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Today, Explained podcast

Today, Explained

By Vox  

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.

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.

 

#735

The first global vaccination

Was distributed by 22 orphans. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jan 2021

23 MINS

23:12

15 Jan 2021


#734

Okay, Google: unionize!

A very big tech company now has a very small union. Recode’s Shirin Ghaffary explains why highly paid workers in an anti-union industry still organized and made history. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jan 2021

27 MINS

27:11

15 Jan 2021


#733

The people behind the insurrection

President Trump has been impeached for inciting an insurrection on the Capitol one week ago. CNN’s Elle Reeve was there and explains who was duped into mobbing the government. Plus, Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe reports on how the government plans to prevent another mob from wreaking havoc. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

13 Jan 2021

24 MINS

24:55

13 Jan 2021


#732

A step past impeachment

Impeachment won’t stop the United States’ slide towards authoritarianism. Voter reform might. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Jan 2021

26 MINS

26:21

12 Jan 2021


#731

Deplatforming Donald

First he lost his Facebook. Then he lost his Twitter. As of today, President Trump had been limited or booted by more than a dozen platforms. Casey Newton, editor of Platformer, explains the historic shift on social media. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Jan 2021

29 MINS

29:57

12 Jan 2021


#730

The flamethrowers and the fire extinguishers

Infighting among Republican lawmakers reached a breaking point this week. The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins explains why and the tough road ahead for the GOP. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Jan 2021

36 MINS

36:35

08 Jan 2021


#729

How security at the Capitol failed

Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe explains how a number of agencies and politicians put together a historically bad security plan for Congress on Wednesday. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 Jan 2021

28 MINS

28:40

08 Jan 2021


#728

The breach, explained by Rep. Maloney (locked in her office)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York explains what it was like to live through today’s violent transfer of power. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 Jan 2021

11 MINS

11:44

07 Jan 2021


#727

The virus gets more contagious

Viruses mutate, but this time it’s different. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Jan 2021

22 MINS

22:26

05 Jan 2021


#726

All eyes on Georgia

Tuesday’s election will decide who controls the Senate, but the president is still hung up on the election he already lost. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Jan 2021

28 MINS

28:41

05 Jan 2021


#725

The year in revue

It's been a year. It’s been a year And after all the news  We’re still not in the clear It’s been a year Can’t even remember what life was like  Back before we didn’t need a mask to go outside It’s been a year Can’t even remember how it used to sound Before the streets were quiet and we had to lock it down It’s been a year 2020 The year began on fire Australia was burning And Iran was looking dire And you know you might forget it but Back in the before time We thought we’d have to deal With Third World War time It was only January  The last time I went to a wedding And we barely knew back then That the virus was already spreading Meanwhile the end of The impeachment trial, finally It went the way you thought it would Except for maybe Romney The virus leaves China On planes and on ships  The world watches closely As Italy gets hit But Italians sang from their balconies And then came the celebrities It’s been a year It’s been a year And after all the news We’re still not in the clear It’s been a year 2020 is cancelled No Olympics and Costco took away free samples So long, Coachella Goodbye in-person classes No European travel We banned their white asses Covid conspiracies. We’ve got varieties  Bill Gates made it in a lab And 5G wants to kill your dad Maybe it’ll go away  When temperatures are high Maybe some disinfectant Is worth the college try? Lockdowns, shutdowns Layoffs and a market crash Mask on. Mask off The stimulus won’t help my rash We’re running out of TP We’re running out of PPE I’m scared of getting groceries I’m losing all my sanity When is this all gonna end? It feels like everything is the same Every single day  Blends into the next day It’s been a year It’s been a year And after all the news We’re still not in the clear. It’s been a year Late May A wall starts to shatter More than half the country screaming Black! Lives! Matter! A monumental protest movement  Started in the streets Statues start to fall And people protest the police Racist mascots fall and  Athletes protest in the bubble John Lewis passed away but left us His “good trouble.” The Confederate flag Lost again in this pandemic While more and more people saw That racism’s systemic But unity, it doesn’t last  It quickly gets politicized  There’s shooting in Kenosha  And everyone’s still taking sides One step forward One step back The United States Staying right on track It’s been a— Wait, wait hold the phone The president has got it He didn’t wanna wear a mask But now he tested positive Yeah, he’s gonna beat it But he won’t win the election  Even after RBG The Court will not correct it Convinces half his party It’s a steal, without a reason Tries to throw good ballots out But books the wrong Four Seasons Fifty different lawsuits Winding through the courts. He’s losing and losing and losing and losing and losing… Who cares! Now there’s a vaccine! And another new vaccine! It’s actually happening! It’s all predicted by Fauci! Thank you to the doctors And to all the educators Thank you to the nurses And to grocery store workers And also all the drivers! Who now have my address And for saving our election God bless USPS! It’s been a year It’s been a year And after all the news We’re still not in the clear It’s been a year It’s been a year And after all the news We’re still not in the clear It’s been a year Can’t even remember what it’s like to be dancing with my friends and eating with my family It’s been a year Can’t even remember what normal was, but gimme more hugs in 2021 It’s been a year It’s been a year And after all the news We’re still not in the clear. It’s been a year It’s been a year We’ve given up so much But somehow we’re still here We’re still here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Dec 2020

06 MINS

06:46

30 Dec 2020


#724

How 2020 changed us

In the final episode of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” people look back on a very long year. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Dec 2020

27 MINS

27:55

29 Dec 2020


#723

Animals catch Covid-19, too

In the fourth of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” a reminder that we’re not the only animals who got Covid-19 this year. Science writer David Quammen explains why our health and theirs are intertwined. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Dec 2020

24 MINS

24:14

28 Dec 2020


#722

Dr. Fauci’s nightmare before Christmas

In the third of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” Dr. Anthony Fauci reflects back on his pandemic year, what he’s learned, and what he’d do differently. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

23 Dec 2020

25 MINS

25:20

23 Dec 2020


#721

The year live music died

In the second of our five-part series, “You, Me, and Covid-19,” musicians explain how they got creative when live shows and tours were canceled. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 Dec 2020

30 MINS

30:11

22 Dec 2020