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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, Dylan Matthews, Jerusalem Demsas, German Lopez, Dara Lind, and other voices dig into the weeds on important national i… read more

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America’s Public Health Experiment: The testing failure

December 3rd, 2021

41:08

German talks with Dr. Neeraj Sood, director of the Covid Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and …

Defund the police?

December 1st, 2021

1:03:51

German, Jerusalem, and Dylan talk about an idea that has come to dominate national discussions of policing: defunding the police. They walk through …

Biden’s $3.40 a gallon problem

November 24th, 2021

51:02

Dylan, Jerusalem, and Dara talk about the specific kind of inflation that’s roiling American politics: the heightened price of gas. They discuss how …

Taxing Back Better

November 19th, 2021

49:28

Dylan talks to Chye-Ching Huang, the executive director of the Tax Law Center at NYU Law, about the many, many, many tax provisions in Democrats’ Build Back Better package. First they dive into the new tax benefits in …

How does the pandemic end?

November 16th, 2021

59:54

Now that nearly 60 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated, Dylan, German, and Jerusalem discuss potential exit strategies for policies such …

Reshaping America’s cities

November 12th, 2021

58:46

Vox policy reporter Jerusalem Demsas talks with the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) about how the future of remote work could reshape America’s …

Pass the SALT?

November 10th, 2021

1:04:36

Dylan, Jerusalem, and Dara discuss congressional Democrats’ efforts to uncap the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, and how the party found itself …

The Most Dangerous Branch: Covid-19 v. The Constitution

November 5th, 2021

56:14

Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser talks to law professor Nicholas Bagley about the pandemic — and how the courts are undermining the …

Is Facebook really that bad?

November 2nd, 2021

53:03

Dylan, German, and Dara talk about Facebook and the controversy surrounding it in recent weeks. They cover just how much — and how little — we know about Facebook’s impact on the world and talk about whether there are …

Housing policy, but make it British

October 29th, 2021

43:06

America’s housing market is failing to meet the needs of most Americans. Rents have skyrocketed, homeownership is slipping out of grasp for young and …

The case for and against open borders

October 26th, 2021

59:49

Dylan, German, and Jerusalem get together to discuss one of the world’s least likely but most interesting utopian ideas: open borders. They discuss the moral and economic logic for making it easy to move to and work in …

The Most Dangerous Branch: A well-regulated militia

October 22nd, 2021

1:06:29

Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser talks with law professor Joseph Blocher and historian Carol Anderson about the Second Amendment, the triumph …

Is inflation out of control?

October 19th, 2021

58:26

Dylan, German, and Dara talk about the whopping 5.4 percent inflation rate the Consumer Price Index estimated last week, what it means, and if inflation is going to get worse. They dig into a paper out of the Federal …

The home care fight in Congress

October 15th, 2021

45:38

Joe Biden has proposed a landmark $400 billion expansion of funding for home and community-based services (HCBS), the part of Medicaid that funds …

The coming climate exodus

October 12th, 2021

1:00:44

Vox senior reporter Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) joins The Weeds to explain the problem of migration caused by climate change, such as that due to wildfires, rising seas, and crop failures. She explains how a warming …

The Most Dangerous Branch: Roe v. Wade

October 8th, 2021

1:11:37

Vox Supreme Court correspondent Ian Millhiser talks with NYU professor Melissa Murray (@ProfMMurray) about the future of reproductive freedom. The Supreme Court started its new term this week, and with six conservative …

Yes, vaccine mandates work

October 5th, 2021

53:47

Dylan, German, and Jerusalem talk about vaccine mandates. They discuss the evidence supporting vaccine requirements, the United States’ history with …

How genes impact your life

October 1st, 2021

1:01:02

 Dylan and Jerusalem are joined by Kathryn Paige Harden, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, to discuss her new …

The debt ceiling’s threat to America

September 28th, 2021

57:04

Dylan, German, and Dara discuss the debt ceiling: the current crisis, what the debt ceiling even is, and how the debt ceiling has become a …

AMA time with Dylan, German, and Jerusalem

September 24th, 2021

1:09:20

Dylan, German, and Jerusalem sit down to answer listener questions. In our first AMA episode of the post-Matt-Yglesias Weeds era, the trio discusses …

Means testing our patience

September 21st, 2021

57:42

Dylan, German, and Jerusalem discuss means testing and work requirements after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) suggested their inclusion in one of Biden's legacy priorities: the expanded child tax credit. Right now Democrats in …

Ezra, Matt, and Sarah Try (Again) to Podcast

September 17th, 2021

1:13:58

For Matt’s last episode of The Weeds, Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff return for a look at why health care and drug costs in the US keep rising, how subsidizing industries leads to higher consumer costs, and what both …

The Weeds Will Live Forever

September 14th, 2021

1:04:46

Matt, Dara, Jerusalem, and German use Matt’s last Tuesday episode to discuss life expectancy in the US. They explore paternalistic policy decisions, …

The Federal Reserve's regulatory issues

September 10th, 2021

1:03:40

​​Matt is joined by Mike Konczal, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis and Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute and author of Freedom From the Market. They explore Jerome Powell’s tenure as Fed Chair, the …

The Federal Reserve: Climate Change edition

September 7th, 2021

58:47

Vox's Dylan Matthews joins Matt and Jerusalem to talk about whether the Federal Reserve can use monetary policy to fight climate change and how the …

Who's afraid of a big bad poll?

September 3rd, 2021

1:07:07

​​Matt is joined by David Shor, Head of Data Science at OpenLabs R&D, to discuss the causes and implications of polling errors in recent election …

Galaxy Brain Recession

August 31st, 2021

57:52

Matt, Dara, and German use this week’s episode to explore the infrastructure bill before Congress. They focus on broadband access for rural and urban America and explore the purpose of the money being set aside for …

Afghan refugees face an uncertain future

August 27th, 2021

49:47

Matt is joined by Vox’s Nicole Narea for a discussion on the complex situation facing Afghan refugees following the United States withdrawal. Nicole …

Boosters: Worth it or not, here they come

August 25th, 2021

1:03:49

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's German Lopez to talk about the Biden administration’s plan to authorize third doses of the vaccine for Americans …

Baby making vibes

August 20th, 2021

54:14

Matt is joined by The Atlantic’s Elizabeth Bruenig. They discuss J.D. Vance’s attacks on the parental status of liberal politicians and dissect what …

Back to School: Masters mishaps

August 17th, 2021

1:04:42

Matt is joined by Vox's Libby Nelson and Jerusalem Demsas for a conversation about the rising cost of master’s programs, their usefulness in today’s …

Reign of Terror

August 13th, 2021

59:25

Matt is joined by reporter Spencer Ackerman, author of the new book Reign of Terror. Ackerman explains the ways in which America’s approach to domestic white terrorism differs from its approach to international threats. …

Back to School: Learning loss

August 10th, 2021

1:10:08

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's German Lopez for a conversation about student learning loss. They focus on the policy decisions that led to school …

Dare to speak freely

August 6th, 2021

58:22

Matt is joined by author and CEO Suzanne Nossel for a discussion about how to reconcile a robust defense of free speech with the advancement of an inclusive and progressive society. They explore the risks associated …

Back to School: All for pre-K, and pre-K for all

August 4th, 2021

54:25

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Jerusalem Demsas for a conversation about pre-K and day care programs. They discuss the impacts of pre-K programs …

Getting power to the people

July 30th, 2021

45:12

Matt is joined by Liza Reed of the Niskanen Center to talk about energy policy, electricity transmission, and how America's complex system of power …

Time Machine: Buchanan v. Warley (1917)

July 28th, 2021

53:24

Vox's Jerusalem Demsas joins Matt and Dara on a time machine trip back to a WW1-era Supreme Court decision that shaped land use policy, zoning, and …

Prices on the rise

July 23rd, 2021

44:44

Matt is joined by economist Julia Coronado to talk about inflation, markets, and employment in the pandemic recovery economy. They discuss housing, …

Time Machine: Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

July 21st, 2021

56:16

Vox's Li Zhou joins Dara and Matt for another spin in the time machine, to talk about the policy that shaped how immigration largely still works in …

The critical race theory debate

July 16th, 2021

57:22

Matt is joined by Education Week reporter and editor Andrew Ujifusa to talk about the ill-defined and somewhat facetious debate over critical race …

Time Machine: Volcker Shock

July 14th, 2021

1:10:24

Vox's Dylan Matthews joins Matt and Dara for another step into Weeds Time Machine: a visit to the past to review some now-forgotten chapter in policy …

Cruelty: the point

July 9th, 2021

1:01:52

Matt is joined by Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, author of the new book The Cruelty Is the Point. They discuss the racial politics of the …

Time Machine: No Child Left Behind

July 7th, 2021

1:04:22

Vox's Libby Nelson joins Matt and Dara on the first episode of the Weeds Time Machine: a visit to the past to review some now-forgotten chapter in …

Coming attractions

June 30th, 2021

1:04:16

Vox film critic and culture reporter Alissa Wilkinson joins Matt and Dara to take a break from politics (sort of) to talk about movies. They discuss …

Who started Covid?

