The Weeds

The Weeds

www.vox.com/the-weeds
A podcast for people who love policy


The free college debate
Dec 10 • 55 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt on tuition, debt relief, and the role of major choice in the gender wage gap. What to read: “Democrats’ ongoing argument about free college, explained” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox “‘Free’ College Is a Terrible Idea. Here’s a Better One.”…
Movement building in the Trump era
Dec 6 • 56 min
Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg joins Matt to talk about her new book and the path forward for democratic reform. Guest: Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb), Co-Executive Director of Invisible Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent,…
You say “usmca,” I say “U-S-M-C-A”
Dec 3 • 59 min
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump’s trade deal. What to read: “USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained” by Jen Kirby, Vox “How the Trans-Pacific Partnership could drive up the cost of medicine worldwide”…
Build housing near transit
Nov 29 • 40 min
San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development. Guest: Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters), U.S. Representative from California’s 52nd congressional district Host: Matthew Yglesias…
Impeachment’s policy roots
Nov 26 • 75 min
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch’s downfall. What to read: “Top U.S. official visits protesters in Kiev as Obama admin. ups pressure on Ukraine president Yanukovich” NYT “Paul Manafort has now been…
Single-payer federalism
Nov 22 • 49 min
Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs. What to read: Rep. Khanna’s proposed legislation Guest: Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna), U.S. Representative from California’s 17th…
Groypers vs. Conservatism Inc.
Nov 19 • 61 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists’ campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data. What to read: “Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr.” by Jane Coaston, Vox “Democrats want Stephen Miller to resign after report…
The case for subsidized jobs
Nov 15 • 62 min
Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s big idea for turning Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) into an effective recession-fighting tool. What to read: “Recession ready: Fiscal policies to stabilize the American…
Introducing Reset
Nov 13 • 46 min
Every story is a tech story. We live in a world where algorithms drive our interests, scientists are re-engineering our food supply, and a robot may be your next boss. Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything. Produced by…
The billionaire backlash
Nov 12 • 57 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires. What to read: “Bashing Bill Gates lets the rest of the billionaire class off the hook” by Dylan Matthews, Vox “AOC’s policy adviser makes the case for…
The internet we lost
Nov 8 • 60 min
Function’s Anil Dash joins Matt to discuss how Big Tech broke the web and how we can get it back. Guest: Anil Dash (@anildash), CEO of Glitch and host of Function with Anil Dash Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More to…
Paying for single-payer
Nov 5 • 56 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics. What to read: “Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for Medicare-for-all, explained” by Ezra Klein, Vox “The Sanders-Warren dispute about how to pay for…
Beyond the leaky bucket
Nov 1 • 58 min
Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth makes the case that a rise in equality would stimulate the economy. Guest: Heather Boushey (@HBoushey), Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth…
The fall of Katie Hill
Oct 29 • 47 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt on the California representative’s resignation, power imbalances, and the problem of “revenge porn.” Relevant links: “Revenge porn, biphobia, and alleged relationships with staffers: The complicated story around Rep. Katie Hill,…
The scary truth about air pollution
Oct 25 • 62 min
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration…
The electability debate
Oct 22 • 54 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks — plus research on what happens when doctors are patients. Relevant links: American Voter Bot (@american__voter) White paper Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias),…
The four words that will decide impeachment
Oct 19 • 55 min
This was the week of confessions. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to a Trump administration quid quo pro with Ukraine, with cameras rolling. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed that President Trump made Rudy Giuliani the hinge…
Debating the robot takeover
Oct 16 • 62 min
Ezra and Matt break down some of the nerdier aspects of the fourth Democratic primary debate. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration…
Understanding the student debt crisis
Oct 15 • 59 min
The Aspen Institute’s Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America’s ballooning student debt loan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Progressives’ Supreme Court problem
Oct 11 • 64 min
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Mayor Pete explains his prescription drug plan
Oct 9 • 27 min
Pete Buttigieg joins Matt to discuss his latest prescription drug plan policy rollout and his broader thinking on health care. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara…
What to expect when you’re impeaching
Oct 8 • 54 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry. Related pieces: “What’s wrong with a President Pence?” by Jane Coaston, Vox “9 scenarios for how the Trump-Ukraine impeachment process could end” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox White paper…
Homelessness and how to fix it
Oct 4 • 56 min
Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week to discuss the causes and potential solutions of homelessness. They dive deep into the data surrounding the…
Trump’s war on the homeless
Oct 1 • 63 min
We’re live from the Texas Tribune Festival! Jane, Dara, and Matt take the stage to discuss the strange revival of interest in punitive approaches to the housing crisis and answer questions from the audience. References: “The New American Homeless” by…
America’s missing babies
Sep 27 • 63 min
Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies joins Matt to discuss why Americans have fewer kids than they say they want. More to explore: Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about…
The Kiev Caper
Sep 24 • 62 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment. Links to resources discussed: “To beat Trump, try running an outsider” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox “The timeline of Trump’s decision to withhold aid to…
Did economists break America?
Sep 20 • 55 min
The New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum joins Matt to explain his new book, The Economists’ Hour. More to explore: Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas,…
Out of sight, out of mind
Sep 17 • 53 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis. Links to resources discussed: “Trump’s Asylum Policies Sent Him Back to Mexico. He Was Kidnapped Five Hours Later By a Cartel.” by Emily Green, Vice “Letter to the Orlando Sentinel” by Zora…
ABCDebate
Sep 13 • 28 min
After Vox’s Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses. News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Subscribe to Today, Explained Learn more about your ad…
50 shades of Green New Deal
Sep 13 • 88 min
Vox climate reporter David Roberts joins Jane and Matt live in Seattle to break down the 2020 candidates’ climate change plans. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox David…
A plan to revive American unions
Sep 10 • 58 min
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry joins Matt to explain her push for sectoral bargaining. Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Mary Kay Henry (@MaryKayHenry) , International President, Service Employees International Union (@SEIU) More…
The left’s path to power
Sep 6 • 64 min
Data for Progress co-founder Sean McElwee explains his strategy for a left-wing takeover of American politics, and the data-driven path to winning elections. Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) ,…
Trump’s primary challengers
Sep 3 • 57 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Donald Trump’s potential 2020 presidential primary challengers — Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, Justin Amash, and others, and what their bids mean for the post-Trump future. We also ruminate on a white paper exploring potentially…
The case for foreign policy restraint
Aug 30 • 60 min
Emma Ashford, a research fellow in defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, joins Matt for a wide-ranging discussion on China and the Middle East, the United States’ relationship with Russia since the Cold War, and the defense budget. They also…
Trump’s latest trade war
Aug 27 • 59 min
Ezra, Jane, and Matt talk about Trump’s approach to China and what his critics get right and wrong. Links to resources discussed: “Making China Great Again” by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker “The past 3 wild days in Trump’s trade war with China, explained” by…
Does America need trade deals?
Aug 23 • 58 min
Yale’s Hilary Matfess joins Matt to debate Elizabeth Warren’s trade proposals, and the role of trade policy in progressive politics. Recommended reading: “The progressive case for free trade” by Hilary Matfess ———————————————————————————- Join the Weeds…
Slavery and its legacy
Aug 20 • 55 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the 1619 project and its critics Related reading: “The 1619 Project” New York Times Magazine “Henry Clay, Edward Baptist, and the Whipping Machine” by Bradley A. Hansen “Cotton, Slavery, and the New History of Capitalism” by…
Trump’s war on Medicaid
Aug 16 • 55 min
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Jessica Schubel explains how Medicaid works, and how the White House is trying to undermine it. Join the Weeds Facebook group! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Epstein conspiracy time
Aug 13 • 51 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt try to offer actual facts about prison suicide and new research on hot weather and crime. Related reading: “Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, in Context”’ by Ken White, the Atlantic “Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem” by…
The case for a Green New Deal
Aug 9 • 63 min
Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data for Progress joins Matt to discuss the vision of the Green New Deal, the need to link it to social justice, and whether or not it’s politically viable. Recommended reading: “No, climate action can’t be separated from social…
Domestic terrorism after El Paso
Aug 6 • 52 min
ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to talk about the mass shooting in El Paso and what it means to take white nationalist violence seriously. Recommended reading: “The top House Republican is blaming video games for the weekend’s mass shootings”…
The second Democratic debate
Aug 2 • 67 min
Ezra and Matt dissect the six-hour, two-night July debate marathon. Vox’s guide to where 2020 Democrats stand on policy Join the Weeds Facebook group! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein
Jul 30 • 56 min
ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss the sexual assault case that’s also a political scandal and a financial puzzle. **White paper starts at 45:20** Recommended reading: “Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with…
Dysfunctional federalism
Jul 26 • 69 min
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore. Join the Weeds Facebook group! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Go back to Cincinnati
Jul 23 • 51 min
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad”: Reps. Ayanna Presley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. They also dive into…
Why everyone hates Big Tech, with The Verge’s Nilay Patel
Jul 19 • 61 min
Verge editor-in-chief and Vergecast host Nilay Patel joins Matt in this special crossover episode to explain what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to circumnavigate liability for user content, really means. They also…
Space Force all the way!
Jul 16 • 48 min
Worldly’s Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to explain Trump’s more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier. Recommended reading: “Trump really, really wants troops in space” by Alex Ward “Trump wants a ‘Space Force.’ We have…
School’s out for summer
Jul 12 • 43 min
Cristina Novoa from the Center for American Progress joins Matt to talk about child care disruptions and possible solutions. “When Parents Can’t Find Summer Child Care, Their Work Suffers” by Cristina Novoa Join the Weeds Facebook group! Learn more about…
Ask Weeds Anything
Jul 9 • 93 min
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A progressive case for globalism
Jul 5 • 62 min
Reed College economist Kimberly Clausing joins Matt to talk about trade and the middle class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Democracy’s week in court
Jul 2 • 50 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt on two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census. White paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited Democratic presidential debate
Jun 28 • 65 min
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…
What’s really going on with child detention?
