Texas’s power disaster is a warning sign for the US

America’s power grid is not ready. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In February, extreme cold and an unusual winter storm left millions of Texans in the dark. Many went without power or water, in subzero temperatures, for nearly five days. It was a disaster; dozens died. But even though that storm hit much of the […]

The boxing film that was banned around the world

In 1910, boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson defeated Jim Jeffries in the “Battle of the Century,” and the nation erupted. Subscribe to Vox and turn on notifications (đź””) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO​ On December 26, 1908, American boxer Jack Johnson became the first Black heavyweight champion of the world, after defeating defending […]

Why Jakarta is sinking

The 400-year curse dragging Indonesia’s capital into the sea. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Like many coastal cities around the world, Jakarta is dealing with sea level rise. But Indonesia’s biggest city also has a unique problem: Because of restricted water access in the city, the majority of its residents have to extract groundwater to […]

How highways make traffic worse

Expanding highways doesn’t do what you think it does. Subscribe and turn on notifications (đź”” ) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Big, expensive highway expansion projects are the source of a lot US transportation funding — but they aren’t a silver bullet for congestion relief. In communities that were built for cars, solving traffic […]

How the newest vaccines fight Covid-19

The scientific leap behind two new kinds of vaccines. Subscribe and turn on notifications (đź”” ) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Researchers working on Covid-19 vaccines have smashed speed records, bringing new vaccines from development to distribution in less than a year. They did this with the help of billions of dollars of […]

The phony health craze that inspired hypnotism

In the 1780s, a charismatic healer caused a stir in Paris. Subscribe to Vox and turn on notifications (đź””) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Scientific progress in the 18th century in Europe, a period known as the “Age of Enlightenment,” was demystifying the universe with breakthroughs in chemistry, physics, and philosophy. But medical […]

Tech platforms banned Trump. Now what?

Deplatforming Trump won’t stop the big lie. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Former US president Donald Trump has now been kicked off of social media platforms from Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest. His suspension followed a violent insurrection on the Capitol in his name, and came months after Twitter had begun flagging hundreds of his […]

Watch live: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris inauguration ceremony

Subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications (đź””) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO At noon ET on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States. We will livestream the event from the west front of the US Capitol building from 10am ET to 2pm ET, […]

The warning signs before the Capitol riot

No one should have been surprised. Subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications (đź””) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Law enforcement agencies have said they had “no intelligence” indicating that a group of Trump supporters would overpower police and enter the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021. But journalists and researchers […]

Why the American West is fighting for water protections

Not all rivers and streams are protected under the Trump administration’s new definition of “water.” Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO For most of its nearly 50-year history, the Clean Water Act protected all US rivers and streams from pollution. But the Trump administration redefined the types of waterways that get federal protection, which affects some […]

2020, in 7 minutes

Let’s close out 2020 by looking back at the moments that inspired us and changed us in a year unlike any other. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO 2020 changed everything. From the deadly Covid-19 pandemic to protests against systemic racism and police brutality, from changing global leadership to the effects of climate change, Vox explained […]

India’s huge farmer protests, explained

Thousands of India’s farmers have set up camp in Delhi. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In November 2020, thousands of farmers marched from the northern states of India to Delhi to protest farming reforms passed by Prime Minister Modi’s government. Those protests have continued throughout the month of December and show little sign of letting […]

The real cost of smart speakers

Alexa’s recording you. What’s she doing with it? Read Sara’s article about the privacy settings on your smart speaker: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/12/9/22160427/amazon-alexa-google-assistant-siri-holidays In 2014, Amazon debuted a simple but industry-changing product: the smart speaker. Technically the Amazon Echo was just a microphone attached to the internet that you installed in your home. But it let users ask […]

Why Biden’s presidency hinges on one last election

The state of Georgia will decide how much Joe Biden can actually get done. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The US 2020 election isn’t completely over. That’s because, even though we know Joe Biden will be president, we still don’t know if he’ll have a friendly Congress to work with. Congress’s lower chamber, the House […]

Napoleon’s missing hand, explained

Napoleon Bonaparte was often depicted concealing a hand inside his shirt. Why? Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Napoleon Bonaparte is one of history’s most famous figures and has been depicted in countless portraits. Often, paintings show him with one hand concealed inside his shirt. The gesture is a common feature of caricatures and impressions of […]

Das Sonnenfinsternis-Foto, das Einstein berĂĽhmt machte

This is a republished video for our German-speaking audience. Watch the original video in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLxvq_M4218&t=1s Im Jahr 1919 verhalf eine totale Sonnenfinsternis der Schwerkraft zu einer neuen Definition. Albert Einsteins allgemeine Relativitätstheorie, die 1915 erschien, definierte Schwerkraft als Einwirkung massiver Körper, wie beispielsweise Planeten und Sterne, die den Raum, der sie umgibt, krĂĽmmen. […]

Der Kampf um Amerikas 51. Staat – kurz erklärt

This is a republished video for our German-speaking audience. Watch the original video in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfUeekXbYzk Washington D. C. stand noch nie so kurz davor, ein Bundesstaat zu werden. Könnte das schon bald wirklich passieren? Abonniert unseren Kanal! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Am 26. Juni 2020 stimmte das US-Repräsentantenhaus dafĂĽr, Amerikas Hauptstadt Washington D. C. zum 51. […]

Wie man richtig Monopoly spielt

This is a republished video for our German-speaking audience. Watch the original video in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK7xcWFgHoA&t=21s Wie gewinnt man Monopoly? Und zwar ohne dabei nicht den SpaĂź am Spiel zu verlieren? Abonniert unseren Kanal! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Gibt es eine richtige Art und Weise, Monopoly zu spielen? Brian Valentine versucht sich an einer Antwort — Valentine […]

