The Weeds

Politics is how people achieve power. Policy is what they do with it. 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.

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News Commentary
Social Sciences
Are corporations winning at inflation?
If they are profiting from inflation, can we do anything about it?
40 min
What BBB means for climate policy
Can the White House and Congress see eye-to-eye on climate?
65 min
How the 1918 flu pandemic ended
What the deadliest pandemic in history can tell us about Covid-19
33 min
The case for more babies
We need to talk about the slowing population growth.
49 min
The building blocks of radicalization
What happens when political extremism goes mainstream
52 min
Why hasn’t student debt been canceled?
A look at the policy merits and political implications of canceling student loan debt.
50 min
Best Of: The coming climate exodus
A look back at The Weeds from earlier this year.
55 min
America’s Public Health Experiment: Federal fai...
Did the government fail in its public health response for the American people?
52 min
America's Public Health Experiment: More checks...
How automatic stabilizers could help prevent future economic disaster.
49 min
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