    ISIS has lost its leader, but that doesn't mean the world is any safer. (Transcript here.)

  • WeWorked

    Oct 25 2019

    America’s most controversial startup was finally bought out this week, but WeWork is a symptom of a much larger problem. (Transcript here.)

  • The right to sell out

    Oct 24 2019

    California is going to let college athletes make money from sneaker deals and commercials. Will the rest of the country follow suit? (Transcript here.)

  • Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do

    Oct 23 2019

    Ambassador William Taylor finally testified on Tuesday and it was a doozy. (Transcript here.)

  • Yes We Canada?

    Oct 22 2019

    Justin Trudeau won re-election on Tuesday, but it wasn't pretty. (Transcript here.)

  • Where are the troops going?

    Oct 21 2019

    President Trump is pulling out of Syria while sending more troops to Iraq and Saudi Arabia. (Transcript here.)

  • Introducing Reset

    Oct 20 2019

    Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write?

  • Trumpster fire

    Oct 18 2019

    Last week, the White House stonewalled the impeachment inquiry. This week, the stonewall came crumbling down. (Transcript here.)

  • Should Facebook let Trump lie?

    Oct 17 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • DEB4TE

    Oct 16 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • A new war in Syria

    Oct 15 2019

    The Trump administration just imposed sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria. But it may be too late for America’s Kurdish allies. (Transcript here.)

  • Indigenous Peoples' Delegate

    Oct 14 2019

    Nearly 200 years ago, the Treaty of New Echota offered the Cherokee Nation representation in Congress. Kimberly Teehee just became its first nominee. (Transcript here.)

  • Did China just dunk on the NBA?

    Oct 11 2019

    An NBA executive’s tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong has exposed how vulnerable the biggest American companies are to China. (Transcript here.)

  • The nine impeachment scenarios

    Oct 10 2019

    President Pence? President Pelosi? There are nearly a dozen ways the impeachment inquiry could end. Vox’s Laura McGann runs through each of them. (Transcript here.)

  • Stonewalling the impeachment inquiry

    Oct 09 2019

    Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the White House is now refusing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Ezra Klein scrutinizes the Republican strategy. (Transcript here.)

  • Leaving Syria (and the Kurds)

    Oct 09 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • SCOTUS raises the stakes

    Oct 07 2019

    After a sleepy spring term, the Supreme Court of the United States is back and looking to weigh in on abortion, immigration, and LGBTQ rights. (Transcript here.)

  • Inside a Facebook all-staff

    Oct 04 2019

    Audio of Mark Zuckerberg in a closed-door staff meeting leaked to Casey Newton of The Verge. Then Elizabeth Warren entered the fray. (Transcript here.)

  • Meanwhile in Ukraine....

    Oct 03 2019

    Ukraine finds itself at the center of the American impeachment drama, but President Trump is the least of the country's worries. (Transcript here.)

  • It's not easy whistleblowin'

    Oct 02 2019

    The whistleblower’s attorneys say their client is in danger. That’s not unusual. (Transcript here.)

  • The impeachment counternarrative

    Oct 01 2019

    Listen as Vox’s Andrew Prokop meticulously debunks the White House talking points around the whistleblower scandal. (Transcript here.)

  • "No contract! No cars!"

    Sep 30 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • UN-for-Greta-ble

    Sep 27 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The whistleblower complaint

    Sep 26 2019

    The House Intelligence Committee released the whistleblower complaint minutes before Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire began his testimony before Congress. (Transcript here.)

  • The "transcript"

    Sep 25 2019

    The White House released a record of President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky, then went on the defensive. (Transcript here.)

  • Pelosi calls for impeachment inquiry

    Sep 24 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Son of a Biden

    Sep 23 2019

    A whistleblower in the intelligence community has sparked a political scandal involving President Trump and a pair of Bidens. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains. (Transcript here.)

  • Burn, baby, burn

    Sep 20 2019

    The vast majority of your plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. (Transcript here.)

  • The 51st state?

    Sep 19 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • To Bibi or not to Bibi

    Sep 18 2019

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s decade-long hold on power may be coming to an end. Anyone up for peace? (Transcript here.)

  • When it's time to die

    Sep 17 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • How do you remove an egg from an omelette?

    Sep 16 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • ABCDebate

    Sep 13 2019

    After Vox's Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses. (Transcript here.)

  • The president's hit list

    Sep 12 2019

    “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. (Transcript here.)

  • Like, bye

    Sep 11 2019

    Facebook and Instagram are thinking about ditching the thumbs and hearts. What would life be like without "Likes"? (Transcript here.)

  • John Boltin'

    Sep 10 2019

    John Bolton is out. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why he was at odds with his boss from Day 1. (Transcript here.)

  • Am I gonna die from vaping?

    Sep 09 2019

    Maybe. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Gerry with the bad maps

    Sep 06 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • CNN's climate marathon in 20 minutes

    Sep 05 2019

    We watched seven straight hours of Democrats discussing climate policy so you wouldn't have to. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • #FreedMeekMill

    Sep 04 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Missing history

    Sep 03 2019

    Kids in school don’t learn much about American slavery. Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries says students deserve the real story. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Still not safe to drink

    Aug 30 2019

    First it was Flint, now it's Newark. Why do American cities keep contaminating their water? (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Death of a Koch brother

    Aug 29 2019

    David Koch was one of the biggest and most influential donors in American politics. Mother Jones' Daniel Schulman explains his complicated legacy. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Don't try CRISPR at home

    Aug 28 2019

    Biohackers treat their bodies like a science project. But should they be allowed to edit their own DNA at home? (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Biofuel duel

    Aug 27 2019

    An EPA decision has left Iowan corn growers feeling betrayed by President Trump. Democrats are watching. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • Alaska's missing police force

    Aug 26 2019

    A third of Alaskan communities don’t have cops. Kyle Hopkins, investigative reporter at the Anchorage Daily News, explains Alaska’s public safety emergency. (Transcript here.)Did you learn something new in this episode? Text it to a friend so they can learn something too! Sharing with a friend is also the best way to help Today, Explained grow. So if you love our show, help us spread the word.

