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 a podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.


Deferred action podcasting  

Dara Lind joins Matt to talk about the past, present, and future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Weeds Live: Atul Gawande on opioids, end of life care, and rock and roll  

Atul Gawande is a surgeon and the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Sarah interviewed him live, asking about the opioid epidemic, his work with end of life patients, and his terrible college rock band.

Trump's art of the sabotage  

Sarah and Matt discuss DACA, ACA implementation, and some game-changing new research on the real history of all-payer rate setting.

White paper:

Uncompensated care and the collapse of hospital payment regulation: An illustration of the Tinbergen Rule by Jeffrey Clemens and Benedic Ippolito

Paper on Maryland and hospital rate setting:

Tracking the demise of state hospital rate setting by John McDonough

The policy origins of America's most expensive natural disaster  

Sarah and Matt talk about the policy errors behind Hurricane Harvey's devastation, the single-payer wonk gap, and new research on kindergarten red shirting.

White paper: School Starting Age and Cognitive Development

Donald Trump vs the congressional GOP  

Tara Golshan and Andrew Prokop join Matt to talk about the bad blood between Trump and Mitch McConnell.


Andrew's interview with Dave Hopkins

Now Hear This registration (Promo code Weeds)

Weeds Facebook group

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

CB--Oh no this health care bill is terrible too  

A new CBO score on the latest Obamacare repeal bill pushes Sarah to the breaking point!Links:Follow along as Matt, Ezra, and Sarah read through the CBO reportGraphs comparing silver insurance plan costs under different health care bills for different income brackets  White Paper: Health Insurance Coverage and Health — What the Recent Evidence Tells Us

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