The Weeds

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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 import… read more

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Trump's war on Medicaid

August 16th, 2019

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Jessica Schubel explains how Medicaid works, and how the White House is trying to undermine it.

Join the …

Epstein conspiracy time

August 13th, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt try to offer actual facts about prison suicide and new research on hot weather and crime.

Related reading:

“Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, in Context”’ by Ken White, the Atlantic

"Jeffrey Epstein’s Death …

The case for a Green New Deal

August 9th, 2019

Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data for Progress joins Matt to discuss the vision of the Green New Deal, the need to link it to social justice, and whether …

Domestic terrorism after El Paso

August 6th, 2019

ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to talk about the mass shooting in El Paso and what it means to take white nationalist violence seriously.

The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein

July 30th, 2019

ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss the sexual assault case that’s also a political scandal and a financial puzzle.

**White paper …

Dysfunctional federalism

July 26th, 2019

Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.

Join the Weeds Facebook group!

Go back to Cincinnati

July 23rd, 2019

ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad”: Reps. Ayanna Presley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and …

Why everyone hates Big Tech, with The Verge's Nilay Patel

July 19th, 2019

Verge editor-in-chief and Vergecast host Nilay Patel joins Matt in this special crossover episode to explain what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to circumnavigate liability for …

Space Force all the way!

July 16th, 2019

Worldly's Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to explain Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.

Recommended reading:
“Trump really, really wants troops in space” by Alex Ward

School’s out for summer

July 12th, 2019

Cristina Novoa from the Center for American Progress joins Matt to talk about child care disruptions and possible solutions.

“When Parents Can’t Find …

Ask Weeds Anything

July 9th, 2019


ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions. 

A progressive case for globalism

July 5th, 2019


Reed College economist Kimberly Clausing joins Matt to talk about trade and the middle class.

Democracy's week in court

July 2nd, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt on two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.

White paper

What’s really going on with child detention?

June 25th, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.

Related reading:
The horrifying conditions facing kids …

What’s really happening in Central America

June 21st, 2019

Adriana Beltrán of the Washington Office on Latin America joins Matt to explain the deep roots of the migration crisis.

Jamestown: Utopia for Whom

June 19th, 2019


Nice Try! is a new podcast from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan. Season …

The “illiberal” right

June 18th, 2019

Jane and Ezra discuss the ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.

Related reading:
A New Consensus
Kyle Kashuv Becomes a …

5 big ideas to use tax credits to fight poverty

June 14th, 2019

Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy explains the leading progressive tax plans in Congress and how they differ from Trump’s …

Into the weeds with Elizabeth Warren

June 11th, 2019


The Massachusetts senator joins Ezra Klein to explain her plans, and her plan to make the plans happen.

A user's guide to antitrust

June 7th, 2019


Matt sits down with Public Knowledge policy counsel Charlotte Slaiman to explain how US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle …

Trump’s tariff triple option

June 4th, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs, and a white paper on private …

Monetary mysteries revealed

May 31st, 2019


Bloomberg’s Karl Smith joins Matt to explain how the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost …

Building the Trump state

May 28th, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt break down Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.

Related …

Rethinking education reform

May 24th, 2019

Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policy

Bernie's charter school plan - link
Harris' teacher pay plan - link

The loneliness of Justin Amash

May 21st, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.

White paper

America's two housing crises

May 17th, 2019


Brookings's Jenny Schuetz joins Matt to discuss subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.

Make America 2015 Again

May 14th, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration, plus some fresh research on the macroeconomics of bankruptcy.

Related …

Green New Weeds

May 10th, 2019

David Roberts joins Ezra and Jane to explain the policy and politics of the Green New Deal. Plus: Which candidate has the better climate plan, Beto …

Sarah's Last Stand

May 7th, 2019

Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.

Related …

Mexico: America's waiting room

May 3rd, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt discuss Dara's fresh reporting on asylum officers' complaints about Trump's "wait in Mexico" policy initiative.

Related reading:

Incels and bullshitters

April 30th, 2019

Senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp joins Jane and Matt to share his reporting on the origins and evolution of a troubling new internet community.

Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?

April 26th, 2019

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt celebrate Vox's fifth anniversary with a look at the changing nature of the policy dialogue in Washington.

This special episode …

What to obstruct when you’re obstructing

April 23rd, 2019

Matt, Jane, and Andrew Prokop talk about the Mueller report — which one of them has actually read to the end.

Related reading:
Quinta Jurecic’s …

Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]

April 18th, 2019


Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with Worldly on Robert Mueller’s just-released report. They explain the special …

Trump Family (Tax) Values

April 16th, 2019

Dara, Sarah, and Matt talk about the suspiciously timed retirement of Trump's sister, IRS enforcement, and new research on how police stops can …

How Canada got Medicare-for-all done

April 12th, 2019

Ezra returns to discuss filibuster reform and the legacy of Tommy Douglas with Sarah and Matt.

Recommended reading:
Tommy Douglas named greatest …

The Purge: DHS

April 9th, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's personnel shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security and what's next for immigration policy.

Recommended …

Attack of the clone bills

April 5th, 2019

Matt, Sarah, and Dara copied this discussion of model legislation from an asbestos lobbyist.

Recommended reading:
USA Today article
Article on 'ALEC'

Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers

April 2nd, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt on President Donald Trump’s latest border moves and a new wrinkle in the story of the gender pay gap.

Recommended reading:

Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher Week)

March 29th, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt analyze three new policy proposals from Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.

Recommended reading:
Amy Klobuchar's …

Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repeal isn't.

March 26th, 2019

Sarah, Dara, and Jane discuss the Hill's response to Mueller, the DOJ's siege of Obamacare, and the benefits of IUDs.

National Review article
Zack …

Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?

March 22nd, 2019

Sarah, Jane, and Matt debate the value of policy details in the primary.

We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more …

The reparations primary

March 19th, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the unexpected issue of the moment, plus Swedish administrative data on what makes a CEO.

Suggested reading:
White Paper

Live Weeds with Julián Castro

March 15th, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the former US secretary of housing and urban development and 2020 presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest.

We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It …

Introducing Switched on Pop

March 13th, 2019

Vox takes culture seriously. Our coverage seeks to understand how our cultural touchstones work — and what they reveal about who we are.
That's why …

Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg

March 12th, 2019

Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest.

We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, …

The long con

March 8th, 2019

Jane and Matt discuss Jacob Wohl and the intermingling of grift and conservative politics.

Jane's article on Jacob Wohl
Iraqi dinar on YouTube
Casey …

But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?

March 5th, 2019

Sarah, Dylan, and Matt discuss Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare-for-all bill, its lack of pay-fors, and an interesting white paper on income transparency.

