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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, Dylan Matthews, Jerusalem Demsas, German Lopez, Dara Lind, and other voices dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare immigration, and housing.Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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All organizing is local

Author, researcher, and University of Pittsburgh professor of history Lara Putnam sits down with Matt to talk about the structure of local progressive political organization. They talk about the recent history of these movements in the wake of the 2016 election, the effect of these groups on downballot races in Pennsylvania and nationally, and look to the future of these groups in the Biden era.Resources:"Democrats are surging in special elections, and that's not what we've been used to in recent years" by Daniel Donner, Daily Kos (Sept. 27, 2017)"The Other Infrastructure Program: Progressive Organizing" by Lara Putnam, The American Prospect (Feb. 22, 2021)"Let's Organize—and Not Scapegoat Leaders" by Michael Podhorzer, The American Prospect (Feb. 17, 2021)"Organizing Power: Theda Skocpol and Caroline Tervo"Guest:Lara Putnam (@lara_putnam), UCIS Research Professor, University of PittsburghHost:Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.comCredits:Erikk Geannikis, Editor and ProducerAs the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcastsAbout VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr

26 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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The Antipope in Mar-a-Lago

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 Republican party (zombie Paul Ryanism, or dynastic Trumpism?). Plus, a new study about the EITC is examined that leads to a broader discussion about the role of "nudges."Resources:White paperHosts:Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.comDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublicaEmily Stewart (@EmilyStewartM), Business and Politics reporter, VoxCredits:Erikk Geannikis, Editor and ProducerAs the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcastsAbout VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

55mins

17 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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Where are the vaccines?

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 eviction moratoria on the spread of Covid-19.Resources:"What Biden can do to fix America's Covid-19 vaccine mess" by German Lopez, Vox (Jan. 22, 2021)"'We crushed it': How did West Virginia become a national leader in Covid vaccination?" by Laura Strickler and Lisa Cavazuti, NBC News (Jan. 31, 2021)White paperHosts:Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.comDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublicaGerman Lopez (@germanrlopez), Senior Correspondent, VoxCredits:Erikk Geannikis, Editor and ProducerAs the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcastsAbout VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 3mins

3 Feb 2021

Rank #3

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A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan

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  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

52mins

21 Dec 2016

Rank #5

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Year-End Spectacular

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 2mins

28 Dec 2016

Rank #6

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Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 13mins

6 Jan 2017

Rank #7

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The road to polarization

Ezra Klein joins Matt to discuss his forthcoming book; Why We're Polarized.Guest: Ezra Klein, (@ezraklein) Co-founder and Editor-at-Large, VoxHost:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Pre order Why We’re Polarized at ezraklein.comFollow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 23mins

24 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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Why are we fighting Iran?

Cato’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain America’s larger (lack of) strategy in the Persian Gulf region.Guest: Emma Ashford, (@EmmaMAshford) Research Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato InstituteHost:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 3mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 15mins

22 Feb 2017

Rank #10

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2019 in review

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, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between

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.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 14mins

20 Nov 2015

Rank #12

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Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism

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  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 10mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military

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 between the rule of law and political leadershipRecent PBS poll on how Americans view the FBIMax Weber, explainedWhite paper on gender integration in the Norwegian military Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 4mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck.

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.This episode of The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace: Build it Beautiful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

51mins

23 Oct 2015

Rank #15

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Virginia is for Democrats

Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about this week’s election results and the implications for 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 12mins

10 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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How politics is making us stupid

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.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace: Build it Beautiful. This episode is also brought to you by Audible, with over 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 8mins

6 Nov 2015

Rank #17

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The World's Worst Club

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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

55mins

12 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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Filibusted

Matt is joined by author Molly Reynolds of the Brookings Institution to talk about the intricacies of the Senate filibuster, budget reconciliation, and the Byrd rule, with a view toward the prospect of getting legislation through a divided Senate.Resources:U.S. Senate rules on filibuster and cloture"The history of the filibuster" by Sarah Binder, BrookingsExceptions to the Rule: The Politics of Filibuster Limitations in the U.S. Senate by Molly E. Reynolds (2017).Guest:Molly Reynolds (@mollyereynolds), Senior Fellow, BrookingsHost:Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.comCredits:Erikk Geannikis, Editor and ProducerAs the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcastsAbout VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 7mins

29 Jan 2021

Rank #19

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Tucker Carlson vs the free market

Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the argument over economic populism that’s roiling the conservative world Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #20