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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.

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.
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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.

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@TheWeek

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English


Episodes

Ep. 76: Did God have a wife?

11/30/2017
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The history and mystery of Asherah

Duration: 00:05:32


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

11/23/2017
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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

Duration: 00:06:55


Ep. 74: The secret history of cowboy socialism

11/16/2017
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The American West may fly the flag of individualism, but it was built on a bedrock of Big Government

Duration: 00:07:17


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

11/9/2017
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Even as other territories became states, the U.S. kept Puerto Rico's legal status vague

Duration: 00:07:10


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

11/2/2017
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How war, the golf industry, and Big Candy got (most) us an extra hour of sleep this weekend

Duration: 00:07:05


Ep. 71: Why cheap horror flicks are Hollywood gold

10/26/2017
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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

Duration: 00:07:23


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

10/19/2017
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Is Marxism just a turn-crank formula for purges and dictatorship or was something else to blame?

Duration: 00:07:12


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

10/12/2017
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Dissecting the end of an era

Duration: 00:07:07


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

10/5/2017
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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

Duration: 00:06:37


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

9/21/2017
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In 1971, a group of activists stole thousands of incriminating documents that proved the bureau was spying on Americans. They got away scot-free.

Duration: 00:07:13


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

9/14/2017
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How a legislative fluke turned into a political weapon

Duration: 00:06:16


Ep. 64: Congressional censure, explained

9/7/2017
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When elected officials break the rules, this congressional tool puts them in check

Duration: 00:07:04


Ep.63: How to put your savings on autopilot

8/31/2017
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Save money without even thinking about it

Duration: 00:06:52


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

8/24/2017
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Those daily pills aren't doing you any favors

Duration: 00:06:44


Ep. 61: America's eclipse craze, explained

8/17/2017
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On Aug. 21, the moon's shadow will roll across the U.S. as tens of millions of Americans witness a total solar eclipse

Duration: 00:06:59


Ep. 60: The new monopolies

8/10/2017
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Amazon, Google, Facebook, and our second Gilded Age

Duration: 00:06:32


Ep. 59: The genetic breakthrough that could change humanity, explained

8/3/2017
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It's actually been a part of our DNA all along

Duration: 00:07:04


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

7/27/2017
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Dissecting the strange, wonderful grammar of Hulkspeak

Duration: 00:07:05


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

7/20/2017
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A Hawaiian's tried-and-true advice for avoiding a shark attack

Duration: 00:07:04

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