Rank #1: Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump's cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, and an effort to cut down on pill abuse that backfired massively.
Rank #2: Ask Weeds Anything!
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah answer your questions.
Rank #3: EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead Exposure
Why did EpiPen's price skyrocket 400 percent over the past decade? Sarah and Matt dive into the complex world of American drug pricing to find out. Also on this episode: understanding why the Clinton Foundation gets so much scrutiny, and a white paper of the week that shows how problematic a small level of lead exposure can be.
Rank #4: Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health
Sarah and Matt take a deep dive into what Trump's cabinet picks say about how he will govern, with a particular focus on HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price. Also: an exciting white paper on recessions and health outcomes!
Rank #5: Republican Convention Special
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.
Rank #6: Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legislatures
Reunited after many summer vacations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take a deep dive into Claudia Goldin's theory of the gender pay gap and possible remedies. Plus hot new research that proves nobody cares about state government.
Rank #7: Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the United Kingdom's descent into political chaos, a big win for abortion rights at the high court, and a big labor market mystery.
Rank #8: Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and Rethinking Teen Pregnancy
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration, the president-elect's unusual relationship with the media, and a new study debunking the old study about 16 and Pregnant.
Rank #9: Second Presidential Debate Special
The morning after Clinton and Trump's debate in St. Louis, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt head to the studio to talk about internal Republican divisions, Trump's threat to throw Clinton in jail, and the surprising amount of policy the two candidates covered.
Rank #10: The Weeds Year-End Spectacular
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt share what they learned in 2018, predictions for 2019, and their favorite research of the year. Links: Matt's white paper pick Sarah's white paper pick Ezra's white paper pick Sarah’s ER opus Ezra on white threat
Rank #11: The most undercovered policy stories of 2017
Sarah returns from New Zealand in time to reflect with Matt on the year in policy. White paper: Uniform Pricing in US Retail Chains
Rank #12: Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the alarming rise in deep poverty over the past 15 years, a fresh Supreme Court non-decision that imperils Obama's immigration policy, and what to make of the slowing rate of growth of health care spending.
Rank #13: Republicans have big dreams and big problems on tax reform
Dylan Matthews and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about Republicans hopes, dreams, and nightmares on tax reform.
Rank #14: Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
Sarah and Matt discuss the nexus of terrorism and gun control, Britain's upcoming referendum, and an unintended consequence of school condom giveaways.
Rank #15: CB-uh oh!
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Donald Trump's taxes, the disastrous CBO score of the GOP health care bill, and a study on how Chinese imports reduce Americans' marriage rates.
Rank #16: Trumpocalypse Now
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump's shocking win.
Rank #17: Inauguration Special
Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode.
Rank #18: Interview with Atul Gawande
With Ezra and Matt on summer vacation, Sarah is left to her own devices — and decides to share a fantastic interview from the Ezra Klein Show with surgeon and writer Atul Gawande. Atul talks about the fascinating academic work he has in progress, attempting to improve end-of-life care and make hospitals safer, and how he became a writer in the first place.
Rank #19: S******e special
The mask slipped with Trump's "s******e" comments, and Matt and Dara take a hard look at what lies beneath it. Content warning: explicit policy discussions.
Rank #20: 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.