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In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Sarah Cliff, Dara Lind, Ja...Show More
Live Weeds with Pete Buttigieg

1:04:33 | Mar 12th

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....Show More
The case for a Green New Deal

1:03:33 | Aug 9th

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 socia...Show More
Day care for all!

1:00:56 | Feb 22nd

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 explainerJonathan Cohn day care storyQuebec day care studyWarren's child care planThe Family Fun ...Show More
Elizabeth Warren and the Two-Income Trap

1:00:09 | Jan 29th

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt analyze the presidential candidate’s first popular book and review new evidence on the dangers of opioid marketing.Ezra's ArticleMatt's ArticleWhite Paper
Can we get tough on rapists without being “tough on crime”?

42:50 | Jun 8th, 2018

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...Show More
The gender pay gap is mostly about children

1:09:09 | Feb 13th, 2018

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 budget...Show More
Does America need trade deals?

58:36 | Aug 23rd

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-------------------------------------------...Show More
Slavery and its legacy

55:55 | Aug 20th

Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the 1619 project and its criticsRelated 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 ...Show More
Trump's war on Medicaid

55:47 | Aug 16th

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!
Epstein conspiracy time

51:25 | Aug 13th

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" b...Show More
Domestic terrorism after El Paso

52:37 | Aug 6th

ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to talk about America's latest mass shooting 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 shootin...Show More
The second Democratic debate

1:01:42 | Aug 1st

Ezra and Matt dissect the six-hour, two-night July debate marathon.Vox’s guide to where 2020 Democrats stand on policyJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
The many mysteries of Jeffrey Epstein

56:38 | Jul 30th

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 D...Show More
Dysfunctional federalism

1:09:55 | Jul 26th

Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.Join the Weeds Facebook group!
Go back to Cincinnati

51:16 | Jul 23rd

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 T...Show More
Why everyone hates Big Tech, with The Verge's Nilay Patel

1:01:13 | Jul 19th

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 a...Show More
Space Force all the way!

48:21 | Jul 16th

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 ha...Show More
School’s out for summer

43:36 | Jul 12th

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 NovoaJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
Ask Weeds Anything

1:33:57 | Jul 9th

ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions. 
A progressive case for globalism

1:02:17 | Jul 5th

Reed College economist Kimberly Clausing joins Matt to talk about trade and the middle class.
Democracy's week in court

50:43 | Jul 2nd

Jane, Dara, and Matt on two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.White paper
Debate Weeds: Ezra and Matt on the long-awaited Democratic presidential debate

1:05:42 | Jun 28th

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 debateWinners and losers from night two of the debateMatt on Warren's perfor...Show More
What’s really going on with child detention?

51:42 | Jun 25th

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, explainedWhite paper
What’s really happening in Central America

56:05 | Jun 21st

Adriana Beltrán of the Washington Office on Latin America joins Matt to explain the deep roots of the migration crisis.
Jamestown: Utopia for Whom

11:33 | Jun 19th

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 Trufe...Show More
The “illiberal” right

1:10:05 | Jun 18th

Jane and Ezra discuss the ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.Related reading:A New ConsensusKyle Kashuv Becomes a Symbol to Conservatives Who Say the Left Can’t ForgiveAgainst David French-ismJane’s article about D...Show More
5 big ideas to use tax credits to fight poverty

59:59 | Jun 14th

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 ProposalsAmerican Family ActWork...Show More
Into the weeds with Elizabeth Warren

52:43 | Jun 11th

The Massachusetts senator joins Ezra Klein to explain her plans, and her plan to make the plans happen.
A user's guide to antitrust

1:09:24 | Jun 7th

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.
Trump’s tariff triple option

58:15 | Jun 4th

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” explainerTrump’s plan, explainedMexican president’s r...Show More
Monetary mysteries revealed

1:12:11 | May 31st

Bloomberg’s Karl Smith joins Matt to explain how the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
Building the Trump state

1:02:04 | May 28th

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 lawyersThe shift at USCISWhite Paper
Rethinking education reform

58:52 | May 24th

Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policyBernie's charter school plan - linkHarris' teacher pay plan - linkElizabeth Warren's case against the neighborhood school - linkOnline charter schools are bad - linkJoin ...Show More
The loneliness of Justin Amash

59:44 | May 21st

Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.White paper
America's two housing crises

1:05:31 | May 17th

Brookings's Jenny Schuetz joins Matt to discuss subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
Make America 2015 Again

59:37 | May 14th

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 explainerBiden/bankruptcy explainerMOVE bombing
Green New Weeds

1:26:11 | May 10th

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, explainedDavid Roberts on what’s in the Gre...Show More
Sarah's Last Stand

1:04:06 | May 7th

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 reportDylan’s article on a Medicare-for-all hearingDylan’s other article on the Medicare-for-...Show More
Mexico: America's waiting room

1:01:01 | May 3rd

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
Incels and bullshitters

55:52 | Apr 30th

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 BeauchampResearch paper
Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?

