Vox

How HBO’s My Brilliant Friend translates Elena Ferrante’s beloved book to TV

One writer who’s read the novel and one who hasn’t discuss the miniseries’ first two episodes. This week, critic at large Todd VanDerWerff (who hasn’t read any o...

Vox

Vox Sentences: The Whitaker saga continues

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday,...

Vox

Mercy Hospital shooting in Chicago: what we know

Multiple people, including a police officer, were wounded. A mass shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago wounded multiple people on Monday, according to news and police r...

Vox

Fake butts, fake followers: an Instagram-famous plastic surgeon talks medical ethics

Dr. Ashkan Ghavami is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed procedures on celebrities like Iggy Azalea, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, and Tori Spelling. He is al...

Vox

After Florida’s election chaos, the Broward County election supervisor has resigned

Brenda Snipes announced she was stepping down after 15 years on the job. Brenda Snipes — the Broward County, Florida, elections supervisor who oversaw the recent recou...

Vox

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio are getting defensive about their Amazon deal

Plenty of people are unhappy about Amazon’s forthcoming Long Island City campus — but the officials behind the deal don’t seem to care. It’s been less than a wee...

Vox

The case against Michael Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion gift to Johns Hopkins

For the love of God, if you have $1.8 billion to donate, don’t give it to your alma mater. Former New York mayor (and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate)...

Vox

GOP undercuts its own messaging about veterans, backs Trump’s attack on retired admiral

The party attempts to justify Trump’s attack on Navy SEAL Adm. Bill McRaven. A day after President Donald Trump was widely condemned for attacking Navy SEAL Adm. Bill...

Vox

Jim Acosta vs. the Trump White House, explained

A feud, a lawsuit, and a mutually beneficial relationship. Jim Acosta is getting his press pass back, after CNN sued the White House for revoking his credentials over a...

Vox

What Taylor Swift’s new record deal means for the music industry — and for her image

Swift’s new record deal comes with stipulations. Taylor Swift just signed with a new record label — and in the process, she has continued the PR offensive that she k...

Vox

This drug saves Americans from opioid overdoses. Its price has been hiked 600 percent.

Amid the worst drug overdose crisis in US history, a life-saving drug’s price keeps going higher. Something is wrong: In the midst of the worst drug overdose crisis in...

Vox

2018’s record-setting voter turnout, in one chart

It’s at the highest level in a century. Voter turnout in 2018 appears to have reached the highest level of any midterm election in a century. According to the United S...

Vox

A letter from 16 House Democrats opposing Nancy Pelosi is out, but she still has no challenger

Marcia Fudge, the Ohio Congress member considering challenging Pelosi, did not sign the letter. Sixteen House Democrats have signed their names to a letter released Mond...

Vox

Can the anti-Pelosi faction change the US House? History lessons for House Democrats.

The 1923 speaker election illustrated the power of a majority party faction to bargain for reform and drive a speaker from power. As Nancy Pelosi awaits the final seat c...

Vox

The Vox 2018 holiday gift guide: the best gifts for everyone on your list

There’s no better recommendation for a gift than an item that someone loves to give — or receive — themselves. With that in mind, we asked the writers, editors, an...

Vox

Vox’s gift guide for curious kids

Children are rarely impressed by a gift card, so tracking down an actual present is essential. Here are some staff-tested favorites guaranteed to impress the most discer...

Vox

Vox’s gift guide for design enthusiasts

Make a big impact with a gift that looks beautiful long after it’s unwrapped. Story bookcase designed by Afteroom Give the bookworm in your life the...

Vox

Vox’s gift guide for global citizens

Our staff selections for those on your list who want to travel the world or just understand it better. Peak Design Everyday backpack This bag has chang...

Vox

Vox’s gift guide for science lovers

Our staff put together some of their favorite presents that show off the wonders of nature —and help you preserve them. Foldscope’s pocket-size microscope...

Vox

Vox’s self-care gift guide

Let’s be honest: It’s been a long year. If the folks on your list deserve a little indulgence, look no further than these favorites from our staff. Dr. Jart sheet...

Vox

Vox’s gift guide for culture aficionados

Our staff of cultural critics picked their favorite highbrow gifts — and some guilty pleasures. Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless earbuds I am o...

Vox

The Kama Sutra is not (just) about sex

How one of the world’s oldest books on erotic love is very misunderstood. Across cultures and continents, the Kama Sutra has a long-held reputation as one of the earli...

