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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.
Killing Sears

21:33 | Feb 12th

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.
All your data for $20

18:41 | Jan 30th

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.
Holy shit

23:39 | Jul 19th

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.
Never forget

25:53 | Jun 21st

The 9/11 first responders and Jon Stewart are fighting Congress for what they hope is the last time.
Sarah Kliff vs. Zuckerberg General

23:22 | May 6th

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.
The 400% interest rate

19:53 | Feb 14th

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.
Race runs through it

18:29 | Feb 13th

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 expl...Show More
Pushing opioids over lunch

20:22 | Feb 6th

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.
The State of the World

19:40 | Feb 5th

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.
Venezuela's two presidents

19:24 | Jan 24th

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 M...Show More
You should not throw away your shot

21:14 | Jan 4th

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.
Graduating Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

18:22 | Jul 24th, 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 ...Show More
You're tariffing us apart

22:09 | Jun 7th, 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....Show More
You can't have your cake

18:56 | Jun 4th, 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 c...Show More
Ireland's great divide

22:47 | May 21st, 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 i...Show More
Golden State Killer opens Pandora's box

19:30 | May 1st, 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 unwitting...Show More

21:27 | Mar 13th, 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 cha...Show More
(Don't) give me your poor

15:43 | Aug 14th

The Trump administration is about to make it a lot harder for poor people to get a green card.
Death behind bars

21:45 | Aug 13th

Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide is unexpectedly shining a light on the conditions in America’s jails.
Deep fried podcast

21:08 | Aug 12th

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.
Latinos after El Paso

26:10 | Aug 9th

In the wake of Saturday’s shooting, Latinos across the United States are questioning their safety.
Six rivers, three countries, one Kashmir

23:45 | Aug 8th

India is escalating its 70-year fight for Kashmir. The winner gets the water.
Amazon Crime

24:52 | Aug 7th

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.
Disown your kid to pay for college

21:54 | Aug 6th

This summer’s hottest college admissions scam is parents disowning their children. The Wall Street Journal’s Doug Belkin explains.
A Green New Deal, but for guns

22:10 | Aug 5th

Vox’s German Lopez explains why Democrats need a bold new plan for gun control.
Reviving death

20:27 | Aug 2nd

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 f...Show More
Dem Debates 2: Election Boogaloo

23:11 | Aug 1st

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.
Life's a breach

16:49 | Jul 31st

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.
Coats checks out

19:00 | Jul 30th

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.
Where we’re going, we still need roads

22:06 | Jul 29th

Four of the world’s biggest carmakers have secretly negotiated an emissions deal with California, circumventing the Trump administration.
No such thing as free lunch

23:10 | Jul 26th

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 graduati...Show More

23:44 | Jul 25th

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.
Mueller reports

19:00 | Jul 24th

At long last, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress today.

23:34 | Jul 23rd

Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are demanding Governor Ricardo Roselló resign. David Begnaud from CBS News reports from San Juan.
Five years after Eric Garner

19:21 | Jul 22nd

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.
"Send her back"

23:43 | Jul 18th

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.
How to solve the asylum crisis

23:33 | Jul 17th

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.
The Prince of Blackwater

27:06 | Jul 16th

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.
What raids?

22:20 | Jul 15th

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.
Don't stop, make it pop

25:54 | Jul 12th

Your favorite young person’s favorite app is TikTok. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings has been spending too much time trying to understand it.
The government will sleep in your bed

23:20 | Jul 11th

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.
A preexisting debate

22:02 | Jul 10th

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.
The renegade general

21:37 | Jul 9th

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 l...Show More
Switch to Mitch

28:23 | Jul 8th

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.
Know your enemy (Part II)

19:53 | Jul 5th

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."
Know your enemy (Part I)

24:15 | Jul 3rd

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.
Equal pay is the goooooaaaaaallllllllll!

24:24 | Jul 2nd

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.
40 acres and a bill

23:35 | Jul 1st

Slavery reparations were once an untouchable idea in American politics, but now presidential candidates openly support it. And for the first time ever, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has Congress considering it.
Two days, Explained

21:07 | Jun 28th

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

20:02 | Jun 27th

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.
"Safe and sanitary"

17:26 | Jun 26th

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.
Republicans on the run

21:10 | Jun 25th

A landmark cap-and-trade bill in Oregon is on life support after Republicans fled the state to avoid voting on it.
The rise and fall of R. Kelly

33:37 | Jun 24th

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.
Drone down

21:16 | Jun 20th

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.
I see fake people

21:33 | Jun 19th

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.
Change for a 20?