  • When killing is "necessary"

    Aug 23 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Hope for Hong Kong

    Aug 22 2019

    Hong Kong ramped up its protests and China ramped up its propaganda machine. But the conflict may have finally reached a turning point. (Transcript here.)

  • Coal's last stand

    Aug 21 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Ending the endless war

    Aug 20 2019

    This weekend in Afghanistan was one of the deadliest this year. Vox’s Jenn Williams explains whether America can end its longest war. (Transcript here.)

  • Do sanctions work?

    Aug 19 2019

    The Trump administration is ramping up sanctions on Venezuela, but it may end up hurting the people they're meant to help. (Transcript here.)

  • The warehouse of forgotten evidence

    Aug 16 2019

    Reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty set out to investigate why police across the country often fail to catch serial rapists. (Transcript here.)

  • What's up with the yield curve?

    Aug 15 2019

    Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why everyone's whispering about a recession. (Transcript here.)

  • (Don't) give me your poor

    Aug 14 2019

    The Trump administration is about to make it a lot harder for poor people to get a green card. (Transcript here.)

  • Death behind bars

    Aug 13 2019

    Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide is unexpectedly shining a light on the conditions in America’s jails. (Transcript here.)

  • Deep fried podcast

    Aug 12 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Latinos after El Paso

    Aug 09 2019

    In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Latinos across the United States are questioning their safety. (Transcript here.)

  • Six rivers, three countries, one Kashmir

    Aug 08 2019

    India is escalating its 70-year fight for Kashmir. The winner gets the water. (Transcript here.)

  • Amazon Crime

    Aug 07 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Disown your kid to pay for college

    Aug 06 2019

    This summer’s hottest college admissions scam is parents disowning their children. The Wall Street Journal’s Doug Belkin explains. (Transcript here.)

  • A Green New Deal, but for guns

    Aug 05 2019

    Vox’s German Lopez explains why Democrats need a bold new plan for gun control. (Transcript here.)

  • Reviving death

    Aug 02 2019

    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 about the possibility of Dylann Roof being executed. (Transcript here.)

  • Dem Debates 2: Election Boogaloo

    Aug 01 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Life's a breach

    Jul 31 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Coats checks out

    Jul 30 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Where we’re going, we still need roads

    Jul 29 2019

    Four of the world’s biggest carmakers have secretly negotiated an emissions deal with California, circumventing the Trump administration. (Transcript here.)

  • No such thing as free lunch

    Jul 26 2019

    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 ceremonies because of lunch debts. (Transcript here.)

  • BoJo

    Jul 25 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Mueller reports

    Jul 24 2019

    At long last, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress today. (Transcript here.)

  • #RickyRenuncia

    Jul 23 2019

    Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are demanding Governor Ricardo Roselló resign. David Begnaud from CBS News reports from San Juan. (Transcript here.)

  • Five years after Eric Garner

    Jul 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Holy shit

    Jul 19 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • "Send her back"

    Jul 18 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • How to solve the asylum crisis

    Jul 17 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Prince of Blackwater

    Jul 16 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • What raids?

    Jul 15 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Don't stop, make it pop

    Jul 12 2019

    Your favorite young person’s favorite app is TikTok. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings has been spending too much time trying to understand it. You can find many of the TikToks from today's episode (and many, many more) in this great thread. (Transcript here.)

  • The government will sleep in your bed

    Jul 11 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • A preexisting debate

    Jul 10 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The renegade general

    Jul 09 2019

    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 launched a coup online. (Transcript here.)

  • Switch to Mitch

    Jul 08 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Know your enemy (Part II)

    Jul 05 2019

    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." (Transcript here.)

  • Know your enemy (Part I)

    Jul 03 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Equal pay is the goooooaaaaaallllllllll!

    Jul 02 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • 40 acres and a bill

    Jul 01 2019

    Slavery reparations was 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. (Transcript here.)

  • Two days, Explained

    Jun 28 2019

    Twenty Democratic candidates. Two debates. Some awkward Spanish. Vox’s Ella Nilsen hits the highlights and Ezra Klein explains why Democrats should be worried. (Transcript here.)

  • Supreme Count

    Jun 27 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • "Safe and sanitary"

    Jun 26 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Republicans on the run

    Jun 25 2019

    A landmark cap-and-trade bill in Oregon is on life support after Republicans fled the state to avoid voting on it. (Transcript here.)

  • The rise and fall of R. Kelly

    Jun 24 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Never forget

    Jun 21 2019

    The 9/11 first responders and Jon Stewart are fighting Congress for what they hope is the last time. (Transcript here.)

  • Drone down

    Jun 20 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • I see fake people

    Jun 19 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Change for a 20?

    Jun 18 2019

    As Washington gears up for the 2020 elections, it's fighting over who should be on the $20 bill. (Transcript here.)

  • After the ouster

    Jun 18 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Little pink houses for nobody

    Jun 14 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Hong Kong in the streets

    Jun 13 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Guatemala’s corruption conundrum

    Jun 12 2019

    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. (Daniel Alarcón of Radio Ambulante guest hosts. Transcript here.)

  • Planting dreams

    Jun 11 2019

    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 students like Erica and himself. (Daniel Alarcón of Radio Ambulante guest hosts. Transcript here.)

  • Mushroom magic

    Jun 10 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • My Brexit brings all the boys to the yard

    Jun 07 2019

    Right-wing politicians in the UK are under attack. Delicious, sticky attack. (Transcript here.)

  • Crisis of faith

    Jun 05 2019

    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.)

  • The new secession

    Jun 04 2019

    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.)

  • It’s hard to ratify U-S-M-C-A

    Jun 03 2019

    President Trump wants his NAFTA replacement deal ratified. But President Trump appears to be standing in the way. (Transcript here.)

  • Sex and branding

    May 31 2019

    Nxivm: sounds like a drug, looks like a cult. (Transcript here.)

  • Agent Assange?

    May 30 2019

    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.)

  • Mueller speaks

    May 29 2019

    Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public statement about his investigation today. No questions. (Transcript here.)

  • Hack to the Future

    May 28 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • How to save a life

    May 24 2019

    Dylan Matthews, host of Vox's Future Perfect podcast, gave away his kidney because it felt like the right thing to do. (Transcript here.)

