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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
Single-payer federalism
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.
44 min
2
Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.
55 min
3
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
4
Introducing Reset
Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
46 min
5
The billionaire backlash
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires
51 min
6
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
7
Paying for single-payer
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics
51 min
8
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
9
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
10
The scary truth about air pollution
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.
57 min
11
The electability debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks.
48 min
12
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
13
Debating the robot takeover
Ezra and Matt break down the fourth Democratic primary debate.
56 min
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
What to expect when you’re impeaching
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry
48 min
18
Homelessness and how to fix it
Part two of homelessness week
50 min
19
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
20
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
21
The Kiev Caper
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.
56 min
22
Did economists break America?
Matt sits down with The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum to discuss the impact of economists on markets
49 min
23
Out of sight, out of mind
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.
48 min
24
ABCDebate
Matt joins Today, Explained to break down the third Democratic debate
28 min
25
50 shades of Green New Deal
David Roberts joins Jane and Matt for a special live episode from Seattle
83 min
26
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
27
The left’s path to power
58 min
28
Trump's primary challengers
51 min
29
The case for foreign policy restraint
Emma Ashford and Matt Yglesias discuss all things foreign policy
55 min
30
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
31
Does America need trade deals?
53 min
32
Slavery and its legacy
50 min
33
Trump's war on Medicaid
50 min
34
Epstein conspiracy time
The Weeds team discusses the implications of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide
45 min
35
The case for a Green New Deal
Matt and Julian Brave NoiseCat discuss the inner workings of the Green New Deal.
58 min
36
Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Dara, Matt, and Jane discuss domestic terrorism in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso
47 min
37
The second Democratic debate
Matt and Ezra break down round 2 of the Democratic debates
61 min
38
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
51 min
39
Dysfunctional federalism
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.
64 min
40
Go back to Cincinnati
President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad."
45 min
41
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
42
Space Force all the way!
Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.
42 min
43
School’s out for summer
Child care disruptions and possible solutions.
38 min
44
Ask Weeds Anything
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
88 min
45
A progressive case for globalism
Trade and the middle class.
56 min
46
Democracy's week in court
Two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.
45 min
47
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited...
The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
60 min
48
What’s really going on with child detention?
The breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.
46 min
49
What’s really happening in Central America
The deep roots of the migration crisis.
50 min
50
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
11 min
51
The “illiberal” right
The ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.
64 min
52
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
53
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
54
A user's guide to antitrust
How US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech.
63 min
55
Trump’s tariff triple option
Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs.
52 min
56
Monetary mysteries revealed
How the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
66 min
57
Building the Trump state
Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.
56 min
58
Rethinking education reform
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policy
53 min
59
The loneliness of Justin Amash
The Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.
54 min
60
America's two housing crises
Subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
60 min
61
Make America 2015 Again
Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration
54 min
62
Green New Weeds
The policy and politics of the Green New Deal.
80 min
63
Sarah's Last Stand
Single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.
58 min
64
Mexico: America's waiting room
55 min
65
Incels and bullshitters
50 min
66
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?
31 min
67
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing
66 min
68
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
69
Trump Family (Tax) Values
54 min
70
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done
52 min
71
The Purge: DHS
51 min
72
Attack of the clone bills
48 min
73
Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers
46 min
74
Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher ...
38 min
75
Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repe...
51 min
76
Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?
48 min
77
The reparations primary
52 min
78
Live Weeds with Julián Castro
60 min
79
Introducing Switched on Pop
13 min
80
Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg
59 min
81
The long con
41 min
82
But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?
52 min
83
The Weeds fixes racism
53 min
84
Amy Klobuchar and the Jill Robinson effect
49 min
85
Day care for all!
55 min
86
Collusion and the Mueller endgame
66 min
87
Emergency Weeds
58 min
88
What’s the best way to help the poor?
54 min
89
WTF, VA?
42 min
90
Do we need private insurance?
47 min
91
House Democrats’ plan to save democracy
55 min
92
Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap
54 min
93
The end of the shutdown
60 min
94
Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud
51 min
95
You can't eat your principles for dinner
54 min
96
Taxing the rich
56 min
97
Tucker Carlson vs the free market
Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the argument over economic populism that’s roiling the conservative world.
