The Weeds

The Weeds

Everyone is always warning you not to get lost in the weeds. But not Vox's Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. They love the weeds. That's where all the policy is. This is the podcast for people who follow politics because they love thinking about health care, economics, and zoning. It is not a podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.... Show More

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October 11, 2019 64 min

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.

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

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Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox
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October 8, 2019 54 min

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

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October 4, 2019 56 min

Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week to discuss the causes and potential solutions of homelessness. They dive deep into the data surrounding the issue, and take a look at President Trump's claim that homelessness is on the rise.

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October 1, 2019 63 min

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.

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"The New American Homeless" by Brian Goldstone, ...
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September 27, 2019 63 min

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

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September 24, 2019 62 min

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

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“To beat Trump, try running an outsider” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox

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September 20, 2019 55 min

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


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September 17, 2019 53 min

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

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“Trump's Asylum Policies Sent Him Back to Mexico. He Was Kidnapped Five Hours Later By a Cartel.” by Emily Green, Vice

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September 13, 2019 28 min

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

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September 13, 2019 88 min

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

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Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox
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September 10, 2019 58 min

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

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September 6, 2019 64 min

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 elections.

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) , Co-founder, Data for Progress
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September 3, 2019 57 min

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 white paper exploring potentially racist hiring practices.

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August 30, 2019 60 min

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 East, the United States’ relationship with Russia since the Cold War, and the defense b... Read more

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August 27, 2019 59 min

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

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“Making China Great Again” by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
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August 23, 2019 58 min

Yale's Hilary Matfess joins Matt to debate Elizabeth Warren's trade proposals, and the role of trade policy in progressive politics.
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“The progressive case for free trade” by Hilary Matfess

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August 20, 2019 55 min

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

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August 16, 2019 55 min

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

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August 13, 2019 51 min

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

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