The Weeds

In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday, Dylan Matthews, Dara Lind, and other voices dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare immigration, and housing.

Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Reopening without a plan
Ezra and Matt on America's lost month and what happens next.
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How to win elections
Dara, Jane, and Matt break down the great mobilization vs persuasion debate.
63 min
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Are Democrats getting rolled?
Ezra and Matt on congressional bargaining strategy and the China blame game
49 min
204
A faster Covid-19 vaccine
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the possibility of "human challenge trials" to speed vaccine development.
48 min
205
Who models the modelers?
Ezra and Matt on the failures of some popular epidemiological forecasts and a viral Silicon Valley essay urging America to build again
59 min
206
Opening up
Dara, Jane, and Matt on conservatives’ desire for a rapid reopening of American businesses.
53 min
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Help is on the way (sort of)
Ezra and Matt break down the implementation problems that have bedeviled the CARES Act.
42 min
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The corporate bailout watchdog
Congressional oversight committee member Bharat Ramamurti joins Matt to explain his new job and what's wrong with shareholder capitalism.
52 min
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How does this end?
Ezra and Matt review four major plans for after social distancing; plus the Democratic primary finally ends.
61 min
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Covid-19 and the border
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the intersection between the pandemic and Trump's border crackdown.
56 min
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Coronavirus meets health reform
Ezra and Matt discuss Covid-19's impact on insurance premiums, the case for single-payer, and more.
56 min
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The mask fiasco
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the evidence for mask wearing, and a totally non-coronavirus white paper
55 min
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When $2 trillion isn’t enough
Ezra and Matt analyze the huge but inadequate stimulus bill
52 min
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Fighting coronavirus with corporate conscription
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the Defense Production Act, wartime mobilization, and pandemic-induced autarky
51 min
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The story of Trump's swamp
Jane talks to Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay about their new book on chaos at the White House and how President Trump differs (and doesn't) from prior administrations
55 min
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Devaluing black assets
Brookings’ Andre Perry explains his research on how racism cripples black entrepreneurs and homeowners
45 min
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Rescuing the economy from coronavirus
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss President Trump’s new more serious tone and competing economic stimulus proposals.
48 min
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Weeds 2020: The coronavirus election
Ezra and Matt on dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden, and Trump's disastrous speech
51 min
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Meet the YIMBYs
Conor Dougherty on his new book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America"
61 min
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Mayor Pete and the state of LGBTQ politics
Jane, Dara, and Matt on queer politics after marriage equality.
46 min
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A "titan" of social conservatism on the courts ...
Conservative thinker Robert George joins Jane to talk about abortion, marriage, the Supreme Court, and wielding the power of the federal government.
56 min
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Behind the Covid-19 curve
The Kaiser Foundation's Josh Michaud explains what the US is — and should be — doing to fight coronavirus.
59 min
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Coronavirus 101
Jane, Dara and Brian Resnick talk about COVID-19 -- how it started, its potential impact, and where we go from here.
40 min
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Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate
Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race.
55 min
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Going nuclear
Jessica Lovering joins Matt to discuss nuclear power's role in combatting climate change.
58 min
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Black voters take the stage
The New Republic's Osita Nwanevu joins Jane and Matt to discuss black voting patterns and the South Carolina primary.
51 min
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The year of housing reform
Mercatus' Emily Hamilton on what's working and what isn't to increase housing abundance
54 min
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Mike can get what done?
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s record as mayor of New York City.
59 min
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Private equity, explained
Vox business and politics reporter Emily Stewart on the mysteries of one of America's most powerful industries.
47 min
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After asylum
Jane and Matt join as Dara explains her reporting on the new reality at the border.
43 min
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How we pick a president
University of Maryland political scientist David Karol joins Matt to explain the consequences of presidential nomination reform.
84 min
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Iowapocalypse Now
Vox politics reporter Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain Monday night's disaster.
64 min
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Fix recessions by giving people money
Claudia Sahm from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joins Matt to explain a surprisingly simple strategy to stabilize the economy.
71 min
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A conversation about anti-Semitism
Matt, Dara and Jane talk about the rise in anti-Semitic violence aimed at Hassidic communities, and what the political implications may be.
47 min
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The road to polarization
Ezra joins Matt to discuss his upcoming book; Why We're Polarized.
78 min
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Green New Germany
A preview of season 3 of Vox's The Impact
29 min
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Three roads to universal coverage
Dylan Scott and special guest Sarah Kliff join Matt for a close look at health care in Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands.
66 min
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The way forward on family leave
New America's Vicki Shabo joins Matt to discuss universal paid leave and how to finance it.
53 min
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Ezra and Matt debate the debaters
Ezra and Matt break down the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, and explore the current state of the Democratic field.
54 min
240
Mission Accomplished?
Vox national security correspondent Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to break down Trump's Iran policy.
