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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 war on Medicaid

Trump's war on Medicaid

2019-08-1600:55:471

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Jessica Schubel explains how Medicaid works, and how the White House is trying to undermine it.Join the Weeds Facebook group!
Epstein conspiracy time

Epstein conspiracy time

2019-08-1300:50:546

Jane, Dara, and Matt try to offer actual facts about prison suicide and new research on hot weather and crime.Related reading:“Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, in Context”’ by Ken White, the Atlantic"Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem" by Jesselyn Cook, Huffington PostWhite paper**********************************National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Join the Weeds Facebook group!
Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data for Progress joins Matt to discuss the vision of the Green New Deal, the need to link it to social justice, and whether or not it’s politically viable.Recommended reading:“No, climate action can’t be separated from social justice” by Julian Brave NoiseCatJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to talk about the mass shooting in El Paso and what it means to take white nationalist violence seriously.Recommended reading:“The top House Republican is blaming video games for the weekend’s mass shootings” by Jane Coaston, Vox“A question for conservatives: what if the left was right on race?” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Crush This Evil” by The Editors, National Review“Who are the Trenchcoat Mafia?” BBC News“Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?” by Marilyn Manson, Rolling Stone“Network exposure and excessive use of force” by Marie Ouellet et al, Criminology & Public Policy (white paper)Join the Weeds Facebook group!
The second Democratic debate

The second Democratic debate

2019-08-0201:06:275

Ezra and Matt dissect the six-hour, two-night July debate marathon.Vox’s guide to where 2020 Democrats stand on policyJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss the sexual assault case that’s also a political scandal and a financial puzzle.**White paper starts at 45:20**Recommended reading:“Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?” by the editors of The Intelligence“Jeffrey Epstein Burrowed Into the Lives of the Rich and Made a Fortune” by Khadeeja Safdar, Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Gregory Zuckerman, and Jenny Strasburg, Wall Street Journal“How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime” by Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald“Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.” by Tiffany Hsu, New York Times“What’s next in the Jeffrey Epstein case? A former federal prosecutor explains.” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Jeffrey Epstein's Accusers Are Finally in the Spotlight” by Lily Herman, Refinery29“Too many men think teenage girls are fair game. That gave Jeffrey Epstein cover” by Moira Donegan, the Guardian“Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate” by Connie Bruck, the New Yorker“How a Predator Operated in Plain Sight” by Lisa Miller, the CutWhite Paper
Dysfunctional federalism

Dysfunctional federalism

2019-07-2601:10:086

Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.Join the Weeds Facebook group!
Go back to Cincinnati

Go back to Cincinnati

2019-07-2300:51:311

ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad”: Reps. Ayanna Presley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. They also dive into Trump's crackdown on refugee resettlement and a white paper about the connection between student debt and job satisfaction. Recommended reading:“The Trump racism spin cycle” by Jane Coaston“Asylum Seekers That Followed Trump Rule Now Don’t Qualify Because of New Trump Rule” by Dara Lind“‘Send her back!’: Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar — and the response to them — represent a new low” by Aaron Rupar“Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because ‘many people agree’ with him” by Aaron RuparJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
Verge editor-in-chief and Vergecast host Nilay Patel joins Matt in this special crossover episode to explain what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to circumnavigate liability for user content, really means. They also discuss Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up big tech platforms, and how it may or may not fix anything. Recommended reading:Why the internet's most important law exists and how people are still getting it wrong by Alex CastroFacebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke by Nilay PatelSubscribe to Vergecast!Join the Weeds Facebook group!
Space Force all the way!

Space Force all the way!

2019-07-1600:48:074

Worldly's Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to explain Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.Recommended reading:“Trump really, really wants troops in space” by Alex Ward“Trump wants a ‘Space Force.’ We have many questions.” by Alex Ward“Trump’s call for a Space Force, explained” by Alex WardJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
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Comments (28)

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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Colbert Williams

yakurbe 0112 thanks for the sharing!

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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Shane Septon

Nancy Luo I don't think that is supposed to be an attack on women as much as the stereotypical usage of such terms does bring to mind an original driving factor of such filler words, ringing relatively true when referencing "valley girls". A better phrase could likely have been used, but jumping to it being a sexist comment is a bit unnecessary .

May 8th
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Nancy Luo

Darcie Harris uhm gendered comment much?

May 8th
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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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Eoj Hou

jack mchogoff Nice bumper sticker slogan. Stop by again when you have thoughts of your own to share. I'd love to hear them.

May 6th
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jack mchogoff

Eoj Hou liberalism is a mental disorder

May 6th
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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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NLuc

👏 stop 👏 saying 👏 "like" 👏 (at least so much).

Mar 20th
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Aundrae Blackwell

can't make this stuff up!

Feb 10th
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Darcie Harris

I appreciate these informative discussions and have one request. Please ask your journalists to listen to the tapes and count the number of times they use the words "like," "kind of," and "right?" This immature use of language makes it hard to take them as seriously as I believe they deserve. Thank you.

Jan 30th
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rich holmes

not the first time Trump didn't pay his workers..... allegedly

Jan 19th
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Natalie Schreiber

I'm disappointed in these discussions that seem to ignore the fact that the only reason that ANY PERSON can even become rich is because of society and the cooperation of the people within that society. Please listen to the podcast Pitchfork Economics

Jan 15th
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Newton Knight

Natalie Schreiber Exactly, Natalie: my answer to the people who see one's success as the result of their own doing and nothing else is: go, live in the middle of a jungle and try to be "successful" and then we'll talk.

Jan 24th
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Emma Bobro

Natalie Schreiber thanks for the reply. I agree. I'll check out the podcast :)

Jan 16th
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