Today, Explained

Today, Explained Podcast

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

Canceling Keystone XL
President Biden finally wants to put the Keystone XL pipeline to bed. But if the last 12 years of environmental fights are any indication, it won’t be easy. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The case for Covid-19 optimism
Vox’s German Lopez explains why he feels optimistic about the end of the pandemic even though 500,000 Americans have died, the virus is mutating, and it’s going to take a long time to vaccinate the world. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A tale of two governors
Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom were hailed for their leadership early on in the pandemic. Now, the former is mired in scandal and the latter is facing a recall campaign. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Stimu-less
What’s taking so long? What’s happening with those $1,400 checks? Are the Democrats betraying the people who voted for them? Vox’s Li Zhou and Andrew Prokop explain. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Googliath
Australia just reined in Google. Dozens of other countries want in on the action. The latest season of Land of the Giants explains how two grad students turned a search engine into what might be the most powerful company in history. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A tough week for Texas
First it was brutal winter weather, power outages followed, and then came a poorly timed trip to Cancun. Texas Public Radio’s Joey Palacios explains what comes next. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Rush Limbaugh’s legacy
Author Nicole Hemmer explains how Limbaugh helped pave the way for Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Biden at the border
President Biden says he wants to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, so why are some of them still in effect? The El Paso Times’s Lauren Villagran and the New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman explain. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

57-43
Democrats made a strong case against Donald Trump. Republicans are being punished for supporting it. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


#FreeBritney
The movement to liberate Britney Spears from her conservatorship may not succeed, but it’s revealing a lot about how we treat young women. Vox’s Constance Grady explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Republican(!) plan to give parents money
Sen. Mitt Romney wants to throw money at parents, Andrew Yang-style. President Biden is into it, too. Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Vaccine hoarding
Poorer countries have received less than 1 percent of the Covid-19 vaccines distributed around the world. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what the WHO is calling a “catastrophic moral failure.” Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


26 Words
A quarter-century after it was signed, Section 230, the law that made the modern internet, has done the impossible: united Democrats and Republicans. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Capitol punishment
Vox’s Andrew Prokop previews the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Law professor Alan Rozenshtein explains what the Justice Department can and cannot do to prosecute insurrectionists. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Senate’s $1.9 trillion all-nighter
The Senate voted on more than 40 pieces of legislation overnight. Vox’s Li Zhou explains what the “vote-a-rama” means for President Biden’s agenda. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Arab Spring, 10 years later
Ten years ago, a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire and set off a revolution across the Middle East and North Africa. The Independent’s Borzou Daragahi says the Arab Spring never ended. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “loony lies”
Vox’s Aaron Rupar explains why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has likened a fellow Republican’s views to cancer. And New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi explores what lawmakers peddling conspiracy theories means for the future of the GOP. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The coup in Myanmar
Some would say the military has always been in control of Myanmar. On Monday morning, they made it official once again. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Introducing Chicano Squad
After the 1977 murder of a young Latino man, the Houston Police Department created a team of five young Latino officers to solve homicides in their community. True crime meets forgotten history in the Vox Media Podcast Network’s Chicano Squad. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

GameStock
Vox’s Emily Stewart explains how GameStop’s stock jumped by 1,700 percent this month. Bloomberg’s Matt Levine ponders the purpose of the stock market. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The military’s far-right problem
Sen. Tammy Duckworth wants the military to do a better job of rooting out extremism in its ranks. A military investigator explains how to solve a decades-old problem. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Coronavirus, 365 days later
One year after our first episode on the novel coronavirus, Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what we got right, what we got wrong, and what comes next. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Marianne Williamson on healing America’s soul
Marianne Williamson was applauded as well as ridiculed on the presidential debate stage when she warned of the “dark psychic forces of collectivized hatred.” Now, just a few weeks after a lethal insurrection, a historic second impeachment, and the inauguration of President Joe Biden, she talks about the possibility of unity. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Second in command, first in history
Kamala Harris has already broken barriers, but ahead lies the rare task of leading a polarized and evenly divided Senate. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Biden’s first 17 actions (in 17 minutes)
In his first few minutes in office, President Biden hit CTRL+Z on former President Trump’s agenda. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

46
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in today and got straight to work. Vox’s Laura McGann and Dylan Matthews explain what will be done immediately, and what’s possible with the slimmest of majorities in Congress. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Abolish the lame-duck period?
America’s two-month lame-duck period gave supporters of the outgoing president ample time to plan a violent uprising. Vox’s Ian Millhiser argues the long transition needs to end. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The first global vaccination
Was distributed by 22 orphans. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Okay, Google: unionize!
A very big tech company now has a very small union. Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary explains why highly paid workers in an anti-union industry still organized and made history. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The people behind the insurrection
President Trump has been impeached for inciting an insurrection on the Capitol one week ago. CNN’s Elle Reeve was there and explains who was duped into mobbing the government. Plus, Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe reports on how the government plans to prevent another mob from wreaking havoc. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A step past impeachment
Impeachment won’t stop the United States’ slide towards authoritarianism. Voter reform might. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Deplatforming Donald
First he lost his Facebook. Then he lost his Twitter. As of today, President Trump had been limited or booted by more than a dozen platforms. Casey Newton, editor of Platformer, explains the historic shift on social media. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The flamethrowers and the fire extinguishers
Infighting among Republican lawmakers reached a breaking point this week. The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins explains why and the tough road ahead for the GOP. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How security at the Capitol failed
Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe explains how a number of agencies and politicians put together a historically bad security plan for Congress on Wednesday. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The virus gets more contagious
Viruses mutate, but this time it’s different. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

All eyes on Georgia
Tuesday’s election will decide who controls the Senate, but the president is still hung up on the election he already lost. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The year in revue
It's been a year. It’s been a year And after all the news  We’re still not in the clear It’s been a year Can’t even remember what life was like  Back before we didn’t need a mask to go outside It’s been a year Can’t even remember how it used to sound Before the streets were quiet and we had to lock it down It’s been a year 2020 The year began on fire Australia was burning And Iran was looking dire And you know you might forget it but Back in the before time We thought we’d have to deal With Third World ...


