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
School’s out for Covid
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the school reopening debate and the political consequences of HIV/AIDS.
55 min
The Covid resurgence
Ezra and Matt on how America failed while the world made progress on the pandemic
48 min
Contagious enthusiasm
Dara, Jane, and Matt on Biden’s excitement gap.
58 min
Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect
Land of the Giants is a podcast from our friends at Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network that examines the most powerful tech companies of our time.
21 min
The war on bad statues
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Confederate Memorials, Woodrow Wilson, and the battle for historical memory.
60 min
The Veepstakes
Ezra and Matt on Warren, Abrams, Harris, and the Tammies, and the links between racial and economic justice.
50 min
Talking about talking
Jane, Dara, and Matt explain “intersectional,” “structural” and the new language of identity discourse.
42 min
The legal doctrine that protects brutal policing
Cato's Clark Neily joins Jane to discuss Qualified Immunity - where is came from, why it exists, and what's being done to eliminate it.
42 min
Fixing the police
Jane, Dara, and Matt on what we know about police reform and its limits.
67 min
America gives up on Covid-19
Ezra and Matt on the return of a virus that never went away.
50 min
After George Floyd
Jane, Dara, and Matt on America's dual reckonings with racism and police impunity
62 min
Defund the police?
Ezra and Matt on reformism vs radicalism and reimagining law enforcement
49 min
The global class war
Barron's economics commentary Matt Klein explains what's really behind international trade conflicts
69 min
Tweeting through it
Ezra and Matt on Trump's war on social media, plus Joe Biden's policy agenda.
54 min
Joe Biden ain't black
Jane, Dara, and Matt on gaffes and the racial politics of 2020
55 min
The stimulus failure
Ezra and Matt on Trump's pseudo-federalism and Pelosi's strange aversion to automatic stabilizers.
48 min
Actual enumeration
Dara, Jane, and Matt take a look at America's first pandemic Census.
48 min
The psychology of opening up
Ezra and Matt on the deep roots (or not) of the lockdown debate.
52 min
Will the economy bounce back?
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the road ahead for the worst labor market since the Great Depression.
61 min
Reopening without a plan
Ezra and Matt on America's lost month and what happens next.
48 min
How to win elections
Dara, Jane, and Matt break down the great mobilization vs persuasion debate.
63 min
Are Democrats getting rolled?
Ezra and Matt on congressional bargaining strategy and the China blame game
49 min
A faster Covid-19 vaccine
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the possibility of "human challenge trials" to speed vaccine development.
48 min
Who models the modelers?
Ezra and Matt on the failures of some popular epidemiological forecasts and a viral Silicon Valley essay urging America to build again
59 min
Opening up
Dara, Jane, and Matt on conservatives’ desire for a rapid reopening of American businesses.
53 min
Help is on the way (sort of)
Ezra and Matt break down the implementation problems that have bedeviled the CARES Act.
42 min
The corporate bailout watchdog
Congressional oversight committee member Bharat Ramamurti joins Matt to explain his new job and what's wrong with shareholder capitalism.
52 min
How does this end?
Ezra and Matt review four major plans for after social distancing; plus the Democratic primary finally ends.
61 min
Covid-19 and the border
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the intersection between the pandemic and Trump's border crackdown.
56 min
Coronavirus meets health reform
Ezra and Matt discuss Covid-19's impact on insurance premiums, the case for single-payer, and more.
56 min
The mask fiasco
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the evidence for mask wearing, and a totally non-coronavirus white paper
55 min
When $2 trillion isn’t enough
Ezra and Matt analyze the huge but inadequate stimulus bill
52 min
Fighting coronavirus with corporate conscription
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the Defense Production Act, wartime mobilization, and pandemic-induced autarky
51 min
The story of Trump's swamp
Jane talks to Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay about their new book on chaos at the White House and how President Trump differs (and doesn't) from prior administrations
55 min
Devaluing black assets
Brookings’ Andre Perry explains his research on how racism cripples black entrepreneurs and homeowners
45 min
Rescuing the economy from coronavirus
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss President Trump’s new more serious tone and competing economic stimulus proposals.
48 min
Weeds 2020: The coronavirus election
Ezra and Matt on dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden, and Trump's disastrous speech
51 min
Meet the YIMBYs
Conor Dougherty on his new book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America"
61 min
Mayor Pete and the state of LGBTQ politics
Jane, Dara, and Matt on queer politics after marriage equality.
46 min
A "titan" of social conservatism on the courts ...
Conservative thinker Robert George joins Jane to talk about abortion, marriage, the Supreme Court, and wielding the power of the federal government.
56 min
Behind the Covid-19 curve
The Kaiser Foundation's Josh Michaud explains what the US is — and should be — doing to fight coronavirus.
59 min
Coronavirus 101
Jane, Dara and Brian Resnick talk about COVID-19 -- how it started, its potential impact, and where we go from here.
40 min
Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate
Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race.
55 min
Going nuclear
Jessica Lovering joins Matt to discuss nuclear power's role in combatting climate change.
58 min
Black voters take the stage
The New Republic's Osita Nwanevu joins Jane and Matt to discuss black voting patterns and the South Carolina primary.
51 min
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