  • "Keep our honor clean"

    May 23 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Tissue issues

    May 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The mother of all elections

    May 21 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • How to kill a gram

    May 20 2019

    Today, a new definition of the kilogram officially takes effect. But it's just one piece in the massively complicated history of weight. (Transcript here.)

  • All shows must die

    May 17 2019

    What do we say to the God of Death? Not today. Explained. (Transcript here.)

  • The race to ban abortion

    May 16 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Make America Trade Again

    May 15 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The fight for your face

    May 14 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Life sentence, no trial

    May 13 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Missile in a bottle

    May 10 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Uber but for strikes

    May 09 2019

    Uber drivers want some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And it might actually be as easy as A-B-C. (Transcript here.)

  • Who framed Mayor Pete?

    May 08 2019

    Two right-wing operatives tried to frame Mayor Pete Buttigieg for sexual assault. It didn’t go as planned. (Transcript here.)

  • “Awwww, Shucky Ducky!”

    May 07 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Sarah Kliff vs. Zuckerberg General

    May 06 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • A Mueller walks into a Barr

    May 03 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Track and Female

    May 03 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Bovine intervention

    May 01 2019

    Burger King announced it's going nationwide with a meatless Whopper that tastes like the real thing. Is this the end for Big Meat? (Transcript here.)

  • After the smoke clears

    Apr 30 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Standoff at the NRA

    Apr 29 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Subpoena season

    Apr 26 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Tuition: Impossible

    Apr 25 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Follow the drugs

    Apr 24 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Martin Sheen 2020?

    Apr 23 2019

    Ukraine elected a new president on Sunday and his only meaningful preparation for the position was playing the president on TV. (Transcript here.)

  • Sri Lanka's Easter attacks

    Apr 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Frankenswine

    Apr 19 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • It's Robert Time!

    Apr 18 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Jeffrey Epstein scandal isn't over

    Apr 17 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • My lovely lady pumps

    Apr 16 2019

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  • It's a great time to cheat on your taxes

    Apr 15 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Maximum Pressure

    Apr 12 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • They called it (a revolution)

    Apr 11 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Medicare Bears

    Apr 10 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Achy Breaky Charts

    Apr 09 2019

    “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 to figure out what counts as country. (Transcript here.)*An earlier version of our episode misstated the origins of “country trap.” Lil Nas X calls Young Thug a pioneer in the genre.

  • A brutal new law in Brunei

    Apr 08 2019

    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.

  • The Art of the Green New Deal

    Apr 05 2019

    It's the hottest resolution since sliced bread. But is it just empty calories? (Transcript here.)

  • Banned: Aid

    Apr 04 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)


    Apr 03 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • What women really want

    Apr 02 2019

    To mark Equal Pay Day 2019, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reveals the very simple reason women earn less than men. (Transcript here.)

  • The right to refuse

    Apr 01 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Once, twice, three times a Brexit

    Mar 29 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Grounded

    Mar 28 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • I got 5G on it

    Mar 27 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Golan Heights

    Mar 26 2019

    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.

  • The report on the report

    Mar 25 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Jacinda

    Mar 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Electoral College dropout

    Mar 21 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Tried six times for the same crime

    Mar 20 2019

    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 represents a fundamental problem with jury selection in the United States. (Transcript here.)

  • CBD? TBD.

    Mar 19 2019

    CBD is winding up in your lattes, your gummies, and your massages, but what exactly is it? And is anyone regulating it? (Transcript here + Dan Nosowitz's article in The Goods here.)

  • American hate

    Mar 18 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • A mass shooting, live-streamed

    Mar 15 2019

    A terrorist attacked two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing at least 49 people. (Transcript here.)

  • Boeing 737 Max

    Mar 14 2019

    Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday killing all 157 aboard. The response was unprecedented. (Transcript here.)

  • Becky with the bad grades

    Mar 13 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • For all eyes only

    Mar 12 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Sailing a boat on an alien sea

    Mar 11 2019

    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 beyond. (Transcript here.)

  • Trump's money man

    Mar 08 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Title X factor

    Mar 07 2019

    The Trump administration got a lot closer to defunding Planned Parenthood this week — 21 states are fighting back with a sweeping new lawsuit. (Transcript here.)

  • Uh-oh, Trudeau!

    Mar 06 2019

    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? (Transcript here.)

  • Outbreak

    Mar 05 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Michael Jackson, allegedly

    Mar 04 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Friends without benefits

    Mar 01 2019

    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.”

  • Terrorism, airstrikes, tea

    Feb 28 2019

    The long-simmering feud between nuclear powers India and Pakistan is boiling over. Ankit Panda from The Diplomat explains why. (Transcript here.)

  • Michael Cohen LIVE

    Feb 27 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Your money is under arrest

    Feb 26 2019

    Police can seize your property without ever charging you with a crime. And you probably won’t get it back. (Transcript here.)

  • Aiding chaos

    Feb 25 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Jussie Smollett's worst enemy

    Feb 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Train takes a bullet

    Feb 21 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • HQ2-1

    Feb 20 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)************** Clarification: We noted that New York offered $3 billion in subsidies to Amazon. We have clarified that this was a mix of both cash grants and tax incentives.

  • A little privacy, please

    Feb 19 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • 2020 vision

    Feb 18 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Emergency podcast!

    Feb 15 2019

    President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency today. It’s the latest installment in his controversial “Build the wall!” series. (Transcript here.)

  • The 400% interest rate

    Feb 14 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Race runs through it

    Feb 13 2019

    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 the duality of Old Dominion. (Transcript here.)

  • Killing Sears

    Feb 12 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Virginia is for scandals

    Feb 11 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Alexa, disable camera

    Feb 08 2019

    Jeff Bezos. Donald Trump. The Washington Post. The National Enquirer. This dick pic is not like the others. (Transcript here.)

  • Inauguration investigation

    Feb 07 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Pushing opioids over lunch

    Feb 06 2019

    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. (Transcripts here.)

  • The State of the World

    Feb 05 2019

    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.(Transcript here.)

  • The Shadow Rulers

    Feb 04 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Written in blood

    Feb 01 2019

    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.

