720 episodes

Politics is how people achieve power. Policy is what they do with it. Every week on The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill and guests break down the policies that shape our lives, from abortion to financial regulations to affirmative action to housing. We dive deep and we get wonky, but we have fun along the way. New episodes drop every Wednesday.
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Politics is how people achieve power. Policy is what they do with it. Every week on The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill and guests break down the policies that shape our lives, from abortion to financial regulations to affirmative action to housing. We dive deep and we get wonky, but we have fun along the way. New episodes drop every Wednesday.
Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Alexa, is Amazon a monopoly?

    Alexa, is Amazon a monopoly?

    If you’ve never used Amazon, you almost definitely know someone who has. Amazon is pretty much everywhere. In the three decades since its founding, Amazon has grown from a small startup to a trillion-dollar company, skirting rules, taxes, and accountability along the way. Then, in 2023, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company for monopolistic business practices. Reporter Dana Mattioli has covered Amazon for years, and chronicled their rise to power in her new book, The Everything War: Amazon’s Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power.


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    The Everything War: Amazon's Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power 


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    Credits:
    Jonquilyn Hill, host
    Sofi LaLonde, producer
    Cristian Ayala, engineer
    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 35 min
    Is homelessness a crime?

    Is homelessness a crime?

    America is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. With little affordable housing and limited space at shelters, many people are instead sleeping outside. But as tent encampments become more common, particularly on the West Coast where the housing crisis is most acute, the pressure on local governments to address the problem has skyrocketed. Now, the Supreme Court has decided to weigh in. The issue at the center of it is whether cities can fine or jail unhoused people for sleeping outside. Vox senior policy reporter Rachel Cohen (X, Instagram) explains the case and the stakes. 

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    Cities are asking the Supreme Court for more power to clear homeless encampments
    The Supreme Court will decide what cities can do about tent encampments
    Supreme Court Amicus Brief No. 23-175 
      

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    Cristian Ayala, engineer
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    • 32 min
    Abortion and the erosion of privacy

    Abortion and the erosion of privacy

    Since the Dobbs decision almost two years ago, reproductive rights have been at the center of our national consciousness. Two of the latest headlines come from Florida and Arizona: a six-week abortion ban, and a total abortion ban unless the life of the pregnant person is threatened, respectively. Both states have constitutions that name-check privacy rights, but both courts found that those rights don’t extend to abortion. What does privacy look like in the United States, and do we still have it in a post-Dobbs world? 

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    Do Americans still have a right to privacy? 

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    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 39 min
    What is “fetal personhood”?

    What is “fetal personhood”?

    Earlier this year, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled frozen embryos have the same rights as children. The decision sent shockwaves throughout Alabama and raised serious questions about the future of IVF in the United States. While the Alabama legislature has since passed legislation protecting IVF in the state, that doesn’t address the big question behind the court’s decision: What does personhood mean, and what does it mean for the anti-abortion movement?  

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    Fetal personhood laws, explained - Vox 
    Alabama’s Supreme Court IVF ruling is a warning to the country - Vox 
    Opinion | The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Gunning for Fetal Personhood - The New York Times 
    How America’s Two Abortion Realities Are Clashing - The New York Times 

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    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 36 min
    A safety net’s poverty trap

    A safety net’s poverty trap

    What if you weren’t allowed to have more than $2,000 at any given time? Could you make it work? For people who receive Supplemental Security Income, this isn’t a what-if — it’s reality. SSI beneficiaries are subject to strict requirements and risk losing their benefits if they have more than $2,000 in financial assets, even if they exceed that by just a dollar. Why is the limit so low, and is anything being done to fix it? That’s today on The Weeds.

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    The Case for Updating SSI Asset Limits | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
      

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    • 34 min
    Let’s fix child care together

    Let’s fix child care together

    America is in the midst of a child care crisis. The cost of child care has skyrocketed to the point where, in some states, caring for kids in pre-k is more expensive than college tuition or a home mortgage. According to economist Kathryn Anne Edwards, it’s a market failure. So how do we fix it? That’s in today’s installment of our series exploring economic fanfiction and the stories we should be covering this election year.

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    Kathryn's plan to fix child care

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    Credits:
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    • 43 min

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