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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
12
8
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7

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By CoachBetts - Jan 24 2018
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Always interesting perspectives.

Fun and quick

By Krasavyets - May 23 2017
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Love this podcast. Quick and fun facts. Sometimes the audio quality is not very good.

iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
12
8
6
7

👍

By CoachBetts - Jan 24 2018
Read more
Always interesting perspectives.

Fun and quick

By Krasavyets - May 23 2017
Read more
Love this podcast. Quick and fun facts. Sometimes the audio quality is not very good.
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Seven-Minute Explainers

Latest release on Dec 21, 2017

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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.

Rank #1: Ep. 2: Where did the word 'dude' come from?

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A massive, decade-long "dude" research project has finally yielded convincing results

Jun 30 2016

3mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 3: How The Star-Spangled Banner went from battle poem to sporting-event mainstay

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Trapped on a boat during the War of 1812, lawyer Francis Scott Key was inspired to write a poem...

Jul 07 2016

6mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 72: The strange, circuitous history of Daylight Saving Time

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How war, the golf industry, and Big Candy got (most of) us an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

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Nov 02 2017

7mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 62: Multivitamins are useless. Here's why.

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Those daily pills aren't doing you any favors. In fact, they might be doing you some harm.
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Aug 24 2017

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Rank #5: Ep. 20: Hillary Clinton's email scandal, explained

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Everything you need to know about the damn emails

Nov 03 2016

7mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 14: What Disney World's outrageous prices say about our unequal economy

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It's a rich man's world after all

Sep 22 2016

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Rank #7: Ep. 4: Nobody reads party platforms. They're still really important.

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Parties still play a vital role in organizing political life and enabling people to understand the choices they have in a representative democracy

Jul 14 2016

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Rank #8: Ep. 16: The Trump Glossary

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To better understand Donald Trump and the effects he produces, let's name some of his go-to rhetorical moves, from Meflection to Cookie-Grubbing.

Oct 06 2016

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Rank #9: Ep. 13: 8 questions employers should never ask job applicants

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Believe it or not, job interviews have rules.

Sep 15 2016

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Rank #10: Ep. 21: Stop hiding things in your sock drawer!

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If you must keep your valuables at home, the sock drawer is the worst option.

Nov 10 2016

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Rank #11: Ep. 22: A brief history of populism

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America just ushered in a populist president. But what is the movement that Donald Trump rode to the White House? And where does it originate from on the right and the left? We explain.

Nov 19 2016

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Rank #12: Ep. 69: The self-aware legacy of 'Friends'

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How the end of Matt LeBlanc's Episodes closes the door on the Friends era of gossip, fame, and meta-spinoffs.

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Oct 12 2017

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Rank #13: Ep. 68: Why Ronald Reagan enthusiastically signed America's first real gun control law

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A lifelong member of the NRA, Reagan might be the most consequential president for gun control legislation in the past century

Oct 05 2017

6mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 67: Why severe flooding is becoming increasingly common — and more destructive

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Storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, are only going to keep coming. Which parts of the U.S. are most vulnerable? What is the government doing about it? Here's everything you need to know.
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Sep 28 2017

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Rank #15: Ep. 43: How sugar became Public Enemy No. 1

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

Apr 13 2017

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Rank #16: Ep. 74: The secret history of cowboy socialism

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The American West may fly the flag of individualism, but it was built on a bedrock of Big Government.

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Nov 16 2017

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Rank #17: Ep. 5: 'I know, right?': The anatomy of a wonderfully nonsensical phrase

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And why we insist on saying things that make no literal sense

Jul 21 2016

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Rank #18: Ep.63: How to put your savings on autopilot

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Saving is a habit, and like all habits, the best way to make it stick is to do it over, and over, and over again, until it becomes second nature. Here's four steps to help you save money without even thinking about it.

Aug 31 2017

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Rank #19: 37: The mainstreaming of mindfulness meditation

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

Mar 02 2017

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Rank #20: Ep. 71: Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

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From Night of the Living Dead to Paranormal Activity, low-budget horror movies continue to def Hollywood's box-office expectations.

For a starter guide to the best low-budget horror films to stream, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts.

