Seven-Minute Explainers

Seven-Minute Explainers

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This weekly series is your audio guide to everything you need to know about compelling and complex topics, from a variety of The Week's smart and witty writers, editors, and thinkers. Concise and entertaining, Seven-Minute Explainers packs a lot of information in a short amount of time. New episodes: every Thursday.


Ep. 48: Anatomy of a commencement speech  

The best graduation speeches follow a surprisingly similar pattern

Ep. 47: A phonological description of beatbox noises  

Your guide to impressing (and alarming) your beatbox-admiring friends

Ep. 46: How today's pro-immigrant activists are adopting the tactics of abolitionists  

Their plan to stop Trump's immigration crackdown: Resist. Rebuff. Repeat.

Ep. 45: The EPA's changing mission, explained  

After decades of dramatic successes — as well as failures — the Environmental Protection Agency is at a crossroads

Ep. 44: The obscure 19th century murder case that shaped our reproductive laws  

The origins of our modern battles over abortion date back to 1838 and the untimely death of a 21-year-old factory girl named Eliza Sowers

Ep. 43: How sugar became Public Enemy No. 1  

Many experts believe that sweetened foods have caused a global health crisis. What's so bad about sugar?

Ep. 41: The growing nuclear threat from North Korea  

Kim Jong Un is building a nuclear missile that can reach the U.S. Can he be stopped?

Ep. 40: Can President Trump rescue the Rust Belt?  

He promised to reverse the decades-long decline of manufacturing jobs. Can it be done?He promised to reverse the decades-long decline of manufacturing jobs. Can it be done?

Ep. 39: America's secret and forgotten wars  

President Trump inherited several undeclared wars around the world. Will he change U.S. policy?

37: The mainstreaming of mindfulness meditation  

Stressed-out Americans, from war veterans to Google workers, are embracing mindfulness meditation. Does it really work?

Ep. 36: Why Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds couldn't stay apart  

HBO's documentary Bright Lights highlights the intimacy between the famous mother and daughter

Ep. 35: Life after the White House  

Once they've relinquished the highest office in the land, many presidents enjoy rewarding second acts

Ep. 34: The great billionaire space race  

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and other rich entrepreneurs are competing to open a new frontier of privately funded space travel.

Ep. 33: The true origin story of the football huddle  

It was first invented by deaf players

Ep. 32: Are Google and Facebook the new monopolies?  

Google and Facebook are the new railroads. And the media is a powerless farmer trying to get his vegetables to town.

Ep. 31: A brief history of Inauguration Day traditions  

The Constitution mandates only the day and the oath of office. The rest is dictated entirely by tradition.

Ep. 30: How the geeks inherited the Earth  

What the presidential election tells us about the geeks' ascension in politics, business, and culture.

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