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Vox Quick Hits cover the big, complex, important topics in news, politics and pop culture in just a fraction of the time. Check in daily to hear short updates from your favorite journalists and podcasts in the Vox Media Podcast Network. 

Society & Culture
Why is everyone talking about Section 230? | Te...
Lawmakers in Washington are fighting over an internet law you’ve probably never heard of.
9 min
Promising Young Woman | What to Watch
The new movie boasts an amazing performance by Carey Mulligan and an incisive look at rape culture and the patriarchy.
8 min
Was it terrorism? | Worldly
How the US Capitol insurrection fits into the broader spectrum of far-right political violence in the United States.
10 min
Okay, Google: unionize! | Today, Explained
The union has grown quickly to about 700 employees over the last two weeks.
8 min
$2,000 on a lawyer | The Best Money I Ever Spent
While on tour with his band in the 90s, writer Nabil Ayers learned that there was one surefire way to get out of trouble — money.
11 min
The people behind the insurrection | Today, Exp...
The crowds included Qanon believers, people armed with military gear, and regular Trump supporters
5 min
What we get wrong about the Declaration of Inde...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen.
11 min
What is "manifesting"? | One Good Answer
All over the internet, people are concentrating hard on what they want. Does it work? Vox's Rebecca Jennings explains.
5 min
America's eviction crisis | Tell Me More
An estimated 40 million people could face eviction in the months to come if the federal government doesn’t step in and deliver much-needed support for renters and landlords.
11 min
After the Capitol attack, what's next for Repub...
Matt Yglesias and Zack Beauchamp discuss the possible consequences of the Capitol insurrection for the GOP.
6 min
A second impeachment | Today, Explained
If Trump is impeached, the trial in the Senate may stretch into the opening days and months of Biden's first term
9 min
The danger of indulging Trump’s election lies |...
Who’s to blame when the president incites a mob and undermines a free and fair election?
9 min
The flamethrowers and the fire extinguishers | ...
GOP members of Congress thought there was no harm in humoring Trump's election fraud claims. After his supporters besieged the Capitol, many of them are having second thoughts.
9 min
A Teacher on Hulu | What to Watch
The FX series follows an affair between a high school teacher and her student, and the consequences of abuse.
6 min
America, humiliated | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Jen Kirby discuss the assault on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump insurrection that has shaken America to its core.
8 min
How security at the Capitol failed | Today, Exp...
The Capitol Police appeared unprepared for the number of Trump supporters who would attempt to break into the building.
9 min
The breach, explained by Rep. Maloney (locked i...
A mob of Trump supporters stormed the US capitol to prevent Congress from certifying the presidential election.
9 min
The psychedelic society | Ezra Klein Show shorts
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Michael Pollan.
11 min
How (not) to distribute vaccines | The Weeds
What can be done to speed up the distribution of the Covid vaccine in the United States? Matt Yglesias and Dara Lind explain.
3 min
The virus gets more contagious | Today, Explained
Vox's Brian Resnick explains the science of the new UK variant of the virus.
7 min
Fiction by women of color | Ask a Book Critic
What to read that’s not by a white guy.
3 min
How will Biden handle the poverty crisis? | Tel...
Vox's Dylan Matthews explains
11 min
All eyes on Georgia | Today, Explained
Vox's Ella Nilsen explains Donald Trump's call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, on which he continued to deny he'd lost the state.
9 min
Fake news in Asian American communities | Tell ...
Vox's Terry Nguyen explains
8 min
Animals catch Covid-19, too | Today, Explained
Minks and dogs and tigers, oh my!
9 min
Pop culture from 2020 you shouldn’t miss | What...
Alissa Wilkinson and Emily VanDerWerff share their favorite films and shows of 2020.
7 min
Parents across the country are burnt out | Tell...
Vox's Anna North explains
9 min
Pop culture that got us through 2020 | What's t...
From podcasts to viral videos
10 min
Does Biden have a plan to reunite families? | T...
Vox's Nicole Narea explains
8 min
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom | What to Watch
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman shine in the Netflix adaptation of August Wilson’s play.
7 min
The end of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship | Wor...
Jenn, Alex, and Jen wrap up 2020 by discussing the biggest stories that flew under the radar this year because of, well, everything.
7 min
How Pornhub's policy changes will impact sex wo...
