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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 hosted by Sean Rameswaram and featuring the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.
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The last stronghold in Syria
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.
18 min
2
Pandemic?
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.
26 min
3
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.
18 min
4
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.
21 min
5
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.
22 min
6
Ok, Bloomberg
Enter the Bloomberg! Exit the Bloomberg?
18 min
7
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
8
The floating petri dish
One coronavirus. Two cruise ships. Lots of mistakes.
21 min
9
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
10
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
11
Bernie, bro.
New Hampshire felt the Bern.
20 min
12
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
13
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
14
Why the wrong movies win Oscars
Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson would like to blame the Academy.
23 min
15
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
16
Acquitted
The Senate has acquitted President Trump. Vox’s Ezra Klein argues it’s time to change the Constitution.
18 min
17
Iowhaaaaat?!
Iowa caucuses? More like caucus chaos. Or a raucous caucus. Or an Iowasca trip. Somebody's got some explaining to do.
19 min
18
Whyowa?
Iowa gets to take the first swing at nominating the Democratic presidential candidate today. But why?
19 min
19
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
20
Let’s talk about how to talk about Kobe
Kobe Bryant’s death stunned the world. Then people started arguing.
19 min
21
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
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
Megxit
Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit.
22 min
34
The (first) trial of Harvey Weinstein
Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein.
22 min
35
What about Iraq?
Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else.
18 min
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
Song of the Year
“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music.
23 min
42
Person of the Year
Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why.
16 min
43
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
44
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
45
Aging in America
By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready.
20 min
46
Impeachment Day
The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next.
17 min
47
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
48
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
49
Space Farce
The Democrats gave President Trump his Space Force this week. But what is it?
18 min
50
India's Muslim ban
16 min
51
The cost of PrEP
23 min
52
Articles of impeachment
19 min
53
Rudolph the former mayor
27 min
54
“This will end when one of us dies”
16 min
55
Giving justice an extension
22 min
56
Impeachment TV: Law & Disorder
22 min
57
Don't curl your lashes and talk about Uighurs o...
19 min
58
ICE University
18 min
59
Amazon's preppers
22 min
60
A tribe called keto
21 min
61
Can a billionaire buy the presidency?
28 min
62
Showdown at High Nunes
26 min
63
Ok boomer
25 min
64
The Dems Went Down to Georgia
22 min
65
Impeachment TV: Mr. Sondland Goes to Washington
24 min
66
Impeachment TV (Part 2 of 2)
10 min
67
Impeachment TV (Part 1 of 2)
14 min
68
Let's talk about that party in Spain
23 min
69
Noise will be noise
22 min
70
Hotel ISIS
26 min
71
Bill and Kent's congressional adventure
20 min
72
Who is above the law?
18 min
73
The world's most profitable company
21 min
74
Streaming: Infinity War
23 min
75
Behind closed doors
17 min
76
California Dreamin'
15 min
77
Inside a Trump rally
22 min
78
Just one year to go!
26 min
79
Instagram's war on nipples
27 min
80
The first impeachment vote
21 min
81
Why is the world protesting?
17 min
82
California's blackouts
17 min
83
The death of al-Baghdadi
23 min
84
WeWorked
23 min
85
The right to sell out
18 min
86
Taylor: Look What You Made Me Do
21 min
87
Yes We Canada?
22 min
88
Where are the troops going?
16 min
89
Introducing Reset
23 min
90
Trumpster fire
16 min
91
Should Facebook let Trump lie?
18 min
92
DEB4TE
22 min
93
A new war in Syria
21 min
94
Indigenous Peoples' Delegate
22 min
95
Did China just dunk on the NBA?
23 min
96
The nine impeachment scenarios
15 min
97
Stonewalling the impeachment inquiry
21 min
98
Leaving Syria (and the Kurds)
22 min
99
SCOTUS raises the stakes
22 min
100
Inside a Facebook all-staff
22 min