How one typeface took over movie posters

From Vox. Why Hollywood kept using Trajan. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO For the past 25 years, one typeface has dominated Hollywood typography: Trajan. It’s everywhere, from Shakespearean epic classics like Titus to gory modern flicks like Human Centipede. It was even the official typeface of the Academy Awards for a while. In movie poster…

Can Trump really pardon himself?

From Vox. We asked legal experts about the limits of a president’s pardoning power. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Take a look at the US Constitution and you’ll find that the president has fairly broad power to pardon individuals accused, charged or convicted of crimes against the federal government. President Trump’s use of pardons early…

The voices of children separated at the border

From Vox. Over 2,300 children have been separated from their families. Read ProPublica reporter Ginger Thompson’s article here: https://www.propublica.org/article/children-separated-from-parents-border-patrol-cbp-trump-immigration-policy And listen to the full audio clip at ProPublica’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoncXfYBAVI&t=70s In April 2018, the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions instituted a “zero tolerance” policy on undocumented immigration. Undocumented migrants and asylum…

How TV gave us the classic soccer ball

From Vox. The 2018 World Cup football is a nod back to an iconic design. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Learn more about how the World Cup works and the schedule for this year’s tournament here: https://www.vox.com/2018/6/12/17356780/world-cup-2018-russia-teams-schedule-tickets And if want more coverage of the 2018 World Cup, you can find our reporting on Vox.com: https://www.vox.com/world/2018/6/13/17460054/world-cup-2018-fifa-russia…

Dungeons and Dragons, explained

From Vox. Why we love this nerdy role-playing fantasy game. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In an age of virtual reality, video games, and smartphones, more and more people are getting into this magical, nerdy tabletop fantasy role-playing game. Here’s why you should play Dungeons & Dragons, too. Vox.com is a news website that helps…

What does “denuclearization” mean?

From Vox. It depends on which country you ask. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un struck a historic deal to work toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula. The trouble is they don’t have a shared vision of what “complete denuclearization” looks like. And while handshakes…

Why 350°F is the magic number for baking

From Vox. Turns out there’s a lot of chemistry in cooking. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Ever notice the first step for baking a cookie is almost always to preheat the oven to 350 degrees? Even when you’re baking something else, an oven with a digital temperature reader typically defaults to 350. What’s so magical…

Trade wars, explained

From Vox. The “winners” and “losers” in a trade war Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Tariffs can be used as a useful tool to protect domestic industry or to serve as a punitive measure against another country. But President Trump’s bluster and threats of imposing tariffs on foreign imports to the US have raised the…

Why so many sitcoms look the same

From Vox. The one about sitcom lighting. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the surprising history behind sitcom lighting. Karl Freund was the genius cinematographer behind Metropolis, the silent film classic. But then he designed the set for I Love Lucy – the first of the multicam,…

How noise pollution is ruining your hearing

From Vox. Our ears are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every single day. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Health organizations warn that continual exposure to noise levels above 70 decibels can potentially damage your ears. And yet we are routinely exposed to noise much louder than that in everyday situations. Our world is increasingly…

Why chronic floods are coming to New Jersey

From Vox. Railroads aren’t great if they’re underwater. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Sea level rise has been documented since the late 18th century. And as they forecast the next 20, 50, and 100 years, sea level rise will continue to accelerate at an alarming rate. That rise won’t just threaten homeowners on the coast…

Scientists are remaking mosquitoes to fight malaria

From Vox. The ambitious plan to use genetic engineering to save millions of children. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive. Gene drives use selfish genetic elements to spread a modification through a wild population. Researchers have…

The culture war between doctors and midwives, explained

From Vox. A deeper look at history explains why when it comes to midwife use, the US falls behind other affluent countries. Read more in ProPublica’s story here: https://www.propublica.org/article/midwives-study-maternal-neonatal-care And catch their latest in maternal mortality reporting here: https://www.propublica.org/series/lost-mothers Despite spending more per capita on health care than any other country, the U.S. has the…

Why people are buying cartoon cats on the blockchain

From Vox. Forget cryptocurrencies. These are cryptocollectibles. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Every time you send something on the internet, it’s a copy. But using new technology, can we make digital goods that are… rare? That’s the question behind CryptoKitties, a new game to buy, breed, and sell digital cats on the blockchain. These cats…

Explained | A new series from Netflix + Vox

From Vox. If you like our channel, then you’ll love this: Netflix + Vox. New episodes, every Wednesday, Starting May 23rd. To make sure you don’t miss it, go to netflix.com/explained and click “+My List.” Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s…

The royal weddings that shaped European history

From Vox. To Queen Victoria, marriages were about strategic alliances. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Over the course of her 63-year reign, Queen Victoria strategically planned marriages to place her descendants in royal families all over Europe. In doing so, she created one of the most remarkable royal families in history. By the early 19th…

Why Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem

From Vox. The U.S. embassy to Israel has moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Here’s how this sacred city factors into a conflict 70 years old. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO When President Trump’s administration announced the move in 2017, it also officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. And while Israeli leaders celebrated, Palestinians denounced…

Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions

From Vox. Many musicians prefer these 300-year-old instruments, but are they actually worth it? Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Antonio Stradivari is generally considered the greatest violin maker of all time. His violins are played by some of the top musicians in the world and sell for as much as $16 million. For centuries people…

The big problem with comparing Trump to Nixon

From Vox. Donald Trump may look a lot like Richard Nixon right now. But there is one glaring difference between these two men’s presidencies: Fox News. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Trump and Nixon are similar in a lot of ways: they both faced major FBI investigations, were accused of obstructing justice, lashed out at…