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
The Philosophers: America's philosophy, with Co...
55 min
2
Why accidents aren't accidental
47 min
3
Rethinking the "end of history"
56 min
4
Anita Hill finally gets even
55 min
5
Elites have captured identity politics
52 min
6
The moral dangers of dirty work
54 min
7
Did the sexual revolution go wrong?
53 min
8
Who decides how to conserve nature?
55 min
9
The Philosophers: Loneliness and totalitarianism
58 min
10
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 4: The fut...
59 min
11
Michael Lewis on why Americans distrust experts
52 min
12
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 3: The nuc...
51 min
13
The case for regret
45 min
14
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 2: Sanctions
56 min
15
The spirituality of parenting
43 min
16
The War in Ukraine, Explained — Part 1: Why did...
55 min
17
The Philosophers: Resisting despair
How can Albert Camus help us understand the war in Ukraine, post-pandemic life, and the absurdity of our modern world?
51 min
18
What happened to American conservatism?
55 min
19
The limits of forgiveness
46 min
20
The madness behind The Method
62 min
21
David Cross is disappointed in you guys
44 min
22
Author Kiley Reid on why we read novels
42 min
23
The conversation about guns we're not having
59 min
24
Why does middle school suck?
60 min
25
Russia's war with Ukraine — and reality
33 min
26
Robert Glasper on why Black Radio is back
The 4-time Grammy winner is creating a new genre of music
51 min
27
Could we lose delicious foods forever?
60 min
28
What Don't Look Up is really about
The film's co-writer doesn't think it was smug.
56 min
29
Democracy in crisis, part 2: The two-party problem
53 min
30
Why we can't pay attention anymore
59 min
31
Democracy in crisis, part 1: Ross Douthat isn't...
First in a two-part series on the dangers facing American democracy, hosted by Zack Beauchamp
60 min
32
Pod Save the Democrats
55 min
33
A Yellowjackets creator spills his guts
39 min
34
A scientist's case for "woo-woo"
55 min
35
Imagine a future with no police
59 min
36
Novelist Lauren Groff on the other Matrix
42 min
37
Are we living in a simulation?
Philosopher David Chalmers on the question: what is reality, anyway?
63 min
38
Rep. Jamie Raskin on living through the unthink...
52 min
39
Best of: Why fascism in America isn't going away
44 min
40
Best of: Clint Smith III on confronting the leg...
56 min
41
Best of: We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.
Professor Alex Wendt tells Sean Illing why he thinks the aliens might already be here
57 min
42
Chris Bosh on winning (and losing everything)
53 min
43
The cult of toughness
61 min
44
Is ethical investing a scam?
52 min
45
The good life is painful
49 min
46
The father of environmental justice
45 min
47
Jill Lepore on Elon Musk's imaginary world
57 min
48
E.O. Wilson's plan to save the world
51 min
49
Workers of the world, stay home!
57 min
50
How progressives get back in the game
57 min
51
The highs and lows of the "creator economy"
44 min
52
Why Chris Hayes thinks we're all famous now
55 min
53
The stories soul food tells
45 min
54
The paradox of American freedom
51 min
55
Nonbinary parenthood
55 min
56
John McWhorter, the anti-antiracist
61 min
57
The overwhelming, invisible work of elder care
57 min
58
How Big Tech benefits from the disinformation p...
52 min
59
Fannie Lou Hamer and the meaning of freedom
How a former sharecropper disrupted American politics
54 min
60
What the internet took from us
53 min
61
Trapped inside with Susanna Clarke's Piranesi
43 min
62
Bryan Stevenson on the legacy of enslavement
57 min
63
What's your status?
51 min
64
Is there a hack for enlightenment?
59 min
65
Fighting a world on fire with fire
56 min
66
Revolutionary Love
51 min
67
How to make meaning out of suffering
52 min
68
Ken Burns's latest on The Greatest
62 min
69
The road from 9/11 to Donald Trump
62 min
70
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on immigrants and America ...
45 min
71
Why America's obsession with rights is wrong
52 min
72
The news is by — and for — rich, white liberals
57 min
73
Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of sl...
55 min
74
Was the cruelty the point?
55 min
75
How seashells shaped the world — and predict ou...
52 min
76
Bill Maher on free speech, comedy, and his haters
45 min
77
Robert Reich wants you to take on the system
48 min
78
Marty Baron on the future of news
49 min
79
The death of cool
43 min
80
We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.
Professor Alex Wendt tells Sean Illing why he thinks the aliens might already be here
57 min
81
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
82
Fareed Zakaria on the fate of democracy
65 min
83
Jane Goodall on the power of hope
The world's foremost expert on chimps wants us to remember we're animals, too
56 min
84
Why we love drugs
Michael Pollan on humans, plants, and the coming psychedelic revolution
58 min
85
The rugged majesty of revision
Jamil Smith in conversation with author Kiese Laymon on revision, restoration, and repair
54 min
86
How to forgive
53 min
87
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
88
Introducing: Now & Then
A new history podcast from CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network
57 min
89
The science of dating
52 min
90
Honoring Juneteenth with Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi on racism, systemic change, and whether an antiracist America is even possible
47 min
91
Digital dictatorship
54 min
92
The man who proposed reparations in the 1860s
Abe Lincoln's forgotten abolitionist ally
62 min
93
What pandemic recovery should look like
54 min
94
The gift of getting old
52 min
95
Freedom, and what it means to have a body
50 min
96
Why are we so worried about Satan?
58 min
97
How to be wrong less often
48 min
98
The complicated history of wildlife conservation
What can the past tell us about the future of fighting extinction?
65 min
99
How to replace everything in the industrialized...
58 min
100
Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet brain
51 min