Visa and Mastercard cut ties with Pornhub after an investigation found that the site hosted child abuse imagery.
8 min
Pornhub just deleted 80% of its videos | Today,...
What it means for the victims of child abuse imagery, and for sex workers
9 min
Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is irrational...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Princeton political scientist Frances Lee.
8 min
$80 on TSA PreCheck | The Best Money I Ever Spent
While an absolutely incredible value, TSA PreCheck absolutely shouldn’t exist, comedian and writer Josh Gondelman argues. Still, it's the best $80 he's ever spent.
7 min
How 'Coventry Carol' became a Christmas song | ...
This bummer of a Christmas song about murdering babies was actually performed for laughs at summer festivals during the Renaissance.
9 min
The benefits of SSI for kids | The Weeds
New research shows that SSI benefits for children have long-term benefits for their siblings, too. Vox’s Dylan Matthews, Dara Lind, and Matt Yglesias explain.
8 min
Your vaccine questions, answered | Today, Expla...
The vaccine is here, at least for healthcare workers and the elderly. All you need to know about its safety, efficacy, and how long you have to wait to get it.
10 min
How will the Biden administration treat big pha...
Vox's Dylan Scott explains
10 min
India’s farmers strike | Today, Explained
Hundreds of thousands of farmers have taken the streets to protest new agricultural reforms passed by India's central government
7 min
What's going on with Substack? | Tell Me More
Recode's Peter Kafka explains
9 min
How to talk about the vaccine | Today, Explained
The vaccine is only as effective as the number of people who get it.
9 min
Hygge for the holidays | What's the Story?
Bringing a whole new meaning to “sweater weather”
8 min
Brexit and the Ireland/Northern Ireland border ...
Vox's Jen Kirby explains
6 min
How to With John Wilson | What to Watch
HBO’s best new show is on a hilarious, poignant quest to understand the little things in life.
7 min
The vaccine, explained by Martin (who got it) |...
The Pfizer vaccine is the first to get rolled out in the United Kingdom
7 min
Joe Biden and "the new progressivism" | Ezra Kl...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Felicia Wong, the president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank that has done some of the best work on the way the ideological firmament of politics is shifting.
11 min
Work as identity, burnout as lifestyle | Ezra K...
From the archives of The Ezra Klein Show.
10 min
No coup for you! | Today, Explained
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains President Trump's campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
7 min
The wild world of Victorian thrillers | Ask a B...
Vox's book critic Constance Grady recommends books for Wilkie Collins fans. Spontaneous combustion included
2 min
Biden’s most surprising cabinet pick | The Weeds
Vox’s Dara Lind, Matt Yglesias, and Alex Ward explore some unexpected choices from the president-elect.
5 min
How Melbourne eradicated Covid-19 | Today, Expl...
Vox's Dylan Scott explains what it took for a city to get rid of Covid-19 and whether cities in the United States could do the same.
9 min
Has addiction treatment gotten better during th...
Vox's German Lopez explains
8 min
It’s beginning to look a lot like stimulus | To...
Vox's Li Zhou explains how a last-minute bipartisan stimulus bill is coming together in Congress
9 min
The death of the department store | What's the ...
And what does it look like in movies and TV?
9 min
Getting out the vote in Georgia | Tell Me More
Vox's Ella Nilsen explains
8 min
E-commerce returns go in-person | Recode Daily
Receiving packages is still a lot easier than returning them
5 min
A woman’s work is never done | Today, Explained
The economic impact of Covid-19 has hit women harder than men
9 min
Beijing’s bad tweet | Worldly
Jenn, Alex, and Jen talk about the diplomatic spat between China and Australia that erupted this week after a Chinese official tweeted a fake image of an Australian soldier threatening a young Afghan child with a knife.
5 min
The future of Zoom | Recode Daily
How will they stay relevant in a post-pandemic world?
6 min
Hello, holiday season | What to Watch
There’s no shortage of movies to watch over the holiday season. Try these four if you need help deciding.
7 min
God-given right? | Today, Explained
Justice Amy Coney Barrett was the decisive vote in the 5-4 decision
9 min
The most important book I read this year | Ezra...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry for the Future.
13 min
Why Roku doesn’t carry HBO Max, for now | Recod...