Jun 25 • 51 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border. Related reading: The horrifying conditions facing kids in border detention, explained White paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What’s really happening in Central America
Jun 21 • 56 min
Adriana Beltrán of the Washington Office on Latin America joins Matt to explain the deep roots of the migration crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom
Jun 19 • 11 min
Nice Try! is a new podcast from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don’t go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufelman…
The “illiberal” right
Jun 18 • 70 min
Jane and Ezra discuss the ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv. Related reading: A New Consensus Kyle Kashuv Becomes a Symbol to Conservatives Who Say the Left Can’t Forgive Against David French-ism Jane’s article about…
5 big ideas to use tax credits to fight poverty
Jun 14 • 59 min
Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy explains the leading progressive tax plans in Congress and how they differ from Trump’s tax cuts. Related reading: Understanding Five Major Federal Tax Credit Proposals American Family Act…
Into the weeds with Elizabeth Warren
Jun 11 • 52 min
The Massachusetts senator joins Ezra Klein to explain her plans, and her plan to make the plans happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A user’s guide to antitrust
Jun 7 • 69 min
Matt sits down with Public Knowledge policy counsel Charlotte Slaiman to explain how US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s tariff triple option
Jun 4 • 58 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump’s efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs, and a white paper on private prisons. Related reading: Dara’s “remain in Mexico” explainer Trump’s plan, explained Mexican president’s…
Monetary mysteries revealed
May 31 • 72 min
Bloomberg’s Karl Smith joins Matt to explain how the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Building the Trump state
May 28 • 62 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down Trump’s multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service. Related reading: Trump vs. IRS lawyers The shift at USCIS White Paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Rethinking education reform
May 24 • 58 min
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats’ K-12 policy Bernie’s charter school plan - link Harris’ teacher pay plan - link Elizabeth Warren’s case against the neighborhood school - link Online charter schools are bad - link Join…
The loneliness of Justin Amash
May 21 • 59 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the Michigan Republican’s call to consider impeaching Trump. White paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
America’s two housing crises
May 17 • 65 min
Brookings’s Jenny Schuetz joins Matt to discuss subsidies, zoning reform, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Make America 2015 Again
May 14 • 59 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices.…
Green New Weeds
May 10 • 86 min
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…
Sarah’s Last Stand
May 7 • 64 min
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…
Mexico: America’s waiting room
May 3 • 61 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Incels and bullshitters
Apr 30 • 55 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices.…
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?
Apr 26 • 37 min
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.…
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing
Apr 23 • 72 min
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…
Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]
Apr 18 • 40 min
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…
Trump Family (Tax) Values
Apr 16 • 59 min
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 Learn more about your ad…
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done
Apr 12 • 58 min
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…
The Purge: DHS
Apr 9 • 57 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump’s personnel shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security and what’s next for immigration policy. Recommended reading: Jake Tapper on Trump telling border patrol agents to ignore the law The White House’s wish list for…
Attack of the clone bills
Apr 5 • 54 min
Matt, Sarah, and Dara copied this discussion of model legislation from an asbestos lobbyist. Recommended reading: USA Today article Article on ‘ALEC’ Research on model legislation 1 Research on model legislation 2 Research on model legislation 3 Learn…
Learning from Norway’s lesbian mothers
Apr 2 • 51 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt on President Donald Trump’s latest border moves and a new wrinkle in the story of the gender pay gap. Recommended reading: Explainer on Trump cutting off aid Explainer on border closure CNN report on Trump’s border briefings The US…
Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher Week)
Mar 29 • 44 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt analyze three new policy proposals from Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. Recommended reading: Amy Klobuchar’s infrastructure plan Elizabeth Warren’s agriculture plan Kamala Harris’s teacher-pay plan HuffPost feature…
Mueller’s investigation is over. Obamacare repeal isn’t.
Mar 26 • 57 min
Sarah, Dara, and Jane discuss the Hill’s response to Mueller, the DOJ’s siege of Obamacare, and the benefits of IUDs. National Review article Zack Beauchamp’s article on the reaction to William Barr’s Mueller letter New York Times article on Mueller…
Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?
Mar 22 • 53 min
Sarah, Jane, and Matt debate the value of policy details in the primary. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here:…
The reparations primary
Mar 19 • 57 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the unexpected issue of the moment, plus Swedish administrative data on what makes a CEO. Suggested reading: White Paper Original Ta-Nehisi Coates essay on reparations We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It…
Live Weeds with Julián Castro
Mar 15 • 66 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the former US secretary of housing and urban development and 2020 presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it…
Introducing Switched on Pop
Mar 13 • 13 min
Vox takes culture seriously. Our coverage seeks to understand how our cultural touchstones work — and what they reveal about who we are. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to Switched on Pop. It’s a podcast that digs into the cultural context and…
Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg
Mar 12 • 64 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show.…
The long con
Mar 8 • 47 min
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 We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no…
But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?
Mar 5 • 57 min
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…
The Weeds fixes racism
Mar 1 • 58 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt excavate the most contentious moment in the Cohen hearing in a hunt for “racist bones.” Recommended reading:Dara on the Meadows/Tlaib standoff Jane on Steve King Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amy Klobuchar and the Jill Robinson effect
Feb 26 • 55 min
Sarah and Matt discuss the recent spate of stories about the Minnesota senator — and an announcement from Ezra! Relevant articles: Paper on the Jill Robinson Effect Buzzfeed Klobuchar story Huffington Post Klobuchar story Kelsey Piper story on the fake…
Day care for all!
Feb 22 • 60 min
Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Elizabeth Warren’s universal child care plan — and the other options on the table. Relevant articles: Alvin Chang wealth tax explainer Jonathan Cohn day care story Quebec day care study Warren’s child care plan The Family Fun…
Collusion and the Mueller endgame
Feb 19 • 71 min
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain what we’ve learned from the latest developments in the Russia investigation. Andrew’s article on Jerome Corsi’s unreliable book Article on the redacted Manafort transcript Marcy Wheeler article Special counsel…
Emergency Weeds
Feb 15 • 63 min
Dara, Sarah, and Matt explain the border security deal and Trump’s plan to bypass Congress. Dara’s article Matt’s article on non-legislative priorities Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What’s the best way to help the poor?
Feb 12 • 60 min
Dylan Matthews joins Sarah, Ezra, and Matt to discuss five new plans on poverty from leading Democrats. Dylan’s Article Sarah’s Article on Childhood Wealth Elizabeth Warren’s Housing Bill Cory Booker’s HOME Act Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
WTF, VA?
Feb 8 • 47 min
Virginia is embroiled in multiple blackface scandals — and Jane Coaston, Sarah Kliff, and Dylan Scott are here to talk about it. Video about Slavery in the US Medical System Jane’s Article Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do we need private insurance?
Feb 5 • 52 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down the latest twist in the Medicare-for-all debate — plus rigorous new research on Facebook. White Paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
House Democrats’ plan to save democracy
Feb 1 • 60 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down HR 1 — the first bill from the new Democratic majority. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap
Jan 29 • 60 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt analyze the presidential candidate’s first popular book and review new evidence on the dangers of opioid marketing. Ezra’s Article Matt’s Article White Paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The end of the shutdown
Jan 25 • 65 min
Jane, Ezra, and Matt have a slightly ill-timed discussion about the Pelosi-Trump showdown and the politics of the wall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud
Jan 22 • 56 min
Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump’s latest proposal, suspicious ER billing practices, and SNAP investigations Sarah’s articles about hospital ER fees White Paper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You can’t eat your principles for dinner
Jan 18 • 59 min
Sarah, Dara, and Matt analyze the prolonged shutdown’s impact on the future of the federal workforce Reference Articles: The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of life FBI, federal agents see cases hampered, lives rattled as…
Taxing the rich
Jan 15 • 62 min
Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider the ethics and economics of a 70 percent top marginal rate Americans misperceive racial economic equality Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tucker Carlson vs the free market
Jan 11 • 59 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the argument over economic populism that’s roiling the conservative world Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ask Weeds Anything
Jan 8 • 58 min
Matt, Sarah, and Dara take questions from our audience Book Recommendations: The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou Stories:…
New year, no government
Jan 4 • 66 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt explain why a shutdown is not The Purge and delve into the all-important difference between slats, bollards, and walls Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Classic Weeds: The great white panic
Jan 1 • 71 min
Jane Coaston joins Dara, Ezra, and Matt to talk about the racial panic tearing America apart and also salt. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on the changing demographics in America Identity Crisis book mentioned by Ezra Salt white paper This…
The Weeds Year-End Spectacular
Dec 28, 2018 • 56 min
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 Learn more about…
Congress actually did something important
Dec 21, 2018 • 63 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the substance and political context of the big bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. References and further reading: German Lopez explains the First Step Act Jane’s piece on Kanye West’s meeting with President Trump James…
Bernie and Biden and Beto, oh my!
Dec 18, 2018 • 50 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt decide it’s not too soon to start talking about the 2020 election. Plus — Obamacare litigation forever! References and further reading: Matt’s explainer on the Democratic field for 2020 Matt’s piece on Joe Biden’s policy ideas A…
A big, beautiful podcast about the border wall
Dec 14, 2018 • 59 min
Matt, Dara, and Jane discuss what happens when engineering crushes dreams. Links: For an in-depth read on the border wall, here’s a great explainer. The GAO report Dara cited can be found here. And here’s the Atlantic article that Matt mentioned about the…
A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan
Dec 11, 2018 • 57 min
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…
Pod Save the US-Saudi alliance?
