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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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This was the week of confessions. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to a Trump administration quid quo pro with Ukraine, with cameras rolling. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed that President Trump made Rudy Giuliani the hinge of America’s Ukraine policy. And then the administration announced that the location for the upcoming G7 summit: Trump’s own resort in Doral, Florida. We break down the three stories that mattered most in impeachment this week.And then we dig into the four words that will shape the entire impeachment fight: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” What did they mean when they were added to the Constitution? How have they been interpreted through American history? And do Trump’s acts qualify?Welcome to Impeachment, Explained. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.References:"Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power" by Gene Healy"The case for normalizing impeachment" by Ezra KleinCredits:Producer and Editor - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge KarmaEngineers - Malachi Broadus & Jeremey DalmasTheme music composed by Jon Natchez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Debating the robot takeover

Debating the robot takeover

2019-10-1601:03:155

Ezra and Matt break down some of the nerdier aspects of the fourth Democratic primary debate.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox 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.comFacebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Aspen Institute's Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America's ballooning student debt loan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Pete Buttigieg joins Matt to discuss his latest prescription drug plan policy rollout and his broader thinking on health care.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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 WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry.Related pieces:"What’s wrong with a President Pence?" by Jane Coaston, Vox"9 scenarios for how the Trump-Ukraine impeachment process could end" by Matthew Yglesias, VoxWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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 WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week to discuss the causes and potential solutions of homelessness. They dive deep into the data surrounding the issue, and take a look at President Trump's claim that homelessness is on the rise.More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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 WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Trump's war on the homeless

Trump's war on the homeless

2019-10-0101:02:213

We’re live from the Texas Tribune Festival! Jane, Dara, and Matt take the stage to discuss the strange revival of interest in punitive approaches to the housing crisis and answer questions from the audience. References:"The New American Homeless" by Brian Goldstone, The New Rupublic"The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes" by Matthew Yglesias, VoxWhite paper:"Ideology Justifies Morality: Political Beliefs PredictMoral Foundations" by Peter K. Hatemi, Charles Crabtree, & Kevin B. Smith, Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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 WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
America's missing babies

America's missing babies

2019-09-2701:03:125

Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies joins Matt to discuss why Americans have fewer kids than they say they want.More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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 WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Kiev Caper

The Kiev Caper

2019-09-2401:02:155

Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.Links to resources discussed: “To beat Trump, try running an outsider” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox“The timeline of Trump’s decision to withhold aid to Ukraine is increasingly suspicious” by Sean Collins, Vox“A wave of moderate House Democrats are suddenly eager for an impeachment investigation” by Ella Nilson, Vox“Segregation and Violence Reconsidered: Do Whites Benefit from Residential Segregation?” By Michael T. Light & Julia T. Thomas (white paper)Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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 WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (38)

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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Darcie Harris

I cannot even listen to this, though the topic is quite interesting. Please, as educated people, refrain from using the word "like" as every third word.

Sep 6th
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yakurbe 0112

I really want you guys to talk about Yang. he's got a ton of policies on his site so there's plenty there for weedsey discussion. plus there's the Freedom Dividend.

Sep 1st
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Greg Clayson

Completely disingenuous conversation in which the speaker was really talking about economic Warfare through the establishment of segmented trade negotiation policies and not a discussion about international trade. this is just an individual trying to use us trade policy as a vehicle to advance their geopolitical interest and not the economic interest of body politic. this conversation was absolutely not about the words that were being used.

Aug 23rd
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Brian Reinke

Why is it unreasonable to expect non-disabled Americans who are receiving benefits paid by taxpayers to work? I mean 80 hours a month is nothing. I do this in 1 week, and I pay for my own health care? Why is it the fault of the state if those who fubar the paperwork or don't do something as simple as report the fact that they are working lose benefits? I'm sure it was written in the welcome package. Is it that unreasonable for someone who is working 80 hours a month to read the information on his or her free healthcare? When is it acceptable for people to own their own mistakes, why do we lay blame everywhere else?

Aug 22nd
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Jim Danger

Loved this :)

Aug 21st
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yakurbe 0112

I feel like you didn't do a fair job describing the right wing perspective for social media regulation, particularly at the end. it's not just "we're bigots who hate minorities and you should let us be hateful bigots on your platform" I recommend listening to Tim Pool's conversation with Jack on Rogan. Jack really doesn't hold his own, but Tim (who's left libertarian btw not conservative) lays out particular examples of how Twitter is biased against conservative premisses, not just conservative bigotry. It seemed pretty weedsey to me, so you might enjoy it.

Jul 22nd
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Cindy Eyka Rola Ginting

good

Jul 11th
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Robert Blacher

Really excellent episode. Thanks.

Jun 29th
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Peter DeBoer

Mm hmm. Mm hmm. Right.

Jun 23rd
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Nicolas Brylle

Matt's voice is just too annoying and high pitched. Had to quit listening after a couple of episodes. Too bad because the other people were really interesting.

Jun 20th
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yakurbe 0112

I'll be honest, I was kinda hoping for more than c we're both liberals and neither of us really understand the conservative perspective, but we're going to talk about this anyway. I mean I get it, I'm a liberal too, but maybe you could find a conservative coworker and get their take on this. maybe we can get out of the echo chamber a little bit? the first bit was informative, but by the end all you were doing was shitting on Republican positions. that's not really helpful for understanding "the illiberal right" you know?

Jun 19th
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William Balk

Fake news

Jun 9th
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William M Westcott

No conservative trolls on the weeds yet? Talk about fulfilling a stereotype.

Jun 2nd
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Marva Nogradi

Please stop saying "like" every 5 seconds its ruining the whole podcast.

May 28th
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Darcie Harris

I simply cannot listen to another episode in which the words most frequently used are "like" and "right?" You are all too well educated to be speaking like valley girls.

May 7th
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Eoj Hou

it is absolutely insane that y'all think there is still a schism within the Republican party. The radical wing of the party has been systematically eliminating moderate Republicans through the primary process for nearly a decade. Even Susan Collins has been going along with Trump and Mitch McConnell. I don't understand how y'all can criticize moderate Democrats for fighting to keep some moderates around when the ones on the right are gone. If moderate Democrats are replaced with the barn storming, bomb throwing Bernie wing, we'll never get anything accomplished, which is garbage. But I heard y'all saying that policy is merely a way to reflect your values, which, again, is garbage. Policy is how you change our country and improve the lives of people across the country. It's so infuriating to hear the cynicism and defeatist attitudes on your show being directed towards people who want to preserve some modicum of cooperation and productivity in Washington.

May 5th
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Bri W

Strange that when I hear incels and the like talk so highly about men (homo), and offer such ridicule towards the opposite gender. Yet they say they're not attracted to each other? I call BS.

May 2nd
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Darcie Harris

You are all so bright and I truly want to hear your thoughts. But please, please, read a transcript of this and count the number of times you use the words "like" and "right?", used of course with that lilt. Your credibility will increase if you lose the Valley Girl language and intonation. We need your intellect, just without the self-discounting dialect.

Mar 25th
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