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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Social Sciences
1
Those pesky delivery fees
Nobody is happy with delivery apps right now
36 min
2
Panic! At The Drugstore
The panic about the crime rate really is just a panic.
37 min
3
A new era of cannabis research
What rescheduling cannabis could mean for science.
34 min
4
Are baby bonds a good investment?
A unique policy program that could help close the racial wealth gap
35 min
5
Alexa, is Amazon a monopoly?
Antitrust is back, baby!
31 min
6
Is homelessness a crime?
The Supreme Court weighs in on the homelessness crisis.
29 min
7
Abortion and the erosion of privacy
Do Americans still have a right to privacy?
36 min
8
What is “fetal personhood”?
The legal definition tearing the anti-abortion movement apart.
32 min
9
A safety net’s poverty trap
What would you do if you could only save $2,000?
31 min
10
Let’s fix child care together
The real issue blocking universal child care? Politics.
40 min
11
Bringing back the SAT
Four years after a pandemic pause, some colleges and universities are again requiring applicants to submit standardized test scores.
23 min
12
The AI election
Will we be able to spot the deepfakes this election season?
38 min
13
The case for banning...millionaires?
Sean talks with political philosopher Ingrid Robeyns, whose new book Limitarianism makes the case for imposing limits on personal wealth.
51 min
14
How racism ages Black people
Racism and the long-term health effects of weathering
34 min
15
Skipping the broom
Why the marriage rate for Black women is falling
38 min
16
Eviction: the scarlet E
What we can learn about eviction from Black women and children
37 min
17
Let’s fix retirement together
An economist’s take on policy fanfiction
40 min
18
How to be a (realistic) climate optimist
A data scientist who’s cautiously optimistic about the climate
37 min
19
How celebrity fandom explains Trump
When “stanning” goes mainstream.
39 min
20
Why we can’t stop talking about Harvard
What’s really going on in higher ed.
36 min
21
Are unions making a comeback?
The labor movement’s big year.
33 min
22
Why are so many kids missing school?
Chronic absenteeism, from the barriers to the solutions.
34 min
23
Can Black churches lead the way on teen mental ...
A Black mental health researcher’s long, difficult crusade
42 min
24
The Devil wears fast fashion
Can we make the garment industry better?
37 min
25
Barack Obama on AI, free speech, and the future...
President Obama sits down with The Verge’s Nilay Patel
45 min