37:22 | Apr 26th

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 anniversar...Show More
What to obstruct when you’re obstructing

1:12:24 | Apr 23rd

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 languageRick Hasen’s article on Mueller not prosecuting Donald...Show More
Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]

40:31 | Apr 18th

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...Show More
Trump Family (Tax) Values

59:41 | Apr 16th

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 auditsWhite paper
How Canada got Medicare-for-all done

58:21 | Apr 12th

Ezra returns to discuss filibuster reform and the legacy of Tommy Douglas with Sarah and Matt.Recommended reading:Tommy Douglas named greatest CanadianFilibuster reform explainerSanders and reconciliation explainerDoctor strike explainerWhite paper
The Purge: DHS

57:21 | Apr 9th

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 lawThe White House’s wish list f...Show More
Attack of the clone bills

54:26 | Apr 5th

Matt, Sarah, and Dara copied this discussion of model legislation from an asbestos lobbyist.Recommended reading:USA Today articleArticle on 'ALEC'Research on model legislation 1Research on model legislation 2Research on model legislation 3
Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers

51:51 | Apr 2nd

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 aidExplainer on border closureCNN report on Trump’s border briefingsThe US po...Show More
Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher Week)

44:04 | Mar 29th

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 planKamala Harris's teacher-pay planHuffPost featur...Show More
Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repeal isn't.

57:18 | Mar 26th

Sarah, Dara, and Jane discuss the Hill's response to Mueller, the DOJ's siege of Obamacare, and the benefits of IUDs.National Review articleZack Beauchamp's article on the reaction to William Barr's Mueller letterNew York Times article on Mueller rep...Show More
Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?

53:41 | Mar 22nd

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: https://www.surveymon...Show More
The reparations primary

57:46 | Mar 19th

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the unexpected issue of the moment, plus Swedish administrative data on what makes a CEO.Suggested reading:White PaperOriginal Ta-Nehisi Coates essay on reparationsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It t...Show More
Live Weeds with Julián Castro

1:06:10 | Mar 15th

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, an...Show More
Introducing Switched on Pop

13:31 | Mar 13th

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 a...Show More
The long con

47:10 | Mar 8th

Jane and Matt discuss Jacob Wohl and the intermingling of grift and conservative politics.Jane's article on Jacob WohlIraqi dinar on YouTubeCasey Newton's newsletter - The InterfaceWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no...Show More
But seriously, how are you going to pay for it?

57:46 | Mar 5th

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 countriesDylan's interview with Matt BruenigSarah's interview wit...Show More
The Weeds fixes racism

58:31 | Mar 1st

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 
Amy Klobuchar and the Jill Robinson effect

55:15 | Feb 26th

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 EffectBuzzfeed Klobuchar storyHuffington Post Klobuchar storyKelsey Piper story on the fake wh...Show More
Collusion and the Mueller endgame

1:11:48 | Feb 19th

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 bookArticle on the redacted Manafort transcriptMarcy Wheeler articleSpecial counsel...Show More
Emergency Weeds

1:03:37 | Feb 15th

Dara, Sarah, and Matt explain the border security deal and Trump’s plan to bypass Congress.Dara's articleMatt's article on non-legislative priorities
What’s the best way to help the poor?

1:00:11 | Feb 12th

Dylan Matthews joins Sarah, Ezra, and Matt to discuss five new plans on poverty from leading Democrats.Dylan's ArticleSarah's Article on Childhood WealthElizabeth Warren's Housing BillCory Booker's HOME Act

47:47 | Feb 8th

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 SystemJane's Article
Do we need private insurance?

