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Explainers

We live in a world of too much information and too little context. Too much noise and too little insight. That's where Vox's explainers come in.

A rosé by literally every other name

Joe Biden’s long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained

What Donald Trump actually did in 2016, according to the Mueller report

Why the climate protests disrupting London are different

Trump’s high-stakes subpoena battle with House Democrats, explained

Want to save Social Security? Let in more immigrants.

The controversy around one Sarah Sanders lie in the Mueller report, explained

Music’s biggest stars are women. Music festivals would make you think otherwise.

Democrats’ impeachment dilemma, explained

The Supreme Court case over adding a citizenship question to the census, explained

3 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s marathon Democratic presidential town hall

Spoiler paranoia is ruining pop culture

A beginner’s guide to Avengers: Endgame, the biggest Marvel movie, ever

The biggest questions about the 2020 Democratic primary, answered

10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2: Podrick’s song, explained

20 years after Columbine, the guns are still the problem

4/20, the marijuana holiday, explained

The Mueller report’s biggest mystery

Why celebrities try to trademark their catchphrases and baby names

The logic of Bernie Sanders’s continuing war against Clintonworld

The “heartbeat” bills that could ban almost all abortions, explained

The Mueller report, explained

How to understand the redactions in the Mueller report

Confused about who’s who in the Mueller report? Start here.

4 key things to look for in the Mueller report now that it’s released

8 things everybody should know about measles

A closer look at Washington’s superb new 100% clean electricity bill

9 questions about the Mueller report you were too embarrassed to ask

Billie Eilish, the neo-goth, chart-topping 17-year-old pop star, explained

The last-minute drama about the Mueller report’s release, explained

The case against solitary confinement

Why the Notre Dame fire was so destructive, according to fire experts

Tim Burton has built his career around an iconic visual aesthetic. Here’s how it evolved.

BTS, the band that changed K-pop, explained

Unplanned, the anti-abortion movie that’s getting mainstream attention, explained

Why the dragons on Game of Thrones aren’t akin to nukes

An art historian explains the tough decisions in rebuilding Notre Dame

What DNA ancestry tests can — and can’t — tell you

More people are cheating on their taxes, but fewer are going to jail