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The Weeds

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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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She needs to stop saying YO

By Muchacho Balderamma - Aug 07 2019
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I like her views but can she refrain from saying YO every freaking sentence.

Great content

By Gauss101 - Aug 02 2019
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Fantastic podcast, always with insightful analysis.

iTunes Ratings

5654 Ratings
Average Ratings
4461
484
267
165
277

She needs to stop saying YO

By Muchacho Balderamma - Aug 07 2019
Read more
I like her views but can she refrain from saying YO every freaking sentence.

Great content

By Gauss101 - Aug 02 2019
Read more
Fantastic podcast, always with insightful analysis.
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The Weeds

Updated 13 days ago

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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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Trump's war on Medicaid

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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Jessica Schubel explains how Medicaid works, and how the White House is trying to undermine it.

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Aug 16 2019
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Epstein conspiracy time

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Jane, Dara, and Matt try to offer actual facts about prison suicide and new research on hot weather and crime.

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The case for a Green New Deal

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Domestic terrorism after El Paso

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Aug 06 2019
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The second Democratic debate

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Ezra and Matt dissect the six-hour, two-night July debate marathon.

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ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss the sexual assault case that’s also a political scandal and a financial puzzle.

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Go back to Cincinnati

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