How tag became a professional sport

How do you make a classic children’s game into a sport? The founders of World Chase Tag figured it out. Check out their YouTube channel for more: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvo8BitSExXgP-eYjXwJvgw And check out JimmytheGiant’s channel (Kieren Owen) for expert parkour videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWYRT-NhEqkZ_afrqEgxYOQ Correction: At 2:13, we wrote Parkour DBX. It should read “Parkour DXB.” Christian Devaux and […]

What is the pleasure gap? [Advertiser content from Bellesa]

The orgasm has been called many things: a little death, heaven, high tide. No matter what you call it, an orgasm is, basically, a rush of endorphins and pleasure stemming from genitalia stimulus. The orgasm is a deeply beautiful and incredibly beneficial human reaction, but not everyone gets to experience them equally: Women are having fewer […]

Why the US waits so long to swear in the new president

Does it really have to take two and a half months? Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO American law specifies that the US presidential election happens in early November. It also specifies that the winner of that election isn’t actually sworn in until January 20th. That leaves about two and a half months in between, where, […]

The Armenia and Azerbaijan war, explained

And where it leaves war-torn Nagorno-Karabakh. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Nagorno-Karabakh is a mountainous area in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia. For more than 30 years, it’s been locked in a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The fight between the two countries began in the early 20th century but became a frozen […]

How ’90s porn led to the internet’s foundational law

In a collaboration with Retro Report, Open Sourced by Vox looks at how today’s heated political arguments over censorship and disinformation online began with a 26-word snippet of a law known as Section 230. Both Democrats and Republicans want it changed, but what would that mean for the future of the Internet? Join the Open […]

La foto del eclipse que hizo famoso a Einstein

This is a republished video for our Spanish-speaking audience. Watch the original video in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLxvq_M4218 En 1919, un eclipse solar total ayudĂł a redefinir la gravedad. La teorĂ­a de la relatividad general de Albert Einstein, publicada en 1915, definĂ­a la gravedad como la influencia de objetos masivos, como planetas y estrellas, que curvaban […]

La forma correcta de jugar a Monopoly

This is a republished video for our Spanish-speaking audience. Watch the original video in English here: https://youtu.be/wK7xcWFgHoA ÂżCĂłmo se gana al Monopoly? ÂżY cĂłmo lo haces divertido al mismo tiempo? ¡SuscrĂ­bete a nuestro canal! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO ÂżExiste una forma correcta de jugar al Monopoly? Brian Valentine intenta dar una respuesta: fue el representante de Estados Unidos […]

La lucha por el estado 51 de Estados Unidos, explicada

This is a republished video for our Spanish-speaking audience. Watch the original video in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfUeekXbYzk Washington DC está más cerca que nunca de convertirse en un estado. ÂżPodrĂ­a suceder realmente? ¡SuscrĂ­bete a nuestro canal! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO El 26 de junio de 2020, la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos votĂł para convertir a la […]

Was this famous war photo staged? feat. Errol Morris

The obsessive journey to answer one question: Which of these photos was taken first? Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Roger Fenton’s 1855 photo “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” is the first famous photograph of war, depicting a barren road littered with cannonballs fired during the Crimean War. But there’s a second photo […]

The 126-year fight to change Mississippi’s Confederate flag

On November 3, 2020, Mississippi voters finally adopted a state flag that represents the diversity of the state. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab For 126 years, Mississippi’s state flag prominently featured the Confederate battle emblem in its design. That emblem is the most enduring and recognizable symbol of the American Civil War, a four-year […]

Weed was the real winner of the 2020 election

Americans are turning against the war on drugs. Watch more of our election coverage: http://vox.com/ElectionVideos On November 3, four American states voted to legalize marijuana: Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota. Combined with the other states that have done so in recent years, one in three Americans now live in a state where access […]

Are you doing enough to protect your families’ online safety? [Advertiser content from Allstate]

Most people learn essential safety lessons starting from a young age. We’re taught to look both ways before crossing the street, cover our moths when we cough or sneeze, and wear a helmet, just to name a few essentials. But for as much emphasis that’s placed on “real world” safety, many people still overlook basic […]

What Joe Biden won – and what he didn’t

Biden beat Trump. Now what? Ezra Klein explains. Watch more of our election coverage: http://vox.com/ElectionVideos The 2020 US election is over, and former vice president Joe Biden will be the 46th US president. He’s the first to defeat an incumbent president in 28 years, and he did it in part by unifying the Democratic Party […]

How it felt to vote in 2020

A record-breaking 160 million Americans voted in the 2020 presidential election, despite the Covid-19 pandemic’s continued spread across the country. Voters across the country talked to Vox about their motivations to vote in this high-stakes election despite the challenges: waits in hours-long lines, navigating misinformation on social media, safety at the polls and their decisions […]

Millions of Americans can’t pay rent | 2020 Election

The pandemic turned America’s housing crisis into an eviction crisis. Watch more 2020 US election coverage at http://vox.com/ElectionVideos Long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, low-wage workers in the United States were already struggling to pay their rent, and were being evicted at rates much higher than in other similar countries. In the US, one in […]

Why LGBTQ rights hinge on the definition of “sex” | 2020 Election

Without federal legislation, the fight against LGBTQ discrimination has been waged in the courts and the White House. Watch more 2020 US election explainers at http://vox.com/ElectionVideos. The US Civil Rights Act of 1964 originally protected against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, and religion. But in a failed political maneuver meant to […]

The Instagram aesthetic that made QAnon mainstream

Conspiracy theory researchers explain how QAnon spread through Instagram. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO At first glance, the images under the hashtags about child trafficking don’t look that different from anything else you’d expect to see on Instagram. They feature bright pastel colors with trendy fonts spelling out taglines like “wake up” and “get loud.” […]