Vox Conversations

Vox Conversations brings you weekly 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, including five years' worth of episodes hosted by Vox co-founder Ezra Klein.

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Sam Sanders and Olivia Nuzzi on President Trump...
41 min
2
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
3
Best of: Ending the age of animal cruelty, with...
75 min
4
Best of: The moral philosophy of The Good Place
98 min
5
Best of: Michael Lewis reads my mind
101 min
6
Best of: Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
85 min
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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.
38 min
8
Best of: An inspiring conversation about democr...
67 min
9
Michael Pollan on the psychedelic society
70 min
10
Best of: Robert Sapolsky on the toxic intersect...
75 min
11
Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"
58 min
12
Best of: Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is i...
57 min
13
The most important book I've read this year
91 min
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Best of: Alison Gopnik changed how I think abou...
92 min
15
Best of: Vivek Murthy on America’s loneliness e...
76 min
16
What Democrats got wrong about Hispanic voters
60 min
17
Antitrust, censorship, misinformation, and the ...
How 2020 changed Facebook and Twitter for the better
55 min
18
The crisis isn’t Trump. It’s the Republican Party.
60 min
19
The Joe Biden experience
63 min
20
Chris Hayes and I process this wild election
Polarization, polling error, and the Latino vote
59 min
21
Stacey Abrams on minority rule, voting rights, ...
In 2020, democracy is on the ballot.
65 min
22
Nate Silver on why 2020 isn't 2016
The Wizard of Odds on 2016's mistakes, polling error, and Trump's chances
65 min
23
Sarah Kliff grades Biden and Trump's health car...
Sarah Kliff and I wonk out on the 2020 healthcare stakes
73 min
24
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
25
What should Democrats do about the Supreme Court?
Ganesh Sitaraman on court packing, democracy reform, and the future of the Democratic Party
81 min
26
Marilynne Robinson on writing, metaphysics, and...
A joyful, cathartic conversation with Marilynne Robinson
70 min
27
The case for Trump’s foreign policy
Rebeccah Heinrichs on great power competition, China, and how Trump sees the world
68 min
28
Fareed Zakaria on how Biden and Trump see the w...
The scholar and pundit discusses China, American exceptionalism, and foreign policy
76 min
29
How a climate bill becomes a reality
How to craft a climate bill that will actually work
82 min
30
The meat we eat affects us all
The human costs of eating meat
33 min
31
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
32
A radical — or obvious? — plan to save American...
Lee Drutman's case against America's two party system
66 min
33
RBG, minority rule, and our looming legitimacy ...
Political scientist Suzanne Mettler on whether American democracy will survive 2020
70 min
34
David French and I debate polarization, secessi...
Competing paths to solve our polarization crisis
87 min
35
The Matt Yglesias Show
Vox's Matt Yglesias on Twitter, climate change, and one billion Americans
88 min
36
Race, policing, and the universal yearning for ...
52 min
37
How to think about coronavirus risk in your life
Julia Marcus on how to make important life decisions in a pandemic
64 min
38
Black Republicans, Donald Trump, and America's ...
83 min
39
Andrew Yang on UBI, coronavirus, and his next j...
The 2020 candidate on how to fix the economy, and the government
83 min
40
Why the hell did America invade Iraq?
The enduring relevance of America's disastrous Iraq invasion.
79 min
41
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
42
Isabel Wilkerson wants to change how we underst...
A new way of thinking about race and class
93 min
43
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
44
Hannah Gadsby on comedy, free speech, and livin...
How Hannah Gadsby's mind works
88 min
45
What would Keynes do?
What the 20th century’s most influential economist can teach us about rebuilding the US economy
98 min
46
A devastating indictment of the Republican Party
An insider perspective on the GOP’s march to Trumpism
56 min
47
How inequality and white identity politics feed...
Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on the conservative dilemma
73 min
48
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
49
Dadding out with Mike Birbiglia
73 min
50
A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering
Why God can't solve our suffering problem
52 min
51
The crisis in the news
Margaret Sullivan on the disastrous state of local journalism -- and what we can do about it
46 min
52
Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal
A conversation is about truth and reconciliation in America
75 min
53
What a post-Trump Republican Party might look like
How Oren Cass is challenging conservative economic orthodoxy
76 min
54
Free speech, safety, and ‘the letter’
Yascha Mounk and I discuss free speech, safety, and ‘the letter’
85 min
55
The frightening fragility of America's politica...
Masha Gessen on whether American democracy can survive Donald Trump
63 min
56
Can artificial intelligence be emotionally inte...
