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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
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
2
You say "usmca," I say "U-S-M-C-A"
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal.
53 min
3
Build housing near transit
San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.
35 min
4
Impeachment's policy roots
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.
70 min
5
Single-payer federalism
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.
44 min
6
Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.
55 min
7
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
8
Introducing Reset
Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything.
46 min
9
The billionaire backlash
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires
51 min
10
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
11
Paying for single-payer
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics
51 min
12
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
13
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
14
The scary truth about air pollution
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.
57 min
15
The electability debate
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks.
48 min
16
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors"
51 min
17
Debating the robot takeover
Ezra and Matt break down the fourth Democratic primary debate.
56 min
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
What to expect when you’re impeaching
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry
48 min
22
Homelessness and how to fix it
Part two of homelessness week
50 min
23
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
24
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
25
The Kiev Caper
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.
56 min
26
Did economists break America?
Matt sits down with The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum to discuss the impact of economists on markets
49 min
27
Out of sight, out of mind
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.
48 min
28
ABCDebate
Matt joins Today, Explained to break down the third Democratic debate
28 min
29
50 shades of Green New Deal
David Roberts joins Jane and Matt for a special live episode from Seattle
83 min
30
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
31
The left’s path to power
58 min
32
Trump's primary challengers
51 min
33
The case for foreign policy restraint
Emma Ashford and Matt Yglesias discuss all things foreign policy
55 min
34
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
35
Does America need trade deals?
53 min
36
Slavery and its legacy
50 min
37
Trump's war on Medicaid
50 min
38
Epstein conspiracy time
The Weeds team discusses the implications of Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide
45 min
39
The case for a Green New Deal
Matt and Julian Brave NoiseCat discuss the inner workings of the Green New Deal.
58 min
40
Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Dara, Matt, and Jane discuss domestic terrorism in the aftermath of the mass shooting in El Paso
47 min
41
The second Democratic debate
Matt and Ezra break down round 2 of the Democratic debates
61 min
42
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
51 min
43
Dysfunctional federalism
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.
64 min
44
Go back to Cincinnati
President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad."
45 min
45
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
46
Space Force all the way!
Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.
42 min
47
School’s out for summer
Child care disruptions and possible solutions.
38 min
48
Ask Weeds Anything
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
88 min
49
A progressive case for globalism
Trade and the middle class.
56 min
50
Democracy's week in court
Two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.
45 min
51
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited...
The first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.
60 min
52
What’s really going on with child detention?
The breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.
46 min
53
What’s really happening in Central America
The deep roots of the migration crisis.
50 min
54
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
11 min
55
The “illiberal” right
The ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.
64 min
56
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
57
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
58
A user's guide to antitrust
How US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech.
63 min
59
Trump’s tariff triple option
Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs.
52 min
60
Monetary mysteries revealed
How the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
66 min
61
Building the Trump state
Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.
56 min
62
Rethinking education reform
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policy
53 min
63
The loneliness of Justin Amash
The Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.
54 min
64
America's two housing crises
Subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
60 min
65
Make America 2015 Again
Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration
54 min
66
Green New Weeds
The policy and politics of the Green New Deal.
80 min
67
Sarah's Last Stand
Single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.
58 min
68
Mexico: America's waiting room
55 min
69
Incels and bullshitters
50 min
70
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?
31 min
71
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing
66 min
72
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
73
Trump Family (Tax) Values
54 min
74
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done
52 min
75
The Purge: DHS
51 min
76
Attack of the clone bills
48 min
77
Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers
46 min
78
Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher ...
38 min
79
Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repe...
51 min
80
Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?
48 min
81
The reparations primary
52 min
82
Live Weeds with Julián Castro
60 min
83
Introducing Switched on Pop
13 min
84
Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg
59 min
85
The long con
41 min
86
But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?
52 min
87
The Weeds fixes racism
53 min
88
Amy Klobuchar and the Jill Robinson effect
49 min
89
Day care for all!
55 min
90
Collusion and the Mueller endgame
66 min
91
Emergency Weeds
58 min
92
What’s the best way to help the poor?
54 min
93
WTF, VA?
42 min
94
Do we need private insurance?
