711 episodes

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.

    How racism ages Black people

    How racism ages Black people

    There are a host of health disparities across the racial divide. Black people are more likely to develop chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Black people are also more likely to be diagnosed with fibroids or die from pregnancy complications. One of the factors in these disparities could be a phenomenon known as weathering — the stress of racism literally aging Black people’s bodies at a faster rate. Host Jonquilyn Hill discusses this with Dr. Uché Blackstock, the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity and the author of Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine. 

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    Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine by Uché Blackstock 
    Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress of Ordinary Life in an Unjust Society by Arline T. Geronimus 
    Health in Her HUE 
    Irth App 
    Advancing Health Equity 


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    Credits:
    Jonquilyn Hill, host
    Sofi LaLonde, producer
    Cristian Ayala, engineer
    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 37 min
    Skipping the broom

    Skipping the broom

    Romantic relationships are in a weird place right now. Statistically things are shifting, but the numbers are particularly stark for Black Americans. In the last 50 years, the percentage of Black women who have yet to walk down the aisle has more than doubled; now 48 percent haven’t jumped the broom. Professor and author Dianne M. Stewart argues that there are policies in place keeping Black women from partnering, resulting in what she calls forbidden Black love. Could policy shifts have a major impact on the marriage rate? And why does marriage even matter in the first place? 

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    Black Women, Black Love: America's War on African American Marriage 


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    Cristian Ayala, engineer
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    • 41 min
    Eviction: the scarlet E

    Eviction: the scarlet E

    According to the Eviction Lab, about 7.6 million Americans every year face the threat of eviction, and a disproportionate number of those threatened are Black women. This week, host Jonquilyn Hill sits down with New America senior writer and editor Julia Craven to discuss why this disparity exists and what policies could help end evictions for everybody. It’s the first of a special series this month entitled “Black women and ...” that examines the ways policy particularly impacts Black women. 

    Read More:
    Eviction Is One Of The Biggest Health Risks Facing Black Children 
    Eviction Tracking System | Eviction Lab
    Evictions: a hidden scourge for black women - Washington Post
    TANF Policies Reflect Racist Legacy of Cash Assistance
    Evictions and Infant and Child Health Outcomes - PMC 


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    Credits:
    Jonquilyn Hill, host
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    Cristian Ayala, engineer
    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 40 min
    Let’s fix retirement together

    Let’s fix retirement together

    It’s an election year, and there are so many different policy discussions we could be having: affordable child care, housing, health care, you name it. Based on how the campaigning has gone so far, though, it seems that hard policy debates and discussions won’t get much — if any — airtime. So, how about we have that discussion? Today on The Weeds: the economic policies we should be talking about. 

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    Americans’ Working Years Need a Better Ending — Bloomberg 
    Kathryn Edwards on TikTok (@keds_economist) 

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    Cristian Ayala, engineer
    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 43 min
    How to be a (realistic) climate optimist

    How to be a (realistic) climate optimist

    The Earth was its hottest in recorded history in 2023. Our winters are shorter, our summers hotter, and our natural disasters more extreme. It’s dark. But maybe it doesn’t have to be. Hannah Ritchie is deputy editor at Our World in Data and author of the book Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet. On this week’s episode of The Weeds, she talks with host Jonquilyn Hill about how the world has never been sustainable, why scientists shouldn’t advocate for policy, and ways to balance optimism and realism when it comes to stopping climate change.

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    Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet — Hannah Ritchie
    Hannah Ritchie fights climate doomerism with facts — Vox
    What If People Don't Need to Care About Climate Change to Fix It? — NYT   

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    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 40 min
    How celebrity fandom explains Trump

    How celebrity fandom explains Trump

    To no one’s surprise, former president Donald Trump handily won the Republican Iowa caucuses this week. Despite his recent bout of legal trouble, he still has the backing of a dedicated voting base. But at times, his base feels more like stans than supporters. This week on The Weeds, host Jonquilyn Hill sits down with Vox culture writer Aja Romano to discuss the origins of fandom, the toxicity of stan culture and online harassment, and how we’ve trained politicians to be performers first. 

    Read More:
    The “Dark Brandon” meme — and why the Biden campaign has embraced it — explained 
    Zhang Zhehan is a deepfake: fandom conspiracy theories are getting worse — Vox 
    What Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras’ Tour Tells Us About Trump’s Appeal — Politico 
    2024 campaign: Trump rallies aren't even about politics at this point — Slate 

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    Credits:
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    A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.7K Ratings

7.7K Ratings

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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.

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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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Gone downhill

I’ve been listening to the show since the very beginning. It’s gotten much worse over the last couple years, as has Vox in general. I’ve continued to follow the show and tried listening to select episodes, but I’m disappointed every time. It’s become smug and pretentious and it’s time to just accept that it’s no longer the great show it once was. Only show worth listening from Vox is the Grey Area.

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