June 26th, 2021

54:52

Matt is joined by deputy editor of New York magazine and author David Wallace-Wells to talk about the new evidence for the so-called "Lab-Leak hypothesis," and about the possible origins of Covid-19. Wallace-Wells …

So, for the next pandemic....

June 23rd, 2021

1:06:25

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's German Lopez to talk through some of the lessons we seem not to have learned from the way the Covid pandemic …

What's the deal with that new Alzheimer's drug?

June 16th, 2021

1:05:59

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Scott to learn about aducanumab, the new drug that was recently approved by the FDA for treating Alzheimer's disease despite a lack of evidence of its effectiveness, possibly …

Zoning our way through it

June 12th, 2021

50:20

Matt is joined by Emily Hamilton of the Mercatus Center to talk about the way that zoning and land use policy affects property value, housing …

Hot jobs summer

June 9th, 2021

1:00:24

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Emily Stewart to talk about the state of the economy right now. They take on the jobs numbers, some of the markets that were hit with unforeseen interruptions and shortages, and get …

The pipeline to prison

June 5th, 2021

1:08:00

Matt sits down with John Pfaff, professor and author of Locked In, an influential and important 2017 book about mass incarceration in America. The two discuss some common misconceptions about America's prison …

The lab-leak hypothesis

June 2nd, 2021

1:06:13

Matt is joined by Vox's Libby Nelson and Jerusalem Demsas for a conversation about the rising cost of master’s programs, their usefulness in today’s …

Stephen Breyer should retire

May 28th, 2021

1:08:15

Matt is joined by author and Harvard Kennedy School professor Maya Sen to talk about the state of the American judiciary. They discuss Breyer's …

Give more money to cranks!

May 25th, 2021

59:13

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Matthews to talk about what the Covid vaccine development process has taught us vaccine development, …

Research the police

May 21st, 2021

1:00:14

Matt is joined by economist and NYU faculty fellow Morgan Williams, Jr. to talk about his research on policing and gun control legislation, and the …

Masks off! Party time?

May 18th, 2021

1:12:57

It's everybody's birthday! No, seriously. Taurus Matt Yglesias is joined by two people who also share a May 18th birthday: Vox's Libby Nelson and The Atlantic's Derek Thompson. They discuss the confusing range of public …

The plan for more free school

May 14th, 2021

59:02

Matt is joined by New York Times education reporter Dana Goldstein to talk about what Biden's American Families Plan will do to bolster and expand …

Homelessness and the rising tide

May 11th, 2021

1:05:40

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Politics and Policy Fellow Jerusalem Demsas to talk about homelessness, and the policies that have failed to even …

The app store war

May 7th, 2021

46:34

Matt is joined by Makena Kelly of The Verge to talk about some recent stories at the intersection of policy and tech. She discusses the Facebook …

The "hundred days" myth

May 5th, 2021

1:08:15

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Andrew Prokop to talk about the very notion of a president's "first hundred days," whether or not it is a useful or …

There's lead in your turmeric

April 30th, 2021

47:46

Matt is joined by Rachel Silverman, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, who talks about the extreme dangers and high prevalence of …

A Manchin for all seasons

April 28th, 2021

1:07:27

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Andrew Prokop, author of an in-depth revelatory profile on America's swingiest Senator: Mr. Manchin in the Middle. Andrew brings Manchin's history as a legislator to bear in discussion, …

Why transit projects fail

April 23rd, 2021

1:04:10

Matt is joined by professor and transit researcher Eric Goldwyn to talk about why transit projects in the U.S. often fail. They discuss several …

The pandemic playbook

April 21st, 2021

1:08:17

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Scott to talk about his new Pandemic Playbook project from Vox, exploring how six nations coped with the Covid-19 pandemic, and evaluating what we can all learn from their …

Think like a scout

April 17th, 2021

1:08:13

Matt is joined by author and podcast host Julia Galef to talk about her new book The Scout Mindset. They talk about the difference between epistemic …

White paper-palooza

April 14th, 2021

58:47

It's an all white paper episode, folks. Vox climate reporter Umair Irfan joins Matt and Dara to take on three research papers all concerning climate …

It's time for class warfare

April 10th, 2021

1:08:56

Matt is joined by Faiz Shakir, a top adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders and the former manager of his 2020 presidential campaign, to talk about adopting …

Bidencare?

April 7th, 2021

1:08:25

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Scott to examine the $400 billion portion of Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan that is designated for the "caretaking economy." Is this merely an expansion of Medicaid? Does …

The politics of cultural criticism

April 3rd, 2021

1:07:50

Matt is joined by Alyssa Rosenberg, cultural critic and opinion columnist at the Washington Post, to talk about the intersection of criticism and …

All circuits matter

March 31st, 2021

1:02:47

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser to discuss the future of judicial appointments in Biden Administration — starting with the spate of appointees announced on Tuesday, just as we began …

The optimistic leftist

March 27th, 2021

1:03:52

Matt is joined by political scientist and author Ruy Teixeira to talk about how Democratic messaging has gone wrong, and how to get it right.


Is gun violence fixable?

March 24th, 2021

1:23:16

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Politics and Policy Fellow Jerusalem Demsas to talk about gun violence and mass shootings in America. They discuss …

All about inflation

March 19th, 2021

1:00:44

Skanda Amarnath from Employ America joins Matt to talk about inflation. They discuss how the Fed tracks markers of inflation, the difference between cyclical and asymmetric inflation, and talk about whether or not to …

Asylum policy for the here and now

March 17th, 2021

1:08:51

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser to examine the current state of affairs at the southern border, and to evaluate the Biden administration's immigration response more generally. Then, …

Introducing Unexplainable

March 14th, 2021

29:15

Unexplainable is a new podcast from Vox about everything we don’t know. Each week, the team look at the most fascinating unanswered questions in science and the mind-bending ways scientists are trying to answer them. …

An A.I. wrote this title

March 12th, 2021

57:17

Vox's Kelsey Piper joins Matt to talk about the future of artificial intelligence and AI research. Should AI research be more heavily regulated, or …

The right to vote, constrained

March 10th, 2021

1:11:58

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser to talk through the several ongoing legal challenges being initiated by the GOP to curtail and hinder the right to vote in America. They talk through …

Facebook's shadow court

March 5th, 2021

51:06

Kate Klonick, law professor at St. John's University, joins Matt to talk about her investigation into Facebook's secret content moderation board. She talks about her inside-Silicon-Valley reporting, the problems of …

How to destroy the suburbs

March 3rd, 2021

59:38

Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Politics and Policy Fellow Jerusalem Demsas to talk about how to take on America's housing problem, exclusionary and …

All organizing is local

February 26th, 2021

1:00:19

Author, researcher, and University of Pittsburgh professor of history Lara Putnam sits down with Matt to talk about the structure of local …

Covid-$1.9T

February 23rd, 2021

58:30

Vox's Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to unpack what's in the Covid relief bill, now that it's out of committee. They talk about state & local relief, UI extensions, the $15 minimum wage, and why Congress is …

The problem of child care

February 19th, 2021

48:39

Melissa Boteach of the National Women's Law Center joins Matt to have a discussion about the role of child care in the economy, which has been "made …

The Antipope in Mar-a-Lago

February 17th, 2021

55:32

Vox's Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to wonder about whether and how Trump may rear his head in politics again, and about the future of the …

Rethinking immigration

February 12th, 2021

54:30

Immigration advocate Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum joins Matt to discuss the future of immigration in America, including the oncoming "grey tsunami," the consequences of Trump's border and asylum …

What's happening with the stimulus?