47 min
95
House Democrats’ plan to save democracy
55 min
96
Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap
54 min
97
The end of the shutdown
60 min
98
Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud
51 min
99
You can't eat your principles for dinner
54 min
100
Taxing the rich
56 min
101
Tucker Carlson vs the free market
Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the argument over economic populism that’s roiling the conservative world.
59 min
102
Ask Weeds Anything
58 min
103
New year, no government
61 min
104
Classic Weeds: The great white panic
66 min
105
The Weeds Year-End Spectacular
56 min
106
Congress actually did something important
58 min
107
Bernie and Biden and Beto, oh my!
47 min
108
A big, beautiful podcast about the border wall
53 min
109
A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan
52 min
110
Pod Save the US-Saudi alliance?
43 min
111
Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re ...
48 min
112
Mexico was the wall all along
54 min
113
The many flavors of Medicare-for-all
54 min
114
The Impact: How do you make education funding f...
31 min
115
The future of conservatism is being forged in C...
55 min
116
Facebook is bad, please join our Facebook group
56 min
117
Jeff Sessions is gone but not forgotten
51 min
118
About last night
54 min
119
Seattle’s plan to save democracy
50 min
120
Bad for the Jews
54 min
121
Operation Win the Midterms
58 min
122
Republicans’ health care message: Lie a lot
60 min
123
Our elections are being hacked
45 min
124
What's next for House Democrats?
44 min
125
Cory Booker’s plan to close the racial wealth gap
50 min
126
Trump versus the Caravan
56 min
127
Republicans run everything, and they’re mad as ...
42 min
128
America’s moral failure on climate
55 min
129
I’mma let you finish
57 min
130
As tough as Texas
37 min
131
The craziest Obamacare lawsuit yet
60 min
132
Alexa, raise the minimum wage
50 min
133
When women run
40 min
134
Death to NAFTA! Long live USMCA!
52 min
135
Do Republicans even care if Kavanaugh is guilty?
46 min
136
What Sarah learned on parental leave
53 min
137
What could stop the next Botham Jean?
53 min
138
#MeToo goes to the Supreme Court
65 min
139
Can Elon Musk save Tesla from himself?
49 min
140
I am the Resistance inside The Weeds podcast
73 min
141
Colin Kaepernick, the most important election i...
46 min
142
What’s at stake in the midterms
51 min
143
America picked a lousy time to turn its back on...
47 min
144
John McCain vs. the idea of John McCain
60 min
145
The art of the squeal
53 min
146
Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism
64 min
147
We’re not gonna pay rent
52 min
148
Lordy, Omarosa has tapes
56 min
149
#FakeScience
43 min
150
The Great Twitter Wars of 2018
68 min
151
Paul Manafort, alleged ostrich-collar criminal
59 min
152
The great white panic
The racial panic tearing America apart and also salt
70 min
153
“Mission Accomplished,” trade war edition
47 min
154
What Republicans can do on Trump and Russia
61 min
155
It’s surprisingly easy to get away with murder ...
49 min
156
There’s collusion, and then there’s collusion
59 min
157
Republicans' plan for health care: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
48 min
158
Brett Kavanaugh and the future of the Supreme C...
56 min
159
1,2,3,4 Trump declares a trade war
49 min
160
Family detention is the new family separation
59 min
161
America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice
48 min
162
With borders wide open
46 min
163
The messy drama queens of the Supreme Court
55 min
164
Which children matter?
48 min
165
Ask Weeds Anything...Again!
82 min
166
Why 12-step programs work — and family separati...
52 min
167
Can we get tough on rapists without being “toug...
42 min
168
Cake Wars, Supreme Court edition
43 min
169
Trump isn’t losing immigrant kids, but he is ta...
52 min
170
The debate over “no excuses” charter schools, e...
57 min
171
Nobody has babies anymore (except Sarah)
51 min
172
Caught in the Intellectual Dark Web
61 min
173
Drugs! (But not the fun kind)
60 min
174
The many scandals of Michael Cohen
79 min
175
Did you read the memo about the TPS reports?
58 min
176
Should psychiatrists diagnose Trump? Should jou...
50 min
177
What if the government guaranteed everyone a job?
54 min
178
Ambien for all, Ronny Jackson and the VA, expla...
