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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, Dylan Matthews, Dara Lind, and other voices dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare immigration, and housing.
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The Weeds Vox

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    • 4.6 • 109 Ratings

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, Dylan Matthews, Dara Lind, and other voices dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare immigration, and housing.
Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    The fastest growing voting bloc in America

    The fastest growing voting bloc in America

    For the September issue of The Highlight, the Vox politics team examined the fastest growing voting bloc in the country: Latino voters. But the 32 million voters that make up the Latino electorate are not a monolithic group. In today’s episode, we’ll look at the intricacies and nuances of the Latino voting bloc and what might happen in the 2022 midterm elections.


    References:
    Ruben Gallego's ready for a fight — even if the Democratic Party isn't 
    Yes, most Latinos are Christian. No, that doesn't make them anti-abortion. 
    Latino voters are being flooded with even more misinformation in 2022 
    The full September issue of The Highlight from Vox


    Hosts:
    Marin Cogan (@marincogan), senior correspondent
    Christian Paz (@realcpaz), senior politics reporter
    Nicole Narea (@nicolenarea), politics reporter

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts


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    • 59 min
    Who decides how we’ll save the future?

    Who decides how we’ll save the future?

    How do we make life better for future generations? Who gets to make those decisions? These are tough questions, and today’s guest, philosopher William MacAskill (@willmacaskill), tries to help us answer them.

    References: 
    What We Owe the Future by William MacAskill
    Effective altruism's most controversial idea 
    How effective altruism went from a niche movement to a billion-dollar force
    Effective altruism’s longtermist goals for the future don’t hurt people in the present 


    Hosts:
    Bryan Walsh (@bryanrwalsh)
    Sigal Samuel (@sigalsamuel)

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    A.M. Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Vitamin X

    Vitamin X

    Today on The Weeds, we are sharing an episode of another Vox podcast, Unexplainable, that originally aired in June 2022. 

    Millions of Americans take dietary supplements — everything from vitamins and minerals to weight-loss pills and probiotics. But because supplements are loosely regulated in the US, their makers don't have to prove that they work, or even that they are safe.

    Full transcript available here.

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    • 35 min
    It’s a policy team takeover!

    It’s a policy team takeover!

    Join editor Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson) and reporters Rachel Cohen (@rmc031) and Madeleine Ngo (@maddiengo) for a summer policy wrap-up. Inflation, the economy, and gas prices were on everyone’s minds, but we have even more policy news to talk about. Both Congress and the Biden administration made one last late-summer policy push with the Inflation Reduction Act and student loan cancellation. What does this all mean for you? Listen to find out!

    References:
    School vaccine mandates for Covid-19 are not happening 

    Will student loan forgiveness make inflation worse?

    Inflation is finally slowing down. Will things get cheaper? 

    The inflation numbers are bad — but how bad are they?  

    GDP declined again — but that might not mean we're in a recession 

    ”Standard Oil” octopus cartoon 

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    A.M. Hall, deputy editorial director

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    • 43 min
    The rebirth of industrial policy

    The rebirth of industrial policy

    Vox senior correspondent Dylan Matthews sits down with Felicia Wong (@FeliciaWongRI), president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, to talk about a new era of industrial policy. They discuss the theory of modern supply-side economics, the passage of the Inflation Reduction and CHIPS acts, and how much common ground exists between the political left and the right.

    Hosts:
    Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    A.M. Hall, editorial director 

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    • 52 min
    Could the war on terror be over?

    Could the war on terror be over?

    Vox senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp and Vox senior foreign writer Jonathan Guyer discuss the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the organizers behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US. His death marks a turning point in the “war on terror” and US foreign policy, but what kind of turning point? Can we say the war on terror is over, or is it just entering a new stage?

    References:
    What Ayman Zawahiri’s death tells us about terrorism and US foreign policy

    Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death by drone was President Biden’s opportunity to end the war on terrorism

    No one has been held accountable for the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal 

    Where in the world are Russians going to avoid sanctions? 

    Hosts:
    Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), senior correspondent, Vox
    Jonathan Guyer (@mideastXmidwest), senior foreign policy writer, Vox 

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 1 hr 4 min

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