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We live in a confusing time, bombarded every day with news stories from around the world that can be hard to follow, or fully understand. Let Worldly be your guide. Every Thursday, senior writer Zack Beauchamp, senior foreign editor Jennifer Williams...Show More
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Venezuela has two presidents

25:53 | Jan 24th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the political crisis in Venezuela — a country in economic free fall where two men are each claiming to be the sole legitimate president. They run through 20 years of Venezuelan history, explaining how a unique economic...Show More
Why Xi Jinping’s power grab is dangerous for China — and the world

32:42 | Mar 1st, 2018

Yochi, Zack and Jenn talk about China's decision to allow President Xi Jinping to rule the country indefinitely, a move that means the world's biggest country will likely grow even more repressive at home and aggressive abroad. On Elsewhere, they dis...Show More
India’s power grab in Kashmir

21:09 | Aug 8th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its constitution, the provision giving special status to the majority-Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir, a decision that has sparked a political crisis with Pakistan. The World...Show More
Are the US and Turkey heading for a divorce?

25:41 | Aug 1st

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the tension between the US and one of its major NATO allies, Turkey. The most recent fight is over Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile system, but that’s emblematic of a much deeper rift relating to the Turkish gove...Show More
Introducing Land of the Giants

13:12 | Jul 31st

Land of the Giants is a new podcast from Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network about the five major technology companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google – or “FAANG”) that have reshaped our world. Each season focuses on one of the gi...Show More
Boris and Brexit

23:22 | Jul 25th

Zack and Jenn are joined by Jen Kirby, Vox’s chief Brexit correspondent, to discuss the UK’s new prime minister: Boris Johnson. They trace his rise to power, his political persona that is both funny and troubling, and his distinct lack of political c...Show More
Meet the Space Force

46:04 | Jul 18th

Alex Ward joins The Weeds' Jane Coaston  and Matt Yglesias to explain Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.Recommended reading:“Trump really, really wants troops in space” by Alex Ward“Trump wants a ‘...Show More
A very special relationship episode

25:08 | Jul 11th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the saga of Kim Darroch, the recently-resigned UK Ambassador to the US. Some of Darroch’s private cables back home, where he referred to President Trump as “inept” (among other things), were leaked and published in a Brit...Show More
Under pressure (Live!)

29:04 | Jul 4th

The long-awaited Worldly live episode is here! In a taping at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Zack, Alex, and Jenn discuss the notion of “maximum pressure” — a phrase coined to describe Trump’s North Korea policy that has turned out to...Show More
The Democratic (foreign policy) debate

23:40 | Jun 27th

It’s a Democratic debate special! Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the big foreign policy issue dividing the candidates: whether the liberal international order the United States set up after World War II is working, and what reforms are necessary if ...Show More
How close are we to war with Iran?

22:10 | Jun 20th

Zack and Alex break down the past few weeks of worrying news about Iran. They discuss (what seem to be) Iranian attacks on oil tankers, Iran announcing that it was thinking about breaking the terms of the nuclear deal, and the US sending more troops ...Show More
The fight to save Hong Kong

19:10 | Jun 13th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the huge protests in Hong Kong that erupted over a controversial amendment to the city’s extradition law — and why the fight is really about protecting the city’s freedoms from Beijing’s attempts to repress them. They pla...Show More
Jamestown: Utopian for Whom?

11:48 | Jun 12th

Nice Try! is a new podcast from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufe...Show More
Bloodshed in Sudan

17:15 | Jun 6th

Jenn and Alex explain how months-long protests to oust a brutal dictator in Sudan, once so hopeful, have fallen victim to a bloody repression campaign. After initial peaceful talks, a government-linked paramilitary group decided to attack demonstrato...Show More
European Dis-union

19:07 | May 30th

Jenn, Alex, and special guest Jen Kirby (who goes by Kirby in our shows) explain the shocking results of the European parliamentary elections. The world's second-largest exercise in democracy produced big wins for Europe's left-wing Green Party, some...Show More
Collusion in Austria