February 10th, 2021

59:55

White House reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt and Dara to talk about the current state of the Covid-19 relief bill, and the implications of the debate for both Congress and the Biden Administration. Plus, research on the …

The future of remote work

February 5th, 2021

58:34

Economist Adam Ozimek from Upwork joins Matt to discuss the future of remote work, post-pandemic. They discuss the implications for migration, local governance, and the elusive concept of work/life balance.

Resources:

Where are the vaccines?

February 3rd, 2021

1:03:52

Vox Senior Correspondent German Lopez joins Matt and Dara to discuss what went — and is still going — wrong with vaccine distribution, as well as to talk through some new research about the effects of implementing …

Filibusted

January 29th, 2021

1:07:31

Matt is joined by author Molly Reynolds of the Brookings Institution to talk about the intricacies of the Senate filibuster, budget reconciliation, …

Biden's immigration shuffle

January 27th, 2021

1:01:31

Vox Senior Correspondent German Lopez joins Matt and Dara to discuss some of the motivations, obstacles, and oppositions to the Biden …

Freedom from markets

January 22nd, 2021

1:02:17

Matt is joined by author Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute, and author of the new book Freedom from the Market. They talk about the past, present, and future of public affordances …

Biden's rescue plan

January 20th, 2021

57:01

Vox business and politics reporter Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to unpack what's in Biden's giant stimulus package, and to examine how the new …

The Next Four Years: Fighting tech monopolies

January 15th, 2021

54:41

Matt is joined by antitrust and competition policy expert Charlotte Slaiman to discuss the ongoing antitrust cases against Google and Facebook, the …

Will the GOP be Q-pilled or Coup-pilled?

January 13th, 2021

1:14:07

Vox Senior Correspondent Zack Beauchamp joins Matt and Dara to discuss some of the potential political ramifications of the insurrection of 1/6/21, …

Unemployment Insurance in the pandemic, and beyond

January 8th, 2021

59:53

Matt is joined by Employ America policy advisor Elizabeth Pancotti for a detailed discussion about unemployment insurance. They take on the recent …

America's vaccine distribution needs a shot in the arm

January 6th, 2021

1:03:18

Umair Irfan joins Dara and Matt to discuss some challenges and obstacles to prioritization and distribution of the Covid vaccine, in the U.S. and elsewhere.


Resources:

White paper


Hosts:

Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias),

Best of: Homelessness and how to fix it

December 22nd, 2020

56:27

Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week …

The Next Four Years: Beyond the student debt debate

December 18th, 2020

56:42

New America’s Kevin Carey explains loan forgiveness and the deeper problems with American higher education.


Guest:

Kevin Carey (@kevincarey1), Vice …

Build Back Exactly The Same

December 15th, 2020

1:01:49

Dylan Matthews joins Matt and Dara to discuss Covid’s impact on poverty and the road to recovery.


Resources:

"Joe Biden is taking office amid a poverty crisis" by Dylan Matthews, Vox

Income and poverty in the COVID-19 …

The Next Four Years: An optimistic climate agenda

December 11th, 2020

1:09:34

Third Way’s Josh Freed and Jackie Kempfer explain a path forward for low-carbon policy in a time of divided government.


Guest:

Josh Freed (

The blob is back

December 8th, 2020

1:02:21

Alex Ward joins Dara and Matt to analyze the Biden national security team.


Resources:

"The revenge of the blob" by Alex Ward, Vox

Why Nations Fall

White …

The Next Four Years: The Covid transition

December 4th, 2020

53:11

Kaiser’s Jennifer Kates joins Matt to explain the next steps in countering the pandemic.


Guest:

Jennifer Kates (@jenkatesdc), Senior VP/Director, …

The job nobody wants

December 1st, 2020

1:01:57

Dara and Matt on Biden’s choice to run Homeland Security and the many challenges he’ll face.


Resources:

"Biden picks Alejandro Mayorkas, a son of Jewish Cuban refugees, to lead the Department of Homeland Security" by Nick …

The post-election economy

November 24th, 2020

1:01:21

Emily Stewart joins Dara and Matt to discuss the prospects for Covid relief and Janet Yellen.

Resources:

"Janet Yellen's mistake" by Matthew Yglesias, …

The Next Four Years: Joe Biden’s world

November 20th, 2020

1:12:33

The Atlantic Council’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain the president-elect’s approach to national security.


Guest:

Emma Ashford (@EmmaMAshford), Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council


Host:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias),

The Next Four Years: How to make a Biden Boom

November 13th, 2020

1:08:39

Vox’s new series THE NEXT FOUR YEARS delving into the policy prospects for the Biden Era kicks off with Bloomberg’s Karl Smith explaining a …

The never ending election story

November 10th, 2020

55:30

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Trump’s refusal to quit and his “surprising” Hispanic support.


Resources:

"How Democrats Missed Trump’s Appeal to Latino Voters"

Democracy lost

November 6th, 2020

54:35

Ezra and Matt on the election results and the prospects for majority rule.


Resources:

Chris Hayes and I process this wild election, Ezra Klein Show


Hosts

Election Day Special

November 3rd, 2020

1:07:49

In this special live episode of the Weeds - Ella Nilsen joins Matt and Jane to highlight the most contested senate races, and what to watch for as …

Biden’s border options

October 27th, 2020

52:11

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the big immigration questions that will face a new administration.


Resources:

"Would Biden 'rebuild the old program' to reduce …

Trump’s last stand

October 23rd, 2020

55:07

Ezra and Matt on the final presidential debate.


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox


Credits:

Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Producer

The Weeds is a Vox …

Trump's second term agenda

October 20th, 2020

1:00:42

Dara, Jane, and Matt break down the policy stakes in 2020.


Hosts:

Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox

Jane Coaston (@cjane87

Go For Broke: Inside the Dot-Com Bubble

October 17th, 2020

39:46

Go For Broke is a new narrative series from Epic Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network exploring the 2000 dot-com bubble... and what happened when the bubble popped. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.

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Email scandals are back!

October 16th, 2020

53:59

Ezra and Matt discuss Hunter Biden’s laptop, social media regulation, and the ongoing stimulus standoff.


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), …

What is critical race theory, anyway?

October 13th, 2020

54:47

Ian Haney Lopez joins Jane to discuss critical race theory: what it is and what it isn't.


Resources:

"Which Party Represents the Racial Future?" by Ross Douthat


Guest:

Ian Haney Lopez (@IanHaneyLopez), Professor of Law, UC …

By the People: The Supreme Court's war on democracy

October 10th, 2020

1:02:04

In this last episode of the By The People mini-series, host Ian Millhiser talks with legal scholar Pam Karlan about how the Supreme Court has harmed …

The stimulus standoff

October 9th, 2020

57:07

Ezra and Matt on the deadlock in congress and the VP debate.


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox


Credits:

Erick Gomez, Schuyler Swenson (

On biracial identity (with Thomas Chatterton Williams)

October 6th, 2020

1:02:54

Jane and Thomas Chatterton Williams talk about mixed-race identity, race and racism, and what being biracial means now.


