How America’s hottest city is trying to cool down

Can trees help save Phoenix from extreme heat? Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: It’s time to stop looking at trees as a form of “beautification.” They are, instead, a living form of infrastructure, providing a variety of services that include stormwater management, air filtering, carbon sequestration, and, […]

Introducing Vox’s new HBO show, Level Playing Field

We made a series with HBO! Level Playing Field premieres tonight at 8PM ET on HBO and HBO Max and explores stories where sports and policy intersect — from how the NCAA’s student-athlete policy influences gig work to how WNBA athletes’ activism helped shape the US Senate. New episodes every Tuesday. Subscribe to our channel […]

Why people think this photo of JFK’s killer is fake

This photo of Lee Harvey Oswald has been analyzed for decades. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: Lee Harvey Oswald was murdered two days after he was arrested for assassinating US President John F. Kennedy. But before Oswald died, he claimed that a damning piece of evidence against […]

How the US created a disaster in Afghanistan

What was the purpose of America’s longest war? Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: On August 15, 2021, the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The Afghan president fled the country. Almost all of Afghanistan is now under Taliban control. It marks the end of an era: America’s […]

How the US made affordable homes illegal

The rules that keep American housing expensive. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: Over the past year, housing prices in the US rose precipitously. Low interest rates and millennials’ entry into the market spiked demand across the nation, leading housing prices in some cities to increase by more […]

How Does Design Affect Decision Making? [Advertiser content from Squarespace]

While the way we interact with others changed drastically, the way that we process those interactions is as old as time. For evolutionary purposes, humans have had to detect information as quickly as possible. Being able to detect the visual subtitles between a patterned leaf and a snake’s back meant life or death. Quick recognition […]

The law that broke US immigration

Why the US has so many undocumented immigrants. Subscribe to our channel! Immigration looked very different before 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). The law was supposed to stop undocumented immigration by increasing enforcement and punishing people for being in the US undocumented. Instead, it […]

Why it’s so hard to make CGI skin look real

Realistic-looking skin isn’t all that different from realistic-looking skim milk. In the above video, Vox’s Phil Edwards looks at why realistic CGI skin is so hard for visual effects artists to master. Weta Digital’s Nick Epstein and Luxion’s Henrik Wann Jensen serve as guides to the parameters that separate realistic-looking skin from the waxy, fake-looking […]

Why the “wolf turn” is such a big deal

A deceptively difficult gymnastics turn. Subscribe to our channel! Every Summer Olympics, gymnasts amaze viewers by performing incredibly complex and dangerous skills. As these routines get more and more complicated, they become harder to top — and the latest way to add value and distinguish a routine is the wolf turn. The wolf turn […]

Why the US Army tried to exterminate the bison

And then took credit for “saving” them. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: In 1894, a notorious poacher, Ed Howell, was caught in Yellowstone National Park slaughtering bison, which were on the brink of extinction. US Army soldiers patrolling the park brought him into custody, and the story […]

Why can’t we sleep?

Most of us aren’t getting enough sleep. But whether you struggle to fall and stay asleep or because you decide sleep is the first thing you can cut out to make time for other things, we all underestimate the power of a good night’s rest. Glad You Asked host Christophe Haubursin wants to know why […]

Do I Want Kids?

Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram is pretty sure she wants kids, but doesn’t feel like she has enough information to truly understand the impact of that decision. She’s not alone – even though the majority of American women do decide to have children, the number of births in the United States has been creeping […]

Michaela Jaé on Real Representation in Storytelling [Advertiser content from Google]

Although Michaela Jaé felt out of place growing up, she never let it dim her light. Without much media representation of trans people, Michaela Jaé looked to classic stories like Cinderella and found parallels to how she wanted to live her own life. This led her to creating her own characters, like Pose’s Blanca Evangelista, […]

Why the 400m hurdles is one of the hardest Olympic races

Running the 400-meter hurdles requires strategic rhythm, but it’s over so fast you just might miss it. Subscribe to our channel! There are few single events that demand as much skill as the 400-meter hurdle race. Olympians need to have the speed of a 200-meter dash runner, the endurance of an 800-meter runner, an […]

Glad You Asked Season 2 Part 2 | Official Trailer | YouTube Originals

Do you want kids? Why can’t we sleep? Is city noise making us sick? Is therapy for everyone? How should doctors consider race? Glad You Asked tackles these questions and more in five all-new episodes. Throughout, we’ll explore how society affects our health and lifestyles — from how we can make parenting easier for everyone, […]

How Taiwan held off Covid-19, until it didn’t

Another pandemic will come. Here’s what we can learn from Taiwan’s efforts to fight this one. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: In December 2019, Taiwan‘s government learned that at least seven atypical pneumonia cases had been reported in Wuhan, China. Because of Taiwan’s proximity to China and […]

How sperm got all the credit in the fertilization story

The school system probably failed you. Here’s how fertilization really happens. Subscribe to our channel! The fertilization story most of us know is skewed. In the textbooks we read in middle school and high school, it’s presented like a sort of fairytale: The strong sperm go on a journey where they have to defeat […]

These photos sparked an international magazine feud

In 1961, Life magazine photographed systemic poverty in Brazil. One Brazilian magazine responded with a similar report — featuring photos of New York City. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: Life magazine, then the most popular general interest weekly in the United States, announced in 1961 that it […]

Why so many Covid-19 variants are showing up now

And what that tells us about the pandemic. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: Like any virus, SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating constantly since the beginning of the pandemic. Until November of 2020, though, that didn’t seem to matter. That’s when scientists in the United Kingdom noticed an alarming […]

The dark legacy of this iconic baseball stadium

How Los Angeles destroyed a community and built a ballpark on top of it. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: Before Dodger Stadium, LA had Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop — three neighborhoods that made up a thriving, predominantly Mexican American community in an area known as […]

Why the US wants inflation

And why not everyone likes stimulus checks. Explained by fish. Subscribe to our channel! The US government has sent checks to millions of Americans during the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. But some economists are concerned that all that government spending could lead to inflation. If everyone suddenly has $1,200 more to spend, […]

The surprising reason behind Chinatown’s aesthetic

The iconic “Chinatown” look started as a survival strategy. Have an idea for a story we should investigate for Missing Chapter? Tell us! From London, to Manila, to Melbourne, Chinatowns in cities around the world share similar design elements. And that’s on purpose. Their distinct “Chinatown” style can be traced back to a single […]

A sneak peek at Missing Chapter season two

Five new episodes starting May 10! Missing Chapter is back with season two. This season, we’re exploring more hidden histories that didn’t make it into our textbooks. We’ll cover the surprising origins of Chinatown’s architecture, what we aren’t taught about the Black Panther Party, the fight to reclaim a sacred Hawaiian island, and more. Have […]

How rich countries are making the pandemic last longer

A program called Covax wants to distribute Covid-19 vaccines fairly. Is it working? Subscribe to our channel! Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the world’s richest countries poured money into the race for a vaccine. Billions of dollars, from programs like the US’s Operation Warp Speed, funded development that brought us multiple Covid-19 […]

Why 99% of ocean plastic pollution is “missing”

The plastic we dump into the ocean might be hiding in plain sight. Subscribe to our channel! is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out For the past several years scientists have been trying to account for […]

How trucker country music became a ’70s fad

Long-haul truckers were once country music’s heroes. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: “Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You got a copy on me, Pigpen? C’mon.” This jumble of words is the first line of the song “Convoy,” a #1 country hit from 1976 that […]