Dec 7, 2018 • 48 min
Special guest Tommy Vietor of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the World joins Dara and Matt to break down the anti-Saudi backlash sweeping Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re not giving up power
Dec 4, 2018 • 54 min
Jane, Ezra, and Matt talk about state-level GOP power grabs and the curious case of Trump’s disappearing populism. References and further reading: Tara Golshan’s piece on the recent legislation proposed by GOP lawmakers David Frum’s book and Yascha…
Mexico was the wall all along
Nov 30, 2018 • 60 min
Dara and Matt explain the situation at the border now that the caravan has finally arrived. References and further reading: Li Zhou explains the liberal blowback against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Vox’s piece on the shutdown negotiations The…
The many flavors of Medicare-for-all
Nov 27, 2018 • 59 min
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to break down eight different plans circulating to expand government health insurance programs. References and further reading: Sarah breaks down five competing health care plans from Democrats Dylan lays out the Urban…
The Impact: How do you make education funding fair?
Nov 23, 2018 • 35 min
Our Thanksgiving special is an episode of The Impact — a show about how policy shapes our lives hosted by Sarah Kliff. This season, Sarah and her team are focusing on the most exciting, innovative ideas at the state and local level. This episode, they’re…
The future of conservatism is being forged in California
Nov 20, 2018 • 61 min
Jane, Ezra, and Matt explain a new brand of right-wing politics rising under conditions of permanent opposition. References and further reading: Jane’s piece on the driving force that is California-style conservatism A white paper examining which voters…
Facebook is bad, please join our Facebook group
Nov 16, 2018 • 62 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt analyze the social network that America loves to hate and can’t escape. References and further reading: New York Times exposé on Facebook’s reaction to Russian interference on their site Michelle Goldberg tells Democrats to leave…
Jeff Sessions is gone but not forgotten
Nov 9, 2018 • 55 min
Dara, Jane, and Matt talk about the endgame for the attorney general Trump loved to hate. References and further reading: Dara reports on Trump’s asylum ban Dara defines Jeff Sessions’s legacy through immigration crackdowns and deportation Heather Mac…
About last night
Nov 7, 2018 • 57 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down seven key takeaways from Tuesday’s election. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on Trump’s failing political strategy Ezra’s essay on William Kristol’s 1993 health memo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Seattle’s plan to save democracy
Nov 6, 2018 • 56 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt offer midterm predictions, look at democracy vouchers, and analyze the real impact of Daylight Savings Time. References and further reading: Sarah explores the effects of Seattle’s democracy vouchers on The Impact Nicholas Carnes’s…
Bad for the Jews
Nov 2, 2018 • 60 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt dissect the rising currents of anti-Semitism in the Trump era. References and further reading: Adam Serwer’s piece on the Pittsburgh shooter Dara joins Today, Explained to discuss the migrant caravan Time analyzes Ted Nugent’s…
Operation Win the Midterms
Oct 31, 2018 • 64 min
Defense correspondent Alex Ward joins Dara and Matt to analyze Trump’s dispatch of thousands of US soldiers to the border. References and further reading: Alex’s piece on the role of troops at the US-Mexico border An article from Reuters on the clashes at…
Republicans’ health care message: Lie a lot
Oct 30, 2018 • 66 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down rhetoric and reality on preexisting conditions. References and further reading: Sarah outlines the position of Republicans on preexisting conditions Sarah’s piece from 2016 on the future of Obamacare Robert Draper’s…
Our elections are being hacked
Oct 26, 2018 • 50 min
In this episode, Ezra and Jane dig into the dismal state of election security, as well as the many, many ways that people’s votes are obstructed, distorted, and prevented. Isn’t democracy grand? References and further reading: Benjamin Wofford’s piece on…
What’s next for House Democrats?
Oct 24, 2018 • 48 min
Ella Nilsen and Dylan Scott join Matt Yglesias to talk about Democrats’ midterm message and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future. References and further reading: Ella’s piece on the priorities of House Democrats if they take the House in November.…
Cory Booker’s plan to close the racial wealth gap
Oct 23, 2018 • 56 min
Dara, Sarah, and Matt talk about a new “baby bonds” proposal and new research that explores perceptions of illegal immigrants. References and further reading: Sarah’s piece on Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) plan for baby bonds A report on the racial wealth gap…
Trump versus the Caravan
Oct 19, 2018 • 61 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the reality behind the migrant caravan fueling the latest MAGA conspiracy theories. References and further reading: Trump’s first campaign ad Rep. Matt Gaetz’s tweet claiming to share footage relating to the caravan Learn more…
Republicans run everything, and they’re mad as hell
Oct 17, 2018 • 46 min
Tara Golshan joins Jane and Matt to analyze the state of the GOP on the brink of the midterms. References and further reading: Ella Nilsen gives a rundown of the creative political ads from this midterm season. Tara’s piece on Rep. Duncan Hunter’s attacks…
America’s moral failure on climate
Oct 16, 2018 • 61 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate the new IPCC report, William Nordhaus’s Nobel Prize, and a hot new working paper about Medicaid contraction. References and further reading: The IPCC report on the impact of global warming David Roberts’s piece on the fight…
I’mma let you finish
Oct 12, 2018 • 63 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Kanye West, Taylor Swift, the black conservative political tradition, and the shifting politics of the Trump era. References and further reading: Jane dissects Trump’s meeting with Kanye West Jemele Hill’s article on black…
As tough as Texas
Oct 10, 2018 • 40 min
Tara Golshan and Ella Nilsen join Matt to talk about the critical midterm races in the Lone Star State. References and further reading: Ella’s piece on Democrats running in Texas Tara outlines key themes in the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke…
The craziest Obamacare lawsuit yet
Oct 9, 2018 • 65 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare (again!), waning democratic legitimacy, and why retaking the SAT drives class and racial gaps in college enrollment. References and further reading: Josh Blackman’s piece on the ACA lawsuit Amicus brief from the…
Alexa, raise the minimum wage
Oct 5, 2018 • 55 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Amazon’s pay raise, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Stop BEZOS Act, and the new politics of big tech. References and further reading: Alexia Fernández Campbell’s piece on Vox about Amazon’s pay raises Sarah Butler of the Guardian…
When women run
Oct 3, 2018 • 46 min
Congressional reporter Ella Nilsen joins Sarah and Matt to explain the unprecedented surge in women running for Congress this year. References and further reading: Michele Swers’s paper that highlights how women representatives bring back more funding to…
Death to NAFTA! Long live USMCA!
Oct 2, 2018 • 57 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt dive into the latest on the Kavanaugh nomination — and why USMCA is great for Canadians who drink milk. References and further reading: Alvin Chang charts every question the Senate asked Kavanaugh Ezra’s piece on the Republicans’…
Do Republicans even care if Kavanaugh is guilty?
Sep 28, 2018 • 49 min
Sarah, Jane, and Matt break down an excruciating day in American politics. References and further reading: Laura McGann’s piece on sexual harassment claims against Glenn Thrush of the New York Times Constance Grady explains rape culture of the 1980s A…
What Sarah learned on parental leave
Sep 25, 2018 • 58 min
Sarah, Matt, and Ezra dive into how other countries design parental leave policies — and what the US could do better. Plus: a white paper on subways, and outer space! References and further reading: RAND review on child care allowance Pew research finds…
What could stop the next Botham Jean?
Sep 21, 2018 • 58 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss a tragic death in Dallas and the difficult politics of police reform. References and further reading: Adam Serwer’s piece in the Atlantic on the National Rifle Association’s Catch-22 Numbers on the NRA David French names this…
#MeToo goes to the Supreme Court
Sep 18, 2018 • 70 min
Dara, Ezra, and Matt discuss the allegations that could derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation References and further reading: Christine Blasey Ford speaks out to the Washington Post Malcolm Gladwell’s episode of Revisionist History on Brian Williams…
Can Elon Musk save Tesla from himself?