23:00 | May 23rd

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down how a six-hour video of a far-right party leader drinking in Ibiza brought down Austria’s government. The story involves a fake Russian oligarch’s niece, a far-right party founded by former Nazis, and a plot to subvert...Show More
The art of trade war

23:24 | May 16th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex examine Trump’s trade war with China, which appears to be back on after negotiations failed to produce a deal. They run through how we got here, what’s happened so far in terms of escalating tit-for-tat tariffs, and what the cost...Show More
Slouching towards an Iran war

23:17 | May 9th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about a scary rise in tensions between the US and Iran in the past week — a (possibly inflated) Iranian plot against American troops in the Middle East, and an Iranian announcement of plans to stop abiding by the terms of th...Show More
Venezuela’s phantom coup

22:06 | May 2nd

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the strange non-coup in Venezuela this week. Juan Guaidó, the parliament leader the US considers the country’s legitimate president, claimed the military was about to overthrow actual President Nicolás Maduro in a Tuesday...Show More
Trump is stoking a civil war in Libya

17:43 | Apr 25th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the recent violence in Libya — where a militia led by strongman Khalifa Haftar is threatening to topple the internationally recognized government. They explain how we got to this point, and the depressing role Presiden...Show More
Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]

39:03 | Apr 18th

Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with The Weeds on Robert Mueller’s just-released report. They explain the special counsel's main findings on collusion with Russian election interference and on obstruction of justice and w...Show More
The end of the two-state solution?

19:02 | Apr 11th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the results of Tuesday’s election in Israel, which are set to give incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a fifth term in office. They explain why his end-of-campaign promise to annex Jewish settlements in the West B...Show More
Brunei just made gay sex punishable by death

22:59 | Apr 4th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the wealthy authoritarian nation of Brunei’s horrific new criminal code, in which men who have sex with men can be executed by stoning. They delve into the possible reasons Brunei’s sultan is adopting this code, explain h...Show More
The latest Israel Gaza flare-up

24:01 | Mar 28th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the latest round of fighting between Israel and militants based in the Gaza Strip. They run through how it started, the reasons why it may or may not escalate, and what it tells us about the perpetual state of instabil...Show More
Understanding the New Zealand attack

26:10 | Mar 21st

Zack, Jenn, and Alex delve into the dark far-right echo chamber that seemingly motivated the New Zealand mosque shooter. They talk about the French origins of apocalyptic theories about nonwhites and Muslims overrunning the West, how those ideas went...Show More
Introducing Switched on Pop

13:19 | Mar 15th

Vox takes culture seriously. Our coverage seeks to understand how our cultural touchstones work -- and what they reveal about who we are.That's why we’re excited to introduce you to Switched on Pop. It's a podcast that digs into the cultural context ...Show More
Algeria’s election, UK’s rejection

27:22 | Mar 14th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the big-deal political developments in Algeria — where longtime ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika has decided not to run for a fifth presidential term. The decision was a big victory for a protest movement in the authoritarian c...Show More
D'oh Canada

25:03 | Mar 7th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the major political scandal rocking Canada in which top officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, may have pressured the attorney general to rule in favor of a powerful Canadian company facing criminal charge...Show More
Four countries, two nuclear crises

26:26 | Feb 28th

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the week’s big nuclear news — the US-North Korea summit in Vietnam and the recent round of hostilities between India and Pakistan. They go over the nitty-gritty of Trump’s somewhat surprising failure to strike a deal w...Show More
Four songs that help explain the world

23:00 | Feb 21st

This week’s show takes all four of our popular Elsewhere music segments and puts them together in one special episode! Zack, Jenn, and Alex take you through a range of different acts: pioneering K-pop artists, a dissident Turkish Marxist band, one of...Show More
Brexit’s biggest hurdle: Ireland

