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
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