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News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Today, Explained is your all killer, no filler, Monday to Friday news explainer hosted by Sean Rameswaram and featuring the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.
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The immunity test

The immunity test

2020-04-0621:542

A vaccine will take a while, but Vox's Umair Irfan says the global effort to test for immunity and treat Covid-19 is well underway. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mask on? Mask off?

Mask on? Mask off?

2020-04-0330:0110

In an about-face, the Centers for Disease Control would now like you to cover your mouth and nose when you go outside. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last week's unemployment numbers shattered all records. This week, they doubled. Vox's Matthew Yglesias, host of The Weeds podcast, proposes a way out of this mess. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lockdown while locked up

Lockdown while locked up

2020-04-0130:259

Arthur Longworth calls Sean from Washington State Reformatory to explain what it's like to serve a life sentence at a prison where the coronavirus is spreading. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part rally, part media-bashing, part critical updates on the coronavirus crisis, President Trump's daily press briefings are muddying the message. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode of Vox's Reset podcast Ed Yong from The Atlantic explains how a little spiky ball called SARS-CoV2 brought the world to its knees. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On today's show, more listener questions: Why isn't everyone social distancing? Will I be immune after I get it? When will this end? My anxiety is spiking!(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Atlantic's James Hamblin explains why America has a critical shortage of medical supplies. New York City ER doctor Calvin Sun says, “It’s like a lottery that we don’t want to play, but we’re forced to play.” (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Congress has settled on an historic stimulus package, but Ezra Klein is worried it might not be enough. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Asia's second wave

Asia's second wave

2020-03-2425:2611

Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore managed to contain Covid-19, but now things look less promising. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Vox's Julia Belluz went from covering the global coronavirus pandemic to giving birth in the middle of it. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On today's show, we answer listener questions: Why is there no TP? Will we run out of food? Can I get the virus from sex? How can I help? (Transcript here.) An earlier version of this episode featured a section that could have been misconstrued as legal advice. It has been removed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Six feet away

Six feet away

2020-03-1923:045

Vox’s Brian Resnick (safely) meets Sean in a Washington, D.C. park to deliver the Five Commandments of social distancing. Start your #SixFeetAwaySong journey at vox.com/today-explained. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sean speaks to a Brooklyn family that has Covid-19, and Vox’s Dylan Scott explains how the United States is still trying to get its act together on testing. Subscribe to the Voxcare newsletter here: http://vox.com/voxcare. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After dismissing coronavirus concerns for months, President Donald is pivoting to serious action to slow the crisis in the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
School's out for Covid

School's out for Covid

2020-03-1618:276

The country’s largest school district told a million kids to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s creating chaos for teachers, students, and parents. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Living in lockdown

Living in lockdown

2020-03-1319:3111

Italy has quarantined the whole country in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains why the US might look like Italy soon.(Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
President Trump has banned most Europeans from traveling to the US. Vox’s Jen Kirby explains why that won’t stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, and Eliza Barclay tells us what we can do to slow the spread. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Old Country for Old Men

Old Country for Old Men

2020-03-1126:425

After last night, Joe Biden is one step closer to the nomination, but no matter who wins, the next president will be over 70. The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains why that could be a problem. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The stock market’s going haywire. Major companies are telling their employees to stay home. Austin has canceled SXSW. Vox’s Matthew Yglesias says governments across the world have to act fast to save the global economy. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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CraggyPete

What is wrong with people, this is no Muslim country we don't cover our feces, no masks and the deep state will never make me, I have God on my side. We just need to go back to work and get the stock market better! cure can't b worse than the desease, I sure hope trump and Q get this straightned out, love how trump ain't wearing no mask, lol thank you sir for giving us Q followers the real scoop. Soon you'll all see the truth and trump will triumf, he'll show everyone how this was all a hoax and the earth is flat! wake up 👆 #Trump2020 #FlatEarth

Apr 6th
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Klintorious

Vox is garbage

Apr 4th
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Tatyana Noyb

That'll teach us to believe for 5 days. Really. We really are dumb sometimes.

Mar 26th
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Bri W

disgusting lady. you didnt have any reservations before you got knocked up, so stop complaining

Mar 26th
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Nameless Javelin

New & relevant information starts @ 15:30

Mar 25th
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Game DayDog

I'm so tired of Corona... cover something else.. anything else.. How does paint dry?? Why does tsa ban lotion?? Anything else, please!

Mar 20th
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Rita Roberts

absolutely!!!!!!

Mar 17th
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Andro Tammik

Novel Wuhan coronavirus.

Mar 14th
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CraggyPete

lol Maga! #Trump2020

Mar 11th
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Syeda Ali

I never comment. but the way this guy answers the questions in such a neutral way is extremely intelligent and great to listen to ie when describing how it's so ironic that trump has no choice but to work with other countriesto addresses the pandemic. I love listening to this podcast.

Mar 11th
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Philip Squires

this guy is an idiot, why would you give him airtime?

Mar 10th
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Aranya Iyer

good editing choice going right into !!

Mar 6th
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Aranya Iyer

THIS IS THE BEST OUTRO MUSIC EVER

Mar 4th
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Susie Claire PH

Sounds like a Biden ad. Finally we hear the question: What are Biden's weaknesses (aside from his poor debate performances)? They mention the Iraq war vote briefly, then pivot right back to his strengths. What about mentioning Biden wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare? What about the Ukraine corruption scandal that's animating right wing media now? Biden stumbled badly in recent speeches - I wanted to hear your thoughts on that? I want the candidate that can beat Trump. Pretending Biden doesn't have weaknesses won't work in the general election when the right throws everything at him.

Mar 4th
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Es Dawg

That ladies upspeak literally makes me want to throw my phone!

Feb 21st
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Susie Claire PH

More people die in the US than in Taiwan or the Netherlands because of Americans not having healthcare, having healthcare they can't afford to access and having poor health outcomes from US hospitals. That's the trade off to focus on! Why didn't you compare, for example, the infant mortality rates for these three countries?!

Feb 19th
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ncooty

This was not a very well argued piece, though it was clearly rhetorical. Is the argument that "sex offenders"--a deceptively broad category--who have served their sentences shouldn't be allowed to date? What does it mean to have served one's sentence? E.g., how does this view of perpetual guilt fit with liberals' support for restoration of voting rights for felons? I'm pretty tired of the persistent, shallow victimhood identity Vox so actively pushes.

Feb 15th
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Easy Money

The closing sequence was hilarious 😂😂

Feb 11th
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Jerry Howell

I think you are looking at the obvious, try some 'what if' questions; are we going to wait for a bad chatacter to get through one of security lacking countries. Why do people think they know more than the POTUS and his advisors' because they can't see all the information the president can see?

Feb 10th
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Whitney Rodden

So it basically comes down to who schmoozes the best.

Feb 10th
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