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 and Friday, Dylan Matthews, Jerusalem Demsas, German Lopez, 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.

Politics
News Commentary
Social Sciences
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Policy by other means
Georgetown’s Don Moynihan and Pamela Herd explain administrative burdens and why they matter
64 min
202
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
203
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
204
You say "usmca," I say "U-S-M-C-A"
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal.
53 min
205
Build housing near transit
San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.
35 min
206
Impeachment's policy roots
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.
70 min
207
Single-payer federalism
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.
44 min
208
Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.
55 min
209
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
210
Introducing Reset
Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
46 min
211
The billionaire backlash
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires
51 min
212
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
213
Paying for single-payer
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics
51 min
214
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
215
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
216
The scary truth about air pollution
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.
57 min
217
The electability debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks.
48 min
218
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
219
Debating the robot takeover
Ezra and Matt break down the fourth Democratic primary debate.
56 min
220
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
221
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
222
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
223
What to expect when you’re impeaching
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry
48 min
224
Homelessness and how to fix it
Part two of homelessness week
50 min
225
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
226
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
227
The Kiev Caper
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.
56 min
228
Did economists break America?
Matt sits down with The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum to discuss the impact of economists on markets
49 min
229
Out of sight, out of mind
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.
48 min
230
ABCDebate
Matt joins Today, Explained to break down the third Democratic debate
28 min
231
50 shades of Green New Deal
David Roberts joins Jane and Matt for a special live episode from Seattle
83 min
232
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
233
The left’s path to power
58 min
234
Trump's primary challengers
51 min
235
The case for foreign policy restraint
Emma Ashford and Matt Yglesias discuss all things foreign policy
55 min
236
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
237
Does America need trade deals?
53 min
238
Slavery and its legacy
50 min
239
Trump's war on Medicaid
50 min
240
Epstein conspiracy time
The Weeds team discusses the implications of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide
45 min
241
The case for a Green New Deal
Matt and Julian Brave NoiseCat discuss the inner workings of the Green New Deal.
58 min
242
Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Dara, Matt, and Jane discuss domestic terrorism in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso
47 min
243
The second Democratic debate
Matt and Ezra break down round 2 of the Democratic debates
61 min
244
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
51 min
245
Dysfunctional federalism
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.
64 min
246
Go back to Cincinnati
President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad."
45 min
247
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
248
Space Force all the way!
Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.
42 min
249
School’s out for summer
Child care disruptions and possible solutions.
38 min
250
Ask Weeds Anything
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
88 min
251
A progressive case for globalism
Trade and the middle class.
56 min
252
Democracy's week in court
Two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.
45 min
253
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited...
The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
60 min
254
What’s really going on with child detention?
The breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.
46 min
255
What’s really happening in Central America
The deep roots of the migration crisis.
50 min
256
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
11 min
257
The “illiberal” right
The ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.
64 min
258
5 big ideas to use tax credits to fight poverty
The leading progressive tax plans in Congress and how they differ from Trump’s tax cuts.
54 min
259
Into the weeds with Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren joins Ezra Klein to explain her plans, and her plan to make the plans happen.
47 min
260
A user's guide to antitrust
How US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech.
63 min
261
Trump’s tariff triple option
Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs.
52 min
262
Monetary mysteries revealed
How the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
66 min
263
Building the Trump state
Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.
56 min
264
Rethinking education reform
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policy
53 min
265
The loneliness of Justin Amash
The Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.
54 min
266
America's two housing crises
Subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
60 min
267
Make America 2015 Again
Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration
54 min
268
Green New Weeds
The policy and politics of the Green New Deal.
80 min
269
Sarah's Last Stand
Single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.
58 min
270
Mexico: America's waiting room
55 min
271
Incels and bullshitters
50 min
272
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?
31 min
273
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing
66 min
274
Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special ...
Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with Worldly on Robert Mueller’s just-released report
35 min
275
Trump Family (Tax) Values
54 min
276
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done
52 min
277
The Purge: DHS
51 min
278
Attack of the clone bills
48 min
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Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers
46 min
280
Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher ...
38 min
281
Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repe...
51 min
282
Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?
48 min
283
The reparations primary
52 min
284
Live Weeds with Julián Castro
60 min
285
Introducing Switched on Pop
13 min
286
Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg
59 min
287
The long con
41 min
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But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?
52 min
289
The Weeds fixes racism
53 min
290
Amy Klobuchar and the Jill Robinson effect
49 min
291
Day care for all!
55 min
292
Collusion and the Mueller endgame
66 min
293
Emergency Weeds
58 min
294
What’s the best way to help the poor?
54 min
295
WTF, VA?
42 min
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Do we need private insurance?
47 min
297
House Democrats’ plan to save democracy
55 min
298
Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap
54 min
299
The end of the shutdown
60 min
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Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud
51 min