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
76
Could the war on terror be over?
What Zawahiri’s death means for US foreign policy.
59 min
77
The new politics of abortion
Let’s talk about Kansas.
41 min
78
Maybe we’re not doomed?
Maintaining climate optimism in a world on fire.
56 min
79
Weeds Time Machine: The ADA
The landmark civil rights policy, explained.
58 min
80
What the hell is up with SCOTUS?
The latest Supreme Court term, explained
58 min
81
The legal limbo of abortion rights
Roe v. Wade is gone, but its demise raises a whole host of new questions.
59 min
82
Pregnancy in a post-Roe America
Our maternal mortality rate was already bad. What happens now?
43 min
83
ConGRADulations, fellow kids
Ten months ago, the faculty of Cramer Hill Elementary set out to get their kids back on track after a year of mostly remote learning.
24 min
84
How the world became rich
A quick recap of thousands of years of economic history.
57 min
85
Does the US need a National Guard of nurses?
The country doesn’t have enough nurses. This could be one way to fix that.
40 min
86
The gun control stalemate, explained
There is no panacea for mass shootings.
42 min
87
The Most Dangerous Branch: A well-regulated mil...
With six conservative judges on the bench this term, the Supreme Court could rule in favor of the most sweeping gun rights laws yet.
63 min
88
Immigration, democracy, and the rise of the Wes...
The Weeds live at TruCon 2022
70 min
89
The scourge of the “time tax”
The miserable sludge of applying for government aid.
48 min
90
Ukraine and the global food supply crisis
What happens when the global breadbasket is empty?
41 min
91
What the Alito leak means for Roe — and everyth...
The draft opinion, explained.
54 min
92
The Most Dangerous Branch: Roe v. Wade
What does the future of abortion rights look like?
68 min
93
Why do we go to war?
An expert on why wars start and how to prevent them.
44 min
94
Weeds Time Machine: The Clean Air Act
How the landmark environmental policy changed America.
43 min
95
Tax time at the culture wars
Why Sen. Rick Scott’s 11-point plan to save America scares Mitch McConnell.
50 min
96
Taxes! Let’s get right Intuit.
Why filing your taxes is so annoying.
46 min
97
The Great Expiration
Saying goodbye to the Covid-era social safety net
51 min
98
The art of the gerrymander
Why a fair electoral map is more complicated than it looks
49 min
99
The myth of US energy independence
How can America call itself energy independent when it still relies on foreign oil?
49 min
100
Why it’s so hard to move in America
The cultural cost of high housing prices
40 min