Sep 14, 2018 • 55 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about the potential meltdown of one of America’s most important entrepreneurs. References and further reading: Emily Stewart’s piece on Elon Musk smoking pot Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I am the Resistance inside The Weeds podcast
Sep 11, 2018 • 79 min
Dara, Ezra, and Matt talk about Bob Woodward’s book, that op-ed, and the two-track Trump presidency. References and further reading: The infamous NY Times op-ed written by a White House insider Andrew Prokop’s explainer of Bob Woodward’s new book White…
Colin Kaepernick, the most important election issue in the world
Sep 7, 2018 • 49 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt get ready for some football. References and further reading: Jane’s explainer of the NFL protests Jane’s piece on Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign Jane’s piece “Nike has made billions selling rebellion to young people” Learn more…
What’s at stake in the midterms
Sep 4, 2018 • 57 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt kick off the unofficial beginning of campaign season by asking what happens if Democrats win in November and what if they lose? References and further reading: Matt’s piece on the House Republican list of investigations that could…
America picked a lousy time to turn its back on refugees
Aug 31, 2018 • 53 min
In an unexpectedly globe-hopping episode of The Weeds, Dara and Worldly co-host Zack Beauchamp examine the ripple effects of Trump’s America First attitude toward the refugee crisis. References and further reading: Politico article about how the Trump…
John McCain vs. the idea of John McCain
Aug 28, 2018 • 66 min
Vox politics editor Laura McGann joins Dara and Matt to talk about John McCain’s legacy and Donald Trump’s response to his death, then Dara and Matt tackle a white paper that looks at the connection between financial decisions and partisanship. References…
The art of the squeal
Aug 24, 2018 • 59 min
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Paul Manafort’s guilty verdict, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, and what comes next for Donald Trump. References and further reading: Dara’s piece about Donald Trump’s tweets and what they say about his relationship with…
Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism
Aug 21, 2018 • 70 min
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…
We’re not gonna pay rent
Aug 17, 2018 • 57 min
Jane Coaston joins Matt and Dara to talk about exploding housing costs in America’s coastal cities and what we can do about them. References and further reading: Jeff Stein’s piece on rent and housing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Lordy, Omarosa has tapes
Aug 14, 2018 • 61 min
Emily Stewart joins Dara and Matt to talk about the perhaps-unbelievable book everyone’s talking about, and the dysfunctional White House that spawned it. References and further reading: Emily’s piece on Omarosa’s recording of John Kelly Emily’s…
#FakeScience
Aug 10, 2018 • 48 min
Senior health correspondent Julia Belluz and science reporter Brian Resnick join Dara and Matt to discuss the replication crisis in scientific studies. References and further reading: Brian’s piece on the marshmallow test John P. A. Ioannidis’ “Most…
The Great Twitter Wars of 2018
Aug 7, 2018 • 74 min
Jane Coaston and Dylan Matthews join Ezra to discuss the Sarah Jeong fracas, the Ben Shapiro-Mark Duplass meltdown, the problems with Twitter, the ways partisan dehumanize each other, and more. References and further reading: The context for Sarah Jeong’s…
Paul Manafort, alleged ostrich-collar criminal
Aug 3, 2018 • 65 min
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to talk about Paul Manafort’s trial and what it means for the larger Russia investigation. References and further reading: Andrew’s piece on the trials of Paul Manafort Andrew’s breakdown of the opening statements at…
The great white panic
Jul 31, 2018 • 70 min
Jane Coaston joins Dara, Ezra, and Matt to talk about the racial panic tearing America apart and also salt. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on the changing demographics in America Identity Crisis book mentioned by Ezra Salt white paper Learn…
“Mission Accomplished,” trade war edition
Jul 27, 2018 • 47 min
Congressional reporter Tara Golshan joins Dara and Matt to break down Trump’s kinda sorta trade deal with the EU and ongoing trade tensions with China” References and further reading: Tara’s piece on Trump’s mischaracterization of the US trade deficit…
What Republicans can do on Trump and Russia
Jul 24, 2018 • 61 min
Matt, Dara and Ezra talk about Republicans, Trump and Russia. Plus: A research paper reveals how Dara lost on College Jeopardy. References and further reading: Politico Playbook piece mentioned by Matt, “GOP to the world: What would you like us to do?”…
It’s surprisingly easy to get away with murder in America
Jul 20, 2018 • 49 min
Senior criminal justice reporter German Lopez joins Dara and Matt to talk about the high number of unsolved homicides in America. References and further reading: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy German’s reporting on the violent…
There’s collusion, and then there’s collusion
Jul 17, 2018 • 59 min
Dara, Ezra, and Matt discuss President Trump’s remarkable performance in Helsinki and new research on employers colluding to hold down pay. Links: Dara mentioned Quinta Jurecic’s piece tying Trump in Helsinki to Trump on Charlottesville. Here’s the Ari…
Republicans’ plan for health care: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Jul 13, 2018 • 48 min
Dylan Scott joins Dara and Matt to talk about the Trump administration’s latest moves to destabilize health insurance markets. Dylan’s piece on risk adjustment payments, and another piece on the Trump administration’s latest steps to undermine the…
Brett Kavanaugh and the future of the Supreme Court
Jul 10, 2018 • 56 min
Dara, Ezra, and Matt break down what we know about Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court References and further reading: Paper about Norwegian immigrants, mentioned by Matt “Twice a Stranger: The Mass Expulsions that Forged Modern Greece and Turkey” good…
1,2,3,4 Trump declares a trade war
Jul 6, 2018 • 49 min
Staff writer Zeeshan Aleem joins Dara and Matt to break down what’s really happening with Trump and trade, and how much it matters. References and further reading: Zeeshan’s piece on the US-China trade war Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Family detention is the new family separation
Jul 3, 2018 • 59 min
Matt, Dara and Ezra talk about the Trump administration’s use of family detention as an alternative to family separation. Then they turn to a white paper that looks at racial attitudes and white privilege. References and further reading: Tara Golshan’s…
America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice
Jun 29, 2018 • 48 min
Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Matt and Dara to talk about the future of the Supreme Court without Justice Kennedy. References and further reading: NYT piece on Justice Kennedy’s son’s connections to the Trump family Dara’s piece on the…
With borders wide open
Jun 26, 2018 • 46 min
Ezra returns from the wilds of book leave to talk about open borders with Dara and Matt. References and further reading: Dara’s piece on the 1996 immigration bill “Trillion dollar bills on the sidewalk” white paper Bryan Caplan paper on open borders…
The messy drama queens of the Supreme Court
Jun 22, 2018 • 55 min
While Sarah, Matt and Ezra are away Dara is joined by Dylan Matthews and Andrew Prokop to talk about the friction between how the Supreme Court says it makes its decisions, and the way everyone assumes it really works. Is it time for the Court to stop…
Which children matter?
Jun 19, 2018 • 48 min
Senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to talk about the ideological roots of Donald Trump’s family separation policy. References and further reading: Dara’s piece on “operation wetback” the immigration policy Donald Trump loves Jane’s…
Ask Weeds Anything…Again!
Jun 15, 2018 • 82 min
Sarah, Dara and Matt answer your questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why 12-step programs work — and family separation doesn’t
Jun 12, 2018 • 52 min
While Sarah and Matt are away Dara is joined by Vox.com congressional reporters Tara Golshan and Ella Nilsen to talk about immigration and family separation. Then she’s joined by Vox.com criminal justice reporter German Lopez to talk about a white paper…
Can we get tough on rapists without being “tough on crime”?
Jun 8, 2018 • 42 min
Sarah, Dara and Matt talk about the recent recall of Judge Aaron Persky, the California judge who sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months when he was convicted of sexual assault in 2016. References and further reading:…
Cake Wars, Supreme Court edition
Jun 5, 2018 • 43 min
Dara, Sarah and Matt trace the Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling back to peyote and then discuss a Swedish study about lottery winners. References and further reading: Vox.com explainer on the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling Vox.com piece about…
Trump isn’t losing immigrant kids, but he is taking them from their parents
Jun 1, 2018 • 52 min
Sarah and Matt are joined by Vox.com Congress reporter Tara Golshan to talk about missing children, separated families, and the latest immigration action on the Hill. References and other reading: Sarah’s piece with an immigration expert explaining the…
The debate over “no excuses” charter schools, explained
May 29, 2018 • 57 min
Libby Nelson, Vox.com news editor and former education reporter, joins Matt and Sarah to talk about the discipline practices and educational outcomes at so-called “no excuses” charter schools. Then they turn to a white paper that looks at lead poisoning…
Nobody has babies anymore (except Sarah)
May 22, 2018 • 51 min
Sarah and Matt talk about America’s rapidly falling birthrate, and a study on the long-term benefit of the 1980s Medicaid expansion. References and further reading: National Center for Health Statistics report on declining birth rates Vox’s Julia Belluz’s…
Caught in the Intellectual Dark Web
May 18, 2018 • 61 min
Senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to debate the “identity politics” backlash and the prospects for pluralism. References and further reading: Bari Weiss’ piece on the ‘intellectual dark web’ Conor Friedersdorf’s piece on how the…
Drugs! (But not the fun kind)
May 15, 2018 • 60 min
Sarah, Dara and Matt discuss the the exorbitant cost of prescription drugs and a white paper that looks at the correlation between counties that vote Republican and the number of low and high-skilled immigrants living in those communities. References and…
The many scandals of Michael Cohen
May 11, 2018 • 79 min
Vox.com senior political reporter Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain the strange tale of Donald Trump’s lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, who now seems to be in serious legal hot water. References and further reading: Andrew’s piece on the…
Did you read the memo about the TPS reports?
May 8, 2018 • 58 min
Sarah, Dara, and Matt analyze Trump’s drastic rollback of Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti and discuss new research on the never-ending “economic anxiety” debate. References and further reading: Dara’s TPS…
Should psychiatrists diagnose Trump? Should journalists?
May 4, 2018 • 50 min
Vox’s science reporter Brian Resnick joins Dara and Sarah to talk about psychiatry’s Goldwater Rule, which has never met a test like Donald Trump. References and further reading: Brian’s piece on why Trump’s fitness for office is not a medical question…
What if the government guaranteed everyone a job?