59 min
98
Ask Weeds Anything
58 min
99
New year, no government
61 min
100
Classic Weeds: The great white panic
66 min
101
The Weeds Year-End Spectacular
56 min
102
Congress actually did something important
58 min
103
Bernie and Biden and Beto, oh my!
47 min
104
A big, beautiful podcast about the border wall
53 min
105
A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan
52 min
106
Pod Save the US-Saudi alliance?
43 min
107
Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re ...
48 min
108
Mexico was the wall all along
54 min
109
The many flavors of Medicare-for-all
54 min
110
The Impact: How do you make education funding f...
31 min
111
The future of conservatism is being forged in C...
55 min
112
Facebook is bad, please join our Facebook group
56 min
113
Jeff Sessions is gone but not forgotten
51 min
114
About last night
54 min
115
Seattle’s plan to save democracy
50 min
116
Bad for the Jews
54 min
117
Operation Win the Midterms
58 min
118
Republicans’ health care message: Lie a lot
60 min
119
Our elections are being hacked
45 min
120
What's next for House Democrats?
44 min
121
Cory Booker’s plan to close the racial wealth gap
50 min
122
Trump versus the Caravan
56 min
123
Republicans run everything, and they’re mad as ...
42 min
124
America’s moral failure on climate
55 min
125
I’mma let you finish
57 min
126
As tough as Texas
37 min
127
The craziest Obamacare lawsuit yet
60 min
128
Alexa, raise the minimum wage
50 min
129
When women run
40 min
130
Death to NAFTA! Long live USMCA!
52 min
131
Do Republicans even care if Kavanaugh is guilty?
46 min
132
What Sarah learned on parental leave
53 min
133
What could stop the next Botham Jean?
53 min
134
#MeToo goes to the Supreme Court
65 min
135
Can Elon Musk save Tesla from himself?
49 min
136
I am the Resistance inside The Weeds podcast
73 min
137
Colin Kaepernick, the most important election i...
46 min
138
What’s at stake in the midterms
51 min
139
America picked a lousy time to turn its back on...
47 min
140
John McCain vs. the idea of John McCain
60 min
141
The art of the squeal
53 min
142
Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism
64 min
143
We’re not gonna pay rent
52 min
144
Lordy, Omarosa has tapes
56 min
145
#FakeScience
43 min
146
The Great Twitter Wars of 2018
68 min
147
Paul Manafort, alleged ostrich-collar criminal
59 min
148
The great white panic
The racial panic tearing America apart and also salt
70 min
149
“Mission Accomplished,” trade war edition
47 min
150
What Republicans can do on Trump and Russia
61 min
151
It’s surprisingly easy to get away with murder ...
49 min
152
There’s collusion, and then there’s collusion
59 min
153
Republicans' plan for health care: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
48 min
154
Brett Kavanaugh and the future of the Supreme C...
56 min
155
1,2,3,4 Trump declares a trade war
49 min
156
Family detention is the new family separation
59 min
157
America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice
48 min
158
With borders wide open
46 min
159
The messy drama queens of the Supreme Court
55 min
160
Which children matter?
48 min
161
Ask Weeds Anything...Again!
82 min
162
Why 12-step programs work — and family separati...
52 min
163
Can we get tough on rapists without being “toug...
42 min
164
Cake Wars, Supreme Court edition
43 min
165
Trump isn’t losing immigrant kids, but he is ta...
52 min
166
The debate over “no excuses” charter schools, e...
57 min
167
Nobody has babies anymore (except Sarah)
51 min
168
Caught in the Intellectual Dark Web
61 min
169
Drugs! (But not the fun kind)
60 min
170
The many scandals of Michael Cohen
79 min
171
Did you read the memo about the TPS reports?
58 min
172
Should psychiatrists diagnose Trump? Should jou...
50 min
173
What if the government guaranteed everyone a job?
54 min
174
Ambien for all, Ronny Jackson and the VA, expla...
51 min
175
Speaker Ryan had a farm bill (E-I-E-I-O)
59 min
176
Boiling the frogs of war
55 min
177
Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military
64 min
178
All 👏 payer 👏 rate 👏 setting 👏
53 min
179
The imprudent Scott Pruitt
53 min
180
Sinclair’s alarming takeover of local TV news
48 min
181
Is Donald Trump ruining the Census?