Vox

Hasbro’s new ‘Monopoly for Millennials’ illustrates the problem with jokes about millennials: they have to be funny

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of not playing this game. Monopoly — the Hasbro version, not the concept — is a fun board game about capitalism. You and...

Vox

Senate Democrats are suing to try to stop Matthew Whitaker from serving as acting attorney general

Read the new lawsuit filed by three senators to try to block Whitaker from serving. A group of Senate Democrats are suing to try to strike down President Trump’s appo...

Vox

SNL’s Amazon sketches were bafflingly sympathetic to Jeff Bezos

Trump disliking someone doesn’t make them a hero. Those who watched Saturday Night Live this weekend and had never heard of a company called Amazon would be forgiven...

Vox

How technological progress is making it likelier than ever that humans will destroy ourselves

The “vulnerable world hypothesis,” explained. Technological progress has eradicated diseases, helped double life expectancy, reduced starvation and extreme poverty,...

Vox

Northern California still has dangerous air quality, thanks to wildfire smoke

An enormous area of California has smoke-polluted air. A wildfire raging in Northern California has left 80 dead and upward of 1000 missing. And now, because of the smok...

Vox

The Journal of Controversial Ideas is already, well, controversial. Here’s a founder’s defense.

Francesca Minerva explains how death threats for an article about abortion led to the journal’s creation. News broke last week that philosophers Jeff McMahan, Peter Si...

Vox

All the Democrats running for top spots in the House

House leadership isn’t just about the speaker’s race. Here’s who else is running. The race is on for House Democrats in Congress — and not just for who gets to h...

Vox

The surprisingly weak scientific case for emotional support animals

Increasingly, Americans are bringing pets on planes to destress. But there’s little rigorous evidence to back them up. A college student wanted to bring a hamster on a...

Vox

New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.

Other tight-knit communities have recently fallen victim to measles outbreaks too. Anti-vaccine advocates have swayed parents in New York to refuse immunizations for the...

Vox

Why the people of Finland are trolling Trump by raking the woods

Rake America Great Again. You gotta rake it till you make it. After President Donald Trump suggested Finland has few wildfires because the nation spends a lot of time ...

Vox

Do fish oil supplements work? Science keeps giving us slippery answers.

Two new studies came to opposite conclusions about preventing heart disease with fish oil. What the heck is going on? When it comes to natural supplements, nothing beats...

Vox

Trump indicates he trusts Saudi crown prince’s Khashoggi denials over his own intelligence agency

The president puts blind faith in dictators twice in one Fox News interview. Time and time again, President Donald Trump seems to side with dictators over his own intell...

Vox

Trump’s extremely misleading tweet on Osama bin Laden, decoded

President Trump’s tweet fabricates an alternative history where he’s a far-seeing genius. President Donald Trump loves to brag falsely about his own prescience. He h...

Vox

Trump made some very scary statements about North Korea in his Fox News interview

It looks like he actually considered war at one point. President Donald Trump just basically admitted that the US was very close to going to war with North Korea last ye...

Vox

The department store of the future just opened in Texas

Neighborhood Goods will sell direct to consumer brands like MeUndies, Away, and Allbirds, and will track you while you shop. To the average shopper, Neighborhood Goods w...

Vox

Mark Zuckerberg is essentially untouchable at Facebook

Zuckerberg has an enormous amount of voting power at Facebook, meaning he’s not going anywhere. Mark Zuckerberg isn’t going anywhere at Facebook — at least not if...

Vox

Florida’s Bill Nelson would have likely beat Rick Scott if ex-felons had been able to vote

Florida voters restored voting rights for people with felony records on Election Day. Over the weekend, the recount in Florida’s Senate race ended. Republican Rick Sco...

Vox

How to host Thanksgiving dinner when everyone has a dietary restriction

It’s possible to find unity in the age of dietary division. We asked readers last year to share their stories and tips about how they cope in what I’ve called the U...

Vox

The endless shaming over Thanksgiving pie makes no sense

Like clockwork, the pre-holiday articles and TV segments on how to stick to a diet, how to avoid overeating, and how to "detox" after you’ve overindulged hav...

Vox

The case for slowing everything down a bit

A top tech exec thinks we need to slow the internet down a bit. He’s right. Justin Kosslyn leads product management at Jigsaw, the Google (erm, Alphabet) subsidiary w...

Vox

Trump tweets about “Adam Schitt” after complaining about decorum

The president seems to have made a juvenile joke about incoming House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff. After the White House spent a week talking about the impo...