52:32 | Feb 5th

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down the latest twist in the Medicare-for-all debate — plus rigorous new research on Facebook.White Paper
House Democrats’ plan to save democracy

1:00:30 | Feb 1st

Jane, Dara, and Matt break down HR 1 — the first bill from the new Democratic majority.
The end of the shutdown

1:05:35 | Jan 25th

Jane, Ezra, and Matt have a slightly ill-timed discussion about the Pelosi-Trump showdown and the politics of the wall.
Investigating ER bills and SNAP fraud

56:43 | Jan 22nd

Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's latest proposal, suspicious ER billing practices, and SNAP investigationsSarah's articles about hospital ER feesWhite Paper
You can't eat your principles for dinner

59:33 | Jan 18th

Sarah, Dara, and Matt analyze the prolonged shutdown's impact on the future of the federal workforceReference Articles:The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of lifeFBI, federal agents see cases hampered, lives rattled as s...Show More
Taxing the rich

1:02:11 | Jan 15th

Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider the ethics and economics of a 70 percent top marginal rateAmericans misperceive racial economic equality
Tucker Carlson vs the free market

59:40 | Jan 11th

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

58:20 | Jan 8th

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 Carrey...Show More
Function with Anil Dash: Why Are Outdated Voting Machines Still Running U.S. Elections?

48:40 | Jan 7th

The 2018 midterm elections have wrapped up here in the U.S., and issues with voting machines are back in the news cycle. It's not a hanging chad situation like the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, but malfunctions, outdated tech, and ta...Show More
New year, no government

1:06:54 | Jan 4th

Dara, Jane, and Matt explain why a shutdown is not The Purge and delve into the all-important difference between slats, bollards, and walls 
Classic Weeds: The great white panic

1:11:53 | Jan 1st

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 T...Show More
The Weeds Year-End Spectacular

56:21 | Dec 28th, 2018

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
Congress actually did something important

1:03:31 | Dec 21st, 2018

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 Ja...Show More
Bernie and Biden and Beto, oh my!

50:37 | Dec 18th, 2018

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...Show More
A big, beautiful podcast about the border wall

59:10 | Dec 14th, 2018

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 abou...Show More
A Weeds farewell to Paul Ryan

57:53 | Dec 11th, 2018

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 Cr...Show More
Pod Save the US-Saudi alliance?

48:49 | Dec 7th, 2018

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. 
Midwest Republicans lost in 2018 — but they’re not giving up power

54:01 | Dec 4th, 2018

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 M...Show More
Mexico was the wall all along

1:00:16 | Nov 30th, 2018

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 Th...Show More
The many flavors of Medicare-for-all

59:57 | Nov 27th, 2018

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 Urba...Show More
The Impact: How do you make education funding fair?

35:11 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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, th...Show More
The future of conservatism is being forged in California

1:01:20 | Nov 20th, 2018

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 vot...Show More
Facebook is bad, please join our Facebook group

1:02:12 | Nov 16th, 2018

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...Show More
Voting in America

1:00:43 | Nov 13th, 2018

Dara, Sarah, and Matt talk recounts, late votes, voter suppression, and the state of American democracy. References and further reading: A story from the Washington Post covering criticism of the White House and the NRSC’s reaction to the Ariz...Show More
Jeff Sessions is gone but not forgotten

55:00 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 Ma...Show More
About last night

57:34 | Nov 7th, 2018

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 
Seattle’s plan to save democracy

56:12 | Nov 6th, 2018

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 Carne...Show More
Bad for the Jews

1:00:00 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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 an...Show More
Operation Win the Midterms

1:05:20 | Oct 31st, 2018

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 cl...Show More
Republicans’ health care message: Lie a lot

1:07:34 | Oct 30th, 2018

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...Show More
Our elections are being hacked

49:36 | Oct 26th, 2018

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 pi...Show More
What's next for House Democrats?

46:31 | Oct 24th, 2018

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 Nov...Show More
Cory Booker’s plan to close the racial wealth gap

55:27 | Oct 23rd, 2018

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 we...Show More
Introducing Future Perfect

22:12 | Oct 20th, 2018

A sneak peek at Vox’s newest show, about provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. Host Dylan Matthews tackles big questions about the most effective ways to save lives, reform prisons, fight global warming, and end world p...Show More
Trump versus the Caravan

1:00:33 | Oct 19th, 2018

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
Republicans run everything, and they’re mad as hell

46:25 | Oct 17th, 2018

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...Show More
America’s moral failure on climate

1:02:32 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More
I’mma let you finish

1:03:06 | Oct 12th, 2018

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 o...Show More
As tough as Texas

38:31 | Oct 10th, 2018

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’Ro...Show More
The craziest Obamacare lawsuit yet

1:04:09 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 f...Show More
Alexa, raise the minimum wage

52:55 | Oct 5th, 2018

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 Guar...Show More
When women run

40:54 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 fund...Show More
Death to NAFTA! Long live USMCA!

