Vox's The Weeds

Vox's The Weeds

United States

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

A deep dive on basic income  

Dylan Matthews joins Matt to discuss the three different version of universal basic income, and why only one of them is good.

Statue limitations  

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

A very meritorious podcast  

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 Bills from The New York Times


Surprise! Out-of-Network Billing for Emergency Care in the United States from NBER

Can John Kelly fix the Trump administration? Can anyone?  

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"?  

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  

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 desegregation and gerrymanderingAlvin's article on living in poor neighborhoodsAlvin's article on white America self-segregatingAlvin's piece on Obamacare repeal splitting neighborhoods
ACA repeal is finally dead (maybe)  

Sarah, Matt, and Dylan Scott analyze the night Trumpcare died and what's next for health care.

Skinny repeal and Trump's management by tweet  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about yet another Obamacare repeal plan, Trump's feud with Jeff Sessions, and new research on retail health clinics.

Minimum wage research showdown (also Russia)  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt wonk out on the latest minimum wage research and Ted Cruz's new health plan — plus some Russia stuff, too.


White Paper: Minimum Wage Increases, Wages, and Low-Wage Employment: Evidence from Seattle

Understanding the opioid epidemic  

Drug policy reporter German Lopez joins Matt for a close look at the biggest drug overdose crisis in American history.

Trumpism and travel bans  

Dara Lind and Dylan Matthews join Ezra to talk about the updated travel ban, how Trumpism has translated into policy, and the impact that increasingly awesome video games have had on young men's work habits.


Links!


White Paper: Leisure Luxuries and the Labor Supply of Young Men


Peter Suderman's piece about young men playing video games instead of getting jobs


Meanwhile, House Republicans are trying to write a budget  

Jim Tankersley and Tara Golshan join Matt to talk about House Republicans' struggles to write a budget resolution and get their tax reform agenda on track.

Senate Republicans' health care idea: Make the poor pay more for less  

The Senate health care bill is out — and Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are back in the studio to dive into the details of what it means for the marketplaces, Medicaid, and very rich people.

Georgia (and Obamacare repeal) on our minds  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Tuesday's special elections and the soon-to-be-released Senate health care bill.

Trump’s “buck stops somewhere else” foreign policy  

Foreign editors Yochi Dreazen and Jennifer Williams join Matt to talk about the diplomatic crisis in Qatar and the never-ending war in Afghanistan.

Infrastructure week (jk it's about Comey)  

Dara Lind and Yochi Dreazen join Matt to talk about Comey's testimony and the larger consequences of the Russia investigation.

Meet Sprinklecare  

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about competing single-payer bills in Nevada and California, plus research on the value of access to the Obama White House.

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