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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.

Spotify may buy The Ringer. Here’s why that makes sense.

The Virginia gun rights rally raising fears of violence, explained

The Women’s Marches are shrinking. Their influence isn’t.

Mike Bloomberg’s ad strategy is kind of working

9 questions about Trump’s impeachment trial you were too embarrassed to ask

The controversy over New York’s bail reform law, explained

How a clunky, retro hair dryer suddenly went viral

How thousands of Iranians went from mourning a general to protesting the regime, in a week

House of the Dragon is the first Game of Thrones prequel that’s actually happening

The alarming trend of beached whales filled with plastic, explained

Elizabeth Warren’s ambitious plan to bypass Congress and erase America’s student debt, explained

Lev Parnas’s dramatic new claims about Trump and Ukraine, explained

USMCA, Trump’s new trade deal, explained in 600 words

The life and death of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, explained

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Methadone can help people beat opioid addiction — if they can afford it

"I’m on a hamster wheel of trying to figure out how to pay this price. It just never ends."

The drive to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, explained

Australia’s weird weather is getting even weirder

The hottest new thing in sustainable building is, uh, wood

The stunning new texts, documents, and impeachment evidence released by the House, explained

The best case for and against a fracking ban

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The 12 Democrats running for president and everything else you should know about 2020

The state of the 2020 Democratic race before the final pre-Iowa debate, explained

9 questions about the US-Iran crisis you were too embarrassed to ask

The lack of diversity among the 2020 Oscar nominees feels disappointingly familiar

8 things everyone should know about Australia’s wildfire disaster

Romance is publishing’s most lucrative genre. Its biggest community of writers is imploding.

Trump’s team insists Soleimani was an “imminent” threat. Just don’t ask for details.

How Amazon’s Ring is creating a surveillance network with video doorbells

Trump tried to get E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit dismissed. It didn’t work.

The night sky is increasingly dystopian

The US killed Soleimani. What will Iran do next?

The viral false claim that nearly 200 arsonists are behind the Australia fires, explained

The rise in meth and cocaine overdoses, explained

Nancy Pelosi’s refusal (so far) to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, explained

The challenge of disaster relief

Elizabeth Warren’s new plan to reform bankruptcy law, explained

The stakes of Harvey Weinstein’s trial, explained

Australia’s hellish heat wave and wildfires, explained

Trump’s threat to commit war crimes by bombing Iran’s cultural sites, explained

What is private equity, and why is it destroying everything you love?