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.


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.

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.

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