How 2020 changed us
In the final episode of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” people look back on a very long year. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Animals catch Covid-19, too
In the fourth of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” a reminder that we’re not the only animals who got Covid-19 this year. Science writer David Quammen explains why our health and theirs are intertwined. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Dr. Fauci’s nightmare before Christmas
In the third of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects back on his pandemic year, what he’s learned, and what he’d do differently. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The year live music died
In the second of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” musicians explain how they got creative when live shows and tours were canceled. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Moving home
In the first of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” millennials are moving back in with their parents (again), but they are discovering multigenerational living has its perks. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A climate change of address
An estimated 143 million people will relocate to escape climate change in the next three decades. Quartz’s Amanda Shendruk explains how cities can transform themselves into climate havens. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How Netscape created our tech world
In this episode of the Go for Broke podcast, host Julia Furlan travels back to the mid-’90s to explain how a bygone web browser set the stage for modern tech. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Pornhub just deleted 80% of its videos
One of the most popular porn sites on the internet just purged more than 10 million videos. Vice’s Samantha Cole explains why. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Your vaccine questions, answered
The Covid-19 vaccine is being distributed in the United States, and you have questions. Vox’s Umair Irfan has answers. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


India’s farmers strike
The world’s biggest democracy is contending with what might be the world’s biggest labor stoppage. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How movie theaters might survive
On this episode of the Decoder podcast, host Nilay Patel speaks with Shelli Taylor, the CEO of Alamo Drafthouse. Taylor argues the government has failed to manage the pandemic effectively for business owners and explains what the future of theaters could look like in the streaming age. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The vaccine, explained by Martin (who got it)
Martin Kenyon was one of the first people to get the Covid-19 vaccine this week. He talks about his experience, and an epidemiologist explains how to talk to the “vaccine hesitant” people in your life. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


No coup for you!
Joe won. And won. And won. Rudy can fail. And fail. And fail. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How Melbourne eradicated Covid-19
Melbourne, Australia, had a first wave. Then it had a second wave. Then it decided it was done with Covid-19. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

It’s beginning to look a lot like stimulus
In an end-of-year plot twist, Congress is working on a fresh bipartisan stimulus bill. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


A woman’s work is never done
Millions of women left the workforce as Covid-19 forced school closures, but that doesn’t mean they have less on their plates. Is government-funded child care the answer? Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

God-given right?
The Supreme Court ruled that New York state can’t limit how many people gather in church, even during a pandemic. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains why this is one of the most significant religious liberty cases in the last 30 years. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

America Offline
Low-income students are dropping out of college because many don’t have a reliable way to get online. Vox’s Emily Stewart says the solution is simple: Give everybody the internet. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The key to the Cabinet
President-elect Biden has started announcing his Cabinet nominees, but Matthew Yglesias says the most important positions aren’t the ones you’d think. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

What if developing a vaccine was the easy part?
Covid-19 vaccines are coming out faster than many thought possible. But distributing the vaccines could be an even tougher challenge. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Unexplainable
Scientists all over the world are searching for dark matter: an invisible, untouchable substance that holds our universe together. But they haven’t found it. Are they chasing a ghost? We want to hear your feedback on Unexplainable! Email us at [email protected] or let us know on Twitter @today_explained Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Withdrawing won’t end the war
With two months left in the Trump presidency, the US is reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan in an attempt to end America's longest war. But Biden will still inherit the conflict. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

All the mall things
Retail was struggling. Then came the virus. Recode’s Jason Del Rey explains how the American mall will never be the same, and how the machines might save retail. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The peacemaker’s civil war
An ethnic conflict in Ethiopia has thrown the Horn of Africa into disarray and could upset order on the continent. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Badlands
Covid-19 is surging across the United States, just in time for cold weather and major holidays. North Dakota is doing particularly badly. Vermont may offer hope. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

America said yes to drugs
Oregon decriminalized all drugs. Red states and blue states are doing the same with weed. It’s the culmination of a failed drug war. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

MAGAlomaniac
A weekend of protests, violence, and enmity in DC revealed what Donald Trump has planned post-presidency. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


(Home)school is cool
Covid-19 is surging (again). Schools are closing (again). Kids are learning online (again). And more American parents than ever are turning to homeschool (for the very first time).  Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

They fought the Lyft and the Lyft won
California tried to strengthen labor rights for gig workers. Uber, Lyft, and their food-delivering cohorts responded with a $200 million propaganda offensive. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Fox & Frenemies
After a fraught Election Week, cable news is finally cutting away from President Trump’s falsehoods. Erik Wemple, media critic for the Washington Post, explains why it might not last. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


No concession!
The 45th president of the United States has thus far refused to acknowledge the 46th. Political scientist Zeynep Tufekci explains this latest test of America’s democracy. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Biden’s coronavirus plan
And some big vaccine news, too. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Joe Biden wins
And Kamala Harris, too. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


What happened to Congress?
Vox’s Ella Nilsen explains why Democrats are waving goodbye to the blue wave. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

President Biden?
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the latest election math, and Ezra Klein argues that, despite record-setting turnout, it wasn’t a great night for American democracy. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Today (should be a holiday), Explained
This Election Day, voter turnout is projected to break records in the United States, but it won’t get anywhere close to Australia’s. Professor Lisa Hill explains what happens when you make voting mandatory. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


What to expect when you’re electing
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how Joe Biden — or President Trump — could win 270 electoral votes. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Trump Years: State of our union
In the final episode of our five-part series, New York Magazine’s Rebecca Traister and Vox’s Ezra Klein explain how four years of the Trump presidency have changed the American people and their politics. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Trump Years: Health of the nation
In the fourth of our five-part series, Vox’s Dylan Scott explains how a president with no plan on health care evolved into a president with no plan for the pandemic. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Voters
Election turnout is on track to be the highest in a century. Farmers, essential workers, prisoners, and two ladies named Ruth explain their 2020 presidential pick. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Supreme Court may disenfranchise you now
Pandemic or not, the highest court in the land won’t extend Wisconsin’s deadline for mailed ballots. Good thing it’s not a swing state. Oh, wait ... Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

#EndSARS
Alexis Akwagyiram, bureau chief for Reuters in Nigeria, explains how a protest to reform the country’s police made its way around the world. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Trump Years: Win at all costs
In the third of our five-part series, Vox’s Andrew Prokop says there’s one key takeaway from the Mueller investigation and impeachment: Trump will do anything to win an election. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Will Covid-19 cancel the holidays?
Last Christmas, I gave you my health. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Block the vote?
The 2020 election is well underway, as are efforts to prevent people from voting. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The parody-proof president
Live from New York, impressions are trite! Vox critic-at-large Emily VanDerWerff explains why late-night TV struggles to satirize President Trump, and argues the internet is doing a much better job. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Trump Years: America First
In the second of our five-part series, Vox’s Nicole Narea and Jenn Williams explain how President Trump has fundamentally changed the perception of the United States at home and abroad. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Do you believe in magic?
A Los Angeles magician struck gold with a glorified Zoom meeting. Some are asking if he’s figured out how to save theater. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Amy Coney Barrett’s originalism
The judge isn’t saying much in her confirmation hearing, but Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains how her legal theory will guide her on the Supreme Court. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The case for ending the filibuster
Even if Democrats win the White House, take the Senate, and hold the House, most of their legislation could be doomed because of the filibuster. Vox’s Ezra Klein says it’s filibusted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Trump Years: Deregulator in chief
In the first of our five-part series, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why President Donald Trump seldom boasts about his biggest accomplishment. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Did anyone defund the police?
In June, nine members of the Minneapolis City Council stood onstage at a community rally and pledged to dismantle the police. Council member Alondra Cano returns to explain why it’s taking so long. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

