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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.

    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

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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
    Pregnancy in a post-Roe America

    Pregnancy in a post-Roe America

    Dylan Matthews and Dara Lind are joined by Vox senior reporter Keren Landman, M.D., (@landmanspeaking) to discuss the extremely high maternal mortality rate in the United States. Breaking down those numbers by socioeconomic factors like race or income, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths gets even worse. What will happen now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned? 

    References:
    Where will abortion still be legal now that Roe v. Wade has been overruled? 
    The end of Roe will mean more children living in poverty 
    Maternal Mortality Rates in the United States, 2020 
    Maternity Care Deserts Report 
    Maternal Mortality and Maternity Care in the United States Compared to 10 Other Developed Countries
    How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows.
    Overturning Roe v. Wade Could Make Maternal Mortality Even Worse
    White paper: Maternal Mortality and Women's Political Power

    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

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    • 48 min
    ConGRADulations, fellow kids

    ConGRADulations, fellow kids

    Hey, Weeds listeners: Today, we are bringing you an episode of Today, Explained that originally aired in early June. 

    Ten months ago, the faculty of Cramer Hill Elementary set out to get their kids back on track after a year of mostly remote learning. Today, Explained’s Miles Bryan attended eighth-grade graduation to see how they did.

    This episode was reported and produced by Miles Bryan, edited by Matt Collette, fact-checked by Laura Bullard, engineered by Efim Shapiro, and hosted by Sean Rameswaram.

    Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained

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    • 27 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.

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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Like, ya’ know, it’s pretty good?

Like, Dara and, like, the Dylans seem, like, in a competition with each other to, like, see who can, like, ya’ know, fit the most ‘likes’ into every sentence?

And apparently in, like, this competition there’s, like, bonus points given for, ya know, additional Millennial speech artifacts, like vocal fry and, like, finishing declarative sentences in the tone of a question?

The hosts and frequent guests of this show are obviously very intelligent, and I love the concept of deep dive discussions into policy-related topics, but their unprofessional manner of speaking is very distracting and makes them sound a lot less smart than they are.

I’ll be skipping episodes when any of these three appear.

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