Vox's The Weeds

Vox's The Weeds

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Everyone is always warning you not to get lost in the weeds. But not Vox's Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias. They love the weeds. That's where all the policy is. This is the podcast for people who follow politics because they love thinking about health care, economics, and zoning. It is not podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.


Final Debate Special  

Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate.

Second Presidential Debate Special  

The morning after Clinton and Trump's debate in St. Louis, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt head to the studio to talk about internal Republican divisions, Trump's threat to throw Clinton in jail, and the surprising amount of policy the two candidates covered.

Veep Debate and Cranky Judges  

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. 

The First Debate and Pet Health Care  

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.

An Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell  

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 running the federal government's largest agency. 

Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Class Discrimination  

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. 

Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legislatures  

Reunited after many summer vacations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take a deep dive into Claudia Goldin's theory of the gender pay gap and possible remedies. Plus hot new research that proves nobody cares about state government. 

EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead Exposure  

Why did EpiPen's price skyrocket 400 percent over the past decade? Sarah and Matt dive into the complex world of American drug pricing to find out. Also on this episode: understanding why the Clinton Foundation gets so much scrutiny, and a white paper of the week that shows how problematic a small level of lead exposure can be.

Obamacare Update and Aging America  

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.

Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins  

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.

Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and the Freakonomics of decisionmaking  

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 Trump and Paul Ryan. The trio also talks about what happens when elections lose legitimacy, and mull over a fascinating new paper by Steven Levitt — yes, the Freakonomics economist — that could change how you make decisions. 

Interview with Atul Gawande  

With Ezra and Matt on summer vacation, Sarah is left to her own devices — and decides to share a fantastic interview from the Ezra Klein Show with surgeon and writer Atul Gawande.  Atul talks about the fascinating academic work he has in progress, attempting to improve end-of-life care and make hospitals safer, and how he became a writer in the first place.  


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 president, and whether Sanders could inspire a Tea Party of the left.

Republican Convention Special  

Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.

Basic Income and Police Shootings  

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.

Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.  

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 the EK Show's normal fare (though I do ask her for book recommendations!).

I got about 40 minutes with Hillary Clinton. I wanted to use that time to try to answer a question I've had about Clinton for years: why is the candidate I see on the campaign trail so different from the person described to me by her staff, colleagues, friends, and even foes? I wanted, in other words, to try to see what Clinton is like when she's working her way through policy and governance issues. 

And so that's what we talk about. Among the topics we covered are:

- Extreme poverty, welfare reform, and the working poor
- Is it time for more deficit spending?
- Would more immigration be good for the economy?
- The difficulties of free college and universal health care
- What skills does a president need that campaigns don't test?
- What's on her bookshelf?
- Why America stopped trusting elites — and what elites should do about it

If you want more on this discussion, I also reported out a long piece on how Clinton governs — you can find it on Vox.com.

Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock  

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. 

Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers  

Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers

Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk  

Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk

Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms  

Sarah and Matt discuss the nexus of terrorism and gun control, Britain's upcoming referendum, and an unintended consequence of school condom giveaways.

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