  • They're calling it a revolution

    Jan 31 2019

    Historic protests threaten to topple Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Reporter Reem Abbas speaks to Sean Rameswaram after being tear gassed in Khartoum. (Transcript here.)

  • All your data for $20

    Jan 30 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Peace with the Taliban

    Jan 29 2019

    The US and the Taliban are working out a deal to end America’s longest war. Afghanistan is nervous. Vox’s Jennifer Williams explains.

  • Grounding the shutdown

    Jan 28 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Man with the Nixon Tattoo

    Jan 25 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Venezuela's two presidents

    Jan 24 2019

    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 Mariana Zuniga explains the standoff from Caracas. (Transcript here.)

  • Ebola is back

    Jan 23 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)


    Jan 22 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • 28 Days Later

    Jan 18 2019

    The partial government shutdown is now officially a record-breaking, trip-cancelling, State of the Union-postponing, Cardi B-angering hot mess. (Transcript here.)

  • When your power company is a felon

    Jan 17 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The Roberts Court

    Jan 16 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The $600 EpiPen

    Jan 15 2019

    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. (Transcript here.) ***************************************************************** Are you interested in more discussions around health care policy? Join Vox's Facebook community for conversation and updates. bit.ly/VoxCareFBgroup

  • Chapo Big House

    Jan 14 2019

    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 Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo”. (Transcript here.)

  • The shutdown gets very, very real

    Jan 11 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • What can the president do during a national emergency?

    Jan 10 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Let's talk about tax, baby. Let's talk about AOC.

    Jan 09 2019

    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 brackets work: https://youtu.be/VJhsjUPDulw

  • The troop withdrawal withdrawal

    Jan 08 2019

    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 clusterf**k happened. (Transcript here.)

  • The nine lives of Obamacare

    Jan 07 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • You should not throw away your shot

    Jan 04 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Who is Paul Whelan and why does Russia think he’s a spy?

    Jan 03 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Shutdown

    Jan 02 2019

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Let's Explain "Today, Explained"

    Jan 01 2019

    If you like this trailer, then you're going to love this show.

  • All my friends are robocalls

    Dec 28 2018

    Why even answer the phone anymore? All your questions about all those pesky automated phone calls are answered in this holiday rebroadcast. (Transcript here.)

  • The Stanford Prison Correction

    Dec 27 2018

    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 rebroadcast. (Transcript here.)

  • Black Panther is (still) the most important movie of 2018

    Dec 26 2018

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • "A horrible miscarriage of justice"

    Dec 21 2018

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • The most powerful woman in the world

    Dec 20 2018

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Take a penny, take a penny

    Dec 19 2018

    The Trump Foundation is shutting down. The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold shares a series of increasingly unbelievable stories about the charity's shenanigans. (Transcript here.)

  • The World in 2018

    Dec 18 2018

    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.

  • Tumblr's war on sex

    Dec 17 2018

    Tumblr is removing adult content from its platform today. Vox’s Aja Romano says it's about much more than banning “female-presenting nipples".

  • This episode is unrated

    Dec 14 2018

    "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 censorship, but Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson explains how the MPAA is trying to save Hollywood from itself.

  • Paul Ryan vs. himself

    Dec 13 2018

    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.

  • Fraud, actually

    Dec 12 2018

    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.

  • The Replacements

    Dec 11 2018

    President Trump is looking to fill some key positions. One pick is a former attorney general, another comes from "Fox & Friends".

  • "Totally clears the President. Thank you!"

    Dec 10 2018

    Except it doesn't. Vox's Andrew Prokop explains why the latest pieces of Robert Mueller's puzzle are bad news for President Trump.

  • Wait, why did Canada arrest a Chinese CFO?

    Dec 07 2018

    Canada arrested a Chinese executive at the request of the United States this week. It may set off a whole new Cold War.

  • Don Jr.

    Dec 06 2018

    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.

  • Power, stripped

    Dec 05 2018

    Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to pass last-minute measures that would strip the incoming Democratic governor of a lot of his powers. North Carolina knows how it goes.

  • Is it time to delete Facebook?

    Dec 04 2018

    Facebook has landed itself in another scandal. This time it involves COO Sheryl Sandberg, George Soros, and a PR firm with a penchant for fake news. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains the pros and cons of staying on the social network.

  • One-term wonder

    Dec 03 2018

    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. Ken Rudin, who covered the 41st president for NPR, explains how.

  • Humans 2.0

    Nov 30 2018

    A Chinese scientist says he has genetically engineered two human babies, with another on the way. Is this the beginning of the end?

  • Madam Speaker

    Nov 29 2018

    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.

  • Mandatory minimums

    Nov 28 2018

    President Trump and both parties actually agree on something: mandatory minimum sentences are too harsh. Can they fix them?

  • Battleship: Russia vs. Ukraine

    Nov 27 2018

    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.

  • From bad to worse at the border

    Nov 26 2018

    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.

  • When dogs fly

    Nov 21 2018

    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.

  • Those weird Cuban attacks

    Nov 20 2018

    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.

  • Still burning

    Nov 19 2018

    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.

  • Do it for the gram

    Nov 16 2018

    Massive news: Scientists in France voted to officially redefine the kilogram today. They’ve been weighing their options for centuries.

  • The simplest way to fix our gun laws

    Nov 15 2018

    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.

  • The citizenship question

    Nov 14 2018

    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.

  • Sit in a circle. Save your baby’s life.

    Nov 13 2018

    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 | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Overcast | Pocket Casts | RadioPublic

  • Total Recount

    Nov 12 2018

    Almost a week after the midterm elections, several key races remain undecided and recounts are coming. The president calls shenanigans.

  • Could one man’s death change the conflict in Yemen?

    Nov 09 2018

    The journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has put the spotlight on an unlikely place: Yemen.

  • thank u, next (Attorney General remix)

    Nov 08 2018

    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.

  • What now?

    Nov 07 2018

    The results are in! Vox’s Libby Nelson provides a rundown. Matthew Yglesias predicts the future.

  • Why is voting optional?

    Nov 06 2018

    For answers, we head to Australia where it isn't. Turnout surpasses 90% and elections are celebrated with democracy sausages on the barbie.

