Vox Quick Hits

A bite-sized daily podcast from the Culture and The Goods teams at Vox that goes wherever our (and your!) pop culture and consumerism curiosities take us. Hear the stories behind the news and trends, get personal about purchases, and find your next book or binge watch. New episodes daily, Monday to Friday. Each 15 minutes or less.

Society & Culture
Books that explore cities (feat. N.K. Jemisin) ...
A caller requests a sprawling nonfiction book that tells you about a city
8 min
It’s about to be a Thigh Guy Summer | What's th...
And this particular obsession has been a long time coming.
7 min
Our go-to comfort shows | What to Watch
The shows we watch to feel happy and at peace.
11 min
A billionaire, a cryptocurrency, and a disaster...
Crypto philanthropy is a burgeoning field, and one with lots of unique complications.
11 min
Spanish lessons during the Trump presidency |...
As a Latina, the uneven Spanish Mara Theresa Hart carried since childhood no longer felt like enough.
8 min
So are the Olympics happening or what? | Tell M...
The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo are getting a second chance in 2021 after being postponed due to the pandemic.
13 min
Book publishing’s existential crisis | What's t...
Who deserves a book deal?
12 min
“Hacks” will have you laughing out loud | What ...
The HBO Max series features national treasure Jean Smart, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” alum Kaitlin Olson, and newcomer Hannah Einbinder.
9 min
Cancel culture, canceled | Tell Me More
You probably think you know what cancel culture is, but do you really?
12 min
Books with twist endings (feat. Susan Choi) | A...
Everyone loves a plot twist
8 min
MAGA, but for coffee | Tell Me More
Right-wing coffee shops are popping up across the country, proving yet again that America can make pretty much anything political.
14 min
Buy now, pay later...but read the fine print | ...
Afterpay, Klarna, Affirm: how buy now, pay later is spreading beyond retail
9 min
One of 2021’s best shows | What to Watch
The Underground Railroad debuts Friday, May 14, on Amazon Prime Video. It runs for 10 episodes that range in length from 20 minutes to 77 minutes.
9 min
The great lumber shortage of 2021 | Tell Me More
Lumber mania is sweeping North America. Prices are skyrocketing, and lumber supplies are scarce.
14 min
Aubrey Gordon’s travel talisman | The Best Mone...
Aubrey Gordon, co-host of Maintenance Phase and the writer behind ‘Your Fat Friend’ on what it’s like to board a plane as a fat person.
9 min
“Asian American” | Tell Me More
The term “Asian American” has helped build political power, it’s also left many people feeling marginalized and erased.
10 min
The enduring legacy of Dawsoncrying.gif | What'...
The definitive oral history behind the legendary internet artifact.
12 min
Live. Watch. Pose | What to Watch
A family drama that imagines the underprivileged and underloved of a whole city as its family.
8 min
The housing boom, but for renters | Tell Me More
America’s high-flying housing market might mean you’ll be renting forever — or, at least, for quite some time.
9 min
Under-the-radar library books | Ask a Book Critic
A caller requests books that likely aren’t checked out from her local library.
4 min
No, Biden isn’t coming for your burger | Tell M...
A rumor has taken hold among some Republicans that President Joe Biden wants to curtail America’s meat consumption — a rumor that, to be clear, isn’t true.
14 min
Moderna Mafia vs. Pfizer Pham vs. J&JHive | Wha...
Why the budding rivalries over vaccines are the "just for lolz" kind of fun we need.
8 min
Too old for Disney, too young for The CW | What...
Movies and shows fit for a tween.
16 min
Fashion's environmental impact isn't 100% known...
Exactly how bad is the fashion industry for the environment?
11 min
The 51st state | Tell Me More
The House of Representatives recently voted to make Washington, DC, the 51st state in the union, something many residents have wanted for a long time.
9 min