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Why South Africa is still so segregated

How centuries of division built one of the most unequal countries on earth. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO For decades, South Africa was under apartheid: a series of laws that divided people by race. Then, in the 1990s, those laws were dismantled. But many of the barriers they created continue to divide South Africans by skin color...

Earworm is back! Here’s a preview

Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don't miss the new Earworm videos this month: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox’s Earworm, a video series that dives deep into the origin stories of sounds in pop music, is back with two new episodes in April. On Friday the 16th and 23rd we’ll drop two stories about big culture moments on the radio. Watch...

How this New York island became a mass grave

And why Hart Island is changing after the coronavirus pandemic. Subscribe and turn on notifications (🔔 ) so you don't miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Hart Island, a small piece of land off the Bronx in New York City, resurfaced in national headlines in April 2020, when New York City was the epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic. News...

Two theories for an unsolved Soviet mystery

What killed 9 hikers in 1959? ✉️ Sign up for our newsletter: http://www.vox.com/video-newsletter In February 1959 a group of hikers disappeared in the remote Ural Mountains of Western Siberia. A search party found their tent weeks later, abandoned along with all of their equipment. Frozen bodies were found 1,500 meters away, mysteriously underdressed...

Is Racism Making People Sick?

After the events of 2020, we are no strangers to stress and anxiety. But for Black and brown Americans, that stress was nothing new. Racial health gaps have always existed, and socioeconomics and racism within the medical system have long kept equal healthcare out of reach. But what kind of toll does the experience of racism itself have on your body?...

Is Meritocracy a Myth?

Education in the United States is supposed to be meritocratic, meaning a student’s achievement is measured solely by their efforts. But how do class and privilege affect opportunity, and does everyone really get the same shot? Glad You Asked host Fabiola Cineas explores how the myth of meritocracy perpetuates racism while keeping the American dream...

Does My Neighborhood Determine My Future?

Housing policy in the United States has a long history of deepening segregation. Redlining, exclusionary lending, and targeted zoning laws have all played a role in isolating minority populations while simultaneously privileging white residents. Glad You Asked host Lee Adams wants to know how this happened, and what effect residential segregation has...

Are We Automating Racism?

Many of us assume that tech is neutral, and we have turned to tech as a way to root out racism, sexism, or other “isms” plaguing human decision-making. But as data-driven systems become a bigger and bigger part of our lives, we also notice more and more when they fail, and, more importantly, that they don’t fail on everyone equally. Glad You Asked host...

How Racist Am I?

This is a difficult question to ask yourself. But recent events and an increasing amount of research has shown just how much racial bias impacts our world. Before we can start the work of dismantling systemic racism, we have to first understand our own biases. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram explores if we can measure those biases, how we shine a light...

Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines

What a vaccine's "efficacy rate" actually means. Sign up for our newsletter: http://www.vox.com/video-newsletter In the US, the first two available Covid-19 vaccines were the ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Both vaccines have very high "efficacy rates," of around 95%. But the third vaccine introduced in the US, from Johnson & Johnson,...

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