Vox

Trump’s latest interview with Fox News should make us glad he’s mostly too lazy to govern

When he tries to do things, it only gets worse. Speaking to Fox News’s Chris Wallace in an interview that aired on Sunday, President Donald Trump explained that he did...

Vox

House Democrats introduce a bill to protect millions of health care workers

Nurses and social workers are more likely to get attacked on the job than police officers. A group of House Democrats introduced a bill on Friday to help protect million...

Vox

Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades

Journalist Craig Unger talks Russia, Trump, and “one of the greatest intelligence operations in history.” On November 9, 2016, just a few minutes after Donald Trump...

Vox

California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step

We fuel them. We build next to them. We ignite them. Firefighters are steadily beating back several massive autumn blazes in California, as heavy smoke from the wildfire...

Vox

How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism

The California GOP got wiped out in the midterms. But the heart of California-style conservatism is stronger than ever. The epicenter of 2018’s version of conservati...

Vox

What’s happened with the outstanding midterm races in the last 48 hours

Plus, where the rest of the outstanding races stand. After a weekend full of midterm results, many of the most contentious outstanding 2018 elections have now been call...

Vox

Trump attacks retired Navy SEAL Admiral Bill McRaven, suggests he should have gotten bin Laden sooner

Trump was responding to ongoing criticism from McRaven. President Donald Trump showed Sunday where his deferential respect for military officers stops: when they critici...

Vox

American Horror Story: Apocalypse was somehow both absolutely nuts and largely forgettable

In the end, Apocalypse was more about scenery chewing than telling a story. Every week, we pick a new episode of the week. It could be good. It could be bad. It will alw...

Vox

Trump refuses to commit to Kirstjen Nielsen continuing as DHS secretary into the future

“There’s a chance, there’s a chance everybody, I mean that’s what happens in government, you leave, you make a name, you go,” said the president. President Do...

Vox

SNL’s cold open makes voter fraud conspiracies sound as ludicrous as they are

Kate McKinnon’s The Ingraham Angle hit as many current issues/juuls as possible. Kate McKinnon opened Saturday Night Live as Laura Ingraham for the second time this mo...

Vox

How the media should respond to Trump’s lies

A linguist explains how Trump uses lies to divert attention from the “big truths.” President Donald Trump has hacked the media. As Vox’s Ezra Klein argued recentl...

Vox

SNL explains Amazon’s HQ2 strategy: to troll President Trump

Host Steve Carell donned a bald cap to play Bezos and snark about the president. Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos dominated headlines this week after the company announ...

Vox

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race

It’s for good this time. Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded his historic race to become Florida’s first black governor Saturday evening — for good this time. Gillum,...

Vox

Trump skipped Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day because he was “extremely busy”

The president reportedly wishes he had a “rare do-over” on those cemetery visits. In a rare expression of a regret, President Donald Trump has admitted that he made...

Vox

Photos: what California’s lethal wildfires look like on the ground

The Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in California history, and the toll is still expected to rise. The day before the uncommonly deadly Camp Fire ignited near Chico,...

Vox

Turkey: Khashoggi’s dismembered body possibly carried through Istanbul’s airport

If true, it would show the Saudi operation was far bolder than known to date. HALIFAX — Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar just said that the team sent to kill Sa...

Vox

The host of You Must Remember This on writing a book as essential as her podcast

Karina Longworth tells us all about her new book, Seduction, which is one of the best nonfiction reads of the year. Karina Longworth’s Hollywood history podcast, You M...

Vox

CIA reportedly concludes that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the Saudi crown prince’s orders

Anonymous CIA officials say the agency has “high confidence” that Mohammed bin Salman is behind the journalist’s murder. The CIA has reportedly concluded that Saud...

Vox

Why history will have trouble remembering Marvel's Stan Lee as a good guy

Honoring Lee’s legacy at Marvel means honoring the people he worked with. Marvel legend Stan Lee died on Monday, at the age of 95. Lee is considered the godfather of...

Vox

Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes

Nancy Pelosi has an unexpected (and unwelcome) ally in her bid to lead the incoming Democratic majority. President Donald Trump waded into the Democratic House leadersh...

Vox

HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail

Envisioning an S-Bahn for the Chesapeake Bay region. Amazon HQ2’s arrival in Crystal City, Virginia, in the inner suburbs of Washington, DC, is going to be paired with...

Vox

Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition

Also: Aaron Sorkin talks To Kill a Mockingbird, a fanfic writer talks going pro, and the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to Vox...

Vox