The Weeds fixes racism

March 1st, 2019

Jane, Dara, and Matt excavate the most contentious moment in the Cohen hearing in a hunt for "racist bones."
Recommended reading:Dara on the …

Amy Klobuchar and the Jill Robinson effect

February 26th, 2019

Sarah and Matt discuss the recent spate of stories about the Minnesota senator — and an announcement from Ezra!

Relevant articles:

Paper on the Jill …

Day care for all!

February 22nd, 2019

Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Elizabeth Warren's universal child care plan — and the other options on the table.

Relevant articles:

Alvin Chang wealth …

Collusion and the Mueller endgame

February 19th, 2019

Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain what we've learned from the latest developments in the Russia investigation.

Andrew's article on Jerome …

Emergency Weeds

February 15th, 2019

Dara, Sarah, and Matt explain the border security deal and Trump’s plan to bypass Congress.

Dara's article
Matt's article on non-legislative priorities

What’s the best way to help the poor?

February 12th, 2019

Dylan Matthews joins Sarah, Ezra, and Matt to discuss five new plans on poverty from leading Democrats.

Dylan's Article
Sarah's Article on Childhood …


February 8th, 2019

Virginia is embroiled in multiple blackface scandals — and Jane Coaston, Sarah Kliff, and Dylan Scott are here to talk about it.

Video about Slavery …

Do we need private insurance?

February 5th, 2019

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down the latest twist in the Medicare-for-all debate — plus rigorous new research on Facebook.

White Paper

House Democrats’ plan to save democracy

February 1st, 2019


Jane, Dara, and Matt break down HR 1 — the first bill from the new Democratic majority.

Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap

January 29th, 2019

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt analyze the presidential candidate’s first popular book and review new evidence on the dangers of opioid marketing.

Ezra's …

The end of the shutdown

January 25th, 2019


Jane, Ezra, and Matt have a slightly ill-timed discussion about the Pelosi-Trump showdown and the politics of the wall.

Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud

January 22nd, 2019

Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's latest proposal, suspicious ER billing practices, and SNAP investigations

Sarah's articles about hospital ER fees

White Paper

You can't eat your principles for dinner

January 18th, 2019

Sarah, Dara, and Matt analyze the prolonged shutdown's impact on the future of the federal workforce

Reference Articles:

The shutdown threatens the …

Taxing the rich

January 15th, 2019

Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider the ethics and economics of a 70 percent top marginal rate

Americans misperceive racial economic equality

Tucker Carlson vs the free market

January 11th, 2019


Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the argument over economic populism that’s roiling the conservative world

Ask Weeds Anything

January 8th, 2019


Matt, Sarah, and Dara take questions from our audience

Book Recommendations:

The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman

Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon …

New year, no government

January 4th, 2019


Dara, Jane, and Matt explain why a shutdown is not The Purge and delve into the all-important difference between slats, bollards, and walls 

Classic Weeds: The great white panic

January 1st, 2019


Jane Coaston joins Dara, Ezra, and Matt to talk about the racial panic tearing America apart and also salt. References and further reading: Ezra's piece on the changing demographics in America Identity Crisis book …

The Weeds Year-End Spectacular

December 28th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt share what they learned in 2018, predictions for 2019, and their favorite research of the year.


Matt's white paper pick

Sarah's white paper pick

Ezra's white paper pick

Sarah’s ER opus

Congress actually did something important

December 21st, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the substance and political context of the big bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. References and further reading: …

Bernie and Biden and Beto, oh my!

December 18th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt decide it’s not too soon to start talking about the 2020 election. Plus — Obamacare litigation forever! References and further reading: Matt’s explainer on the Democratic field for 2020 Matt’s …

A big, beautiful podcast about the border wall

December 14th, 2018


Matt, Dara, and Jane discuss what happens when engineering crushes dreams. Links: For an in-depth read on the border wall, here's a great explainer. The GAO report Dara cited can be found here. And here's the Atlantic …

A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan

December 11th, 2018


Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider Paul Ryan’s legacy and new research on crime and the minimum wage. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on …

Pod Save the US-Saudi alliance?

December 7th, 2018


Special guest Tommy Vietor of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the World joins Dara and Matt to break down the anti-Saudi backlash sweeping Washington. 

Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re not giving up power

December 4th, 2018


Jane, Ezra, and Matt talk about state-level GOP power grabs and the curious case of Trump’s disappearing populism. References and further reading: …

Mexico was the wall all along

November 30th, 2018


Dara and Matt explain the situation at the border now that the caravan has finally arrived. References and further reading: Li Zhou explains the liberal blowback against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Vox’s piece …

The many flavors of Medicare-for-all

November 27th, 2018


Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to break down eight different plans circulating to expand government health insurance programs. References and …

The Impact: How do you make education funding fair?

November 23rd, 2018


Our Thanksgiving special is an episode of The Impact -- a show about how policy shapes our lives hosted by Sarah Kliff. This season, Sarah and her …

The future of conservatism is being forged in California

November 20th, 2018


Jane, Ezra, and Matt explain a new brand of right-wing politics rising under conditions of permanent opposition. References and further reading: …

Facebook is bad, please join our Facebook group

November 16th, 2018


Dara, Jane, and Matt analyze the social network that America loves to hate and can't escape. References and further reading: New York Times exposé on Facebook’s reaction to Russian interference on their site Michelle …

Jeff Sessions is gone but not forgotten

November 9th, 2018


Dara, Jane, and Matt talk about the endgame for the attorney general Trump loved to hate. References and further reading: Dara reports on Trump’s asylum ban Dara defines Jeff Sessions’s legacy through immigration …

About last night

November 7th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down seven key takeaways from Tuesday's election. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on Trump’s failing …

Seattle’s plan to save democracy

November 6th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt offer midterm predictions, look at democracy vouchers, and analyze the real impact of Daylight Savings Time. References and further reading: Sarah explores the effects of Seattle’s democracy …

Bad for the Jews

November 2nd, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt dissect the rising currents of anti-Semitism in the Trump era. References and further reading: Adam Serwer’s piece on the Pittsburgh shooter Dara joins Today, Explained to discuss the migrant …

Operation Win the Midterms

October 31st, 2018


Defense correspondent Alex Ward joins Dara and Matt to analyze Trump’s dispatch of thousands of US soldiers to the border. References and further …

Republicans’ health care message: Lie a lot

October 30th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down rhetoric and reality on preexisting conditions. References and further reading: Sarah outlines the position of Republicans on preexisting conditions Sarah’s piece from 2016 on the future …

Our elections are being hacked

October 26th, 2018


In this episode, Ezra and Jane dig into the dismal state of election security, as well as the many, many ways that people’s votes are obstructed, distorted, and prevented. Isn’t democracy grand? References and further …

What's next for House Democrats?