May 1, 2018 • 54 min
Vox’s Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to break down the jobs guarantee debate and discuss research on a promising school desegregation initiative undermined by racist police practices. References and further reading Dylan’s jobs guarantee explainer…
Ambien for all, Ronny Jackson and the VA, explained
Apr 27, 2018 • 51 min
Congressional reporter Ella Nilsen makes her Weeds debut joining Sarah and Matt to break down the botched nomination at the Veterans’ Administration, they also address the questions around the troubled agency’s future. References and further reading:…
Speaker Ryan had a farm bill (E-I-E-I-O)
Apr 24, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Boiling the frogs of war
Apr 20, 2018 • 55 min
Zack Beauchamp joins Dara and Matt to explain the ever-expanding 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Trump’s even more expansive legal rationale for bombing Syria. References and further reading: Vox’s history of the AUMF A primer on the…
Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military
Apr 17, 2018 • 64 min
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 leadership…
All 👏 payer 👏 rate 👏 setting 👏
Apr 13, 2018 • 53 min
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about Paul Ryan’s retirement, his legacy, and the Weedsiest health reform of all. References: Sarah’s all-payer rate setting explainer Dylan’s piece on Paul Ryan’s legacy Melanie Mason’s piece on California’s…
The imprudent Scott Pruitt
Apr 10, 2018 • 53 min
Sirens galore, as the team races through Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s many, many scandals and a white paper about unnecessary ambulance use. References: Trump’s defense of Scott Pruitt A good explainer on the Pruitt scandal…
Sinclair’s alarming takeover of local TV news
Apr 6, 2018 • 48 min
Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to break down the history of Sinclair Broadcast Group, its politics, and the regulatory favors that fueled its growth. References: Dylan’s piece on the Sinclair media takeover Timothy Burke’s Sinclair anchor mashup…
Is Donald Trump ruining the Census?
Apr 3, 2018 • 53 min
Sarah, Dara, and Matt talk about the citizenship question, funding, and the potential consequences of a botched enumeration. Plus a weedsy dive into potential redistricting mischief, and research on Jose Canseco’s malign influence on Major League…
The optimistic take is things have always been bad (Worldly crossover)
Mar 30, 2018 • 61 min
The Weeds/Worldly crossover event continues: Jennifer Williams tries to persuade Dara and Matt they’re wrong about an Islamophobic shift in Trump’s new cabinet, and the old-fashioned democracy-promoting hawkery of George W. Bush. Learn more about your ad…
Is Facebook bad?
Mar 27, 2018 • 66 min
Matt, Sarah and Ezra on a new, blockbuster study on racial mobility — and whether Mark Zuckerberg should shut down Facebook. References: Race and Economic Opportunity in the United States Dylan Matthews’ piece Income Mobility Charts for Girls,…
Cambridge Analytica: Scandal, hype, or both?
Mar 23, 2018 • 61 min
Andrew Prokop, senior politics reporter for Vox.com, joins Dara and Matt to break down the scandal that’s rocking the worlds of technology and politics. References: The Jane Mayer piece on the Mercers Dara mentioned A study on Big Five personality…
The opioid debate: could reversing overdoses worsen the epidemic?
Mar 20, 2018 • 45 min
An economics working paper finds that access to Naloxone, a drug to reverse opioid overdoses, may increase opioid abuse. Sarah and Ezra explain the paper that started a social media firestorm — and what it means for combating the opioid epidemic.…
Abolish ICE
Mar 16, 2018 • 64 min
Dara and Matt break down the history of Immigration & Customs Enforcement: how it got this way, and why some on the left want it to go away. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trigger warning: Discussion of White House chaos and political correctness
Mar 13, 2018 • 68 min
Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Ezra and Matt to talk about Trump turmoil, political correctness and the latest research on the state of the parties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nickname fights and wildcat strikes
Mar 9, 2018 • 54 min
Vox Politics & Policy reporter Alexia Fernandez-Campbell joins Dara and Matt to talk about the West Virginia teachers strike. References: Alexia’s article on teachers Vox’s Alvin Chang just published this amazing tool to see how teachers are paid in your…
Relief at last for America’s long-suffering banks
Mar 6, 2018 • 67 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about a bipartisan bank deregulation bill, Medicaid work requirements, and constitutional hardball. References: Mark Tushner’s original constitutional hardball article Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Grant Why there are two…
Guns, Weeds, and Steel
Mar 2, 2018 • 51 min
Vox senior politics reporter Jane Coaston joins Dara and Matt to talk about a week of extremely erratic policymaking from an increasingly chaotic Trump White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Medicare for Many More
Feb 27, 2018 • 52 min
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about a new universal health care plan — plus some exciting administrative data from the good-old USA! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The stupidest fucking idea I’ve ever heard
Feb 23, 2018 • 55 min
There are also some good ideas discussed. All of them are about guns. German Lopez joins Dara and Matt to talk about gun control in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It’s finally infrastructure week
Feb 20, 2018 • 63 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what’s really wrong with American infrastructure, the massacre in Parkland, FL, and new research on legislators’ irrational decision-making. Whitepaper! Bias in Perceptions of Public Opinion Among American Political Elites…
DACApocalypse in the Senate
Feb 16, 2018 • 68 min
Matt, Dara, and Andrew Prokop talk about the Senate’s failed immigration push, and they parse through the many-layered Rob Porter scandal. DACA/Immigration ReferencesThe 8 Republican senators who voted for the bipartisan compromiseMoran, Thune, and…
The gender pay gap is mostly about children
Feb 13, 2018 • 69 min
Matt, Ezra, Sarah, and Dylan Matthews try to explain Trump’s budget and Disability Insurance. For today’s white paper: Move over Swedish administrative data, it’s Denmark’s turn. Trump’s budget references:Dylan’s explainer on Trump’s proposed…
The six-hour shutdown, explained
Feb 9, 2018 • 54 min
Matt, Dara, and Tara Golshan, all weary from lack of sleep, try to make sense of the few hours on Thursday night/Friday morning when the government was shut down. Referenced Works Republicans laughing in Tara’s face about addressing immigration:…
What’s up with Amazon’s health venture — and the stock market
Feb 6, 2018 • 65 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan announcement about their joint healthcare venture, as well as the recent volatility in the stock market. White paper: From the Bargaining Table to the Ballot Box: Political…
MS-13, explained
Feb 2, 2018 • 56 min
Dara, Matt, and Zack Beauchamp talk about the policy failures that created the gang haunting Donald Trump’s dreams. Referenced Works Are there more than 2,000 MS-13 gang members in Virginia’s wealthy Fairfax County? The Teens Trapped Between a Gang and…
The state of our podcast is strong
Jan 31, 2018 • 50 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt parse through Trump’s State of the Union address and the response delivered by Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Referenced Works: Matt’s piece on the State of the Union: Donald Trump has no solutions for America’s big problems German Lopez’s…
The white genocide episode you’ve been waiting for
Jan 26, 2018 • 61 min
A DACA ransom note from the White House prompts Matt, Dara and Jane Coaston to muse on whose nation this is, anyway. Referenced Works The American Conservative piece Jane referenced: Of Sh*tholes And Second Thoughts Elizabeth Bruenig’s op ed for The…
Shutdown deal special
Jan 22, 2018 • 47 min
Dara, Sarah, and Ezra dig into the details of the new shutdown deal — and what it means for the future of shutdown politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Shutdown Special
Jan 19, 2018 • 55 min
A few hours before a looming shutdown, DC is a very postmodern place. Referenced works: Dara on the DACA situation Dylan Matthew on past shutdowns Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its…
No one wants to take responsibility for sick kids or fake news
Jan 16, 2018 • 58 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement regarding what Facebook will focus on in 2018, and the state of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Shithole special
Jan 12, 2018 • 58 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lie back, light up, and enjoy some executive time
Jan 9, 2018 • 43 min
German Lopez joins Matt and Sarah to talk about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ most recent move on marijuana, how Trump spends his time, and child mortality in the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Winter, explained
Jan 5, 2018 • 50 min
Brian Resnick joins Dara and Matt to talk about the ‘bomb cyclone’ and how it relates to the climate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why is US life expectancy falling?
Jan 2, 2018 • 51 min
It’s only the second day of 2018, and Matt, Ezra, and Sarah are already talking about alarming statistics—this time, to do with average American life expectancy. White paper: Bias in Perceptions of Public Opinion Among American Political Elites The GOP is…
The most undercovered policy stories of 2017
Dec 29, 2017 • 59 min
Sarah returns from New Zealand in time to reflect with Matt on the year in policy. White paper: Uniform Pricing in US Retail Chains Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ask Weeds Anything!
Dec 22, 2017 • 54 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah answer your questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tax reforms and garbage factories
Dec 19, 2017 • 56 min
Matt and Ezra talk about what the tax bill actually does, whether the deficit matters, and a white paper about rugged individualism. White paper: Frontier Culture: The Roots and Persistence of “Rugged Individualism” in the United States Other referenced…
The Great Awokening comes to Congress
Dec 15, 2017 • 57 min
Matt, Dara, and Tara Golshan talk about how Congress does and doesn’t handle sexual harassment allegations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alabama senate special
Dec 13, 2017 • 54 min
Matt and Ezra talk about the result of the Alabama senate race and the state of the GOP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is the FBI good now?
Dec 8, 2017 • 56 min
Matt, Dara, and German Lopez discuss the (shallow, according to some) politics of pro-FBI liberals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Net neutrality, explained (Also! Why CVS is buying Aetna)
Dec 5, 2017 • 66 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk through the argument around net neutrality, the possible CVS-Aetna merger, and a white paper about who becomes an inventor in America. Ben Thompson’s defense of Ajit Pai Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of…
How the GOP is weaponizing the tax code
Dec 1, 2017 • 58 min
Matt, Dara Lind, and Vox contributor Mike Konczal talk tax reform and Democrats’ sexual harassment problem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Five big problems with the GOP tax plan
Nov 28, 2017 • 50 min
Matt and Ezra parse through the many flaws of the tax bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A very Weeds Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2017 • 49 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what they’re thankful for this year — plus disturbing new research about gender bias in surgical referrals. White paper: Interpreting Signals in the Labor Market: Evidence from Medical Referrals Learn more about your ad…
Tax reform special
Nov 17, 2017 • 61 min
Tara Golshan and Dylan Scott join Matt to break down the two different GOP tax bills. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Republicans’ Roy Moore problem
Nov 14, 2017 • 60 min
Matt and Sarah discuss allegations against Roy Moore, Trump’s new pick for Health and Human Services secretary, and a slightly better work week. White paper: Time as a Network Good: Evidence from Unemployment and the Standard Workweek Learn more about…
Virginia is for Democrats
Nov 10, 2017 • 72 min
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
The vaunted, versatile VAT
Nov 7, 2017 • 60 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about the possibility of a Value-Added Tax, midterm elections, and acid rain. Mentioned works: A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System by T. R. Reid Creating an American Value-Added Tax…
The tax bill’s winners and many, many losers
Nov 3, 2017 • 57 min
Dylan Scott and Dylan Matthews join Matt to talk about House Republicans’ tax plan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Indictment special! Plus: is Paul Ryan cowardly or courageous?
