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