Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

Hong Kong’s huge protests, explained

The people of Hong Kong are out in the streets. Hundreds of thousands are demonstrating against a deeply unpopular bill. But this is about a whole lot more than a bill. It’s about the status of Hong Kong and the power China has over it. It’s a fight to preserve the freedoms people have here. […]

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Why the US drinking age is 21

Why the US drinking age is 21

“Michael, welcome to the White House.” This is the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, and Michael Joseph Jackson. 1984 Michael Jackson. “For Michael Jackson brings a thrill a minute to his millions of fan.” “We have quite a few young folks in the White House who all wanted me to give […]

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Trade wars, explained

Trade wars, explained

What do you think of when you hear the word “war?” Is it this? Or maybe this? Well, there’s a different type of war you may have heard a lot about recently. Trade war worries igniting. Is the trade war back on? Trade war. Trade war. Full-blown trade war. The “weapons” in a trade war […]

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Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

Why the US and Iran are fighting over this tiny waterway

This is the Stena Impero, a British oil tanker traveling through the Persian Gulf. On July 19th 2019, it was on its way to Saudi Arabia when it received a radio message from Iranian naval forces. Later, the Stena Impero was dramatically boarded and seized. Using speed boats and helicopters Iran’s Revolutionary Guard took control […]

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The Middle East’s cold war, explained

The Middle East is one of the most complex regions in the world: Currently there are 4 failing states and 3 wars, with major powers increasingly taking opposite sides. Countless armed militias and terrorist groups are spreading violence across borders. The region has seen conflict after conflict going back well into the 20th century. But […]

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China is erasing its border with Hong Kong

China is erasing its border with Hong Kong

This is me in the middle of crossing one of the weirdest borders I’ve ever crossed. It’s this one. It divides China from China. And it took me two hours to get through. This border is weird not only because it separates the same country into two, but also because it has an expiration date: […]

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Fox News’ problem is a lot bigger than Bill O’Reilly

Fox News’ problem is a lot bigger than Bill O’Reilly

We begin tonight with the bombshell announcement from Fox News that their biggest star is out. This comes after several advertisers dropped his show due to allegations of sexual harassment. It is hard to overstate how stunning a development this is. Dude, what’s wrong with you? Why aren’t you celebrating? Have you seen O’Reilly’s replacement? […]

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You’re watching Fox News. You just don’t know it.

You’re watching Fox News. You just don’t know it.

I’m done. I’m finally done watching Fox News. It’s rotting my brain. And only boomers watch that crap anyway. From now on, I’m watching real news. Stuff that actually matters. And I’ll never have to worry about Fox News ever ag- Two of the headlines on Fox News tonight. Gotten a lot of attention thanks […]

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Fox News’ 5 steps for handling a Trump scandal

Fox News’ 5 steps for handling a Trump scandal

and it should worry anyone who cares about trying to hold the president accountable. It’s been a hell of a week. First there was the Russia leak. The Washington Post reports that Trump reveals highly classified information during a White House meeting with the Russian ambassador. Not good. The next day, the Comey memo. The […]

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How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

These images of a swarm of locusts are from the BBC’s groundbreaking Planet Earth series in 2006. And this footage comes from the brand new sequel to that program — this is Planet Earth 2. You might notice the improvement in resolution from HD to Ultra-HD. But another big change is that in Planet Earth […]

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