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Vox's The Weeds
Everyone is always warning you not to get lost in the weeds. But not Vox's Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. They love the weeds. That's where all the policy is. This is the podcast for people who follow politics because they love thinking about health care, economics, and zoning. It is not a podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.
News & Politics
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CB--Oh no this health care bill is terrible too
66 min
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Senate Republicans' health care idea: Make the ...
63 min
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Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds
62 min
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Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy
51 min
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Legends of the secret health care bill
61 min
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Infrastructure week (jk it's about Comey)
52 min
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Meet Sprinklecare
65 min
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Jared Kushner: International man of mystery
59 min
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A platinum get out of jail free card
52 min
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Weeds in the Wild: Tennessee's Healthcare Bald ...
19 min
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CB--Oh, this bill stinks
53 min
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Trump's budget has landed, and it's terrible
59 min
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All the Trump scandal drama you've been craving
48 min
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Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom
72 min
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Weeds in the Wild: Free Money... For Everyone!
15 min
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The wall in our hearts
58 min
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AHCApocalypse III
58 min
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High-Risk Podcasting
54 min
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AHCApocalypse II
59 min
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French elections, national service, and Queens ...
64 min
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Weeds Live!
89 min
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Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis
23 min
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The World's Worst Club
53 min
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Bonus Episode: The United States Attacks Syria
30 min
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Nuclear Winter
55 min
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A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacar...
A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacare repeal, and death
71 min
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Weeds in the Wild: Postville
Weeds in the Wild: Postville
27 min
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Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers
Ezra and Matt are joined by Yochi Dreazen to talk about national security policy in the Trump era, the latest on ACA repeal, and research indicating the internet's not to blame for political polarization.
78 min
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CB-uh oh!
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Donald Trump's taxes, the disastrous CBO score of the GOP health care bill, and a study on how Chinese imports reduce Americans' marriage rates.
68 min
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AHCApalooza
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss how to pronounce the big new Republican health law, plus analyze its content and the puzzling politics surrounding its introduction.
68 min
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Don't Call It a State of the Union
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump's address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy.
63 min
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Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high.
73 min
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Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky
In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox's Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump.
14 min
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Privet, Amerika!
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the latest Russia-related scandal engulfing the Trump administration.
65 min
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The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!)
80 min
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SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building.
71 min
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The Don't-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban
Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump's latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees.
41 min
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Gag Order and Infrastructure
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about widely-misunderstood Trump administration efforts to shut up career civil servants.
58 min
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Inauguration Special
Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode.
43 min
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DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats
Trump's not-so-great hires, not-so-great polls, and new research into how career staff act during presidential transitions.
62 min
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Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump's cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, and an effort to cut down on pill abuse that backfired massively.
58 min
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Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare
Two weeks before he leaves office, President Obama sits down for a lengthy conversation about the lessons of the Affordable Care Act and the law's uncertain future.
73 min
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Happy New Year
Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child's birth.
49 min
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Year-End Spectacular
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics.
61 min
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Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on...
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what Obamacare-using Trump voters are hoping for, which regions really need help, and a massive overview of the evidence on globalization and inequality.
51 min
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Russia and the American Dream
Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality's role in reducing social mobility.
56 min
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Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda
Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump's big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest.
74 min
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Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How...
Sarah and Matt take a deep dive into what Trump's cabinet picks say about how he will govern, with a particular focus on HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price. Also: an exciting white paper on recessions and health outcomes!
53 min
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Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and...
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration.
69 min
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Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy...
This is a pilot episode of a new show Sarah has been working on, looking at the real-life stakes of policymaking. The show's name? That's for you to help us decide.
22 min
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The Trump Agenda
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight.
54 min
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Trumpocalypse Now
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump's shocking win.
51 min
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The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016
The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016
49 min
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Is Obamacare Failing?
