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The Weeds

In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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1
The way forward on family leave
New America's Vicki Shabo joins Matt to discuss universal paid leave and how to finance it.
53 min
2
Ezra and Matt debate the debaters
Ezra and Matt break down the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, and explore the current state of the Democratic field.
54 min
3
Mission Accomplished?
Vox national security correspondent Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to break down Trump's Iran policy.
51 min
4
Why are we fighting Iran?
Cato’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain America’s larger (lack of) strategy in the Persian Gulf region.
57 min
5
Midichlorian chili
Dara, Jane, and Matt kick the new year off by answering listeners' questions on everything under the sun.
74 min
6
Neighborhood Defenders
Boston University's Katherine Levine Einstein explains the dysfunctional politics behind America's housing crisis.
57 min
7
2019 in review
Dara, Jane, and Matt talk about what surprised them in 2019, remember the last decade, and predict what 2020 might have in store.
49 min
8
The next abortion debate
UC Berkley's Abigail Burman on the growing battles over self-managed abortion
43 min
9
No room at the inn (live!)
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the global crackdown on refugees.
84 min
10
Wine cave cage match
Politics reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt to break down this week's Democratic debate
50 min
11
Primary mooples
Dara, Jane, and Matt on America's odd system of choosing presidential nominees
42 min
12
Policy by other means
Georgetown’s Don Moynihan and Pamela Herd explain administrative burdens and why they matter
64 min
13
The free college debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt on tuition, debt relief, and the role of major choice in the gender wage gap.
49 min
14
Movement building in the Trump era
Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg joins Matt to talk about her new book and the path forward for democratic reform
50 min
15
You say "usmca," I say "U-S-M-C-A"
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal.
53 min
16
Build housing near transit
San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.
35 min
17
Impeachment's policy roots
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.
70 min
18
Single-payer federalism
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.
44 min
19
Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.
55 min
20
The case for subsidized jobs
Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's big idea for turning Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) into an effective recession-fighting tool.
57 min
21
Introducing Reset
Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
46 min
22
The billionaire backlash
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires
51 min
23
The internet we lost
Function's Anil Dash joins Matt to discuss how Big Tech broke the web and how we can get it back.
55 min
24
Paying for single-payer
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics
51 min
25
Beyond the leaky bucket
Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth makes the case that a rise in equality would stimulate the economy.
52 min
26
The fall of Katie Hill
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the California representative’s resignation, power imbalances, and the problem of “revenge porn.”
42 min
27
The scary truth about air pollution
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.
57 min
28
The electability debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks.
48 min
29
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
30
Debating the robot takeover
Ezra and Matt break down the fourth Democratic primary debate.
56 min
31
Understanding the student debt crisis
The Aspen Institute's Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America's ballooning student debt loan.
54 min
32
Progressives' Supreme Court problem
Vox's judiciary reporter Ian Millhiser joins Matt to analyze the Supreme Court's new term and what the left gets wrong about the courts.
59 min
33
Mayor Pete explains his prescription drug plan
Matt sits down with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to discuss the rollout of his new prescription drug plan.
27 min
34
What to expect when you’re impeaching
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry
48 min
35
Homelessness and how to fix it
Part two of homelessness week
50 min
36
Trump's war on the homeless
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the strange revival of interest in punitive approaches to the housing crisis.
58 min
37
America's missing babies
Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies joins Matt to discuss why Americans have fewer kids than they say they want.
58 min
38
The Kiev Caper
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.
56 min
39
Did economists break America?
Matt sits down with The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum to discuss the impact of economists on markets
49 min
40
Out of sight, out of mind
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.
48 min
41
ABCDebate
Matt joins Today, Explained to break down the third Democratic debate
28 min
42
50 shades of Green New Deal
David Roberts joins Jane and Matt for a special live episode from Seattle
83 min
43
A plan to revive American unions
Matt sits down with SEIU's Mary Kay Henry to discuss the future of unions in America
52 min
44
The left’s path to power
58 min
45
Trump's primary challengers
51 min
46
The case for foreign policy restraint
Emma Ashford and Matt Yglesias discuss all things foreign policy
55 min
47
Trump's latest trade war
The Weeds team discusses the potential trade war with China, Elizabeth Warren's new trade plan, and a white paper about health care.
54 min
48
Does America need trade deals?
53 min
49
Slavery and its legacy
50 min
50
Trump's war on Medicaid
50 min
51
Epstein conspiracy time
The Weeds team discusses the implications of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide
45 min
52
The case for a Green New Deal
Matt and Julian Brave NoiseCat discuss the inner workings of the Green New Deal.
58 min
53
Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Dara, Matt, and Jane discuss domestic terrorism in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso
47 min
54
The second Democratic debate
Matt and Ezra break down round 2 of the Democratic debates
61 min
55
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
51 min
56
Dysfunctional federalism
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.
64 min
57
Go back to Cincinnati
President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad."
45 min
58
Why everyone hates Big Tech, with The Verge's N...
Matt and Nilay discuss big tech in this special Weeds/Vergecast crossover episode
55 min
59
Space Force all the way!
Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.
42 min
60
School’s out for summer
Child care disruptions and possible solutions.
38 min
61
Ask Weeds Anything
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
88 min
62
A progressive case for globalism
Trade and the middle class.
56 min
63
Democracy's week in court
Two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.
45 min
64
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited...
The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
60 min
65
What’s really going on with child detention?
The breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.
46 min
66
What’s really happening in Central America
The deep roots of the migration crisis.
50 min
67
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
11 min
68
The “illiberal” right
The ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.
64 min
69
5 big ideas to use tax credits to fight poverty
The leading progressive tax plans in Congress and how they differ from Trump’s tax cuts.
54 min
70
Into the weeds with Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren joins Ezra Klein to explain her plans, and her plan to make the plans happen.
47 min
71
A user's guide to antitrust
How US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech.
63 min
72
Trump’s tariff triple option
Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs.
52 min
73
Monetary mysteries revealed
How the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
66 min
74
Building the Trump state
Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.
56 min
75
Rethinking education reform
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policy
53 min
76
The loneliness of Justin Amash
The Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.
54 min
77
America's two housing crises
Subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
60 min
78
Make America 2015 Again
Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration
54 min
79
Green New Weeds
The policy and politics of the Green New Deal.
80 min
80
Sarah's Last Stand
Single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.
58 min
81
Mexico: America's waiting room
55 min
82
Incels and bullshitters
50 min
83
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?
31 min
84
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing
66 min
85
Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special ...
Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with Worldly on Robert Mueller’s just-released report
35 min
86
Trump Family (Tax) Values
54 min
87
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done
52 min
88
The Purge: DHS
51 min
89
Attack of the clone bills
48 min
90
Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers
46 min
91
Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher ...
38 min
92
Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repe...
51 min
93
Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?
48 min
94
The reparations primary
52 min
95
Live Weeds with Julián Castro
60 min
96
Introducing Switched on Pop
13 min
97
Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg
59 min
98
The long con
41 min
99
But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?
52 min
100
The Weeds fixes racism
53 min