October 24th, 2018


Ella Nilsen and Dylan Scott join Matt Yglesias to talk about Democrats' midterm message and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's future. References and further reading: Ella’s piece on the priorities of House Democrats …

Cory Booker’s plan to close the racial wealth gap

October 23rd, 2018


Dara, Sarah, and Matt talk about a new "baby bonds" proposal and new research that explores perceptions of illegal immigrants. References and further reading: Sarah’s piece on Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) plan for baby …

Trump versus the Caravan

October 19th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the reality behind the migrant caravan fueling the latest MAGA conspiracy theories. References and further reading: Trump’s first campaign ad Rep. Matt Gaetz’s tweet claiming to share …

Republicans run everything, and they’re mad as hell

October 17th, 2018


Tara Golshan joins Jane and Matt to analyze the state of the GOP on the brink of the midterms. References and further reading: Ella Nilsen gives a …

America’s moral failure on climate

October 16th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate the new IPCC report, William Nordhaus's Nobel Prize, and a hot new working paper about Medicaid contraction. References and further reading: The IPCC report on the impact of global warming …

I’mma let you finish

October 12th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Kanye West, Taylor Swift, the black conservative political tradition, and the shifting politics of the Trump era. …

As tough as Texas

October 10th, 2018


Tara Golshan and Ella Nilsen join Matt to talk about the critical midterm races in the Lone Star State. References and further reading: Ella’s piece …

The craziest Obamacare lawsuit yet

October 9th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare (again!), waning democratic legitimacy, and why retaking the SAT drives class and racial gaps in college …

Alexa, raise the minimum wage

October 5th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Amazon's pay raise, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Stop BEZOS Act, and the new politics of big tech. References and further …

When women run

October 3rd, 2018


Congressional reporter Ella Nilsen joins Sarah and Matt to explain the unprecedented surge in women running for Congress this year. References and further reading: Michele Swers’s paper that highlights how women …

Death to NAFTA! Long live USMCA!

October 2nd, 2018


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt dive into the latest on the Kavanaugh nomination — and why USMCA is great for Canadians who drink milk. References and further reading: Alvin Chang charts every question the Senate asked Kavanaugh …

Do Republicans even care if Kavanaugh is guilty?

September 28th, 2018


Sarah, Jane, and Matt break down an excruciating day in American politics. References and further reading: Laura McGann’s piece on sexual harassment …

What Sarah learned on parental leave

September 25th, 2018


Sarah, Matt, and Ezra dive into how other countries design parental leave policies — and what the US could do better. Plus: a white paper on subways, …

What could stop the next Botham Jean?

September 21st, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss a tragic death in Dallas and the difficult politics of police reform. References and further reading: Adam Serwer’s …

#MeToo goes to the Supreme Court

September 18th, 2018


Dara, Ezra, and Matt discuss the allegations that could derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation References and further reading: Christine Blasey Ford …

Can Elon Musk save Tesla from himself?

September 14th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about the potential meltdown of one of America’s most important entrepreneurs. References and further reading: Emily Stewart's piece on Elon Musk smoking pot 

I am the Resistance inside The Weeds podcast

September 11th, 2018


Dara, Ezra, and Matt talk about Bob Woodward’s book, that op-ed, and the two-track Trump presidency. References and further reading: The infamous NY Times op-ed written by a White House insider Andrew Prokop's explainer …

Colin Kaepernick, the most important election issue in the world

September 7th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt get ready for some football. References and further reading: Jane's explainer of the NFL protests Jane's piece on Nike's new "Just Do It" campaign Jane's piece "Nike has made billions selling …

What’s at stake in the midterms

September 4th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt kick off the unofficial beginning of campaign season by asking what happens if Democrats win in November and what if they lose? References and further reading: Matt's piece on the House Republican …

America picked a lousy time to turn its back on refugees

August 31st, 2018


In an unexpectedly globe-hopping episode of The Weeds, Dara and Worldly co-host Zack Beauchamp examine the ripple effects of Trump’s America First attitude toward the refugee crisis. References and further reading: …

John McCain vs. the idea of John McCain

August 28th, 2018


Vox politics editor Laura McGann joins Dara and Matt to talk about John McCain's legacy and Donald Trump's response to his death, then Dara and Matt …

The art of the squeal

August 24th, 2018


Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, and what comes next for Donald Trump. References and …

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism

August 21st, 2018


Dara, Ezra, and Matt discuss a big idea to make the economy great again. References and further reading: Matt's piece on Elizabeth Warren's corporate accountability bill Matt's piece on Kevin Williamson's attack on …

We’re not gonna pay rent

August 17th, 2018


Jane Coaston joins Matt and Dara to talk about exploding housing costs in America’s coastal cities and what we can do about them. References and further reading: Jeff Stein's piece on rent and housing 

Lordy, Omarosa has tapes

August 14th, 2018


Emily Stewart joins Dara and Matt to talk about the perhaps-unbelievable book everyone’s talking about, and the dysfunctional White House that spawned it. References and further reading: Emily's piece on Omarosa's …


August 10th, 2018


Senior health correspondent Julia Belluz and science reporter Brian Resnick join Dara and Matt to discuss the replication crisis in scientific …

The Great Twitter Wars of 2018

August 7th, 2018


Jane Coaston and Dylan Matthews join Ezra to discuss the Sarah Jeong fracas, the Ben Shapiro-Mark Duplass meltdown, the problems with Twitter, the ways partisan dehumanize each other, and more. References and further …

Paul Manafort, alleged ostrich-collar criminal

August 3rd, 2018


Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to talk about Paul Manafort’s trial and what it means for the larger Russia investigation. References and further …

The great white panic

July 31st, 2018


Jane Coaston joins Dara, Ezra, and Matt to talk about the racial panic tearing America apart and also salt. References and further reading: Ezra's piece on the changing demographics in America Identity Crisis book …

“Mission Accomplished,” trade war edition

July 27th, 2018


Congressional reporter Tara Golshan joins Dara and Matt to break down Trump’s kinda sorta trade deal with the EU and ongoing trade tensions …

What Republicans can do on Trump and Russia

July 24th, 2018


Matt, Dara and Ezra talk about Republicans, Trump and Russia. Plus: A research paper reveals how Dara lost on College Jeopardy.

References and …

It’s surprisingly easy to get away with murder in America

July 20th, 2018


Senior criminal justice reporter German Lopez joins Dara and Matt to talk about the high number of unsolved homicides in America.

References …

There’s collusion, and then there’s collusion

July 17th, 2018


Dara, Ezra, and Matt discuss President Trump's remarkable performance in Helsinki and new research on employers colluding to hold down pay.

Republicans' plan for health care: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

July 13th, 2018


Dylan Scott joins Dara and Matt to talk about the Trump administration’s latest moves to destabilize health insurance markets.