Ezra, Matt and Sarah go deep into what's going wrong with Obamacare's rising premiums — and take on a research paper that helps explain a lot about Gilmore Girls (really!)
63 min
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Final Debate Special
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate.
53 min
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Second Presidential Debate Special
The morning after Clinton and Trump's debate in St. Louis, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt head to the studio to talk about internal Republican divisions, Trump's threat to throw Clinton in jail, and the surprising amount of policy the two candidates covered.
60 min
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Veep Debate and Cranky Judges
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate Mike Pence's puzzling performance at the vice presidential debate and highlight new research on the surprising link between college football and prison sentences.
51 min
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The First Debate and Pet Health Care
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to take the policy content of the Trump-Clinton debate seriously and discuss important new research into out of control health care spending -- on pets.
65 min
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An Interview with Health and Human Services Sec...
Sarah Kliff heads to Capitol Hill to interview Secretary Burwell on all things health care.
44 min
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Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Cla...
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt get deep into the weeds of the latest Census report on income and poverty, briefly consider Donald Trump's ridiculous charity, and discuss new research into class-based employment discrimination.
67 min
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Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legisl...
Reunited after many summer vacations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take a deep dive into Claudia Goldin's theory of the gender pay gap and possible remedies. Plus hot new research that proves nobody cares about state government.
53 min
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EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead...
Why did EpiPen's price skyrocket 400 percent over the past decade? Sarah and Matt dive into the complex world of American drug pricing to find out.
54 min
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Obamacare Update and Aging America
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are all together for a gloriously in-the-weeds discussion of the success and failure of the Affordable Care Act plus some hot new research with bad news for the future of economic growth.
55 min
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Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins
Ezra and Matt talk about conflicts of interest in think tank funding, Hillary Clinton's transition team, and the biggest study yet of who supports Donald Trump and why.
65 min
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Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and th...
Ezra is joined by guest co-hosts Dara Lind and Libby Nelson
60 min
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Interview with Atul Gawande
Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande talks about the fascinating academic work he has in progress, attempting to improve end-of-life care and make hospitals safer, and how he became a writer in the first place.
93 min
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DNC-Palooza
Sarah and Ezra discuss why it matters that a woman was just nominated for president, and whether Sanders could inspire a Tea Party of the left.
56 min
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Republican Convention Special
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.
52 min
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Basic Income and Police Shootings
Andy Stern joins Ezra, Sarah, and Matt to talk about his new book, and the regular cast considers new research on police use of force.
56 min
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Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
43 min
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Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China...
Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock
59 min
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Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing m...
Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers
62 min
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Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health car...
Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk
63 min
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Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
56 min
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5uper Tue5day
5uper Tue5day
54 min
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Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish ad...
Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish administrative data, and the big city recovery
56 min
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Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primar...
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress
67 min
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90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the trut...
90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the truth about abortion
54 min
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Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how l...
Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how low-income housing can boost poor neighborhoods
48 min
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Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens n...
Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens next?
60 min
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Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
47 min
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Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes ...
Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes — oh my!
69 min
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Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiducia...
Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiduciary rule, and the challenge of information polarization
64 min
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Interview with Jason Furman
The Obama administration's top economist talks to Vox's Dylan Matthews about the challenges facing the American economy.
30 min
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Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate proble...
Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate problem, and the geography of life expectancy
72 min
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What the hell is going on with tax havens, expl...
What the hell is going on with tax havens, explained
59 min
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A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculato...
A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculator, and a paper that explains Trump
78 min
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Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Mad...
Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Madness, and Uber's productivity
65 min
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Super(b) Tuesday special
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the results of the March 15 primaries and the state of the 2016 presidential election.
51 min
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The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and bette...
The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and better textbooks
84 min
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Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!
Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!
83 min
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TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abo...
TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abortion clinic shutdown.
69 min
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The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible coll...
The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible collapse of American democracy
66 min
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Could more corruption fix American politics?
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt use the New Hampshire primary results as a lens through which to discuss Jonathan Rauch's case for "political realism" as a governing philosophy.
