20 episodes

We are living through history, but keeping up with the unending stream of revelations, statements, tweets, and disputes is already difficult enough. If we’re going to understand this inquiry–and this presidency–we need to slow down the news cycle long enough to separate the signal from the noise. Every Saturday, Ezra Klein will do just that – through deep conversations with Vox reporters and leading policy voices about what’s going on, why it matters, and where it leaves us now.

Impeachment, Explained Vox

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    • 4.7 • 1.3K Ratings

We are living through history, but keeping up with the unending stream of revelations, statements, tweets, and disputes is already difficult enough. If we’re going to understand this inquiry–and this presidency–we need to slow down the news cycle long enough to separate the signal from the noise. Every Saturday, Ezra Klein will do just that – through deep conversations with Vox reporters and leading policy voices about what’s going on, why it matters, and where it leaves us now.

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    57-43

    Democrats made a strong case against Donald Trump. Republicans are being punished for supporting it. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains.
    Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.
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    • 24 min
    Capitol punishment

    Capitol punishment

    Vox’s Andrew Prokop previews the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Law professor Alan Rozenshtein explains what the Justice Department can and cannot do to prosecute insurrectionists.
    Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.
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    • 26 min
    A step past impeachment

    A step past impeachment

    Impeachment won’t stop the United States’ slide towards authoritarianism. Voter reform might.
    Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained.
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    • 22 min
    Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate

    Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate

    Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race. 
    Since the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders has become the clear frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic primary, spurring lots of debate over whether he could win in the general election. We discuss where the electability conversation often goes off-the-rails, why discussing electability in 2020 is so different than 1964 or 1972, the case for and against Bernie’s electability prospects, and the strongest attacks that Trump could make against Sanders and Joe Biden. 
    Then, we discuss Ezra’s favorite topic of all time: the filibuster. Ezra gives a brief history of this weird procedural tool, and we discuss why so many current Senators are against eliminating it.

    Resources:
    "Bernie Sanders can unify Democrats and beat Trump in 2020" by Matthew Yglesias, Vox
    "The case for Elizabeth Warren" by Ezra Klein, Vox
    "How the filibuster broke the US Senate" by Alvin Chang, Vox
    "Running Bernie Sanders Against Trump Would Be an Act of Insanity" by Jonathan Chait, Intelligencer
    "The Sixty Trillion Dollar Man" by Ronald brownstein, Atlantic
    "The Day One Agenda" by David Dayen, American Prospect

    Hosts:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox

    About Vox
    Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.
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    • 55 min
    Jill Lepore on what I get wrong

    Jill Lepore on what I get wrong

    Jill Lepore is a Harvard historian, a New Yorker contributor, the author of These Truths, and one of my favorite past guests on this show. But in this episode, the tables are turned: I’m in the hot seat, and Lepore has some questions. Hard ones.
    This is, easily, the toughest interview on my book so far. Lepore isn’t quibbling over my solutions or pointing out a contrary study — what she challenges are the premises, epistemology, and meta-structure that form the foundation of my book, and much of my work. Her question, in short, is: What if social science itself is too crude to be a useful way of understanding the political world?
    But that’s what makes this conversation great. We discuss whether all political science research on polarization might be completely wrong, why (and whether) my book is devoid of individual or institutional “villains,” and whether I am morally obliged to delete my Twitter account, in addition to the missing party in American politics, why I mistrust historical narratives, media polarization, and much more.
    This is, on one level, a conversation about Why We’re Polarized. But on a deeper level, it’s about different modes of knowledge and whether we can trust them.

    New to the show? Want to listen to Ezra's favorite episodes? Check out The Ezra Klein Show beginner's guide.
    My book is available at www.EzraKlein.com.
    The “Why We’re Polarized” tour continues, with events in Portland, Seattle, Austin, Nashville, Chicago, and Greenville. Go to WhyWerePolarized.com for the full schedule!
    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Credits:
    Producer - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The impeachment trial convicted American politics

    The impeachment trial convicted American politics

    This episode, likely the final episode of this podcast, is a bit different: It’s a look not just at what happened this week, but at the deep lessons of impeachment, and the unresolved conflicts and contradictions we’re left with.
    Put simply, the Senate will acquit Donald Trump. But in refusing to even hear witnesses, they have convicted American politics.

    Want to contact the show? Reach out at ezrakleinshow@vox.com
    Ezra's book is available for pre-order! You can find it at www.EzraKlein.com
    You can subscribe to Ezra's other podcast The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts

    Credits:
    Host - Ezra Klein
    Producer/Editor - Jeff Geld
    Researcher - Roge Karma
    Theme Music - Jon Natchez
    EP - Liz Nelson
    Special thanks to Andrew Prokop and Matt Yglesias
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

MichaelPeterson ,

Ending sucked

Ending was super obvious and annoying

ZoneOne ,

No collusion

Should have been the title for the last podcast.

SashaEZ ,

Great but I wish the ending was different.

Enjoyed listening to this podcast, but the villain did not get his comeuppance.

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