Today, Explained

News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Today, Explained is your all killer, no filler, Monday to Friday news explainer co-hosted by Sean Rameswaram and Noel King. Every episode features the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.

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Ok, Bloomberg
Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg?
18 min
702
Where Medicare-for-all is real
The Democratic presidential candidates keep having the same argument over Medicare-for-all at the televised debates. To spice up the conversation, Vox’s Dylan Scott takes Sean on a journey to Taiwan to explore how the idea works in practice.
18 min
703
The floating petri dish
One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes.
21 min
704
Love Me Tinder
A new investigation reveals what you may have suspected: dating apps can be very dangerous. But there are safer ways to look for love online.
23 min
705
Between a Stone and a hard place
In this, the 500th episode of your favorite daily news podcast, Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains why the sentencing of Roger Stone has thrown the United States Department of Justice into disarray.
26 min
706
Bernie, bro.
New Hampshire felt the Bern.
20 min
707
Old Hampshire vs. New Hampshire
House parties are key to picking a president in New Hampshire, but they’re quickly being replaced by impersonal rallies. New Hampshire Public Radio reporter Lauren Chooljian attends both to determine what’s being lost.
18 min
708
President Trump's "Africa ban"
Vox's Nicole Narea explains how new immigration restrictions that will hit a quarter of Africa's population might be President Trump's version of diplomacy.
17 min
709
Why the wrong movies win Oscars
Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson would like to blame the Academy.
23 min
710
How will coronavirus end?
In 2015, Dr. Vineet Menachery said a SARS-like virus could spread to humans more easily than previously believed. Now he explains what we can do to stop it.
17 min
711
Acquitted
The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Vox’s Ezra Klein argues it’s time to change the Constitution.
18 min
712
Iowhaaaaat?!
Iowa caucuses? More like caucus chaos. Or a raucous caucus. Or an Iowasca trip. Somebody's got some explaining to do.
19 min
713
Whyowa?
Iowa gets to take the first swing at nominating the Democratic presidential candidate today. But why?
19 min
714
The invisible border
After nearly four years of acrimony, Britain finally Brexits tonight. But it risks plunging Northern Ireland back into a living nightmare.
26 min
715
Let’s talk about how to talk about Kobe
Kobe Bryant’s death stunned the world. Then people started arguing.
19 min
716
From Nobel Peace Prize to denying genocide
The International Court of Justice is ordering Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from genocide, but no one knows if Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will heed the call.
29 min
717
The Bolton's back in town
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains why John Bolton’s leaked manuscript has upended the GOP’s hopes to wrap up the impeachment trial quickly without calling witnesses.
25 min
718
Shaken like a polarized picture
The political polarization of America didn’t start with Donald Trump and it won’t end in 2020 either. Ezra Klein explains "Why We're Polarized."
23 min
719
The Crown Prince and the Amazon King
Did Mohammed Bin Salman hack Jeff Bezos? Recode’s Peter Kafka returns with an update and Kara Swisher explains Saudi Arabia's impunity in the tech world.
21 min
720
Coronavirus
A SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people, quarantined millions in China, and made its way to the United States. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what's known and what's next.
21 min
721
A George Washington Bridge too far
The Supreme Court is trying to settle the fight over the biggest traffic jam in the history of American politics once and for all. WNYC's Matt Katz, author of "American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption," explains.
22 min
722
The Senate trial begins
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump's Senate impeachment trial gets underway.
20 min
723
The 100 year fight for equal rights
Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. Now, Congress is the only thing standing between the 28th amendment and the Constitution of the United States.
19 min
724
Ukraine International Flight 752
Canada now has the unfortunate job of dealing with the collateral damage from the conflict between Iran and the United States.
23 min
725
Booker blames the rules
Senator Cory Booker tells Sean Rameswaram why he never stood a chance and Vox's Ella Nilsen explains why Senators Warren and Sanders are fighting.
21 min
726
Elizabeth Warren needs a poster boy
Elizabeth Warren’s best bet to fight the opioid epidemic might be stealing a page from the battle against AIDS. Vox’s Jillian Weinberger explains how for The Impact.
