Worldly

We live in a confusing time, bombarded every day with news from around the world that can be hard to follow, or fully understand. Let Worldly be your guide. Every Thursday, senior writer Zack Beauchamp, senior foreign editor Jennifer Williams, and staff defense writer Alex Ward give you the history and context you need to make sense of the moment and navigate the world around you. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Politics
News Commentary
1
The end of the World(ly)
Zack interviews renowned economic historian Adam Tooze about his forthcoming book.
46 min
2
Authoritarians without borders
Zack, Jenn, and Jen Kirby look at how authoritarianism has become internationalized.
39 min
3
Trouble in Tunisia
Zack, Jenn, and Jen Kirby discuss the political crisis gripping Tunisia.
39 min
4
iSpy
Zack Beauchamp, Jenn Williams, and Jen Kirby discuss what we know about the NSO Group.
41 min
5
Cuba Libre
Worldly guest co-host Jen Kirby talks to Michael Bustamante, professor of Latin American history at Florida International University.
51 min
6
Erdoğan’s enemy in the NBA
Frequent Worldly guest cohost Jen Kirby talks Turkey with NBA player and activist Enes Kanter.
44 min
7
Brexit interview
A special repost from the folks at Today, Explained!
23 min
8
Hungary's new anti-LGBTQ law gets a red card
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the European soccer dustup over Hungary’s new anti-LGBTQ law.
39 min
9
Joe Biden’s Eurotrip
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss President Joe Biden’s big trip to Europe.
45 min
10
Introducing: Now & Then
A new history podcast from CAFE
46 min
11
Canada’s reckoning with residential schools
Zack and Jenn talk about the horrifying discovery of the remains of 215 children at a so-called “residential school” in Canada.
46 min
12
The end of the Netanyahu era?
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the political earthquake happening in Israel.
47 min
13
Why John Cena is apologizing to China
Zack, Jenn, and Alex explain why WWE wrestling superstar John Cena issued an apology to China this week.
46 min
14
The big picture of the Israel-Gaza war
Zack, Jenn, and Alex take a look at how, after more than a week of fighting, the war between Israel and Hamas is already reshaping the contours of the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
48 min
15
The Israel-Gaza doom loop
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the ongoing fighting between Israelis and Palestinians — the worst violence the conflict has seen in seven years.
55 min
16
Bonus: Rep. Ro Khanna on what America owes India
On a special bonus Worldly, Zack interviews Rep. Ro Khanna on the covid crisis in India.
40 min
17
The politics of India’s Covid crisis
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the political implications of the ongoing Covid-19 catastrophe in India.
43 min
18
The surprising success of Covid-19 travel bans
Zack, Jenn, and Alex are joined by special guest Julia Belluz, Vox's senior health correspondent, to talk about how Vietnam has managed to keep its total coronavirus deaths to just 35.
43 min
19
Bonus: The Super League
We gave Alex Ward, Vox's Chief Soccer Fan, 10 minutes to rant about the Super League.
9 min
20
How Nigeria explains the climate crisis
In a very special Earth Month episode, Zack, Jenn, and Alex use Nigeria as a case study to uncover the deep reasons why it’s so hard for the world to quit fossil fuels
57 min
21
America is finally leaving Afghanistan
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about President Joe Biden’s announcement that all remaining US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.
52 min
22
Jordan’s royal family feud
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the royal drama that has roiled the normally quiet kingdom of Jordan this week.
40 min
23
Is Myanmar heading for civil war?
Zack, Alex, and returning guest Jen Kirby talk about the potential for a “bloodbath” in Myanmar.
39 min
24
Your questions about the world, answered
In a very special Worldly episode, Zack, Jenn, and Alex answer YOUR questions!
48 min
25
Europe’s vaccine disaster
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the raft of problems stymying Europe’s vaccine rollout.
52 min
26
The Trump of the Tropics vs. the Bernie of Brazil
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the huge news out of Brazil this week, where a judge annulled the corruption conviction of the country’s former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
42 min
27
The future of the US-Saudi relationship (ft. Se...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the US-Saudi relationship.
62 min
28
Why Biden hasn’t reentered the Iran deal — yet
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down why the Biden administration hasn’t yet reentered the Iran nuclear deal.
42 min
29
The world’s great powers
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down one of the DC foreign policy world’s hottest new catchphrases: “great power competition.”
50 min
30
Protesting farmers, India's democracy, and Rihanna
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the huge farmers’ protests in India.
41 min
31
Myanmar’s coup has no heroes
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the recent coup in Myanmar.
40 min
32
Why Putin wants Alexei Navalny dead
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the nationwide demonstrations in Russia in support of dissident opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
42 min
33
Biden’s World
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss how US foreign policy will differ under Biden and the surprising ways it might stay the same.
44 min
34
Was it terrorism?
