Vox's The Weeds

Vox's The Weeds

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.

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Vox's The Weeds

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss how to pronounce the big new Republican health law, plus analyze its content and the puzzling politics surrounding its introduction.

68 Min

Mar 8, 2017

Don't Call It a State of the Union

Vox's The Weeds

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump's address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy.

63 Min

Mar 1, 2017

Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't

Vox's The Weeds

Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high.

73 Min

Feb 22, 2017

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14 min
Feb 17, 2017
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In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox's Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump.

65 min
Feb 15, 2017
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the latest Russia-related scandal engulfing the Trump administration.

80 min
Feb 9, 2017
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!)

80 min
Feb 9, 2017
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!)

71 min
Feb 1, 2017
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building.

41 min
Jan 30, 2017
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Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump's latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees.

58 min
Jan 26, 2017
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about widely-misunderstood Trump administration efforts to shut up career civil servants.

43 min
Jan 21, 2017
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Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode.

62 min
Jan 18, 2017
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Trump's not-so-great hires, not-so-great polls, and new research into how career staff act during presidential transitions.

58 min
Jan 10, 2017
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump's cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, and an effort to cut down on pill abuse that backfired massively.

73 min
Jan 6, 2017
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Two weeks before he leaves office, President Obama sits down for a lengthy conversation about the lessons of the Affordable Care Act and the law's uncertain future.

49 min
Jan 4, 2017
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Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child's birth.

61 min
Dec 28, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics.

51 min
Dec 21, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what Obamacare-using Trump voters are hoping for, which regions really need help, and a massive overview of the evidence on globalization and inequality.

56 min
Dec 14, 2016
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Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality's role in reducing social mobility.

74 min
Dec 7, 2016
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Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump's big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest.

53 min
Nov 30, 2016
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Sarah and Matt take a deep dive into what Trump's cabinet picks say about how he will govern, with a particular focus on HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price. Also: an exciting white paper on recessions and health outcomes!

69 min
Nov 23, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration.

22 min
Nov 21, 2016
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This is a pilot episode of a new show Sarah has been working on, looking at the real-life stakes of policymaking. The show's name? That's for you to help us decide.

54 min
Nov 16, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight.

51 min
Nov 9, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump's shocking win.

49 min
Nov 4, 2016
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The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016

63 min
Oct 26, 2016
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Ezra, Matt and Sarah go deep into what's going wrong with Obamacare's rising premiums — and take on a research paper that helps explain a lot about Gilmore Girls (really!)

53 min
Oct 20, 2016
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Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate.

60 min
Oct 10, 2016
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The morning after Clinton and Trump's debate in St. Louis, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt head to the studio to talk about internal Republican divisions, Trump's threat to throw Clinton in jail, and the surprising amount of policy the two candidates covered.

51 min
Oct 5, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate Mike Pence's puzzling performance at the vice presidential debate and highlight new research on the surprising link between college football and prison sentences.

65 min
Sep 29, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to take the policy content of the Trump-Clinton debate seriously and discuss important new research into out of control health care spending -- on pets.

44 min
Sep 21, 2016
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Sarah Kliff heads to Capitol Hill to interview Secretary Burwell on all things health care.

67 min
Sep 14, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt get deep into the weeds of the latest Census report on income and poverty, briefly consider Donald Trump's ridiculous charity, and discuss new research into class-based employment discrimination.

53 min
Sep 8, 2016
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Reunited after many summer vacations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take a deep dive into Claudia Goldin's theory of the gender pay gap and possible remedies. Plus hot new research that proves nobody cares about state government.

54 min
Aug 31, 2016
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Why did EpiPen's price skyrocket 400 percent over the past decade? Sarah and Matt dive into the complex world of American drug pricing to find out.

55 min
Aug 24, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are all together for a gloriously in-the-weeds discussion of the success and failure of the Affordable Care Act plus some hot new research with bad news for the future of economic growth.

65 min
Aug 18, 2016
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Ezra and Matt talk about conflicts of interest in think tank funding, Hillary Clinton's transition team, and the biggest study yet of who supports Donald Trump and why.

60 min
Aug 12, 2016
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Ezra is joined by guest co-hosts Dara Lind and Libby Nelson

93 min
Aug 3, 2016
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Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande talks about the fascinating academic work he has in progress, attempting to improve end-of-life care and make hospitals safer, and how he became a writer in the first place.

56 min
Jul 28, 2016
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Sarah and Ezra discuss why it matters that a woman was just nominated for president, and whether Sanders could inspire a Tea Party of the left.

52 min
Jul 22, 2016
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Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.

56 min
Jul 15, 2016
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Andy Stern joins Ezra, Sarah, and Matt to talk about his new book, and the regular cast considers new research on police use of force.

43 min
Jul 14, 2016
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Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.

59 min
Jul 8, 2016
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Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock

62 min
Jul 1, 2016
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Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers

63 min
Jun 25, 2016
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Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk

56 min
Jun 17, 2016
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Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms

54 min
Jun 10, 2016
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5uper Tue5day

56 min
Jun 3, 2016
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Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish administrative data, and the big city recovery

67 min
May 27, 2016
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Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress

54 min
May 20, 2016
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90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the truth about abortion

48 min
May 13, 2016
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Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how low-income housing can boost poor neighborhoods

60 min
May 6, 2016
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Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens next?