Dylan's piece on risk adjustment payments, and another piece on the Trump …

Brett Kavanaugh and the future of the Supreme Court

July 10th, 2018


Dara, Ezra, and Matt break down what we know about Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court

References and further reading:

Paper about Norwegian …

1,2,3,4 Trump declares a trade war

July 6th, 2018


Staff writer Zeeshan Aleem joins Dara and Matt to break down what's really happening with Trump and trade, and how much it matters.

References and further reading:

Zeeshan's piece on the US-China trade war

Family detention is the new family separation

July 3rd, 2018


Matt, Dara and Ezra talk about the Trump administration's use of family detention as an alternative to family separation. Then they turn to a white paper that looks at racial attitudes and white privilege.

America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice

June 29th, 2018


Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Matt and Dara to talk about the future of the Supreme Court without Justice Kennedy.

With borders wide open

June 26th, 2018


Ezra returns from the wilds of book leave to talk about open borders with Dara and Matt.

References and further reading:

Dara's piece on the …

The messy drama queens of the Supreme Court

June 22nd, 2018


While Sarah, Matt and Ezra are away Dara is joined by Dylan Matthews and Andrew Prokop to talk about the friction between how the Supreme Court says it makes its decisions, and the way everyone assumes it really …

Which children matter?

June 19th, 2018


Senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to talk about the ideological roots of Donald Trump's family separation policy.

Ask Weeds Anything...Again!

June 15th, 2018


Sarah, Dara and Matt answer your questions.

Why 12-step programs work — and family separation doesn’t

June 12th, 2018


While Sarah and Matt are away Dara is joined by congressional reporters Tara Golshan and Ella Nilsen to talk about immigration and …

Can we get tough on rapists without being “tough on crime”?

June 8th, 2018


Sarah, Dara and Matt talk about the recent recall of Judge Aaron Persky, the California judge who sentenced former Stanford University …

Cake Wars, Supreme Court edition

June 5th, 2018


Dara, Sarah and Matt trace the Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling back to peyote and then discuss a Swedish study about lottery …

Trump isn’t losing immigrant kids, but he is taking them from their parents

June 1st, 2018


Sarah and Matt are joined by Congress reporter Tara Golshan to talk about missing children, separated families, and the latest …

The debate over “no excuses” charter schools, explained

May 29th, 2018


Libby Nelson, news editor and former education reporter, joins Matt and Sarah to talk about the discipline practices and educational …

Nobody has babies anymore (except Sarah)

May 22nd, 2018


Sarah and Matt talk about America’s rapidly falling birthrate, and a study on the long-term benefit of the 1980s Medicaid expansion.

References and further reading:

National Center for Health Statistics report on …

Caught in the Intellectual Dark Web

May 18th, 2018


Senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to debate the “identity politics” backlash and the prospects for pluralism.

Drugs! (But not the fun kind)

May 15th, 2018


Sarah, Dara and Matt discuss the the exorbitant cost of prescription drugs and a white paper that looks at the correlation between counties that vote Republican and the number of low and high-skilled immigrants …

The many scandals of Michael Cohen

May 11th, 2018

1:19:50 senior political reporter Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain the strange tale of Donald Trump’s lawyer and fixer, Michael …

Did you read the memo about the TPS reports?

May 8th, 2018


Sarah, Dara, and Matt analyze Trump’s drastic rollback of Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti and …

Should psychiatrists diagnose Trump? Should journalists?

May 4th, 2018


Vox's science reporter Brian Resnick joins Dara and Sarah to talk about psychiatry's Goldwater Rule, which has never met a test like Donald …

What if the government guaranteed everyone a job?

May 1st, 2018


Vox's Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to break down the jobs guarantee debate and discuss research on a promising school desegregation …

Ambien for all, Ronny Jackson and the VA, explained

April 27th, 2018


Congressional reporter Ella Nilsen makes her Weeds debut joining Sarah and Matt to break down the botched nomination at the Veterans’ Administration, they also address the questions around the troubled agency’s …

Speaker Ryan had a farm bill (E-I-E-I-O)

April 24th, 2018


Sarah, Dara and Matt discuss a Republican farm bill that would impose work requirements on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance …

Boiling the frogs of war

April 20th, 2018


Zack Beauchamp joins Dara and Matt to explain the ever-expanding 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Trump's even more expansive legal rationale for bombing Syria.

References and further reading:

Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military

April 17th, 2018


Matt, Sarah and Dara work backward from James Comey through FBI history and discover an 18th-century demon hidden in the Constitution. No, really.

References and further reading:

Dara's piece on the tension …

All 👏 payer 👏 rate 👏 setting 👏

April 13th, 2018


Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about Paul Ryan's retirement, his legacy, and the Weedsiest health reform of all.


Sarah's …

The imprudent Scott Pruitt

April 10th, 2018


Sirens galore, as the team races through Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt's many, many scandals and a white paper …

Sinclair’s alarming takeover of local TV news

April 6th, 2018


Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to break down the history of Sinclair Broadcast Group, its politics, and the regulatory favors that …

Is Donald Trump ruining the Census?

April 3rd, 2018


Sarah, Dara, and Matt talk about the citizenship question, funding, and the potential consequences of a botched enumeration. Plus a weedsy dive into potential redistricting mischief, and research on Jose …

The optimistic take is things have always been bad (Worldly crossover)

March 30th, 2018


The Weeds/Worldly crossover event continues: Jennifer Williams tries to persuade Dara and Matt they're wrong about an Islamophobic shift in …

Is Facebook bad?

March 27th, 2018


Matt, Sarah and Ezra on a new, blockbuster study on racial mobility — and whether Mark Zuckerberg should shut down Facebook.


Race …

Cambridge Analytica: Scandal, hype, or both?

March 23rd, 2018


Andrew Prokop, senior politics reporter for, joins Dara and Matt to break down the scandal that’s rocking the worlds of technology …

The opioid debate: could reversing overdoses worsen the epidemic?

March 20th, 2018


An economics working paper finds that access to Naloxone, a drug to reverse opioid overdoses, may increase opioid abuse. Sarah and Ezra explain the paper that started a social media firestorm — and what it means …

Abolish ICE

March 16th, 2018


Dara and Matt break down the history of Immigration & Customs Enforcement: how it got this way, and why some on the left want it to go away.

Trigger warning: Discussion of White House chaos and political correctness

March 13th, 2018


Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Ezra and Matt to talk about Trump turmoil, political correctness and the latest research on …

Nickname fights and wildcat strikes

March 9th, 2018


Vox Politics & Policy reporter Alexia Fernandez-Campbell joins Dara and Matt to talk about the West Virginia teachers strike.