Oct 26 2017

7mins

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Ep. 79: Almost every language has a word for 'Christmas.' Few reference Christ.

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How’s that for a war on Christmas?

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Dec 21 2017

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Ep. 78: Why so strangely Yoda speaks?

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Hear something odd in his syntax, you do.

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Dec 14 2017

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Ep. 77: A brief timeline of tax reform

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How previous reforms led to the system we have today.

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Dec 07 2017

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Ep. 76: Did God have a wife?

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The history and mystery of Asherah.

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Nov 30 2017

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Ep. 75: 6 unique Thanksgiving celebrations from around the world

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The Macy's Day Parade, football, and Black Friday deals may be uniquely American, but giving thanks for a good harvest is a tradition that crosses cultures.

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Nov 23 2017

6mins

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Ep. 74: The secret history of cowboy socialism

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The American West may fly the flag of individualism, but it was built on a bedrock of Big Government.

For more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Nov 16 2017

7mins

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Ep. 73: Why Puerto Rico never had a path to statehood

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Even as other territories became states, the U.S. kept Puerto Rico's legal status vague.

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Nov 09 2017

7mins

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Ep. 72: The strange, circuitous history of Daylight Saving Time

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How war, the golf industry, and Big Candy got (most of) us an extra hour of sleep this weekend.

For more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Nov 02 2017

7mins

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Ep. 71: Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

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From Night of the Living Dead to Paranormal Activity, low-budget horror movies continue to def Hollywood's box-office expectations.

For a starter guide to the best low-budget horror films to stream, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts.

Oct 26 2017

7mins

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Ep. 70: The lessons of the Russian revolution, 100 years later

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Is Marxism just a turn-crank formula for purges and dictatorship or was something else to blame?

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Oct 19 2017

7mins

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Ep. 69: The self-aware legacy of 'Friends'

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How the end of Matt LeBlanc's Episodes closes the door on the Friends era of gossip, fame, and meta-spinoffs.

For more, visit TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Oct 12 2017

7mins

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Ep. 68: Why Ronald Reagan enthusiastically signed America's first real gun control law

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A lifelong member of the NRA, Reagan might be the most consequential president for gun control legislation in the past century

Oct 05 2017

6mins

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Ep. 67: Why severe flooding is becoming increasingly common — and more destructive

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Read more

Storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, are only going to keep coming. Which parts of the U.S. are most vulnerable? What is the government doing about it? Here's everything you need to know.
Read more at TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Sep 28 2017

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Ep. 66: The burglars who broke into the FBI and brought down J. Edgar Hoover

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In 1971, a group of activists stole thousands of incriminating documents that proved the bureau was spying on Americans. The burglars got away scot-free.
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Sep 21 2017

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Ep. 65: Why do we have a debt ceiling anyway?

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How a legislative fluke turned into a political weapon.
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Sep 14 2017

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Ep. 64: Congressional censure, explained

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

Sep 07 2017

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Ep.63: How to put your savings on autopilot

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Saving is a habit, and like all habits, the best way to make it stick is to do it over, and over, and over again, until it becomes second nature. Here's four steps to help you save money without even thinking about it.

Aug 31 2017

6mins

Play

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

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Read more

Those daily pills aren't doing you any favors. In fact, they might be doing you some harm.
Find more at TheWeek.com/Podcasts

Aug 24 2017

6mins

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Ep. 61: America's eclipse craze, explained

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On Aug. 21, the moon's shadow will roll across the U.S. and, for the first time in decades, tens of millions of Americans will witness a total solar eclipse outside their door.
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Aug 17 2017

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Ep. 60: The new monopolies

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Amazon, Google, and Facebook have enjoyed unstoppable growth, with no end in sight. Such enormous success may be a sign that we're in the second Gilded Age, where our lives are channeled once again through fewer and fewer companies that are controlled by just a handful of men. And this isn't good.
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Aug 10 2017

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iTunes Ratings

75 Ratings
Average Ratings
42
12
8
6
7

👍

By CoachBetts - Jan 24 2018
Read more
Always interesting perspectives.

Fun and quick

By Krasavyets - May 23 2017
Read more
Love this podcast. Quick and fun facts. Sometimes the audio quality is not very good.