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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.

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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.

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Top shelf P’dcast

By Tubed out - May 17 2020
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It is really hilarious reading some of the one star reviews. Don’t Jane, Dara, Matt and Ezra know that their job is to adhere to every listener’s strict definition of leftist liberal...anti-conservative...whatever. This is one of the only podcasts about politics and policy worth listening to. That said it’s just a podcast y’all, lighten up.

Not good, even if you are liberal

By Christine de Pizan - May 15 2020
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Used to listen to this all the time. But then they got brexit wrong. They were shocked when Trump was elected. I think the way they repeatedly got things wrong may be the reason I am now conservative. However, if you are liberal, this is still not a good podcast. NPR politics is liberal leaning but is not as susceptible to constant error the way Vox is because they are not as beholden to vomiting out content without review.

iTunes Ratings

6440 Ratings
Average Ratings
4959
580
316
221
364

Top shelf P’dcast

By Tubed out - May 17 2020
Read more
It is really hilarious reading some of the one star reviews. Don’t Jane, Dara, Matt and Ezra know that their job is to adhere to every listener’s strict definition of leftist liberal...anti-conservative...whatever. This is one of the only podcasts about politics and policy worth listening to. That said it’s just a podcast y’all, lighten up.

Not good, even if you are liberal

By Christine de Pizan - May 15 2020
Read more
Used to listen to this all the time. But then they got brexit wrong. They were shocked when Trump was elected. I think the way they repeatedly got things wrong may be the reason I am now conservative. However, if you are liberal, this is still not a good podcast. NPR politics is liberal leaning but is not as susceptible to constant error the way Vox is because they are not as beholden to vomiting out content without review.
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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan

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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 House Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy Matt’s essay following the announcement of Paul Ryan’s retirement Ted Cruz’s confusing tweet of Beto O’Rourke speaking on the shooting of Botham Jean A white paper examines the effects on criminal recidivism when states increase minimum wages Annie Lowrey’s piece in the Atlantic on a jobs guarantee 

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #2: Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on Trade

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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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Dec 21 2016

52mins

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Rank #3: Year-End Spectacular

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

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Dec 28 2016

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Rank #4: Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare

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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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Jan 06 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #5: Speaker Ryan had a farm bill (E-I-E-I-O)

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Sarah, Dara and Matt discuss a Republican farm bill that would impose work requirements on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) beneficiaries. Then they turn to a white paper on OxyContin and the heroin epidemic.

References and further reading:

Good Politico article summarizing the farm bill

Marion Nestle's piece on the farm bill

White paper on OxyContin's impact on the heroin epidemic

German Lopez's piece on the OxyContin white paper

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Apr 24 2018

59mins

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Rank #6: Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't

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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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Feb 22 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #7: Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between

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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 assassins), and debate a striking new data set that shows the baffling variation in how frequently different hospitals perform c-sections rather than traditional childbirths.
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Nov 20 2015

1hr 14mins

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Rank #8: Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck.

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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 could have been, with a commander-in-chief who considers Republicans friends rather than enemies.
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Oct 23 2015

51mins

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Rank #9: Shithole special

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

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Jan 12 2018

58mins

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Rank #10: The road to polarization

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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:

Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox

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Jan 24 2020

1hr 23mins

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Rank #11: The long con

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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 Newton's newsletter - The Interface

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Mar 08 2019

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Rank #12: How politics is making us stupid

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Facts rarely seem to win any political debate — and on this episode of the Weeds, Matt, Ezra, and Sarah use political science research to explain why. Also: the case for softball debate questions and a troubling new study on rising death rates among white, middle-aged men.
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Nov 06 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #13: The World's Worst Club

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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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Apr 12 2017

55mins

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Rank #14: Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism

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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 Warren's accountability bill The Varieties of Capitalism, book mentioned by Matt David Ciepley's writing on corporations, mentioned by Dara Dylan Matthews' piece on co-determination , mentioned by Ezra Sam Hammond's piece on Warren's bill, mentioned by Ezra and Dara Aaron Klein's analysis of Warren's accountability plan, mentioned by Ezra 

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Aug 21 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #15: But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?

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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.

Sarah on private insurance in other countries

Dylan's interview with Matt Bruenig

Sarah's interview with Rep. Jayapal on her bill

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Mar 05 2019

57mins

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Rank #16: Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited Democratic presidential debate

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Matt and Ezra weigh in on the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.

Read more of Vox's coverage of the debate here:

Winners and losers from night one of the debate

Winners and losers from night two of the debate

Matt on Warren's performance

Ezra on Harris' performance

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Jun 28 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and the Freakonomics of decisionmaking

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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 Republicans, and the similarities between Trump and Paul Ryan. The trio also talks about what happens when elections lose legitimacy, and mull over a fascinating new paper by Steven Levitt — yes, the Freakonomics economist — that could change how you make decisions. 

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Aug 12 2016

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Rank #18: The First Debate and Pet Health Care

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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to take the policy content of the Trump-Clinton debate seriously and discuss important new research into out of control health care spending -- on pets.

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Sep 29 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: French elections, national service, and Queens at war

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Libby Nelson and Dylan Matthews join Matt to talk about the global nationalist tide, forcing integration across class and ethnic lines, and research on gender and foreign policy dynamics.

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Apr 26 2017

1hr 8mins

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Rank #20: Tucker Carlson vs the free market

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

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Jan 11 2019

59mins

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