Resources:

"My Family's Life Inside and Outside America's Racial Categories" by Thomas Chatterton …

By the People: Blame the Constitution

October 3rd, 2020

1:06:05

Host Ian Millhiser talks with political scientist Norm Ornstein and Vox’s Matt Yglesias about the structural factors — many of them written into the …

Fighting back against factory farming

October 2nd, 2020

1:01:48

On this special episode, we give you a preview of season 3 of the Future Perfect podcast. Vox's Dylan Matthews comes on to talk about meat and environmental justice.

Subscribe to Future Perfect on Apple Podcasts, Spotify

A dark, dangerous debate

September 30th, 2020

1:13:23

Ezra and Matt on the disturbing presidential showdown.


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox


Credits:

Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer

The …

By the People: How to make sure your vote is counted

September 26th, 2020

1:00:04

Host Ian Millhiser talks with voting rights lawyer Sophia Lin Lakin and vote-by-mail advocate Amber McReynolds about voting, COVID-19, and what steps …

Dianne Feinstein, please listen to this episode!

September 25th, 2020

1:02:00

Ezra and Matt discuss the past and future of the US Senate.

Resources:

"How Mitch McConnell is changing the Democratic Party" by Ezra Klein, Vox

After RBG

September 22nd, 2020

55:53

Vox’s judiciary expert Ian Milhiser joins the panel to explain Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy and the future of American jurisprudence

Resources:

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, and the future of the Supreme Court, explained"

By the People: How to rig an election

September 19th, 2020

1:06:35

Introducing By The People?, a new podcast miniseries on voting rights in the 2020 election, hosted by Ian Millhiser. Each episode will examine a specific obstacle facing voters in the upcoming election, and lay out …

One Billion Americans

September 18th, 2020

1:34:05

In this crossover episode from the Ezra Klein Show - Ezra and Matt discuss the early days of blogging, Twitter, climate change, and Matt's case for having 1 billion Americans.


Buy Matt's book!


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (

How Trump closed the border

September 15th, 2020

1:01:50

Rep. Veronica Escobar joins Jane, Dara, and Matt to talk about Texas politics and the use of the pandemic as a pretext to clamp down on asylum.

Guest:

The definitive case against the filibuster

September 11th, 2020

55:24

Ezra joins Matt to workshop his latest article — and save American democracy.


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox


Credits:

Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), …

Steal this podcast

September 8th, 2020

58:12

Meredith Haggerty joins Jane and Matt to debate looting and corporate cooptation of social justice.


Resources:

"One Author's Controversial View: 'In Defense Of Looting'" by Natalie Escobar, NPR

"Examining Vicky Osterweil’s …

LAW AND ORDER

September 4th, 2020

1:05:22

Matt and Ezra discuss why crime is rising in certain American cities, and the country's growing housing crisis.


Resources:

"Trump claims crime is up in US cities. The truth is more complicated." by German Lopez, Vox

Trump sells out

September 1st, 2020

1:07:03

Dara, Jane, and Matt discuss Jane’s argument that the GOP establishment changed Trump more than he changed the party.


Resources:

"Trump was supposed to …

The Trump Show

August 28th, 2020

54:54

Ezra and Matt on the GOP convention and the politics of "law and order".


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (

The Cut: Optimism

August 26th, 2020

31:15

Introducing The Cut, a new podcast from our friends at New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network that dives deep into the cultural …

Trump's peddling a fake Covid-19 cure

August 25th, 2020

49:39

Jane, Dara, and Matt on convalescent plasma, FDA reform, and the politics of science.

Resources:

"Trump used a rare disease survivor to take a shot at …

Democratic convention special

August 21st, 2020

1:04:06

Ezra and Matt stay up late to review Joe Biden's big speech and the Democrats' big week.


Resources:

"Obama’s Convention Speech Is the First Time I Have Seen Him Scared" by Jonathan Chait, NY Mag

"The tragedy of Hillary …

WTF is happening with USPS

August 18th, 2020

54:35

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the health and history of the postal service, the political games being played, and what it means for November's election. 

What the hell is the Republican party doing?

August 14th, 2020

57:44

Ezra and Matt on Republican policy nihilism and the Kamala Harris pick.


Resources:

"Kamala Harris Is Biden’s Choice for Vice President" by Alexander …

What is the economy, stupid?

August 11th, 2020

44:40

Vox's Emily Stewart joins Dara and Jane to discuss the relationship between "the market" and the "real economy."

Resources:

"The Stock Market Is an …

Veepstakes

August 7th, 2020

53:18

Ezra and Matt on Susan Rice, Kamala Harris, and Trump’s increasingly chaotic authoritarianism.

Resources:

"What we know about Joe Biden’s possible vice …

The stimulus standoff

August 4th, 2020

59:16

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the congressional deadlock over economic aid.

Resources:

"“The jobs aren’t there”: Why cutting off enhanced unemployment …

The Great Awokening

July 31st, 2020

1:10:31

John McWhorter joins Matt to discuss the changing way we talk about racism in America.

Resources:

"“Latinx” is growing in popularity. I made a comic to …

The evidence on crime and policing

July 24th, 2020

59:23

Texas A&M's Jennifer Doleac joins Matt to explain what we know (and don't know) about criminal justice.


Resources:

"How to Fix Policing" by …

Bad for the Jews?

July 21st, 2020

1:02:21

Dara, Jane, and Matt on Nick Cannon, Louis Farrakhan, and antisemitic conspiracy theories.


Resources:

"The conspiracy theories behind the anti-Semitic …

Biden reloaded

July 17th, 2020

1:07:45

Ezra and Matt on Joe Biden’s unification strategy with the left.

Resources:

BIDEN-SANDERS UNITY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

"How Joe Biden and Bernie …

School’s out for Covid

July 14th, 2020

1:01:26

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the school reopening debate and the political consequences of HIV/AIDS.


Resources:

"The debate over reopening America’s K-12 …

The Covid resurgence

July 10th, 2020

53:37

Ezra and Matt on how America failed while the world made progress on the pandemic, and what on earth is going on with the republican party.

Resources:

"

Land of the Giants: The Netflix Effect

July 3rd, 2020

22:55

Land of the Giants is a podcast from our friends at Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network that examines the most powerful tech companies of our …

The war on bad statues

June 30th, 2020

1:01:56

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Confederate Memorials, Woodrow Wilson, and the battle for historical memory.

Resources:

"Woodrow Wilson was extremely racist — …

The Veepstakes

June 26th, 2020

56:19

Ezra and Matt on Warren, Abrams, Harris, and the Tammies and the links between racial and economic justice.


Resources:

"The Second Defeat of Bernie Sanders" by Ross Douthat, NYT

"The Black-White Wage Gap Is as Big as It …

Talking about talking

June 23rd, 2020

43:54

Jane, Dara, and Matt explain “intersectional,” “structural” and the new language of identity discourse.

Resources:

"The intersectionality wars" by Jane Coaston, Vox

"The Origins of “Privilege”" by Joshua Rothman, The New …

The legal doctrine that protects brutal policing

June 19th, 2020

44:03

Cato's Clark Neily joins Jane to discuss Qualified Immunity - where is came from, why it exists, and what's being done to eliminate it. Clark details how the Supreme Court invented the civil doctrine to protect public …

Fixing the police

June 16th, 2020

1:12:53

Jane, Dara, and Matt on what we know about police reform and its limits

Resources:

"Unbundle the Police" by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

"Why Are the …

America gives up on Covid-19

June 12th, 2020

52:32

Ezra and Matt on the return of a virus that never went away.

Resources:

"America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic" by Alexis C. Madrigal & Robinson Meyer, WaPo

"14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of …

After George Floyd

June 9th, 2020

1:04:42

Jane, Dara, and Matt on America's dual reckonings with racism and police impunity

Resources:

"It's Time To Bust Police Unions" by Peter Suderman, Reason

Defund the police?