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss how the US Capitol insurrection fits into the broader spectrum of far-right political violence in the US
42 min
35
America, humiliated
Zack, Jenn, and Jen Kirby discuss the assault on the US Capitol by a pro-Trump insurrection that has shaken America to its core.
42 min
36
Hindsight is 2020
Jenn, Alex, and Jen wrap up 2020 by discussing the biggest stories that flew under the radar this year because of, well, everything.
48 min
37
The last Brexit
Jenn, Alex, and Jen talk about how Brexit is for real — for real! — happening on January 1, but it won’t be so easy.
40 min
38
Beijing’s bad tweet
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.
32 min
39
Fewer troops, forever wars
Alex and Jen discuss President Trump’s decision to draw down the number of US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
38 min
40
Lost in Transition
Jenn, Alex, and Jen talk about the stalled transition process from President Trump to President-elect Biden.
38 min
41
If Joe wins
What a Joe Biden victory would mean for the world.
40 min
42
France, Islam, and free speech
Jenn and Alex discuss the recent terror attacks in France that have occurred amid a national and international uproar about cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed and President Emmanuel Macron’s stance toward Islam in the country
46 min
43
American democracy, hacked
Zack, Jenn, and Alex put the upcoming American elections in global context.
43 min
44
Nigeria’s bad cop ring, Thailand’s playboy king
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about two huge ongoing protest movements: demonstrations against police violence in Nigeria and against monarchical privilege in Thailand.
41 min
45
The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict
Zack, Jenn, and Alex explain the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
34 min
46
India vs. Amnesty International
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about Amnesty International’s decision to suspend operations in India — the only other country in which the human rights watchdog has done so besides Russia.
40 min
47
Is Trump bringing peace to the Middle East?
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the “peace deals” between Israel and two Gulf states, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
48 min
48
The new politics of energy (ft. Daniel Yergin)
Zack, Jenn, and Alex are joined by a special guest — eminent energy politics expert Daniel Yergin.
52 min
49
Trumped-up intelligence
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss a striking new whistleblower complaint about US intelligence under Trump from DHS official Brian Murphy.
42 min
50
Europe’s second coronavirus wave
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the second Covid-19 wave hitting Spain — and to a lesser extent, Europe in general.
41 min
51
How Donald Trump sees the world
Zack, Jenn, and Alex move from Biden’s foreign policy to Trump’s — examining the record the incumbent president has racked up in his first term and what might happen if he wins a second.
44 min
52
How Joe Biden sees the world
Zack, Jenn, and Alex take the Democratic National Convention as an opportunity to talk about Joe Biden’s foreign policy.
39 min
53
Vaccine nationalism
Alex and returning guest Jen Kirby talk about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Moscow has developed a coronavirus vaccine.
36 min
54
The last safeguard against nuclear war is about...
To mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about an alarming series of recent US withdrawals from nuclear arms control agreements.
42 min
55
No troops for you
Jenn and Alex discuss the Trump administration’s controversial decision, formally announced this week, to move forward with a plan to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany.
40 min
56
The moral urgency of the Uighur crisis
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the Chinese government's systematic detention of tens of thousands of Uighur Muslims in concentration camps.
43 min
57
Israel was going to annex the West Bank. It did...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the stalled Israeli plan to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank.
47 min
58
The end of Hong Kong
Zack and Jenn talk about China's new national security law in Hong Kong, a ploy by Beijing to seize more control of the semi-autonomous city.
37 min
59
Is Trump letting Putin get away with murder?
Zack and Jenn break down the growing scandal surrounding intelligence reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to attack US troops in Afghanistan.
41 min
60
North Korea blows up the peace process — literally
Zack and Alex cope with Jenn’s absence by talking about one of their favorite topics: North Korea.
38 min
61
Don't buy John Bolton's book. Listen to this po...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex go through the published excerpts from and quotes of John Bolton’s new book — a tell-all about his time as Trump’s national security adviser.
38 min
62
The statues are coming down
The movement to remove controversial statues in several Western countries
36 min
63
How the world sees the George Floyd protests
The global impact of the anti-police violence protests in America.
30 min
64
A Very British Scandal
A top political adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings, got caught taking a 260-mile road trip while the rest of the country was on lockdown due to the coronavirus.
35 min
65
Hydroxychloroquine and the dangers of "medical ...
The global spread of the idea that hydroxychloroquine can treat coronavirus.
32 min
66
A new “cold war”?
The idea of a US-China “cold war”
42 min
67
Worst. Invasion. Ever.
A botched invasion attempt of Venezuela, reportedly led by a group of US-based mercenaries.
39 min
68
Otherworldly
The Pentagon confirmed that it has, in fact, filmed at least three instances of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
34 min
69
Two continents, one coronavirus time bomb
The coronavirus situation in sub-Saharan Africa and South America
36 min
70
W.H.O. is to blame?