47 min
May 2, 2016
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Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

69 min
Apr 29, 2016
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Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes — oh my!

64 min
Apr 22, 2016
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Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiduciary rule, and the challenge of information polarization

30 min
Apr 18, 2016
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The Obama administration's top economist talks to Vox's Dylan Matthews about the challenges facing the American economy.

72 min
Apr 15, 2016
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Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate problem, and the geography of life expectancy

59 min
Apr 8, 2016
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What the hell is going on with tax havens, explained

78 min
Apr 1, 2016
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A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculator, and a paper that explains Trump

65 min
Mar 25, 2016
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Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Madness, and Uber's productivity

51 min
Mar 16, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the results of the March 15 primaries and the state of the 2016 presidential election.

84 min
Mar 11, 2016
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The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and better textbooks

83 min
Mar 2, 2016
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Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!

69 min
Feb 26, 2016
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TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abortion clinic shutdown.

66 min
Feb 19, 2016
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The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible collapse of American democracy

72 min
Feb 12, 2016
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt use the New Hampshire primary results as a lens through which to discuss Jonathan Rauch's case for "political realism" as a governing philosophy.

73 min
Feb 2, 2016
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Who wins in 2016 will hugely influence policies in Washington-and that's where Ezra, Matt, and Sarah are talking about Iowa this week.

84 min
Jan 29, 2016
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What do tax rates do to the economy? And is this a good moment for third parties? Listen and find out!

72 min
Jan 22, 2016
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Ezra, Matt and Sarah discuss sloppy stats, whether money really is the problem with politics, and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan.

79 min
Jan 15, 2016
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The State of the Union got us thinking: what should Obama's regrets really be?

77 min
Jan 8, 2016
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America's immigration debate is peppered with terms like "path to citizenship" and "amnesty." Those catch phrases can mean vastly different things to different people — and on this week's episode of the Weeds, Vox's Dara Lind joins Sarah and...

62 min
Dec 25, 2015
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In a very merry Christmas day episode of the Weeds, Ezra and Matt talk to Sarah about how why teen birth rate fell in half since the mid-2000s — and whether MTV's 16 and Pregnant might have anything to do with it. Also in this episode: an...

76 min
Dec 18, 2015
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Matt, Sarah, and Ezra lay out what is and isn't troubling about gentrification, break down congress' latest fiscal deal, and discuss a paper that explores why swing voting has become rare.

40 min
Dec 15, 2015
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In this special episode of The Weeds, Ezra interviews former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about what it's like to manage the most powerful economic policymaking institution in the world during a financial crisis. They also talk about...

76 min
Dec 11, 2015
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Ezra, Sarah, and Matt are reunited at last for a deep dive into why patients in and out of Obamacare are paying more for health insurance, the rising tide of Islamophobia in the presidential campaign, and a look at fascinating new research on the...

57 min
Dec 4, 2015
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Matt is joined by special guest stars Julia Belluz and Brad Plumer to discuss the science of eating fat, the Paris climate conference, and the public health implications of climate change. The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building...

73 min
Nov 20, 2015
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This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt discuss the flaws in the DC elite's favorite idea: raising the retirement age, consider how to respond to terrorist attacks (with a bonus digression about 19th century anarchist assassins), and debate a striking new...

66 min
Nov 13, 2015
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On this week's episode of the Weeds, fellow Vox editor Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt for what is certainly the most in-depth discussion of basic income ever broadcast. Would it really just work to give every American a base salary, regardless of...

68 min
Nov 6, 2015
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Facts rarely seem to win any political debate — and on this episode of the Weeds, Matt, Ezra, and Sarah use political science research to explain why. Also: the case for softball debate questions and a troubling new study on rising death rates...

73 min
Oct 30, 2015
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This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt finally deliver the equivocal takes on gerrymandering that America has been waiting for, dive into the weeds of the big budget compromise, and tackle what may be the dorkiest policy issue of all time — the use of...

51 min
Oct 23, 2015
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In this week's episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive head first into a new Brookings white paper about income inequality (and how to not to fix it). We also imagine what a Joe Biden administration could have been, with a commander-in-chief...

81 min
Oct 16, 2015
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On this week's episode, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate a little known Obamacare program, learn all about Nordic economies, and take on a new white paper forcing health economists to rethink deductibles. 

54 min
Oct 15, 2015
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In a special edition of The Weeds, Ezra interviews Arthur Brooks —head of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, a New York Times columnist, a major influence on Jeb Bush, and a surprisingly snappy dresser. Really.

63 min
Oct 9, 2015
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In the second episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate whether nationalized health care could work in America, what solutions are really needed to solve the country's mass shooting issue — and introduce an exciting new, regular...

55 min
Oct 2, 2015
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In this first episode of the new Vox.com podcast the weeds, Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias look at why Hillary Clinton is trying to gut a major part of Obamacare, how Donald Trump's tax plan made Matt sad, and whether American politics...

0 min
Sep 22, 2015
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