53 min
182
The optimistic take is things have always been ...
61 min
183
Is Facebook bad?
66 min
184
Cambridge Analytica: Scandal, hype, or both?
61 min
185
The opioid debate: could reversing overdoses wo...
45 min
186
Abolish ICE
64 min
187
Trigger warning: Discussion of White House chao...
68 min
188
Nickname fights and wildcat strikes
54 min
189
Relief at last for America’s long-suffering banks
67 min
190
Guns, Weeds, and Steel
51 min
191
Medicare for Many More
52 min
192
The stupidest fucking idea I’ve ever heard
55 min
193
It's finally infrastructure week
63 min
194
DACApocalypse in the Senate
68 min
195
The gender pay gap is mostly about children
69 min
196
The six-hour shutdown, explained
54 min
197
What's up with Amazon's health venture — and th...
65 min
198
MS-13, explained
56 min
199
The state of our podcast is strong
50 min
200
The white genocide episode you’ve been waiting for
61 min
201
Shutdown deal special
47 min
202
The Shutdown Special
55 min
203
No one wants to take responsibility for sick ki...
58 min
204
Shithole special
58 min
205
Lie back, light up, and enjoy some executive time
43 min
206
Winter, explained
50 min
207
Why is US life expectancy falling?
51 min
208
The most undercovered policy stories of 2017
59 min
209
Ask Weeds Anything!
54 min
210
Tax reforms and garbage factories
56 min
211
The Great Awokening comes to Congress
57 min
212
Alabama senate special
54 min
213
Is the FBI good now?
56 min
214
Net neutrality, explained (Also! Why CVS is buy...
66 min
215
How the GOP is weaponizing the tax code
58 min
216
Five big problems with the GOP tax plan
50 min
217
A very Weeds Thanksgiving
49 min
218
Tax reform special
61 min
219
Republicans’ Roy Moore problem
60 min
220
Virginia is for Democrats
72 min
221
The vaunted, versatile VAT
60 min
222
The tax bill's winners and many, many losers
57 min
223
Indictment special! Plus: is Paul Ryan cowardly...
61 min
224
Purge 3: The Bannoning
46 min
225
Republicans: "Math" means you have to cut taxes...
59 min
226
How immigration took over Virginia’s governor race
71 min
227
The Impact: The curious case of the $629 Band Aid
8 min
228
How do you solve a problem like Harvey Weinstein?
61 min
229
Trump couldn't repeal Obamacare, so he's making...
67 min
230
CHIPping away at gerrymandering
65 min
231
Republicans have big dreams and big problems on...
62 min
232
Australia solved its gun problem. Could America?
73 min
233
The Puerto Rico disaster and Trump's inadequate...
54 min
234
What's budget reconciliation, and how did it ea...
68 min
235
Weeds Live: Canadian immigration and a health i...
82 min
236
The worst GOP healthcare bill yet
63 min
237
White House Chinese food summit leads to congre...
52 min
238
BernieCare and Hillary's abandoned UBI
75 min
239
Weeds Live: Atul Gawande on opioids, end of lif...
67 min
240
Trump's art of the sabotage
64 min
241
Deferred action podcasting
74 min
242
The policy origins of America's most expensive ...
68 min
243
Donald Trump vs the congressional GOP
50 min
244
How the rich ate all the growth
49 min
245
Statue limitations
56 min
246
A very meritorious podcast
65 min
247
Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Ca...
65 min
248
Is Google in an "ideological echo chamber"?
78 min
249
The bacon fat theory of school segregation, and...
54 min
250
ACA repeal is finally dead (maybe)
50 min
251
Skinny repeal and Trump's management by tweet
61 min
252
A deep dive on basic income
55 min
253
At last, a Weeds about weed (also Obamacare)
64 min
254
McConnellCare II: Cruz Control
53 min
255
Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)
64 min
256
Understanding the opioid epidemic
47 min
257
Trumpism and travel bans
60 min
258
Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to writ...
45 min
259
CB--Oh no this health care bill is terrible too
69 min
260
Senate Republicans' health care idea: Make the ...
