Vox Quick Hits

Vox Quick Hits is a playlist of bite-sized podcasts. Here, we go wherever our curiosities — and yours — take us. We explore and explain things like politics and policy, internet and pop culture, and beyond. We share your stories. We even recommend your next book or binge watch. New episodes daily, Monday to Friday. Each 15 minutes or less.

Society & Culture
A Marvel expert explains WandaVision | What's t...
Why the hit series stands out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
10 min
Should Democrats scrap the filibuster? | Tell M...
What is the Senate filibuster, and why is everyone talking about it?
9 min
The movement to recall Gavin Newsom | Today, Ex...
Organizers of the petition to recall Gavin Newsom say they’ve obtained close to two million signatures, well over the threshold to trigger a recall
9 min
For All Mankind on Apple TV+ | What to Watch
What if the space race never ended? This sci-fi series from Ron Moore explores an alternate history.
7 min
The Trump of the Tropics vs. the Bernie of Braz...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the huge news out of Brazil this week, where a judge annulled the corruption conviction of the country’s former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
8 min
Biden's war on poverty | Today, Explained in 10
$1400 checks, $300 in unemployment insurance, and monthly cash payments to parents coming this summer
9 min
A Keurig to show my mom I love her | The Best M...
How a $96 Keurig coffee maker brought high school senior Katherine Oung closer to her mom.
10 min
Reframing America's race problem | Vox Conversa...
A preview of Vox's Sean Illing's discussion with author of The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee, about the costs of racism in America.
6 min
Biden’s Big F***ing Deal | Today, Explained in 10
$1400 checks, $300 in unemployment insurance, and monthly cash payments to parents coming this summer
10 min
How the sneaker resale game ruined online shopp...
Why online shopping got so competitive in the pandemic.
9 min
Most of the universe is missing | Unexplainable
A preview of Episode 1 of Unexplainable, Vox's new science show about everything we don't know.
3 min
How can we protect voting rights? | The Weeds
Vox's Ian Millhiser joins Matt and Dara to talk about the most effective way for Congress to safeguard the right to vote.
5 min
You’re vaccinated. Now what? | Today, Explained...
Hugs are back, but don't expect to go to a concert without a mask anytime soon
9 min
Amazon’s race problem | Recode Daily
Internal data obtained by Recode indicate that Black Amazon employees are promoted less frequently and are rated more harshly than non-Black peers
9 min
Gen Z’s transit meme dream | Tell Me More
President Joe Biden is known for his love of Amtrak — and now, many young Americans are hoping that might translate to a push for public transit.
10 min
Alabama shakes up Amazon | Today, Explained in 10
Why Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama are trying to form a union
9 min
A millennial and a Gen Zer explain the latest g...
Why is there beef and why should we care?
10 min
The best Covid-19 vaccine is the one you can ge...
People shouldn’t worry about which vaccine they get, what matters is they get one.
10 min
The Bachelor meets reality | Today, Explained i...
The Bachelor's long-time host, Chris Harrison, has stepped away for the season's latest episode after a controversial interview with former bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.
9 min
Psychological thrillers with a twist | What to ...
A caller from Washington D.C. looks for a psychological thriller with suspense and killer twists.
8 min
Sen. Chris Murphy wants a new US-Saudi relation...
Jenn interviews Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) about his proposed strategy for a new US approach to the Persian Gulf.
9 min
The surge of anti-Asian violence | Today, Expla...
In an executive order, President Biden condemned the violence.
9 min
Who owns the Western? | Vox Conversations in 10
Vox book critic Constance Grady talks with Vox gender identities reporter and novelist Anna North about Anna's new book: Outlawed
7 min
Manchin in the middle | Today, Explained in 10
So far, he's torpedoed one of Biden's cabinet picks, obstructed the minimum wage, and opposed a big stimulus.
9 min
Books for breakups | Ask a Book Critic
Stories for 20-somethings going through a messy end.
4 min
How can Dems fight exclusionary zoning? | The W...
Vox's Jerusalem Demsas joins Matt and Dara to share ideas for housing equity
3 min
The $15 dream | Today, Explained in 10
Democrats have a few ways to get a $15 minimum wage passed, but the likeliest outcome is that it won't pass at all.
9 min
How we got to QAnon | Tell Me More
Conspiracy theories have always existed, but the internet has put them in overdrive.
9 min
How acid trips led to better policing | Today, ...
2020 was a big year for police reform. One alternative to policing in Eugene, Oregon, could be a model for the rest of the country.
9 min
What happens after Gorilla Glue fame? | What's ...
The highs and lows of TikTok celebrity.
8 min
Biden goes big on the economy | Tell Me More
Joe Biden is the type of guy who can tell which way the political winds are blowing — and right now, that means taking a big, bold swing at boosting the economy.