55:19 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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 Republic...Show More
Do Republicans even care if Kavanaugh is guilty?

49:15 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 ...Show More
What Sarah learned on parental leave

57:36 | Sep 25th, 2018

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...Show More
What could stop the next Botham Jean?

57:16 | Sep 21st, 2018

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...Show More
#MeToo goes to the Supreme Court

1:09:57 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 Wil...Show More
Can Elon Musk save Tesla from himself?

54:35 | Sep 14th, 2018

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
I am the Resistance inside The Weeds podcast

1:19:10 | Sep 11th, 2018

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...Show More
Colin Kaepernick, the most important election issue in the world

49:05 | Sep 7th, 2018

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"
What’s at stake in the midterms

57:29 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 co...Show More
America picked a lousy time to turn its back on refugees

52:56 | Aug 31st, 2018

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 Tr...Show More
John McCain vs. the idea of John McCain

1:05:12 | Aug 28th, 2018

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. Ref...Show More
The art of the squeal

57:26 | Aug 24th, 2018

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 wit...Show More
Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save/destroy capitalism

1:09:48 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 T...Show More
We’re not gonna pay rent

55:37 | Aug 17th, 2018

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
Lordy, Omarosa has tapes

1:00:02 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 ...Show More

45:02 | Aug 10th, 2018

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' "M...Show More
The Great Twitter Wars of 2018

1:11:50 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Paul Manafort, alleged ostrich-collar criminal

1:00:56 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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...Show More
The great white panic

1:10:20 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 
“Mission Accomplished,” trade war edition

47:59 | Jul 27th, 2018

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 defi...Show More
What Republicans can do on Trump and Russia

1:01:27 | Jul 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More
It’s surprisingly easy to get away with murder in America

49:18 | Jul 20th, 2018

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...Show More
There’s collusion, and then there’s collusion

59:36 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 th...Show More
Republicans' plan for health care: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

48:55 | Jul 13th, 2018

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 A...Show More
Brett Kavanaugh and the future of the Supreme Court

56:51 | Jul 10th, 2018

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"...Show More
1,2,3,4 Trump declares a trade war

49:19 | Jul 6th, 2018

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
Family detention is the new family separation

59:26 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 Golsh...Show More
America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice

48:05 | Jun 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More
With borders wide open

46:21 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 b...Show More
The messy drama queens of the Supreme Court

55:10 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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 sto...Show More
Which children matter?

48:56 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ask Weeds Anything...Again!

1:22:11 | Jun 15th, 2018

Sarah, Dara and Matt answer your questions.
Why 12-step programs work — and family separation doesn’t

52:13 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 pa...Show More
Cake Wars, Supreme Court edition

43:40 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 abo...Show More
Trump isn’t losing immigrant kids, but he is taking them from their parents

52:23 | Jun 1st, 2018

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...Show More
The debate over “no excuses” charter schools, explained

57:44 | May 29th, 2018

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 poison...Show More
BONUS: Wordly "Trump’s breakup note to Kim Jong-un, explained"

26:54 | May 25th, 2018

This episode comes from Vox.com international news podcast, Wordly. Matt and Sarah will be back on Tuesday with a brand new episode of The Weeds. On a special all-North Korea episode of Worldly, Yochi, Jenn, and Zack talk about President Trump’s s...Show More
Nobody has babies anymore (except Sarah)

51:38 | May 22nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Caught in the Intellectual Dark Web

1:01:53 | May 18th, 2018

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 h...Show More
Drugs! (But not the fun kind)

1:00:48 | May 15th, 2018

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. Reference...Show More
The many scandals of Michael Cohen

1:19:50 | May 11th, 2018

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 th...Show More
Did you read the memo about the TPS reports?

58:08 | May 8th, 2018

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...Show More
Should psychiatrists diagnose Trump? Should journalists?

50:52 | May 4th, 2018

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 ques...Show More
What if the government guaranteed everyone a job?

54:20 | May 1st, 2018

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 expla...Show More
Ambien for all, Ronny Jackson and the VA, explained

51:51 | Apr 27th, 2018

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...Show More
Speaker Ryan had a farm bill (E-I-E-I-O)

59:26 | Apr 24th, 2018

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 r...Show More
Boiling the frogs of war

55:25 | Apr 20th, 2018

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...Show More
Honor cults in the FBI and Norwegian military

1:04:02 | Apr 17th, 2018

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 lea...Show More
All 👏 payer 👏 rate 👏 setting 👏

53:39 | Apr 13th, 2018

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 Californ...Show More
The imprudent Scott Pruitt

53:53 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 Prui...Show More
Sinclair’s alarming takeover of local TV news

48:36 | Apr 6th, 2018

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 m...Show More
Is Donald Trump ruining the Census?