June 5th, 2020

55:15

Ezra and Matt on reformism vs radicalism and reimagining law enforcement



Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox


Credits:

Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), …

The global class war

June 2nd, 2020

1:14:31

Barron's economics commentary Matt Klein explains what's really behind international trade conflicts

Guest:

Matthew C. Klein (@M_C_Klein) Senior Writer, Barrons and author of Trade Wars Are Class Wars

Host:

Matthew …

Tweeting through it

May 29th, 2020

1:00:13

Ezra and Matt on Trump's war on social media, plus Joe Biden's policy agenda.

*This episode was recorded on Thursday, May 28th, 2020.

Resources:

Joe Biden ain't black

May 26th, 2020

1:01:09

Jane, Dara, and Matt on gaffes and the racial politics of 2020

Resources:

"Do Joe Biden’s “you ain’t black” comments ultimately matter?" by Fabiola …

The stimulus failure

May 22nd, 2020

54:20

Ezra and Matt on Trump's pseudo-federalism and Pelosi's strange aversion to automatic stabilizers.

Resources:

"Nancy Pelosi says Democrats opted against putting federal aid on autopilot in their $3 trillion coronavirus …

Actual enumeration

May 19th, 2020

53:37

Dara, Jane, and Matt take a look at America's first pandemic Census.


Resources:

"The pandemic may leave communities of color undercounted in the census …

The psychology of opening up

May 15th, 2020

58:26

Ezra and Matt on the deep roots (or not) of the lockdown debate.


Resources:

"Experts’ 7 best ideas on how to beat Covid-19 and save the economy" by …

Will the economy bounce back?

May 12th, 2020

1:06:44

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the road ahead for the worst labor market since the Great Depression.


Resources:

"As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince …

Reopening without a plan

May 8th, 2020

54:04

Ezra and Matt on America's lost month and what happens next.

Resources:

"April was another lost month for Trump’s coronavirus response" by German …

How to win elections

May 5th, 2020

1:09:03

Dara, Jane, and Matt break down the great mobilization vs persuasion debate.


Resources:

"What Happened in the Georgia Gubernatorial Election?" Catalist …

Are Democrats getting rolled?

May 1st, 2020

54:43

Ezra and Matt on congressional bargaining strategy and the China blame game.

Resources:

"Congressional Democrats are governing from the minority" by …

A faster Covid-19 vaccine

April 28th, 2020

53:36

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the possibility of "human challenge trials" to speed vaccine development.

Resources:

"How Anthony Fauci Became America’s …

Who models the modelers?

April 24th, 2020

1:05:18

Ezra and Matt on the failures of some popular epidemiological forecasts and a viral Silicon Valley essay urging America to build again.


Resources:

"The …

Opening up

April 21st, 2020

59:22

Dara, Jane, and Matt on conservatives’ desire for a rapid reopening of American businesses, and a 'feel good' white paper about air pollution.


Help is on the way (sort of)

April 17th, 2020

48:03

Ezra and Matt break down the implementation problems that have bedeviled the CARES Act.


Resources:

"Policy by no other means" The Weeds


Hosts:

Matthew …

The corporate bailout watchdog

April 14th, 2020

57:32

Congressional oversight committee member Bharat Ramamurti joins Matt to explain his new job and what's wrong with shareholder capitalism.

Guest:

Bharat …

How does this end?

April 10th, 2020

1:06:32

Ezra and Matt review four major plans for after social distancing; plus the Democratic primary finally ends.

Resources:

Dan Hopkins' tweet

"National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening" by Scott Gottlieb, AEI

"A …

Covid-19 and the border

April 7th, 2020

1:01:58

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the intersection between the pandemic and Trump's border crackdown, and a white paper about happiness.


Resources:

"It’s Impossible to “Distance” in ICE Detention. Doctors Say Free All Detainees."

Coronavirus meets health reform

April 3rd, 2020

1:02:23

Ezra and Matt discuss Covid-19's impact on insurance premiums, the case for single-payer, and more.


Resources:

"Coronavirus May Add Billions to U.S. …

The mask fiasco

March 31st, 2020

1:00:38

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the evidence for mask wearing, and a totally non-coronavirus white paper.

Resources:

"Why America ran out of protective masks — …

When $2 trillion isn’t enough

March 27th, 2020

57:49

Ezra and Matt analyze the huge but inadequate stimulus bill


Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), …

Fighting coronavirus with corporate conscription

March 24th, 2020

57:02

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the Defense Production Act, wartime mobilization, and pandemic-induced autarky.

Resources:

"Trump’s excuses for not using the Defense Production Act are wrong — and dangerous" by Alex Ward, Vox

"“We …

The story of Trump's swamp

March 21st, 2020

59:01

Jane talks to Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay about their new book "Sinking in the Swamp" on chaos at the White House and how President Trump differs (and doesn't) from prior administrations.


As a note - this episode …

Devaluing black assets

March 20th, 2020

50:56

Brookings’ Andre Perry explains his research on how racism cripples black entrepreneurs and homeowners

Guest:

Andre Perry, (@andreperryedu) Fellow in …

Rescuing the economy from coronavirus

March 17th, 2020

53:47

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss President Trump’s new more serious tone and competing economic stimulus proposals.

Resources:

"Coronavirus’s threat to the …

Weeds 2020: The coronavirus election

March 14th, 2020

54:42

Ezra and Matt on dueling pandemic response plans from Sanders and Biden, and Trump's disastrous speech.

Resources:

President Trump's oval office address

Joe Biden's coronavirus address

Bernie Sanders' coronavirus address

Meet the YIMBYs

March 13th, 2020

1:06:31

Conor Dougherty on his new book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America"

Guest:

Conor Dougherty, (@ConorDougherty) Economics reporter, New York …

Mayor Pete and the state of LGBTQ politics

March 10th, 2020

51:51

Jane, Dara, and Matt on queer politics after marriage equality.

Resources:

"Before Stonewall" by Jane Coaston, MTV News

"My Mayor Pete Problem" by Dale …

A "titan" of social conservatism on the courts and his battles ahead

March 7th, 2020

1:00:09

Conservative thinker Robert George joins Jane to talk about abortion, marriage, the Supreme Court, and wielding the power of the federal government. 

Guest:

Robert George, (@McCormickProf) Professor of Jurisprudence, …

Behind the Covid-19 curve

March 6th, 2020

1:05:29

The Kaiser Foundation's Josh Michaud explains what the US is — and should be — doing to fight coronavirus. 

Guest:

Josh Michaud, (@joshmich) Associate …

Coronavirus 101

March 3rd, 2020

46:01

Jane, Dara and Brian Resnick talk about COVID-19 -- how it started, its potential impact, and where we go from here.

Resources:

"11 questions about the …

Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate

February 29th, 2020

57:39

Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race. 

Since the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders has become the clear frontrunner in the 2020 …

Going nuclear

February 28th, 2020

1:04:24

Jessica Lovering joins Matt to discuss nuclear power's role in combatting climate change.

Guest:

Jessica Lovering, (@J_Lovering) Fellow, Energy for …

Black voters take the stage

February 25th, 2020

57:16

The New Republic's Osita Nwanevu joins Jane and Matt to discuss black voting patterns and the South Carolina primary.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (

The year of housing reform

February 21st, 2020

59:39

Mercatus' Emily Hamilton on what's working and what isn't to increase housing abundance.

Guest:

Emily Hamilton, (@ebwhamilton) Research Fellow, Mercatus

Host:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

More …

Mike can get what done?

February 18th, 2020

1:04:50

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s record as mayor of New York City.

Related material:

"National education ratings show NYC student test …

Private equity, explained

February 14th, 2020

53:13

Vox business and politics reporter Emily Stewart on the mysteries of one of America's most powerful industries.

Guest:

Emily Stewart, (@EmilyStewartM) …

After asylum

February 11th, 2020

49:07

Jane and Matt join as Dara explains her reporting on the new reality at the border.

Related material:

"“Women to One Side, Men to the Other”: How the …

How we pick a president

February 7th, 2020

1:29:53

University of Maryland political scientist David Karol joins Matt to explain the consequences of presidential nomination reform.

