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 […]

Quiet Storm: How 1970s R&B changed late-night radio

Quiet Storm is a late-night Black radio staple. Link to the extended interview with Fredara Hadley: Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: Late one evening in the summer of 1976, a Howard University student named Melvin Lindsey was tapped to fill in as a host at WHUR, […]

Two theories for an unsolved Soviet mystery

What killed 9 hikers in 1959? ✉️ Sign up for our newsletter: In February 1959 a group of hikers disappeared in the remote Ural Mountains of Western Siberia. A search party found their tent weeks later, abandoned along with all of their equipment. Frozen bodies were found 1,500 meters away, mysteriously underdressed for the […]

Is Meritocracy a Myth?

Education in the United States is supposed to be meritocratic, meaning a student’s achievement is measured solely by their efforts. But how do class and privilege affect opportunity, and does everyone really get the same shot? Glad You Asked host Fabiola Cineas explores how the myth of meritocracy perpetuates racism while keeping the American dream […]

Does My Neighborhood Determine My Future?

Housing policy in the United States has a long history of deepening segregation. Redlining, exclusionary lending, and targeted zoning laws have all played a role in isolating minority populations while simultaneously privileging white residents. Glad You Asked host Lee Adams wants to know how this happened, and what effect residential segregation has on your future.

How Racist Am I?

This is a difficult question to ask yourself. But recent events and an increasing amount of research has shown just how much racial bias impacts our world. Before we can start the work of dismantling systemic racism, we have to first understand our own biases. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram explores if we can […]

Why you can’t compare Covid-19 vaccines

What a vaccine’s “efficacy rate” actually means. Subscribe to our channel! In the US, the first two available Covid-19 vaccines were the ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Both vaccines have very high “efficacy rates,” of around 95%. But the third vaccine introduced in the US, from Johnson & Johnson, has a considerably lower efficacy […]

Glad You Asked Season 2 | Official Trailer | YouTube Originals

Are we automating racism? Does your neighborhood determine your future? Is meritocracy a myth? We’ll grapple with all of these questions and more on a new season of Glad You Asked. Throughout this five-part series, we’ll explore how racial injustice impacts our everyday lives— from how we code bias into our technology to how our […]

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

America’s power grid is not ready. Subscribe to our channel! 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 (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos:​ 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! 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 […]

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 (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: 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! 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 (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: 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 (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: 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! 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 […]