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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.

Starbucks is not playing nice with its new union

Biden’s big new student loan forgiveness plan, explained

The two big pandemic investments we still need to make

Russia is playing a dangerous game with Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant

Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse?

Anal and oral sex spread monkeypox. Let’s talk about it.

Liz Cheney lost her election battle. She’s still in a war on Trumpism.

What could the Inflation Reduction Act mean for you?

The Inflation Reduction Act, explained

How the Western drought is pushing the power grid to the brink

How Beyoncé became Beyoncé in 3 not-at-all-easy steps

Afghanistan’s staggering set of crises, explained

The Espionage Act and Trump’s documents, explained

Society is a mess in Emily the Criminal, Bodies Bodies Bodies, and Not Okay

Liz Cheney’s primary is all about Donald Trump — except in Wyoming

The “Dark Brandon” meme — and why it’s so confusing — explained

Why do wigs on TV look so awful?

Remote workers are starting new businesses behind their bosses’ backs

Four ways of looking at The Rehearsal

7 of your most pressing monkeypox vaccine questions, answered

Meanwhile, Congress is set to pass a huge wildlife conservation bill with bipartisan support

The drama over Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan travel plans, briefly explained

Should you get another Covid-19 vaccine booster now or wait for the new shots?

How Gordon Ramsay’s lamb slaughter joke explains our confusing relationship with meat

The stock market can be an emotional roller coaster. It shouldn’t be.

Election deniers could soon be one election away from running Arizona

Alex Murdaugh stands accused of killing his wife and son. That’s just scratching the surface.

The mysterious disappearance of the Secret Service’s January 6 texts

The attack on a prison holding Ukraine POWs, explained

Stopping inflation is going to hurt

Sri Lanka’s new president is already cracking down on protests

Jordan Peele’s Nope, explained

Europe’s gas crisis is here

Sadhguru, the spiritual leader with ties to Will Smith and Modi, explained

Biden sought to end endless wars. So what’s the military doing in Somalia?

Costco’s inflation-proof $4.99 rotisserie chicken, explained

Why the US doesn’t want Turkey to invade Syria

BA.5 doesn’t care that you just had Covid-19

How can Sri Lanka move forward?

Sri Lanka’s organic farming disaster, explained