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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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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.

    It’s time to regulate crypto

    It’s time to regulate crypto

    The world of cryptocurrency is infamously unregulated, but what happens when a major crypto exchange crashes, uprooting almost the entire crypto ecosystem, and there’s no regulatory body in charge? You have the FTX crash of 2022. And it’s hard to ignore the elephant in the room: why don’t we have a regulation framework for crypto? It seems like an obvious solution, but as The Verge’s Liz Lopatto (@mslopatto) and financial regulation expert Yesha Yadav explain, it’s not as simple as it sounds. 

    References:
    Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself
    The collapse of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried’s shocking downfall
    How FTX played both parties and almost won Washington 
    Man who cleaned up Enron says FTX is worse 
    Binance to sell rest of FTX token holdings as Alameda CEO defends firm's financial condition 

    Hosts:
    Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill)

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

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    • 57 min
    The Weeds’ weed episode

    The Weeds’ weed episode

    Let’s be blunt: Weed policy is complicated. As with many elections in the past decade, recreational marijuana was on the ballot again during the 2022 midterm elections. After Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational use in 2012, more and more states have decided to ride the green wave. And recent moves by the Biden administration signal the federal government may finally come around to decriminalizing marijuana. But do these policies have any power? 

    References:
    Marijuana election results: Maryland and Missouri vote to legalize cannabis by ballot measure
    President Biden’s pardons for marijuana possession, explained 
    Federal marijuana legalization is stopped in its tracks

    Hosts:
    Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill)

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

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    • 50 min
    How to call an election

    How to call an election

    We did it, y’all – we made it to Election Day! And if you’re like us, tonight you’ll be glued to your TV and constantly refreshing Vox.com waiting for the returns to come in. We’re pretty used to knowing the winner that same night, but in 2020, we had to wait days before a winner was announced. So this got us thinking: How do news networks know when to make a call? And how has that changed through the years? We talked to three experts to find out.

    References:
    The 2022 midterm elections, explained
    When will we know results in the 2022 midterm elections?
    How elections are called and what “projected winner” means, explained (November 2020)
    How we call races | AP
    EXPLAINER: Why do the media call races in US elections? | AP News

    Hosts:
    Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill)

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

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    • 55 min
    How to fix inflation

    How to fix inflation

    With only a week to go until the US midterm elections, inflation is the issue at the top of most voters’ minds. As Democrats and Republicans make their cases for who can get prices to come down, one thing remains true: High prices are not going to go away overnight. Economists Mike Konczal (@rortybomb) of the Roosevelt Institute and Michael Strain (@MichaelRStrain) of the American Enterprise Institute discuss how we got here and the least painful way out of this.

    References:
    Is the cure for inflation worse than the disease?
    Today, Explained: The devil’s bargain on inflation
    To beat inflation, the Fed might have to trigger a recession
    What aren't we doing to fix inflation? 
    Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Won’t Make Inflation Worse—Even If It Adds $400 Billion To Deficit, Goldman Says 

    Hosts:
    Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill) 

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

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    • 1 hr
    Why scaring voters works

    Why scaring voters works

    Midterm elections are around the corner, and while voters are concerned about the economy, inflation, and abortion, there’s one other issue jumping to the top of the list: crime. Rising crime comes up in campaigns like clockwork, but during this election season, it's making a particular mark on two key Senate races: Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Vox’s Nicole Narea (@nicolenarea) and Li Zhou (@liszhou) explain.

    References:
    The 2022 midterm elections, explained

    2021 crime rates are a big mystery

    Hosts:
    Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill) 

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

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    • 50 min
    The most interesting issues on the ballot

    The most interesting issues on the ballot

    The midterm elections are three weeks away, and candidates aren’t the only ones on the ballot. Voters across the country will decide new laws and policy through ballot initiatives, which can include proposals like legalizing recreational marijuana, funding in-state college tuition, and raising taxes to fight climate change. But how do these issues get on the ballot in the first place, and will they stay there? Vox policy editor Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson) explains.

    References:
    The 2022 midterm elections, explained
    Two states, two visions for the future of labor 
    The states where the midterms will directly decide the future of abortion access 
    New Mexico voters are set to weigh in on a constitutional ballot measure for early childhood education this November
    Sample ballot lookup — Ballotpedia 
    VOTE411 

    Hosts:
    Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill)

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

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