1600 Coronavirus Avenue
After months of downplaying the risks, the White House has come down with Covid-19. Vox’s Aaron Rupar gives the updates, and Future Perfect’s Sigal Samuel sifts through the moral complexities in the gleeful reactions. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Who are the Proud Boys?
President Trump told a fringe group of misogynistic racists to “stand back and stand by” at the first presidential debate. Vox’s Jane Coaston explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

It’s time to talk about Mike Pence
President Trump is battling Covid-19 and the vice-presidential debate is days away. McKay Coppins from the Atlantic explains the man waiting in the wings. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Contact tracing President Trump
The president had a very busy week, then tested positive for the coronavirus. Vox’s Aaron Rupar traces his steps and Ella Nilsen explores the possible scenarios. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Missing Chapter
A forgotten protest movement in a seaside Florida town helped end legal segregation in the United States. Vox’s Ranjani Chakraborty explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Joe Versus the Volcano
While it might feel as though nothing could be worse than last night’s presidential debate, Vox’s Ezra Klein explains what could happen if President Trump loses the election and refuses to leave office. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Amy Coney Barrett
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee first garnered attention after being questioned about her Catholic faith. Vox’s Ian Millhiser says that attention likely motivated her nomination. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


$750
That's how much "billionaire" President Trump paid in federal income taxes his first year in office, according to reporting from the New York Times. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Justice For Breonna Taylor (Part II)
One of the three officers who shot at Breonna Taylor’s apartment was indicted ... for endangering her neighbors. Tessa Duvall from the Louisville Courier-Journal explains. And Vox’s Fabiola Cineas says the ruling isn’t surprising. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Dr. Fauci on pandemic politics
With mounting concerns over the politicization of federal health agencies, Dr. Anthony Fauci explains why Americans should still trust the vaccine approval process. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Working from work
What do a bus driver, a teacher, a McDonald’s employee, and a project manager with a conference on her calendar all have in common? Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

RBG’s seat
Republicans appear ready to fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the end of the year. Vox’s Ian Millhiser explains Democrats’ last defense. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Supreme
The fight over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat has already begun, but let’s not forget to celebrate her legendary life. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Class of Covid-19
Colleges reopened. Outbreaks followed. Robert J. Jones, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explains why he still thinks bringing students back was the right decision. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

ICE and involuntary hysterectomies
A whistleblower complaint alleges immigrants being detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in Georgia have been subjected to involuntary procedures — including hysterectomies. Vox’s Nicole Narea explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A firefighter on battling wildfires
After 16 seasons of wildfires, Glen Haydon has figured out how to cope. For everyone else, there’s an app for that. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


This is the future Joe Biden wants
Trillions spent on the environment, caregiving, manufacturing, and the racial wealth gap: Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains how Biden wants to “Build Back Better.” Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Vox Media is conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Find it here: voxmedia.com/podsurvey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Can the Democrats take the Senate?
Vox’s Ella Nilsen says the implausible is now looking possible. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Cupid-19
The pandemic hasn’t stopped Americans from dating, hooking up, or tying the knot. In fact, lockdown has been helping people get down. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


What was Putin the tea?
A chief political rival of Vladimir Putin has been poisoned in what Foreign Policy’s Amy MacKinnon says is a watershed moment for Russia. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The truth about herd immunity
Some people think it’s the only way out of the pandemic. Those people are very wrong. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A Fake News Survival Guide
As the election draws near, of fake news you must steer clear. For you (and your uncle), this episode is here. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The movies are back*
*But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go see one. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Is the stock market bull?
Vox’s Emily Stewart clears up the mystery of the market, and Ella Nilsen offers an update on the stimulus that has collapsed into stalemate. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Let’s talk about ventilation
Ventilation is key to reopening office buildings safely. But The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson says many workers aren’t going back, even when it’s safer. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Is Facebook ready for the election?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company made an “operational mistake” in its handling of Kenosha militia groups. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains whether that has implications for November’s election. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Wakanda forever
The actor Chadwick Boseman died of cancer on Friday, but because of Black Panther he’ll live forever. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Island of Explained: A Summer of Protest
All summer long, we have been explaining complex news stories to kids. In our final summer camp journey to the Island of Explained, we tackle the fight for racial justice in the United States. Go to vox.com/todayexplainedkids for a discussion guide on implicit bias and the role it plays in our communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Unconventional (Part II)
The GOP proved that laws were made to be broken at its 2020 convention. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Kenosha
Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times by police and the protests escalated all the way to the NBA. Gina Barton, investigative reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Optimism in 2020
Being an optimist can seem ridiculous right now, but in the inaugural episode of The Cut podcast, host Avery Trufelman is searching for some well-grounded positivity. She finds it in conversation with Cheer’s La’Darius Marshall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Plasmania
Covid’s hottest new treatment is plasma. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why, and where the world stands on a vaccine. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

What is QAnon?
As the Republican National Convention gets underway, a bonkers (and dangerous) conspiracy theory is gaining a foothold inside the GOP. President Trump appears to be okay with it. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Unconventional
The Democrats proved a virtual convention doesn't have to be a downer. Especially when Rhode Island brings calamari. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Who polices the police?
ProPublica's Eric Umansky explains how the New York Police Department's Civilian Complaint Review Board has struggled for decades to hold the NYPD to account. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Class is in quarantine
Schools in the US are reopening even though kids play a key role in community transmission of Covid-19. Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter Ellen Eldridge explains how going back to school in her state became a national controversy. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Class is in quarantine
Schools in the US are reopening even though kids play a key role in community transmission of Covid-19. Georgia Public Broadcasting reporter Ellen Eldridge explains how going back to school in her state became a national controversy. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


A woman’s place is at the polls
The 19th Amendment’s centenary is today, but the fight for universal suffrage in the United States continues. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The mail, man
The House of Representatives is cutting its vacation short to block changes at the United States Postal Service that could affect the integrity and outcome of the election. Rep. Gerry Connolly explains why he's going a step further and calling for the postmaster general to resign. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Island of Explained: Escape from Boredom
After hearing from kids around the world who are grappling with serious boredom, Noam Hassenfeld and Byrd Pinkerton venture deep into the belly of a whale to learn how to have fun in quarantine. Go to vox.com/todayexplainedkids for some laugh out loud activities that will help you say goodbye to boredom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Well, this is awkward
The coronavirus is complicating our relationships with family, friends, and strangers. But it’s also making us better at life?? Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

2020 makes no census
The 2020 census is fighting a losing battle against the coronavirus and President Trump. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang explains how a decade of money and power are at stake. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Kamala
Biden picked Harris. Vox’s Fabiola Cineas explains the role race is already playing in the election, and Ezra Klein argues Donald Trump is making things easy for his opponents. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The dictator vs. the homemaker
The longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is facing nationwide protests and accusations that he stole Sunday’s election. His opponent, a 37-year-old homemaker who entered the race in place of her imprisoned husband, has fled the country. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How Trump’s relief plan helps and hurts
President Trump wants to resolve the congressional deadlock over stimulus relief by himself. Vox’s Li Zhou rummages through the mixed bag. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