  • Everything you need to know about tomorrow’s midterms

    Nov 05 2018

    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.

  • Can I hack it? (Yes, you can.)

    Nov 02 2018

    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.


    Nov 01 2018

    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.

  • What the frack is up with Colorado

    Oct 31 2018

    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 his kids' pre-school.

  • One week to midterms, 5000 troops to border

    Oct 30 2018

    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.

  • Tree of Life

    Oct 29 2018

    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.

  • The Purge

    Oct 26 2018

    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 state.

  • Bombs in the mail

    Oct 25 2018

    America’s favorite Democrats are getting pipe bombs in the mail. Who even mails bombs anymore?

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Kill the Treaty

    Oct 24 2018

    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.

  • What the transgender memo means

    Oct 23 2018

    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.

  • We're gonna need a bigger vote

    Oct 22 2018

    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.


    Oct 19 2018

    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.

  • Consequences

    Oct 18 2018

    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.

  • Affirmative reaction

    Oct 17 2018

    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.

  • Beto and Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Oct 16 2018

    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 debate.

  • Remember, remember the 6th of November

    Oct 15 2018

    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.

  • The $629 Band-Aid

    Oct 12 2018

    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.

  • Disappeared

    Oct 11 2018

    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 against the Saudi government became a matter of life or death.

  • Earth is cancelled due to weather

    Oct 10 2018

    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 America is warming. You can see how fast your city is warming here: https://www.vox.com/a/weather-climate-change-us-cities-global-warming

  • Nikki out

    Oct 09 2018

    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.

  • The death penalty and the gopher frog

    Oct 08 2018

    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.

  • All my friends are robocalls

    Oct 05 2018

    Why even answer the phone anymore?(Transcript here.)

  • The Kavanaugh report is here and no, you can't see it

    Oct 04 2018

    The FBI has finished its investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. Today, senators entered a highly secured room to review it.

  • How to run for president from a hospital bed

    Oct 03 2018

    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 presidential candidate died in a helicopter crash in 2014. Eduardo Campos actually died in a plane crash. ***********

  • Good news for Canadians who like milk

    Oct 02 2018

    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.

  • Internet fist fight

    Oct 01 2018

    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 podcasts: https://www.voxmedia.com/about-vox-media/2018/9/24/17882894/vmpn-fall-2018-slate

  • "Somebody's gotta explain this to Trump"

    Sep 28 2018

    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.

  • Testimony (Part 2 of 2)

    Sep 27 2018

    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.)

  • Testimony (Part 1 of 2)

    Sep 27 2018

    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.)

  • The ghost of Florence

    Sep 26 2018

    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 Media's new podcasts:  https://www.voxmedia.com/about-vox-media/2018/9/24/17882894/vmpn-fall-2018-slate

  • Red light, green card

    Sep 25 2018

    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.

  • Accusers, plural

    Sep 24 2018

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing more accusations of sexual misconduct.

  • Chicago on trial

    Sep 21 2018

    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.

  • elon r u ok

    Sep 20 2018

    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.

  • China's concentration camps

    Sep 19 2018

    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 her relatives.

  • Now’s a great time to commit some white-collar crime

    Sep 18 2018

    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.

  • What the letter said

    Sep 17 2018

    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.

  • Back to Juul

    Sep 14 2018

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • Have you talked to God about this?

    Sep 13 2018

    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 struggle with how it affects their faith.


    Sep 12 2018

    Meteorologist Angela Fritz forecasts the catastrophic storm that's about to slam the Carolinas.

  • Deadname

    Sep 11 2018

    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.”******************************************Watch the Vox-ProPublica video on how ID laws can put trans people in danger: https://bit.ly/2MkETod

  • Game, Upset, Match

    Sep 11 2018

    Naomi Osaka defeated her lifelong hero Serena Williams to win the US Open on Saturday. The match might be remembered for the wrong reasons.

  • Arrested for reporting a massacre

    Sep 07 2018

    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.

  • But his emails!

    Sep 06 2018

    Brett Kavanaugh’s emails are spilling out and they’re causing waves on Capitol Hill.

  • Bad blood

    Sep 05 2018

    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.

  • Confirmation screamings

    Sep 04 2018

    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.

  • America's worst defense attorney

    Aug 31 2018

    Who is Robert Mueller?

  • Don't call it a comeback

    Aug 30 2018

    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.

  • Take a penny, take a penny

    Aug 29 2018

    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. (Transcript here.)

  • False profit

    Aug 28 2018

    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 DeVos has rolled back Obama-era regulations on for-profit colleges.

  • The empty seat in Arizona

    Aug 27 2018

    Love him, hate him, or both, Senator John McCain will be remembered as a towering figure of American politics.

  • Kill me maybe

    Aug 24 2018

    The EPA is rolling back Obama-era regulations on coal-fired plants. It says its decision will kill 1400 Americans per year by 2030.

  • Insecurity complex

    Aug 23 2018

    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.

  • Guilty. Guilty. Guilty?

    Aug 22 2018

    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.

  • 19 cents per hour

    Aug 21 2018

    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

    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.

  • Never tweet

    Aug 17 2018

    Twitter temporarily banned Alex Jones and Infowars this week. Why'd it take so long?

  • Saw something, said nothing

    Aug 16 2018

    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.

  • Crazy. Rich. And finally seen.

    Aug 15 2018

    Crazy Rich Asians hits theaters today. Los Angeles Times film critic Jen Yamato says it's been 25 years in the making.

  • Democracy Dies in Daylight

    Aug 14 2018

    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 on Crisis Reporting).

  • NASA shoots a billion dollars at the sun

    Aug 13 2018

    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.

  • "These bastards tried to kill me"

    Aug 10 2018

    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.

  • This too shall MoviePass

    Aug 09 2018

    MoviePass is changing the way we see movies, but it's going to have to get its act together. Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson explains.

  • When a season lasts a year

    Aug 08 2018

    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.

  • Wrestling with Ohio State

    Aug 07 2018

    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.

  • HQ2

    Aug 06 2018

    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.

  • Is the economy great again?

    Aug 03 2018

    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 President Trump deserves credit for it.

