Vox Quick Hits

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
Cupid-19 | Today, Explained
For some, Covid-19 has made love and physical intimacy a lot tougher. For others, it's played match maker.
10 min
Trumped-up intelligence | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss a striking new whistleblower complaint about US intelligence under Trump from Department of Homeland Security official Brian Murphy.
6 min
What was Putin the tea? | Today, Explained
Amy MacKinnon explains the poisoning of Russian President Vladmir Putin's chief political rival, Alexei Navalny, who recently emerged from a weeks-long coma after mysteriously falling ill on an airplane.
7 min
Is it safe to go back to school? | The Ezra Kle...
Coronavirus has turned life into an endless series of risk calculations. Like, is it safe to send my kid to school? Julia Marcus, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, weighs in on the risks.
7 min
The truth about herd immunity | Today, Explained
Yale's Howard Forman explains why herd immunity is a bad strategy and how rapid testing could be a way to end the pandemic.
10 min
How forecasting affects voter turnout | The Weeds
Does the rise of election forecaster sites, like Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, lead to voter overconfidence in outcomes and lower voter turnout?
3 min
A Fake News Survival Guide | Today, Explained
Seattle Public Library's Di Zhang schools us on how to spot fake news and keep a healthy media diet.
10 min
Trump's second term healthcare policy | Tell Me...
The Affordable Care Act is up before the Supreme Court this fall. Where a hypothetical second-term Trump administration goes on healthcare hinges on the judges' decision. Vox's Dylan Scott explains.
10 min
The movies are back | Today, Explained
*But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should go see one. Vox's Alissa Wilkinson explains.
10 min
Europe's second wave | Worldly
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the second Covid-19 wave hitting Spain — and to a lesser extent, Europe in general.
6 min
What’s up with the stock market?| Today, Explained
Vox’s Emily Stewart clears up the mystery of the market, and Ella Nilsen offers an update on the stimulus that has collapsed into stalemate.
9 min
Andrew Yang on UBI and AI | The Ezra Klein Show
Could a universal basic income be the way we rebuild a fairer economy post-coronavirus? What’s changed in AI, and its likely effect on the economy, over the past five years?
8 min
The indoor pandemic | Today, Explained
Ventilation is key to reopening office buildings safely, according to Harvard professor Joe Allen, who specializes in indoor air quality.
9 min
Key takeaways from the DNC and RNC | The Weeds
The Weed's is Vox's podcast for politics and policy discussions.
3 min
Is Facebook ready for the election? | Today, Ex...
CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company made an “operational mistake” in its handling of Kenosha militia groups.
9 min
Joe Biden's policies on race | Tell Me More
Joe Biden’s policies for economic equality and criminal justice don't go far enough to meet America’s calls for racial justice. Fabiola Cinneas, who reports on race for Vox, explains.
9 min
No new GOP platform | Tell Me More
The Republican National Committee made a big announcement this week about the GOP platform: namely, that there wasn’t one.
8 min
Unconventional | Today, Explained
The GOP proved that laws were made to be broken at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
9 min
Trump's vision for foreign policy | Worldly
How Donald Trump sees the world.
5 min
Kenosha | Today, Explained
Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times by police and the protests escalated all the way to the NBA. Gina Barton, investigative reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, explains.
10 min
A new way to think about race and class | The E...
Isabel Wilkerson wants to change how we understand race in America
10 min
Life in prison during coronavirus | Today, Expl...
Back in April, Arthur Longworth called Sean from Washington State Reformatory to explain what it's like to serve a life sentence at a prison where the coronavirus is spreading.
8 min
Will working from home lead to a socioeconomic ...
Vox's Matt Yglesias and Jane Coaston and ProPublica's Dara Lind debate.
6 min
Plasma vs. COVID-19 | Today, Explained
Covid’s hottest new treatment is plasma. Vox’s Umair Irfan explains why, and where the world stands on a vaccine.
10 min
Trump's plan for immigration | Tell Me More
What does a potential second term mean for immigrants, DACA recipients and H1B visa holders?
7 min