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 hosted by Sean Rameswaram and featuring the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.
Idlib province in northwestern Syria is now the last stronghold of opposition to President Bashar al-Assad and one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises.
Covid-19 may be on the brink of becoming a pandemic. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what that p-word means and Brian Resnick breaks down what an outbreak response might look like in the United States.
Putin his thumb on the scale
Russian interference in U.S. elections could go from Vlad to worse as President Trump sidelines U.S. intelligence agencies.
Weekend at Bernie’s
Bernie Sanders took Nevada with a landslide coalition so diverse it has left Joe Biden feeling nervous heading into South Carolina.
The sixth sense (the real one)
A study at the National Institutes of Health offers a window into some of science’s biggest mysteries, from the origins of pain to how consciousness works.
Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg?
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.
The floating petri dish
One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes.
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.
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.
New Hampshire felt the Bern.
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.
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.
Why the wrong movies win Oscars
Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson would like to blame the Academy.
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.
The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Vox’s Ezra Klein argues it’s time to change the Constitution.
Iowa caucuses? More like caucus chaos. Or a raucous caucus. Or an Iowasca trip. Somebody's got some explaining to do.
Iowa gets to take the first swing at nominating the Democratic presidential candidate today. But why?
The invisible border
After nearly four years of acrimony, Britain finally Brexits tonight. But it risks plunging Northern Ireland back into a living nightmare.
Let’s talk about how to talk about Kobe
Kobe Bryant’s death stunned the world. Then people started arguing.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Senate trial begins
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump's Senate impeachment trial gets underway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit.
The (first) trial of Harvey Weinstein
Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein.
What about Iraq?
Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else.
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.
War with Iran?
The United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week. Vox's Alex Ward explains what might happen next.
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.
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.
Trump of the Year
On the cusp of a big election year, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias reviews President Trump’s accomplishments thus far.
Song of the Year
“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music.
Person of the Year
Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why.
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."
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.
Aging in America
By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready.
The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next.
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.
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.
The Democrats gave President Trump his Space Force this week. But what is it?
India's Muslim ban
The cost of PrEP
Articles of impeachment
Rudolph the former mayor
“This will end when one of us dies”
Giving justice an extension
Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder
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