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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A master class in organizing
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Weeds 2020: The coronavirus election
Ezra and Matt on dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden, and Trump's oval office address.
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Dan Pfeiffer on Joe Biden, beating Trump, and s...
The former Obama White House communications director has some critical feedback for the Democratic party
92 min
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Are you a "political hobbyist?" If so, you're t...
Political scientist Eitan Hersh on how political hobbyism is ruining politics
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What would a Sanders or Biden presidency look l...
Matt Yglesias and I talk foreign policy, staffing, the Democratic Party and more.
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Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein, feminism, a...
The radical wisdom of Rebecca Solnit
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Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate
Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race.
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Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
America’s two-time poet laureate on love, language, and erasure
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Barbara Ehrenreich on UBI, class conflict, and ...
Ezra Klein and Barbara Ehrenreich discuss our most pervasive cultural myths from rugged individualism to positive thinking
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What Donald Trump got right about white America
AEI's Tim Carney on how social breakdown killed the American Dream
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Ta-Nehisi Coates on my “cold, atheist book”
Ezra is joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss "Why We're Polarized" live from Brooklyn, NY.
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If God is dead, then … socialism?
Philosopher Martin Hagglund and Vox's Sean Illing discuss the meaning of life
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Tim Urban on humanity’s wild future
The Wait But Why creator thinks the human species is at an existential fork-in-the-road. Is he right?
84 min
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Jill Lepore on what I get wrong
Easily the toughest interview of my book tour so far
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Is Tom Steyer the solution to our dysfunctional...
Why the presidential candidate thinks we need another billionaire to beat Trump
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Why We're Polarized, with Jamelle Bouie (live!)
In conversation with Jamelle Bouie on my new book, "Why We're Polarized"
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Antisemitism now, antisemitism then
Antisemitism is called “the oldest hatred.” But what is it, and where, exactly, does it come from?
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Book excerpt: A better theory of identity politics
A special preview of Ezra's book; Why We're Polarized.
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The war on Muslims (with Mehdi Hasan)
Mehdi Hasan on the rise of global Islamophobia
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Post-debate special!
Matt Yglesias and I unpack the debate that did, and didn't happen.
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An “uncomfortable” conversation with Cory Booker
Cory Booker is one of most promising candidates in the 2020 Democratic field. So, why is his campaign struggling?
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The conservative mind of Yuval Levin
The AEI scholar discusses human nature, the conservative movement, and the case against socialism
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How an epidemic begins and ends
A preview of season 3 of Vox's The Impact
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Nathan Robinson’s case for socialism
The editor of Current Affairs discusses Bernie Sanders, libertarian socialism, utopian thinking and more
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How to topple dictators and transform society (...
Harvard political scientist Erica Chenoweth on why nonviolent resistance succeeds -- and fails
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Ask Ezra Anything
Ezra answers listener questions about free will, polarization, capitalism, Twitter and more
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Best of: Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle
Anne Helen Petersen and Derek Thompson on what happens when work becomes an identity, and capitalism becomes a religion.
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Republicans vs. the planet
Vox's Dave Roberts on the politics of climate change
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The geoengineering question
Jane Flegal on the idea that could shatter the link between emissions and global warming
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How to solve climate change and make life more ...
Entrepreneur Saul Griffith on why we have all the tools we need to fix climate change
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Paul Krugman on climate, robots, single-payer, ...
The Nobel-prize winning economist explains it all
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The moral philosophy of The Good Place (with Mi...
The geniuses behind TV's most philosophically-inclined sitcom discuss what it means to be a good person
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When doing the right thing makes you a criminal
Direct Action Everywhere co-founder Wayne Hsiung explains why he decided to risk his freedom to expose extreme injustice.
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Peter Singer on the lives you can save
Ezra chats with Peter Singer about the re-release of his book "The Life You Can Save".
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Best of: The age of "mega-identity" politics
A conversation with Lilliana Mason about identity politics
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Because podcast
Gretchen McCulloch on how the internet revolutionized language
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There’s more to life than profit
Yancey Strickler on climate change, founding Kickstarter and the perils of profit
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Having a bad day? Dave Eggers can help.
Dave Eggers and I discuss satire, the Trump presidency and the importance of disconnecting.
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How Whole Foods, yoga, and NPR became the hallm...
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Ezra Klein discuss why today’s rich are far less materialistic, but a far greater threat to equality
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How social media makes us antisocial
Andrew Marantz explains the symbiotic relationship between social media platforms and the alt-right
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ICYMI: Edward Norton’s theory of mind, movies, ...
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Introducing Reset
Arielle Duhaime-Ross hosts Reset - the new tech podcast from Recode.
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What a smarter Trumpism would sound like
Michael Lind discusses the new class war, China, and his theory of political settlement
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The climate crisis is an oceans crisis
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson explains why oceans are essential to human life and how we are killing them.
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We live in The Good Place. And we’re screwing i...
