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.

Episodes

Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump's cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, and an effort to cut down on pill abuse that backfired massively. 

Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare  

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.

Happy New Year  

Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child's birth. 

Year-End Spectacular  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics. 

Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on Trade  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what Obamacare-using Trump voters are hoping for, which regions really need help, and a massive overview of the evidence on globalization and inequality.

Russia and the American Dream  

Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality's role in reducing social mobility.

Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda  

Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump's big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest.

Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health  

Sarah and Matt take a deep dive into what Trump's cabinet picks say about how he will govern, with a particular focus on HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price. Also: an exciting white paper on recessions and health outcomes!

Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and Rethinking Teen Pregnancy  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration, the president-elect's unusual relationship with the media, and a new study debunking the old study about 16 and Pregnant. 

Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy effects real people  

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.

The Trump Agenda  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight.

Trumpocalypse Now  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump's shocking win.

The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016  

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. 

Is Obamacare Failing?  

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!)

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. 

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