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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.

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

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

25:54 | 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

19:22 | 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.


24:41 | 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.

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.

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.

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 Hefferman 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.

What the letter said

21:40 | Sep 17th, 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

22:42 | Sep 14th, 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.

Have you talked to God about this?

24:31 | Sep 13th, 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 ...Show More


20:14 | Sep 12th, 2018

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


20:07 | Sep 11th, 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.” ********************...Show More

Game, Upset, Match

29:57 | Sep 11th, 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

23:58 | Sep 7th, 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!

20:50 | Sep 6th, 2018

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

Bad blood

21:53 | Sep 5th, 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

21:26 | Sep 4th, 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.

Don't call it a comeback

21:01 | Aug 30th, 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

26:47 | Aug 29th, 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.

False profit

22:04 | Aug 28th, 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 ...Show More

The empty seat in Arizona

26:27 | Aug 27th, 2018

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

Kill me maybe

19:40 | Aug 24th, 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

22:23 | Aug 23rd, 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?

21:52 | Aug 22nd, 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

19:48 | Aug 21st, 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 explai...Show More

No fair, ride share

20:26 | Aug 20th, 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

22:40 | Aug 17th, 2018

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

Saw something, said nothing

23:21 | Aug 16th, 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.

21:32 | Aug 15th, 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

21:00 | Aug 14th, 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 Ce...Show More

NASA shoots a billion dollars at the sun

19:27 | Aug 13th, 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"

20:40 | Aug 10th, 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

21:18 | Aug 9th, 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

19:02 | Aug 8th, 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

20:56 | Aug 7th, 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.


22:57 | Aug 6th, 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?

20:00 | Aug 3rd, 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 wheth...Show More

You must sign here

19:04 | Aug 2nd, 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

20:16 | Aug 1st, 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 Green...Show More

How to solve the opioid crisis

23:22 | Jul 31st, 2018

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

Manafort, day in court

20:40 | Jul 30th, 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

22:05 | Jul 27th, 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.


20:07 | Jul 26th, 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

17:48 | Jul 25th, 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.

The Endangered Endangered Species Act

22:13 | Jul 23rd, 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...Show More

Mr. Trump's wild week

20:22 | Jul 20th, 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

25:29 | Jul 19th, 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.

Open casket, reopened case

21:16 | Jul 18th, 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?

18:55 | Jul 17th, 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

21:11 | Jul 16th, 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 indict...Show More

What are Democrats doing even?

22:14 | Jul 13th, 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...Show More

I can't believe it's not breastmilk

21:45 | Jul 12th, 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. ***...Show More

Brexiting is hard to do

19:48 | Jul 11th, 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

18:26 | Jul 10th, 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

28:37 | Jul 9th, 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", ...Show More

Say goodbye to Pruitt

19:49 | Jul 6th, 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.

18:45 | Jul 5th, 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?

23:19 | Jul 3rd, 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 mig...Show More

They call him AMLO

21:08 | Jul 2nd, 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...Show More

We need to talk about Yemen

21:54 | Jun 29th, 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 human...Show More

Born to run

17:59 | Jun 28th, 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 exp...Show More

The most powerful man in America retires

20:12 | Jun 27th, 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

16:30 | Jun 26th, 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

19:31 | Jun 25th, 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

20:53 | Jun 22nd, 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 Fon...Show More

What the executive order doesn't fix

22:15 | Jun 21st, 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 c...Show More

UNHRC ya later

19:49 | Jun 20th, 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 th...Show More

Happy Juneteenth!

19:09 | Jun 19th, 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.


19:23 | Jun 18th, 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 Da...Show More

Little summer vampires

20:38 | Jun 15th, 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 ...Show More

Mo Salah will make you care about soccer

21:29 | Jun 14th, 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...Show More

The Sessions Doctrine

18:44 | Jun 13th, 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 fami...Show More

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

24:11 | Jun 12th, 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...Show More

Will work for healthcare

20:38 | Jun 11th, 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 Medic...Show More

Riding in cars without boys

21:49 | Jun 8th, 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...Show More

Pardon me

23:16 | Jun 6th, 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 A...Show More

When your president acts like a dictator

18:29 | Jun 5th, 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 ...Show More

2 Big 2 Fail

23:04 | Jun 1st, 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?

18:19 | May 31st, 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,...Show More

Roseanne gets canned

18:10 | May 30th, 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 k...Show More

We've updated our privacy policy

16:20 | May 29th, 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 E...Show More

The poorest rich country in the world

21:51 | May 25th, 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 befo...Show More

We'll never have Singapore

16:37 | May 24th, 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 crum...Show More


17:00 | May 23rd, 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, an...Show More

Arbitration Nation

19:46 | May 22nd, 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...Show More

A cynic's guide to the royal wedding

22:54 | May 18th, 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...Show More

Go ahead. Legalize it.

