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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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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.

    The Crown Prince and the Amazon King

    The Crown Prince and the Amazon King

    Did Mohammed Bin Salman hack Jeff Bezos? Recode’s Peter Kafka returns with an update and Kara Swisher explains Saudi Arabia's impunity in the tech world. (Transcript here.)
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    • 24 min
    Coronavirus

    Coronavirus

    A SARS-like virus has killed at least 17 people, quarantined millions in China, and made its way to the United States. Vox’s Julia Belluz explains what's known and what's next. (Transcript here.)
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    • 25 min
    A George Washington Bridge too far

    A George Washington Bridge too far

    The Supreme Court is trying to settle the fight over the biggest traffic jam in the history of American politics once and for all. WNYC's Matt Katz, author of "American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption," explains. (Transcript here.)
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    • 25 min
    The Senate trial begins

    The Senate trial begins

    Vox's Andrew Prokop explains everything you need to know as President Trump's Senate impeachment trial gets underway. (Transcript here.)
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    • 24 min
    The 100 year fight for equal rights

    The 100 year fight for equal rights

    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.)
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    • 23 min
    Ukraine International Flight 752

    Ukraine International Flight 752

    Canada now has the unfortunate job of dealing with the collateral damage from the conflict between Iran and the United States. (Transcript here.)
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

rralt ,

Julia is a gem

Great podcast - especially appreciate the concise presentation of this current health (potential) crisis.

Every time Julia is on, she breaks down medical issues in a way we can all understand.

Dadre2k7 ,

Podcast is generally great, but Sean does too much interview leading

The podcast generally uses experts and reports in various fields to provide context, stories, and information for new stories. However, Sean repeatedly poses leading questions that have been increasing recently. He makes a statement with an accusation and throws a high pitch and “isn’t it” or “doesn’t it” to it to technically make it a question but he has effectively made a question and answered it and is only asking the guest expert whether or not they want to disagree with him. Not only is this a little annoying but it’s unfair to the expert witness as Sean is trying to make connect the logic of the story without the expert guests. I’m a liberal person but this habit of leading questions makes the podcasts seem more bias and skewed. This habit was particularly present in the latest (and first) episode on the corona virus in China. I had to pause the episode multiple times and ask “did he just make that statement question and bypass the preempt the input of the expert guest again”. Lastly, the additional habit of throwing a half laugh into serious questions does not come off as worthy of news and more like an op-Ed trying to disguise itself as news. If I’m mistaken and the podcast is meant to be op-Ed and not news then you’re use of expert guests is not as needed and I’ll turn you less for a portion of my news intake. The rest of the show including the valuable input from expert guests is great and appreciated.

IECMagistra ,

Julia’s voice?

...is hard on the years. It’s scratchy and the accent sounds off - slow?

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