9 min
Vaccine hesitancy and the road to herd immunity...
As many as 30% of Americans say they’re hesitant to get the vaccine
9 min
The best of the Golden Globes | What to Watch
Add these to your to-watch list: The Great on Hulu, Sound of Metal on Amazon, Perry Mason on HBO, and Another Round on digital rental platforms.
8 min
Why Biden hasn’t reentered the Iran deal — yet ...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down why the Biden administration hasn’t yet reentered the Iran nuclear deal.
8 min
The case for Covid-19 optimism | Today, Explain...
Cases are down and vaccinations are accelerating
9 min
$2,000 on a lawyer | The Best Money I Ever Spent
While on tour with his band in the 90s, writer Nabil Ayers learned that there was one surefire way to get out of trouble — money.
11 min
A Watchmen writer on race, TV, and tech giants ...
8 min
Andrew Cuomo's fall from grace | Today, Explain...
A scandal around how his state counted covid deaths in nursing homes has tarnished Governor Cuomo's image.
9 min
What is the #FreeBritney movement? | One Good A...
And who’s to blame for the pop star’s loss of agency?
10 min
What won't be in the stimulus? | The Weeds in 10
In this Vox Quick Hits exclusive, Vox's Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to issue dreary prognostications on the fate of the $15 minimum wage
4 min
Stimu-less | Today, Explained in 10
What's next for the Covid-19 stimulus bill
9 min
Vaccine equity | Tell Me More
Black and brown communities have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, on both the health and economic fronts.
9 min
Googliath | Today, Explained in 10
Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary and tech journalist Alex Kantrowitz explain Google’s origins in the Computer Science department of Stanford University.
9 min
Should we watch the Golden Globes? | What's the...
Will award shows become obsolete?
10 min
What would it take to fix America’s police? | T...
Vox editor Sean Collins discusses two proposals that activists say could make an important difference and what progress after the protests could look like.
9 min
A tough week for Texas | Today, Explained in 10
By Friday, power had been restored to much of the state. But millions remained without access to clean water.
9 min
Minari on streaming platforms | What to Watch
A stunning drama about a Korean-American family.
7 min
The world’s great powers | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down one of the DC foreign policy world’s hottest new catchphrases: “great power competition.”
9 min
Rush Limbaugh’s legacy | Today, Explained in 10
Conservative shock jock Rush Limbaugh passed away from cancer this week
9 min
Uncovering the history of psychedelics in Chris...
What role did psychedelic drugs play in the rise and spread of Christianity — and could they save the church today?
8 min
Biden at the border | Today, Explained in 10
Thousands of migrants have been waiting at the US southern border, many of them for years, since Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy took effect
9 min
Books that read like an Edward Hopper painting ...
A caller from Chicago seeks reads that capture the eerie mood and mystery of a Hopper painting.
3 min
What's next for Donald Trump? | The Weeds in 10
Matt, Dara, and Vox's Emily Stewart ponder what will come next for the twice-impeached former president.
6 min
57-43 | Today, Explained in 10
Donald Trump's second impeachment acquittal
9 min
Imagine a life without Google | Recode Daily
Australian lawmakers are pushing for some regulations on Google and in response, the Silicon Valley giant has threatened to turn off its services in the country.
7 min
The problem with more Harry Potter | What's the...
Renegotiating relationships with the books we love
9 min
The politics of stimulus checks | Tell Me More
In 2020, the conversation around giving people money changed — namely, the federal government got much more on board with the idea.
7 min
Cupid-19 | Today, Explained in 10
For some, Covid-19 has made love and physical intimacy a lot tougher. For others, it's played match maker.
10 min
#FreeBritney | Today, Explained in 10
Britney Spears has been under conservatorship since 2008
10 min
Protesting farmers, India's democracy, and Riha...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the huge farmers’ protests in India.
8 min
Our favorite TV | What to Watch
Why you should add The Comeback, The Simpsons, Deadwood and High Maintenance to your to-watch list.
10 min
The Republican(!) plan to give parents money | ...
Romney's plan would provide up to $350 a month per child to American parents
9 min
Biden's immigration architect on racism, reform...
NPR's Aarti Shahani in conversation with Cecilia Muñoz, an architect of Biden's immigration plan.
9 min
$141 on a skateboard | The Best Money I Ever Spent
It was the easiest decision Steve Rousseau ever made, despite the fact that he’s 32 years old and has no health insurance.
11 min
Vaccine hoarding | Today, Explained in 10
It could take years for many low-income countries to start Covid-19 vaccination campaigns
8 min
How cops became Hollywood's heroes | One Good A...
For decades, police procedurals have featured heroic cops. That’s not an accident.
9 min
What we're missing about the Covid relief bill ...
