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Politics is how people achieve power. Policy is what they do with it. Every week on The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill and guests break down the policies that shape our lives, from abortion to financial regulations to affirmative action to housing. We dive deep and we get wonky, but we have fun along the way. New episodes drop every Wednesday.
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Politics is how people achieve power. Policy is what they do with it. Every week on The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill and guests break down the policies that shape our lives, from abortion to financial regulations to affirmative action to housing. We dive deep and we get wonky, but we have fun along the way. New episodes drop every Wednesday.
Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Those pesky delivery fees

    Those pesky delivery fees

    Pretty much everyone is unhappy with food delivery these days. Prices are rising for customers; workers are barely making minimum wage; and restaurants feel gauged by delivery apps. Today on The Weeds: how the gig economy turned sour, and how you can still order your favorite food without feeling guilty. Vox senior reporter Whizy Kim explains.

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    Food delivery fees have soared. How much of it goes to workers? 

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    Jonquilyn Hill, host
    Sofi LaLonde, producer
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    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 40 min
    Panic! At The Drugstore

    Panic! At The Drugstore

    Do you think crime is on the rise? You aren’t the only one. According to Gallup, over 75 percent of Americans think crime is up from last year. The crime rate, though, has actually been falling. So why do so many Americans think crime is getting worse? Vox policy correspondent Abdallah Fayyad joins Weeds host Jonquilyn Hill to discuss the disconnect and what the numbers tell us.

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    Lawmakers are overreacting to crime 
    The shoplifting scare might not have been real — but its effects are 
    The cruel consequences of America’s aging prison population - Vox 

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    • 41 min
    A new era of cannabis research

    A new era of cannabis research

    Last week, the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced a move to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule III drug, after the Biden administration requested a review in late 2022. For decades, cannabis has been classified as Schedule I alongside drugs like heroin and LSD—and research on its effects and medical use has been limited. While rescheduling could lead to more clinical research on marijuana, the future is currently hazy. Today on The Weeds: what rescheduling cannabis means for medical research, and why it still might not be enough to push past the barriers that still exist. 

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    Marijuana could be classified as a lower-risk drug. Here’s what that means. - Vox 
    What marijuana reclassification means for the United States 

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    • 38 min
    Are baby bonds a good investment?

    Are baby bonds a good investment?

    Something is happening in Connecticut. Back in 2021, the state legislature passed a measure that would create something called baby bonds: trust accounts for children receiving government assistance. It’s an idea that started decades ago and was championed by Darrick Hamilton, the founding director of the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at the New School. On this week's episode of The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill sits down with Hamilton to discuss how the idea came to fruition, how a race-neutral policy can close the racial wealth gap, and the way we define economic value. 

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    • 39 min
    Alexa, is Amazon a monopoly?

    Alexa, is Amazon a monopoly?

    If you’ve never used Amazon, you almost definitely know someone who has. Amazon is pretty much everywhere. In the three decades since its founding, Amazon has grown from a small startup to a trillion-dollar company, skirting rules, taxes, and accountability along the way. Then, in 2023, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company for monopolistic business practices. Reporter Dana Mattioli has covered Amazon for years, and chronicled their rise to power in her new book, The Everything War: Amazon’s Ruthless Quest to Own the World and Remake Corporate Power.


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    • 35 min
    Is homelessness a crime?

    Is homelessness a crime?

    America is in the midst of a homelessness crisis. With little affordable housing and limited space at shelters, many people are instead sleeping outside. But as tent encampments become more common, particularly on the West Coast where the housing crisis is most acute, the pressure on local governments to address the problem has skyrocketed. Now, the Supreme Court has decided to weigh in. The issue at the center of it is whether cities can fine or jail unhoused people for sleeping outside. Vox senior policy reporter Rachel Cohen (X, Instagram) explains the case and the stakes. 

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    Cities are asking the Supreme Court for more power to clear homeless encampments
    The Supreme Court will decide what cities can do about tent encampments
    Supreme Court Amicus Brief No. 23-175 
      

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

The_ship_ is_going_down ,

Eviction show

I completely understand the points you’re making during this episode. Numbers don’t. I honestly, don’t see a clear answer to this problem. Yes, some ppl need help. With that being said, ppl needing help and ppl trying to work the system and get free lodging can look the same. Before I got sober a few years back, I was friends with allot of shady ppl. Most of them tried to get out of paying rent, in one form or another. Most would just hit up church outreach centers. Anyway, I said all that to make the point that ppl are never going to take those in need seriously, until ppl stop trying to use those social programs to skirt their own responsibilities.

alschwartz3 ,

Needs a new host

Under JQ, the analysis seems to have gotten shallower (she is not bringing out a new white paper every week), but the tone has also grown less appealing. It feels like she begins by feigning more ignorance about the week's topic than should be possible for someone who has been in her job for as long as she has. And that seems to be in service of gently walking the audience toward positions that more or less anyone clicking subscribe on a Vox politics podcast already holds.

It makes me miss Yglesias, who despite having a voice made for sign language, had a way of starting from a place of at least some knowledge and digging into whether the latest avaialbe data supported or undermined the positions his acknowledged liberal values were "supposed" to be endorsing. That was a more engaging format than the current iteration.

Mogera Robusta ,

Not What it Used to Be

The Weeds used to be a great podcast for getting into the fine detail complex policy issues. Since the change in hosting, it’s just another hour of random people talking about social issues, and in a decidedly dumbed-down way compared to the tone of the old show. While those are important conversations, that’s not what this show was supposed to be, and other podcasts do it far better. I’m out.

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