Guest:

David Karol, (

Iowapocalypse Now

February 4th, 2020

1:10:24

Vox politics reporter Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain Monday night's disaster.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior …

Fix recessions by giving people money

January 31st, 2020

1:16:43

Claudia Sahm from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joins Matt to explain a surprisingly simple strategy to stabilize the economy.

Guest:

A conversation about anti-Semitism

January 28th, 2020

52:39

Matt, Dara and Jane talk about the rise in anti-Semitic violence aimed at Hassidic communities, and what the political implications may be. 

Related …

The road to polarization

January 24th, 2020

1:23:38

Ezra Klein joins Matt to discuss his forthcoming book; Why We're Polarized.

Guest:

Ezra Klein, (@ezraklein) Co-founder and Editor-at-Large, Vox

Host:

Green New Germany

January 22nd, 2020

29:32

Introducing season 3 of The Impact!

The 2020 candidates have some bold ideas to tackle some of our country's biggest problems, like climate change, …

Three roads to universal coverage

January 21st, 2020

1:11:47

Dylan Scott and special guest Sarah Kliff join Matt for a close look at health care in Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands.

Recommended reading:

The way forward on family leave

January 17th, 2020

58:48

New America's Vicki Shabo joins Matt to discuss universal paid leave and how to finance it.

Guest:

Vicki Shabo, (@VShabo) Senior Fellow, Paid Leave …

Ezra and Matt debate the debaters

January 15th, 2020

58:19

Ezra and Matt break down the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, and explore the current state of the Democratic field.


Related reading:

"Joe Biden …

Mission Accomplished?

January 14th, 2020

57:11

Vox national security correspondent Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to break down Trump's Iran policy.

Recommended reading:

"Trump’s team insists …

Why are we fighting Iran?

January 10th, 2020

1:03:23

Cato’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain America’s larger (lack of) strategy in the Persian Gulf region.

Guest:

Emma Ashford, (@EmmaMAshford) …

Midichlorian chili

January 7th, 2020

1:19:37

Dara, Jane, and Matt kick the new year off by answering listeners' questions on everything under the sun.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, …

Neighborhood Defenders

January 3rd, 2020

1:02:42

Boston University's Katherine Levine Einstein explains the dysfunctional politics behind America's housing crisis.

Guest:

Katherine Levine Einstein, …

2019 in review

December 31st, 2019

49:30

Dara, Jane, and Matt talk about what surprised them in 2019, remember the last decade, and predict what 2020 might have in store. 

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Dara Lind (@DLind), …

The next abortion debate

December 27th, 2019

49:26

UC Berkley's Abigail Burman on the growing battles over self-managed abortion.

Guest:

Abigail Burman, UC Berkeley

Host:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

More to explore:

Subscribe to Impeachment, …

No room at the inn (live!)

December 24th, 2019

1:29:58

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the global crackdown on refugees. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the historic 6th and I synagogue in Washington, D.C.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior …

Wine cave cage match

December 20th, 2019

55:57

Vox politics reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt to break down this week's Democratic debate.

Guest:

Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen), Politics & Policy …

Primary mooples

December 17th, 2019

48:17

Dara, Jane, and Matt on America's odd system of choosing presidential nominees.

What to read:

"There is no single “black vote.” There are many." by P.R. Lockhart, Vox

"The extremely small number of votes it takes to win …

Policy by other means

December 13th, 2019

1:10:01

Georgetown’s Don Moynihan and Pamela Herd explain administrative burdens and why they matter.

Guest:

Don Moynihan (@donmoyn), Professor at Georgetown, Visiting Professor at Oxford & Aarhus

Pamela Herd (@Pamela_Herd), …

The free college debate

December 10th, 2019

55:15

Jane, Dara, and Matt on tuition, debt relief, and the role of major choice in the gender wage gap.

What to read:

"Democrats’ ongoing argument about …

Movement building in the Trump era

December 6th, 2019

56:48

Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg joins Matt to talk about her new book and the path forward for democratic reform.

Guest:

Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb), Co-Executive Director of Invisible

Host:

Matthew Yglesias (

Build housing near transit

November 29th, 2019

40:43

San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.

Guest:

Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters), U.S. Representative from California's 52nd congressional …

Impeachment's policy roots

November 26th, 2019

1:15:44

Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.


What to read:

"Top U.S. official visits protesters in …

Single-payer federalism

November 22nd, 2019

49:45

Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.

What to read:

Rep. Khanna's proposed legislation

Guest:

Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna), U.S. Representative …

Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.

November 19th, 2019

1:01:12

Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.

What to read:

"Why alt-right trolls …

The case for subsidized jobs

November 15th, 2019

1:02:57

Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's big idea for turning Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) into an …

Introducing Reset

November 13th, 2019

46:46

Every story is a tech story. We live in a world where algorithms drive our interests, scientists are re-engineering our food supply, and a robot may be your next boss. Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech …

The billionaire backlash

November 12th, 2019

57:17

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires.


What to read:

"Bashing Bill Gates lets the rest …

The internet we lost

November 8th, 2019

1:00:51

Function's Anil Dash joins Matt to discuss how Big Tech broke the web and how we can get it back.

Guest:

Anil Dash (@anildash), CEO of Glitch and host of Function with Anil Dash

Host:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), …

Paying for single-payer

November 5th, 2019

56:32

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics.

What to read:

"Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for …

Beyond the leaky bucket

November 1st, 2019

58:28

Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth makes the case that a rise in equality would stimulate the economy.

Guest:

Heather …

The fall of Katie Hill

October 29th, 2019

47:32

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the California representative’s resignation, power imbalances, and the problem of “revenge porn.”


Relevant links:

"Revenge porn, biphobia, and alleged relationships with staffers: The complicated …

The scary truth about air pollution

October 25th, 2019

1:02:34

Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior …

The electability debate

October 22nd, 2019

54:03

Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks — plus research on what happens when doctors are patients.

Relevant links:

American Voter Bot (@american__voter)

White paper

Hosts:

The four words that will decide impeachment

October 19th, 2019

55:32

This was the week of confessions. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to a Trump administration quid quo pro with Ukraine, with …

Debating the robot takeover

October 16th, 2019

1:02:22

Ezra and Matt break down some of the nerdier aspects of the fourth Democratic primary debate.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior …

Understanding the student debt crisis

October 15th, 2019

59:35

The Aspen Institute's Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America's ballooning student debt loan.

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Progressives' Supreme Court problem

October 11th, 2019

1:04:48

Vox's judiciary reporter Ian Millhiser joins Matt to analyze the Supreme Court's new term and what the left gets wrong about the courts.

Guest:

Ian Millhiser, (@imillhiser) Senior Correspondent, Vox

Host:

Matthew Yglesias (

Mayor Pete explains his prescription drug plan

October 9th, 2019

27:26

Pete Buttigieg joins Matt to discuss his latest prescription drug plan policy rollout and his broader thinking on health care.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (

What to expect when you’re impeaching

October 8th, 2019

54:03

Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry.

Related pieces:

"What’s wrong with a President Pence?" by Jane Coaston, Vox

"9 …

Homelessness and how to fix it

October 4th, 2019

56:27

Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week …

Trump's war on the homeless

October 1st, 2019

1:03:58

We’re live from the Texas Tribune Festival! Jane, Dara, and Matt take the stage to discuss the strange revival of interest in punitive approaches to the housing crisis and answer questions from the audience.

References:

America's missing babies

September 27th, 2019

1:03:37

Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies joins Matt to discuss why Americans have fewer kids than they say they want.

More to explore:

Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you …

The Kiev Caper

September 24th, 2019

1:02:29

Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.

Links to resources discussed:

“To beat Trump, try …

Did economists break America?

September 20th, 2019

55:05

The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum joins Matt to explain his new book, The Economists' Hour.

More to explore:

Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations …

Out of sight, out of mind

September 17th, 2019

53:49

Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.

Links to resources discussed:

“Trump's Asylum Policies Sent Him Back to Mexico. He …

ABCDebate

September 13th, 2019

28:15

After Vox's Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses.

