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.

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The border, explained by someone who knows it i...
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"Wintering," wisdom, and weathering life's dark...
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Reframing America's race problem
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Who owns the Western?
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A Watchmen writer on race, TV, and tech giants
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Uncovering the history of psychedelics in Chris...
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Biden's immigration architect on racism, reform...
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The Capitol Siege and American Revolution
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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
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The Joe Biden experience
Ezra Klein and Evan Osnos discuss our new president
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What it means to be a "good" rich person
Exploring the anxieties of wealthy people and their desire to be seen as "middle class."
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Peter Kafka and Kevin Roose on big tech's power...
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Sam Sanders and Olivia Nuzzi on President Trump...
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Best of: We don’t just feel emotions. We make t...
A mind-blowing conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett on how emotion is made
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Best of: Ending the age of animal cruelty, with...
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Best of: The moral philosophy of The Good Place
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Best of: Michael Lewis reads my mind
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Best of: Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
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What I’ve learned, and what comes next.
Ezra reflects on his time with Vox, what he's learned, and what comes next.
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Best of: An inspiring conversation about democr...
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Michael Pollan on the psychedelic society
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Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersect...
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Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"
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Best of: Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is i...
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The most important book I've read this year
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Best of: Alison Gopnik changed how I think abou...
92 min
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Best of: Vivek Murthy on America’s loneliness e...
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What Democrats got wrong about Hispanic voters
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Antitrust, censorship, misinformation, and the ...
How 2020 changed Facebook and Twitter for the better
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The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.
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The Joe Biden experience
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Chris Hayes and I process this wild election
Polarization, polling error, and the Latino vote
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Stacey Abrams on minority rule, voting rights, ...
In 2020, democracy is on the ballot.
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Nate Silver on why 2020 isn't 2016
The Wizard of Odds on 2016's mistakes, polling error, and Trump's chances
65 min
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Sarah Kliff grades Biden and Trump's health car...
Sarah Kliff and I wonk out on the 2020 healthcare stakes
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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
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What should Democrats do about the Supreme Court?
Ganesh Sitaraman on court packing, democracy reform, and the future of the Democratic Party
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Marilynne Robinson on writing, metaphysics, and...
A joyful, cathartic conversation with Marilynne Robinson
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The case for Trump’s foreign policy
Rebeccah Heinrichs on great power competition, China, and how Trump sees the world
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Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the w...
The scholar and pundit discusses China, American exceptionalism, and foreign policy
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How a climate bill becomes a reality
How to craft a climate bill that will actually work
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The meat we eat affects us all
The human costs of eating meat
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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
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A radical — or obvious? — plan to save American...
Lee Drutman's case against America's two party system
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RBG, minority rule, and our looming legitimacy ...
Political scientist Suzanne Mettler on whether American democracy will survive 2020
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David French and I debate polarization, secessi...
Competing paths to solve our polarization crisis
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The Matt Yglesias Show
Vox's Matt Yglesias on Twitter, climate change, and one billion Americans
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Race, policing, and the universal yearning for ...
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How to think about coronavirus risk in your life
Julia Marcus on how to make important life decisions in a pandemic
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Black Republicans, Donald Trump, and America's ...
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Andrew Yang on UBI, coronavirus, and his next j...
The 2020 candidate on how to fix the economy, and the government
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Why the hell did America invade Iraq?
The enduring relevance of America's disastrous Iraq invasion.
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How to decarbonize America — and create 25 mill...
The US has the technology to decarbonize by 2035. Here's a plan to do it.
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Isabel Wilkerson wants to change how we underst...
A new way of thinking about race and class
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What it would take to end child poverty in America
Rep. Barbara Lee on why rebuilding the economy means investing in our kids
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Hannah Gadsby on comedy, free speech, and livin...
How Hannah Gadsby's mind works
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What would Keynes do?
What the 20th century’s most influential economist can teach us about rebuilding the US economy
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A devastating indictment of the Republican Party
An insider perspective on the GOP’s march to Trumpism
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How inequality and white identity politics feed...
Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on the conservative dilemma
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Best of: Jia Tolentino on what happens when lif...
The New Yorker writer explains how technology has transformed the very nature of human interaction
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Dadding out with Mike Birbiglia
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A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering
Why God can't solve our suffering problem
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The crisis in the news
Margaret Sullivan on the disastrous state of local journalism -- and what we can do about it
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Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal
A conversation is about truth and reconciliation in America
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What a post-Trump Republican Party might look like
How Oren Cass is challenging conservative economic orthodoxy
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Free speech, safety, and ‘the letter’
Yascha Mounk and I discuss free speech, safety, and ‘the letter’
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The frightening fragility of America's politica...
Masha Gessen on whether American democracy can survive Donald Trump
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Can artificial intelligence be emotionally inte...
A fun conversation about emotional intelligence, machine learning, and AI
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Danielle Allen on the radicalism of the America...
The Harvard political theorist on democracy, prison abolition, and the American founding
67 min
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Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect
Land of the Giants is a podcast from our friends at Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network that examines the most powerful tech companies of our time.
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Nicholas Carr on deep reading and digital thinking
How technology literally changes our brains
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Your questions, answered
Ask Ezra Anything 2020 edition
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Which country has the world's best healthcare s...
Ezekiel Emanuel on healthcare reform, coronavirus response and presidential leadership
68 min
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The transformative power of restorative justice
sujatha baliga on how to radically reimagine our criminal justice system
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Ross Douthat and I debate American decadence
Ross Douthat on American decline, utopian ambition, and the Catholic right
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A serious conversation about UFOs
A religion scholar on UFOs, belief systems, and purgatory
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A former prosecutor's case for prison abolition
Paul Butler on how our criminal justice system is broken — and how to fix it
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Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful
The award-winning author on police violence, protest, and "the public"
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Are humans fundamentally good? (with Rutger Bre...
Rutger Bregman on human nature, hierarchy, and hunter-gatherer societies
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From politician to priest
Why Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib is giving up elected office and joining the Jesuits
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Robert Frank's radical idea
Using contagion economics to solve our hardest problems
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Why “essential” workers are treated as disposable
Mary Kay Henry on essential jobs, organizing, and the future of work
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"The world’s scariest economist” on coronavirus...
Mariana Mazzucato on her "plan to fix capitalism".
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A mind-bending conversation about quantum mecha...
Sean Carroll answers my dumb quantum mechanics questions — and yours.
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Why the coronavirus is so deadly for black America
David R. Williams on the science behind Covid-19’s massive racial disparities
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Jenny Odell on nature, art, and burnout in quar...
A truly cathartic conversation with Jenny Odell
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An unusually honest conversation about wielding...
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on stimulus negotiations, the economy, and progressive power.
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What should the media learn from coronavirus?
Coronavirus exposed weaknesses in our media ecosystem. Can we fix them?
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Bill Gates’s vision for life beyond coronavirus
Bill Gates saw coronavirus coming. Here’s his plan to beat it.
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An epic conversation with Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller on myth, translation, and writing a perfect sentence
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The loneliness pandemic/Betraying “essential wo...
We have something a bit different today. Two episodes from our extraordinary colleagues at Today, Explained, both of them close to my heart.
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Why Bernie Sanders lost and how progressives ca...
Sean McElwee on what the left got wrong in 2020
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Scott Gottlieb on how, and when, to end social ...
When will social distancing end? When will life return to “normal”? And what will it take to get there?
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Toby Ord on existential risk, Donald Trump, and...
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Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on coronavirus, leadership, and intergenerational justice.
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What social solidarity demands of us in a pandemic
Social distancing isn’t enough. We need social solidarity.
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Coronavirus has pushed US-China relations to th...
What’s happening between the US and China is truly scary
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Is the cure worse than the disease?
Are we overreacting to coronavirus? An economist and a bioethicist weigh in.
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An economic crisis like we’ve never seen
Annie Lowrey on the coronavirus depression
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"The virus is more patient than people are"
Obama's Ebola Czar on why coronavirus is much worse
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