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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 podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.

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 podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.
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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 podcast for people who like hearing talk about gaffes.

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Episodes

The loneliness of Justin Amash

5/21/2019
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Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump. White paper

Duration:00:59:59

America's two housing crises

5/17/2019
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Brookings's Jenny Schuetz joins Matt to discuss subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.

Duration:01:05:04

Make America 2015 Again

5/14/2019
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Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration, plus some fresh research on the macroeconomics of bankruptcy. Related reading: Biden/aberration explainer Biden/bankruptcy explainer MOVE bombing

Duration:01:01:20

Green New Weeds

5/10/2019
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David Roberts joins Ezra and Jane to explain the policy and politics of the Green New Deal. Plus: Which candidate has the better climate plan, Beto O’Rourke or Jay Inslee? Related reading: The Green New Deal, explained David Roberts on what’s in the Green New Deal The Green New Deal critics The case against incremental climate policy Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate policy

Duration:01:26:12

Sarah's Last Stand

5/7/2019
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Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island. Related reading: CBO report Dylan’s article on a Medicare-for-all hearing Dylan’s other article on the Medicare-for-all hearing Sarah and Dylan on the different Democratic health care plans

Duration:01:02:19

Mexico: America's waiting room

5/3/2019
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Dara, Jane, and Matt discuss Dara's fresh reporting on asylum officers' complaints about Trump's "wait in Mexico" policy initiative. Related reading: Dara’s piece on asylum officers

Duration:01:00:09

Incels and bullshitters

4/30/2019
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Senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp joins Jane and Matt to share his reporting on the origins and evolution of a troubling new internet community. Related reading: “Our incel problem” by Zack Beauchamp Research paper

Duration:00:54:22

Was The Weeds on the wrong side of history?

4/26/2019
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Sarah, Ezra, and Matt celebrate Vox's fifth anniversary with a look at the changing nature of the policy dialogue in Washington. This special episode of The Weeds was taped in front of a live audience at The LINE DC to celebrate Vox’s fifth anniversary. If you enjoyed it, we think you’ll also enjoy this live taping of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher featuring Julia Angwin, and this special episode of The Ezra Klein Show with Vox’s co-founders Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and Vox Media’s...

Duration:00:35:24

What to obstruct when you’re obstructing

4/23/2019
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Matt, Jane, and Andrew Prokop talk about the Mueller report — which one of them has actually read to the end. Related reading: Quinta Jurecic’s color-coded analysis of Mueller’s obstruction language Rick Hasen’s article on Mueller not prosecuting Donald Trump Jr. Full Mueller report White paper

Duration:01:09:57

Maybe collusion, probably obstruction [Special Crossover Edition]

4/18/2019
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Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with Worldly on Robert Mueller’s just-released report. They explain the special counsel's main findings on collusion with Russian election interference and on obstruction of justice and why they aren’t good for Trump. Then they zoom out and talk about what this whole episode reveals about the health of American democracy and how this gives a green light for Russia and other authoritarian powers to intervene in future US elections....

Duration:00:37:02

Trump Family (Tax) Values

4/16/2019
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Dara, Sarah, and Matt talk about the suspiciously timed retirement of Trump's sister, IRS enforcement, and new research on how police stops can actually cause crime. Related reading: ProPublica study on the EITC audits White paper

Duration:00:56:34

How Canada got Medicare-for-all done

4/12/2019
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Ezra returns to discuss filibuster reform and the legacy of Tommy Douglas with Sarah and Matt. Recommended reading: Tommy Douglas named greatest Canadian Filibuster reform explainer Sanders and reconciliation explainer Doctor strike explainer White paper

Duration:00:55:05

The Purge: DHS

4/9/2019
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Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's personnel shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security and what's next for immigration policy. Recommended reading: Jake Tapper on Trump telling border patrol agents to ignore the law The White House’s wish list for DHS actions Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation, explained

Duration:00:54:04

Attack of the clone bills

4/5/2019
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Matt, Sarah, and Dara copied this discussion of model legislation from an asbestos lobbyist. Recommended reading: USA Today article Article on 'ALEC' Research on model legislation 1 Research on model legislation 2 Research on model legislation 3

Duration:00:50:42

Learning from Norway's lesbian mothers

4/2/2019
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Dara, Jane, and Matt on President Donald Trump’s latest border moves and a new wrinkle in the story of the gender pay gap. Recommended reading: Explainer on Trump cutting off aid Explainer on border closure CNN report on Trump’s border briefings The US policy of returning Central American asylum seekers to wait in Mexico An optimistic take on aid and El Salvador A pessimistic take on aid and El Salvador White paper

Duration:00:51:20

Infrastructure Week (and Farm Week and Teacher Week)

3/29/2019
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Dara, Jane, and Matt analyze three new policy proposals from Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. Recommended reading: Amy Klobuchar's infrastructure plan Elizabeth Warren's agriculture plan Kamala Harris's teacher-pay plan HuffPost feature on Harris's truancy policy We 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF

Duration:00:43:26

Mueller's investigation is over. Obamacare repeal isn't.

3/26/2019
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Sarah, Dara, and Jane discuss the Hill's response to Mueller, the DOJ's siege of Obamacare, and the benefits of IUDs. National Review article Zack Beauchamp's article on the reaction to William Barr's Mueller letter New York Times article on Mueller report White paper We 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF

Duration:00:57:01

Should presidential candidates get into the weeds?

3/22/2019
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Sarah, Jane, and Matt debate the value of policy details in the primary. We 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF

Duration:00:52:25

The reparations primary

3/19/2019
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Dara, Jane, and Matt on the unexpected issue of the moment, plus Swedish administrative data on what makes a CEO. Suggested reading: White Paper Original Ta-Nehisi Coates essay on reparations We 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF

Duration:00:59:21

Live Weeds with Julián Castro

3/15/2019
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Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the former US secretary of housing and urban development and 2020 presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest. We 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF

Duration:01:06:58