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Vox Conversations brings you weekly discussions between the brightest minds and the deepest thinkers; conversations that will cause you to question old assumptions and think about the world and our role in it in a new light, including five years' worth of episodes hosted by Vox co-founder Ezra Klein.

    Why are we so worried about Satan?

    Why are we so worried about Satan?

    Vox's Sean Illing talks with Sarah Marshall, co-host of the You're Wrong About podcast, about the Satanic Panic of the early 1980s. They discuss America's penchant for moral panics, why the country latches onto outlandish stories, and what the Satanic panic and its echoes today say about America's collective psyche.

    Host: Sean Illing (@seanilling) Interviews Writer, Vox
    Guest: Sarah Marshall (@Remember_Sarah) Author; host of the You're Wrong About podcast

    References: 

    You’re Wrong About, “The Satanic Panic” (May 2018)


    “Why Satanic Panic never really ended” by Aja Romano (Vox, March 31)


    “Michelle Remembers and the Satanic Panic” by Megan Goodwin (The Revealer, Feb. 4)


    “There’s a bear in the woods” (Ronald Reagan campaign ad, 1984)

    The McMartin preschool trial


    “Baseless Wayfair child-trafficking theory spreads online” by Amanda Seitz and Ali Swenson (AP, July 2020)

    The Mann Act (a.k.a. “White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910”)


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    How to be wrong less often

    How to be wrong less often

    Vox's Dylan Matthews talks with Julia Galef, host of the podcast Rationally Speaking, and author of The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't. They discuss how we can overcome the ways our own minds deceive us and change the way we think to make more rational decisions.

    Host: Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), Senior Correspondent, Vox
     
    Guest: Julia Galef (@juliagalef), Author; host of Rationally Speaking podcast

    References: 

    The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't by Julia Galef (Apr. 2021)
     
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    • 54 min
    The complicated history of wildlife conservation

    The complicated history of wildlife conservation

    Vox environmental reporter Benji Jones talks with journalist and author Michelle Nijhuis about her book Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction. They talk about the history of the conservation movement and its many characters, the standout successes and ugly truths, and why, even with millions of species under threat, there's still reason to hope.
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    How to replace everything in the industrialized world

    How to replace everything in the industrialized world

    Climate writer and Vox contributor David Roberts talks with Jessika Trancik, Associate Professor at the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at M.I.T. They discuss many aspects of the vast undertaking to remake our world in response to the realities of climate change. They survey the technologies and innovations that are being deployed in this effort, and talk about what sorts of policy initiatives would be best-suited for the road ahead. While we might feel like our future will be full of sacrifices we're asked to make, Trancik explains that now is the time to shape a world in which we could live more equitably, efficiently, and comfortably.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet brain

    Patricia Lockwood's big, beautiful internet brain

    Writer and Vox contributor Anne Helen Petersen talks with poet and novelist Patricia Lockwood about the experience of being extremely online. They discuss Lockwood's book No One Is Talking About This, writing and religious upbringing, the parts of life perfectly suited to the internet, and the human experiences that glitch the system.
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    • 57 min
    Who is the real George Soros?

    Who is the real George Soros?

    Vox's Worldly host Zack Beauchamp talks with author and New Statesman editor Emily Tamkin about the life and legacy of George Soros. How did a Hungarian billionaire philanthropist become the No. 1 boogeyman of right-wing nationalist movements on both sides of the Atlantic? They unpack the meaning of the smear campaign against him, and the inherent contradictions of a wealthy man trying to use his influence to make societies more democratic.
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    • 58 min

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9.3K Ratings

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Wintering!

I enjoyed the wintering episode. The description of the concept of a “slowing down” space is timely and welcome.

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