TikTok, on the clock, Donald says your time is up
President Trump is threatening to ban TikTok, but Microsoft might be able to stop the clock. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


TikTok, on the clock, Donald says your time is up
President Trump is threatening to ban TikTok, but Microsoft might be able to stop the clock. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Florida’s Covid-19 tragedy
The state saw Covid-19 coming. It still became an outbreak epicenter. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

What’s going on in Lebanon
A chemical blast has made a very bad situation worse for Lebanon. Journalist Habib Battah explains from Beirut. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Everything that could go wrong with the November election
A worsening pandemic. A poll worker shortage. A hobbled postal service. Russian hacking. Donald Trump. Vox’s Ella Nilsen explains the many obstacles facing the United States as Election Day nears. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Who’s “Karen?” And what’s BIPOC?
A Washington Post columnist named Karen explains her feelings about “Karen.” A University of Arizona linguist named Sonja explains BIPOC and the capitalization of “Black” and “White.” Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Island of Explained: Election Day
It’s Election Day on the Island of Explained! Will the candidate with the most votes win, or will the island’s Electoral College determine a different leader? Go to vox.com/todayexplainedkids for a discussion guide and election activities, including how to craft the perfect persuasive speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Island of Explained: Election Day
It’s Election Day on the Island of Explained! Will the candidate with the most votes win, or will the island’s Electoral College determine a different leader? Go to vox.com/todayexplainedkids for a discussion guide and election activities, including how to craft the perfect persuasive speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tim, Mark, Jeff, and Sundar
The leaders of Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google testified before Congress on Wednesday in what The Verge’s Casey Newton says might have been the most important Webex in human history. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tim, Mark, Jeff, and Sundar
The leaders of Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google testified before Congress on Wednesday in what The Verge’s Casey Newton says might have been the most important Webex in human history. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Life after Covid-19, explained by Carl (who had it)
Some people walk away from Covid-19 feeling fine. Others are dealing with a long list of lingering health issues. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Life after Covid-19, explained by Carl (who had it)
Some people walk away from Covid-19 feeling fine. Others are dealing with a long list of lingering health issues. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Stimulating America
Democrats and Republicans have a $2 trillion disagreement on how to relieve Americans from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Rural America meets Black Lives Matter
In Bethel, Ohio, a Black Lives Matter rally became a standoff between armed bikers and peaceful protesters. BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Houston, we have a problem
Baseball’s back, but fans won’t get the chance to boo the cheating Astros. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Anti-maskers
The United States has now confirmed 4 million cases of Covid-19. Some Americans still don’t want to wear a mask. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan
Joe Biden is tacking to the left and embracing a historic climate plan. Vox’s David Roberts explains whether it stands a chance. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tucker Carlson’s America
The most popular host in the history of cable news returned from a week-long vacation after his head writer was exposed as a raging bigot. The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple explains why the scandal won’t stick. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

When the feds came to Portland
They came in military camouflage and unmarked vans. Now the state of Oregon is suing the federal government over its policing tactics. Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Conrad Wilson explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Island of Explained: Vaccines
We return to the magical Island of Explained with a microbiologist and a talking moth to find out what it will take to produce a coronavirus vaccine. Go to vox.com/todayexplainedlearning to find a germ-y experiment that will teach you more about the scientific method. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

#CancelRent
Eviction bans and expanded unemployment benefits are expiring, leaving millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes by the end of the summer. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

What happened to California?
California once looked like an example of how to handle the pandemic. Now it’s a warning for other states looking to reopen. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Washington Football Team
The District of Columbia's football team is abandoning the name it adopted almost a century ago. Paul Chaat Smith, a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, hopes the country is at long last ready to reckon with its past. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Stone free
President Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence in what Vox’s Andrew Prokop says is a particularly troubling variety of political corruption. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A million international students in limbo
The Trump administration announced it would send a million international students home this week. But Vox’s Nicole Narea says the students are collateral in a bigger political play. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Supreme Tax Court
The Supreme Court issued its remaining decisions today for the 2020 term, including the biggie: Trump’s tax returns. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

“SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”
President Trump says students and teachers must return to the classroom. Reality says this is going to be the toughest reopening yet. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Surfaces vs. droplets vs. aerosols
239 scientists have signed a letter urging the World Health Organization to warn people about airborne transmission of the coronavirus. Professor Jose-Luis Jimenez, who helped write the letter, explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Netflix has no chill
Netflix grew so popular during lockdown, it almost broke the internet. Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect explains how the company has upended tech, Hollywood, and how we spend our free time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How AI makes policing more racist
Turns out it’s just as biased as people are. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A bounty on American troops
Russia allegedly paid the Taliban to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan. But President Trump’s response may be the real scandal. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Helicopter policing
Police across the country have responded to recent protests with military tactics and equipment. The Washington Post’s Alex Horton investigated how two military helicopters were used as a show of force against protesters in the nation’s capital. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Lockdown, reopen, repeat
Hospitals are stretched to their breaking point in Texas, Arizona, and other states where Covid-19 cases are rising sharply. Vox’s Dylan Scott says the US could be in store for more lockdowns. And more reopenings. And more lockdowns… Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Justice for Breonna Taylor
There hasn’t been an arrest in the case in the three months since police shot and killed Taylor in her home in Louisville, Kentucky. But now the “Justice for Breonna” movement has the potential to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Black Lives Matter is working
America is undergoing a new racial reckoning. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer explains why this time is different. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Brazil’s coronavirus disaster
President Jair Bolsonaro called it the "sniffles" and recommended hydroxychloroquine. Now the country has over a million confirmed cases. Reporter Gustavo Ribeiro explains how Brazil could become the next epicenter. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A world without bail?
With the wave of protests came waves of arrests and record-breaking donations to bail funds across the US, but reformers hope for a reckoning of one of the only for-profit bail systems in the world. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How not to fire someone
Attorney General William Barr tried to quietly push out the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan on Friday night. Then everybody noticed. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Celebrate Juneteenth!
The celebration of emancipation is as vital today as ever. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A good day for DREAMers
In a major decision from the Supreme Court, DACA lives to fight another day. But it's not in the clear yet. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The return of sports
There are two ways to do it: safely or not so safely. Guess which one we’re heading toward in the United States? Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Welcome to CHAZ
Some are calling six blocks of a Seattle neighborhood the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. KUOW’s Casey Martin spent a week within its loosely guarded walls. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A landmark LGBTQ ruling
The Supreme Court of the United States has decided the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Copaganda
After 33 seasons, the reality TV show Cops was canceled this week. Should scripted police dramas follow? Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Is this the second wave?
Vox’s Dylan Scott says it’s hard to tell because the United States is riding 50 different Covid-19 waves. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Can Congress reform the police?
The United States has a policing problem and Congress wants to fix it. Vox’s Li Zhou explains whether the Democrats’ new bill will go anywhere. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Minneapolis commits to “dismantling” the police
Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano explains what the city wants to do and what might get in the way. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Biden his time
Pandemic, protests, and the best poll numbers yet for Joe Biden. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Talk
Two mothers talk to their teenage sons about race and police brutality in the United States. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The problem with police unions
Even after Derek Chauvin was captured on video killing George Floyd, he could still get his job back. BuzzFeed’s Melissa Segura explains how. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Antifa?
President Trump wants to blame the unrest on antifa. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains why he can’t. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