News comes at you fast. …

50 shades of Green New Deal

September 13th, 2019

1:28:35

Vox climate reporter David Roberts joins Jane and Matt live in Seattle to break down the 2020 candidates' climate change plans.

Hosts:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  …

A plan to revive American unions

September 10th, 2019

58:02

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry joins Matt to explain her push for sectoral bargaining.

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

Mary Kay Henry (@MaryKayHenry) , International President, Service …

The left’s path to power

September 6th, 2019

1:04:00

Data for Progress co-founder Sean McElwee explains his strategy for a left-wing takeover of American politics, and the data-driven path to winning …

Trump's primary challengers

September 3rd, 2019

57:01

Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Donald Trump’s potential 2020 presidential primary challengers — Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, Justin Amash, and others, and what their bids mean for the post-Trump future. We also ruminate on a …

The case for foreign policy restraint

August 30th, 2019

1:00:38

Emma Ashford, a research fellow in defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, joins Matt for a wide-ranging discussion on China and the Middle …

Trump's latest trade war

August 27th, 2019

59:50

Ezra, Jane, and Matt talk about Trump's approach to China and what his critics get right and wrong.

Links to resources discussed:

“Making China Great Again” by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

“The past 3 wild days in Trump’s …

Does America need trade deals?

August 23rd, 2019

58:36

Yale's Hilary Matfess joins Matt to debate Elizabeth Warren's trade proposals, and the role of trade policy in progressive politics.

Recommended …

Slavery and its legacy

August 20th, 2019

55:55

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the 1619 project and its critics

Related reading:

“The 1619 Project” New York Times Magazine

“Henry Clay, Edward Baptist, …

Trump's war on Medicaid

August 16th, 2019

55:47

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

51:25

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

Related reading:

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The case for a Green New Deal

August 9th, 2019

1:03:33

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

52:37

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

56:38

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

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Dysfunctional federalism

July 26th, 2019

1:09:55

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

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Go back to Cincinnati

July 23rd, 2019

51:16

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

1:01:13

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

48:21

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

43:36

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

1:33:57

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

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A progressive case for globalism

July 5th, 2019

1:02:17

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

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Democracy's week in court

July 2nd, 2019

50:43

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

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What’s really going on with child detention?

June 25th, 2019

51:42

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

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The horrifying conditions facing kids …

What’s really happening in Central America

June 21st, 2019

56:05

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

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Jamestown: Utopia for Whom

June 19th, 2019

11:33

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

1:10:05

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

59:59

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

52:43

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

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A user's guide to antitrust

June 7th, 2019

1:09:24

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

58:15

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

1:12:11

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

1:02:04

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

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Rethinking education reform

May 24th, 2019

58:52

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

59:44

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

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America's two housing crises

May 17th, 2019

1:05:31

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

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Make America 2015 Again

May 14th, 2019

59:37

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

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Green New Weeds

May 10th, 2019

1:26:11

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

1:04:06

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.

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Mexico: America's waiting room

May 3rd, 2019

1:01:01

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

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Incels and bullshitters

April 30th, 2019

55:52

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

37:22

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

1:12:24

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

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Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]

April 18th, 2019

40:31

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

59:41

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

58:21

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

57:21

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

54:26

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

51:51

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

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Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher Week)

March 29th, 2019

44:04

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

57:18

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

53:41

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

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The reparations primary

March 19th, 2019

57:46

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

Suggested reading:

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Live Weeds with Julián Castro

March 15th, 2019

1:06:10

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.

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Introducing Switched on Pop

March 13th, 2019

13:31

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

1:04:33

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

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The long con

March 8th, 2019

47:10

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

57:46

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

58:31

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

55:15

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

1:00:56

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

1:11:48

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

1:03:37

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

1:00:11

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 …

WTF, VA?

February 8th, 2019

47:47

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

52:32

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

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House Democrats’ plan to save democracy

February 1st, 2019

1:00:30

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

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Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap

January 29th, 2019

1:00:09

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

1:05:35

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

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Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud

January 22nd, 2019

56:43

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

Sarah's articles about hospital ER fees

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You can't eat your principles for dinner

January 18th, 2019

59:33

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

1:02:11

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

Americans misperceive racial economic equality

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Tucker Carlson vs the free market

January 11th, 2019

59:40

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

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Ask Weeds Anything

January 8th, 2019

58:20

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 …

New year, no government

January 4th, 2019

1:06:54

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

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Classic Weeds: The great white panic

January 1st, 2019

1:11:53

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

56:21

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt share what they learned in 2018, predictions for 2019, and their favorite research of the year. Links: Matt's white paper pick Sarah's white paper pick Ezra's white paper pick Sarah’s …

Congress actually did something important

December 21st, 2018

1:03:31

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

50:37

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

59:10

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

57:53

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

48:49

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. 

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

December 4th, 2018

54:01

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

1:00:16

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

59:57

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

35:11

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

1:01:20

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

1:02:12

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

55:00

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

57:34

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

56:12

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

1:00:00

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

1:04:29

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

1:06:21

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

50:55

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

48:10

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

56:26

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

1:01:53

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

46:10

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

1:01:24

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

1:03:21

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

40:34

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

1:05:38

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

55:32

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

46:24

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

57:51

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

49:49

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

58:44

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

58:39

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

1:10:35

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

55:04

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 

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I am the Resistance inside The Weeds podcast

September 11th, 2018

1:19:26

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

49:33

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

57:01

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

53:17

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

1:06:18

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

59:01

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

1:10:26

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

57:46

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 

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Lordy, Omarosa has tapes

August 14th, 2018

1:01:34

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 …

#FakeScience

August 10th, 2018

48:30

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

1:14:11

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

1:05:04

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

1:10:20

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

47:59

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

1:01:27

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

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

July 20th, 2018

49:18

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

There’s collusion, and then there’s collusion

July 17th, 2018

59:36

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

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

July 13th, 2018

48:55

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

56:51

Dara, Ezra, and Matt break down what we know about Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court References and further reading: Paper about Norwegian immigrants, mentioned by Matt "Twice a Stranger: The Mass …

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

July 6th, 2018

49:19

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

59:26

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 …

America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice

June 29th, 2018

48:05

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

With borders wide open

June 26th, 2018

46:21

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 messy drama queens of the Supreme Court

June 22nd, 2018

55:10

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 …

Which children matter?

June 19th, 2018

48:56

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

Ask Weeds Anything...Again!

June 15th, 2018

1:22:11

Sarah, Dara and Matt answer your questions.

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

June 12th, 2018

52:13

While Sarah and Matt are away Dara is joined by Vox.com 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

42:50

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

43:40

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

52:23

Sarah and Matt are joined by Vox.com 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

57:44

Libby Nelson, Vox.com 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

51:38

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 …

Caught in the Intellectual Dark Web

May 18th, 2018

1:01:53

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

Drugs! (But not the fun kind)

May 15th, 2018

1:00:48

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

Vox.com 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

58:08

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

Should psychiatrists diagnose Trump? Should journalists?

May 4th, 2018

50:52

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

54:20

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

51:51

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

59:26

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

55:25

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 …

Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military

April 17th, 2018

1:04:02

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

53:39

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

The imprudent Scott Pruitt

April 10th, 2018

53:53

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

48:36

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

53:37

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

1:01:54

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

1:06:45

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

Cambridge Analytica: Scandal, hype, or both?

March 23rd, 2018

1:01:03

Andrew Prokop, senior politics reporter for Vox.com, 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

45:59

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 …

Abolish ICE

March 16th, 2018

1:04:37

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.

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Trigger warning: Discussion of White House chaos and political correctness

March 13th, 2018

1:08:05

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

54:43

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

1:07:04

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

Guns, Weeds, and Steel

March 2nd, 2018

51:40

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

52:06

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

55:10

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

1:03:02

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 …

DACApocalypse in the Senate

February 16th, 2018

1:08:15

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

1:09:09

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 …

The six-hour shutdown, explained

February 9th, 2018

54:50

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

1:05:59

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

56:04

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

The state of our podcast is strong

January 31st, 2018

50:00

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt parse through Trump's State of the Union address and the response delivered by Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Referenced Works: Matt's piece on the State of the Union: Donald Trump has no …

The white genocide episode you’ve been waiting for

January 26th, 2018

1:01:43

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

47:29

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

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The Shutdown Special

January 19th, 2018

55:36

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

58:37

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).

