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News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Monday to Friday. All killer, no filler. Hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Featuring the finest explainers from Vox and more. Produced by Vox and Stitcher, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Holy shit

Holy shit

2019-07-1900:24:49

On the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Vox’s Brian Resnick says astronauts left something up there that could unlock the origins of life itself. (Transcript here.)
"Send her back"

"Send her back"

2019-07-1800:23:436

An ugly, racist week in America came to a head last night with a chant at a Trump rally. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer says this is a defining moment for American democracy. (Transcript here.)
On Tuesday, the Trump administration dramatically changed the rules governing asylum. A scholar who has helped shape US immigration policy since the 1980s explains why the rule change won't solve the crisis. (Transcript here.)
The Prince of Blackwater

The Prince of Blackwater

2019-07-1600:27:456

Betsy DeVos’s baby brother made a name for himself running one of America's top mercenary companies. The Intercept's Matthew Cole explains how Blackwater founder Erik Prince has reinvented himself since falling out of favor with the US government. (Transcript here.)
What raids?

What raids?

2019-07-1500:22:263

Immigrant communities across the United States spent the weekend on edge awaiting so-called "ICE raids." Reporter Tal Kopan explains what happened and immigration attorney Claudia Cubas describes the detention process. (Transcript here.)
Don't stop, make it pop

Don't stop, make it pop

2019-07-1200:25:472

Your favorite young person’s favorite app is TikTok. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings has been spending too much time trying to understand it. You can find many of the TikToks from today's episode (and many, many more) in this great thread. (Transcript here.)
This week, 22 UN ambassadors condemned China for detaining at least a million ethnic Uighurs in “reeducation camps.” After Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist, started reporting on the camps, over twenty of her relatives were imprisoned. (Transcript here.)
A preexisting debate

A preexisting debate

2019-07-1000:22:074

Obamacare is back in court. Vox’s Li Zhou explains how the healthcare bill might finally meet its maker and Ezra Klein explains why that might be great news for Democrats in 2020. (Transcript here.)
The renegade general

The renegade general

2019-07-0900:21:51

Libya’s ongoing civil war has escalated into one of its bloodiest moments yet—the bombing of a migrant detention center in Tripoli. Analyst Anas El Gomati explains why the likeliest culprit is a rogue Libyan general who worked with the CIA and once launched a coup online. (Transcript here.)
Switch to Mitch

Switch to Mitch

2019-07-0800:28:518

In the first Democratic debates, candidates seemed to be running against a powerful Republican who arrived long before Trump and will likely outlast him. NPR's Kelly McEvers explains the secret to Senator Mitch McConnell's dominance. (Transcript here.)
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Comments (164)

Jason Huntley

Unlike some people who claim to be conservatives, I'm not going to apologize for what Trump said. I don't agree with what he said, but am I supposed to seriously believe democrats are seriously offended with what Trump said when "The Squad" has made anti-semitic statements, threatened, and called the president a mother-f-er? The democrats, instead of condemning anti-semitism and Omar, write up a ridiculous statement condemning all "discrimination". Or that time leaders in North Carolina came out as having dive racist acts and democrats did nothing. Spare me your fake outrage. Again, I don't condone what Trump said, but those who apologize for all Republicans or conservatives, you're weak minded snowflakes and have the memory of a goldfish.

Jul 19th
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Jason Huntley

CraggyPete This guy does not speak for Conservatives, Republicans, or myself.

Jul 19th
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CraggyPete

Jason Huntley yea stupid libtards! they don't get it, this is America if you don't like it then leave! no more immigrants we are full! Healthcare for all?!? what a joke! if you don't have money then sorry too bad that is called capitalism morons. I ain't paying for some welfare queens bastard kids. and you stupid cuck libz don't you ever call our greatest president ever a mother fucker, he will send ICE after all you libz!

Jul 19th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I'm so hurt over this. I want to apologize to people of color for how they've been treated and how they must be feeling. And I want the rest of the world to know that we don't all support Trump. Such scary times! I am overwhelmed and sad and feeling hopeless.

Jul 19th
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Balitong

Andi-Roo Libecap Stay strong. As a non American, we know the electoral college and gerrymandering has gutted your democracy.

Jul 19th
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Rita Moore

Andi-Roo Libecap 😨😨

Jul 19th
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Eric Larsen

I can't help but feel that this is the end for us. For the US, anyway.

Jul 18th
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Ryan Pena

Eric Larsen I still have hope. hopefully this will turn off the general electorate in 2020 although this is really far out. this white nationalism we're seeing is a cry for attention because society is changing and becoming more inclusive. they're scared how much is changing and I'm optimistic that despite this dark time we'll progress just like we always have. unfortunately we have to drag these people kicking and screaming but too bad for them.

Jul 19th
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OliviaLee

Eric Larsen same 😓

Jul 18th
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Ekaterina Manannikova

I used to like this show a lot but over time it has lost its ability to bring up interesting topics. Whenever listening the only thing that i hear is the electric toothbrush ad. I think this podcast has become a better advertiser for the toothbrush than a good discussion platform.

Jul 16th
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Ryan Pena

wow what a great episode! amazing when he admits that what's wrong with the world is him. damn...stunning admission

Jul 10th
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Sergio Silva

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Jul 5th
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Princess Woof Woof

a lot of times these people are just uninformed, unexposed and frustrated. hope people would approach them more the way she did. all the fighting is getting old and tiresome.

Jul 5th
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Balitong

Deeyah Khan, you're a brave filmmaker. Thank you for your work.

Jul 4th
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Chandan Balu

Holy Fuck!!

Jun 20th
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Gabrielle

Keep your face dont think to change me about what amount of money I should make or that you have already made keep my face without the bs

Jun 19th
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Gloria Watson

This is an idiotic analysis because you have just ignored the restrained manner in which Mueller operates and expresses himself and therefore makes false deductions about his reasoning. He clearly is not a millennial New Yorker and should never have been evaluated out of context. This was irresponsible.

Jun 18th
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Gloria Watson

It is important to evaluate, not just what Mueller did say today, but the climate or context for doing so. It seemed evident that making a public statement within in the DOJ and in effect, counteracting what his superior, Barr has stated was in itself a loud rebuke.

Jun 18th
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Gloria Watson

He also made it clear that the "report speaks for itself".

Jun 18th
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Balitong

Erica's story is inspiring.

Jun 12th
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Chris Crawford

Serendipity put these two episodes next to each other on my playlist. I have no answers, just adding to the discussion. https://castbox.fm/vb/160591129

Jun 6th
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Travis Tern

disgustingly liberal..

May 23rd
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William M Westcott

Travis Tern Go back to your Ben Shapiro hellhole.

Jun 3rd
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MrMajk898

abortion means ending a beating heart... is it ok to end a shorter life for a longer one to be more free? or fair? vox is a joke! weak people with no morals kill babies...

May 23rd
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Maggie Brown

MrMajk898 you're so idiot, please get informed and don't post ur opinion online

May 23rd
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Shannon OC

Please, please let Bran win the game of thrones hahaha ♥

May 18th
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Yama

The closing credits of this episode are the most wonderful thing I have heard all day.

May 17th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Yama Agreed! They made me so happy! lolol

May 18th
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Surya Rajan

This is great news. I hope this law gets extended to private companies misusing such data too.

May 14th
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