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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News Commentary
Social Sciences
Can school be normal again?
55 min
America’s Public Health Experiment: The agencie...
When the government fails its customers.
64 min
Learning to love rent control
Does rent control actually control rent?
53 min
America’s Public Health Experiment: The testing...
How the US got it wrong from the very beginning.
39 min
Defund the police?
German, Jerusalem, and Dylan walk through the pros and cons of defunding the police as a policy proposal.
58 min
Biden’s $3.40 a gallon problem
How do you make gas cheaper while fighting global warming?
45 min
Taxing Back Better
The wonkiest Biden tax episode you can imagine.
43 min
How does the pandemic end?
Dylan, German and Jerusalem discuss possible exit strategies for the Covid-19 pandemic.
54 min
Reshaping America’s cities
Surprise! The future of work is actually about housing.
53 min
Pass the SALT?
Dylan, Jerusalem, and Dara discuss congressional Democrats’ efforts to uncap the state and local tax (SALT) deduction.
59 min
The Most Dangerous Branch: Covid-19 v. The Cons...
Do Covid-era public health policies stand up in court?
50 min
Is Facebook really that bad?
Are there any legitimate policy solutions that could fix Facebook?
47 min
Housing policy, but make it British
Don’t worry, we’re not the only ones to have screwed up our housing market
37 min
The case for and against open borders
Our open borders episode is here.
54 min
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.
60 min
Is inflation out of control?
It's probably time to talk about inflation.
52 min
The home care fight in Congress
What elderly and disabled activists want from Biden.
40 min
The coming climate exodus
What happens when the climate forces you to move?
55 min
The Most Dangerous Branch: Roe v. Wade
What the new Supreme Court term means for the future of Roe v. Wade.
66 min
Yes, vaccine mandates work
Get the shot, whether you want it or not.
52 min
How genes impact your life
What role do genes play in social inequalities?
59 min
The debt ceiling’s threat to America
The current debt ceiling crisis, what the debt ceiling is, and how to address it.
51 min
AMA time with Dylan, German, and Jerusalem
Your Weedsy questions, answered.
67 min
Means testing our patience
Should work requirements still exist for federal tax credits and benefits?
52 min
Ezra, Matt, and Sarah Try (Again) to Podcast
For Matt’s last episode of The Weeds, Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff return for a discussion about how subsidies lead to rising health care costs
68 min