53:37 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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 Bas...Show More
The optimistic take is things have always been bad (Worldly crossover)

1:01:54 | Mar 30th, 2018

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.
Is Facebook bad?

1:06:45 | Mar 27th, 2018

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, A...Show More
Cambridge Analytica: Scandal, hype, or both?

1:01:03 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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 personalit...Show More
The opioid debate: could reversing overdoses worsen the epidemic?

45:59 | Mar 20th, 2018

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. Re...Show More
Abolish ICE

1:04:37 | Mar 16th, 2018

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.
Bonus: The disability belt

19:46 | Mar 15th, 2018

The news comes at us really fast. It can feel totally overwhelming sometimes. Luckily, Vox has a new podcast that will help you understand what's going on in the world: Today, Explained.  This is an episode we thought Weeds listeners would especia...Show More
Trigger warning: Discussion of White House chaos and political correctness

1:08:05 | Mar 13th, 2018

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.
Nickname fights and wildcat strikes

54:43 | Mar 9th, 2018

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...Show More
Relief at last for America’s long-suffering banks

1:07:04 | Mar 6th, 2018

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...Show More
Guns, Weeds, and Steel

51:40 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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.
BONUS: Today Explained "Give Us Your No One"

18:41 | Feb 28th, 2018

This bonus episode is from a new Vox.com podcast called Today Explained, which comes out Monday through Friday. It tells you all about what happened in the news that day. This episode is Monday's edition of Today. On Monday, the United States Supr...Show More
Medicare for Many More

52:06 | Feb 27th, 2018

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!
The stupidest fucking idea I’ve ever heard

55:10 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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.
It's finally infrastructure week

1:03:02 | Feb 20th, 2018

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 Politic...Show More
DACApocalypse in the Senate

1:08:15 | Feb 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More
The six-hour shutdown, explained

54:50 | Feb 9th, 2018

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: I...Show More
What's up with Amazon's health venture — and the stock market

1:05:59 | Feb 6th, 2018

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: Politi...Show More
MS-13, explained

56:04 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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 Gan...Show More
The state of our podcast is strong

50:00 | Jan 31st, 2018

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 Lo...Show More
The white genocide episode you’ve been waiting for

1:01:43 | Jan 26th, 2018

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 T...Show More
Shutdown deal special

47:29 | Jan 22nd, 2018

Dara, Sarah, and Ezra dig into the details of the new shutdown deal — and what it means for the future of shutdown politics.
The Shutdown Special

55:36 | Jan 19th, 2018

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...Show More
No one wants to take responsibility for sick kids or fake news

58:37 | Jan 16th, 2018

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).
Shithole special

58:40 | Jan 12th, 2018

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.
Lie back, light up, and enjoy some executive time

43:39 | Jan 9th, 2018

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.
Winter, explained

50:11 | Jan 5th, 2018

Brian Resnick joins Dara and Matt to talk about the 'bomb cyclone' and how it relates to the climate.
Why is US life expectancy falling?

51:31 | Jan 2nd, 2018

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 Th...Show More
The most undercovered policy stories of 2017

59:06 | Dec 29th, 2017

Sarah returns from New Zealand in time to reflect with Matt on the year in policy. White paper: Uniform Pricing in US Retail Chains
Ask Weeds Anything!

54:49 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Matt, Ezra, and Sarah answer your questions.
Tax reforms and garbage factories

56:29 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 refer...Show More
The Great Awokening comes to Congress

57:57 | Dec 15th, 2017

Matt, Dara, and Tara Golshan talk about how Congress does and doesn’t handle sexual harassment allegations.
Alabama senate special

54:35 | Dec 13th, 2017

Matt and Ezra talk about the result of the Alabama senate race and the state of the GOP.
Is the FBI good now?