26:52 | Feb 14th

Zack and Jenn are joined by Jen Kirby, one of Vox’s foreign affairs reporters, to discuss what has emerged as the biggest hurdle to the Brexit process: the border between the Republic of Ireland and British-controlled Northern Ireland. They go back i...Show More
Trump’s intelligence failure

22:57 | Jan 31st

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down a new intelligence report that directly contradicts President Trump’s views on key policy issues from ISIS to climate change. The report caused Trump to blast his own spies on Twitter, writing that “Perhaps Intelligenc...Show More
Bollocks to Brexit

22:32 | Jan 17th

This week, Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the UK parliament’s very big, very bizarre week of voting. On Tuesday, Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal by a huge margin; on Wednesday, they voted to keep May in office despite ha...Show More
One of the world’s worst dictators is facing an uprising

22:57 | Jan 10th

This week, Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the burgeoning protest movement against Sudan’s longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir. Bashir, who was responsible for the Darfur genocide and once sheltered Osama bin Laden, did not face a major uprising during the...Show More
Trump's surprise troop withdrawal

21:37 | Jan 3rd

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss what President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw US troops from Syria means for that country, ISIS, and Iran. After all, nobody — including leading US officials and America’s allies — really wants Trump to do t...Show More
One refugee’s story in Hungary

16:41 | Dec 27th, 2018

In this re-run Jenn, Zack, and Alex Ward discuss Europe’s political meltdown over migration, which Zack got a firsthand look at during a trip to Hungary last week funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. They start by airing Zack’s intervie...Show More
Hindsight is 2018

27:07 | Dec 20th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex wrap up 2018 by looking back at three of the most dramatic foreign policy decisions President Trump made in 2018 — and whether, in retrospect, they turned out to be as dramatic as we’d initially thought. For Elsewhere, Zack pushe...Show More
It was China, in the Marriott database, with the hack

16:05 | Dec 13th, 2018

Zack and Jenn discuss the massive hack of Marriott, in which the information of as many as 500 million people was stolen. China appears to be the culprit — part of a broader cyber assault on US institutions that amounts to a massive Chinese intellige...Show More
2 French 2 Furious

24:05 | Dec 6th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the protests currently raging in France. They began as a reaction to President Emmanuel Macron’s gas tax hike, but have evolved into a much wider rebuke of his allegedly elitist, out-of-touch presidency. For Elsewhere, th...Show More
A trio of unlikely senators work to stop the Yemen war

24:15 | Nov 29th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the Senate’s historic War Powers vote on Wednesday, the first step toward reining in US participation in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The US has been supporting Saudi Arabia with weapons and intelligence for years, but th...Show More
The case for (and against) open borders

23:11 | Nov 22nd, 2018

On Future Perfect, Vox’s Dylan Matthews tackles provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world – ideas like opening up our borders. One of the most reliable, best-documented ways to lift someone in a poor country out of poverty i...Show More
China’s “concentration camps” for Muslims

25:05 | Nov 15th, 2018

Zack and Alex are joined by James Palmer, an editor at Foreign Policy magazine, to discuss a terrible and under-discussed humanitarian crisis: China’s repression of its Uighur Muslim minority. In Xinjiang province, where most Uighurs live, China has ...Show More
Jeff Sessions is out. Is Robert Mueller next?

21:38 | Nov 8th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the implications of President Donald Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, both for the Russia investigation and for the rule of law. On Elsewhere, they discuss how the Democratic takeover of the House could res...Show More
Why fringe groups are winning around the world

26:14 | Nov 1st, 2018

Jenn, Alex, and returning special guest Alina Polyakova discuss what a presidential election in Brazil and a stunning political announcement in Germany have in common: the collapse of centrist leadership worldwide. The center-left and center-right ha...Show More
Duck and cover

27:33 | Oct 25th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex address one of the world’s biggest threats: nuclear war. There’s a small but still very real chance that nuclear weapons will be used in our lifetimes; the gang discusses how that could happen — and what it would look like if the...Show More
Introducing Future Perfect

21:59 | Oct 20th, 2018

A sneak peek at Vox’s newest show, about provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. Host Dylan Matthews tackles big questions about the most effective ways to save lives, reform prisons, fight global warming, and end world p...Show More
A murder and an outbreak

20:44 | Oct 18th, 2018

On a special episode of Worldly with two main segments, Zack talks with Alex about the latest in the Jamal Khashoggi saga and then interviews Vox health writer Julia Belluz on the worrying Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zack and ...Show More
Where is Jamal Khashoggi?

