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.

Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Politics
News Commentary
Social Sciences
1
Abortion and the erosion of privacy
Do Americans still have a right to privacy?
36 min
2
What is “fetal personhood”?
The legal definition tearing the anti-abortion movement apart.
32 min
3
A safety net’s poverty trap
What would you do if you could only save $2,000?
31 min
4
Let’s fix child care together
The real issue blocking universal child care? Politics.
40 min
5
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
6
The AI election
Will we be able to spot the deepfakes this election season?
38 min
7
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
8
How racism ages Black people
Racism and the long-term health effects of weathering
34 min
9
Skipping the broom
Why the marriage rate for Black women is falling
38 min
10
Eviction: the scarlet E
What we can learn about eviction from Black women and children
37 min
11
Let’s fix retirement together
An economist’s take on policy fanfiction
40 min
12
How to be a (realistic) climate optimist
A data scientist who’s cautiously optimistic about the climate
37 min
13
How celebrity fandom explains Trump
When “stanning” goes mainstream.
39 min
14
Why we can’t stop talking about Harvard
What’s really going on in higher ed.
36 min
15
Are unions making a comeback?
The labor movement’s big year.
33 min
16
Why are so many kids missing school?
Chronic absenteeism, from the barriers to the solutions.
34 min
17
Can Black churches lead the way on teen mental ...
A Black mental health researcher’s long, difficult crusade
42 min
18
The Devil wears fast fashion
Can we make the garment industry better?
37 min
19
Barack Obama on AI, free speech, and the future...
President Obama sits down with The Verge’s Nilay Patel
45 min
20
Why everything is (still) so expensive
A charcuterie board, in THIS economy?
39 min
21
BDS and the history of the boycott
Do boycotts even work?
43 min
22
Will school choice change the future of education?
School choice, parental rights, and the future of public education
42 min
23
The sandwich generation: Caring for kids and se...
Baby boomers are aging. Their kids aren’t ready.
34 min
24
Why your health insurance is tied to work
The wartime policy that changed health insurance forever
41 min
25
Conservative socialism?
A conservative makes the case for democratic socialism.
52 min