Trump’s plan to freeze US funding for the World Health Organization
32 min
71
No one has the coronavirus answer
Singapore and Hong Kong are experiencing a rough second wave of coronavirus infections, indicating that social distancing didn’t end the disease but merely put its spread on pause.
32 min
72
A coronavirus “coup” in Hungary
How coronavirus is causing a global crisis for democracy
35 min
73
The other global coronavirus epidemic: Denial
There's a striking pattern in countries around the world: their leadership’s denial about the threat posed by coronavirus.
42 min
74
The US-China coronavirus blame game
Trump’s offensive insistence on calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus"
37 min
75
Every country for itself
Trump’s ban on European travel to the US and explore why the European Union seems to be neglecting to help Italy in its time of need.
33 min
76
Trump and the Taliban make a deal
The historic US-Taliban peace agreement that was just signed as a first step toward ending the war in Afghanistan.
39 min
77
One of the worst crises of Syria’s civil war
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about perhaps the single worst humanitarian crisis in Syria’s civil war — the ongoing situation in Idlib, where 3 million people are trapped in a province under assault by Bashar al-Assad and his allies.
40 min
78
The debate didn’t cover foreign policy. So we did.
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the 2020 Democratic field’s positions on foreign policy — which were weirdly under-discussed in the most recent debate.
42 min
79
Could coronavirus collapse Chinese communism?
Zack and Alex talk about the politics of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
38 min
80
Mini. Nuclear. Weapons.
Zack, Jenn, and Alex discuss the Trump administration’s decision to put a mini nuclear weapon on a US submarine for the first time.
41 min
81
The dark logic of Trump’s Israel-Palestine “pea...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex are joined by the Middle East Institute’s Khaled Elgindy to discuss the Trump administration’s new Israel-Palestine peace plan.
41 min
82
Hacking Jeff Bezos
Zack and Alex are joined by Weeds cohost Matt Yglesias to talk about the Saudi crown prince’s seemingly brazen hack of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
40 min
83
The entire Russian government just resigned
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the recent resignation of Russia’s entire government — yes, you read that right.
39 min
84
Did Trump get Iran right? (ft. Sen. Tom Udall)
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the US killing of Qassem Suleimani — why it happened, what the Iranian response means, and what the long term consequences might be.
47 min
85
A very Worldly guide to 2019 — and 2020
Zack, Jenn, and Alex do a 2019 year in review — each one of them making a choice for biggest US foreign policy story of 2019, while the whole team debates just how important each of these events were.
42 min
86
India's assault on Muslim rights — and democracy
Zack and Alex are joined by Vox reporter Sigal Samuel to talk about two recent measures in India that, when combined, amount to a plan for stripping citizenship from hundreds of thousands of Muslims.
37 min
87
That awkward NATO moment
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the viral video of world leaders making fun of Trump at the NATO summit — explaining how Trump’s antics threatened the meeting and, somewhat more surprisingly, why they didn’t derail it.
35 min
88
Today, Explained: Let's talk about that party i...
Spain's far-right party just won more than 50 seats in its parliament, reminding some of the country's fascist past. Yes, the party is called "VOX".
22 min
89
2020 candidate Michael Bennet explains why Face...
It’s a very special Worldly today, as Zack hosts Sen. Michael Bennet — the first Democratic presidential candidate to appear on Worldly.
34 min
90
Coup in Bolivia?
Jenn, Alex, and special guests Ivan Rebolledo and Zeeshan Aleem talk about whether there was a coup in Bolivia or not.
34 min
91
Introducing Reset
Apple removed an app that had been used by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. Turns out that has broad implications for democracy globally.
21 min
92
Arab Spring 2.0?
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about the massive protests in Iraq.
38 min
93
Take the oil
Zack, Jenn, and Alex talk about Trump’s new Syria policy — sending US troops to protect oil fields and potentially selling the oil to the highest bidder.
37 min
94
Brexit, forever?
Due to some parliamentary shenanigans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s drive to crash out of the EU by October 31 looks like it’s going to fail.
18 min
95
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
96
Sen. Chris Murphy on why America's Syria failur...
Worldly continues its series on progressive foreign policy with one of its leading proponents, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).
25 min
97
Rep. Ro Khanna’s vision for a new, “progressive...
What it would look like and how it would be applied in tough conflicts from Yemen to Iran to China.
25 min
98
How Italy, Australia, and Britain got dragged i...
Zack, Jenn, and Alex break down the latest news in the Trump-Ukraine scandal
28 min
99
The whistleblower complaint: a close read
What the complaint alleges about Trump's phone call with the Ukrainian president and the attempt to cover up that call.
17 min
100
War for Oil
The worrying fallout of an attack on Saudi oil facilities this weekend.
23 min