21:33 | Oct 11th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi dissident-in-exile and Washington Post columnist. Khashoggi went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get some paperwork, and then never came out; it’s looking li...Show More
International Court of Screw You

23:27 | Oct 4th, 2018

On this week’s Worldly, Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss a recent International Court of Justice ruling ordering that the US needs to relax its sanctions on Iran — and the Trump administration’s volcanic response. They put this in context of America’s br...Show More
The looming Brexit catastrophe

23:52 | Sep 27th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the state of Brexit: The United Kingdom’s ongoing negotiation over the terms of its departure from the European Union. The process has involved months of turmoil between UK Prime Minister Theresa May and hardline members ...Show More
Trump’s plan to tank the Chinese economy

22:46 | Sep 20th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss President Trump’s massive new escalation in his trade war with China — new tariffs that mean half of all imports from China are now being taxed. They break down how these tariffs will actually affect Americans, Trump’s ov...Show More
Did al-Qaeda win?

29:40 | Sep 13th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the debate over the legacy of the 9/11 attacks: Did al-Qaeda get what it wanted? On Elsewhere, we look at Russia’s latest bizarre attempt to deflect blame for the UK spy poisoning by posting a questionable interview wi...Show More
A looming disaster in Syria

25:48 | Sep 6th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex dissect the looming crisis in Idlib, the last big rebel stronghold in Syria, which will soon be the target of a vicious Assad regime offensive. The roughly three million people in the region, many of whom were displaced from prev...Show More
Deal or no deal

28:56 | Aug 30th, 2018

Zack and Alex are joined by a special guest — Weeds host Dara Lind — to discuss the way President Trump makes deals with foreign countries. They break down the big news of the week on nuclear negotiations with North Korea and NAFTA talks with Mexico ...Show More
The Trump-Fox News-white nationalist feedback loop

22:57 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about Trump’s late-night tweet about the alleged persecution of white South African farmers. They explain what’s actually happening in South Africa, how Trump’s take on the situation has its roots in an international white n...Show More
Talking Turkey (and its economic crisis)

27:42 | Aug 16th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and special guest Matt Yglesias discuss the economic crisis crippling Turkey — and how its feud with the Trump administration over a detained American pastor is making things even worse. On Elsewhere, Jenn and Zack examine the very real a...Show More
Saudi Arabia picked a fight with...Canada?

23:47 | Aug 9th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex explore the utterly bizarre diplomatic fight between Saudi Arabia and Canada — and why it has everything to do with the ruthless ambition of Saudi’s young new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. On Elsewhere, they discuss a big sc...Show More
A man, a plan, Iran

25:38 | Aug 2nd, 2018

On this week’s episode, Zack, Jenn, and Alex look at the economics behind Trump’s offer to sit down with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The Iranian economy is in trouble after the US withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, due to the impending threat...Show More
It’s gettin hot in here, so get really concerned about global stability

32:18 | Jul 26th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex dig into the heat wave wreaking havoc across the Northern Hemisphere, spreading a wildfire in Greece so hot that cars are melting on city streets. They get special science guest Umair Irfan to explain the connection between this ...Show More
From Russia, with love (and hacking)

24:35 | Jul 19th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and Alex examine the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election — and how much of it President Donald Trump had already been shown before his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They dig into the Justice Depa...Show More
Has Trump actually been good for NATO?