Oct 31, 2017 • 61 min
The gang talks about recent developments in the Russia investigation, and Sarah tells us what she learned visiting Canada with Bernie Sanders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Purge 3: The Bannoning
Oct 27, 2017 • 46 min
Andrew Prokop joins Matt to talk about Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP establishment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Republicans: “Math” means you have to cut taxes on the rich. Weeds: Nope.
Oct 24, 2017 • 59 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk more tax reform, John Kelly’s failure to fix the Trump administration, and new research on dental scams. White paper: Health Services as Credence Goods: A Field Experiment Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How immigration took over Virginia’s governor race
Oct 20, 2017 • 71 min
Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the surprisingly interesting governor’s election in Virginia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Impact: The curious case of the $629 Band Aid
Oct 18, 2017 • 8 min
Introducing The Impact, a new show from Vox hosted by Sarah Kliff. The Impact explores how policy affects real lives. This season, we’re focusing on healthcare, and the first episode tackles with one of thorniest questions in the American healthcare…
How do you solve a problem like Harvey Weinstein?
Oct 17, 2017 • 61 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt dig into the Harvey Weinstein story, talk a bit about tax reform, and cover new research on Medicaid expansion and savings. White paper: Medicaid and Household Savings Behavior: New Evidence from Tax Refunds Learn more about your ad…
Trump couldn’t repeal Obamacare, so he’s making it worse
Oct 13, 2017 • 67 min
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to dive into the newest forms of Obamacare sabotage, and to talk about heroin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CHIPping away at gerrymandering
Oct 10, 2017 • 65 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about CHIP reauthorization, the Supreme Court’s big gerrymandering case, and a seminal Richard Thaler paper (Mental Accounting and Consumer Choice). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Republicans have big dreams and big problems on tax reform
Oct 6, 2017 • 62 min
Dylan Matthews and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about Republicans hopes, dreams, and nightmares on tax reform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Australia solved its gun problem. Could America?
Oct 3, 2017 • 73 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about gun control in the wake of Las Vegas, the GOP tax reform blueprint, and job-sharing in Germany. White paper: The Employment and Output Effects of Short-Time Work in Germany Referenced articles: What Do We Know About the…
The Puerto Rico disaster and Trump’s inadequate response
Sep 29, 2017 • 54 min
Eliza Barclay and Alexia Fernández Campbell join Matt to talk about Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What’s budget reconciliation, and how did it eat the Senate?
Sep 26, 2017 • 68 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt delve into Senate procedure arcana, break down the latest GOP repeal bill, and talk about a surprisingly easy way to reduce theft. White paper: SNAP Benefits and Crime: Evidence from Changing Disbursement Schedules Learn more about…
Weeds Live: Canadian immigration and a health insurance experiment
Sep 22, 2017 • 82 min
Dara Lind joins Matt and Sarah at the Now Hear This Festival to discuss the Canadian immigration system, and the audience chooses a white paper (https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9174.html) for them to talk about. Learn more about your ad…
The worst GOP healthcare bill yet
Sep 20, 2017 • 63 min
Ezra and Sarah parse through Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican repeal bill. White paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3025749 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
White House Chinese food summit leads to congressional chaos
Sep 15, 2017 • 52 min
Congressional reporters Jeff Stein and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about congressional Democrats’ hopes and Republicans’ fears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BernieCare and Hillary’s abandoned UBI
Sep 13, 2017 • 75 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill and Hillary Clinton’s musings on creating a national version of the Alaska Permanent Fund. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weeds Live: Atul Gawande on opioids, end of life care, and rock and roll
Sep 8, 2017 • 67 min
Atul Gawande is a surgeon and the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Sarah interviewed him live, asking about the opioid epidemic, his work with end of life patients, and his terrible college rock band. Learn more about your ad…
Trump’s art of the sabotage
Sep 6, 2017 • 64 min
Sarah and Matt discuss DACA, ACA implementation, and some game-changing new research on the real history of all-payer rate setting. White paper: Uncompensated care and the collapse of hospital payment regulation: An illustration of the Tinbergen Rule by…
Deferred action podcasting
Sep 1, 2017 • 74 min
Dara Lind joins Matt to talk about the past, present, and future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The policy origins of America’s most expensive natural disaster
Aug 30, 2017 • 68 min
Sarah and Matt talk about the policy errors behind Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, the single-payer wonk gap, and new research on kindergarten red shirting. White paper: School Starting Age and Cognitive Development Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Donald Trump vs the congressional GOP
Aug 25, 2017 • 50 min
Tara Golshan and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the bad blood between Trump and Mitch McConnell. Links! Andrew’s interview with Dave Hopkins Now Hear This registration (Promo code Weeds) Weeds Facebook group Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
How the rich ate all the growth
Aug 23, 2017 • 49 min
Ezra and Matt discuss two big papers that help explain America’s economic malaise: Income and Wealth Inequality: Evidence and Policy Implications The Rise of Market Power and the Macroeconomic Implications Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Statue limitations
Aug 18, 2017 • 56 min
Libby Nelson and German Lopez join Matt to discuss the politics and history of Confederate monuments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A very meritorious podcast
Aug 16, 2017 • 65 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down Trump’s plan to slash legal immigration, a new way to sabotage Obamacare, and research on ER scams. Got a bill from an emergency room? We want to hear about it. The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills from…
Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Can anyone?
Aug 11, 2017 • 65 min
Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about Kelly’s record as DHS Secretary and Trump’s bizarre Twitter feud with Mitch McConnell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Google in an “ideological echo chamber”?
Aug 9, 2017 • 78 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about the now-infamous Google memo, the Democrats’ plan for prescription drug pricing, and a study on opioid prescriptions and medical schools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The bacon fat theory of school segregation, and some White House chaos
Aug 2, 2017 • 54 min
Ezra, Sarah and Alvin Chang talk about the quiet return of segregation in schools, chaos in the Trump White House, and taxing marijuana. Links!The Washington Post article on school desegregation and the Supreme Court.Alvin’s piece on school desegregation…
ACA repeal is finally dead (maybe)
Jul 28, 2017 • 50 min
Sarah, Matt, and Dylan Scott analyze the night Trumpcare died and what’s next for health care. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Skinny repeal and Trump’s management by tweet
Jul 26, 2017 • 61 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about yet another Obamacare repeal plan, Trump’s feud with Jeff Sessions, and new research on retail health clinics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A deep dive on basic income
Jul 21, 2017 • 55 min
Dylan Matthews joins Matt to discuss the three different version of universal basic income, and why only one of them is good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
At last, a Weeds about weed (also Obamacare)
Jul 19, 2017 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Democrats’ plans to improve Obamacare and new evidence that smoking pot makes you bad at math. Links! White paper: ‘High’ Achievers? Cannabis Access and Academic Performance Ezra’s conversation with Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia…
McConnellCare II: Cruz Control
Jul 14, 2017 • 53 min
Matt and Sarah sit down with Dylan Scott to talk through all the nitty gritty details of the Senate’s latest health care plan. Links! Ezra debates the Senate health care bill with Avik Roy Dylan Scott’s reporting leading up to this latest iteration of the…
Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)
Jul 12, 2017 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt wonk out on the latest minimum wage research and Ted Cruz’s new health plan — plus some Russia stuff, too. White Paper: Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle Learn more about your ad choices.…
Understanding the opioid epidemic
Jul 7, 2017 • 47 min
Drug policy reporter German Lopez joins Matt for a close look at the biggest drug overdose crisis in American history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trumpism and travel bans
Jul 5, 2017 • 60 min
Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews join Ezra to talk about the updated travel ban, how Trumpism has translated into policy, and the impact that increasingly awesome video games have had on young men’s work habits. Links! White Paper: Leisure Luxuries and the…
Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to write a budget
Jun 30, 2017 • 45 min
Jim Tankersley and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about House Republicans’ struggles to write a budget resolution and get their tax reform agenda on track. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CB—Oh no this health care bill is terrible too
Jun 28, 2017 • 69 min
A new CBO score on the latest Obamacare repeal bill pushes Sarah to the breaking point!Links:Follow along as Matt, Ezra, and Sarah read through the CBO reportGraphs comparing silver insurance plan costs under different health care bills for different…
Senate Republicans’ health care idea: Make the poor pay more for less
Jun 23, 2017 • 63 min
The Senate health care bill is out — and Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are back in the studio to dive into the details of what it means for the marketplaces, Medicaid, and very rich people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds
Jun 21, 2017 • 66 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Tuesday’s special elections and the soon-to-be-released Senate health care bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy
Jun 16, 2017 • 51 min
Foreign editors Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the diplomatic crisis in Qatar and the never-ending war in Afghanistan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Legends of the secret health care bill
Jun 14, 2017 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take the deepest look they can at Senate Republicans’ secret health care bill, plus a quick look at Jeff Sessions’s non-answers on Russia and new research on the long-term impact of lead exposure.Links!White paper of the week from…
Infrastructure week (jk it’s about Comey)
Jun 9, 2017 • 52 min
Dara Lind and Yochi Dreazen join Matt to talk about Comey’s testimony and the larger consequences of the Russia investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Meet Sprinklecare
Jun 8, 2017 • 67 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about competing single-payer bills in Nevada and California, plus research on the value of access to the Obama White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jared Kushner: International man of mystery
Jun 2, 2017 • 59 min
Dylan Matthews and politics reporter Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the Paris Accords and the mysterious role of the First Son-in-Law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A platinum get out of jail free card
May 31, 2017 • 57 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the real causes of mass incarceration, Trump’s move to roll back contraceptive coverage, and the mysterious world of high-end credit cards.Links!German Lopez’s piece about John Pfaff’s “Locked in” Mark A.R. Kleiman, Angela…
Weeds in the Wild: Tennessee’s Healthcare Bald Spot
May 29, 2017 • 19 min
Sarah Kliff travels to Tennessee to see what it looks like when Obamacare explodes.Links!Sarah’s piece about her trip to Tennessee More details about the Missouri bald spotAn interactive map of the counties most at risk of losing all their insurers Our…
CB—Oh, this bill stinks
May 26, 2017 • 53 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the new CBO score of Trumpcare and the results of this week’s special election in Montana. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s budget has landed, and it’s terrible
May 24, 2017 • 64 min
A tanned and rested Ezra joins Matt and Sarah to talk budget, auto-enrollment in health care, and some eye-popping research on zoning.Links:Sarah’s piece on auto-enrollmentJeff Stein’s piece on reactions to Paul Ryan’s agenda The wonderful Weeds Facebook…
All the Trump scandal drama you’ve been craving
May 19, 2017 • 48 min
Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the new Trump/Russia special counsel and the latest scandal swirling around Michael Flynn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump chaos, UBI, and the fracking baby boom
May 17, 2017 • 76 min
Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt to talk about Trump’s latest problems, his reporting on basic income in Kenya, and new research on fracking’s impact on marriage and childbearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weeds in the Wild: Free Money… For Everyone!
