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.


Weeds Live!  

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.

Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis  

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.

The World's Worst Club  

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. 

Bonus Episode: The United States Attacks Syria  

The United States has just intentionally bombed a Syrian regime target for the first time since the country‚Äôs civil war began in 2011.  Zack Beauchamp joins Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias to discuss how we got here, and the significance of chemical weapons, in this bonus episode of The Weeds.

Nuclear Winter  

Jim Tankersley joins Sarah and Matt to talk tax reform, senate procedure, and the most exciting Swedish administrative data yet.

A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacare repeal, and death  

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.

Weeds in the Wild: Postville  

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 that this raid had across the state of Iowa, and then take a step back to understand how our immigration policies made this kind of raid possible. 

Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers  

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. 

CB-uh oh!  

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. 


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. 

Don't Call It a State of the Union  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump's address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy. 

Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high. 

Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky  

In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox's Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump. 

Privet, Amerika!  

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. 

The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!) 

SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building.

The Don't-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban  

Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump's latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees.

Gag Order and Infrastructure  

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?

Inauguration Special  

Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode. 

DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats  

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.

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