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
E.O. Wilson's plan to save the world
51 min
2
Workers of the world, stay home!
57 min
3
How progressives get back in the game
57 min
4
The highs and lows of the "creator economy"
44 min
5
Why Chris Hayes thinks we're all famous now
55 min
6
The stories soul food tells
45 min
7
The paradox of American freedom
51 min
8
Nonbinary parenthood
55 min
9
John McWhorter, the anti-antiracist
61 min
10
The overwhelming, invisible work of elder care
57 min
11
How Big Tech benefits from the disinformation p...
52 min
12
Fannie Lou Hamer and the meaning of freedom
How a former sharecropper disrupted American politics
54 min
13
What the internet took from us
53 min
14
Trapped inside with Susanna Clarke's Piranesi
43 min
15
Bryan Stevenson on the legacy of enslavement
57 min
16
What's your status?
51 min
17
Is there a hack for enlightenment?
59 min
18
Fighting a world on fire with fire
56 min
19
Revolutionary Love
51 min
20
How to make meaning out of suffering
52 min
21
Ken Burns's latest on The Greatest
62 min
22
The road from 9/11 to Donald Trump
62 min
23
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on immigrants and America ...
45 min
24
Why America's obsession with rights is wrong
52 min
25
The news is by — and for — rich, white liberals
57 min
26
Clint Smith III on confronting the legacy of sl...
55 min
27
Was the cruelty the point?
55 min
28
How seashells shaped the world — and predict ou...
52 min
29
Bill Maher on free speech, comedy, and his haters
45 min
30
Robert Reich wants you to take on the system
48 min
31
Marty Baron on the future of news
49 min
32
The death of cool
43 min
33
We need to talk about UFOs. Seriously.
Professor Alex Wendt tells Sean Illing why he thinks the aliens might already be here
57 min
34
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
35
Fareed Zakaria on the fate of democracy
65 min
36
Jane Goodall on the power of hope
The world's foremost expert on chimps wants us to remember we're animals, too
56 min
37
Why we love drugs
Michael Pollan on humans, plants, and the coming psychedelic revolution
58 min
38
The rugged majesty of revision
Jamil Smith in conversation with author Kiese Laymon on revision, restoration, and repair
54 min
39
How to forgive
53 min
40
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
41
Introducing: Now & Then
A new history podcast from CAFE and the Vox Media Podcast Network
57 min
42
The science of dating
52 min
43
Honoring Juneteenth with Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi on racism, systemic change, and whether an antiracist America is even possible
47 min
44
Digital dictatorship
54 min
45
The man who proposed reparations in the 1860s
Abe Lincoln's forgotten abolitionist ally
62 min
46
What pandemic recovery should look like
54 min
47
The gift of getting old
52 min
48
Freedom, and what it means to have a body
50 min
49
Why are we so worried about Satan?
58 min
50
How to be wrong less often
48 min
51
The complicated history of wildlife conservation
What can the past tell us about the future of fighting extinction?
65 min
52
How to replace everything in the industrialized...
58 min
53
Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet brain
51 min
54
Who is the real George Soros?
53 min
55
Introducing Unexplainable
A new podcast from Vox about everything we don’t know.
26 min
56
The border, explained by someone who knows it i...
51 min
57
"Wintering," wisdom, and weathering life's dark...
62 min
58
Reframing America's race problem
49 min
59
Who owns the Western?
45 min
60
A Watchmen writer on race, TV, and tech giants
52 min
61
Uncovering the history of psychedelics in Chris...
48 min
62
Biden's immigration architect on racism, reform...
58 min
63
The Capitol Siege and American Revolution
41 min
64
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
65
The Joe Biden experience
Ezra Klein and Evan Osnos discuss our new president
61 min
66
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
67
Peter Kafka and Kevin Roose on big tech's power...
26 min
68
Sam Sanders and Olivia Nuzzi on President Trump...
41 min
69
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
70
Best of: Ending the age of animal cruelty, with...
75 min
71
Best of: The moral philosophy of The Good Place
98 min
72
Best of: Michael Lewis reads my mind
101 min
73
Best of: Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
85 min
74
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
75
Best of: An inspiring conversation about democr...
67 min
76
Michael Pollan on the psychedelic society
70 min
77
Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersect...
75 min
78
Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"
58 min
79
Best of: Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is i...
57 min
80
The most important book I've read this year
91 min
81
Best of: Alison Gopnik changed how I think abou...
92 min
82
Best of: Vivek Murthy on America’s loneliness e...
76 min
83
What Democrats got wrong about Hispanic voters
60 min
84
Antitrust, censorship, misinformation, and the ...
How 2020 changed Facebook and Twitter for the better
55 min
85
The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.
60 min
86
The Joe Biden experience
63 min
87
Chris Hayes and I process this wild election
Polarization, polling error, and the Latino vote
59 min
88
Stacey Abrams on minority rule, voting rights, ...
In 2020, democracy is on the ballot.
65 min
89
Nate Silver on why 2020 isn't 2016
The Wizard of Odds on 2016's mistakes, polling error, and Trump's chances
65 min
90
Sarah Kliff grades Biden and Trump's health car...
Sarah Kliff and I wonk out on the 2020 healthcare stakes
73 min
91
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
92
What should Democrats do about the Supreme Court?
Ganesh Sitaraman on court packing, democracy reform, and the future of the Democratic Party
81 min
93
Marilynne Robinson on writing, metaphysics, and...
A joyful, cathartic conversation with Marilynne Robinson
70 min
94
The case for Trump’s foreign policy
Rebeccah Heinrichs on great power competition, China, and how Trump sees the world
68 min
95
Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the w...
The scholar and pundit discusses China, American exceptionalism, and foreign policy
76 min
96
How a climate bill becomes a reality
How to craft a climate bill that will actually work
82 min
97
The meat we eat affects us all
The human costs of eating meat
33 min
98
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
99
A radical — or obvious? — plan to save American...
Lee Drutman's case against America's two party system
66 min
100
RBG, minority rule, and our looming legitimacy ...
Political scientist Suzanne Mettler on whether American democracy will survive 2020
70 min