29 min
727
One billion animals dead
Australia is suffering unprecedented damage from months of bush fires, but the country remains divided on the politics of climate change.
19 min
728
Megxit
Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit.
22 min
729
The (first) trial of Harvey Weinstein
Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein.
22 min
730
What about Iraq?
Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else.
18 min
731
The view from Iran
Iran analyst Dina Esfandiary explains why the killing of Qassem Soleimani was “the greatest gift the Trump administration could have given the Iranian government.” And an Iranian-American family disagrees on the meaning of Soleimani’s death.
21 min
732
War with Iran?
The United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week. Vox's Alex Ward explains what might happen next.
22 min
733
Should we burn our recycling?
The vast majority of our plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire.
27 min
734
The other TV president
Before stumbling into the biggest American political scandal in a generation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was best known for playing the president on TV.
21 min
735
Trump of the Year
On the cusp of a big election year, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias reviews President Trump’s accomplishments thus far.
21 min
736
Song of the Year
“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music.
23 min
737
Person of the Year
Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why.
16 min
738
The Queen of Christmas
A quarter-century after its release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Call it a "Christmas Mariahcle."
22 min
739
Debate 6: Enter the Wine Cave
The sixth and final Democratic debate of the year was less diverse, more substantive, and also featured a fight about a wine cave. Vox's Emily Stewart explains.
23 min
740
Aging in America
By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready.
20 min
741
Impeachment Day
The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next.
17 min
742
Trump v. Taxes
The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump has to turn over his tax returns, but WNYC's Andrea Bernstein says the Court is really deciding whether Trump can literally get away with murder.
16 min
743
Big Bezos is watching you
In under 20 years, Amazon grew from an online bookstore to the eyes and ears in our homes. OneZero's Will Oremus says we should be concerned about what comes next.
25 min
744
Space Farce
The Democrats gave President Trump his Space Force this week. But what is it?
18 min
745
India's Muslim ban
16 min
746
The cost of PrEP
23 min
747
Articles of impeachment
19 min
748
Rudolph the former mayor
27 min
749
“This will end when one of us dies”
16 min
750
Giving justice an extension
22 min
751
Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder
22 min
752
Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs o...
19 min
753
ICE University
18 min
754
Amazon's preppers
22 min
755
A tribe called keto
21 min
756
Can a billionaire buy the presidency?
28 min
757
Showdown at High Nunes
26 min
758
Ok boomer
25 min
759
The Dems Went Down to Georgia
22 min
760
Impeachment TV: Mr. Sondland Goes to Washington
24 min
761
Impeachment TV (Part 2 of 2)
10 min
762
Impeachment TV (Part 1 of 2)
14 min
763
Let's talk about that party in Spain
23 min
764
Noise will be noise
22 min
765
Hotel ISIS
26 min
766
Bill and Kent's congressional adventure
20 min
767
Who is above the law?
18 min
768
The world's most profitable company
21 min
769
Streaming: Infinity War
23 min
770
Behind closed doors
17 min
771
California Dreamin'
15 min
772
Inside a Trump rally
22 min
773
Just one year to go!
26 min
774
Instagram's war on nipples
27 min
775
The first impeachment vote
21 min
776
Why is the world protesting?
17 min
777
California's blackouts
17 min
778
The death of al-Baghdadi
23 min
779
WeWorked
23 min
780
The right to sell out
18 min
781
Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do
21 min
782
Yes We Canada?
22 min
783
Where are the troops going?
16 min
784
Introducing Reset
23 min
785
Trumpster fire
16 min
786
Should Facebook let Trump lie?
18 min
787
DEB4TE
22 min
788
A new war in Syria
21 min
789
Indigenous Peoples' Delegate
22 min
790
Did China just dunk on the NBA?
23 min
791
The nine impeachment scenarios
15 min
792
Stonewalling the impeachment inquiry
21 min
793
Leaving Syria (and the Kurds)
22 min
794
SCOTUS raises the stakes
22 min
795
Inside a Facebook all-staff
22 min
796
Meanwhile in Ukraine....
20 min
797
It's not easy whistleblowin'
26 min
798
The impeachment counternarrative
24 min
799
"No contract! No cars!"
23 min
800
UN-for-Greta-ble
26 min