A fun conversation about emotional intelligence, machine learning, and AI
72 min
57
Danielle Allen on the radicalism of the America...
The Harvard political theorist on democracy, prison abolition, and the American founding
67 min
58
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.
17 min
59
Nicholas Carr on deep reading and digital thinking
How technology literally changes our brains
70 min
60
Your questions, answered
Ask Ezra Anything 2020 edition
78 min
61
Which country has the world's best healthcare s...
Ezekiel Emanuel on healthcare reform, coronavirus response and presidential leadership
68 min
62
The transformative power of restorative justice
sujatha baliga on how to radically reimagine our criminal justice system
72 min
63
Ross Douthat and I debate American decadence
Ross Douthat on American decline, utopian ambition, and the Catholic right
89 min
64
A serious conversation about UFOs
A religion scholar on UFOs, belief systems, and purgatory
88 min
65
A former prosecutor's case for prison abolition
Paul Butler on how our criminal justice system is broken — and how to fix it
64 min
66
Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful
The award-winning author on police violence, protest, and "the public"
89 min
67
Are humans fundamentally good? (with Rutger Bre...
Rutger Bregman on human nature, hierarchy, and hunter-gatherer societies
94 min
68
From politician to priest
Why Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib is giving up elected office and joining the Jesuits
118 min
69
Robert Frank's radical idea
Using contagion economics to solve our hardest problems
69 min
70
Why “essential” workers are treated as disposable
Mary Kay Henry on essential jobs, organizing, and the future of work
66 min
71
"The world’s scariest economist” on coronavirus...
Mariana Mazzucato on her "plan to fix capitalism".
79 min
72
A mind-bending conversation about quantum mecha...
Sean Carroll answers my dumb quantum mechanics questions — and yours.
76 min
73
Why the coronavirus is so deadly for black America
David R. Williams on the science behind Covid-19’s massive racial disparities
76 min
74
Jenny Odell on nature, art, and burnout in quar...
A truly cathartic conversation with Jenny Odell
63 min
75
An unusually honest conversation about wielding...
Rep. Pramila Jayapal on stimulus negotiations, the economy, and progressive power.
81 min
76
What should the media learn from coronavirus?
Coronavirus exposed weaknesses in our media ecosystem. Can we fix them?
91 min
77
Bill Gates’s vision for life beyond coronavirus
Bill Gates saw coronavirus coming. Here’s his plan to beat it.
48 min
78
An epic conversation with Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller on myth, translation, and writing a perfect sentence
77 min
79
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.
44 min
80
Why Bernie Sanders lost and how progressives ca...
Sean McElwee on what the left got wrong in 2020
96 min
81
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?
45 min
82
Toby Ord on existential risk, Donald Trump, and...
81 min
83
Elizabeth Warren has a plan for this, too
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on coronavirus, leadership, and intergenerational justice.
47 min
84
What social solidarity demands of us in a pandemic
Social distancing isn’t enough. We need social solidarity.
62 min
85
Coronavirus has pushed US-China relations to th...
What’s happening between the US and China is truly scary
56 min
86
Is the cure worse than the disease?
Are we overreacting to coronavirus? An economist and a bioethicist weigh in.
62 min
87
An economic crisis like we’ve never seen
Annie Lowrey on the coronavirus depression
79 min
88
"The virus is more patient than people are"
Obama's Ebola Czar on why coronavirus is much worse
75 min
89
A master class in organizing
116 min
90
Weeds 2020: The coronavirus election
Ezra and Matt on dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden, and Trump's oval office address.
51 min
91
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
92
Are you a "political hobbyist?" If so, you're t...
Political scientist Eitan Hersh on how political hobbyism is ruining politics
80 min
93
What would a Sanders or Biden presidency look l...
Matt Yglesias and I talk foreign policy, staffing, the Democratic Party and more.
69 min
94
Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein, feminism, a...
The radical wisdom of Rebecca Solnit
102 min
95
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.
55 min
96
Tracy K. Smith changed how I read poetry
America’s two-time poet laureate on love, language, and erasure
84 min
97
Barbara Ehrenreich on UBI, class conflict, and ...
Ezra Klein and Barbara Ehrenreich discuss our most pervasive cultural myths from rugged individualism to positive thinking
62 min
98
What Donald Trump got right about white America
AEI's Tim Carney on how social breakdown killed the American Dream
69 min
99
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.
70 min
100
If God is dead, then … socialism?
Philosopher Martin Hagglund and Vox's Sean Illing discuss the meaning of life
59 min