56:30 | Dec 8th, 2017

Matt, Dara, and German Lopez discuss the (shallow, according to some) politics of pro-FBI liberals.
Net neutrality, explained (Also! Why CVS is buying Aetna)

1:06:10 | Dec 5th, 2017

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...Show More
How the GOP is weaponizing the tax code

58:43 | Dec 1st, 2017

Matt, Dara Lind, and Vox contributor Mike Konczal talk tax reform and Democrats' sexual harassment problem.
Five big problems with the GOP tax plan

50:13 | Nov 28th, 2017

Matt and Ezra parse through the many flaws of the tax bill.
Fax reform [Bonus]

24:20 | Nov 24th, 2017

No, it's not a typo! On this holiday bonus episode of the Weeds, we're bringing you an episode of The Impact, Sarah Kliff's podcast about how policy affects real lives. In this episode, we tackle the question: Why are fax machines still such a sta...Show More
A very Weeds Thanksgiving

49:22 | Nov 21st, 2017

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
Tax reform special

1:01:44 | Nov 17th, 2017

Tara Golshan and Dylan Scott join Matt to break down the two different GOP tax bills.
Republicans’ Roy Moore problem

1:00:12 | Nov 14th, 2017

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
Virginia is for Democrats

1:12:58 | Nov 10th, 2017

Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about this week’s election results and the implications for 2018.
The vaunted, versatile VAT

1:00:08 | Nov 7th, 2017

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-Ad...Show More
The tax bill's winners and many, many losers

57:17 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Dylan Scott and Dylan Matthews join Matt to talk about House Republicans’ tax plan.
Indictment special! Plus: is Paul Ryan cowardly or courageous?

1:01:59 | Oct 31st, 2017

The gang talks about recent developments in the Russia investigation, and Sarah tells us what she learned visiting Canada with Bernie Sanders.
Purge 3: The Bannoning

46:28 | Oct 27th, 2017

Andrew Prokop joins Matt to talk about Steve Bannon’s war on the GOP establishment.
Republicans: "Math" means you have to cut taxes on the rich. Weeds: Nope.

59:36 | Oct 24th, 2017

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
How immigration took over Virginia’s governor race

1:11:44 | Oct 20th, 2017

Dara Lind and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the surprisingly interesting governor’s election in Virginia.
The Impact: The curious case of the $629 Band Aid

08:31 | Oct 18th, 2017

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 healthcar...Show More
How do you solve a problem like Harvey Weinstein?

1:01:32 | Oct 17th, 2017

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
Trump couldn't repeal Obamacare, so he's making it worse

1:07:08 | Oct 13th, 2017

Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to dive into the newest forms of Obamacare sabotage, and to talk about heroin.
CHIPping away at gerrymandering

1:05:22 | Oct 10th, 2017

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).
Republicans have big dreams and big problems on tax reform

1:02:57 | Oct 6th, 2017

Dylan Matthews and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about Republicans hopes, dreams, and nightmares on tax reform.
Australia solved its gun problem. Could America?

1:13:23 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 Abou...Show More
The Puerto Rico disaster and Trump's inadequate response

54:33 | Sep 29th, 2017

Eliza Barclay and Alexia Fernández Campbell join Matt to talk about Hurricane Maria and its aftermath.
What's budget reconciliation, and how did it eat the Senate?

1:08:09 | Sep 26th, 2017

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
Weeds Live: Canadian immigration and a health insurance experiment

1:22:38 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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.
The worst GOP healthcare bill yet

1:03:54 | Sep 20th, 2017

Ezra and Sarah parse through Graham-Cassidy, the latest Republican repeal bill. White paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3025749
White House Chinese food summit leads to congressional chaos

52:55 | Sep 15th, 2017

Congressional reporters Jeff Stein and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about congressional Democrats' hopes and Republicans' fears.
BernieCare and Hillary's abandoned UBI

1:15:25 | Sep 13th, 2017

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.
Weeds Live: Atul Gawande on opioids, end of life care, and rock and roll

1:07:50 | Sep 8th, 2017

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.
Trump's art of the sabotage

1:04:56 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 R...Show More
Deferred action podcasting

1:14:42 | Sep 1st, 2017

Dara Lind joins Matt to talk about the past, present, and future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The policy origins of America's most expensive natural disaster

1:08:27 | Aug 30th, 2017

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
Donald Trump vs the congressional GOP

50:16 | Aug 25th, 2017

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
How the rich ate all the growth

49:06 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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
Statue limitations

56:34 | Aug 18th, 2017

Libby Nelson and German Lopez join Matt to discuss the politics and history of Confederate monuments.
A very meritorious podcast

1:05:50 | Aug 16th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Can anyone?

1:05:25 | Aug 11th, 2017

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.
Is Google in an "ideological echo chamber"?

1:18:09 | Aug 9th, 2017

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.
The bacon fat theory of school segregation, and some White House chaos

54:58 | Aug 2nd, 2017

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 desegreg...Show More