Relief at last for America’s long-suffering banks

March 6th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about a bipartisan bank deregulation bill, Medicaid work requirements, and constitutional hardball.


Mark …

Guns, Weeds, and Steel

March 2nd, 2018


Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to talk about a week of extremely erratic policymaking from an increasingly …

Medicare for Many More

February 27th, 2018


Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about a new universal health care plan — plus some exciting administrative data from the good-old …

The stupidest fucking idea I’ve ever heard

February 23rd, 2018


There are also some good ideas discussed. All of them are about guns. German Lopez joins Dara and Matt to talk about gun control in the wake …

It's finally infrastructure week

February 20th, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what’s really wrong with American infrastructure, the massacre in Parkland, FL, and new research on legislators’ irrational decision-making.

Whitepaper! Bias in Perceptions of …

DACApocalypse in the Senate

February 16th, 2018


Matt, Dara, and Andrew Prokop talk about the Senate's failed immigration push, and they parse through the many-layered Rob Porter scandal.

DACA/Immigration ReferencesThe 8 Republican senators who voted for the …

The gender pay gap is mostly about children

February 13th, 2018


Matt, Ezra, Sarah, and Dylan Matthews try to explain Trump’s budget and Disability Insurance. For today's white paper: Move over Swedish administrative data, it’s Denmark’s turn.

Trump’s budget references:Dylan's …

The six-hour shutdown, explained

February 9th, 2018


Matt, Dara, and Tara Golshan, all weary from lack of sleep, try to make sense of the few hours on Thursday night/Friday morning when the …

What's up with Amazon's health venture — and the stock market

February 6th, 2018


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan announcement about their joint healthcare venture, as well as …

MS-13, explained

February 2nd, 2018


Dara, Matt, and Zack Beauchamp talk about the policy failures that created the gang haunting Donald Trump's dreams.

Referenced Works

Are there …

The state of our podcast is strong

January 31st, 2018


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt parse through Trump's State of the Union address and the response delivered by Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Referenced Works:

The white genocide episode you’ve been waiting for

January 26th, 2018


A DACA ransom note from the White House prompts Matt, Dara and Jane Coaston to muse on whose nation this is, anyway.

Referenced Works

The …

Shutdown deal special

January 22nd, 2018


Dara, Sarah, and Ezra dig into the details of the new shutdown deal — and what it means for the future of shutdown politics.

The Shutdown Special

January 19th, 2018


A few hours before a looming shutdown, DC is a very postmodern place.

Referenced works:

Dara on the DACA situation

Dylan Matthew on past …

No one wants to take responsibility for sick kids or fake news

January 16th, 2018


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about Mark Zuckerberg's recent announcement regarding what Facebook will focus on in 2018, and the state of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Shithole special

January 12th, 2018


The mask slipped with Trump's "shithole" comments, and Matt and Dara take a hard look at what lies beneath it. Content warning: explicit …

Lie back, light up, and enjoy some executive time

January 9th, 2018


German Lopez joins Matt and Sarah to talk about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' most recent move on marijuana, how Trump spends his time, and child mortality in the US.

Winter, explained

January 5th, 2018


Brian Resnick joins Dara and Matt to talk about the 'bomb cyclone' and how it relates to the climate.

Why is US life expectancy falling?

January 2nd, 2018


It's only the second day of 2018, and Matt, Ezra, and Sarah are already talking about alarming statistics--this time, to do with average American life expectancy.

White paper: Bias in Perceptions of Public …

The most undercovered policy stories of 2017

December 29th, 2017


Sarah returns from New Zealand in time to reflect with Matt on the year in policy.

White paper: Uniform Pricing in US Retail Chains

Ask Weeds Anything!

December 22nd, 2017


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah answer your questions.

Tax reforms and garbage factories

December 19th, 2017


Matt and Ezra talk about what the tax bill actually does, whether the deficit matters, and a white paper about rugged individualism.

White …

The Great Awokening comes to Congress

December 15th, 2017


Matt, Dara, and Tara Golshan talk about how Congress does and doesn’t handle sexual harassment allegations.

Alabama senate special

December 13th, 2017


Matt and Ezra talk about the result of the Alabama senate race and the state of the GOP.

Is the FBI good now?

December 8th, 2017


Matt, Dara, and German Lopez discuss the (shallow, according to some) politics of pro-FBI liberals.

Net neutrality, explained (Also! Why CVS is buying Aetna)

December 5th, 2017


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk through the argument around net neutrality, the possible CVS-Aetna merger, and a white paper about who becomes an inventor in America.

Ben Thompson's defense of Ajit Pai

Who Becomes an …

How the GOP is weaponizing the tax code

December 1st, 2017


Matt, Dara Lind, and Vox contributor Mike Konczal talk tax reform and Democrats' sexual harassment problem.

Five big problems with the GOP tax plan

November 28th, 2017


Matt and Ezra parse through the many flaws of the tax bill.

A very Weeds Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what they're thankful for this year — plus disturbing new research about gender bias in surgical referrals.

Tax reform special

November 17th, 2017


Tara Golshan and Dylan Scott join Matt to break down the two different GOP tax bills.

Republicans’ Roy Moore problem

November 14th, 2017


Matt and Sarah discuss allegations against Roy Moore, Trump's new pick for Health and Human Services secretary, and a slightly better work week.

White paper: Time as a Network Good: Evidence from Unemployment …

Virginia is for Democrats

November 10th, 2017


Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about this week’s election results and the implications for 2018.

The vaunted, versatile VAT

November 7th, 2017


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about the possibility of a Value-Added Tax, midterm elections, and acid rain.

Mentioned works:

A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System by T. R. …

The tax bill's winners and many, many losers

November 3rd, 2017


Dylan Scott and Dylan Matthews join Matt to talk about House Republicans’ tax plan.

Indictment special! Plus: is Paul Ryan cowardly or courageous?

October 31st, 2017


The gang talks about recent developments in the Russia investigation, and Sarah tells us what she learned visiting Canada with Bernie Sanders.

Purge 3: The Bannoning

October 27th, 2017


Andrew Prokop joins Matt to talk about Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP establishment.

Republicans: "Math" means you have to cut taxes on the rich. Weeds: Nope.

October 24th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk more tax reform, John Kelly's failure to fix the Trump administration, and new research on dental scams.

White paper: Health Services as Credence Goods: A Field Experiment

How immigration took over Virginia’s governor race

October 20th, 2017


Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the surprisingly interesting governor’s election in Virginia.

The Impact: The curious case of the $629 Band Aid

October 18th, 2017


Introducing The Impact, a new show from Vox hosted by Sarah Kliff. 

The Impact explores how policy affects real lives. This season, we’re …

How do you solve a problem like Harvey Weinstein?

