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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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New America's Vicki Shabo joins Matt to discuss universal paid leave and how to finance it. Guest: Vicki Shabo, (@VShabo) Senior Fellow, Paid Leave Policy and Strategy, New America Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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 and Matt break down the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, and explore the current state of the Democratic field. Related reading: "Joe Biden will never give up on the system" by Ezra Klein, Vox "4 winners and 3 losers from the January Democratic debate" Vox Staff "The case for Elizabeth Warren" by Ezra Klein, Vox "Bernie Sanders can unify Democrats and beat Trump in 2020" by Matthew Yglesias "Joe Biden skates by again" by Matthew Yglesias, Vox "Elizabeth Warren’s new plan to reform bankruptcy law, explained" by Matthew Yglesias "The Third Rail of Calling ‘Sexism’ Warren tried not to talk about it." by Rebecca Traister, The Cut Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large & co-founder, Vox More 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 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
Mission Accomplished?

Mission Accomplished?

2020-01-1400:56:492

Vox national security correspondent Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to break down Trump's Iran policy. Recommended reading: "Trump’s team insists Soleimani was an “imminent” threat. Just don’t ask for details." by Alex Ward, Vox "9 questions about the US-Iran crisis you were too embarrassed to ask" by Zack Beauchamp, Vox "The US killed Soleimani. What will Iran do next?" by Alex Ward, Vox "The Soleimani Strike Defied the U.S. Constitution" by Oona A. Hathaway, The Atlantic Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox), National security reporter, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox More 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 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
Why are we fighting Iran?

Why are we fighting Iran?

2020-01-1001:01:474

Cato’s Emma Ashford joins Matt to explain America’s larger (lack of) strategy in the Persian Gulf region. Guest: Emma Ashford, (@EmmaMAshford) Research Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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
Midichlorian chili

Midichlorian chili

2020-01-0701:17:41

Dara, Jane, and Matt kick the new year off by answering listeners' questions on everything under the sun. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox More 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 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
Neighborhood Defenders

Neighborhood Defenders

2020-01-0301:00:173

Boston University's Katherine Levine Einstein explains the dysfunctional politics behind America's housing crisis. Guest: Katherine Levine Einstein, Boston University Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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
2019 in review

2019 in review

2019-12-3100:49:301

Dara, Jane, and Matt talk about what surprised them in 2019, remember the last decade, and predict what 2020 might have in store.  Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox More 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 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
The next abortion debate

The next abortion debate

2019-12-2700:47:023

UC Berkley's Abigail Burman on the growing battles over self-managed abortion. Guest: Abigail Burman, UC Berkeley Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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
No room at the inn (live!)

No room at the inn (live!)

2019-12-2401:28:562

Dara, Jane, and Matt on the global crackdown on refugees. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the historic 6th and I synagogue in Washington, D.C. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox More 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 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
Wine cave cage match

Wine cave cage match

2019-12-2000:54:301

Vox politics reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt to break down this week's Democratic debate. Guest: Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen), Politics & Policy Reporter, Vox Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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
Primary mooples

Primary mooples

2019-12-1700:47:143

Dara, Jane, and Matt on America's odd system of choosing presidential nominees. What to read: "There is no single “black vote.” There are many." by P.R. Lockhart, Vox "The extremely small number of votes it takes to win the Iowa caucuses, explained" by Tara Golshan and Ella Nilson, Vox Latest polling averages from FiveThirtyEight.com White paper Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Policy by other means

Policy by other means

2019-12-1301:08:444

Georgetown’s Don Moynihan and Pamela Herd explain administrative burdens and why they matter. Guest: Don Moynihan (@donmoyn), Professor at Georgetown, Visiting Professor at Oxford & Aarhus Pamela Herd (@Pamela_Herd), Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The free college debate

The free college debate

2019-12-1000:54:211

Jane, Dara, and Matt on tuition, debt relief, and the role of major choice in the gender wage gap. What to read: "Democrats’ ongoing argument about free college, explained" by Matthew Yglesias, Vox "‘Free’ College Is a Terrible Idea. Here’s a Better One." by David L. Bahnsen, National Review White paper Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg joins Matt to talk about her new book and the path forward for democratic reform. Guest: Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb), Co-Executive Director of Invisible Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal. What to read: "USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained" by Jen Kirby, Vox "How the Trans-Pacific Partnership could drive up the cost of medicine worldwide" by Julia Belluz, Vox "How Canada's supply management system works" by John Paul Tasker, CBC White paper Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Build housing near transit

Build housing near transit

2019-11-2900:37:492

San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development. Guest: Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters), U.S. Representative from California's 52nd congressional district Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment's policy roots

Impeachment's policy roots

2019-11-2601:14:243

Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall. What to read: "Top U.S. official visits protesters in Kiev as Obama admin. ups pressure on Ukraine president Yanukovich" NYT "Paul Manafort has now been sentenced to a combined 7.5 years in prison" by Andrew Prokop, Vox "Former CIA Director: We worried arming Ukraine would hand technology to Russian spies" by Ken Dilanian, NBC News ""Hillary is the worst option": How Moscow sees American politics" by Max Fisher, Vox Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior Politics Correspondent, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Single-payer federalism

Single-payer federalism

2019-11-2200:48:164

Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs. What to read: Rep. Khanna's proposed legislation Guest: Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna), U.S. Representative from California's 17th congressional district Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data. What to read: "Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr." by Jane Coaston, Vox "Democrats want Stephen Miller to resign after report exposes emails promoting white nationalism" by Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post "The groypers are American fascists" by Dominic Green, Spectator "Stephen Miller planted anti-Rubio stories in Breitbart during 2016 campaign, leaked emails show" by Ben Collins and Anna Schecter, NBC News "Immigration, Not White Suburbs, Turning VA Blue. GOP Still Can Win With Sailer Strategy—But Ultimately Needs An Immigration Moratorium" Anonymous, Vdare "The real reason SAT scores are falling" by Libby Nelson White paper Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The case for subsidized jobs

The case for subsidized jobs

2019-11-1501:01:573

Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's big idea for turning Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) into an effective recession-fighting tool. What to read: "Recession ready: Fiscal policies to stabilize the American economy" by Heather Boushey, Ryan Nunn, and Jay Shambaugh, Brookings "'If the goal was to get rid of poverty, we failed': the legacy of the 1996 welfare reform" by Dylan Matthews, Vox "The Legacy of the TANF Emergency Fund" by LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D. "Why politicians should promise every American a job" by Matthews Yglesias, Vox Guest: Indi Dutta-Gupta (@IndivarD), Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality Host: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox More 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 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 **COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)** Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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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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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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