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 topics in news, politics, science, technology, pop culture, and beyond with your favorite journalists and podcasts from the Vox Media Podcast Network. Several new episodes, each 15 minutes or less, drop in the feed throughout the day, Monday to Friday.

Society & Culture
Books for a gardening novice | Ask a Book Critic
What makes gardens attractive and emotionally fulfilling
6 min
What can we learn from South Korea's pandemic r...
Vox's Dylan Scott joins Matt and Dara to talk about South Korea's response to Covid-19
7 min
The case for climate optimism | Today, Explaine...
A conversation with writer David Wallace-Wells about where he’s hopeful about our climate future.
14 min
The blunt truth about weed farms | Tell Me More
The environmental cost of growing marijuana is quite a bit higher than you might think, especially when growing indoors.
11 min
Peanut butter and jellyfish | Today, Explained ...
And other items from the lunch menu of 2050.
11 min
Welcome to the age of Big Shroom | What's the S...
From magic mushrooms to mushroom coffee
6 min
Will the superpowers unite on climate? | Tell M...
The United States and China play leading roles in the global response to climate change: Together, they account for 43 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.
11 min
America awaits a verdict | Today, Explained in 10
The trial of Derek Chauvin
9 min
The strangest environmental film you’ll ever se...
An epic story of the universe inside the confines of one boring, ordinary house.
12 min
America is finally leaving Afghanistan | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about President Joe Biden’s announcement that all remaining US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.
8 min
The Echo Park eviction | Today, Explained in 10
Los Angeles moved some unhoused residents into hotel rooms, but advocates say that won't be enough to address the nation's looming mass evictions.
9 min
How to replace everything in the industrialized...
A preview of climate writer and Vox contributor David Roberts' conversation with Jessika Trancik, Associate Professor at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at M.I.T.
10 min
The viral ghosts of long Covid | Unexplainable
Scientists don’t understand why so many people suffer from Covid-19 symptoms for months, long after they stop testing positive.
4 min
Gaetzgate | Today, Explained in 10
Rep. Gaetz is under investigation by the Department of Justice for allegedly paying women for sex and child sex trafficking
10 min
Why are Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya bo...
The Judas and the Black Messiah stars are both stuck with second fiddle.
10 min
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
Complicated mother-daughter relationship books ...
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
High crimes | Today, Explained in 10
The state of cannabis legalization across the country
9 min
What it means to be a "good" rich person | Vox ...
Vox columnist Anne Helen Petersen talks with sociologist Rachel Sherman about her research into the anxieties of wealthy people and their desire to be seen as "middle class."
6 min
Who is the real George Soros? | Vox Conversatio...
7 min
Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan | Today...
The plan would pay for a lot more than just roads and bridges. It also includes funding for long-term care and manufacturing.
9 min
What is "manifesting"? | One Good Answer
The latest internet wellness craze is thinking your way to a better life. Whether it works or not isn’t really the point.
5 min
What should we expect from Biden's judicial nom...
Matt and Dara talk with Vox judicial reporter Ian Millhiser about Biden's court appointments, and look ahead to the future of the judiciary
7 min
Making tennis a misdemeanor | Today, Explained ...
The proposals are the latest in a series of anti-trans policies pushed by GOP legislators in recent years
9 min
Skeleton Lake | Unexplainable
When scientists examined the DNA of ancient bones found near a Himalayan lake, they were forced to confront a seemingly impossible conclusion.
4 min
The new wave of anti-trans legislation, explain...
Why Republicans are trying to ban trans girls from school sports.
9 min
Ship happens | Today, Explained in 10
The Evergiven, a Japanese cargo ship chartered by a Taiwanese shipping company flying the Panamanian flag and bound for the Netherlands, finally floated down the Suez Canal today after being stuck for six days.
7 min
A millennial and a Gen Zer explain the latest g...
Why is there beef and why should we care?
10 min
Why so many houseless people didn’t get their s...
Not everyone who’s eligible got their stimulus check.
7 min
Comfort shows | What to Watch
What we watch to feel happy and at peace.
10 min
Why the gun control debate is stuck | Today, Ex...
And what to do about it
10 min
Your questions about the world, answered | Worl...
From the many great listener questions sent in over the last several weeks, the gang picked four to answer in this week’s episode.
9 min
The end of minty cigarettes? | Today, Explained...
85% of Black smokers say they prefer menthol cigarettes
9 min
The border, explained by someone who knows it i...
8 min
Why the Senate won’t pass gun control reform | ...
It all comes down to the filibuster
9 min
Books for a quarterlife crisis | Ask a Book Critic
If you’re a 20-something and feeling a little lost
5 min
What problems can gun control solve? | The Weeds
Matt, Dara, and Vox's Jerusalem Demsas discuss the politics of progressive control proposals in the wake of mass shootings
4 min
WTF is an NFT? | Today, Explained in 10
From the art world to the NBA, lots of people are cashing in on a craze for unique digital assets known as NFTs
9 min
What lies beneath our feet? | Unexplainable
A preview of Unexplainable, Episode 3: Journey Toward the Center of the Earth
2 min
Student debt, part 2: The case against forgiven...
Is student loan forgiveness an effective way to stimulate the economy?
9 min
AnchoRage | Today, Explained in 10
Biden's Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had a tense meeting with China's top diplomats in Anchorage, Alaska
9 min
Why we need to talk about inherited wealth | Wh...
What to expect from “the great wealth transfer”
7 min
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
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