20:32 | May 17th, 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 citizen...Show More

Hawaii versus the volcano

18:07 | May 16th, 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 nearl...Show More

What you need to know about Gaza

21:10 | May 15th, 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

25:50 | May 14th, 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 o...Show More

#MeToo's big betrayal

21:16 | May 11th, 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 tha...Show More

Dial C for Cohen

16:07 | May 10th, 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 linke...Show More

No deal!

17:52 | May 9th, 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 spik...Show More

"We tortured some folks"

20:13 | May 8th, 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 tortur...Show More

This is America

20:40 | May 7th, 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 A...Show More

The $5,751 ice pack

23:11 | May 4th, 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 f...Show More

Too Juul for school

25:15 | May 3rd, 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...Show More

Nowhere to go

21:31 | May 2nd, 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 othe...Show More

There's something about Sean

24:47 | Apr 30th, 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 “...Show More

Just call us "Korea"

18:55 | Apr 27th, 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...Show More


21:24 | Apr 26th, 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 ...Show More

Don't drink the water

23:18 | Apr 25th, 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 ma...Show More


20:42 | Apr 24th, 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 c...Show More

Too little, too latte?

19:22 | Apr 23rd, 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 nationwi...Show More

Yes we cannabis

21:44 | Apr 20th, 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...Show More

"I don't get confused"

19:15 | Apr 19th, 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 “conf...Show More

Congress just broke the Internet

18:52 | Apr 18th, 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...Show More

The $43,000 phone booth

23:04 | Apr 17th, 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 U...Show More

Why did the U.S. just bomb Syria?

20:18 | Apr 16th, 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 esca...Show More

Mile-high mutiny

24:05 | Apr 13th, 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 Rame...Show More

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

17:39 | Apr 12th, 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 ...Show More

The raid

23:53 | Apr 11th, 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?

21:57 | Apr 10th, 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

19:43 | Apr 9th, 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 tari...Show More

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

22:39 | Apr 6th, 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 ...Show More

They're not gonna take it

20:35 | Apr 5th, 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 ...Show More

20 shots and a cell phone

25:59 | Apr 4th, 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...Show More

Mark Zuckerberg Explains Himself

22:00 | Apr 3rd, 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 advo...Show More

Gerrymandering 101

23:46 | Apr 2nd, 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:...Show More

Quitting the Border Patrol

19:06 | Mar 30th, 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...Show More

Chief Wahoo Strikes Out

18:40 | Mar 29th, 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 u...Show More

The New Abortion Wars

18:50 | Mar 28th, 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 abort...Show More

Bolton's Back

17:41 | Mar 27th, 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...Show More

The Survivors

25:04 | Mar 26th, 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. Al...Show More

Flagrant Foul

20:43 | Mar 23rd, 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, ...Show More

Me Too, Mr. Trump

19:16 | Mar 22nd, 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 accus...Show More

Cambridge Analytica

20:57 | Mar 21st, 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 ...Show More

It's Been Six Months

17:40 | Mar 20th, 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 Rica...Show More

One Man vs. InfoWars

19:34 | Mar 19th, 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 dea...Show More

Lady and the Trump

19:32 | Mar 16th, 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 ...Show More

The Colder War

19:22 | Mar 15th, 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....Show More

Default in Our Loans

21:06 | Mar 14th, 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...Show More

The United States vs. California

16:42 | Mar 12th, 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 ...Show More

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

16:36 | Mar 9th, 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...Show More

The Disability Belt

19:53 | Mar 8th, 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. I...Show More

That'll Teach 'Em

18:09 | Mar 7th, 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 Publ...Show More

What's the Deal with Steel?

20:10 | Mar 6th, 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 Con...Show More

Inclusion Riders, Explained

03:22 | Mar 5th, 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 th...Show More

President for Life

19:44 | Mar 5th, 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 Mi...Show More

The Gun Problem No One Wants to Talk About

19:13 | Mar 2nd, 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 pushe...Show More

The Deep Fake

19:06 | Mar 1st, 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 Rom...Show More

The Quiet War on Obamacare

17:56 | Feb 28th, 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 Obama...Show More

Mueller 101

19:19 | Feb 27th, 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 ...Show More

Give Us Your No One

17:58 | Feb 26th, 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 reci...Show More

This Time Could Be Different

24:40 | Feb 23rd, 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 ...Show More

Countdown to Day Zero

20:14 | Feb 22nd, 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...Show More

Breaking the Ice with North Korea

17:25 | Feb 21st, 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

16:35 | Feb 20th, 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 Nar...Show More

Six Easy Steps to Nuclear War

21:03 | Feb 19th, 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.

Let's Explain "Today, Explained"

01:33 | Feb 7th, 2018

Please enjoy the trailer for “Today, Explained” from Vox. This podcast will help you understand the news every afternoon, Monday to Friday, beginning February 19th. Sing along!