The Weeds

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.

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Make America 2015 Again

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

Related reading:

Biden/aberration explainer

Biden/bankruptcy explainer

MOVE bombing


 2019-05-14  59m

Green New Weeds

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 O’Rourke or Jay Inslee?

Related reading:
The Green New Deal, explained
David Roberts on what’s in the Green New Deal
The Green New Deal critics
The case against incremental climate policy
Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate policy


 2019-05-10  1h26m

Sarah's Last Stand

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

Related reading:
CBO report
Dylan’s article on a Medicare-for-all hearing
Dylan’s other article on the Medicare-for-all hearing
Sarah and Dylan on the different Democratic health care plans


 2019-05-07  1h4m

Mexico: America's waiting room

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

Related reading:
Dara’s piece on asylum officers


 2019-05-03  1h1m

Incels and bullshitters

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

Related reading:

“Our incel problem” by Zack Beauchamp

Research paper


 2019-04-30  55m

Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?

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 of The Weeds was taped in front of a live audience at The LINE DC to celebrate Vox’s fifth anniversary...


 2019-04-26  37m

What to obstruct when you’re obstructing

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

Related reading:
Quinta Jurecic’s color-coded analysis of Mueller’s obstruction language
Rick Hasen’s article on Mueller not prosecuting Donald Trump Jr.
Full Mueller report
White paper


 2019-04-23  1h12m

Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]

Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with Worldly on Robert Mueller’s just-released report. They explain the special counsel's main findings on collusion with Russian election interference and on obstruction of justice and why they aren’t good for Trump. Then they zoom out and talk about what this whole episode reveals about the health of American democracy and how this gives a green light for Russia and other authoritarian powers to intervene in future US elections...


 2019-04-19  40m

Trump Family (Tax) Values

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

Related reading:
ProPublica study on the EITC audits
White paper


 2019-04-16  59m

How Canada got Medicare-for-all done

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

Recommended reading:
Tommy Douglas named greatest Canadian
Filibuster reform explainer
Sanders and reconciliation explainer
Doctor strike explainer
White paper


 2019-04-12  58m