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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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The Senate trial begins

The Senate trial begins

2020-01-2100:21:56

Vox's Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump's Senate impeachment trial gets underway. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this week. Now, Congress is the only thing standing between the 28th amendment and the Constitution of the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Canada now has the unfortunate job of dealing with the collateral damage from the conflict between Iran and the United States. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Booker blames the rules

Booker blames the rules

2020-01-1500:22:28

Senator Cory Booker tells Sean Rameswaram why he never stood a chance and Vox's Ella Nilsen explains why Senators Warren and Sanders are fighting. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elizabeth Warren’s best bet to fight the opioid epidemic might be stealing a page from the battle against AIDS. Vox’s Jillian Weinberger explains how for The Impact. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One billion animals dead

One billion animals dead

2020-01-1300:22:24

Australia is suffering unprecedented damage from months of bush fires, but the country remains divided on the politics of climate change. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Megxit

Megxit

2020-01-1000:24:19

Meghan Markle and her husband have announced their own personal Brexit. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Irin Carmon from New York magazine explains how #MeToo is on trial alongside Harvey Weinstein. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What about Iraq?

What about Iraq?

2020-01-0800:20:24

Iran fired back. The United States issued a statement. Iraq wishes its allies would fight somewhere else. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The view from Iran

The view from Iran

2020-01-0700:24:02

Iran analyst Dina Esfandiary explains why the killing of Qassem Soleimani was “the greatest gift the Trump administration could have given the Iranian government.” And an Iranian-American family disagrees on the meaning of Soleimani’s death. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
War with Iran?

War with Iran?

2020-01-0600:24:43

The United States killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week. Vox's Alex Ward explains what might happen next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The vast majority of our plastic isn’t being recycled. It might be time to consider lighting it on fire. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The other TV president

The other TV president

2020-01-0200:21:48

Before stumbling into the biggest American political scandal in a generation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was best known for playing the president on TV. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump of the Year

Trump of the Year

2019-12-3000:21:26

On the cusp of a big election year, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias reviews President Trump’s accomplishments thus far. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Song of the Year

Song of the Year

2019-12-2700:23:34

“Old Town Road” is unlike anything that’s ever happened in American popular music. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Person of the Year

Person of the Year

2019-12-2600:16:31

Time named Greta Thunberg its ‘Person of the Year.’ David Wallace-Wells from New York Magazine explains why. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Queen of Christmas

The Queen of Christmas

2019-12-2300:22:19

A quarter-century after its release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Call it a "Christmas Mariahcle." (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The sixth and final Democratic debate of the year was less diverse, more substantive, and also featured a fight about a wine cave. Vox's Emily Stewart explains. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aging in America

Aging in America

2019-12-1900:20:39

By 2035, there will be more elderly people than children in America. The country isn’t ready. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment Day

Impeachment Day

2019-12-1900:17:25

The House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump today. Vox’s Andrew Prokop explains what comes next. (Transcript here.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Ruth Thornbury

Concise information. Great episode.

Jan 20th
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Constance Moylan

this was such a kid glove treatment on Meghan. it's far more complicated- Meghan has been targeted & harrassed & that's wrong. period. But their announcement was a very manipulative act- announcing that were keeping titles, Frogmore & funds to the world before anyone in royal family promised - essentially forcing things on the family- very calculated. She also has isolated Harry from his own family & homeland & Archie from his own heritage. and becoming celebrities won't stop the bad press anyways...

Jan 13th
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Tobias Simon

I had to stop listening all because of that laugh track

Jan 12th
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daisy

o man how did I miss this one?! "less ISIS in the world" lol

Jan 5th
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Bri W

once again, the race card pulls up..

Dec 27th
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ncooty

It'd be nice if more Vox commentators could speak like adults.

Dec 27th
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ncooty

Insufficient discussion of the implications for presumption of innocence.

Dec 27th
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ncooty

The laugh track was terrible.

Dec 26th
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daisy

yassss mimi!

Dec 23rd
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Jessica Carcieri

great context but the sitcom laughter is cringeworthy

Dec 20th
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daisy

ooof, this is tough and touching

Dec 19th
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Dixie

Don't listen to Vox...they are a bunch of leftist liars.

Dec 19th
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Tousif Azmain

Its very sad to see that such a country with enormous variety of cultures, is slowly turning into a hindu extremist country and indian people are suporting it. At least in US, trump is mocked everyday while in India Modi is praised while he should be condemned. I see no hope because people are so ridiculously stubborn about their religion that they are ready to commit mass genocide for the sake of religion. This is just getting progressively worse.

Dec 15th
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dschoole

This was an important topic that the canned laughter ruined.

Dec 15th
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shekhu verma

Stop spreading fake news, this is not a muslim ban but just to ease the citizenship for persecuted minorities of pakistan, bangladesh and afghanistan. Muslims are nit the minorites in these countries but they can still get citizenship so please stop your propaganda and go and rwad the bill.

Dec 14th
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bradley zeedyk

that intro

Dec 14th
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Rahul Kapoor

so first of all its not a ban on muslims, plz stop spreading this false perception to your western or middle eastern audience. secondly wqshiston post and its journos have same legitimacy as Trump's tweets. No muslim citizen's citizenship will be impacted. We already have more than enough maniac Islamist hardliners to deal with.

Dec 13th
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Dre

There is an answer here. Forgive alllll medical debt. The government pays off all these bills and then offers healthcare for EVERYONE. Abolish the health insurance system that is ruled by corruption and billionaires that have zero compassion for the poor families that desperately and suddenly need medical help and care. Also, I bet all these people vote republican, which means this system will stay this way and will continue to ruin lives and steal from the poor. These folks need to be better informed on how to vote in a way that isn’t going to keep them down forever. This whole situation makes me sick and it’s the people at the top that should be put in jail - not low income families just trying to get by and survive and treat their illnesses.

Dec 11th
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David Spanne

As a lawyer, the death of the lawyer in this needs to be hastened. When compassion and real justice die, so does the law and the need for lawyers that represent injustice.

Dec 9th
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David Spanne

As a lawyer, the death of the lawyer in this needs to be hastened. When compassion and real justice die, so does the law and the need for lawyers that represent injustice.

Dec 9th
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