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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Why San Francisco’s school board got booted
What a local election can say about our national political climate.
48 min
102
Democracy in crisis: The two-party problem
Just how worried should we be about the future of American democracy?
54 min
103
The curse of the midterms
Yes, Democrats should be worried.
55 min
104
Beijing, boycotts, and the enduring politics of...
What does a diplomatic boycott actually do?
34 min
105
Affirmative action could be doomed (again). Wha...
A conservative-leaning Supreme Court could mean the end of affirmative action.
36 min
106
It’s not about Ukraine. It’s about Putin.
It’s not about Russia, either.
48 min
107
Think of the children
What two studies about early childhood poverty interventions can tell us about pediatric brain development
41 min
108
Unions!
Why unions are stronger yet smaller than ever
52 min
109
What happens to voting rights now?
The plan to make it easier to vote has been fili-busted.
40 min
110
Are corporations winning at inflation?
If they are profiting from inflation, can we do anything about it?
40 min
111
What BBB means for climate policy
Can the White House and Congress see eye-to-eye on climate?
65 min
112
How the 1918 flu pandemic ended
What the deadliest pandemic in history can tell us about Covid-19
33 min
113
The case for more babies
We need to talk about the slowing population growth.
49 min
114
The building blocks of radicalization
What happens when political extremism goes mainstream
52 min
115
Why hasn’t student debt been canceled?
A look at the policy merits and political implications of canceling student loan debt.
50 min
116
Best Of: The coming climate exodus
A look back at The Weeds from earlier this year.
55 min
117
America’s Public Health Experiment: Federal fai...
Did the government fail in its public health response for the American people?
52 min
118
America's Public Health Experiment: More checks...
How automatic stabilizers could help prevent future economic disaster.
49 min
119
Can school be normal again?
55 min
120
America’s Public Health Experiment: The agencie...
When the government fails its customers.
64 min
121
Learning to love rent control
Does rent control actually control rent?
53 min
122
America’s Public Health Experiment: The testing...
How the US got it wrong from the very beginning.
39 min
123
Defund the police?
German, Jerusalem, and Dylan walk through the pros and cons of defunding the police as a policy proposal.
58 min
124
Biden’s $3.40 a gallon problem
How do you make gas cheaper while fighting global warming?
45 min
125
Taxing Back Better
The wonkiest Biden tax episode you can imagine.
43 min