Streaming services are fighting for more direct access to their consumers’ data
6 min
$60 on a sketchy palm reading | The Best Money ...
When Jo Livingstone got lost in a new city, they found a fortune teller and a path forward.
6 min
America Offline | Today, Explained
When colleges go remote, students without access to the internet are left behind
8 min
How likely is another Covid-19 relief bill? | T...
Vox’s Emily Stewart, Dara Lind, and Matthew Yglesias explain what Congress is thinking.
4 min
What it will take to distribute the vaccine | R...
Are we prepared?
7 min
Eggnog, explained | One Good Answer
Everything you need to know about the holiday’s most divisive drink.
5 min
The key to the Cabinet | Today, Explained
Blinken. Yellen. Klain. Biden's cabinet is stacked with experienced government officials. But will they be confirmed if Republicans maintain their majority in the Senate?
9 min
Why remote learning worsens education inequalit...
And how educators are finding low-tech solutions to curb the gap
8 min
What if developing a vaccine was the easy part?...
Covid-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are nearing FDA approval and may be available to select groups by the end of the year
9 min
The death of department stores | Recode Daily
Many malls and department stores will never reopen
8 min
Thanksgiving weekend | What to Watch
Movies and shows that are delightful whether you’re with family or flying solo.
6 min
Unexplainable: Dark Matter | Today, Explained
Unexplainable, a new show from the team at Today, Explained.
9 min
Parler | Recode Daily
Can it really compete with Twitter?
6 min
Withdrawing won’t end the war | Today, Explained
2,500 US troops will remain in Afghanistan
9 min
Are Substack newsletters the future of journali...
Why writers are becoming their own boss
10 min
The people who make brand memes for a living | ...
How extremely online content creators are selling out to big brands
9 min
The Death of the Mall | Today, Explained
Big department stores like Lord & Taylor have declared bankruptcy
9 min
Fewer troops, forever wars | Worldly
Alex and Jen discuss President Trump’s decision to draw down the number of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
6 min
Amazon Rx | Recode Daily
Amazon’s next frontier is healthcare.
7 min
Small Axe on Amazon Prime | What to Watch
Steve McQueen’s new series of films are each a masterpiece.
6 min
The peacemaker’s civil war | Today, Explained
Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, he's leading an attack on a faction of his own country.
7 min
How Michael Schur created The Good Place | Ezra...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with the geniuses behind TV’s most philosophically inclined sitcom.
10 min
How 2020 changed Facebook and Twitter for the b...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Casey Newton, who has spent the past decade covering Silicon Valley.
10 min
What to watch for in the Georgia Senate races |...
What’s the most important thing to watch for in the Georgia Senate races? Vox’s Ella Nilsen, Dara Lind, and Matthew Yglesias break down the factors that will decide control of the Senate
5 min
How Biden’s staff picks could shape Tech policy...
Who will have a seat at the table?
9 min
How Vermont kept covid at bay | Today, Explained
Anthony Fauci has called Vermont a "model" for other states to follow
7 min
The two new ways to tweet | Recode Daily
Why the “public square” platform is trying something more private.
6 min
Books to read when you want literary glamour | ...
For those times you need to live vicariously through someone else's exciting and fabulous life.
5 min
America said yes to drugs | Today, Explained
Haven Wheelock explains why Oregon has taken the step to decriminalize and de-stigmatize drug use.
8 min
How does calling an election work? | Tell Me More
Vox's Andrew Prokop explains
8 min
Should you sharent? | Recode Daily
Why sharing photos of your kids on social media could be putting them at risk
8 min
What's next for Trump | Today, Explained
A conservative media company, a 2024 run, numerous criminal investigations: a lot could happen once President Trump leaves the White House.
9 min
Vice President Kamala Harris | Tell Me More
Vox's Li Zhou explains
6 min
The future of the FCC | Recode Daily
From net neutrality to low-income subsidies, Biden’s FCC could make the Internet fairer and more accessible.
3 min
Why Kamala Harris's identity shouldn't be so co...
Since becoming a public figure, the soon-to-be VP’s racial identity has been controversial. Vox’s Nisha Chittal explains.
9 min
(Home)school is cool | Today, Explained
The future of school is at home
9 min
Lost in Transition | Worldly
Jenn, Alex, and Jen talk about the stalled transition process from President Trump to President-elect Biden.
7 min