Today, Explained

Today, Explained

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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October 3, 2022 27 min

According to Vox’s Ian Millhiser (and no, he hasn’t forgotten they just overturned Roe).

This episode was produced by Siona Peterous, edited by Amina Al-Sadi, fact-checked by Victoria Chamberlin and Laura Bullard with help from Miles Bryan, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey and Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram.

Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained

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An extraordinary case of fraud is unfolding in Mississippi, where a chummy cadre of nonprofit leaders, elected officials, and professional athletes redirected tens of millions in welfare funds toward their own pet projects. Mississippi Today’s Anna Wolfe explains.

This episode was produced by Hady Mawajdeh and Avishay Artsy, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey and Efim Shapiro, a...

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September 29, 2022 27 min

Elvedin Pasic lived through the Bosnian genocide in the early 1990s. So why is one of Bosnia’s leaders saying it never happened? And what happens if that leader, Milorad Dodik, wins a national election this weekend?

This episode was reported and produced by Haleema Shah, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey and Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Noel King.

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September 28, 2022 27 min

Pipelines are leaking, winter is coming, and concerns over an energy crisis in Europe are growing. Vox’s Jen Kirby heads to Oktoberfest to find out more.

This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram.

Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained

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September 27, 2022 26 min

Republicans have firmly held the Texas governorship since 1995. Beto O’Rourke’s campaign is both a long shot and Democrats’ best challenge in decades.

This episode was produced by Hady Mawajdeh, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Efim Shapiro and Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram.

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September 26, 2022 27 min

The Russian president is calling on reservists and holding fake referenda to legitimize his war. Washington Post reporter Mary Ilyushina explains.

This episode was produced by Jillian Weinberger and Amanda Lewellyn, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram.

Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained  

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September 23, 2022 27 min

I wish I was a baller. I wish there was a doc who’d break my legs, I would call her.

This episode was produced by Miles Bryan, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Sean Rameswaram, who also hosted.

Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained  

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September 22, 2022 27 min

Thousands of people say Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder gave them cancer. They’re suing — but the consumer giant is using a bankruptcy strategy called the “Texas two-step” to limit its liability.

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  

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September 21, 2022 27 min

After catastrophic flooding, Pakistani people are demanding better disaster management from their government. Their government wants reparations from wealthy countries.

This episode was produced by Haleema Shah, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King.

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September 20, 2022 27 min

The billionaire founder of Patagonia is giving away his company to fight climate change. He’s also getting a giant tax break.

This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Sean Rameswaram, who also hosted.

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The war in Ukraine has demonstrated just how dysfunctional the United Nations is. Uri Friedman, managing editor at the Atlantic Council, explains how to fix it.

This episode was produced by Jillian Weinberger, fact-checked by Serena Solin, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Matt Collette and Noel King, who also hosted.

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September 16, 2022 27 min

The historical epic The Woman King, in theaters today, is set in the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century. The kingdom’s elite all-female fighting force was evidence of its enlightened attitude toward women, but its participation in the transatlantic slave trade is a stain on its history. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and economist Leonard Wantchekon, a descendent of the women fighters, explain.

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As the coronavirus pandemic disrupted business in the US, the government sent billions of dollars to people and businesses that were affected. That led to an epidemic of financial scams.

This episode was produced by Jon Ehrens, fact-checked by Serena Solin and Tori Dominguez, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Matt Collette and Noel King, who also hosted.

Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained  

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September 14, 2022 27 min

A recent Ukrainian counteroffensive seems to have caught Russia on its back foot. That could have consequences for Putin in the war — and at home. The Washington Post’s Mary Ilyushina explains.

This episode was produced by Amanda Lewellyn and Miles Bryan, fact-checked by Serena Solin, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Matt Collette and Sean Rameswaram, who also hosted.

Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained  

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A quartet of 2020 election deniers are running for secretary of state this year in key swing states, raising questions about whether they could fairly administer the 2024 presidential election.

This episode was produced by Victoria Chamberlin, fact-checked by Victoria Dominguez and Serena Solin, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and edited by Matt Collette and Noel King, who also hosted.

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September 12, 2022 27 min

Texas and Arizona's governors are giving migrants bus tickets to the capital. The mayor of Washington, DC, says it’s causing a humanitarian crisis in the city — and that the White House isn’t helping.

This episode was reported and produced by Haleema Shah, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Victoria Dominguez and Serena Solin, engineered by Efim Shapiro and Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Noel King.

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September 9, 2022 27 min

Long live the king.

This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy and Hady Mawajdeh, fact-checked by Serena Solin and Amina Al-Sadi with help from Amanda Lewellyn, engineered by Paul Robert Mounsey, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram, who also edited.

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September 8, 2022 27 min

What’s happening in Jackson is hardly unique: Cities and states across the US are setting themselves up for failure by postponing expensive but critical work on aging water infrastructure. Climate change is making things worse, faster.

This episode was produced by Jillian Weinberger and Amanda Lewellyn with help from Victoria Chamberlin and Victoria Dominguez, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Serena Solin, engineered by Paul...

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September 7, 2022 27 min

Millions of people have long Covid; countless more could get it. Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez answers questions from Today, Explained listeners about the condition that has even doctors bewildered.

This episode was produced by Avishay Artsy, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Serena Solin and Amanda Lewellyn, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Noel King.

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September 6, 2022 27 min

Prosecutor Fani Willis and a special grand jury have some questions for the man with the yellow hair. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Stephen Fowler explains Fulton County’s election interference investigation that appears to be closing in on former President Trump and his allies.

This episode was produced by Hady Mawajdeh, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Victoria Chamberlin, Miles Bryan, Amanda Lewellyn, and Victoria Domingu...

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