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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.

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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 "hundred days" myth

    The "hundred days" myth

    Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Andrew Prokop to talk about the very notion of a president's "first hundred days," whether or not it is a useful or important metric for their performance. Andrew talks about the history of the term, originating with F.D.R., and our hosts evaluate some of the recent lines of comparison between Biden and Roosevelt that have been floating around in the discourse lately. Plus, some research is analyzed that examines the effect of the channel placement of Fox News in certain areas, and Republican performance in federal elections.
    Resources:
    "The myth of a president's 'first 100 days'" by Andrew Prokop, Vox (Apr. 29, 2021)
    "Biden's first 100 days, explained in 600 words" by German Lopez, Vox (Apr. 30, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior Politics Correspondent, 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.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    There's lead in your turmeric

    There's lead in your turmeric

    Matt is joined by Rachel Silverman, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, who talks about the extreme dangers and high prevalence of lead contamination globally. Despite the manifest health benefits that would be served by Biden's plans to finally replace lead pipes in the U.S., this is marginal compared to the lead poisoning occurring due to unregulated electronics recycling, traditional ceramics glazing, and by bright, yellow turmeric.
    Resources:
    "Biden Wants to Eliminate Lead Poisoning in American Children. We Propose an Even More Ambitious Goal: Global Eradication" by Susannah Hares, Rachel Silverman, and Lee Crawfurd (Apr. 20, 2021)
    "Your old phone is full of untapped precious metals" by Bianca Nogrady, BBC (Oct. 18, 2016)
    "Ground Turmeric as a Source of Lead Exposure in the United States" by Whitney Cowell, Thomas Ireland, Donna Vorhees, and Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Public Health Reports (May-Jun 2017)
    Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution by Beth Gardiner (U. Chicago, 2019)
    "New evidence that lead exposure increases crime" by Jennifer L. Doleac, Brookings Institution (June 1, 2017)

    Guest:
    Rachel Silverman (@rsilv_dc), policy fellow, Center for Global Development

    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

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    • 47 min
    A Manchin for all seasons

    A Manchin for all seasons

    Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Andrew Prokop, author of an in-depth revelatory profile on America's swingiest Senator: Mr. Manchin in the Middle. Andrew brings Manchin's history as a legislator to bear in discussion, shedding light on what Manchin's policy goals as a legislator in this Congress might be (if he has any, that is), what his governing ideology might be beyond the mere politics of his re-election, and why, ultimately, he is being so weird about the filibuster right now. Joe, if you're out there: please get in touch. Also, some research is discussed that explores the connection between the partisan identity of members of the so-called "deep state" (non-political-appointee civil servants) and their performance at their jobs.
    Resources:
    "Joe Manchin wants to save Democrats from themselves" by Andrew Prokop, Vox (Apr. 27, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior Politics Correspondent, 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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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Why transit projects fail

    Why transit projects fail

    Matt is joined by professor and transit researcher Eric Goldwyn to talk about why transit projects in the U.S. often fail. They discuss several high-profile cases, including the Second Avenue subway line in New York, the Green Line Extension in Boston, and the DC Streetcar. Why do cities spearhead redundant transit lines on top of existing rights-of-way? Why do cities in other countries spend so much less per mile on transit than American cities do? And, how can the political opposition to mass transit be met, to build the more accessible and environmentally-conscious transit infrastructure of the future?
    Resources:
    The Transit Costs Project
    "The Boston Case: The Story of the Green Line Extension" by Eric Goldwyn, Alon Levy, and Elif Ensari (Dec. 9, 2020)
    "Costly Lessons from the Second Avenue Subway" by Eric Goldwyn, New York Review of Books (Sep. 22, 2020)

    Guest:
    Eric Goldwyn (@ericgoldwyn), Program Director at the Marron Institute of Urban Management and Associate Professor in the Transportation and Land-Use program, NYU Marron Institute.

    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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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The pandemic playbook

    The pandemic playbook

    Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Scott to talk about his new Pandemic Playbook project from Vox, exploring how six nations coped with the Covid-19 pandemic, and evaluating what we can all learn from their experiences to help us with the next pandemic. In this episode, Dylan talks with Matt and Dara about how South Korea's response to Covid-19 was shaped in many ways by the 2015 MERS outbreak, and about how the South Korean people's relationship to their government contrasts with the situation in the U.S. Then, some research is analyzed that aims to evaluate a correlation between female representation in the venture capital industry with news coverage of a high-profile trial.
    Resources:
    "The Pandemic Playbook: Vox explores the successes — and setbacks — in six nations as they fought Covid-19" by Dylan Scott, Vox (Apr. 19, 2021)
    "South Korea's Covid-19 success story started with failure" by Dylan Scott and Jun Michael Park, Vox (Apr. 19, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott), Policy 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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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Think like a scout

    Think like a scout

    Matt is joined by author and podcast host Julia Galef to talk about her new book The Scout Mindset. They talk about the difference between epistemic and social confidence, the role of uncertainty in thinking critically, and — most of all — about fighting with people on the internet.

    Resources:
    The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't by Julia Galef (Apr. 2021)

    Guest:
    Julia Galef (@juliagalef), Author, host of the Rationally Speaking podcast

    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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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.3K Ratings

7.3K Ratings

no_magu ,

Consistently Thought Provoking

As a conservative, I am probably not your target demographic, but I enjoy the podcast and find it very intriguing. I do not miss an episode. You have a good selection of guests, and even if most of them speak in the annoyingly lilting cadence of Matt Yglesias (is that on purpose?), the show expands horizons and really digs deep. Recommended. But consider elocution lessons, Matt… you’d broaden your appeal.

Dreads Fan ,

Sorry, but Jerusalem was unlistenable

Speaking fast is fine .... but speaking in, literally run-on paragraphs one after the other without taking a breath AND speeding up (after starting fast) made it In comprehensible. I can correct for speed (play back at half speed) but not for lack of structure. I had to turn it off.

Other than than that how was the play Mrs Lincoln?

Jason from GR ,

Lots of Well-Ackshullyism

Superficially interesting, but there’s little exploration of the assumptions behind their worldview. Feels like an echo chamber that thinks it’s not an echo chamber.

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