51 min
179
Speaker Ryan had a farm bill (E-I-E-I-O)
59 min
180
Boiling the frogs of war
55 min
181
Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military
64 min
182
All 👏 payer 👏 rate 👏 setting 👏
53 min
183
The imprudent Scott Pruitt
53 min
184
Sinclair’s alarming takeover of local TV news
48 min
185
Is Donald Trump ruining the Census?
53 min
186
The optimistic take is things have always been ...
61 min
187
Is Facebook bad?
66 min
188
Cambridge Analytica: Scandal, hype, or both?
61 min
189
The opioid debate: could reversing overdoses wo...
45 min
190
Abolish ICE
64 min
191
Trigger warning: Discussion of White House chao...
68 min
192
Nickname fights and wildcat strikes
54 min
193
Relief at last for America’s long-suffering banks
67 min
194
Guns, Weeds, and Steel
51 min
195
Medicare for Many More
52 min
196
The stupidest fucking idea I’ve ever heard
55 min
197
It's finally infrastructure week
63 min
198
DACApocalypse in the Senate
68 min
199
The gender pay gap is mostly about children
69 min
200
The six-hour shutdown, explained
54 min
201
What's up with Amazon's health venture — and th...
65 min
202
MS-13, explained
56 min
203
The state of our podcast is strong
50 min
204
The white genocide episode you’ve been waiting for
61 min
205
Shutdown deal special
47 min
206
The Shutdown Special
55 min
207
No one wants to take responsibility for sick ki...
58 min
208
Shithole special
58 min
209
Lie back, light up, and enjoy some executive time
43 min
210
Winter, explained
50 min
211
Why is US life expectancy falling?
51 min
212
The most undercovered policy stories of 2017
59 min
213
Ask Weeds Anything!
54 min
214
Tax reforms and garbage factories
56 min
215
The Great Awokening comes to Congress
57 min
216
Alabama senate special
54 min
217
Is the FBI good now?
56 min
218
Net neutrality, explained (Also! Why CVS is buy...
66 min
219
How the GOP is weaponizing the tax code
58 min
220
Five big problems with the GOP tax plan
50 min
221
A very Weeds Thanksgiving
49 min
222
Tax reform special
61 min
223
Republicans’ Roy Moore problem
60 min
224
Virginia is for Democrats
72 min
225
The vaunted, versatile VAT
60 min
226
The tax bill's winners and many, many losers
57 min
227
Indictment special! Plus: is Paul Ryan cowardly...
61 min
228
Purge 3: The Bannoning
46 min
229
Republicans: "Math" means you have to cut taxes...
59 min
230
How immigration took over Virginia’s governor race
71 min
231
The Impact: The curious case of the $629 Band Aid
8 min
232
How do you solve a problem like Harvey Weinstein?
61 min
233
Trump couldn't repeal Obamacare, so he's making...
67 min
234
CHIPping away at gerrymandering
65 min
235
Republicans have big dreams and big problems on...
62 min
236
Australia solved its gun problem. Could America?
73 min
237
The Puerto Rico disaster and Trump's inadequate...
54 min
238
What's budget reconciliation, and how did it ea...
68 min
239
Weeds Live: Canadian immigration and a health i...
82 min
240
The worst GOP healthcare bill yet
63 min
241
White House Chinese food summit leads to congre...
52 min
242
BernieCare and Hillary's abandoned UBI
75 min
243
Weeds Live: Atul Gawande on opioids, end of lif...
67 min
244
Trump's art of the sabotage
64 min
245
Deferred action podcasting
74 min
246
The policy origins of America's most expensive ...
68 min
247
Donald Trump vs the congressional GOP
50 min
248
How the rich ate all the growth
49 min
249
Statue limitations
56 min
250
A very meritorious podcast
65 min
251
Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Ca...
65 min
252
Is Google in an "ideological echo chamber"?
78 min
253
The bacon fat theory of school segregation, and...
54 min
254
ACA repeal is finally dead (maybe)
50 min
255
Skinny repeal and Trump's management by tweet
61 min
256
A deep dive on basic income
55 min
257
At last, a Weeds about weed (also Obamacare)
64 min
258
McConnellCare II: Cruz Control
53 min
259
Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)
64 min
260
Understanding the opioid epidemic
47 min
261
Trumpism and travel bans
60 min
262
Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to writ...