20:17 | Jun 18th

As Washington gears up for the 2020 elections, it's fighting over who should be on the $20 bill.
After the ouster

24:18 | Jun 18th

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.
Little pink houses for nobody

19:00 | Jun 14th

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.
Hong Kong in the streets

27:20 | Jun 13th

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.
Guatemala’s corruption conundrum

22:19 | Jun 12th

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.
Planting dreams

24:50 | Jun 11th

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 s...Show More
Mushroom magic

25:41 | Jun 10th

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.
My Brexit brings all the boys to the yard

19:50 | Jun 7th

Right-wing politicians in the UK are under attack. Delicious, sticky attack.
Crisis of faith

23:11 | Jun 5th

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

21:03 | Jun 4th

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

20:27 | Jun 3rd

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

24:11 | May 31st

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

22:15 | May 30th

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

17:33 | May 29th

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

21:07 | May 28th

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.
How to save a life

24:26 | May 24th

Dylan Matthews, host of Vox's Future Perfect podcast, gave away his kidney because it felt like the right thing to do.
"Keep our honor clean"

22:10 | May 23rd

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.
Tissue issues

19:28 | May 22nd

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.
The mother of all elections

23:20 | May 21st

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.
How to kill a gram

22:48 | May 20th

Today, a new definition of the kilogram officially takes effect. But it's just one piece in the massively complicated history of weight.
All shows must die

24:46 | May 17th

What do we say to the God of Death? Not today. Explained.
The race to ban abortion

23:37 | May 16th

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.
Make America Trade Again

19:01 | May 15th

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.
The fight for your face

17:10 | May 14th

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.
Life sentence, no trial

24:25 | May 13th

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.
Missile in a bottle

22:33 | May 10th

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.
Uber but for strikes

23:28 | May 9th

Uber drivers want some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And it might actually be as easy as A-B-C.
Who framed Mayor Pete?

20:34 | May 8th

Two right-wing operatives tried to frame Mayor Pete Buttigieg for sexual assault. It didn’t go as planned.
“Awwww, Shucky Ducky!”

23:57 | May 7th

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.
A Mueller walks into a Barr

22:14 | May 3rd

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.
Track and Female

24:58 | May 3rd

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.
Bovine intervention

23:16 | May 1st

Burger King announced it's going nationwide with a meatless Whopper that tastes like the real thing. Is this the end for Big Meat?
After the smoke clears

24:08 | Apr 30th

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.
Standoff at the NRA

17:21 | Apr 29th

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.
Subpoena season

21:59 | Apr 26th

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.
Tuition: Impossible

22:07 | Apr 25th

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.
Follow the drugs

21:56 | Apr 24th

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.
Martin Sheen 2020?

22:53 | Apr 23rd

Ukraine elected a new president on Sunday and his only meaningful preparation for the position was playing the president on TV.
Sri Lanka's Easter attacks

23:22 | Apr 22nd

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.

22:46 | Apr 19th

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.
It's Robert Time!

21:48 | Apr 18th

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.
The Jeffrey Epstein scandal isn't over

24:13 | Apr 17th

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

20:57 | Apr 15th

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.
Maximum Pressure

21:56 | Apr 12th

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.
They called it (a revolution)

21:10 | Apr 11th

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.
Medicare Bears

25:17 | Apr 10th

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.
Achy Breaky Charts

25:47 | Apr 9th

“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, attem...Show More
A brutal new law in Brunei

19:23 | Apr 8th

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

23:05 | Apr 5th

It's the hottest resolution since sliced bread. But is it just empty calories?
Banned: Aid

19:04 | Apr 4th

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 Stat...Show More

20:59 | Apr 3rd

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.
What women really want

20:07 | Apr 2nd

To mark Equal Pay Day 2019, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reveals the very simple reason women earn less than men.
The right to refuse

23:37 | Apr 1st

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.
Once, twice, three times a Brexit

24:18 | Mar 29th

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.

