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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 co-hosted by Sean Rameswaram and Noel King. Every episode features the finest reporters from the Vox Media Podcast Network and beyond.

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The Department of Justice wants Google to break up its advertising business. The Wall Street Journal’s Keach Hagey explains how the DOJ’s antitrust suit could reshape the internet. This episode was produced by Amanda Lewellyn, edited and fact-checked by Matt Collette, engineered by Patrick Boyd with help from Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Wealthy companies like Google and Microsoft are announcing unprecedented layoffs — all while the economy is trending in the right direction. Vox’s Emily Stewart explains. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dozens have died in anti-government protests in Peru. Journalist Simeon Tegel reports from Lima on how the mounting anger over corruption and inequality has implications for the entire hemisphere. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Fine dining isn’t fine

Fine dining isn’t fine

2023-01-2524:381

Chef René Redzepi said his Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, deemed the best in the world, isn't sustainable and will close next year. But if an establishment charging top dollar can't survive, what restaurant can? KCRW's Evan Kleiman explains. This episode was produced by Hady Mawajdeh, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The US and Mexican governments trusted Genaro Garcia Luna to crack down on the drug trade. Now he’s on trial for conspiring with El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel. Peniley Ramírez, co-host of the new podcast USA v. Garcia Luna, explains. This episode was produced by Haleema Shah, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Matt Collette and Sean Rameswaram, who also hosted. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine desperately needs tanks to fight Russia. The US, which has provided many other weapons, is refusing. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, edited and fact-checked by Matt Collette, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Most people watch RRR and see one of the greatest action epics in the history of cinema. But some see an insidious brand of Hindu nationalism that’s been creeping into Indian culture. This episode was produced by Amanda Lewellyn, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Efim Shaprio, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram, who also edited. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
House Republicans are refusing to raise the US debt ceiling without huge concessions. Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains why we have a debt ceiling to begin with (and how President Biden could bypass it). This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
No, the government isn’t coming for your gas stove. Vox’s Rebecca Leber explains why you might want to switch anyway. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy, edited and fact-checked by Matt Collette and Amina Al-Sadi, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Compost yourself

Compost yourself

2023-01-1725:506

Remember you are dirt and to dirt you shall return. Science journalist Eleanor Cummins and law professor Tanya Marsh explain the rise of human composting, now legal in six states, as an alternative to burial or cremation. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
What’s up, docs?

What’s up, docs?

2023-01-1324:314

What do a Delaware garage and a Florida palace have in common? We dig into Joe Biden’s classified document mess. This episode was produced by Siona Peterous and Haleema Shah, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Rain is good for California, but the state was not prepared for what might be a megastorm. KQED’s Dan Brekke assesses the damage from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick explains how we can be better prepared for future storms. This episode was produced by Siona Peterous and Hady Mawajdeh, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Taliban vs. women

The Taliban vs. women

2023-01-1125:566

When the Taliban took power, it promised a place for women in its new Afghanistan. Now, hardliners are embracing policies that do the opposite. This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Brazil’s January 6?

Brazil’s January 6?

2023-01-1026:17

Except it was on January 8. The Brazilian Report’s Gustavo Ribeiro explains from São Paulo. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Controversial manfluencer Andrew Tate is in a Romanian prison, accused of rape and human trafficking. Vox’s Rebecca Jennings and sociolinguist Robert Lawson explain why his brand of grotesque misogyny appeals to millions of men. This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy, edited by Amina Al-Sadi, fact-checked by Serena Solin, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King.Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The 118th Congress has begun with a showdown over who will be elected House speaker. Vox’s Andrew Prokop argues that this is the culmination of a decade-long trend of stonewalling in Congress. Today’s show was produced by Amanda Lewellyn and Victoria Chamberlin. It was edited by Amina Al-Sadi and was fact-checked by Serena Solin. It was engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey and hosted by Noel King Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ray Osheroff was a successful doctor in the DC area until his depression became debilitating. The way he was treated — and not treated — changed psychiatry. Rachel Aviv tells the surprising story of the rise of psychiatric medication. Today’s show was produced by Miles Bryan and edited by Matthew Collette. It was engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
George Santos is supposed to become a member of Congress this week. We still have no idea who he is. This episode was produced by Amanda Lewellyn, edited by Amina Al-Sadi, fact-checked by Serena Solin, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Let’s eat lab meat

Let’s eat lab meat

2023-01-0324:47

Happy New Year! Maybe you’re interested in trying new things? Sean and his mom are. In today’s episode, they drive to Alameda, California to try “hybrid meat” — a mixture of lab-grown meat and veggie meat substitute that could deliver a more sustainable (but still meaty) future. This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Jolie Myers, fact-checked by Laura Bullard with help from Siona Peterous and Hady Mawajdeh, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained   Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Abortions before Roe

Abortions before Roe

2022-12-2925:163

Before Roe v. Wade, Eleanor Oliver was a Jane: a member of a group in Chicago that helped women get safe but illegal abortions. Sean Rameswaram sat down with her on the day Roe was overturned. This episode was edited and fact-checked by Matt Collette, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and produced by Victoria Chamberlin and host Sean Rameswaram. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained Support Today, Explained by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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aj

left wing loony tunes, thats what today explained is all about.