American Nightmare
Professor Ibram X. Kendi explains how the protests and unrest are a result of black America’s living nightmare and what it will take to wake up. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

“I can’t breathe.” Again.
The former police officer who killed George Floyd has been charged with murder. But Floyd’s case is just one of many recent incidents of police brutality in Minneapolis. The Marshall Project’s Simone Weichselbaum explains why police reform hasn’t worked in the city. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

100,000 is an undercount
It could take years for all the Covid-19 deaths to be counted properly. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias explains why the Trump administration is pushing for an undercount. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


"First Hong Kong, then the world"
While most of the world was distracted by the pandemic, China unveiled a law to strip Hong Kong of its autonomy, setting off a new wave of protests in the city. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

One giant leap for SpaceX
For the first time in almost a decade, an American rocket is launching people into space. The Verge’s Loren Grush explains why the launch could fundamentally alter the future of spaceflight. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Today, Explained: Greatest Hits
You asked. We answered. Sean and Noam break down all the original songs in Today, Explained's back catalog. Today, Explained: Greatest Hits is now streaming everywhere! Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Blame WHO?
President Trump would like to. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The case for reopening parks
Reopening America’s parks could help fight the pandemic. It’s a good time to rethink streets, too. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Is this Trump's fault?
Ezra Klein has some thoughts. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Elongate
Elon Musk fought the law and Elon won. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Class of 2020
Graduate? In this economy!? The Atlantic's Annie Lowrey explains the economic reality new graduates face and Sean offers one graduating senior a commencement speech. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Facebook’s PTSD payout
Facebook has agreed to pay a $52 million settlement to its content moderators. Reporting by The Verge’s Casey Newton was a game changer. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Covid, kids, and a mystery illness
Dozens of children have fallen ill with an inflammatory syndrome that may be linked to Covid-19. Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Kevin Friedman explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Will Ahmaud Arbery’s killing change Georgia law?
Two white men are accused of killing a black jogger. Georgia state Rep. Jasmine Clark wants to change the laws that could be used to defend them. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A few men in fishing boats try to take Venezuela
While the world was distracted by a pandemic, a ragtag team of Americans and Venezuelans attempted to overthrow President Maduro. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Quarantine dreams
Think you’ve been having exceptionally strange dreams lately? Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett says it’s not a figment of your imagination. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Reopening States of America
Dr. Richard Besser, former head of the Centers for Disease Control, explains how states can reopen without putting lives in danger. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Why Sweden stayed open
The Kingdom of Sweden watched the world lock down and decided to do the opposite. Swedish journalist Nathalie Rothschild explains. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How to be happy
The most popular course in Yale's 300-year history is all about achieving happiness. The pandemic has made it more relevant than ever. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Tara Reade alleges, Joe Biden denies
Vox's Laura McGann explains the sexual assault allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden, and the implications for his campaign. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Island of Explained
Come with us to the magical Island of Explained, where we’ll climb trees and venture into caves to answer kids’ biggest coronavirus questions. Go to vox.com/todayexplainedlearning to find supplemental activities, from testing how far snot travels to coloring in a map of the Island of Explained. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Invisible Man
Vox's Alex Ward explains what's going on with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Overflowing farms, desperate food banks
American farmers are destroying their crops while demand is mounting at food banks. Politico food and agriculture reporter Helena Bottemiller Evich explains. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Inside the world's biggest lockdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered 1.4 billion Indians to stay home. The world had never seen anything like it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Oil is broke. Green New Deal with it?
Oil just went negative for the first time in history. Vox's David Roberts says that creates an opportunity to make more history. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Georgia on my mind
As the state reopens, Vox's Jillian Weinberger zooms to rural Georgia to hear how a Covid-19 outbreak spiraled out of control. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Conspiracy-19
Vox’s science editor, Eliza Barclay, arms you with the facts you need to fight your uncle’s favorite coronavirus conspiracy theories. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


This one's for Earth
Cryptic treehunters. Unknown apples. Flowers fighting back. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Vox’s Umair Irfan and Brian Resnick explain what we learned about the planet in the last year. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

One day, three healthcare workers
A nurse, a paramedic, and a physician’s assistant record themselves throughout the course of a day in the fight against Covid-19. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The epicenter of the epicenter
Covid-19's victims, and the people they leave behind. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Long shot
It could be a year or more before the vaccine is ready, but there’s a radical plan to speed up the process. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Zeke Emanuel’s exit strategy
President Trump wants to reopen the country yesterday. Bioethicist Zeke Emanuel, who served as a health policy advisor to former President Obama, offers a safe path. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Death Cab for The Postal Service?
The United States Postal Service is on the brink of collapse. Vox's Matthew Yglesias explains how and why the country should save it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


All praise, no pay
Essential workers in the food, transportation, and retail industries are being called American heroes. They want to be paid as such. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too
Friend of the show Ezra Klein speaks to Sen. Elizabeth Warren about several plans she has proposed to combat this pandemic. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The loneliness pandemic
Coronavirus has led to another pandemic: social isolation. Vox’s Ezra Klein says this sickness has a cure. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Six feet away from God
While a few religious leaders flout shelter in place ordinances, Easter, Passover, and Ramadan are inspiring most to get creative with worship. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Vote and die
Wisconsinites had to choose between catching Covid-19 and voting on Tuesday. Is the rest of the country next? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

"The Great Equalizer"
Madonna was wrong. Covid-19 isn't an equalizer. It's coming for America's most vulnerable populations. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


"The Great Equalizer"
Madonna was wrong. Covid-19 isn't an equalizer. It's coming for America's most vulnerable populations. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The immunity test
A vaccine will take a while, but Vox’s Umair Irfan says the global effort to test for immunity and treat Covid-19 is well underway. (An earlier version of this episode misidentified hydroxychloroquine as an active ingredient in aquarium cleaner. That's chloroquine phosphate.) (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Mask on? Mask off?
In an about-face, the Centers for Disease Control would now like you to cover your mouth and nose when you go outside. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


