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. 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

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?

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