  • You must sign here

    Aug 02 2018

    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.

  • Ready, print, fire

    Aug 01 2018

    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 makes his own AR-15 and explains.

  • How to solve the opioid crisis

    Jul 31 2018

    Vox's German Lopez explains America's opioid crisis and goes looking for a solution.

  • Manafort, day in court

    Jul 30 2018

    The first trial of the Mueller investigation begins tomorrow. Vox’s Andrew Prokop runs through the many, many charges Paul Manafort is facing.

  • Delete your account

    Jul 27 2018

    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.

  • Cricketer-in-Chief

    Jul 26 2018

    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.

  • Soy Story

    Jul 25 2018

    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.

  • Graduating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

    Jul 24 2018

    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 speaks to Sean Rameswaram.

  • The Endangered Endangered Species Act

    Jul 23 2018

    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 businesses in big ways. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains.

  • Mr. Trump's wild week

    Jul 20 2018

    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. 

  • The Stanford Prison Correction

    Jul 19 2018

    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

    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.

  • Does America need Sacha Baron Cohen?

    Jul 17 2018

    Bernie Sanders, Sarah Palin, and Dick Cheney walk into an interview. Sacha Baron Cohen is waiting for them. Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff explains.

  • Vladimir's best day ever

    Jul 16 2018

    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 indictments.

  • What are Democrats doing even?

    Jul 13 2018

    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 episode, we incorrectly state that the majority of white millennials voted for Donald Trump. Trump won the youngest white demographic (ages 18-29), but he won a plurality (47%) not a majority.

  • I can't believe it's not breastmilk

    Jul 12 2018

    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.*******************************************Are you pregnant? Have you ever been? Vox wants to provide more explainers on women's health and would love your help. You can fill out the survey here: http://bit.ly/voxpregnancy

  • Brexiting is hard to do

    Jul 11 2018

    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.

  • The New Justice

    Jul 10 2018

    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.

  • Roe v. Wade v. Trump

    Jul 09 2018

    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", explains what the country might look like if the 1973 decision is overturned.

  • Say goodbye to Pruitt

    Jul 06 2018

    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.

  • Tonight. Midnight. Trade war.

    Jul 05 2018

    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.

  • Abolish ICE?

    Jul 03 2018

    #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 mean to see it dissolved.

  • They call him AMLO

    Jul 02 2018

    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 winning it in a landslide.

  • We need to talk about Yemen

    Jun 29 2018

    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 humanitarian crisis on the planet. International Crisis Group’s Joost Hiltermann explains how things got so bad, and why they could get a lot worse.

  • Born to run

    Jun 28 2018

    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 whether socialism is the future of the left.

  • The most powerful man in America retires

    Jun 27 2018

    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.

  • Yes we ban

    Jun 26 2018

    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.

  • Controversy for controversy's sake

    Jun 25 2018

    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.

  • Redesigning life on Earth

    Jun 22 2018

    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 explains.******************************************************Check out the Vox Video on the ethical debate over using genetically modified mosquitoes: https://bit.ly/2kBle83

  • What the executive order doesn't fix

    Jun 21 2018

    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 families are still experiencing at the border.

  • UNHRC ya later

    Jun 20 2018

    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 of separating kids from their parents “unconscionable.” Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch explains why the withdrawal is bad news for the world.

  • Happy Juneteenth!

    Jun 19 2018

    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.

  • 2,000

    Jun 18 2018

    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 Lind explains why some conservatives are denouncing Trump’s new policy.

  • Little summer vampires

    Jun 15 2018

    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 and, if worse comes to worst, deal with Lyme disease.

  • Mo Salah will make you care about soccer

    Jun 14 2018

    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 prays after every goal (and there are many) has the potential to transcend xenophobia, Islamophobia, and run-of-the-mill racism on the road to Russia.

  • The Sessions Doctrine

    Jun 13 2018

    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 who have entered the country illegally. Vox’s Dara Lind explains how U.S. immigration policy is dramatically shifting.

  • How do you solve a problem like Korea?

    Jun 12 2018

    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 summit, and Singapore's meeting lacked both.

  • Will work for healthcare

    Jun 11 2018

    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? Vox’s Sarah Kliff explains this is an experiment that’s never been tried before.

  • Riding in cars without boys

    Jun 08 2018

    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 for women in Saudi Arabia, and Vox’s Jenn Williams tells Sean Rameswaram about the Saudi prince who says he wants reform.

  • You're tariffing us apart

    Jun 07 2018

    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. senators from both aisles announced new attempts to curb the president's tariffs power. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains how steel sparked a trade war.

  • Pardon me

    Jun 06 2018

    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 Prokop explains why the president is dropping hints about pardoning himself and how American democracy may soon be tested.

  • When your president acts like a dictator

    Jun 05 2018

    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 Daniel Ortega, who critics say is acting more and more like the dictator he helped kick out.

  • You can't have your cake

    Jun 04 2018

    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 couple. Most experts say the justices failed to make any rulings on same-sex rights versus religious freedoms, and The New York Times Magazine’s Emily Bazelon says that’s just the top layer.

  • 2 Big 2 Fail

    Jun 01 2018

    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.

  • Why does everyone hate George Soros?

    May 31 2018

    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 is currently trying to pass legislation that would ban him. Foreign Policy’s Emily Tamkin explains how the financier-philanthropist came to have so many haters even though he gives away his money to the poor.

  • Roseanne gets canned

    May 30 2018

    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 side effect.” Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff explores why the Trump-era reboot was so well received, and whether TV can bring opposite poles of the American political spectrum together. ******************************************** Big news: A Harvard st...more

  • We've updated our privacy policy

    May 29 2018

    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 seems to care about your security more than America.*******************************************Ireland passed a historic referendum over the weekend, voting to legalize abortion. You can hear about one of the strictest abortion bans in the worl...more

  • The poorest rich country in the world

    May 25 2018

    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 NYU’s Alejandro Velasco explains how having the most oil in the world got Venezuela into all this trouble.

  • We'll never have Singapore

    May 24 2018

    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 after it gave up its nuclear program. Vox’s Alex Ward explains what went wrong and why war is back on the table.