63 min
261
Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds
66 min
262
Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy
51 min
263
Legends of the secret health care bill
64 min
264
Infrastructure week (jk it's about Comey)
52 min
265
Meet Sprinklecare
67 min
266
Jared Kushner: International man of mystery
59 min
267
A platinum get out of jail free card
57 min
268
Weeds in the Wild: Tennessee's Healthcare Bald ...
19 min
269
CB--Oh, this bill stinks
53 min
270
Trump's budget has landed, and it's terrible
64 min
271
All the Trump scandal drama you've been craving
48 min
272
Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom
76 min
273
Weeds in the Wild: Free Money... For Everyone!
15 min
274
The wall in our hearts
63 min
275
AHCApocalypse III
58 min
276
High-Risk Podcasting
59 min
277
AHCApocalypse II
59 min
278
French elections, national service, and Queens ...
68 min
279
Weeds Live!
90 min
280
Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis
23 min
281
The World's Worst Club
55 min
282
Nuclear Winter
57 min
283
A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacar...
72 min
284
Weeds in the Wild: Postville
27 min
285
Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers
80 min
286
CB-uh oh!
70 min
287
AHCApalooza
69 min
288
Don't Call It a State of the Union
64 min
289
Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't
75 min
290
Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky
14 min
291
Privet, Amerika!
67 min
292
The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers
81 min
293
SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways
72 min
294
The Don't-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban
41 min
295
Gag Order and Infrastructure
60 min
296
Inauguration Special
43 min
297
DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats
63 min
298
Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin
59 min
299
Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare
73 min
300
Happy New Year
50 min
301
Year-End Spectacular
62 min
302
Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on...
52 min
303
Russia and the American Dream
57 min
304
Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda
76 min
305
Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How...
54 min
306
Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and...
70 min
307
Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy...
22 min
308
The Trump Agenda
55 min
309
Trumpocalypse Now
53 min
310
The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016
50 min
311
Is Obamacare Failing?
64 min
312
Final Debate Special
55 min
313
Second Presidential Debate Special
61 min
314
Veep Debate and Cranky Judges
52 min
315
The First Debate and Pet Health Care
66 min
316
An Interview with Health and Human Services Sec...
45 min
317
Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Cla...
69 min
318
Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legisl...
54 min
319
EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead...
55 min
320
Obamacare Update and Aging America
56 min
321
Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins
66 min
322
Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and th...
61 min
323
Interview with Atul Gawande
95 min
324
DNC-Palooza
58 min
325
Republican Convention Special
54 min
326
Basic Income and Police Shootings
58 min
327
Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
43 min
328
Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China...
60 min
329
Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing m...
63 min
330
Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health car...
65 min
331
Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
57 min
332
5uper Tue5day
55 min
333
Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish ad...
57 min
334
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primar...
68 min
335
90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the trut...
55 min
336
Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how l...
49 min
337
Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens n...
60 min
338
Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
47 min
339
Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes ...
69 min
340
Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiducia...
64 min
341
Interview with Jason Furman
30 min
342
Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate proble...
72 min
343
What the hell is going on with tax havens, expl...
59 min
344
A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculato...
78 min
345
Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Mad...
65 min
346
Super(b) Tuesday special
51 min
347
The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and bette...
84 min
348
Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!
83 min
349
TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abo...
69 min
350
The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible coll...
66 min
351
Could more corruption fix American politics?
72 min
352
The Iowa Caucuses
73 min
353
Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will thi...
84 min
354
Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being than...
73 min
355
Campaign finance and global inequality — with l...
72 min
356
Obama's Legacy, debating single payer, and Obam...
79 min
357
Immigration and the minimum wage — with an arme...
77 min
358
Teen births are plummeting — and economists are...
63 min
359
Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline ...
76 min
360
Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke
40 min
361
Why health premiums rise, and how partisans dis...
76 min
362
Dietary fat and climate change
57 min
363
Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between
74 min
364
We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don't we?
66 min
365
How politics is making us stupid
68 min
366
Are we counting poverty all wrong?
73 min
367
Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good...
51 min
368
The Weeds: Can the government trick you into di...
81 min
369
Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and ma...
54 min
370
Would single payer health care work in America?
63 min
371
Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast
55 min