6.6 million more unemployed
Last week's unemployment numbers shattered all records. This week, they doubled. Vox's Matthew Yglesias, host of The Weeds podcast, proposes a way out of this mess. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Lockdown while locked up
Arthur Longworth calls Sean from Washington State Reformatory to explain what it's like to serve a life sentence at a prison where the coronavirus is spreading. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The trouble with Trump’s daily briefings
Part rally, part media-bashing, part critical updates on the coronavirus crisis, President Trump's daily press briefings are muddying the message. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How Covid-19 attacks your body
In this episode of Vox's Reset podcast Ed Yong from The Atlantic explains how a little spiky ball called SARS-CoV2 brought the world to its knees. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Your coronavirus questions, answered (Part II)
On today's show, more listener questions: Why isn't everyone social distancing? Will I be immune after I get it? When will this end? My anxiety is spiking!(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The emergency room emergency
The Atlantic's James Hamblin explains why America has a critical shortage of medical supplies. New York City ER doctor Calvin Sun says, “It’s like a lottery that we don’t want to play, but we’re forced to play.” (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The two trillion dollar question
Congress has settled on an historic stimulus package, but Ezra Klein is worried it might not be enough. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Asia's second wave
Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore managed to contain Covid-19, but now things look less promising. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Giving birth in a pandemic
Vox's Julia Belluz went from covering the global coronavirus pandemic to giving birth in the middle of it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Your coronavirus questions, answered
On today's show, we answer listener questions: Why is there no TP? Will we run out of food? Can I get the virus from sex? How can I help? (Transcript here.) An earlier version of this episode featured a section that could have been misconstrued as legal advice. It has been removed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Six feet away
Vox’s Brian Resnick (safely) meets Sean in a Washington, D.C. park to deliver the Five Commandments of social distancing. Start your #SixFeetAwaySong journey at vox.com/today-explained. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

TFW your dad gives you Covid-19
Sean speaks to a Brooklyn family that has Covid-19, and Vox’s Dylan Scott explains how the United States is still trying to get its act together on testing. Subscribe to the Voxcare newsletter here: http://vox.com/voxcare. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Can President Trump fix this?
After dismissing coronavirus concerns for months, President Donald is pivoting to serious action to slow the crisis in the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Can President Trump fix this?
After dismissing coronavirus concerns for months, President Donald is pivoting to serious action to slow the crisis in the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

School's out for Covid
The country’s largest school district told a million kids to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s creating chaos for teachers, students, and parents. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Living in lockdown
Italy has quarantined the whole country in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains why the US might look like Italy soon.(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How to slow down coronavirus
President Trump has banned most Europeans from traveling to the US. Vox’s Jen Kirby explains why that won’t stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, and Eliza Barclay tells us what we can do to slow the spread. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Old Country for Old Men
After last night, Joe Biden is one step closer to the nomination, but no matter who wins, the next president will be over 70. The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains why that could be a problem. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Coronavirus hits the markets
The stock market’s going haywire. Major companies are telling their employees to stay home. Austin has canceled SXSW. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says governments across the world have to act fast to save the global economy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

James Carville thinks Trump will lose
The veteran political strategist argues that Democrats are well-positioned to win back not only the White House, but the Senate, too. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

So you think you have Covid-19
Thus far, the United States hasn't been doing the best job of testing for the novel coronavirus. ProPublica's Caroline Chen explains why. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Roe v. Wade v. Roberts
There's a new fight over abortion at the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts is in the swing position. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Thanks, Obama
Vox's Andrew Prokop runs through Super Tuesday results, before Laura McGann explains Vice President Biden's "Joementum." (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Covid-19, explained by Carl (who has it)
Carl Goldman was on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and now he has Covid-19. He speaks to Sean Rameswaram from a CDC quarantine in Omaha, Nebraska. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Tuesday, Explained
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains what makes this Tuesday so super and performs some basic arithmetic to suggest how Democrats could end up with a contested convention. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Make America Doubt Again
McKay Coppins built a fake Facebook profile to fully experience President Trump's 2020 digital strategy. It didn't take long for him to start doubting reality. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The last stronghold in Syria
Idlib province in northwestern Syria is now the last stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad and one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Pandemic?
Covid-19 may be on the brink of becoming a pandemic. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what that p-word means and Brian Resnick breaks down what an outbreak response might look like in the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Putin his thumb on the scale
Russian interference in U.S. elections could go from Vlad to worse as President Trump sidelines U.S. intelligence agencies. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Weekend at Bernie’s
Bernie Sanders took Nevada with a landslide coalition so diverse it has left Joe Biden feeling nervous heading into South Carolina. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The sixth sense (the real one)
A study at the National Institutes of Health offers a window into some of science’s biggest mysteries, from the origins of pain to how consciousness works. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Ok, Bloomberg
Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Ok, Bloomberg
Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Where Medicare-for-all is real
The Democratic presidential candidates keep having the same argument over Medicare-for-all at the televised debates. To spice up the conversation, Vox’s Dylan Scott takes Sean on a journey to Taiwan to explore how the idea works in practice. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The floating petri dish
One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Love Me Tinder
A new investigation reveals what you may have suspected: dating apps can be very dangerous. But there are safer ways to look for love online.(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Between a Stone and a hard place
In this, the 500th episode of your favorite daily news podcast, Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the sentencing of Roger Stone has thrown the United States Department of Justice into disarray. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Bernie, bro.
New Hampshire felt the Bern. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Old Hampshire vs. New Hampshire
House parties are key to picking a president in New Hampshire, but they’re quickly being replaced by impersonal rallies. New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Lauren Chooljian attends both to determine what’s being lost. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


President Trump's "Africa ban"
Vox's Nicole Narea explains how new immigration restrictions that will hit a quarter of Africa's population might be President Trump's version of diplomacy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Why the wrong movies win Oscars
Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson would like to blame the Academy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How will coronavirus end?
In 2015, Dr. Vineet Menachery said a SARS-like virus could spread to humans more easily than previously believed. Now he explains what we can do to stop it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Acquitted
The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Vox’s Ezra Klein argues it’s time to change the Constitution. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Iowhaaaaat?!
Iowa caucuses? More like caucus chaos. Or a raucous caucus. Or an Iowasca trip. Somebody's got some explaining to do. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Whyowa?
Iowa gets to take the first swing at nominating the Democratic presidential candidate today. But why? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The invisible border
After nearly four years of acrimony, Britain finally Brexits tonight. But it risks plunging Northern Ireland back into a living nightmare. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