  • Kneecapped

    May 23 2018

    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 became a cause célèbre for President Trump. SB Nation’s Tyler Tynes explains the significance of this moment.

  • Arbitration Nation

    May 22 2018

    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 their employers. Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern says the ruling is just the latest setback to tens of millions of American workers.

  • Ireland's great divide

    May 21 2018

    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 voter registration. Sarah Bardon from The Irish Times explains the history and the magnitude of this moment.

  • A cynic's guide to the royal wedding

    May 18 2018

    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 of $43 million. Kristen Meinzer, co-host of the When Meghan met Harry podcast, tells Sean why he should care.**************************************************************For more info on how British royals plan a wedding, check out Vox Video h...more

  • Go ahead. Legalize it.

    May 17 2018

    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 bet it all on the home team. New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon takes us to Court and The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis explains how this might change professional sports.

  • Hawaii versus the volcano

    May 16 2018

    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 2,000 residents. Vox’s Umair Irfan shares the latest news and explains why we choose to live next to exploding mountains.

  • What you need to know about Gaza

    May 15 2018

    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.

  • Jordan Peterson explains himself

    May 14 2018

    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 millions. Then, Sean Rameswaram gives Peterson a call and asks him to explain himself.

  • #MeToo's big betrayal

    May 11 2018

    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 President Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen were informed of the assault allegations years ago - around the time that Schneiderman and Trump were entangled in a legal battle over Trump University. The lawyer who told Cohen about the alleged abuse ...more

  • Dial C for Cohen

    May 10 2018

    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 a Russian oligarch with a soft spot for jeweled eggs. Vox’s Andrew Prokop follows the money in a shade of Today, Explained noir.

  • No deal!

    May 09 2018

    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 your summer gas prices to nuclear war in the Middle East. ****************************************When Trump quit the Iran deal, he ended years of diplomacy in a few moments. Vox Video explains how we got here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-...more

  • "We tortured some folks"

    May 08 2018

    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 programs and secret prisons after September 11. Vox’s Jenn Williams explains Haspel’s shadowy history, and why she almost backed out of her nomination.

  • This is America

    May 07 2018

    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 Association’s 147th annual meeting. Vox’s German Lopez explains how our national gunfight has and hasn’t changed since the Parkland shooting, and a longtime gun owner explains why he sawed his AR-15 in half.

  • The $5,751 ice pack

    May 04 2018

    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 inside the ER.To find out more about Sarah Kliff’s reporting on ER bills (or how to submit your own bill), head to erbills.vox.com. You can check out her podcast The Impact here. 

  • Too Juul for school

    May 03 2018

    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 attention of underage teens. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains the hype, and what most teens don’t know about the Juul.

  • Nowhere to go

    May 02 2018

    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 dangers in their home countries. Vox’s Dara Lind explains the long road facing asylum seekers, who still might not be able to stay.**************************************Cambridge Analytica announced it was shutting down today. We explained how that...more

  • Golden State Killer opens Pandora's box

    May 01 2018

    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 provided the missing link. Vox’s Aja Romano narrates the killer’s grisly reign of terror across California, and lawyer Steven Mercer explains why the DNA methods police used set a dangerous precedent for the rest of us.****************************...more

  • There's something about Sean

    Apr 30 2018

    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 “Messengers of the Right,” explains how the man near the top of the conservative media’s totem pole might influence the president.

  • Just call us "Korea"

    Apr 27 2018

    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 transpired before Vox’s Alex Ward explains whether this truly means the end of a nearly 70-year conflict.********************************Watch the Vox Video of leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un's joint statement committing to denuclearization...more

  • Oh, SNAP!

    Apr 26 2018

    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 recipients to work, and Stacy Dean from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities talks about the program’s bipartisan past.************************************Today (April 27), a jury found Bill Cosby guilty on all counts of drugging and moles...more

  • Don't drink the water

    Apr 25 2018

    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 marching today in protest. Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith explains what exactly happened in Flint and whether the city will ever regain the trust of its residents.


    Apr 24 2018

    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 (unfairly targeting Muslims). Also at issue, the president's tweets. The nine justices will consider whether Donald Trump's tweets and retweets reveal intentions different from what's on paper.

  • Too little, too latte?

    Apr 23 2018

    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 outrage. Alexis McGill Johnson runs trainings for Perception Institute. She schools Sean Rameswaram in how they work, how our brains are biased, and whether people can break these biases down.

  • Yes we cannabis

    Apr 20 2018

    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 D.C. pot entrepreneur who’s finding a way around the city’s ban on sales. Afterwards, a discussion about marijuana reparations.

  • "I don't get confused"

    Apr 19 2018

    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 “confused.” Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains how Ambassador Haley punched back and why this isn’t the best look for the country.

  • Congress just broke the Internet

    Apr 18 2018

    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 curb sex trafficking, either.

  • The $43,000 phone booth

    Apr 17 2018

    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 Irfan says that behind these controversies, Pruitt’s EPA has been one of the most consequential government agencies in the Trump administration.

  • Why did the U.S. just bomb Syria?

    Apr 16 2018

    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 its involvement and why the world sees chemical weapons differently from conventional ones.***********************For an explainer on how Syria got here, check out our previous episode "It's never too late to understand the war in Syria": https...more

  • Mile-high mutiny

    Apr 13 2018

    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 Rameswaram why he picked a fight with the brass. Kate Knibbs of The Ringer then explains why hedge funds and billionaires are bad for local news.

  • He said, she said, she said, she said....

    Apr 12 2018

    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 Cosby’s retrial could be a game changer in the wake of #metoo.

  • The raid

    Apr 11 2018

    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.

  • What's my wage again?

    Apr 10 2018

    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.

  • 1, 2, 3, 4... I declare a trade war

    Apr 09 2018

    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 on U.S. goods, like soybeans and airplanes. Now, the U.S. has replied with $100 billion more. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why this could escalate to a trade war, and really hurt Trump’s base.

  • It’s never too late to understand the war in Syria

    Apr 06 2018

    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 what the United Nations calls “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.”

  • They're not gonna take it

    Apr 05 2018

    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 teachers are mad as hell.

