The Impact

In Washington, DC, the story often ends when Congress passes a law. For us, that’s where the story begins. We examine the consequences of what happens when powerful people act — or fail to act. This season, Jillian Weinberger explores the big ideas from the 2020 presidential candidates: how their ideas worked, or didn’t work, in other places or at other times. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Documentary
News Commentary
Politics
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40 Acres: Reaching reconciliation
28 min
2
40 Acres: The old Jim Crow
42 min
3
40 Acres: $14 trillion and no mules
44 min
4
40 Acres: The original promise
40 Acres: The original promise
49 min
5
The Toll
How Covid-19 will shape our world, now and in the future.
25 min
6
Where the US already has a border wall
Nearly 25 years ago, the federal government divided Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, with a wall that looks a lot like the one President Trump wants to extend along the southern border.
29 min
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Free tuition is not enough
Why free college hasn't been a panacea in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and what that means for similar proposals from 2020 presidential candidates.
24 min
8
Family Dollar(s)
How a monthly stipend from the Canadian government has helped lift 300,000 children out of poverty.
18 min
9
Saving Private Health Care
Australia’s health care system looks a lot like the plans proposed by Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. We travel to Melbourne to see how the private-public hybrid system is working Down Under.
26 min
10
How Taiwan got Medicare-for-All
Health care in Taiwan looks a lot like a proposal from some of the Democratic presidential candidates in the US.
28 min
11
Green New Germany
How one man and his solar panels transformed the way the world gets its energy.
21 min
12
After conviction, a second chance
A plan from the past, to help reverse the war on drugs.
26 min
13
How to stop an epidemic
Lessons from the AIDS epidemic to fight the opioid crisis.
28 min
14
The Impact of 2020
Presidential platforms playing out in the real world
3 min
15
New season, new host
Jillian Weinberger investigates the big ideas from 2020 candidates
3 min
16
Denmark’s paternity leave problem
32 min
17
The incredible shrinking city
29 min
18
Leaving Baltimore behind
42 min
19
What schools look like when we fund them fairly
30 min
20
Food fight!
30 min
21
Deportation without representation
28 min
22
Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. ...
23 min
23
Is fixing campaign finance as easy as giving ev...
28 min
24
Season 2: The most interesting policy experimen...
2 min
25
Help us make season 2!
1 min
26
How California saves moms from dying in childbirth
31 min
27
The black robe effect
38 min
28
This robotic pelvis reduces teen pregnancy
25 min
29
The controversial way doctors fight pain withou...
26 min
30
The policies that created the opioid epidemic
24 min
31
It’s time to face the fax
23 min
32
Car crash hospitals vs. plane crash hospitals
26 min
33
The curious case of the $629 Band-Aid
21 min
34
Introducing The Impact
The Impact is a show about how policy affects people.
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