72 min
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The Iowa Caucuses
Who wins in 2016 will hugely influence policies in Washington-and that's where Ezra, Matt, and Sarah are talking about Iowa this week.
73 min
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Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will thi...
What do tax rates do to the economy? And is this a good moment for third parties? Listen and find out!
84 min
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Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being than...
Ezra interviews New York Times columnist Ross Douthat
73 min
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Campaign finance and global inequality — with l...
Ezra, Matt and Sarah discuss sloppy stats, whether money really is the problem with politics, and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan.
72 min
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Obama's Legacy, debating single payer, and Obam...
The State of the Union got us thinking: what should Obama's regrets really be?
79 min
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Immigration and the minimum wage — with an arme...
America's immigration debate is peppered with terms like "path to citizenship" and "amnesty." Those catch phrases can mean vastly different things to different people — and on this week's episode of the Weeds, Vox's Dara Lind joins Sarah and...
77 min
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Teen births are plummeting — and economists are...
In a very merry Christmas day episode of the Weeds, Ezra and Matt talk to Sarah about how why teen birth rate fell in half since the mid-2000s — and whether MTV's 16 and Pregnant might have anything to do with it. Also in this episode: an...
62 min
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Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline ...
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra lay out what is and isn't troubling about gentrification, break down congress' latest fiscal deal, and discuss a paper that explores why swing voting has become rare.
76 min
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Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke
In this special episode of The Weeds, Ezra interviews former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about what it's like to manage the most powerful economic policymaking institution in the world during a financial crisis. They also talk about...
40 min
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Why health premiums rise, and how partisans dis...
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt are reunited at last for a deep dive into why patients in and out of Obamacare are paying more for health insurance, the rising tide of Islamophobia in the presidential campaign, and a look at fascinating new research on the...
76 min
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Dietary fat and climate change
Matt is joined by special guest stars Julia Belluz and Brad Plumer to discuss the science of eating fat, the Paris climate conference, and the public health implications of climate change. The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building...
57 min
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Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between
This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt discuss the flaws in the DC elite's favorite idea: raising the retirement age, consider how to respond to terrorist attacks (with a bonus digression about 19th century anarchist assassins), and debate a striking new...
73 min
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We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don't we?
On this week's episode of the Weeds, fellow Vox editor Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt for what is certainly the most in-depth discussion of basic income ever broadcast. Would it really just work to give every American a base salary, regardless of...
66 min
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How politics is making us stupid
Facts rarely seem to win any political debate — and on this episode of the Weeds, Matt, Ezra, and Sarah use political science research to explain why. Also: the case for softball debate questions and a troubling new study on rising death rates...
68 min
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Are we counting poverty all wrong?
This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt finally deliver the equivocal takes on gerrymandering that America has been waiting for, dive into the weeds of the big budget compromise, and tackle what may be the dorkiest policy issue of all time — the use of...
73 min
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Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good...
In this week's episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive head first into a new Brookings white paper about income inequality (and how to not to fix it). We also imagine what a Joe Biden administration could have been, with a commander-in-chief...
51 min
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The Weeds: Can the government trick you into di...
On this week's episode, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate a little known Obamacare program, learn all about Nordic economies, and take on a new white paper forcing health economists to rethink deductibles. 
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Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and ma...
In a special edition of The Weeds, Ezra interviews Arthur Brooks —head of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, a New York Times columnist, a major influence on Jeb Bush, and a surprisingly snappy dresser. Really.
54 min
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Would single payer health care work in America?
In the second episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate whether nationalized health care could work in America, what solutions are really needed to solve the country's mass shooting issue — and introduce an exciting new, regular...
63 min
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Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast
In this first episode of the new Vox.com podcast the weeds, Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias look at why Hillary Clinton is trying to gut a major part of Obamacare, how Donald Trump's tax plan made Matt sad, and whether American politics...
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