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Shithole special

January 12th, 2018

58:40

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

43:39

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.

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Winter, explained

January 5th, 2018

50:11

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

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Why is US life expectancy falling?

January 2nd, 2018

51:31

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

59:06

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

54:49

Matt, Ezra, and Sarah answer your questions.

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Tax reforms and garbage factories

December 19th, 2017

56:29

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

57:57

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

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Alabama senate special

December 13th, 2017

54:35

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

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Is the FBI good now?

December 8th, 2017

56:30

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

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

December 5th, 2017

1:06:10

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 …

How the GOP is weaponizing the tax code

December 1st, 2017

58:43

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

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Five big problems with the GOP tax plan

November 28th, 2017

50:13

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

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A very Weeds Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2017

49:22

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

Tax reform special

November 17th, 2017

1:01:44

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

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Republicans’ Roy Moore problem

November 14th, 2017

1:00:12

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

1:12:58

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

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The vaunted, versatile VAT

November 7th, 2017

1:00:08

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 …

The tax bill's winners and many, many losers

November 3rd, 2017

57:17

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

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

October 31st, 2017

1:01:59

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

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Purge 3: The Bannoning

October 27th, 2017

46:28

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

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

October 24th, 2017

59:36

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

1:11:44

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

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

October 18th, 2017

8:31

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

1:01:32

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

1:07:08

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

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CHIPping away at gerrymandering

October 10th, 2017

1:05:22

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).

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Republicans have big dreams and big problems on tax reform

October 6th, 2017

1:02:57

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

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Australia solved its gun problem. Could America?

October 3rd, 2017

1:13:23

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 …

The Puerto Rico disaster and Trump's inadequate response

September 29th, 2017

54:33

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

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

September 26th, 2017

1:08:09

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

1:22:38

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 (https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9174.html) for them …

The worst GOP healthcare bill yet

September 20th, 2017

1:03:54

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

52:55

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

1:15:25

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.

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

September 8th, 2017

1:07:50

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

1:04:56

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

1:14:42

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

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The policy origins of America's most expensive natural disaster

August 30th, 2017

1:08:27

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

50:16

Tara Golshan and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the bad blood between Trump and Mitch McConnell. Links! Andrew's interview with …

How the rich ate all the growth

August 23rd, 2017

49:06

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

56:34

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

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A very meritorious podcast

August 16th, 2017

1:05:50

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 …

Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Can anyone?

August 11th, 2017

1:05:25

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.

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Is Google in an "ideological echo chamber"?

August 9th, 2017

1:18:09

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

54:58

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

ACA repeal is finally dead (maybe)

July 28th, 2017

50:32

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

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Skinny repeal and Trump's management by tweet

July 26th, 2017

1:01:28

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

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A deep dive on basic income

July 21st, 2017

55:36

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

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At last, a Weeds about weed (also Obamacare)

July 19th, 2017

1:04:08

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Democrats' plans to improve Obamacare and new evidence that smoking pot makes you bad at math. Links! White paper: ‘High’ Achievers? Cannabis Access and Academic …

McConnellCare II: Cruz Control

July 14th, 2017

53:20

Matt and Sarah sit down with Dylan Scott to talk through all the nitty gritty details of the Senate's latest health care plan. Links! Ezra debates the Senate health care bill with Avik Roy Dylan …

Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)

July 12th, 2017

1:04:15

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 …

Understanding the opioid epidemic

July 7th, 2017

47:05

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

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Trumpism and travel bans

July 5th, 2017

1:00:51

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

45:05

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

1:09:33

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

1:03:39

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.

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Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds

June 21st, 2017

1:06:05

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

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Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy

June 16th, 2017

51:30

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

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Legends of the secret health care bill

June 14th, 2017

1:04:01

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

52:37

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

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Meet Sprinklecare

June 8th, 2017

1:07:56

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.

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Jared Kushner: International man of mystery

June 2nd, 2017

59:21

Dylan Matthews and politics reporter Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the Paris Accords and the mysterious role of the First …

A platinum get out of jail free card

May 31st, 2017

57:47

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

19:21

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 …

CB--Oh, this bill stinks

May 26th, 2017

53:38

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

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

May 24th, 2017

1:04:05

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

48:46

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

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Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom

May 17th, 2017

1:16:55

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.

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

May 12th, 2017

15:18

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

1:03:29

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.

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AHCApocalypse III

May 5th, 2017

58:33

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

59:36

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. 

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AHCApocalypse II

April 28th, 2017

59:25

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." 

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French elections, national service, and Queens at war

April 26th, 2017

1:08:30

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

1:30:43

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.

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Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis

April 14th, 2017

23:01

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

55:17

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. 

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Nuclear Winter

April 5th, 2017

57:01

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

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

March 31st, 2017

1:12:26

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.

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Weeds in the Wild: Postville

March 24th, 2017

27:29

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

1:20:15

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

1:10:16

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. 

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AHCApalooza

March 8th, 2017

1:09:27

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

1:04:28

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

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

February 22nd, 2017

1:15:06

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

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Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky

February 17th, 2017

14:21

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

1:07:19

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

1:21:42

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

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SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways

February 1st, 2017

1:12:38

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

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

January 30th, 2017

41:50

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

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Gag Order and Infrastructure

January 26th, 2017

1:00:23

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

43:17

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

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DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats

January 18th, 2017

1:03:50

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

59:48

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

Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare

January 6th, 2017

1:13:03

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.

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Happy New Year

January 4th, 2017

50:49

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

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Year-End Spectacular

December 28th, 2016

1:02:46

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

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

December 21st, 2016

52:56

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.

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Russia and the American Dream

December 14th, 2016

57:47

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

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Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda

December 7th, 2016

1:16:08

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

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Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health

November 30th, 2016

54:59

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

1:10:26

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

22:32

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 …

The Trump Agenda

November 16th, 2016

55:41

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

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Trumpocalypse Now

November 9th, 2016

53:08

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

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The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016

November 4th, 2016

50:54

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

1:04:51

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!)

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Final Debate Special

October 20th, 2016

55:17

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

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Second Presidential Debate Special

October 10th, 2016

1:01:52

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 …

Veep Debate and Cranky Judges

October 5th, 2016

52:34

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

1:06:37

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

45:27

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

1:09:13

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

54:37

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

55:31

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

56:38

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

1:06:33

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.

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

August 12th, 2016

1:01:37

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

1:35:21

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 …

DNC-Palooza

July 28th, 2016

58:10

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 …

Republican Convention Special

July 22nd, 2016

54:03

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

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Basic Income and Police Shootings

July 15th, 2016

58:04

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

43:03

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

1:00:38

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

1:03:37

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

1:05:17

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

57:44

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

55:59

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

57:30

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

1:08:30

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

55:31

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

49:52

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

1:00:43

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

47:35

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

1:09:00

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

1:04:24

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

30:49

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

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

April 15th, 2016

1:12:29

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

59:54

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

1:18:07

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

1:05:14

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

51:57

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

1:24:02

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 …

Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!

March 2nd, 2016

1:23:47

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

1:09:09

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

1:06:09

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

1:12:35

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

1:13:22

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

1:24:55

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

1:13:20

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

1:12:52

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

1:19:36

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 …

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

January 8th, 2016

1:17:46

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

1:03:01

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

1:16:18

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.

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Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke

December 15th, 2015

40:56

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

1:16:57

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 …

Dietary fat and climate change

December 4th, 2015

57:44

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

1:14:04

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

1:06:45

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 …

How politics is making us stupid

November 6th, 2015

1:08:13

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

1:13:10

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

51:51

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

1:21:51

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

54:26

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

1:03:21

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

55:54

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 …

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