October 17th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt dig into the Harvey Weinstein story, talk a bit about tax reform, and cover new research on Medicaid expansion and …

Trump couldn't repeal Obamacare, so he's making it worse

October 13th, 2017


Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to dive into the newest forms of Obamacare sabotage, and to talk about heroin.

CHIPping away at gerrymandering

October 10th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about CHIP reauthorization, the Supreme Court's big gerrymandering case, and a seminal Richard Thaler paper (Mental Accounting and Consumer Choice).

Republicans have big dreams and big problems on tax reform

October 6th, 2017


Dylan Matthews and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about Republicans hopes, dreams, and nightmares on tax reform.

Australia solved its gun problem. Could America?

October 3rd, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about gun control in the wake of Las Vegas, the GOP tax reform blueprint, and job-sharing in Germany.

White paper: …

The Puerto Rico disaster and Trump's inadequate response

September 29th, 2017


Eliza Barclay and Alexia Fernández Campbell join Matt to talk about Hurricane Maria and its aftermath.

What's budget reconciliation, and how did it eat the Senate?

September 26th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt delve into Senate procedure arcana, break down the latest GOP repeal bill, and talk about a surprisingly easy way to reduce theft.

White paper: SNAP Benefits and Crime: Evidence from …

Weeds Live: Canadian immigration and a health insurance experiment

September 22nd, 2017


Dara Lind joins Matt and Sarah at the Now Hear This Festival to discuss the Canadian immigration system, and the audience chooses a white paper ( for them to …

The worst GOP healthcare bill yet

September 20th, 2017


Ezra and Sarah parse through Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican repeal bill.

White paper:

White House Chinese food summit leads to congressional chaos

September 15th, 2017


Congressional reporters Jeff Stein and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about congressional Democrats' hopes and Republicans' fears.

BernieCare and Hillary's abandoned UBI

September 13th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill and Hillary Clinton's musings on creating a national version of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Weeds Live: Atul Gawande on opioids, end of life care, and rock and roll

September 8th, 2017


Atul Gawande is a surgeon and the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Sarah interviewed him live, asking about the …

Trump's art of the sabotage

September 6th, 2017


Sarah and Matt discuss DACA, ACA implementation, and some game-changing new research on the real history of all-payer rate setting.

White …

Deferred action podcasting

September 1st, 2017


Dara Lind joins Matt to talk about the past, present, and future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The policy origins of America's most expensive natural disaster

August 30th, 2017


Sarah and Matt talk about the policy errors behind Hurricane Harvey's devastation, the single-payer wonk gap, and new research on …

Donald Trump vs the congressional GOP

August 25th, 2017


Tara Golshan and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the bad blood between Trump and Mitch McConnell.


Andrew's interview with Dave …

How the rich ate all the growth

August 23rd, 2017


Ezra and Matt discuss two big papers that help explain America's economic malaise:

Income and Wealth Inequality: Evidence and Policy …

Statue limitations

August 18th, 2017


Libby Nelson and German Lopez join Matt to discuss the politics and history of Confederate monuments.

A very meritorious podcast

August 16th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down Trump's plan to slash legal immigration, a new way to sabotage Obamacare, and research on ER scams.

Got a bill from an emergency room? We want to hear about it.

The Company Behind …

Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Can anyone?

August 11th, 2017


Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about Kelly's record as DHS Secretary and Trump's bizarre Twitter feud with Mitch McConnell.

Is Google in an "ideological echo chamber"?

August 9th, 2017


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about the now-infamous Google memo, the Democrats' plan for prescription drug pricing, and a study on opioid …

The bacon fat theory of school segregation, and some White House chaos

August 2nd, 2017


Ezra, Sarah and Alvin Chang talk about the quiet return of segregation in schools, chaos in the Trump White House, and taxing marijuana.

ACA repeal is finally dead (maybe)

July 28th, 2017


Sarah, Matt, and Dylan Scott analyze the night Trumpcare died and what's next for health care.

Skinny repeal and Trump's management by tweet

July 26th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about yet another Obamacare repeal plan, Trump's feud with Jeff Sessions, and new research on retail health clinics.

A deep dive on basic income

July 21st, 2017


Dylan Matthews joins Matt to discuss the three different version of universal basic income, and why only one of them is good.

At last, a Weeds about weed (also Obamacare)

July 19th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Democrats' plans to improve Obamacare and new evidence that smoking pot makes you bad at math.


White paper: ‘High’ Achievers? Cannabis Access and Academic Performance

Ezra's …

McConnellCare II: Cruz Control

July 14th, 2017


Matt and Sarah sit down with Dylan Scott to talk through all the nitty gritty details of the Senate's latest health care plan.


Ezra debates the Senate health care bill with Avik Roy

Dylan Scott's reporting …

Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)

July 12th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt wonk out on the latest minimum wage research and Ted Cruz's new health plan — plus some Russia stuff, too.

White Paper: Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from …

Understanding the opioid epidemic

July 7th, 2017


Drug policy reporter German Lopez joins Matt for a close look at the biggest drug overdose crisis in American history.

Trumpism and travel bans

July 5th, 2017


Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews join Ezra to talk about the updated travel ban, how Trumpism has translated into policy, and the impact that …

Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to write a budget

June 30th, 2017


Jim Tankersley and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about House Republicans' struggles to write a budget resolution and get their tax reform …

CB--Oh no this health care bill is terrible too

June 28th, 2017


A new CBO score on the latest Obamacare repeal bill pushes Sarah to the breaking point!Links:Follow along as Matt, Ezra, and Sarah read …

Senate Republicans' health care idea: Make the poor pay more for less

June 23rd, 2017


The Senate health care bill is out — and Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are back in the studio to dive into the details of what it means for the marketplaces, Medicaid, and very rich people.

Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds

June 21st, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Tuesday's special elections and the soon-to-be-released Senate health care bill.

Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy

June 16th, 2017


Foreign editors Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the diplomatic crisis in Qatar and the never-ending war in Afghanistan.

Legends of the secret health care bill

June 14th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take the deepest look they can at Senate Republicans' secret health care bill, plus a quick look at Jeff Sessions’s non-answers on Russia and new research on the long-term impact of lead …

Infrastructure week (jk it's about Comey)

June 9th, 2017


Dara Lind and Yochi Dreazen join Matt to talk about Comey's testimony and the larger consequences of the Russia investigation.

Meet Sprinklecare

June 8th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about competing single-payer bills in Nevada and California, plus research on the value of access to the Obama White House.

Jared Kushner: International man of mystery

June 2nd, 2017


Dylan Matthews and politics reporter Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the Paris Accords and the mysterious role of the First Son-in-Law.