How bad is climate change? Scientist Kate Marvel explains.
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Neoliberalism and its discontents
Wendy Brown and Noah Smith try to define one of the most confusing concepts in modern political discourse
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The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
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We don’t just feel emotions. We make them.
A mind-blowing conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett on how emotion is made
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How politics became a war against reality
Peter Pomerantsev on modern propaganda, post-truth politics, and the authoritarian resurgence
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The loneliness epidemic
A deeply personal conversation with Vivek Murthy about loneliness and its impact on the mind, body, and soul
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Ibram X. Kendi wants to redefine racism
Is racism solely about policies that widen racial inequality? Ibram X. Kendi and Ezra Klein discuss.
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Malcolm Gladwell’s Stranger Things
Ezra Klein and Malcolm Gladwell discuss Cuban spies, talking to strangers, the process of creative storytelling, and much more
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An inspiring conversation about democracy
Danielle Allen and Ezra Klein discuss what a democratic policy agenda would looks like, how to talk to strangers, and why we need to reform civic education.
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Samantha Power’s journey from foreign policy cr...
A conversation about human nature, China, and the blurry line between morality and strategy in US foreign policy
87 min
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When meritocracy wins, everybody loses
Is meritocracy responsible for rampant inequality, waning social mobility, and widespread dissatisfaction? Ezra Klein and Daniel Markovits discuss.
85 min
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Nikole Hannah-Jones on the 1619 project, choosi...
Ezra Klein and Nikole Hannah-Jones discuss America's founding contradiction, racial segregation, capitalism and more
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Randall Munroe, the genius behind XKCD
A quirky, weird, illuminating, curious trip through the mind of a genius
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Julián Castro's quiet moral radicalism
Why Julián Castro wants to decriminalize migration, admit climate refugees, reimagine our relationship with the homeless, and protect animals.
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Political animals (with Leah Garcés)
Leah Garcés and Ezra Klein discuss how building coalitions with unlikely allies may just be the key to reducing animal suffering
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John McWhorter thinks we're getting racism wrong
John McWhorter and Jane Coaston discuss the limits of third-wave antiracism
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The rocky marriage between libertarians and con...
Jane Coaston and Conor Friedersdorf discuss the future of the GOP in Trump's America
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A mind-bending, reality-warping conversation wi...
What psychedelics, burning money, and postmodernism have in common
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Jia Tolentino on what happens when life is an e...
Ezra Klein and Jia Tolentino discuss how the Internet distorts identities, cheapens solidarity, and erodes morality
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The original meaning of “identity politics” (wi...
Ezra Klein and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor discuss the origins of identity politics and the future of Black liberation
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Are bosses dictators? (with Elizabeth Anderson)
Elizabeth Anderson sits down with Ezra Klein to discuss workplace tyranny, the power of ideology, and a vision for a more democratic society
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The Constitution is a progressive document
Gerrymandering, constitutionalism, and the future of the Supreme Court
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Matt Bruenig’s case for single-payer health care
Ezra interviews Matt Bruenig
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Can Raj Chetty save the American dream?
Ezra chats with Raj Chetty about the fading American dream.
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Astra Taylor will change how you think about de...
Is democracy even possible? A conversation with Astra Taylor
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Is big tech addictive? Nir Eyal and I debate.
Is big tech addictive? Nir Eyal and Ezra debate.
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Generation Climate Change
Ezra sits down with Varshini Prakash of Sunrise Movement
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Is the media amplifying Trump’s racism? (with W...
Ezra interviews Whitney Phillips
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Rutger Bregman’s utopias, and mine
Ezra interviews Rutger Bregman
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How white identity politics won the Republican ...
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George Will makes the conservative case against...
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What deliberative democracy can, and can’t, do ...
Ezra interviews Jane Mansbridge
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Rod Dreher on America’s post-Christian culture ...
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White threat in a browning America (Jennifer Ri...
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Behind the panic in white, Christian America
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An enlightening, frustrating conversation on li...
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The cognitive cost of poverty (with Sendhil Mul...
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Failing towards Utopia
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Why liberals and conservatives create such diff...
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Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo (Live!)
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This changed how I think about love (with Aliso...
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The plan behind Elizabeth Warren’s plans
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Michael Lewis reads my mind
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How Mitch McConnell convinced Michael Bennet to...
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How the brains of master meditators change
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Why good people are easily corrupted (with Lawr...
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The art of attention (with Jenny Odell)
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Matt Yglesias and Jenny Schuetz solve the housi...
Matt Yglesias and Jenny Schuetz solve the housing crisis
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What kind of news is cable news? (With Brian St...
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Contrapoints on taking the trolls seriously
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The purpose of political violence
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Ask Ezra Anything 3: Endgame
Ezra answers listener questions
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The disillusionment of David Brooks
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Emily Oster schools me on parenthood
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Lessons from Vox’s first 5 years
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Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle
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