23:09 | Jul 12th, 2018

Jenn, official new Worldly co-host Alex Ward, and special guest Dr. Alina Polyakova discuss President Trump’s big NATO summit this week and his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has openly criticized the NATO military alli...Show More
Why Europe turned its back on migrants

25:51 | Jul 5th, 2018

Jenn, Zack, and recurring guest Alex Ward discuss Europe’s political meltdown over migration, which Zack got a firsthand look at during a trip to Hungary last week funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. They start by airing Zack’s intervi...Show More
The military’s biggest challenge? Trump.

29:52 | Jun 28th, 2018

Jenn sits down with returning guest Alex Ward and special guest Loren DeJonge Schulman, a defense expert at the Center for a New American Security, to talk about why the hell the Pentagon keeps getting caught off guard by big decisions coming from th...Show More
Blame China?

26:55 | Jun 21st, 2018

On a special goodbye Worldly — it’s Yochi’s final episode, sadly — he, Jenn, and Zack talk about President Donald Trump’s looming trade war with China, which could soon make it more expensive to buy everything from an iPhone to an air conditioner. Th...Show More
The Art of the Deal, by Kim Jong Un

34:11 | Jun 14th, 2018

On an all-summit episode of Worldly, Zack and Jenn are joined by actual North Korea expert Jeffrey Lewis (host of the Arms Control Wonk podcast) for an in-depth analysis of how the Trump-Kim meeting actually went. They talk about how the US didn’t ge...Show More
Trump and Kim, sitting in a hotel, T-A-L-K-I-N-G

24:03 | Jun 7th, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and returning guest Alex Ward talk about the possibilities — and perils — of President Trump’s upcoming nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. On Elsewhere, they discuss the wild story of how Iceland’...Show More
The nuclear standoff nobody's talking about

27:29 | May 31st, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack dive into the nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan, one of the most dangerous but least known military conflicts in the world. On Elsewhere, they look at the mysterious case of a Russian journalist who was reportedly murd...Show More
Trump’s breakup note to Kim Jong-un, explained

23:58 | May 24th, 2018

On a special all-North Korea episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about President Trump’s surprise cancellation of his planned summit with Kim Jong Un — a decision Trump announced literally as the Worldly crew was sitting down to record the...Show More
The Arab world has abandoned Gaza

24:26 | May 17th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack discuss Israel's killings of dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza and why many Arab countries seem willing to give Israel a pass and instead focus on what they see as a growing threat from Iran. On Elsewhere, they look at Vl...Show More
America is out of the Iran deal. Now what?

27:25 | May 10th, 2018

On a special episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about President Trump's historic and dangerous decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, a move that angered America's closest allies and potentially set the stage for a new Mideast war...Show More
A war between Israel and Iran could really happen

34:00 | May 3rd, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s over-the-top media blitz designed to sway President Trump to nix the Iran nuclear deal and about how Israel’s shadow conflict with Iran is threatening to explode into a new ...Show More
The ideology behind the Toronto terror attack, explained

32:25 | Apr 26th, 2018

Yochi, Zack, and special guest Dara Lind discuss Monday's bloody terror attack in Toronto, which was carried out by a member of a fringe anti-woman movement called "incel," short for "involuntary celibate." On Elsewhere, they talk about how French Pr...Show More
The promise and peril of Trump’s North Korea meeting

26:48 | Apr 19th, 2018

On a special all-North Korea episode, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s secret meeting with Kim Jong Un, the clearest sign yet that the Trump administration is serious about setting aside the belligerent rhetoric and having ...Show More
Trump has no Syria strategy. Obama didn't either.

30:03 | Apr 12th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about President Trump’s threats to bomb Syria after a brutal chemical weapons attack there — and why a US military strike won’t have much impact on the country’s civil war. On Elsewhere, they talk about Hungarian Prime Mini...Show More
A clear guide to the Israel-Gaza crisis

28:37 | Apr 5th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about the growing crisis on the Gaza-Israel border, where Israeli troops killed 19 Palestinians during violent clashes with protesters, sparking fears of all-out war. On Elsewhere, they turn to Malaysia, which just passed t...Show More
The rise of Trump's war cabinet (Weeds crossover!)