Jan 28th
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Paz Ibarra-Muñoz

I was precisely thinking about The Devil Wears Prada too on the explanation of Apex dining

Jan 25th
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Weather or Not

I trust Joe over Don. I trust Justin Time over Pierre Polypon but lately Jagmeet has been my Singh-er!

Jan 13th
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ForexTraderNYC

what?? a crook is allowed into office n represent us? this reminds me of L decaprio MOVIE catch me if u can..here we r we KNOW he lied n cheated yet they do nothing...yet again.another freepass n defication on American people by politicians..then u ask O..y r americans losing trust in AUTHORITY? this nation is going downhill n we get to sit n watch.

Jan 11th
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ForexTraderNYC

neutral here : but my analysis of this is..any1 willing to spk up against the current system or 50/50 power sharing family structure is labelled misogynistic whereas patriarchy has worked just fine. n is what god of abraham chose (going by scriptures) what new liberal world order is out to do is gamble with what has worked since dawn of time..n replace itvwith lets empower the minorities..bebit lgbtq or women..lets just try it..this TEST if u will has come at ENORMOUS cost? to breaking up family structure..whereby biological realities of genders r being tossed out n replaced with social construction experiment on humans by ( whoever is dominating ) force in power is to not be labelled conspiracy theorist..it is as if we r lab rats n those testing n playingbwith human lives get a kick out of seeing us fail..similar to ending of SQUID GAMES elites.. who play humans against each other..a time when traditionsl family structure was one of splitting role n cooperating to raise healthy family vs. starting unnecessary gender war in name of equality n female empowerment...so the counter movt have come up by men who dont even want to play that is RIGGED against men..ie: jony dep vs. amber case showed how 1 case exposed that how women at times manipulate n lie n often get believed at expense ruining men lives. so it took an alpha jony dep n.million legal fees to clear his name..wot about avg. men..imagine injustice n suffering of avg. men? if u understand the grievances n messd up laws then perhaps ull understand y men r willing to take ATate route..cuz laws r alrdy handing a women a free pass to blame n accuse any1 with $ complacent in robbing men off their hard earnings n livelihoods for what a despicable being with a Vagina? no...not worth the hassle.

Jan 10th
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Aryan Akhavan

why your podcast does not say anything about Iran? There is terrible war in here between people and the government. The Ir is killing innocent people for nothing . please be our voice

Jan 10th
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Andrés Mc Cormack

I don't get why you hate Musk so much. Sure, he's had some misses, but sounds like you're taking SpaceX, Tesla, Starlink for granted. He's done an incredible amount of good to the world.

Dec 16th
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Dennis Mayer

Listening to that mom was one of the scariest things I've heard in a while. She's basically chasing fame through her daughter; even as adults we still need to grow up.

Nov 25th
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Elias Guzman

Go out and VOTE.

Nov 7th
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william marshall

i would be very happy to hear of his death.

Oct 31st
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Christopher Greggs

I love the journalism but am have a really hard time with the jovial tone, audio samples, and subversive musical selections when covering things like threats to democracy, the Ukrainian war, and race issues. I understand that it's hard to toe the line and that making news engaging helps with audience growth but sometimes its really hard to listen when things that affect me and my community are turned into jokes or discussed in levity. Some things are serious and need to be treated as such. I am a long time listener of vox and this podcast, but there's a time and a place.

Oct 12th
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RayRay Hz

not exactly TODAY,explained when it happened almost a month ago .... why the long silence vox?

Oct 12th
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SWill7445

Very interesting content but would have been tons better if she could quit using the phrase "you know".

Aug 31st
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ForexTraderNYC

my question..if u millionaire rapper y live a crimnal life ? y commit crimes? if u alrdy got enuff money to liv comfortable life thru music..y risk it ? then again sum ppl r just mentally poor.

Aug 30th
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ForexTraderNYC

they just trying to make Joe more relatable showing vulnerable n laughing off is an attempt at hiding his incompetence n makes him a bit goofy n likeable so this trying to up his popularity by being a bit goofy by being this starwars laser shooting character...if u can laugh at your own self, americans love you.. opposite of being a laughing goof is dick Cheney grumpy eww man whom no1 likes....so a nice ploy to get ppl to upgrade joe's image while hiding his incompetency..will it work? maybe.. my take. Am i genius? plz say yes.

Aug 17th
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Golden boy

If you donate too conservatives. Your funding fascism!!🤪😆😂

Aug 12th
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ForexTraderNYC

omg this is so look WRONG! in other words Afghans are suffering directly becuz of US withholding their money..that is causing people to desperation like selling their pets n in some cases even their young daughters!!! how can we do this? N look ourselves in mirror..isnt this a type of holocaust of its own? instead of gas chambers they are starved to death..

Aug 2nd
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Toni Diane

Highly frustrating episode. I feel like she said a whole lot of nothing.

Jun 27th
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Stephanie Baca

this is the wrong file, it belongs to the episode before.

Jun 25th
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Ron Ward

That voice , it makes me want to be an abortion.

Jun 25th
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