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.

Episodes

Ep. 64: Congressional censure, explained  

When elected officials break the rules, this congressional tool puts them in check

Ep.63: How to put your savings on autopilot  

Save money without even thinking about it

Ep. 62: Multivitamins are useless. Here's why.  

Those daily pills aren't doing you any favors

Ep. 61: America's eclipse craze, explained  

On Aug. 21, the moon's shadow will roll across the U.S. as tens of millions of Americans witness a total solar eclipse

Ep. 60: The new monopolies  

Amazon, Google, Facebook, and our second Gilded Age

Ep. 58: A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH  

Dissecting the strange, wonderful grammar of Hulkspeak

Ep. 57: How to avoid being eaten by a shark  

A Hawaiian's tried-and-true advice for avoiding a shark attack

Ep. 56: 'Game of Thrones': 5 fun facts about the Valyrian language  

The language has four genders — and an unexpected Monty Python tribute

Ep. 55: Your family name did not come from a mistake at Ellis Island  

So how did Jensen become Johnson, Koenigsberger become Kingsley, and Mlodzianowski become Murphy?

Ep. 54: Our irrational fear of flying  

The most dangerous part of your airplane flight is often the trip to the airport

Ep. 53: China's plan to run the world  

The People's Republic is investing trillions to build railways, ports, and telecommunications in other countries. Why?

Ep. 52: How to revolutionize the tax code with only 'find and replace'  

Want to reform the tax code? Just convert deductions to credits.

Ep. 50: How impeachment works  

With scandals swirling around the White House, the "I-word" is already being mentioned in Congress.

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

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