From Nobel Peace Prize to denying genocide
The International Court of Justice is ordering Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from genocide, but no one knows if Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will heed the call. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Bolton's back in town
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains why John Bolton’s leaked manuscript has upended the GOP’s hopes to wrap up the impeachment trial quickly without calling witnesses. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Shaken like a polarized picture
The political polarization of America didn’t start with Donald Trump and it won’t end in 2020 either. Ezra Klein explains "Why We're Polarized." (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Crown Prince and the Amazon King
Did Mohammed Bin Salman hack Jeff Bezos? Recode’s Peter Kafka returns with an update and Kara Swisher explains Saudi Arabia's impunity in the tech world. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Coronavirus
A SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people, quarantined millions in China, and made its way to the United States. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what's known and what's next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A George Washington Bridge too far
The Supreme Court is trying to settle the fight over the biggest traffic jam in the history of American politics once and for all. WNYC's Matt Katz, author of "American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption," explains. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Senate trial begins
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump's Senate impeachment trial gets underway. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The 100 year fight for equal rights
Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. Now, Congress is the only thing standing between the 28th amendment and the Constitution of the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Ukraine International Flight 752
Canada now has the unfortunate job of dealing with the collateral damage from the conflict between Iran and the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Booker blames the rules
Senator Cory Booker tells Sean Rameswaram why he never stood a chance and Vox's Ella Nilsen explains why Senators Warren and Sanders are fighting. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Elizabeth Warren needs a poster boy
Elizabeth Warren’s best bet to fight the opioid epidemic might be stealing a page from the battle against AIDS. Vox’s Jillian Weinberger explains how for The Impact. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

One billion animals dead
Australia is suffering unprecedented damage from months of bush fires, but the country remains divided on the politics of climate change. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Megxit
Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The (first) trial of Harvey Weinstein
Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

What about Iraq?
Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The view from Iran
Iran analyst Dina Esfandiary explains why the killing of Qassem Soleimani was “the greatest gift the Trump administration could have given the Iranian government.” And an Iranian-American family disagrees on the meaning of Soleimani’s death. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


War with Iran?
The United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week. Vox's Alex Ward explains what might happen next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Should we burn our recycling?
The vast majority of our plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The other TV president
Before stumbling into the biggest American political scandal in a generation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was best known for playing the president on TV. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Trump of the Year
On the cusp of a big election year, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias reviews President Trump’s accomplishments thus far. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Song of the Year
“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Person of the Year
Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The Queen of Christmas
A quarter-century after its release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Call it a "Christmas Mariahcle." (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Debate 6: Enter the Wine Cave
The sixth and final Democratic debate of the year was less diverse, more substantive, and also featured a fight about a wine cave. Vox's Emily Stewart explains. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Aging in America
By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Impeachment Day
The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Trump v. Taxes
The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump has to turn over his tax returns, but WNYC's Andrea Bernstein says the Court is really deciding whether Trump can literally get away with murder. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Big Bezos is watching you
In under 20 years, Amazon grew from an online bookstore to the eyes and ears in our homes. OneZero's Will Oremus says we should be concerned about what comes next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Space Farce
The Democrats gave President Trump his Space Force this week. But what is it? (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

India's Muslim ban
The second-largest Muslim nation in the world just got closer to becoming a Hindu state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The cost of PrEP
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Trump administration agree on one thing: the cost of HIV drugs is too high. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Articles of impeachment
House Democrats made history today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Rudolph the former mayor
How Rudy Giuliani went from "America's mayor" to the inadvertent architect of Donald Trump's pending impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

“This will end when one of us dies”
ProPublica’s Lizzie Presser explains why Americans are being jailed for their medical debt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Giving justice an extension
This week New Jersey joined a growing number of states that are extending statutes of limitations, making it easier to report childhood sexual abuse decades after it occurs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder
Four law professors walked into a room and the next phase of the impeachment began. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs on TikTok
TikTok, the video sharing app that has taken the tweens and 2019 by storm, is now facing stiff competition, concerns over censorship, and a federal investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


ICE University
Immigration and Customs Enforcement created a fake university with no teachers and no classes. Then they arrested the students who signed up. Vox’s Nicole Narea explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Amazon's preppers
A good number of Amazon packages make a pitstop in Roundup, Montana. Vox's Reset podcast explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A tribe called keto
Some say the Kardashian-endorsed keto diet craze that’s sweeping the nation could help fight epilepsy and cancer, too. Vox’s Julia Belluz separates fat from fiction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Can a billionaire buy the presidency?
A self-described "short, Jewish, divorced billionaire" thinks he can beat Donald Trump in 2020. (Transcript here.)...

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Can a billionaire buy the presidency?
Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg thinks he can beat Donald Trump in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Showdown at High Nunes
California Republican Devin Nunes spent much of the last two weeks mocking the impeachment inquiry. After allegations surfaced that he may have been involved with Ukraine, he now finds himself caught up in it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Ok boomer
TikTok's hottest meme is pitting the Youngs against the Olds, but the truth about this generational standoff can be found in its shades of gray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The Dems Went Down to Georgia
We’re taking a break from impeachment to talk about the fifth Democratic debate and the Buttigieg Bump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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

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Impeachment TV (Part 2 of 2)
The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how things changed when Republicans called witnesses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Impeachment TV (Part 1 of 2)
The House impeachment inquiry just had its biggest day yet. It was so big we couldn't fit it all into one episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Let's talk about that party in Spain
Spain's far-right party just won more than 50 seats in its parliament, reminding some of the country's fascist past. Yes, the party is called "VOX". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Let's talk about that party in Spain
Spain's far-right party just won more than 50 seats in its parliament, reminding some of the country's fascist past. Yes, the party is called "VOX". (Transcript here.)...

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Noise will be noise
After hearing a mysterious whine in suburban Arizona, Karthic Thallikar started on a journey that would ultimately lead to the center of the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Noise will be noise
After hearing a mysterious whine in suburban Arizona, Karthic Thallikar started on a journey that would ultimately lead to the center of the internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Hotel ISIS
Turkey says it’s “not a hotel” for ISIS, and is deporting fighters and their families. The problem is their native countries don’t want them back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Bill and Kent's congressional adventure
The first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry was held today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the significance of the testimonies given by Ambassador William Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Bill and Kent's congressional adventure
The first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry was held today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains the significance of the testimonies given by Ambassador William Taylor and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department. (Transcript here.)...

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Who is above the law?
Today the Supreme Court heard the case about a border patrol agent who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy. Ian Millhiser explains why it could make holding federal agents accountable a lot harder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The world's most profitable company
Aramco, the secretive oil company that made Saudi Arabia rich, is going public after 86 years. Some say the timing couldn’t be worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


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

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Streaming: Infinity War
Disney+. Apple TV+. Netflix. HBO Max. Peacock. Which streaming service will win the great war to come? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Behind closed doors
This week the House released transcripts from closed-door impeachment testimonies. Vox's Andrew Prokop pored through them for revelations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Behind closed doors
This week the House released transcripts from closed-door impeachment testimonies. Vox's Andrew Prokop pored through them for revelations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

California Dreamin'
A new California law limits how early school can start in the state. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Inside a Trump rally
At a Kentucky rally, President Trump's supporters ordered the media to "Do your job!" and reveal the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender explains how these events have changed the American political landscape and Sean Rameswaram speaks with a superfan who has attended 18 rallies. And counting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Just one year to go!
The election is now one year away. Ezra Klein offers Democrats a strategy to win in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Instagram's war on nipples
Vox’s Reset podcast explores how Instagram's nipple ban affects art and identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Instagram's war on nipples
Vox’s Reset podcast explores how Instagram's nipple ban affects art and identity. (Transcript here.)...

