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In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.


episode 406: Fighting coronavirus with corporate conscription

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


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

"“We are desperate”: Trump’s inaction has created a crisis with protective medical gear" by Caroline Hopkins, Vox

"The Defense Production Act, the law Trump is using to boost coronavirus supplies, briefly explained" by Alex Ward, Vox

"How Ford's Willow Run Assembly Plant Helped Win World War II" by Tim Trainor, Assembly Magazine

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Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox

Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox

Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica

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