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In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Trump's second term agenda

Trump's second term agenda

2020-10-2001:01:051

Dara, Jane, and Matt break down the policy stakes in 2020. Hosts: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Email scandals are back!

Email scandals are back!

2020-10-1658:321

Ezra and Matt discuss Hunter Biden’s laptop, social media regulation, and the ongoing stimulus standoff. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds This episode was brought to you by Novartis. To learn more about Cell and Gene Therapy visit vox.com/ad/novartis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ian Haney Lopez joins Jane to discuss critical race theory: what it is and what it isn't. Resources: "Which Party Represents the Racial Future?" by Ross Douthat Guest: Ian Haney Lopez (@IanHaneyLopez), Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Host: Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior Politics Reporter, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this last episode of the By The People mini-series, host Ian Millhiser talks with legal scholar Pam Karlan about how the Supreme Court has harmed our democracy in the recent past, and what it's likely to do to voting rights in the future. Then he speaks with Supreme Court journalist Mark Joseph Stern about court-packing and other possible ways to reform the Court. Featuring: Pam Karlan, Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School  Mark Joseph Stern, Staff Writer at Slate Host: Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser), Senior Correspondent, Vox Credits: Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt Editor: Elbert Ventura Executive Producer: Liz Nelson About Vox: Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The stimulus standoff

The stimulus standoff

2020-10-0901:00:245

Ezra and Matt on the deadlock in congress and the VP debate. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Erick Gomez, Schuyler Swenson (@SchuylerSwenson), and Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Producers The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds This episode was brought to you by Novartis. To learn more about Cell and Gene Therapy visit vox.com/ad/novartis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jane and Thomas Chatterton Williams talk about mixed-race identity, race and racism, and what being biracial means now. Resources: "My Family's Life Inside and Outside America's Racial Categories" by Thomas Chatterton Williams, NYT "A Detailed Look at the Downside of California’s Ban on Affirmative Action" by Kevin Carey, NYT "Thomas Chatterton Williams on Race, Identity, and “Cancel Culture”" by Isaac Chotiner, NYT "The Great Escape From Slavery of Ellen and William Craft" by Marian Smith Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine "Black With (Some) White Privilege" by Anna Holmes, NYT "Still Processing: Being Biracial" by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, NYT "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic Guest: Thomas Chatterton Williams (@thomaschattwill), Contributing Writer at New York Magazine, Columnist at Harpers Magazine Host: Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior Politics Reporter, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Ian Millhiser talks with political scientist Norm Ornstein and Vox’s Matt Yglesias about the structural factors — many of them written into the Constitution itself — that impede a democratic majority from electing their preferred leaders and several ideas about how these hurdles can be overcome. Relevant resources:  Confirm you are registered to vote Featuring: Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Matthew Yglesias, Senior Correspondent at Vox Host: Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser), Senior Correspondent, Vox Credits: Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt Editor: Elbert Ventura Executive Producer: Liz Nelson About Vox: Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this special episode, we give you a preview of season 3 of the Future Perfect podcast. Vox's Dylan Matthews comes on to talk about meat and environmental justice. Subscribe to Future Perfect on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app to automatically get new episodes of the latest season each week. Further listening and reading:  ProPublica’s Talia Buford has done in-depth reporting on the problems of overflowing pig waste lagoons in North Carolina, and you can see images of the aftermath of lagoon flooding from Hurricane Florence collected here. Pig waste from factory farms is not just a problem in North Carolina. You can read about issues in Iowa, Minnesota, and Ohio.  We always want to hear from you! Please send comments and questions to futureperfect@vox.com.  This podcast is made possible thanks to support from Animal Charity Evaluators. They research and promote the most effective ways to help animals. Featuring: Marianne Engleman Lado, Environmental Justice Clinic, Vermont Law School Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox  More to explore: Follow all of Future Perfect’s reporting on the Future of Meat. Subscribe to Vox’s Future Perfect newsletter, which breaks down big, complicated problems the world faces and the most efficient ways to solve them. Follow Us: Vox.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A dark, dangerous debate