51 min
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Why are we fighting Iran?
Cato’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain America’s larger (lack of) strategy in the Persian Gulf region.
57 min
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Midichlorian chili
Dara, Jane, and Matt kick the new year off by answering listeners' questions on everything under the sun.
74 min
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Neighborhood Defenders
Boston University's Katherine Levine Einstein explains the dysfunctional politics behind America's housing crisis.
57 min
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2019 in review
Dara, Jane, and Matt talk about what surprised them in 2019, remember the last decade, and predict what 2020 might have in store.
49 min
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The next abortion debate
UC Berkley's Abigail Burman on the growing battles over self-managed abortion
43 min
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No room at the inn (live!)
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the global crackdown on refugees.
84 min
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Wine cave cage match
Politics reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt to break down this week's Democratic debate
50 min
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Primary mooples
Dara, Jane, and Matt on America's odd system of choosing presidential nominees
42 min
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Policy by other means
Georgetown’s Don Moynihan and Pamela Herd explain administrative burdens and why they matter
64 min
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The free college debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt on tuition, debt relief, and the role of major choice in the gender wage gap.
49 min
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Movement building in the Trump era
Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg joins Matt to talk about her new book and the path forward for democratic reform
50 min
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You say "usmca," I say "U-S-M-C-A"
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal.
53 min
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Build housing near transit
San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.
35 min
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Impeachment's policy roots
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.
70 min
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Single-payer federalism
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.
44 min
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Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.
55 min
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The case for subsidized jobs
Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's big idea for turning Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) into an effective recession-fighting tool.
57 min
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Introducing Reset
Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
46 min
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The billionaire backlash
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires
51 min
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The internet we lost
Function's Anil Dash joins Matt to discuss how Big Tech broke the web and how we can get it back.
55 min
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Paying for single-payer
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics
51 min
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Beyond the leaky bucket
Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth makes the case that a rise in equality would stimulate the economy.
52 min
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The fall of Katie Hill
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the California representative’s resignation, power imbalances, and the problem of “revenge porn.”
42 min
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The scary truth about air pollution
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.
57 min
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The electability debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks.
48 min
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The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
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Debating the robot takeover
Ezra and Matt break down the fourth Democratic primary debate.
56 min
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Understanding the student debt crisis
The Aspen Institute's Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America's ballooning student debt loan.
54 min
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Progressives' Supreme Court problem
Vox's judiciary reporter Ian Millhiser joins Matt to analyze the Supreme Court's new term and what the left gets wrong about the courts.
59 min
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Mayor Pete explains his prescription drug plan
Matt sits down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to discuss the rollout of his new prescription drug plan.
27 min
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What to expect when you’re impeaching
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry
48 min
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Homelessness and how to fix it
Part two of homelessness week
50 min
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Trump's war on the homeless
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the strange revival of interest in punitive approaches to the housing crisis.
58 min
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America's missing babies
Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies joins Matt to discuss why Americans have fewer kids than they say they want.
58 min
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The Kiev Caper
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.
56 min
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Did economists break America?
Matt sits down with The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum to discuss the impact of economists on markets
49 min
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Out of sight, out of mind
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.
48 min
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ABCDebate
Matt joins Today, Explained to break down the third Democratic debate
28 min
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50 shades of Green New Deal
David Roberts joins Jane and Matt for a special live episode from Seattle
83 min
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A plan to revive American unions
Matt sits down with SEIU's Mary Kay Henry to discuss the future of unions in America
52 min
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The left’s path to power
58 min
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Trump's primary challengers
51 min
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The case for foreign policy restraint
Emma Ashford and Matt Yglesias discuss all things foreign policy
55 min
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Trump's latest trade war
The Weeds team discusses the potential trade war with China, Elizabeth Warren's new trade plan, and a white paper about health care.
54 min
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Does America need trade deals?
53 min
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Slavery and its legacy
50 min
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Trump's war on Medicaid
50 min
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Epstein conspiracy time
The Weeds team discusses the implications of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide
45 min
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The case for a Green New Deal
Matt and Julian Brave NoiseCat discuss the inner workings of the Green New Deal.
58 min
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Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Dara, Matt, and Jane discuss domestic terrorism in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso
47 min
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The second Democratic debate
Matt and Ezra break down round 2 of the Democratic debates
61 min
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The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
51 min
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Dysfunctional federalism
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.
64 min
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Go back to Cincinnati
President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad."
45 min
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Why everyone hates Big Tech, with The Verge's N...
Matt and Nilay discuss big tech in this special Weeds/Vergecast crossover episode
55 min
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Space Force all the way!
Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.
42 min
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School’s out for summer
Child care disruptions and possible solutions.
38 min
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Ask Weeds Anything
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
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A progressive case for globalism
Trade and the middle class.
56 min
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Democracy's week in court
Two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.
45 min