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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.

What full FDA approval for Covid-19 vaccines really means

How California’s bizarre recall system could elect a Republican governor

The Pentagon is calling on US airlines to help with Afghanistan evacuations

The history of US intervention in Afghanistan, from the Cold War to 9/11

What we actually know about the vaccines and the delta variant

Why Biden was so set on withdrawing from Afghanistan

Who are the Taliban now?

Pesticides can amplify each other. Bees have become the victims.

Are your houseplants actually good for the planet?

Federal approval of a Covid-19 booster shot offers help for some Americans

Climate change worsens extreme weather. A revolution in science proved it.

The big drop in American poverty during the pandemic, explained

Shein, the Chinese fast fashion giant, explained

Why Cuomo resigned and Trump didn’t

Gaming culture is toxic. A major lawsuit might finally change it.

Biden’s reconciliation bill would be a very big deal

The devastating new UN report on climate change, explained

The Arizona “audit” finally seems to be wrapping up. Prepare for a blizzard of disinformation.

The long reach of Belarus’s repression

Democrats say Cuomo must resign. He’s refusing. What now?

Will China’s national security law break Hong Kong as a business hub?

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How Olympic divers make the perfect tiny splash

What a meatless future could mean for farmers

Why so many dead fish are washing up on Florida’s beaches

This company claims to help the world’s biggest corporations recycle. Activists say it’s greenwashing.

The best way to avoid future variants is to vaccinate the world

Breakthrough cases aren’t the cause of the US Covid-19 surge

Why Obama’s former ethics czar is highly critical of Hunter Biden’s lucrative art sales

Congress wants to make going to the airport less miserable

Hosting the Olympics comes at a massive cost

Trump’s aggressive efforts to overturn election results come to light

Here’s how police can get your data — even if you aren’t suspected of a crime

The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it.

How much worse can the coronavirus get?

Is it a HIPAA violation for your employer to require vaccines?

Is Merrick Garland letting Trump’s people off the hook?

The 4 main fault lines that divide the vaccinated and the unvaccinated

Beetles, drought, and fires are a ticking time bomb in the West

Why Newsmax is failing

Why LeVar Burton’s Jeopardy! quest feels so meaningful