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
The Next Four Years: An optimistic climate agenda
Third Way’s Josh Freed and Jackie Kempfer explain a path forward for low-carbon policy in a time of divided government
66 min
The blob is back
Alex Ward joins Dara and Matt to analyze the Biden national security team.
56 min
The Next Four Years: The Covid transition
Kaiser’s Jennifer Kates joins Matt to explain the next steps in countering the pandemic
47 min
The job nobody wants
Dara and Matt on Biden’s choice to run Homeland Security and the many challenges he’ll face
60 min
The post-election economy
Emily Stewart joins Dara and Matt to discuss the prospects for Covid relief and Janet Yellen
55 min
The Next Four Years: Joe Biden’s world
The Atlantic Council’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain the president-elect’s approach to national security.
67 min
Georgia on my mind
Ella Nilsen joins Dara and Matt to break down the runoff elections that will determine the future of the US Senate
46 min
The Next Four Years: How to make a Biden Boom
Bloomberg’s Karl Smith explains a bipartisan approach to healing the labor market
63 min
The never ending election story
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Trump’s refusal to quit and his “surprising” Hispanic support.
50 min
Democracy lost
Ezra and Matt on the election results and the prospects for majority rule.
49 min
Election Day Special
Ella Nilsen joins Matt and Jane to discuss the election.
62 min
Lessons learned from Trump’s first term
Ezra and Matt look back on what’s surprised them.
47 min
Biden’s border options
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the big immigration questions that will face a new administration.
46 min
Trump’s last stand
Ezra and Matt on the final presidential debate
51 min
Trump's second term agenda
Dara, Jane, and Matt break down the policy stakes in 2020
55 min
Go For Broke: Inside the Dot-Com Bubble
38 min
Email scandals are back!
Ezra and Matt discuss Hunter Biden’s laptop, social media regulation, and the ongoing stimulus standoff
52 min
What is critical race theory, anyway?
Ian Haney Lopez joins Jane to discuss critical race theory: what it is and what it isn't.
49 min
By the People: The Supreme Court's war on democ...
What the Supreme Court will do to our voting rights
58 min
The stimulus standoff
Ezra and Matt on the deadlock in congress and the VP debate.
53 min
On biracial identity (with Thomas Chatterton Wi...
Jane and Thomas Chatterton Williams talk about mixed-race identity, race and racism, and what being biracial means now.
57 min
By the People: Blame the Constitution
How America’s constitution is rigged against democracy
62 min
Fighting back against factory farming
The human costs of the meat we eat
56 min
A dark, dangerous debate
Ezra and Matt on the disturbing presidential showdown.
67 min
By the People: How to make sure your vote is co...
The pandemic election
56 min