45 min
263
CB--Oh no this health care bill is terrible too
69 min
264
Senate Republicans' health care idea: Make the ...
63 min
265
Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds
66 min
266
Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy
51 min
267
Legends of the secret health care bill
64 min
268
Infrastructure week (jk it's about Comey)
52 min
269
Meet Sprinklecare
67 min
270
Jared Kushner: International man of mystery
59 min
271
A platinum get out of jail free card
57 min
272
Weeds in the Wild: Tennessee's Healthcare Bald ...
19 min
273
CB--Oh, this bill stinks
53 min
274
Trump's budget has landed, and it's terrible
64 min
275
All the Trump scandal drama you've been craving
48 min
276
Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom
76 min
277
Weeds in the Wild: Free Money... For Everyone!
15 min
278
The wall in our hearts
63 min
279
AHCApocalypse III
58 min
280
High-Risk Podcasting
59 min
281
AHCApocalypse II
59 min
282
French elections, national service, and Queens ...
68 min
283
Weeds Live!
90 min
284
Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis
23 min
285
The World's Worst Club
55 min
286
Nuclear Winter
57 min
287
A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacar...
72 min
288
Weeds in the Wild: Postville
27 min
289
Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers
80 min
290
CB-uh oh!
70 min
291
AHCApalooza
69 min
292
Don't Call It a State of the Union
64 min
293
Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't
75 min
294
Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky
14 min
295
Privet, Amerika!
67 min
296
The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers
81 min
297
SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways
72 min
298
The Don't-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban
41 min
299
Gag Order and Infrastructure
60 min
300
Inauguration Special
43 min
301
DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats
63 min
302
Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin
59 min
303
Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare
73 min
304
Happy New Year
50 min
305
Year-End Spectacular
62 min
306
Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on...
52 min
307
Russia and the American Dream
57 min
308
Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda
76 min
309
Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How...
54 min
310
Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and...
70 min
311
Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy...
22 min
312
The Trump Agenda
55 min
313
Trumpocalypse Now
53 min
314
The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016
50 min
315
Is Obamacare Failing?
64 min
316
Final Debate Special
55 min
317
Second Presidential Debate Special
61 min
318
Veep Debate and Cranky Judges
52 min
319
The First Debate and Pet Health Care
66 min
320
An Interview with Health and Human Services Sec...
45 min
321
Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Cla...
69 min
322
Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legisl...
54 min
323
EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead...
55 min
324
Obamacare Update and Aging America
56 min
325
Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins
66 min
326
Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and th...
61 min
327
Interview with Atul Gawande
95 min
328
DNC-Palooza
58 min
329
Republican Convention Special
54 min
330
Basic Income and Police Shootings
58 min
331
Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
43 min
332
Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China...
60 min
333
Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing m...
63 min
334
Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health car...
65 min
335
Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
57 min
336
5uper Tue5day
55 min
337
Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish ad...
57 min
338
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primar...
68 min
339
90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the trut...
55 min
340
Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how l...
49 min
341
Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens n...
60 min
342
Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
47 min
343
Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes ...
69 min
344
Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiducia...
64 min
345
Interview with Jason Furman
30 min
346
Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate proble...
72 min
347
What the hell is going on with tax havens, expl...
59 min
348
A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculato...
78 min
349
Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Mad...
65 min
350
Super(b) Tuesday special
51 min
351
The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and bette...
84 min
352
Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!
83 min
353
TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abo...
69 min
354
The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible coll...
66 min
355
Could more corruption fix American politics?
72 min
356
The Iowa Caucuses
73 min
357
Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will thi...
84 min
358
Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being than...
73 min
359
Campaign finance and global inequality — with l...
72 min
360
Obama's Legacy, debating single payer, and Obam...
79 min
361
Immigration and the minimum wage — with an arme...
77 min
362
Teen births are plummeting — and economists are...
63 min
363
Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline ...
76 min
364
Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke
40 min
365
Why health premiums rise, and how partisans dis...
76 min
366
Dietary fat and climate change
57 min
367
Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between
74 min
368
We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don't we?
66 min
369
How politics is making us stupid
68 min
370
Are we counting poverty all wrong?
73 min
371
Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good...
51 min
372
The Weeds: Can the government trick you into di...
81 min
373
Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and ma...
54 min
374
Would single payer health care work in America?
63 min
375
Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast
55 min