19:28 | Mar 28th

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.
I got 5G on it

24:55 | Mar 27th

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.
The Golan Heights

19:11 | Mar 26th

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

23:02 | Mar 25th

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.

25:15 | Mar 22nd

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.
Electoral College dropout

20:35 | Mar 21st

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.
Tried six times for the same crime

23:41 | Mar 20th

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 r...Show More

22:50 | Mar 19th

CBD is winding up in your lattes, your gummies, and your massages, but what exactly is it? And is anyone regulating it?
American hate

25:01 | Mar 18th

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.
A mass shooting, live-streamed

16:13 | Mar 15th

A terrorist attacked two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayer, killing at least 49 people.
Boeing 737 Max

23:46 | Mar 14th

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on Sunday killing all 157 aboard. The response was unprecedented.
Becky with the bad grades

21:15 | Mar 13th

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.
For all eyes only

17:04 | Mar 12th

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.
Sailing a boat on an alien sea

24:37 | Mar 11th

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 an...Show More
Trump's money man

24:39 | Mar 8th

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.
The Title X factor

18:35 | Mar 7th

The Trump administration got a lot closer to defunding Planned Parenthood this week — 21 states are fighting back with a sweeping new lawsuit.
Uh-oh, Trudeau!

22:09 | Mar 6th

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?

23:34 | Mar 5th

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.
Michael Jackson, allegedly

27:21 | Mar 4th

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.
Friends without benefits

25:31 | Mar 1st

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

24:15 | Feb 28th

The long-simmering feud between nuclear powers India and Pakistan is boiling over. Ankit Panda from The Diplomat explains why.
Michael Cohen LIVE

22:28 | Feb 27th

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.
Your money is under arrest

22:05 | Feb 26th

Police can seize your property without ever charging you with a crime. And you probably won’t get it back.
Aiding chaos

17:18 | Feb 25th

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.
Jussie Smollett's worst enemy

25:35 | Feb 22nd

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.
Train takes a bullet

20:19 | Feb 21st

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.

24:46 | Feb 20th

Amazon decided on two headquarters: one in New York and the other in Arlington, Virginia. One deal fell apart, the other just might work out perfectly. Today, Explained’s Noam Hassenfeld finds out why. ************** Clarification: We noted that New ...Show More
A little privacy, please

20:11 | Feb 19th

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 togethe...Show More
2020 vision

20:17 | Feb 18th

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.
Emergency podcast!

22:12 | Feb 15th

President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency today. It’s the latest installment in his controversial “Build the wall!” series.
Virginia is for scandals

22:25 | Feb 11th

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.
Alexa, disable camera

21:43 | Feb 8th

Jeff Bezos. Donald Trump. The Washington Post. The National Enquirer. This dick pic is not like the others.
Inauguration investigation

20:36 | Feb 7th

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.
The Shadow Rulers

22:14 | Feb 4th

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.
Written in blood

24:52 | Feb 1st

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

20:32 | Jan 31st

Historic protests threaten to topple Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. Reporter Reem Abbas speaks to Sean Rameswaram after being tear gassed in Khartoum.
Peace with the Taliban

18:58 | Jan 29th

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

19:09 | Jan 28th

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.
The Man with the Nixon Tattoo

25:39 | Jan 25th

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.
Ebola is back

19:56 | Jan 23rd

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.

18:44 | Jan 22nd

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.
28 Days Later

21:08 | Jan 18th

The partial government shutdown is now officially a record-breaking, trip-cancelling, State of the Union-postponing, Cardi B-angering hot mess.
When your power company is a felon

23:31 | Jan 17th

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...Show More
The Roberts Court

21:58 | Jan 16th

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.
The $600 EpiPen

23:10 | Jan 15th

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. ******************************...Show More
Chapo Big House

28:31 | Jan 14th

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 ...Show More
The shutdown gets very, very real

23:03 | Jan 11th

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.
What can the president do during a national emergency?

