Vox Conversations

Vox Conversations brings you discussions between the brightest minds and the deepest thinkers; conversations that will cause you to question old assumptions and think about the world and our role in it in a new light. Join Sean Illing, Jamil Smith, and their colleagues across the Vox newsroom for new episodes every Monday and Thursday.

Philosophy
Politics
News Commentary
1
Ken Burns's latest on The Greatest
62 min
2
The road from 9/11 to Donald Trump
62 min
3
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on immigrants and America ...
45 min
4
Why America's obsession with rights is wrong
52 min
5
The news is by — and for — rich, white liberals
57 min
6
Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of sl...
55 min
7
Was the cruelty the point?
55 min
8
How seashells shaped the world — and predict ou...
52 min
9
Bill Maher on free speech, comedy, and his haters
45 min
10
Robert Reich wants you to take on the system
48 min
11
Marty Baron on the future of news
49 min
12
The death of cool
43 min
13
We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.
Professor Alex Wendt tells Sean Illing why he thinks the aliens might already be here
57 min
14
Philadelphia's progressive prosecutor
District attorney Larry Krasner talks about his reform agenda, rising gun violence, and how to take on the system
49 min
15
Fareed Zakaria on the fate of democracy
65 min
16
Jane Goodall on the power of hope
The world's foremost expert on chimps wants us to remember we're animals, too
56 min
17
Why we love drugs
Michael Pollan on humans, plants, and the coming psychedelic revolution
58 min
18
The rugged majesty of revision
Jamil Smith in conversation with author Kiese Laymon on revision, restoration, and repair
54 min
19
How to forgive
53 min
20
What makes a great conversation?
Hosts Sean Illing and Jamil Smith introduce themselves and reintroduce Vox Conversations, a podcast exploring big ideas and hard questions together with bright minds and deep thinkers.
21 min
21
Introducing: Now & Then
A new history podcast from CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network
57 min
22
The science of dating
52 min
23
Honoring Juneteenth with Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi on racism, systemic change, and whether an antiracist America is even possible
47 min
24
Digital dictatorship
54 min
25
The man who proposed reparations in the 1860s
Abe Lincoln's forgotten abolitionist ally
62 min
26
What pandemic recovery should look like
54 min
27
The gift of getting old
52 min
28
Freedom, and what it means to have a body
50 min
29
Why are we so worried about Satan?
58 min
30
How to be wrong less often
48 min
31
The complicated history of wildlife conservation
What can the past tell us about the future of fighting extinction?
65 min
32
How to replace everything in the industrialized...
58 min
33
Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet brain
51 min
34
Who is the real George Soros?
53 min
35
Introducing Unexplainable
A new podcast from Vox about everything we don’t know.
26 min
36
The border, explained by someone who knows it i...
51 min
37
"Wintering," wisdom, and weathering life's dark...
62 min
38
Reframing America's race problem
49 min
39
Who owns the Western?
45 min
40
A Watchmen writer on race, TV, and tech giants
52 min
41
Uncovering the history of psychedelics in Chris...
48 min
42
Biden's immigration architect on racism, reform...
58 min
43
The Capitol Siege and American Revolution
41 min
44
Why fascism in Post-Trump America isn't going away
Vox's Sean Illing and Yale professor Jason Stanley discuss why American democracy provides such fertile soil for fascism
40 min
45
The Joe Biden experience
Ezra Klein and Evan Osnos discuss our new president
61 min
46
What it means to be a "good" rich person
Exploring the anxieties of wealthy people and their desire to be seen as "middle class."
46 min
47
Peter Kafka and Kevin Roose on big tech's power...
26 min
48
Sam Sanders and Olivia Nuzzi on President Trump...
41 min
49
Best of: We don’t just feel emotions. We make t...
A mind-blowing conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett on how emotion is made
90 min
50
Best of: Ending the age of animal cruelty, with...
75 min
51
Best of: The moral philosophy of The Good Place
98 min
52
Best of: Michael Lewis reads my mind
101 min
53
Best of: Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
85 min
54
What I’ve learned, and what comes next.
Ezra reflects on his time with Vox, what he's learned, and what comes next.
38 min
55
Best of: An inspiring conversation about democr...