Vox's Ella Nilsen joins Matt and Dara to discuss the overlooked implications of Biden's rescue bill, and the debate surrounding it
3 min
How Section 230 came to be | Today, Explained i...
A quarter-century after it was signed, Section 230, the law that made the modern internet, has done the impossible: united Democrats and Republicans.
9 min
Jeff Bezos’s second act | Recode Daily
Will he follow in the footsteps of other former CEOs?
7 min
Why the U.S. can’t figure out reopening schools...
Nearly a year into the pandemic, the country still hasn’t quite figured out how to keep students and teachers safe at school.
9 min
Capitol punishment | Today, Explained in 10
In order to convict the former president, 17 Republican senators would need to vote with their Democratic colleagues. Early signs suggest that's unlikely.
9 min
Books about everyday delight | Ask a Book Critic
A caller from Colorado is searching for books that find joy in the daily minutiae.
6 min
Robinhood, meet the Dotcom bubble | Tell Me More
The Redditors of WallStreetBets should maybe take a look at the 1990s before piling into their next trade.
7 min
All Creatures Great and Small on PBS | What to ...
The new PBS series is cozy as a mug of tea on a rainy day.
6 min
Myanmar’s coup has no heroes | Worldly in 10
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the recent coup in Myanmar.
8 min
The Arab Spring, 10 years later | Today, Explai...
The effects of a year of revolutions across the Arab world still play out today
7 min
Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle | Vox Co...
An excerpt from Ezra Klein's conversation with Anne Helen Petersen and Derek Thompson.
10 min
The Capitol Siege and American Revolution | Vox...
Vox's Dylan Matthews talks with author and Revolutions podcaster Mike Duncan about what history can tell us about the insurrection at the US Capitol.
5 min
Marjorie Taylor Greene’s “loony lies” | Today, ...
The House will vote on Thursday on whether to strip Representative Greene's committee positions.
8 min
Books for a long winter | Ask a Book Critic
A caller from Canada seeks cerebral mysteries to help him get through the brutal winter,
5 min
What can be done to speed up vaccinations? | Th...
German Lopez joins Matt and Dara to discuss obstacles to vaccine distribution — and some possible solutions.
8 min
The coup in Myanmar | Today, Explained in 10
Dr. Van Tran explains why the military that always held a fair amount of power in Myanmar decided to take it all.
9 min
Biden’s climate policy reset | Tell Me More
President Biden is hitting the ground running on climate and trying to make up for lost ground under the Trump administration.
8 min
Investigating military extremism | Today, Expla...
Gangs and extremist groups have plagued the US military since before the revolution.
9 min
The wild world of Victorian thrillers | Ask a B...
Vox's book critic Constance Grady recommends books for Wilkie Collins fans. Spontaneous combustion included.
2 min
Brexit is done ... ish | Tell Me More
fter years of haggling, two prime ministers, and countless fits and starts, the United Kingdom has finally completed its split from the European Union — at least, mostly.
8 min
Biden’s latest executive actions | Today, Expla...
From climate to healthcare, Biden is reforming the federal government one executive order at a time.
7 min
Lupin on Netflix | What to Watch
A French TV show about a master thief.
6 min
Why Putin wants Alexei Navalny dead | Worldly i...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the nationwide demonstrations in Russia in support of dissident opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
7 min
GameStock | Today, Explained in 10
GameStop's stock shot up thanks to a subreddit called r/wallstreetbets and the peculiarities of the stock market.
9 min
$60 on a sketchy palm reading | The Best Money ...
When Jo Livingstone got lost in a new city, they found a fortune teller and a path forward.
6 min
Fascism in Post-Trump America isn't going away ...
Vox's Sean Illing talks with Yale professor and author Jason Stanley.
7 min
The military’s far-right problem | Today, Expla...
Many active-duty and retired military personnel stormed the US Capitol in early January
10 min
What is "manifesting"? | One Good Answer
All over the internet, people are concentrating hard on what they want. Does it work?
5 min
Does more police mean less crime? | The Weeds i...
Matt Yglesias, Dara Lind, and German Lopez discuss the research and the evidence.
7 min
Coronavirus, 365 days later | Today, Explained...
In the early months of the pandemic, we underestimated the novel coronavirus.
9 min
Can you convict an ex-president? | Tell Me More
Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is on the horizon, even though he’s out of the White House.
7 min
Marianne Williamson on healing America’s soul |...
The former Democratic candidate for president says there can be no unity without accountability
9 min
The dark truth behind SoulCycle | What's the St...
Why it’s impossible to scale exclusivity
9 min
An actual federal Covid-19 response | Tell Me More
With Joe Biden in office, the United States has a chance to reset its response to the Covid-19 pandemic and address the crisis at hand.
9 min