A platinum get out of jail free card

May 31st, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the real causes of mass incarceration, Trump's move to roll back contraceptive coverage, and the mysterious …

Weeds in the Wild: Tennessee's Healthcare Bald Spot

May 29th, 2017


Sarah Kliff travels to Tennessee to see what it looks like when Obamacare explodes.Links!Sarah's piece about her trip to Tennessee More details about the Missouri bald spotAn interactive map of the counties most …

CB--Oh, this bill stinks

May 26th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the new CBO score of Trumpcare and the results of this week's special election in Montana.

Trump's budget has landed, and it's terrible

May 24th, 2017


A tanned and rested Ezra joins Matt and Sarah to talk budget, auto-enrollment in health care, and some eye-popping research on …

All the Trump scandal drama you've been craving

May 19th, 2017


Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the new Trump/Russia special counsel and the latest scandal swirling around Michael Flynn.

Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom

May 17th, 2017


Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to talk about Trump's latest problems, his reporting on basic income in Kenya, and new research on fracking's impact on marriage and childbearing.

Weeds in the Wild: Free Money... For Everyone!

May 12th, 2017


One of the world’s first universal basic income experiments is happening right now in a small Kenyan village. Dylan Matthews went there to investigate.Links!Dylan Matthew's piece about his Kenya tripTwo …

The wall in our hearts

May 10th, 2017


Vox's Dara Lind joins Sarah and Matt to talk about James Comey's firing, the border wall, and whether incomes have really been as stagnant as they seem.

AHCApocalypse III

May 5th, 2017


Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to discuss the surprisingly swift passage of a revised and reanimated version of Paul Ryan's repeal bill.

High-Risk Podcasting

May 3rd, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Congress's big spending deal, Republicans' newest Obamacare repeal idea, and research on what happens when abortion providers shut down. 

AHCApocalypse II

April 28th, 2017


Live at Vox Conversations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the GOP's doomed effort to reboot Obamacare repeal and the White House's "new" tax reform "plan." 

French elections, national service, and Queens at war

April 26th, 2017


Libby Nelson and Dylan Matthews join Matt to talk about the global nationalist tide, forcing integration across class and ethnic lines, and …

Weeds Live!

April 19th, 2017


In front of their first-ever live audience, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Trump surprises, Singapore's health care system, and the impact of longevity inequality on retirement programs.

Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis

April 14th, 2017


Sarah and Byrd take a look at some policy experiments working to drive down teen pregnancy and abortion rates. They're showing promising …

The World's Worst Club

April 12th, 2017


Sarah and Matt are joined by Dara Lind for a discussion of the United fiasco, Trump-era immigration enforcement, and pre-K's surprising health benefits. 

Nuclear Winter

April 5th, 2017


Jim Tankersley joins Sarah and Matt to talk tax reform, senate procedure, and the most exciting Swedish administrative data yet.

A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacare repeal, and death

March 31st, 2017


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt pick apart Trump's next executive order on climate, exhume the AHCA's corpse, and read a white paper about death.

Weeds in the Wild: Postville

March 24th, 2017


It was the biggest workplace immigration raid the U.S. had seen to date. 389 workers, almost all of them Hispanic, were detained at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008.On this episode …

Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers

March 21st, 2017


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 …

CB-uh oh!

March 15th, 2017


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. 


March 8th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss how to pronounce the big new Republican health law, plus analyze its content and the puzzling politics …

Don't Call It a State of the Union

March 1st, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump's address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy. 

Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't

February 22nd, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high. 

Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky

February 17th, 2017


In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox's Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump. 

Privet, Amerika!

February 15th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the latest Russia-related scandal engulfing the Trump administration, the White House's lack of progress on …

The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers

February 9th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!) 

SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways

February 1st, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building.

The Don't-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban

January 30th, 2017


Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump's latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees.

Gag Order and Infrastructure

January 26th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about widely-misunderstood Trump administration efforts to shut up career civil servants, talk about infrastructure, and ask journalism's most pressing question: What's up with eggs?

Inauguration Special

January 21st, 2017


Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode. 

DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats

January 18th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Trump's not-so-great hires, not-so-great polls, and new research into how career …

Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin

January 10th, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump's cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, …

Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare

January 6th, 2017


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.

Happy New Year

January 4th, 2017


Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child's birth. 

Year-End Spectacular

December 28th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics. 

Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on Trade

December 21st, 2016


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.

Russia and the American Dream

December 14th, 2016


Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality's role in reducing social mobility.

Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda

December 7th, 2016


Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump's big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest.

Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health

November 30th, 2016


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 …

Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and Rethinking Teen Pregnancy

November 23rd, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration, the president-elect's unusual …

Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy effects real people

November 21st, 2016


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 …

The Trump Agenda

November 16th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight.

Trumpocalypse Now

November 9th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump's shocking win.

The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016

November 4th, 2016


You may not know it from watching cable news — but both Trump and Clinton have very clear and very different policy visions for America. …

Is Obamacare Failing?

October 26th, 2016


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!)

Final Debate Special

October 20th, 2016


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate.

Second Presidential Debate Special

October 10th, 2016


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 …

Veep Debate and Cranky Judges

October 5th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate Mike Pence's puzzling performance at the vice presidential debate and highlight new research on the surprising …

The First Debate and Pet Health Care

September 29th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to take the policy content of the Trump-Clinton debate seriously and discuss important new research into out of …

An Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell

September 21st, 2016


The Weeds' Sarah Kliff heads to Capitol Hill to interview Secretary Burwell on all things health care. They talked about how to pay doctors …

Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Class Discrimination

September 14th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt get deep into the weeds of the latest Census report on income and poverty, briefly consider Donald Trump's ridiculous …

Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legislatures

September 8th, 2016


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 …

EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead Exposure

August 31st, 2016


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. Also on this episode: understanding why the Clinton Foundation …

Obamacare Update and Aging America

August 24th, 2016


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.

Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins

August 18th, 2016


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.

Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and the Freakonomics of decisionmaking

August 12th, 2016


Ezra is joined by Dara Lind and Libby Nelson to talk about Donald Trump's new tax plan — how it shows the difference between Trump and reform conservatives, between the Donald and Ivanka, between Democrats and …

Interview with Atul Gawande

August 3rd, 2016


With Ezra and Matt on summer vacation, Sarah is left to her own devices — and decides to share a fantastic interview from the Ezra Klein Show …


July 28th, 2016


With Matt dispatched to Philadelphia, Sarah and Ezra are left to make sense of the Democratic National Convention. They discuss why it feels so different from the Republican National Convention last week, why it …

Republican Convention Special

July 22nd, 2016


Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.

Basic Income and Police Shootings

July 15th, 2016


Andy Stern joins Ezra, Sarah, and Matt to talk about his new book, Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and …

Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.