A dark, dangerous debate

2020-09-3001:14:106

Ezra and Matt on the disturbing presidential showdown. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Buy Matt's book! Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Host Ian Millhiser talks with voting rights lawyer Sophia Lin Lakin and vote-by-mail advocate Amber McReynolds about voting, COVID-19, and what steps you can take to ensure that your vote is counted this election. Relevant resources:  Confirm you are registered to vote How to vote at home ACLU’s Voting Rights Project ACLU’s Voter Education Tool Featuring: Sophia Lin Lakin, Deputy Director of the Voting Rights Project at the ACLU Amber McReynolds, CEO of the National Vote at Home Institute Host: Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser), Senior Correspondent, Vox Credits: Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt Editor: Elbert Ventura Executive Producer: Liz Nelson About Vox: Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ezra and Matt discuss the past and future of the US Senate. Resources: "How Mitch McConnell is changing the Democratic Party" by Ezra Klein, Vox "America needs a democratic revolution" by Matthew Yglesias, Vox Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Buy Matt's book! Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
After RBG

After RBG

2020-09-2255:571

Vox’s judiciary expert Ian Milhiser joins the panel to explain Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy and the future of American jurisprudence Resources: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, and the future of the Supreme Court, explained" by Ian Millhiser, Vox "The Surprising Conservatism of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" by Kimberly Wehle, Politico "Social conservatives feel betrayed by the Supreme Court — and the GOP that appointed it" by Jane Coaston, Vox "As Trump rushes to fill a court seat, conservative groups fear missteps" by Gabby Orr, Politico "What happens to the Supreme Court (and the Constitution) if Trump wins" by Ian Millhiser, Vox Guest: Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) Senior Correspondent, Vox Hosts: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing By The People?, a new podcast miniseries on voting rights in the 2020 election, hosted by Ian Millhiser. Each episode will examine a specific obstacle facing voters in the upcoming election, and lay out various policy proposals and practical ways to overcome that obstacle. Our first episode takes a deep dive into intentional efforts to suppress the vote with historian Carol Anderson and voting rights lawyer Janai Nelson. Relevant resources:  Confirm you are registered to vote Legal Defense Fund Voting Rights Information Featuring: Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote, professor of African American Studies at Emory University Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Host: Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser), Senior Correspondent, Vox Credits: Producer/Editor: Jackson Bierfeldt Editor: Elbert Ventura Executive Producer: Liz Nelson About Vox: Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Please consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts. Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One Billion Americans

One Billion Americans

2020-09-1801:35:072

In this crossover episode from the Ezra Klein Show - Ezra and Matt discuss the early days of blogging, Twitter, climate change, and Matt's case for having 1 billion Americans. Buy Matt's book! Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How Trump closed the border

How Trump closed the border

2020-09-1501:01:272

Rep. Veronica Escobar joins Jane, Dara, and Matt to talk about Texas politics and the use of the pandemic as a pretext to clamp down on asylum. Guest: Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) US Congresswoman from Texas' 16th Congressional District Hosts: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox Meredith Haggerty (@manymanywords), Deputy Editor, The Goods Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ezra joins Matt to workshop his latest article — and save American democracy. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Steal this podcast

Steal this podcast

2020-09-0854:592

Meredith Haggerty joins Jane and Matt to debate looting and corporate cooptation of social justice. Resources: "One Author's Controversial View: 'In Defense Of Looting'" by Natalie Escobar, NPR "Examining Vicky Osterweil’s Case for Looting" by Isaac Chotiner Baby, I'm an Anarchist by Against Me! Hosts: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox Meredith Haggerty (@manymanywords), Deputy Editor, The Goods Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
LAW AND ORDER

LAW AND ORDER

2020-09-0401:04:413

Matt and Ezra discuss why crime is rising in certain American cities, and the country's growing housing crisis. Resources: "Trump claims crime is up in US cities. The truth is more complicated." by German Lopez, Vox Policing the Police: The Impact of "Pattern-or-Practice" Investigations on Crime by Roland Fryer Jr. & Tanaya Devi The Effect of Police Oversight on Crime and Allegations of Misconduct: Evidence from Chicago by Roman Rivera & Bocar A. Ba Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump sells out