33:55 | Mar 29th, 2018

It’s Part 1 of a special crossover with Vox’s The Weeds. On this week’s Worldly, Yochi, Zack, and Weeds host Dara Lind discuss Trump’s national security cabinet reshuffle — and whether the appointment of incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton...Show More
Trump’s Russia policy? What Russia policy?

31:08 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Yochi, Zack, and special guest Alexia Underwood talk about why President Trump's top aides begged him not to congratulate Vladimir Putin for winning this week's sham Russian election -- and why Trump ignored them and did so anyway. On Elsewhere, they...Show More
Putin’s poisonings

27:33 | Mar 15th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK with a deadly nerve agent. The British government says Russia was behind the startling attack, but it’s not clear how far they — or the Trump administration — are willin...Show More
Rexit special!

16:04 | Mar 13th, 2018

On a special bonus episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about President Trump finally firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after publicly and privately mocking him for months. The good news: world leaders will know that Tillerson’s repla...Show More
Make Italy Great Again

27:02 | Mar 8th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn and Zack talk about how Italy's elections may have paved the way for a far-right prime minister who sees Vladimir Putin as a role model, wants to close mosques, and openly talks about deporting 500,000 migrants. On Elsewhere, they talk ab...Show More
The strange saga of “Putin’s chef”

29:39 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of 13 Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 elections, including a billionaire with extraordinarily close ties to Vladimir Putin. On Elsewhere, they talk about the corrupti...Show More
Russian mercenaries, Israeli airstrikes, and the bloody future of the Syrian civil war

33:44 | Feb 15th, 2018

Yochi, Zack, and special guest Alexia Underwood talk about the evolution of Syria’s civil war and how a conflict that once pitted Syrian against Syrian has now drawn in at least six outside countries. Just this past week, Israel carried out waves of ...Show More
Bonus: The Podium, from the Vox Media Podcast Network and NBC Sports

24:44 | Feb 9th, 2018

Opening Ceremony co-host Katie Couric discusses what to expect from the broadcast (8:30 ET, NBC), the unified team of North and South Korea, and her interview with figure skating star Nathan Chen. We'll also take a look back at some pivotal moments i...Show More
Polish Holocaust denial and the weaponization of history

33:23 | Feb 8th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about a controversial new law in Poland that makes it illegal to accuse the "Polish nation" of being complicit in the Holocaust, a change that has infuriated the US, Israel, and Jewish communities around the world. The ange...Show More
Why America can’t quit Guantanamo Bay

30:58 | Feb 1st, 2018

Zack, Jenn, and returning guest Alex Ward discuss the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and President Trump’s announcement this week that he’s keeping it open and may send ISIS fighters there. On Elsewhere, the gang looks at a bizarre and...Show More
Why Trump, who promised to keep America out of wars, keeps escalating them

37:43 | Jan 25th, 2018

Jenn, Zack, and special guest Alex Ward discuss President Trump’s decision to escalate America’s military involvement in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, and beyond — despite having campaigned on an “America First” agenda that promised to reduce US milit...Show More
A Saudi-Iran proxy war has torn Yemen apart — and America is fanning the flames

29:37 | Jan 18th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack discuss the horrific war in Yemen, which has become a battleground in a shadow war between Iran and Saudi Arabia — and where there are real reasons to worry that the US is complicit in war crimes. On Elsewhere, they look to a ra...Show More
Why Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation should really scare Trump

35:25 | Jan 11th, 2018

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about the state of play in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — and why obstruction of justice, not collusion, may pose the biggest legal and political threat to President Trump. On Elsewhere, they look at Israel’s “Strippergate...Show More
How expensive eggs helped kick off the biggest Iranian protests in years