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Why is the world protesting?
A WhatsApp tax, a metro fare hike, and a check to a South African model have inspired a wave of anti-government protests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

California's blackouts
The wildfires in California have gotten so bad the state's biggest utility is turning off the power on purpose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The death of al-Baghdadi
ISIS has lost its leader, but that doesn't mean the world is any safer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

WeWorked
America’s most controversial startup was finally bought out this week, but WeWork is a symptom of a much larger problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The right to sell out
California is going to let college athletes make money from sneaker deals and commercials. Will the rest of the country follow suit? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The right to sell out
California is going to let college athletes make money from sneaker deals and commercials. Will the rest of the country follow suit? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do
Ambassador William Taylor finally testified on Tuesday and it was a doozy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do
Ambassador William Taylor finally testified on Tuesday and it was a doozy. (Transcript here.)...

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Yes We Canada?
Justin Trudeau won re-election on Tuesday, but it wasn't pretty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Where are the troops going?
President Trump is pulling out of Syria while sending more troops to Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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

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Introducing Reset
Students across the country are graded by artificial intelligence. But does an algorithm really know how to write? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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

Trumpster fire
Last week, the White House stonewalled the impeachment inquiry. This week, the stonewall came crumbling down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Should Facebook let Trump lie?
President Trump lied in a Facebook ad and Facebook didn’t take it down so Elizabeth Warren lied, too. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Should Facebook let Trump lie?
President Trump lied in a Facebook ad and Facebook didn’t take it down, so Elizabeth Warren lied too. The Verge’s Casey Newton explains. (Transcript here.)...

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DEB4TE
In the fourth Democratic debate, the candidates treated Elizabeth Warren as the frontrunner. Vox’s Ezra Klein explains what that means for the race ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


DEB4TE
In the fourth Democratic debate, the candidates treated Elizabeth Warren as the frontrunner. Vox’s Ezra Klein explains what that means for the race ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

A new war in Syria
The Trump administration just imposed sanctions on Turkey for invading northern Syria. But it may be too late for America’s Kurdish allies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Indigenous Peoples' Delegate
Nearly 200 years ago, the Treaty of New Echota offered the Cherokee Nation representation in Congress. Kimberly Teehee just became its first nominee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Did China just dunk on the NBA?
An NBA executive’s tweet supporting protests in Hong Kong has exposed how vulnerable the biggest American companies are to China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The nine impeachment scenarios
President Pence? President Pelosi? There are nearly a dozen ways the impeachment inquiry could end. Vox’s Laura McGann runs through each of them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Stonewalling the impeachment inquiry
Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the White House is now refusing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry. Ezra Klein scrutinizes the Republican strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Leaving Syria (and the Kurds)
Turkey is sending troops and tanks to its border with Syria hours after President Trump announced he would be removing US forces from the nation. Syrian Kurds feel betrayed and ISIS is watching. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

SCOTUS raises the stakes
After a sleepy spring term, the Supreme Court of the United States is back and looking to weigh in on abortion, immigration, and LGBT rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Inside a Facebook all-staff
Audio of Mark Zuckerberg in a closed-door staff meeting leaked to Casey Newton of The Verge. Then Elizabeth Warren entered the fray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Meanwhile in Ukraine....
Ukraine finds itself at the center of the American impeachment drama, but President Trump is the least of the country's worries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

It's not easy whistleblowin'
The whistleblower’s attorneys say their client is in danger. That’s not unusual. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The impeachment counternarrative
Listen as Vox’s Andrew Prokop meticulously debunks the White House talking points around the whistleblower scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


"No contract! No cars!"
The United Auto Workers is engaged in the biggest General Motors strike since the 1970s, all while union leaders are having their homes raided by the FBI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

"No contract! No cars!"
The United Auto Workers are engaged in the biggest General Motors strike since the 1970s, all while union leaders are having their homes raided by the FBI. (Transcript here.)...

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UN-for-Greta-ble
In just one week, she inspired global protests, mean-mugged President Trump, and chastised world leaders at the United Nations. David Wallace-Wells, editor at New York magazine, explains the rise of Greta Thunberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


The whistleblower complaint
The House Intelligence Committee released the whistleblower complaint minutes before Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire began his testimony before Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The "transcript"
The White House released a record of President Trump’s conversation with President Zelensky, then went on the defensive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Pelosi calls for impeachment inquiry
This evening Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how everything changed in 24 hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Pelosi calls for impeachment inquiry
This evening Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will begin an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains how everything changed in 24 hours. (Transcript here.)...

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Son of a Biden
A whistleblower in the intelligence community has sparked a political scandal involving President Trump and a pair of Bidens. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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

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Burn, baby, burn
The vast majority of your plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The 51st state?
Residents in the District of Columbia have been living with "taxation without representation" from Day 1. Today, they take their call for statehood to Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

The 51st state?
Residents in the District of Columbia have been living with "taxation without representation" from Day 1. Today, they take their call for statehood to Congress. (Transcript here.)...

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To Bibi or not to Bibi
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s decade-long hold on power may be coming to an end. Anyone up for peace? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

To Bibi or not to Bibi
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s decade-long hold on power may be coming to an end. Anyone up for peace? (Transcript here.)...

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When it's time to die
This week Maine joins several states allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with medication. Cyndie Rogers explains why she eventually wants to take advantage of Maine’s Death with Dignity Act. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


How do you remove an egg from an omelette?
Some say that’s how hard it is to remove the UK from the EU. Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy heads to the United Kingdom's highest court Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

How do you remove an egg from an omelette?
Some say that’s how hard it is to remove the UK from the EU. Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy heads to the United Kingdom's highest court tomorrow. (Transcript here.)...

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ABCDebate
After Vox's Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


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

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The president's hit list
“I’d be happy to slaughter them,” President Rodrigo Duterte said about three million drug users in the Philippines. It appears he is following through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Like, bye
Facebook and Instagram are thinking about ditching the thumbs and hearts. What would life be like without "Likes"? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


John Boltin'
John Bolton is out. Vox’s Alex Ward explains why he was at odds with his boss from Day 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

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

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Gerry with the bad maps
A historic court decision erased some of the most gerrymandered maps in the country this week. North Carolina now has two weeks to redraw them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

CNN's climate marathon in 20 minutes
We watched seven straight hours of Democrats discussing climate policy so you wouldn't have to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

#FreedMeekMill
Rapper Meek Mill was arrested on drug and weapons charges as a teen in 2007, but the case didn't close until last week. NPR's Bobby Allyn explains how a police officer and a judge helped keep Meek Mill in the criminal justice system for over a decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Missing history
Kids in school don’t learn much about American slavery. Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries says students deserve the real story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...