Trump sells out

2020-09-0101:07:185

Dara, Jane, and Matt discuss Jane’s argument that the GOP establishment changed Trump more than he changed the party. Resources: "Trump was supposed to change the GOP. But the GOP changed him." by Jane Coaston, Vox "Trump's approval rating among black voters jumps nine points during GOP convention: Poll" by Carly Ortiz-Lytle, Washington Examiner White paper Hosts: Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Credits: Jeff Geld, (@jeff_geld), Editor and Producer The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts About Vox Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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yakurbe 0112

I'm really confused. how is the argument that we should put aside or differences to take down the powerful, wealthy elites not a class argument?

Oct 18th
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yakurbe 0112

This podcast contained the best argument I've actually heard thus far to actually vote for Biden, rather than simply against Trump, as a leftist. If Biden is actually non-ideological (rather than ideologically neoliberal which idk), and is forced (and also able) to remove the filibuster, the left wing of the party will be in a position to bargain in congress with the dems for real change. there's a number of assumptions there, but none are too, too crazy. it's at least worth thinking about. certainly more than "we can push him left after he gets into office". the outcome looks the same, but this has an actual mechanism by which it could work. so thank you and good job. you've given me more to think about.

Oct 6th
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Jemi Assefa

it would be great to get reference to some of the statics and Data discussed

Aug 19th
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Ghost Rider

it is broken

Aug 13th
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Ryan Pena

man I'm so glad they did this pod. just had this conversation with someone yesterday about the supposed epidemic of child sex trafficking. crazy how people believe this stuff

Aug 11th
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yakurbe 0112

I like this guy

Aug 4th
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Samuel Marcucci

If Biden picked Warren it would mean a republican governor in Charlie Baker would appoint her successor though right?

Jun 28th
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Carl Davidson

FANTASTIC interview and guest. A very illuminating and explanatory discussion about qualified immunity.

Jun 20th
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Samfia Drangus

This guy's voice drips with privilege. It's like the vocal equivalent of a man with soft hands. Solid content, but his voice is grating.

Jun 11th
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Gwendolyn S

Damn, the Biden advertisements at the end were boring AF.

May 31st
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Ada Bruguera Riera

What I don't like about this podcast is that sometimes you guys don't really seem to be having a conversation, rather you seem to be blurting out information and opinions, and not really listening to each other. "Let's see who says the most interesting thing". It gets somewhat abnoxious.

May 11th
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Jay Cowan

ذپ..

Apr 15th
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Arup Ghoshal

the word quarantine comes from the place "al karantina" and it's not an italian word lmaoo

Apr 11th
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Jack Jennaway

I'm personally very pro smoke-filled rooms. Both parties need to un-democratize a bit.

Feb 7th
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yakurbe 0112

as an alternative to 11 people splitting the vote, maybe we could use a better system than first past the post. so that we could handle an 11 party system and still have wins with majority support.

Feb 7th
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Jack Jennaway

I just worry that this type of action escalates polarization. That, I think, is the legacy of the Tea Party. Those of us who want to be responsible actors should be seeking to bring the temperature down, not up. I'm thinking also about the most recent episode of Impeachment Explained, in which Ezra Klein had a wonderful monologue at the end of it about the dangers of polarization. We should be using polarization as the context in which we think about political action and asking "Am I part of the problem?"

Dec 6th
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Jack Jennaway

I would really like to hear what you all think about the paper referenced in the cover story of the most recent issue of the Economist. It is about how we measure inequality, and it is apparently more difficult than I thought.

Dec 4th
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J Collins

Usually love vox discussions, but had to cut it short. The word "like" was so overused it diminished their points and eventually all I could hear was "like,like,like"

Nov 25th
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Sharon McKinnon

I love the title 😅

Oct 8th
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Brian Reinke

you said Andrew's Yang 🤣🤣

Sep 18th
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