America’s presidential primaries, explained

From Vox. Why does America’s system for picking the president start in Iowa? Before Americans vote on the next president in November, both major political parties have to settle on a nominee. That process is called the primary, and in 2020 it consists of 64 different contests, held on 22 different days, over several months.…

That famous cello prelude, deconstructed

From Vox. Bach’s G major prelude has captivated cellists and music lovers for years. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein deconstructs it. Bach’s six cello suites are considered a rite of passage for cellists. They’re masterpieces of classical music, and the prelude in G major — the first movement of the suites — is perhaps the best example…

How Iran’s Soleimani became a US target

From Vox. He commanded an army of militias across the Middle East. Correction: In a previous version of this video, we mistakenly labelled Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as Ayatollah Khomeini. We regret the error. Before Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US air strike in Iraq, he was arguably Iran’s second most important leader. He…

Why Australia’s fires are linked to floods in Africa

From Vox. Fires are normal in Australia. This year was off the charts. Correction: A previous version of this video had the date January 7, 2019 at 0:11 and sourced the Department of Western Australia at 0:24. It has been corrected to January 7, 2020 and the Government of Western Australia. The current version also…

Are Australia’s koalas going extinct? We asked an ecologist.

From Vox. This fire season has been one of the worst on record in Australia. One billion animals are estimated to have died — among them, the iconic koala. Slow-moving and dependent on the forest, koalas have been especially hard hit with thousands dead in New South Wales alone. Koalas were already threatened before the…

Should We Be Worried About GMOs? – Glad You Asked S1

From Vox. At the current rate, we’ll have to grow as much food in the next 30 years as we have in all of human history. And many experts argue that to do that, we’ll have to engineer the genes of our food. But the concern surrounding whether we should grow and eat genetically modified…

How Does the Internet Work? – Glad You Asked S1

From Vox. For most of us, the internet is virtual, made of Instagram posts, emails and YouTube videos. And, access to the vital utility isn’t guaranteed across the world. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram wants to know: What is the internet actually made of? And, how does it work? Answering that question involves discovering…