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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.

News Commentary
Social Sciences
The year of housing reform
Mercatus' Emily Hamilton on what's working and what isn't to increase housing abundance
54 min
Mike can get what done?
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s record as mayor of New York City.
59 min
Private equity, explained
Vox business and politics reporter Emily Stewart on the mysteries of one of America's most powerful industries.
47 min
After asylum
Jane and Matt join as Dara explains her reporting on the new reality at the border.
43 min
How we pick a president
University of Maryland political scientist David Karol joins Matt to explain the consequences of presidential nomination reform.
84 min
Iowapocalypse Now
Vox politics reporter Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain Monday night's disaster.
64 min
Fix recessions by giving people money
Claudia Sahm from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joins Matt to explain a surprisingly simple strategy to stabilize the economy.
71 min
A conversation about anti-Semitism
Matt, Dara and Jane talk about the rise in anti-Semitic violence aimed at Hassidic communities, and what the political implications may be.
47 min
The road to polarization
Ezra joins Matt to discuss his upcoming book; Why We're Polarized.
78 min
Green New Germany
A preview of season 3 of Vox's The Impact
29 min
Three roads to universal coverage
Dylan Scott and special guest Sarah Kliff join Matt for a close look at health care in Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands.
66 min
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
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
Mission Accomplished?
Vox national security correspondent Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to break down Trump's Iran policy.
51 min
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
Midichlorian chili
Dara, Jane, and Matt kick the new year off by answering listeners' questions on everything under the sun.
74 min
Neighborhood Defenders
Boston University's Katherine Levine Einstein explains the dysfunctional politics behind America's housing crisis.
57 min
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
The next abortion debate
UC Berkley's Abigail Burman on the growing battles over self-managed abortion
43 min
No room at the inn (live!)
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the global crackdown on refugees.
84 min
Wine cave cage match
Politics reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt to break down this week's Democratic debate
50 min
Primary mooples
Dara, Jane, and Matt on America's odd system of choosing presidential nominees
42 min
Policy by other means
Georgetown’s Don Moynihan and Pamela Herd explain administrative burdens and why they matter
64 min
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
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
You say "usmca," I say "U-S-M-C-A"
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal.
53 min
Build housing near transit
San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.
35 min
Impeachment's policy roots
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.
70 min
Single-payer federalism
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.
44 min
Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.
55 min
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
Introducing Reset
Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
46 min
The billionaire backlash
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires
51 min
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
Paying for single-payer
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics
51 min
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
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
The scary truth about air pollution
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.
57 min
The electability debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks.
48 min
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
Debating the robot takeover
Ezra and Matt break down the fourth Democratic primary debate.
56 min
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
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
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
What to expect when you’re impeaching
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry
48 min
Homelessness and how to fix it
Part two of homelessness week
50 min
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
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
The Kiev Caper
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.
56 min
Did economists break America?
Matt sits down with The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum to discuss the impact of economists on markets
49 min
Out of sight, out of mind
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.
48 min
Matt joins Today, Explained to break down the third Democratic debate
28 min
50 shades of Green New Deal
David Roberts joins Jane and Matt for a special live episode from Seattle
83 min
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
The left’s path to power
58 min
Trump's primary challengers
51 min
The case for foreign policy restraint
Emma Ashford and Matt Yglesias discuss all things foreign policy
55 min
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
Does America need trade deals?
53 min
Slavery and its legacy
50 min
Trump's war on Medicaid
50 min
Epstein conspiracy time
The Weeds team discusses the implications of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide
45 min
The case for a Green New Deal
Matt and Julian Brave NoiseCat discuss the inner workings of the Green New Deal.
58 min
Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Dara, Matt, and Jane discuss domestic terrorism in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso
47 min
The second Democratic debate
Matt and Ezra break down round 2 of the Democratic debates
61 min
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
51 min
Dysfunctional federalism
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.
64 min
Go back to Cincinnati
President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad."
45 min
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
Space Force all the way!
Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.
42 min
School’s out for summer
Child care disruptions and possible solutions.
38 min
Ask Weeds Anything
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
88 min
A progressive case for globalism
Trade and the middle class.
56 min
Democracy's week in court
Two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.
45 min
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited...
The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
60 min
What’s really going on with child detention?
The breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.
46 min
What’s really happening in Central America
The deep roots of the migration crisis.
50 min
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
11 min
The “illiberal” right
The ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.
64 min
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
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
A user's guide to antitrust
How US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech.
63 min
Trump’s tariff triple option
Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs.
52 min
Monetary mysteries revealed
How the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
66 min
Building the Trump state
Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.
56 min
Rethinking education reform
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policy
53 min
The loneliness of Justin Amash
The Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.
54 min
America's two housing crises
Subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
60 min
Make America 2015 Again
Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration
54 min
Green New Weeds
The policy and politics of the Green New Deal.
80 min
Sarah's Last Stand
Single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.
58 min
Mexico: America's waiting room
55 min
Incels and bullshitters
50 min
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?
31 min
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing
66 min
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
Trump Family (Tax) Values
54 min
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done
52 min
The Purge: DHS
51 min
Attack of the clone bills
48 min