July 14th, 2016


A special presentation from the Ezra Klein Show: My interview this week is with Hillary Clinton. You may have heard of her.I won't bore you with Clinton's bio. Instead, I want to say a few words about what this …

Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock

July 8th, 2016


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about proposals to eliminate college tuition, the real issues behind Hillary's email server, and a new paper on a …

Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers

July 1st, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the United Kingdom's descent into political chaos, a big win for abortion rights at the high court, and a big …

Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk

June 25th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the alarming rise in deep poverty over the past 15 years, a fresh Supreme Court non-decision that imperils …

Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms

June 17th, 2016


Sarah and Matt discuss the nexus of terrorism and gun control, Britain's upcoming referendum, and an unintended consequence of school condom …

5uper Tue5day

June 10th, 2016


Hillary Clinton's clinch of the Democratic nomination gives Sarah, Ezra, and Matt a chance to go deep on what we know about women in …

Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish administrative data, and the big city recovery

June 3rd, 2016


With Ezra in sunny California, Matt and Sarah gets weedsier than ever as she attempts to explain to Matt the mysteries of ACOs before they discuss a brewing controversy over economic journal citations.

Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress

May 27th, 2016


Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress: Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at a specific case in America's great productivity slowdown, assess Bernie Sanders' complaints, and examine some …

90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the truth about abortion

May 20th, 2016


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt look back at whether Bill Clinton deserves credit for the booming economy of the 1990s, survey the ongoing legal challenges to Obamacare, and dissect new research revealing some surprising …

Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how low-income housing can boost poor neighborhoods

May 13th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about which companies are succeeding and failure in the Affordable Care Act's new individual market and why, and delve deep into the weeds of some new research on the Low-Income …

Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens next?

May 6th, 2016


Trump is the last man standing in the Republican nominating contest — so Ezra, Matt, and Sarah spend this week's entire episode taking stock of what that means. How did the rise of Trump happen? What does it …

Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

May 2nd, 2016


Max Fisher sits down with Defense Secretary Ash Carter to talk about the modern international environment, why Carter thinks great power rivalry is making a comeback, and for some deep weedsy talk about nuclear …

Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes — oh my!

April 29th, 2016


Every policy nerd has their favorite tax proposal — and today on the Weeds, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra talk about a few of theirs. What would …

Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiduciary rule, and the challenge of information polarization

April 22nd, 2016


With Sarah still on vacation Ezra and Matt ask what we want out of our presidential nominating system, explain a new regulatory initiative …

Interview with Jason Furman

April 18th, 2016


The Obama administration's top economist talks to Vox's Dylan Matthews about the challenges facing the American economy.

Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate problem, and the geography of life expectancy

April 15th, 2016


With Sarah on vacation, Matt and Ezra talk about the philosophical underpinnings of worries about inequality, take a look at Donald Trump's …

What the hell is going on with tax havens, explained

April 8th, 2016


Ezra, Matt and Sarah use the Panama Papers to discuss how tax havens and shell corporations became such a big deal, and why America has done so little to stop them. Matt and Ezra argue a bit about the …

A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculator, and a paper that explains Trump

April 1st, 2016


It would be really weird to walk into a bank and have the teller take down your information on pen and paper. But it happens all the time in …

Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Madness, and Uber's productivity

March 25th, 2016


Special guest star Libby Nelson joins Sarah and Matt to explain the Every Student Succeeds Act, examine the strange history and economics behind the NCAA's non-payment of athletes, and break down some new …

Super(b) Tuesday special

March 16th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the results of the March 15 primaries and the state of the 2016 presidential election.Today’s episode is …

The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and better textbooks

March 11th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about why Silicon Valley's technical marvels aren't visible in economic statistics, dive into the details of Donald Trump's surprisingly banal health plan, and tackle some new research …

Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!

March 2nd, 2016


In this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt and Sarah discuss the results of Super Tuesday. Everyone is tired, so it gets a bit weird. Topics …

TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abortion clinic shutdown.

February 26th, 2016


By popular demand, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra finally address the Trans Pacific Partnership before contemplating the GOP's ongoing …

The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible collapse of American democracy

February 19th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the case for reforming America's current practice of granting life tenure to Supreme Court Justices, discuss …

Could more corruption fix American politics?

February 12th, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt use the New Hampshire primary results as a lens through which to discuss Jonathan Rauch's case for "political realism" …

The Iowa Caucuses

February 2nd, 2016


Who wins the 2016 election will hugely influence what type of policies Washington passes — and that's why Ezra, Sarah, and Matt devote this …

Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will third parties save politics?

January 29th, 2016


It’s one of the most fundamental disputes in Washington: what effect do taxes have on the economy? On this week's episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah work through some of the top papers to explain. Also …

Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being thankful for Donald Trump, and how to write so liberals will read you

January 26th, 2016


In this preview of Ezra's coming interview podcast, he interviews New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat. Douthat is the author of …

Campaign finance and global inequality — with lead poisoning in between

January 22nd, 2016


On this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into one of Bernie Sanders' favorite campaign trail arguments: that money causes more Congressional dysfunction than partisanship. Also on this episode: …

Obama's Legacy, debating single payer, and Obamacare's jobs impact

January 15th, 2016


Matt, Sarah, and Ezra reflect on Obama's successes and failures, take a look at Hillary Clinton's new attack on Bernie Sanders, and consider some research on the new health law's surprising lack of impact on the …

Immigration and the minimum wage — with an armed stand-off in between

January 8th, 2016


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, …

Teen births are plummeting — and economists are judging your Christmas gifts

December 25th, 2015


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 …

Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline of floating voters

December 18th, 2015


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.

Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke

December 15th, 2015


In this special episode of The Weeds, Ezra interviews former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about what it's like to manage the most …

Why health premiums rise, and how partisans discriminate

December 11th, 2015


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 …

Dietary fat and climate change

December 4th, 2015


Matt is joined by special guest stars Julia Belluz and Brad Plumer to discuss the science of eating fat, the Paris climate conference, and …

Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between

November 20th, 2015


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 …

We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don't we?

November 13th, 2015


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 …

How politics is making us stupid

November 6th, 2015


Facts rarely seem to win any political debate — and on this episode of the Weeds, Matt, Ezra, and Sarah use political science research to …

Are we counting poverty all wrong?

October 30th, 2015


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 …

Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck.

October 23rd, 2015


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 …

The Weeds: Can the government trick you into dieting?

October 16th, 2015


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. 

Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and management

October 15th, 2015


In a special edition of The Weeds, Ezra interviews Arthur Brooks —head of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, a New York Times …

Would single payer health care work in America?

October 9th, 2015


In the second episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate whether nationalized health care could work in America, what solutions are …

Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast

October 2nd, 2015


In this first episode of the new 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 …

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