67 min
56
Michael Pollan on the psychedelic society
70 min
57
Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersect...
75 min
58
Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"
58 min
59
Best of: Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is i...
57 min
60
The most important book I've read this year
91 min
61
Best of: Alison Gopnik changed how I think abou...
92 min
62
Best of: Vivek Murthy on America’s loneliness e...
76 min
63
What Democrats got wrong about Hispanic voters
60 min
64
Antitrust, censorship, misinformation, and the ...
How 2020 changed Facebook and Twitter for the better
55 min
65
The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.
60 min
66
The Joe Biden experience
63 min
67
Chris Hayes and I process this wild election
Polarization, polling error, and the Latino vote
59 min
68
Stacey Abrams on minority rule, voting rights, ...
In 2020, democracy is on the ballot.
65 min
69
Nate Silver on why 2020 isn't 2016
The Wizard of Odds on 2016's mistakes, polling error, and Trump's chances
65 min
70
Sarah Kliff grades Biden and Trump's health car...
Sarah Kliff and I wonk out on the 2020 healthcare stakes
73 min
71
Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.
American Affairs editor Julius Krein on Donald Trump and the decay of the American right
55 min
72
What should Democrats do about the Supreme Court?
Ganesh Sitaraman on court packing, democracy reform, and the future of the Democratic Party
81 min
73
Marilynne Robinson on writing, metaphysics, and...
A joyful, cathartic conversation with Marilynne Robinson
70 min
74
The case for Trump’s foreign policy
Rebeccah Heinrichs on great power competition, China, and how Trump sees the world
68 min
75
Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the w...
The scholar and pundit discusses China, American exceptionalism, and foreign policy
76 min
76
How a climate bill becomes a reality
How to craft a climate bill that will actually work
82 min
77
The meat we eat affects us all
The human costs of eating meat
33 min
78
A dark, dangerous debate
In a special, post-debate episode, I'm joined by Matt Yglesias to discuss the most unnerving presidential debate I've ever seen.
68 min
79
A radical — or obvious? — plan to save American...
Lee Drutman's case against America's two party system
66 min
80
RBG, minority rule, and our looming legitimacy ...
Political scientist Suzanne Mettler on whether American democracy will survive 2020
70 min
81
David French and I debate polarization, secessi...
Competing paths to solve our polarization crisis
87 min
82
The Matt Yglesias Show
Vox's Matt Yglesias on Twitter, climate change, and one billion Americans
88 min
83
Race, policing, and the universal yearning for ...
52 min
84
How to think about coronavirus risk in your life
Julia Marcus on how to make important life decisions in a pandemic
64 min
85
Black Republicans, Donald Trump, and America's ...
83 min
86
Andrew Yang on UBI, coronavirus, and his next j...
The 2020 candidate on how to fix the economy, and the government
83 min
87
Why the hell did America invade Iraq?
The enduring relevance of America's disastrous Iraq invasion.
79 min
88
How to decarbonize America — and create 25 mill...
The US has the technology to decarbonize by 2035. Here's a plan to do it.
65 min
89
Isabel Wilkerson wants to change how we underst...
A new way of thinking about race and class
93 min
90
What it would take to end child poverty in America
Rep. Barbara Lee on why rebuilding the economy means investing in our kids
48 min
91
Hannah Gadsby on comedy, free speech, and livin...
How Hannah Gadsby's mind works
88 min
92
What would Keynes do?
What the 20th century’s most influential economist can teach us about rebuilding the US economy
98 min
93
A devastating indictment of the Republican Party
An insider perspective on the GOP’s march to Trumpism
56 min
94
How inequality and white identity politics feed...
Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on the conservative dilemma
73 min
95
Best of: Jia Tolentino on what happens when lif...
The New Yorker writer explains how technology has transformed the very nature of human interaction
100 min
96
Dadding out with Mike Birbiglia
73 min
97
A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering
Why God can't solve our suffering problem
52 min
98
The crisis in the news
Margaret Sullivan on the disastrous state of local journalism -- and what we can do about it
46 min
99
Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal
A conversation is about truth and reconciliation in America
75 min
100
What a post-Trump Republican Party might look like
How Oren Cass is challenging conservative economic orthodoxy
76 min