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
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
Does Biden have a plan to reunite families? | T...
Vox's Nicole Narea explains
8 min
Pop culture that got us through 2020 | What's t...
From podcasts to viral videos
10 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
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
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
Frances Lee on why bipartisanship is irrational...
A preview of Ezra Klein's conversation with Princeton political scientist Frances Lee.
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
$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
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
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
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