29:21 | Jan 4th, 2018

On the first Worldly of 2018, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about what the massive protests in Iran say about the future of the country — and about its tense relationship with the US. The protests have demonstrated a remarkable degree of public anger at...Show More
“Speak loudly and carry a small stick:” Trump’s foreign policy year in review

40:37 | Dec 21st, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack bid a fond farewell to 2017 by looking at what Donald Trump's first year in office says about his approach to the presidency and how he's likely to handle Iran, North Korea, and China in the future. The biggest takeaway is that ...Show More
The most political Olympics since the Cold War

27:32 | Dec 14th, 2017

In a special Olympics-themed episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at how global politics will shape next year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea in a way that hasn’t been seen since the height of the Cold War. The International Olympic Commit...Show More
Trump said Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Now what?

49:42 | Dec 7th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that breaks with decades of US foreign policy -- and that tells us a lot about how Trump makes decisions and how often his actions don't ...Show More
Rex Tillerson's departure looks imminent as the North Korea crisis heats up

54:05 | Nov 30th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and special guest Alex Ward talk about President Trump’s apparent decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will go down as arguably the worst secretary of state in American history. Tillerson will leave the department after...Show More
The president of the world's most powerful democracy doesn't seem to actually like democracy

54:11 | Nov 16th, 2017

Yochi, Zack, and special guest Loren DeJonge Schulman discuss President Trump's trip to Asia, where his warm feelings for foreign autocrats and refusal to discuss human rights abuses raise real questions about whether the leader of the world's bigges...Show More
Saudi Arabia's real-life Game of Thrones

42:51 | Nov 9th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn and Zack talk about the shocking purge in Saudi Arabia, where the country's young and ambitious crown prince has abruptly begun arresting his relatives and seizing billions of dollars of their money. The move is a clear sign that 32-year-...Show More
The New York attack reveals ISIS’s plan for survival

52:40 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Jenn is back, and she joins Yochi and Zack to talk about what the terror attack in New York says about the true ISIS threat to the US. With ISIS on the run in Iraq and Syria, the sad reality is that the group will double down on its efforts to find w...Show More
What were American troops doing in Niger?

45:41 | Oct 26th, 2017

Yochi, Zack, and special guest Loren DeJonge Schulman of the great podcast Bombshell talk about the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger in October, a tragedy at the center of a nasty political fight between President Trump and a grieving military wid...Show More
What the fight over Kirkuk means for Iraq's future

48:06 | Oct 19th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at why Washington’s two biggest allies in the fight against ISIS are squaring off over the future of Kirkuk, an oil-rich city in northern Iraq. Kurdish fighters took control of Kirkuk three years ago and have held it ever s...Show More
Trump's risky, pointless plan to undermine the Iran deal without tearing it up

46:01 | Oct 12th, 2017

Jenn, Zack, and special guest Matt Yglesias talk about the Iran nuclear deal and the looming Sunday deadline for President Trump to recertify that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the deal. They discuss why, contrary to the advice of nearly al...Show More
Puerto Rico’s crisis and the curse of American colonialism

51:34 | Oct 4th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at how the Trump administration’s bungled response to the crisis in Puerto Rico reflects the longstanding challenges facing an island that is neither a full US state (with all the benefits that brings) nor a fully independe...Show More
Angela Merkel won Germany’s election. So did the far-right.

48:05 | Sep 28th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at Sunday’s landmark elections in Germany, which were simultaneously reassuring and deeply alarming. German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term, which means she’ll still have the power to let in refugees, challenge V...Show More
Trump took his America First act to the UN

38:35 | Sep 20th, 2017

On a special episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Vox defense reporter Alex Ward look at Donald Trump’s big first speech to the UN, where the president said the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if war breaks out and hinted that he’d rip up Wash...Show More
Burma was a democratic success story. Now it’s the site of ethnic cleansing.

