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Introducing Unexplainable — a new science podcast from Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network about all the things we don’t know

Co-created by Noam Hassenfeld, Byrd Pinkerton, and Brian Resnick, the show launches on March 10, with new episodes available every Wednesday.

Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network today announced Unexplainable, a new podcast about the greatest mysteries in science.

Unexplainable, which expands on Vox’s acclaimed “explainer” franchise, is co-created by former Today, Explained senior producer Noam Hassenfeld, Future Perfect and The Impact reporter and producer Byrd Pinkerton, as well as Vox senior science reporter Brian Resnick. Each week, host Noam Hassenfeld, will introduce a new question that remains unanswered—why it matters, what’s being done to answer it, and how it might change about our understanding of the world.

Unexplainable debuts on Wednesday, March 10 with two new episodes, “The Nose,” about everything we still don’t know about how smell works, and “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” about a failed journey to the center of the earth and what it taught us about our planet. “Dark matter, unexplained,” the series pilot, debuted last fall.

Listen to the show trailer here, and subscribe to Unexplainable on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

About Noam Hassenfeld

Noam Hassenfeld is the host and senior producer of Unexplainable. He also composes the show’s music. Before Unexplainable, Noam was a reporter/producer for Vox’s daily show Today, Explained, where he was also responsible for the show’s periodic parody songs. In summer 2020, Noam co-created Today’s Explained’s first spinoff mini-series, Today, Explained to Kids, where reporters and kids traveled to the magical Island of Explained over the course of a five episode arc. Prior to joining Vox, Noam worked at Latino USA, composed music for video games, and taught third-grade science.

About Byrd Pinkerton

Byrd Pinkerton reports and produces for Unexplainable, and co-created the show. In the past, she’s produced multiple seasons of Vox’s Future Perfect and The Impact, traveling with hosts from Melbourne to Taipei to Kalamazoo in search of narrative policy stories. In her time at Vox, she also co-created a five part children’s series and produced the weekly Worldly podcast. Before Vox, she worked on daily news at NPR. Byrd has loved podcasts since she was sixteen and had to download them on a computer before manually transferring them to an iPod, but she’s loved science since she was six and her stepdad set up chemistry experiments for her in their kitchen.

About Brian Resnick

Brian Resnick is senior science reporter at Vox, covering social and behavioral sciences, space, medicine, the environment, and anything that makes you think “whoa that’s cool.” He is Unexplainable’s senior science reporter and co-creator, overseeing the editorial direction of the series. In his time at Vox, he’s reported on scientific institutions, with deep dives into intellectual humility and the importance of acknowledging our own ignorance, the biggest problems facing science and what gets in the way of good research, why so much science remains inaccessible to the general public, and more. Before Vox, he was a staff correspondent at National Journal where he wrote two cover stories for the weekly print magazine, and reported on breaking news and politics.

About Vox Media Podcast Network

Named by Adweek as 2020’s “Podcast Network of the Year,” Vox Media Podcast Network has over 200 active shows featuring industry-leading editorial voices and storytellers from Vox Media’s networks and beyond. From daily news and tech, to culture and sports, and from talk and interview shows to news and rich narrative storytelling, the Vox Media Podcast Network is one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most topically-diverse collections of premium podcasts. Learn more about the Vox Media Podcast Network here.

About Vox:

Vox explains the news. In a world of too much information and too little context, too much noise and too little insight—Vox’s journalists candidly shepherd audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, science, and everything else that matters, empowering its audience with the context they need to answer questions they didn’t know they had. Vox is home to influential verticals including Recode, The Goods, and The Highlight; a robust podcast lineup featuring “Today, Explained,” “The Weeds,” and more; and award-winning video production with popular series like “Explained” on Netflix, “Missing Chapter” and “Earworm” on YouTube, and “Glad You Asked” for YouTube Originals.