May 12, 2017 • 15 min
One of the world’s first universal basic income experiments is happening right now in a small Kenyan village. Dylan Matthews went there to investigate.Links!Dylan Matthew’s piece about his Kenya tripTwo economists make the case for and against an American…
The wall in our hearts
May 10, 2017 • 63 min
Vox’s Dara Lind joins Sarah and Matt to talk about James Comey’s firing, the border wall, and whether incomes have really been as stagnant as they seem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AHCApocalypse III
May 5, 2017 • 58 min
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to discuss the surprisingly swift passage of a revised and reanimated version of Paul Ryan’s repeal bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
High-Risk Podcasting
May 3, 2017 • 59 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Congress’s big spending deal, Republicans’ newest Obamacare repeal idea, and research on what happens when abortion providers shut down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AHCApocalypse II
Apr 28, 2017 • 59 min
Live at Vox Conversations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the GOP’s doomed effort to reboot Obamacare repeal and the White House’s “new” tax reform “plan.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
French elections, national service, and Queens at war
Apr 26, 2017 • 68 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weeds Live!
Apr 19, 2017 • 90 min
In front of their first-ever live audience, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Trump surprises, Singapore’s health care system, and the impact of longevity inequality on retirement programs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis
Apr 14, 2017 • 23 min
Sarah and Byrd take a look at some policy experiments working to drive down teen pregnancy and abortion rates. They’re showing promising results — but they’re also under threat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The World’s Worst Club
Apr 12, 2017 • 55 min
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nuclear Winter
Apr 5, 2017 • 57 min
Jim Tankersley joins Sarah and Matt to talk tax reform, senate procedure, and the most exciting Swedish administrative data yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacare repeal, and death
Mar 31, 2017 • 72 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt pick apart Trump’s next executive order on climate, exhume the AHCA’s corpse, and read a white paper about death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weeds in the Wild: Postville
Mar 24, 2017 • 27 min
It was the biggest workplace immigration raid the U.S. had seen to date. 389 workers, almost all of them Hispanic, were detained at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008.On this episode of Weeds in the Wild, we look at the effects…
Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers
Mar 21, 2017 • 80 min
Ezra and Matt are joined by Yochi Dreazen to talk about national security policy in the Trump era, the latest on ACA repeal, and research indicating the internet’s not to blame for political polarization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
CB-uh oh!
Mar 15, 2017 • 70 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AHCApalooza
Mar 8, 2017 • 69 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss how to pronounce the big new Republican health law, plus analyze its content and the puzzling politics surrounding its introduction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Don’t Call It a State of the Union
Mar 1, 2017 • 64 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don’t
Feb 22, 2017 • 75 min
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky
Feb 17, 2017 • 14 min
In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox’s Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Privet, Amerika!
Feb 15, 2017 • 67 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the latest Russia-related scandal engulfing the Trump administration, the White House’s lack of progress on policy, and new research on how Medicaid expansion reduced the divorce rate. Learn more about your ad choices.…
The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers
Feb 9, 2017 • 81 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler’s Highways
Feb 1, 2017 • 72 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Don’t-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban
Jan 30, 2017 • 41 min
Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump’s latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gag Order and Infrastructure
Jan 25, 2017 • 60 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about widely-misunderstood Trump administration efforts to shut up career civil servants, talk about infrastructure, and ask journalism’s most pressing question: What’s up with eggs? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Inauguration Special
Jan 20, 2017 • 43 min
Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats
Jan 18, 2017 • 63 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Trump’s not-so-great hires, not-so-great polls, and new research into how career staff act during presidential transitions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin
Jan 10, 2017 • 59 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare
Jan 6, 2017 • 73 min
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Happy New Year
Jan 4, 2017 • 50 min
Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child’s birth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Year-End Spectacular
Dec 28, 2016 • 62 min
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on Trade
Dec 21, 2016 • 52 min
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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Russia and the American Dream
Dec 14, 2016 • 57 min
Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality’s role in reducing social mobility. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda
Dec 7, 2016 • 76 min
Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump’s big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health
Nov 30, 2016 • 54 min
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! Learn more about your ad choices.…
Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and Rethinking Teen Pregnancy
Nov 22, 2016 • 70 min
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. Learn more about your ad…
Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy effects real people
Nov 21, 2016 • 22 min
This is a pilot episode of a new show Sarah has been working on, looking at the real-life stakes of policymaking. The show’s name? That’s for you to help us decide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Trump Agenda
Nov 16, 2016 • 55 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trumpocalypse Now
Nov 9, 2016 • 53 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump’s shocking win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016
Nov 4, 2016 • 50 min
You may not know it from watching cable news — but both Trump and Clinton have very clear and very different policy visions for America. Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into their plans to change the country in the last pre-election episode. Learn more about…
Is Obamacare Failing?
Oct 26, 2016 • 64 min
Ezra, Matt and Sarah go deep into what’s going wrong with Obamacare’s rising premiums — and take on a research paper that helps explain a lot about Gilmore Girls (really!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Final Debate Special
Oct 20, 2016 • 55 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Second Presidential Debate Special
Oct 10, 2016 • 61 min
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. Learn…
Veep Debate and Cranky Judges
Oct 5, 2016 • 52 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate Mike Pence’s puzzling performance at the vice presidential debate and highlight new research on the surprising link between college football and prison sentences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The First Debate and Pet Health Care
Sep 29, 2016 • 66 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
Sep 21, 2016 • 45 min
The Weeds’ Sarah Kliff heads to Capitol Hill to interview Secretary Burwell on all things health care. They talked about how to pay doctors to provide better care, the current state of the Obamacare marketplaces, and what she’s learned about management…
Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Class Discrimination
Sep 14, 2016 • 69 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt get deep into the weeds of the latest Census report on income and poverty, briefly consider Donald Trump’s ridiculous charity, and discuss new research into class-based employment discrimination. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legislatures
Sep 7, 2016 • 54 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices.…
EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead Exposure
Aug 31, 2016 • 55 min
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…
Obamacare Update and Aging America
Aug 24, 2016 • 56 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are all together for a gloriously in-the-weeds discussion of the success and failure of the Affordable Care Act plus some hot new research with bad news for the future of economic growth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins
Aug 18, 2016 • 66 min
Ezra and Matt talk about conflicts of interest in think tank funding, Hillary Clinton’s transition team, and the biggest study yet of who supports Donald Trump and why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump’s tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and the Freakonomics of decisionmaking
Aug 11, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Interview with Atul Gawande
Aug 3, 2016 • 95 min
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,…
DNC-Palooza
Jul 27, 2016 • 58 min
With Matt dispatched to Philadelphia, Sarah and Ezra are left to make sense of the Democratic National Convention. They discuss why it feels so different from the Republican National Convention last week, why it matters that a woman was just nominated for…
Republican Convention Special
Jul 22, 2016 • 54 min
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Basic Income and Police Shootings
Jul 15, 2016 • 58 min
Andy Stern joins Ezra, Sarah, and Matt to talk about his new book, Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream. Then, the regular cast considers new research on police use of force. Learn more about…
Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.