56:34 | Sep 14th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at the growing human rights catastrophe in Myanmar, where Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi is doing nothing to stop her country's military from mounting a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing against its Muslim mino...Show More
Why more sanctions won’t convince North Korea to give up its nukes

1:02:15 | Sep 7th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at why decades of US economic sanctions haven’t stopped North Korea’s nuclear program — and why the Trump administration’s new ones probably won’t, either. They examine how such a devastatingly poor country has managed to d...Show More
Why a Mideast peace deal seems further away than ever

1:02:44 | Aug 31st, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack ease out of the summer with a look at the one of the most complicated, explosive, and genuinely fascinating issues in the world: the decades-long fight between Israel and the Palestinians. They look at Israel’s promise this week...Show More
Why Trump doubled down on America’s forever war

55:15 | Aug 24th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack look at Trump’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan despite spending years calling for a US withdrawal, why it’s impossible to truly defeat the Taliban, and the sad reality that America’s longest war will now continue we...Show More
The Philippines’s popular president is murdering thousands of his own citizens

48:16 | Aug 17th, 2017

Zack and Jenn are joined by Worldly’s first guest host, Vox senior reporter Dara Lind, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines — an abrasive populist leader whose year-long war on drugs has already killed over 7,000 people. They explo...Show More
Is Kim Jong Un more rational than Donald Trump?

48:17 | Aug 10th, 2017

Yochi, Jenn, and Zack discuss whether Kim Jong Un is more rational and easier to predict than Donald Trump, the dangers of having senior administration officials openly contradicting each other on whether the US would actually use force against North...Show More
How scared should we be of North Korea's nukes?

54:07 | Aug 3rd, 2017

On the newest episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s foreign policy podcast, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about how worried we should be about North Korea’s nukes, what it means that one of the most reclusive countries on earth has a missile that can hit the US...Show More
We’re finding out what happens when no one runs US foreign policy

52:44 | Jul 27th, 2017

On the newest episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s foreign policy podcast, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about why President Trump is at war with his own attorney general and national security adviser, what it means when the people that are supposed to keep Tr...Show More
Why Trump has stuck with the Iran deal he hates

48:14 | Jul 20th, 2017

On this episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s new foreign policy podcast, Yochi Dreazen, Jennifer Williams, and Zack Beauchamp talk about why President Trump won’t rip up the Iran nuclear deal that candidate Trump spent months attacking, what Trump gets righ...Show More
ISIS’s caliphate is falling. Now what?

53:41 | Jul 13th, 2017

On the fourth episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s new foreign policy podcast, Yochi Dreazen, Jennifer Williams, and Zack Beauchamp focus on the fight against ISIS, what will happen now that it’s losing its last strongholds in Iraq and Syria, and whether we...Show More
What could go wrong when Trump meets Putin? A lot.

50:54 | Jul 6th, 2017

On the third episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s new foreign policy podcast, Yochi Dreazen, Jennifer Williams, and Zack Beauchamp dig into the high stakes and high risks surrounding President Trump’s historic first meeting with Vladimir Putin, what each le...Show More
Why North Korea is scary, comical, and horrifying — all at the same time

48:48 | Jun 29th, 2017

On the second episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s new foreign policy podcast, Yochi Dreazen, Jennifer Williams, and Zack Beauchamp dig into the tragic case of Otto Warmbier, the US citizen who died after being detained for 17 months in North Korea, and why...Show More
The US is getting scarily close to a shooting war with Russia in Syria

58:26 | Jun 22nd, 2017

On the first episode of Worldly, Vox.com’s new foreign policy podcast, Yochi Dreazen, Jennifer Williams, and Zack Beauchamp dive into the potential for a US-Russia conflict in Syria, the dangers of giving too much power to the Pentagon, and how Trump...Show More
Introducing: Worldly. Foreign policy wonks, unite!

01:05 | Jun 15th, 2017

We live in a confusing time, bombarded every day with news stories from around the world that can be hard to follow, or fully understand. Let Worldly be your guide. Every Thursday, senior writer Zack Beauchamp, senior foreign editor Jennifer Williams...Show More