23:21 | Jan 10th

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

22:45 | Jan 9th

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 br...Show More
The troop withdrawal withdrawal

22:28 | Jan 8th

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 wh...Show More
The nine lives of Obamacare

23:15 | Jan 7th

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

18:28 | Jan 3rd

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...Show More

17:54 | Jan 2nd

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.
All my friends are robocalls

22:57 | Dec 28th, 2018

Why even answer the phone anymore? All your questions about all those pesky automated phone calls are answered in this holiday rebroadcast.
The Stanford Prison Correction

23:29 | Dec 27th, 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 re...Show More
Black Panther is (still) the most important movie of 2018

17:30 | Dec 26th, 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.
"A horrible miscarriage of justice"

23:01 | Dec 21st, 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.
The most powerful woman in the world

22:45 | Dec 20th, 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.
Take a penny, take a penny

25:58 | Dec 19th, 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.
The World in 2018

22:28 | Dec 18th, 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

18:03 | Dec 17th, 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

22:48 | Dec 14th, 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 ce...Show More
Paul Ryan vs. himself

20:35 | Dec 13th, 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

18:01 | Dec 12th, 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

22:54 | Dec 11th, 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!"

19:41 | Dec 10th, 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?

17:57 | Dec 7th, 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.

22:41 | Dec 6th, 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

18:42 | Dec 5th, 2018

Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to pass last-minute measures that would strip the incoming Democratic governor of a lot of his powers.
Is it time to delete Facebook?

18:12 | Dec 4th, 2018

The Verge’s Casey Newton explains the pros and cons of staying on Facebook after the latest scandal.
One-term wonder

20:23 | Dec 3rd, 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.
Humans 2.0

24:18 | Nov 30th, 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

25:45 | Nov 29th, 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

25:16 | Nov 28th, 2018

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

20:18 | Nov 27th, 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

18:04 | Nov 26th, 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

20:24 | Nov 21st, 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

21:46 | Nov 20th, 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

18:20 | Nov 19th, 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

25:03 | Nov 16th, 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

21:18 | Nov 15th, 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

20:21 | Nov 14th, 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.

24:27 | Nov 13th, 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 Po...Show More
Total Recount

22:56 | Nov 12th, 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?

22:42 | Nov 9th, 2018

The journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder has put the spotlight on an unlikely place: Yemen.
thank u, next (Attorney General remix)

22:52 | Nov 8th, 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?

22:03 | Nov 7th, 2018

The results are in! Vox’s Libby Nelson provides a rundown. Matthew Yglesias predicts the future.
Why is voting optional?

22:16 | Nov 6th, 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

25:53 | Nov 5th, 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.)

21:30 | Nov 2nd, 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.

21:22 | Nov 1st, 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

23:06 | Oct 31st, 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 ne...Show More
One week to midterms, 5000 troops to border

22:54 | Oct 30th, 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

24:31 | Oct 29th, 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

23:05 | Oct 26th, 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 Ame...Show More
Bombs in the mail

17:42 | Oct 25th, 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

22:53 | Oct 24th, 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

20:56 | Oct 23rd, 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

19:16 | Oct 22nd, 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.

17:49 | Oct 19th, 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.

21:39 | Oct 18th, 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

21:30 | Oct 17th, 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

20:32 | Oct 16th, 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 d...Show More
Remember, remember the 6th of November

24:45 | Oct 15th, 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

23:48 | Oct 12th, 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.

21:42 | Oct 11th, 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 ...Show More
Earth is cancelled due to weather

20:37 | Oct 10th, 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 h...Show More
Nikki out

11:06 | Oct 9th, 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

22:05 | Oct 8th, 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.
The Kavanaugh report is here and no, you can't see it

17:43 | Oct 4th, 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

22:30 | Oct 3rd, 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 pres...Show More
Good news for Canadians who like milk

23:21 | Oct 2nd, 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

21:28 | Oct 1st, 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 n...Show More
"Somebody's gotta explain this to Trump"

19:28 | Sep 28th, 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)

13:26 | Sep 27th, 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)

17:24 | Sep 27th, 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

23:09 | Sep 26th, 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 ab...Show More
Red light, green card

19:19 | Sep 25th, 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

20:05 | Sep 24th, 2018

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

23:43 | Sep 21st, 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

28:35 | Sep 20th, 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

24:07 | Sep 19th, 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 ...Show More
Now’s a great time to commit some white-collar crime

23:53 | Sep 18th, 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.