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
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
A lawyer for my band | 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