The Weeds

Politics is how people achieve power. Policy is what they do with it. Every week on The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill and guests break down the policies that shape our lives, from abortion to financial regulations to affirmative action to housing. We dive deep and we get wonky, but we have fun along the way. New episodes drop every Wednesday.

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Politics
News Commentary
Social Sciences
26
A new era for birth control
The Pill (OTC version)
47 min
27
Who broke student loans?
The debt that just won’t quit.
48 min
28
Expecting: Weed and Pregnancy
The unknowns of weed and pregnancy
39 min
29
It's an HOA world; you're just living in it
Don’t like your HOA? Good luck. We dive into how HOAs became an unnecessary necessary evil and why these tiny unregulated governments are likely here to stay.
47 min
30
The Republican plot to defund public libraries
Move over book bans — why not just get rid of libraries?
44 min
31
A conversation with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Gre...
Taped live from TruCon 2023
31 min
32
We need to rethink discipline in schools
Discipline, segregation, and the achievement gap
48 min
33
The kids suing their state for climate change
The first constitutional climate lawsuit is going to trial
38 min
34
The fate of affirmative action
What you need to know about the upcoming SCOTUS ruling on affirmative action
55 min
35
Why is child labor making a comeback?
America’s history with child labor, explained
49 min
36
The Weeds, Live – Anti-trans legislation, expla...
Live from the Crosscut Ideas Festival
42 min
37
Policymaking on the high seas
Getting into the (sea) weeds of the high seas treaty
40 min
38
How Secretary Buttigieg wants to make America’s...
Transportation policy is cool now. Thanks, Pete.
49 min
39
Mifepristone and the FDA’s exhaustive approval ...
The fight over the abortion pill and the future of the FDA
33 min
40
How corporations got all your data
The history of how corporations and governments became so interested in collecting our personal data — and how they got away with it
49 min
41
Do assault weapons bans work?
Revisiting the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.
40 min
42
Medicaid’s “Great Unwinding”
Medicaid’s continuous enrollment, discontinued.
42 min
43
Why Illinois wants to end cash bail
A look at the cost of pretrial justice and what it means for public safety.
48 min
44
The debt ceiling drama
Build back … budget?
38 min
45
What East Palestine can tell us about the rail ...
Railroad regulation, explained
40 min
46
How a 1996 US immigration policy changed everyt...
The most consequential immigration policy you’ve probably never heard of.
46 min
47
Will the Supreme Court ruin the internet?
The algorithm goes to court.
43 min
48
The Ukraine war: past, present, and future
Where Ukraine goes from here.
50 min
49
$14 trillion and no mules
A framework for paying reparations.
51 min
50
The Biden policy that could change your neighbo...
How Biden wants to revamp the Fair Housing Act.
47 min