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
Student debt, part 1: The case for forgiveness ...
Student loan debt forgiveness has entered the mainstream political conversation.
9 min
The (very good) dogs of Stray | What to Watch
The documentary follows a trio of dogs who live on the streets of Istanbul as they explore the city and interact with humans.
6 min
Why America needs a national pandemic memorial ...
Some relatives of those who have died say a memorial to Covid-19 should feel physical and solid
9 min
Europe’s vaccine disaster | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the raft of problems stymying Europe’s vaccine rollout.
10 min
Racism, misogyny, and the shootings in Georgia ...
The shootings came amidst an uptick in anti-Asian violence nationwide
9 min
Want a vaccine? Walgreens wants your data first...
So you’ve made a Walgreens account to make a vaccine appointment. What are they going to do with your data?
7 min
"Wintering," wisdom, and weathering life's dark...
A preview of Vox's Sigal Samuel's conversation with the author of Wintering, Katherine May, about the lessons we can learn during life's darkest seasons.
6 min
Why are more children crossing the border? | To...
Many of the people crossing the border now had been waiting in Mexico for years since they were expelled by Trump-era policies and pandemic-related bans.
9 min
Social satires that skewer the rich | Ask a Boo...
Humorous reads that aren’t set in New York City.
4 min
Has Biden changed border policy? | The Weeds
Vox's Ian Millhiser joins Matt and Dara to talk about whether or not the Biden administration has followed through on a campaign promise to reverse Trump's immigration policies.
4 min
Who gets to vote? | Today, Explained in 10
Historian Robyn Muncy explains the complicated origins of the 19th amendment.
9 min
How smell works | Unexplainable
A preview of Unexplainable, Episode 2: No one nose.
3 min
Is everyone getting vaccinated without me? | Te...
First it was quarantine rules shaming. Now it’s Covid-19 vaccine shaming. But does shaming actually work?
9 min
Vaccines4Kids | Today, Explained in 10
Vaccine safety trials for 12- to 15-year-olds are already underway, but the timeline for kids younger than that is a lot less clear.
8 min
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