Jul 14, 2016 • 43 min
A special presentation from the Ezra Klein Show: My interview this week is with Hillary Clinton. You may have heard of her.I won’t bore you with Clinton’s bio. Instead, I want to say a few words about what this interview is, as it’s a bit different than…
Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock
Jul 8, 2016 • 60 min
Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about proposals to eliminate college tuition, the real issues behind Hillary’s email server, and a new paper on a small policy change with huge consequences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers
Jul 1, 2016 • 63 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk
Jun 25, 2016 • 65 min
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. Learn more about…
Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms
Jun 17, 2016 • 57 min
Sarah and Matt discuss the nexus of terrorism and gun control, Britain’s upcoming referendum, and an unintended consequence of school condom giveaways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5uper Tue5day
Jun 10, 2016 • 55 min
Hillary Clinton’s clinch of the Democratic nomination gives Sarah, Ezra, and Matt a chance to go deep on what we know about women in electoral politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish administrative data, and the big city recovery
Jun 3, 2016 • 57 min
With Ezra in sunny California, Matt and Sarah gets weedsier than ever as she attempts to explain to Matt the mysteries of ACOs before they discuss a brewing controversy over economic journal citations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress
May 27, 2016 • 68 min
Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress: Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at a specific case in America’s great productivity slowdown, assess Bernie Sanders’ complaints, and examine some exciting Swedish administrative data. Learn…
90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the truth about abortion
May 20, 2016 • 55 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt look back at whether Bill Clinton deserves credit for the booming economy of the 1990s, survey the ongoing legal challenges to Obamacare, and dissect new research revealing some surprising facts about abortion rates around the world.…
Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how low-income housing can boost poor neighborhoods
May 13, 2016 • 49 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about which companies are succeeding and failure in the Affordable Care Act’s new individual market and why, and delve deep into the weeds of some new research on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Learn more about your ad…
Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens next?
May 6, 2016 • 60 min
Trump is the last man standing in the Republican nominating contest — so Ezra, Matt, and Sarah spend this week’s entire episode taking stock of what that means. How did the rise of Trump happen? What does it mean for the Republican party? And how much…
Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
May 2, 2016 • 47 min
Max Fisher sits down with Defense Secretary Ash Carter to talk about the modern international environment, why Carter thinks great power rivalry is making a comeback, and for some deep weedsy talk about nuclear weapons. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes — oh my!
Apr 29, 2016 • 69 min
Every policy nerd has their favorite tax proposal — and today on the Weeds, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra talk about a few of theirs. What would happen if we abolished all taxes and replaced them with a land tax? Is it a good idea to tax sugary sodas? And how did…
Our undemocratic primaries, Obama’s new fiduciary rule, and the challenge of information polarization
Apr 22, 2016 • 64 min
With Sarah still on vacation Ezra and Matt ask what we want out of our presidential nominating system, explain a new regulatory initiative that could save the middle class billions, and look at some new research on media consumption and polarization.The…
Interview with Jason Furman
Apr 18, 2016 • 30 min
The Obama administration’s top economist talks to Vox’s Dylan Matthews about the challenges facing the American economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why inequality matters, Trump’s delegate problem, and the geography of life expectancy
Apr 15, 2016 • 72 min
With Sarah on vacation, Matt and Ezra talk about the philosophical underpinnings of worries about inequality, take a look at Donald Trump’s difficulty grappling with the delegate selection process, and discuss a blockbuster new paper that reveals huge…
What the hell is going on with tax havens, explained
Apr 8, 2016 • 59 min
Ezra, Matt and Sarah use the Panama Papers to discuss how tax havens and shell corporations became such a big deal, and why America has done so little to stop them. Matt and Ezra argue a bit about the effectiveness of global governance. Economist Gabriel…
A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculator, and a paper that explains Trump
Apr 1, 2016 • 78 min
It would be really weird to walk into a bank and have the teller take down your information on pen and paper. But it happens all the time in medicine — and we try to explain why. Also in this episode: a new tax calculator reveals how the candidates want…
Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Madness, and Uber’s productivity
Mar 25, 2016 • 65 min
Special guest star Libby Nelson joins Sarah and Matt to explain the Every Student Succeeds Act, examine the strange history and economics behind the NCAA’s non-payment of athletes, and break down some new research on why Uber works. Today’s episode is…
Super(b) Tuesday special
Mar 16, 2016 • 51 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the results of the March 15 primaries and the state of the 2016 presidential election.Today’s episode is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/Weeds to stream Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved…
The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and better textbooks
Mar 11, 2016 • 84 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about why Silicon Valley’s technical marvels aren’t visible in economic statistics, dive into the details of Donald Trump’s surprisingly banal health plan, and tackle some new research on improving teaching by improving…
Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!
Mar 2, 2016 • 83 min
In this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt and Sarah discuss the results of Super Tuesday. Everyone is tired, so it gets a bit weird. Topics include whether Donald Trump is actually a moderate, how the election shows American politics is either polarizing…
TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abortion clinic shutdown.
Feb 26, 2016 • 69 min
By popular demand, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra finally address the Trans Pacific Partnership before contemplating the GOP’s ongoing self-immolation, and the real consequences of the war on Planned Parenthood.Today’s episode is brought to you by Harry’s razors.…
The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible collapse of American democracy
Feb 19, 2016 • 66 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the case for reforming America’s current practice of granting life tenure to Supreme Court Justices, discuss the political fight over replacing the late Justice Scalia, and ponder a 25 year-old work of political science that…
Could more corruption fix American politics?
Feb 12, 2016 • 72 min
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt use the New Hampshire primary results as a lens through which to discuss Jonathan Rauch’s case for “political realism” as a governing philosophy.This episode of The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start Building your website…
The Iowa Caucuses
Feb 2, 2016 • 73 min
Who wins the 2016 election will hugely influence what type of policies Washington passes — and that’s why Ezra, Sarah, and Matt devote this entire episode of The Weeds to dissecting the results of the Iowa caucus. We look at Bernie’s surprising success,…
Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will third parties save politics?
Jan 29, 2016 • 84 min
It’s one of the most fundamental disputes in Washington: what effect do taxes have on the economy? On this week’s episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah work through some of the top papers to explain. Also on this episode: why a third party won’t…
Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being thankful for Donald Trump, and how to write so liberals will read you
Jan 26, 2016 • 73 min
In this preview of Ezra’s coming interview podcast, he interviews New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat. Douthat is the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class…
Campaign finance and global inequality — with lead poisoning in between
Jan 22, 2016 • 72 min
On this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into one of Bernie Sanders’ favorite campaign trail arguments: that money causes more Congressional dysfunction than partisanship. Also on this episode: why the lead poisoning crisis in Flint…
Obama’s Legacy, debating single payer, and Obamacare’s jobs impact
Jan 15, 2016 • 79 min
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra reflect on Obama’s successes and failures, take a look at Hillary Clinton’s new attack on Bernie Sanders, and consider some research on the new health law’s surprising lack of impact on the labor market.This episode is brought to you…
Immigration and the minimum wage — with an armed stand-off in between
Jan 8, 2016 • 77 min
America’s immigration debate is peppered with terms like “path to citizenship” and “amnesty.” Those catch phrases can mean vastly different things to different people — and on this week’s episode of the Weeds, Vox’s Dara Lind joins Sarah and Matt to…
Teen births are plummeting — and economists are judging your Christmas gifts
Dec 25, 2015 • 63 min
In a very merry Christmas day episode of the Weeds, Ezra and Matt talk to Sarah about how why teen birth rate fell in half since the mid-2000s — and whether MTV’s 16 and Pregnant might have anything to do with it. Also in this episode: an economic…
Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline of floating voters
Dec 18, 2015 • 76 min
Matt, Sarah, and Ezra lay out what is and isn’t troubling about gentrification, break down congress’ latest fiscal deal, and discuss a paper that explores why swing voting has become rare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke
Dec 15, 2015 • 40 min
In this special episode of The Weeds, Ezra interviews former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about what it’s like to manage the most powerful economic policymaking institution in the world during a financial crisis. They also talk about Bernanke’s…
Why health premiums rise, and how partisans discriminate
Dec 11, 2015 • 76 min
Ezra, Sarah, and Matt are reunited at last for a deep dive into why patients in and out of Obamacare are paying more for health insurance, the rising tide of Islamophobia in the presidential campaign, and a look at fascinating new research on the…
Dietary fat and climate change
Dec 4, 2015 • 57 min
Matt is joined by special guest stars Julia Belluz and Brad Plumer to discuss the science of eating fat, the Paris climate conference, and the public health implications of climate change. The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your…
Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between
Nov 20, 2015 • 74 min
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…
We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don’t we?
Nov 13, 2015 • 66 min
On this week’s episode of the Weeds, fellow Vox editor Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt for what is certainly the most in-depth discussion of basic income ever broadcast. Would it really just work to give every American a base salary, regardless of…
How politics is making us stupid
Nov 6, 2015 • 68 min
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…
Are we counting poverty all wrong?
Oct 30, 2015 • 73 min
This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt finally deliver the equivocal takes on gerrymandering that America has been waiting for, dive into the weeds of the big budget compromise, and tackle what may be the dorkiest policy issue of all time — the use of survey vs…
Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck.
Oct 23, 2015 • 51 min
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…
The Weeds: Can the government trick you into dieting?
Oct 16, 2015 • 81 min
On this week’s episode, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate a little known Obamacare program, learn all about Nordic economies, and take on a new white paper forcing health economists to rethink deductibles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and management
Oct 15, 2015 • 54 min
In a special edition of The Weeds, Ezra interviews Arthur Brooks —head of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, a New York Times columnist, a major influence on Jeb Bush, and a surprisingly snappy dresser. Really. Learn more about your ad…
Would single payer health care work in America?
Oct 9, 2015 • 63 min
In the second episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate whether nationalized health care could work in America, what solutions are really needed to solve the country’s mass shooting issue — and introduce an exciting new, regular segment: white…
Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast
Oct 2, 2015 • 55 min
In this first episode of the new Vox.com podcast the weeds, Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias look at why Hillary Clinton is trying to gut a major part of Obamacare, how Donald Trump’s tax plan made Matt sad, and whether American politics is…