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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 and Friday, host Matthew Yglesias is joined by Vox reporters and editors, ProPublica's Dara Lind, and some of the leading minds in policy to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

The Weed‪s‬ Vox

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    • 4.4 • 7.2K 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 and Friday, host Matthew Yglesias is joined by Vox reporters and editors, ProPublica's Dara Lind, and some of the leading minds in policy to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Covid-$1.9T

    Covid-$1.9T

    Vox's Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to unpack what's in the Covid relief bill, now that it's out of committee. They talk about state & local relief, UI extensions, the $15 minimum wage, and why Congress is perma-hamstrung to effect real change. Plus, some research is analyzed about popular trading app Robin Hood, and its possible affect on stock prices.

    Resources:
    "The year that Congress just gave people money" by Dylan Matthews, Vox (Feb. 5, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Emily Stewart (@EmilyStewartM), Business and Politics reporter, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
    Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts

    About Vox
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    • 58 min
    The problem of child care

    The problem of child care

    Melissa Boteach of the National Women's Law Center joins Matt to have a discussion about the role of child care in the economy, which has been "made visible" in the Covid-19 pandemic, and exposed the economically marginalized care workers who perform this essential work in an industry on the verge of collapse.

    Resources:
    House Hearing on Child Care During COVID-19 (Feb. 19, 2021)
    "How COVID-19 Relief for the Care Economy Fell Short in 2020" by Julie Kashen (Jan. 27, 2021)
    "The COVID Relief Package Must Include Much-Needed Tax Credit Expansions for Women & Families" by Kathryn Menefee (Feb. 16, 2021)
    "Undervalued: A Brief History of Women's Care Work and Child Care Policy in the United States" by Julie Vogtman (2017)

    Guest:
    Melissa Boteach (@mboteach), Vice President for Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning, National Women's Law Center

    Host:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
    Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts

    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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    Facebook group: The Weeds
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    • 48 min
    The Antipope in Mar-a-Lago

    The Antipope in Mar-a-Lago

    Vox's Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to wonder about whether and how Trump may rear his head in politics again, and about the future of the Republican party (zombie Paul Ryanism, or dynastic Trumpism?). Plus, a new study about the EITC is examined that leads to a broader discussion about the role of "nudges."

    Resources:
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Emily Stewart (@EmilyStewartM), Business and Politics reporter, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
    Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts

    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.
    Follow Us: Vox.com
    Facebook group: The Weeds
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 55 min
    Rethinking immigration

    Rethinking immigration

    Immigration advocate Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum joins Matt to discuss the future of immigration in America, including the oncoming "grey tsunami," the consequences of Trump's border and asylum policies, and the effects of the way we speak about immigration on immigration policy.

    Resources:
    "Room to Grow: Setting Immigration Levels in a Changing America" by Ali Noorani & Danilo Zak (Feb. 3, 2021)
    One Billion Americans by Matt Yglesias (2020)
    One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle over American Immigration, 1924-1965 by Jia Lynn Yang (2020)

    Guest:
    Ali Noorani (@anoorani), President & CEO, National Immigration Forum

    Host:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
    Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts

    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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    • 54 min
    What's happening with the stimulus?

    What's happening with the stimulus?

    White House reporter Ella Nilsen joins Matt and Dara to talk about the current state of the Covid-19 relief bill, and the implications of the debate for both Congress and the Biden Administration. Plus, research on the correlation between SNAP benefit timing and college entrance exam scores.

    Resources:
    "The Senate vote-a-rama gets Democrats closer to approving Covid-19 relief on their own" by Li Zhou & Ella Nilsen, Vox (Feb. 4, 2021)
    "The Biden stimulus is admirably ambitious. But it brings some risks, too." by Larry Summers, Washington Post (Feb. 4, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen), White House reporter, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
    Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts

    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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    • 59 min
    The future of remote work

    The future of remote work

    Economist Adam Ozimek from Upwork joins Matt to discuss the future of remote work, post-pandemic. They discuss the implications for migration, local governance, and the elusive concept of work/life balance.
    Resources:
    "Economist Report: Future Workforce" by Adam Ozimek (Dec. 2020)

    Guest:
    Adam Ozimek (@ModeledBehavior), Chief Economist, Upwork

    Host:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
    Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a contribution to Vox: bit.ly/givepodcasts

    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.
    Follow Us: Vox.com
    Facebook group: The Weeds
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.2K Ratings

7.2K Ratings

dbistola ,

big fan, but big BUT

I love Matty and follow him on twitter. I used to read him at Slate. I enjoy disagreeing with him and agreeing with him. He’s very smart and awesome and funny and isn’t afraid to speak his mind but be perfectly polite. He’s taught me a lot. BUT the inflections that he and his guests have when they talk, “like kind of a question in a middle of a statement?” drive me batshit crazy.

midwestBlue ,

u r missing the point

your antipope was so annoying. he and his family=trump inc. is being heavily investigated by DA offices in more than one State. That’s why the entire family has gone silent. u guys are up too close and appear to not at that close range see the entire picture.

grammar police police ,

Great

The podcast is substantive and informative. Matt is an actual genius. It’s true that the podcast is fairly informal, but I’d rank that as one of its strengths. Complaints of uptalk and verbal pauses are from people plodding along on very high horses while the rest of the world is driving around in cars.

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