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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.

    Could the war on terror be over?

    Could the war on terror be over?

    Vox senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp and Vox senior foreign writer Jonathan Guyer discuss the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the organizers behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US. His death marks a turning point in the “war on terror” and US foreign policy, but what kind of turning point? Can we say the war on terror is over, or is it just entering a new stage?

    References:
    What Ayman Zawahiri’s death tells us about terrorism and US foreign policy

    Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death by drone was President Biden’s opportunity to end the war on terrorism

    No one has been held accountable for the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal 

    Where in the world are Russians going to avoid sanctions? 

    Hosts:
    Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), senior correspondent, Vox
    Jonathan Guyer (@mideastXmidwest), senior foreign policy writer, Vox 

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The new politics of abortion

    The new politics of abortion

    In a surprise to many, last week Kansas overwhelmingly voted down an anti-abortion ballot initiative. If abortion rights can win in a deep-red state, what does that mean for the midterms this fall? Join Vox policy editor Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson), Vox senior policy reporter Rachel Cohen (@rmc031), and Vox politics reporter Nicole Narea (@nicolenarea) for a conversation about the new state of abortion politics.

    References:

    Abortion was on the ballot in Kansas. Access won. 

    Why the Kansas abortion amendment is so confusing 

    The challenge of turning pro-choice Americans into pro-choice voters 

    The states pushing abortion ballot measures in 2022 post-Roe

    Senate Democrats slowly consider their options after Roe  

    Hosts:
    Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson)
    Rachel Cohen (@rmc031)
    Nicole Narea (@nicolenarea)


    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 46 min
    Maybe we’re not doomed?

    Maybe we’re not doomed?

    As the Earth swelters through yet another record-breaking summer, a surprise push for climate legislation on Capitol Hill gave us a shimmer of optimism and hope toward fighting climate change. But, while it’s a step in the right direction to reduce carbon emissions, it’s not a panacea. How do we maintain optimism, even when the right steps feel too small?

    References:
    Summaries of the climate, tax, and prescription drug parts of the Manchin deal
    What Democrats' big new bill would actually do 
    What the Inflation Reduction Act needs to pass, including Sen. Sinema
    Princeton researchers’ estimate of the deal’s climate impact
    The Republican vote against benefits for veterans exposed to toxins
    The White House/Employ America plan to reduce gas prices
    Nina Kelsey’s theory of the “green spiral”
    It’s so hot in Europe that roads are literally buckling
    Europe is burning like it’s 2052

    Hosts:
    Bryan Walsh(@bryanrwalsh), Future Perfect editor, Vox
    Dylan Matthews, (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox
    Sigal Samuel (@sigalsamuel), Future Perfect senior reporter, Vox

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Weeds Time Machine: The ADA

    Weeds Time Machine: The ADA

    Dylan Matthews, Dara Lind, and special guest Ari Ne’eman (@aneeman) fire up the Weeds Time Machine for a special episode on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was signed into law 32 years ago today, and while the legislation had a profound impact on almost every corner of American society, the bill wasn’t perfect. So hop into the Time Machine to learn about the history of the disability rights movement, how the ADA came to be, and what the movement is working toward today.


    References:
    What if Disability Rights Were for Everyone?

    Opinion | A 'Safety Net' That's a Kafkaesque Mess

    Watch Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution | Netflix Official Site

    The Power of 504 

    Episode transcript

    Hosts:
    Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox
    Dara Lind (@dlind), Weeds co-host, Vox


    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

    Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weedsletter 

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    What the hell is up with SCOTUS?

    What the hell is up with SCOTUS?

    Dara Lind is joined by Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) to discuss the major decisions handed down by the Supreme Court this term. They talk about the Court’s emphasis on historical narrative, its move away from settled legal doctrine, and the politicization of the Court. Plus, a white paper on originalism and stare decisis written by then-professor Amy Coney Barrett. 

    References:
    The post-legal Supreme Court 

    Originalism and Stare Decisis 


    Hosts:
    Dara Lind (@dlind), Weeds co-host, Vox

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The legal limbo of abortion rights

    The legal limbo of abortion rights

    Vox Supreme Court correspondent Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) speaks with Michele Goodwin, a law professor, bioethicist, and leading expert on reproductive health policy, about the future of abortion rights in a world without Roe.

    References:
    Policing the Womb by Michele Goodwin 

    Credits:
    Sofi LaLonde, producer and engineer
    Libby Nelson, editorial adviser
    Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.5K Ratings

7.5K Ratings

devil zilla ,

Only 1 L in Law

I realize this is very side point, but why is the host saying “lawl?” It’s law. Not lawl. You pronounce words for a living. Fix it. Pleasel.

2ManyMikesgivereviews ,

Needs better guests

Jonathan Guyer is a pretty sub-par Weeds guest. Rather than going into specific alternative policies for the War on Terror, he simply jumps from one topic to the next always posing questions but never detailed alternatives. Zach is pretty good host.

moonmanjohnson ,

Missed opportunities w/ recent SCOTUS pod

I’ve yet to hear many news sources speak about the churches involvement. You got six conservatives that are Catholic and what’s Vatican say no abortion or contraception and they have open border policy. And not to mention group prayers with one side presenting certain cases.

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