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Episode Info: This is one I'm excited to share. For months, we've been working on a daily explainer podcast called — wait for it — Today, Explained. The idea is, every weekday afternoon, to take something important in the news, slow it down, and dig into what's really going on, and what you really need to know. This week, we launched! And I think you'll love it. The episode I'm sharing with you here is one literally one of the most consequential topics facing humanity right now: the precise circumstance under, and process by, which an American president can launch nuclear weapons. We take you through the mechanisms, the steps, the way it has gone wrong in the past, and what would happen if the order contravened international law. We also talk to a man who literally had his finger on the button. The real button. No kidding. Somehow, this episode manages to be fun, not just terrifying. So listen to this, and then subscribe to Today, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or anywhere else you get your podcasts. It's the best possible way to spend your commute home.Read more »

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