Vox Conversations


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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 EzraRead more
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Best Episodes

Joe Biden and "the new progressivism"

Dec 7, 2020

"defining neoliberalism "




It’s often said that Joe Biden has an instinct for finding the political center — that of his party, and that of the country. To understand how Biden has changed, and how he might govern, we need to understand how the ideological context of American politics is changing, and why.  Felicia Wong isRead more

What I’ve learned, and what comes next.

Dec 21, 2020

"Ezra Klein on how we can differentiate ourselves and really learn to think independently by just doing 👏🏼 the 👏🏼 reading"



As strange as it is to write, this is my last podcast here at Vox.In January, I'll be starting at the New York Times as a columnist on the opinion page, doing a reported column on policy and launching an interview podcast. Meanwhile, Vox will be building something new and better atop this show'sRead more

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May 28, 2020

"Our STEM-based education system and virtue signaling aren’t teaching us how to move society forward"



I first met Cyrus Habib at a conference a few years ago. You don't forget him. He's a Rhodes scholar. Iranian-America. As lieutenant governor of Washington state, he was the youngest Democrat elected to statewide office in the country. And he's blind.Then, a couple of weeks ago, I read a piece inRead more

Chris Hayes and I process this wild election

Nov 5, 2020

" “You’re fighting a game with very strange rules”"


This is not the post-election breakdown I expected to have today, but it's definitely the one that I needed.Chris Hayes is the host of the MSNBC primetime show, “All In," and the podcast "Why is this Happening? With Chris Hayes." He's also one of the most insightful political analysts I know. WeRead more

Best of: The moral philosophy of The Good Place

Dec 31, 2020

"We make moral choices based on our environment. So if we want to be a good person, perhaps we need to shift and influence what the collective is willing to see as good. "

After creating and running Parks and Recreation and writing for The Office, Michael Schur decided he wanted to create a sitcom about one of the most fundamental questions of human existence: What does it mean to be a good person? That’s how NBC's The Good Place was born.Soon into the show’sRead more

A radical — or obvious? — plan to save American democracy

Sep 28, 2020
We talk a lot on this show about the problems with American political institutions. But what if all those problems are actually just one problem: the two-party system.Lee Drutman is a political scientist, senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America, co-host of the podcast PoliticsRead more
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