  • 20 shots and a cell phone

    Apr 04 2018

    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 percent of those fatal police shootings result in charges. The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery explains why convictions are even fewer, and what it’s going to take to reduce fatal police shootings.

  • Mark Zuckerberg Explains Himself

    Apr 03 2018

    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 Marc Rotenberg tells Sean Rameswaram why he’s not.

  • Gerrymandering 101

    Apr 02 2018

    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 Your Vote Doesn't Count," tells Sean Rameswaram why gerrymandering today is the worst it's ever been.

  • Quitting the Border Patrol

    Mar 30 2018

    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 grandfather illegally crossed.

  • Chief Wahoo Strikes Out

    Mar 29 2018

    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 uniforms, but Sundance tells Sean Rameswaram that his fight is long from over.

  • The New Abortion Wars

    Mar 28 2018

    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 case Roe v. Wade might once again be in jeopardy.

  • Bolton's Back

    Mar 27 2018

    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 Iran. Vox's Zack Beauchamp tells Sean Rameswaram about Bolton's controversial background and what it means to have a hawkish advisor seated next to the president.

  • The Survivors

    Mar 26 2018

    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 Columbine survivor advises a Parkland survivor how to deal with life after a mass shooting.

  • Flagrant Foul

    Mar 23 2018

    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 says a lot of this conversation comes down to race.

  • Me Too, Mr. Trump

    Mar 22 2018

    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, and Jessica Leeds recalls sitting next to Trump on a plane.

  • Cambridge Analytica

    Mar 21 2018

    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 info can be sold to third parties without our knowledge. Recode’s Kurt Wagner explains, then ProPublica’s Julia Angwin talks about the endgame: brainwashing the masses.

  • It's Been Six Months

    Mar 20 2018

    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 Varela looks at the recovery and explains the real reason it’s taking so long.

  • One Man vs. InfoWars

    Mar 19 2018

    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 threats. Now, Gilmore is fighting back. He’s taking InfoWars' Alex Jones to court. Can a victim of conspiracy theories take down the king of conspiracy theories? Sean Rameswaram speaks to Gilmore and Vox's Jane Coaston.

  • Lady and the Trump

    Mar 16 2018

    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 threatened to physically harm her. Vox's Laura McGann says this is much more than your run-of-the-mill political sex scandal.

  • The Colder War

    Mar 15 2018

    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. Vox’s Brian Resnick gives us the science before Yochi Dreazen takes us to the war.

  • Default in Our Loans

    Mar 14 2018

    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 tells Sean Rameswaram about the national crisis we never solved. And we say goodbye to Stephen Hawking.

  • Rexit

    Mar 13 2018

    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 of planning a historic U.S.-North Korea meeting. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp describes Tillerson’s rocky relationship with Trump, and Ezra Klein reflects on this administration’s high turnover.

  • The United States vs. California

    Mar 12 2018

    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 explains the legal battle, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims talks about being stuck in the middle.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

    Mar 09 2018

    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 for President Trump.

  • The Disability Belt

    Mar 08 2018

    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 “thin piece of duct tape that’s keeping everything together,” according to Vox’s Dylan Matthews, who traveled to Tennessee to talk to people on SSDI.

  • That'll Teach 'Em

    Mar 07 2018

    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 Broadcasting reporter Dave Mistich and Harrison County math teacher Cathy Drummond Pizzino to find out exactly how the state’s educators pulled off their big win.

  • What's the Deal with Steel?

    Mar 06 2018

    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 and most of Trump’s own advisors. (Economic advisor Gary Cohn even quit today.) Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains the impact of these tariffs, and the chances they could spark a trade war with our allies. He also hums a little ditty about steel. ...more

  • Inclusion Riders, Explained

    Mar 05 2018

    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 with two words: “inclusion rider.” Vox’s Caroline Framke explains how inclusion riders could force Hollywood to change.

  • President for Life

    Mar 05 2018

    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 and The New Yorker’s Jiayang Fan to find out what it means that the leader of one fifth of the world's population just decided he’s never stepping down.

  • The Gun Problem No One Wants to Talk About

    Mar 02 2018

    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 back. Vox’s German Lopez walks Sean Rameswaram through the many debates. He says the reason the country is stalled is because we haven’t begun to have the right conversation about guns. Sean and Vox’s Dylan Matthews talk about the elephant in the r...more

  • The Deep Fake

    Mar 01 2018

    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 tells Sean Rameswaram how “deepfakes” are spreading across the internet. Plus computer scientist Peter Eckersley explores how the same technology could tear our society apart in bigger ways.

  • The Quiet War on Obamacare

    Feb 28 2018

    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 Obamacare’s rules, and the Trump administration hasn’t been doing anything to stop it. Experts say if the federal government doesn’t intervene, other red states will likely follow in Idaho’s footsteps.

  • Mueller 101

    Feb 27 2018

    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 straight? Vox’s Zack Beauchamp tells Sean Rameswaram not to focus on all the names and places or it might start to sound like “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” We update the Billy Joel song to explain Mueller’s investigation. 

  • Give Us Your No One

    Feb 26 2018

    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 recipients in limbo: Do they stay or do they go? Congress still hasn’t been able to pass a vote on DACA. Vox’s Dara Lind and Matthew Yglesias say that’s because Trump has moved the conversation into unfamiliar territory: from illegal immigration to legal...more

  • This Time Could Be Different

    Feb 23 2018

    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 Rameswaram speaks with Vox reporter German Lopez, Georgetown psychiatry professor Liza Gold, and Elizabeth Love, a Utah teenager who's a bit of a badass.

  • Countdown to Day Zero

    Feb 22 2018

    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 currently scheduled for July 9th. Reporter Kristen van Schie tells Sean Rameswaram how the three-year drought is drastically changing life for millions of Capetonians. Plus three tips to ward off a water crisis in your own city from hydrologist Pete...more

  • Breaking the Ice with North Korea

    Feb 21 2018

    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?

  • Black Panther Is the Most Important Movie of 2018

    Feb 20 2018

    "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 Narcisse, writer of the "Rise of the Black Panther" comic books, to find out. (No spoilers!) (Transcript here.)

  • Six Easy Steps to Nuclear War

    Feb 19 2018

    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.