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
Does air quality affect chess performance? | Th...
Matt, Dara, and Vox's Umair Irfan take on a white paper about indoor pollution and its effects on cognition
4 min
Johnson & Johnson & Problems | Today, Explained...
The CDC and FDA are putting the J&J vaccine on pause. What will that mean for vaccine hesitancy?
9 min
Twitter doesn't want Trump's tweets, but the Na...
How do you preserve the tweets of a president who's been banned from Twitter?
6 min
Can Chuck Schumer's flip phone save America? | ...
Democrats have the slimmest of majorities in the United States Senate, and it’s up to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to keep his caucus together.
9 min
Vaccine passport, please | Today, Explained in 10
Republican Governors in Florida and Texas recently banned 'vaccine passports.' President Biden is staying out of it.
10 min
Pop culture trends for a post-vaccine summer | ...
From early aughts’ fashion to thirsty ads
10 min
The trauma of the Derek Chauvin trial | Tell Me...
George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in 2020 was a deeply traumatic moment for America, and Black Americans, in particular, were affected.
7 min
CICADAPOCALYPSE 2021 | Today, Explained in 10
Once every 17 years billions of Brood X cicadas crawl out of the ground to sound their loud mating call.
9 min
Monsters smashing stuff! | What to Watch
The ridiculous but spectacular ‘Godzilla vs. Kong.’
10 min
Jordan’s royal family feud | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the royal drama that has roiled the normally quiet kingdom of Jordan this week.
9 min
Taylor Swift rewrites her story | Today, Explai...
Swift’s first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), drops tomorrow.
9 min
A kayak that made me appreciate where I come fr...
On surviving the pandemic and connecting to a familiar place.
8 min
Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet bra...
A preview of writer and Vox contributor Anne Helen Petersen's conversation with poet and novelist Patricia Lockwood about the experience of being extremely online.
8 min
KKK High | Today, Explained in 10
A group of students discovered their school's namesake is a KKK leader.
10 min
Why Satanic Panic never really ended | What's t...
Tracing the moral panic from the 80s to Lil Nas X
9 min
How does the infrastructure bill address the ca...
Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Scott to examine the portion of Biden's infrastructure plan designated for the "caretaking economy"
7 min
Hot Senate procedural news | Today, Explained i...
A third budget reconciliation bill this year means Senate Democrats can now officially pass more bills with 51 votes.
8 min
Vaccine passports, explained | Recode Daily
Carrying a digital vaccine record may sound like a useful idea, but experts warn of privacy issues and serious ethical concerns. Vox’s Rebecca Heilweil explains.
7 min
Biden’s Afghanistan dilemma | Tell Me More
Biden has an important decision to make about troops in Afghanistan, and the deadline for that decision is coming up quickly.
9 min
MLB to Georgia: You’re out! | Today, Explained ...
A look at the backlash Georgia lawmakers are facing after passing a new voter reform law.
9 min
Books about complicated mother-daughter relatio...
Fraught relationship reads that can still feel cathartic
5 min
The problem with work is work | Tell Me More
The Covid-19 pandemic exposed America’s problem with work culture.
8 min
Minari on streaming platforms | What to Watch
A stunning drama about a Korean-American family.
7 min
“My friend” has a question about the vaccine | ...
There are plenty of reasonable-sounding worries about the vaccine. We debunked them with a vaccine researcher.
8 min
Is Myanmar heading for civil war? | Worldly
Zack, Alex, and returning guest Jen Kirby talk about the potential for a “bloodbath” in Myanmar.
7 min