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
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Insulin is for the world
What some states are trying to do to lower the cost of insulin.
41 min
52
Weeds Time Machine: The Voting Rights Act
The legislative and judicial history of the VRA, explained.
50 min
53
Reintroducing The Weeds
1 min
54
The great American gerrymander
Our messy history with election maps, explained.
27 min
55
The scourge of the “time tax”
The miserable sludge of applying for government aid.
46 min
56
Climate optimism in 2023
Finally, some good climate news.
40 min
57
Our mental health doom loop
The revolving door of mental health care in the US.
42 min
58
The bipartisan bill that could protect elections
Why lawmakers are trying to reform a 135-year-old law.
41 min
59
The rebirth of industrial policy
Supply-side economics, explained.
36 min
60
It’s time to regulate crypto
The FTX crash, explained.
51 min
61
The Weeds’ weed episode
Let’s be blunt: Weed policy is complicated.
44 min
62
How to call an election
Hint: Let the math people do the work.
50 min
63
How to fix inflation
Hint: Let the Fed do the work.
55 min
64
Why scaring voters works
Republicans are hitting Democrats on crime. It’s working.
44 min
65
The most interesting issues on the ballot
The 2022 ballot initiatives, explained.
40 min
66
The candidates haunting the GOP
It’s campaign spooky season.
40 min
67
AMERICA HAS A (POLLING) PROBLEM
Why are the polls so wrong so often?
51 min
68
Abbott and DeSantis: Stunt queens or policy mak...
Could relocating migrants in the US be a policy solution?
44 min
69
The fastest growing voting bloc in America
What do we know about how Latinos and Hispanics will vote in 2022 and beyond?
54 min
70
Who decides how we’ll save the future?
The case for – and against – longtermism
60 min
71
Vitamin X
The wild and unregulated west of dietary supplements.
32 min
72
It’s a policy team takeover!
Student loans, inflation, and back-to-school (oh my!)
38 min
73
The rebirth of industrial policy
And a new era of industrialism.
46 min
74
Could the war on terror be over?
What Zawahiri’s death means for US foreign policy.
59 min
75
The new politics of abortion
Let’s talk about Kansas.
41 min