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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

    • Politics
    • 4.4 • 7.1K 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.

    Biden's rescue plan

    Biden's rescue plan

    Vox business and politics reporter Emily Stewart joins Matt and Dara to unpack what's in Biden's giant stimulus package, and to examine how the new Congress will handle the massive imperatives of economic recovery, on the eve of the commencement of the Biden administration.
    Resources:
    "Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan, explained" by Emily Stewart, Vox (Jan. 14, 2021)
    "Legislative Process 101 — The Senate's Byrd Rule"
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    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.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.

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    About Vox
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    • 57 min
    The Next Four Years: Fighting tech monopolies

    The Next Four Years: Fighting tech monopolies

    Matt is joined by antitrust and competition policy expert Charlotte Slaiman to discuss the ongoing antitrust cases against Google and Facebook, the basics of antitrust litigation, and their outlook for the future of regulatory efforts to rein in the power of Big Tech through pro-competition policy.

    Resources:
    "Only Regulation Can Jumpstart Competition in Big Tech" by Gene Kimmelman and Charlotte Slaiman, Fortune (July 16, 2019)
    "FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization" (December 9, 2020)
    "Colorado Attorney General leads multistate lawsuit seeking to end Google's illegal monopoly in search market" (December 17, 2020)

    Guest:
    Charlotte Slaiman (@CharlottesWWWeb), Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge

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

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer.

    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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    • 54 min
    Will the GOP be Q-pilled or Coup-pilled?

    Will the GOP be Q-pilled or Coup-pilled?

    Vox Senior Correspondent Zack Beauchamp joins Matt and Dara to discuss some of the potential political ramifications of the insurrection of 1/6/21, as well as what this event might portend for addressing questions of police reform.
    Resources:
    "Capitol police officer praised as hero for diverting mob from Senate chamber" by Randi Richardson, NBC News (Jan. 11, 2021)
    "I experienced the heinous assault on Capitol; now, time to face reality" op-ed by Rep. Peter Meijer, Detroit News (Jan. 9, 2021)
    "Outgoing Capitol Police chief: House, Senate security officials hamstrung efforts to call in National Guard" by Carol D. Loennig, Aaron C. Davis, Peter Hermann and Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post (Jan. 10, 2021)
    "Several Capitol police officers suspended, more than a dozen under investigation over actions related to rally, riot" by Aaron C. Davis, Rebecca Tan and Beth Reinhard, Washington Post (Jan. 11, 2021)
    "What the police really believe" by Zack Beauchamp, Vox (July 7, 2020)
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    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), Senior Correspondent, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer.

    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 14 min
    Unemployment Insurance in the pandemic, and beyond

    Unemployment Insurance in the pandemic, and beyond

    Matt is joined by Employ America policy advisor Elizabeth Pancotti for a detailed discussion about unemployment insurance. They take on the recent expansion of the benefits, explain some of the difficulties in distributing them, and outline a possible road toward meaningful reform.
    Resources:
    "Bennet Unveils Sweeping Proposal to Strengthen Unemployment Insurance Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic" (March 24, 2020)

    Guest:
    Elizabeth Pancotti (@ENPancotti), policy advisor, Employ America

    Host:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer
    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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    • 59 min
    America's vaccine distribution needs a shot in the arm

    America's vaccine distribution needs a shot in the arm

    Umair Irfan joins Dara and Matt to discuss some challenges and obstacles to prioritization and distribution of the Covid vaccine, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

    Resources:
    White paper


    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Umair Irfan (@umairfan), Science Reporter, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer
    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production

    Want to support The Weeds? Please make 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 3 min
    Best of: Homelessness and how to fix it

    Best of: Homelessness and how to fix it

    Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week to discuss the causes and potential solutions of homelessness. They dive deep into the data surrounding the issue, and take a look at President Trump's claim that homelessness is on the rise.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

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Great for understanding policy

Love the Weeds! I especially like hearing what Jane and Dara have to say (sad that Jane is leaving). If you want to understand wonky political issues, listen to this! I would like to hear more leftist guests though; most of the policy discussion is in the moderate lane.

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The policy is great but holy crap, Matt spends so much more time talking than the people he’s interviewing. He spends an extensive amount of time rephrasing his guests and less time actually getting actual facts and information from them. Talking over your guests isn’t the way to go.

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Love the content, hate the speaker

I keep subscribing and unsubscribing from this podcast. I want to listen because they do a terrific job of discussing interesting issues. But, Matt's speech pattern (the upspeak, ye gods the upspeak) is simply intolerable and combined the the constant word “like”- it’s too much.

I listen to a lot of podcasts and I like some people's voices more than others but I never thought i would unsubscribe based on one person's voice. But Matt has ruined this for me. Please, please, get some speech coaching and I will be back in a second.

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