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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, Dylan Matthews, Jerusalem Demsas, German Lopez, 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 and Friday, Dylan Matthews, Jerusalem Demsas, German Lopez, 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.

    Biden’s $3.40 a gallon problem

    Biden’s $3.40 a gallon problem

    Dylan, Jerusalem, and Dara talk about the specific kind of inflation that’s roiling American politics: the heightened price of gas. They discuss how and why gas prices have shot up in recent months, and what it means for Joe Biden’s popularity and presidency. Plus, a white paper about the most important labor market of all: the global market for soccer (excuse me, football) players.

    References:

    Biden’s strongly worded letter on gas prices

    Biden is tapping the strategic petroleum reserve

    Reuters on why gas prices are high

    Why OPEC isn’t lowering gas prices

    Eric Levitz on what Biden should do to combat inflation

    The correlation between Biden’s popularity and gas prices

    Lasting Impacts of a Gas Price Shock during Teenage Driving Years

    Voters who drive a lot are likelier to vote based on gas prices

    Presidential approval is historically strongly affected by gas and food prices (and not due to media coverage)

    The collapse of New England’s Transportation and Climate Initiative

    White paper: “Does Employing Skilled Immigrants Enhance Competitive Performance? Evidence from European Football Clubs”

    Mo Salah reduced prejudice

    Newcastle Football Club controversy


    Hosts:
    Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox
    Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox
    Dara Lind (@dlind), immigration reporter, ProPublica


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

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    • 51 min
    Taxing Back Better

    Taxing Back Better

    Dylan talks to Chye-Ching Huang, the executive director of the Tax Law Center at NYU Law, about the many, many, many tax provisions in Democrats’ Build Back Better package. First they dive into the new tax benefits in the bill, from the expanded child tax credit to the $7,500 credit for electric cars. Then they talk about how the bill raises money through taxes, especially through higher taxes on high-income people and corporations. Then they talk about the future of taxes, like what will happen when most of the Trump tax cuts expire at the end of 2025. 

    References:

    A breakdown of the components of the House Build Back Better bill

    Whose taxes Build Back Better would raise and cut

    Huang’s testimony to Congress on Build Back Better

    UChicago and Columbia researchers on the Child Tax Credit and employment

    The health care tax credit provisions of Build Back Better, explained

    The clean energy tax credits would help cut emissions by 40-50 percent

    The bill’s minimum corporate tax plan and millionaire surtax, explained

    How rebuilding the IRS would boost tax compliance

    Host:
    Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox

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

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    • 49 min
    How does the pandemic end?

    How does the pandemic end?

    Now that nearly 60 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated, Dylan, German, and Jerusalem discuss potential exit strategies for policies such as mask mandates and mandatory quarantines. They also talk about what an “endemic” Covid might be like in the US and which aspects of pandemic life might stick around. Finally, they discuss how better access to mental health care could affect crime.

    References:
    Mandate the vaccines, not masks

    The case for ending school mask mandates at the end of the year

    The case for keeping mask mandates

    Emily Oster on kids and masks

    The Black Death and its Consequences for the Jewish Community in Tàrrega

    Against “deep cleaning” surfaces for COVID

    Vaccines are coming along for children under 5

    Do booster shots make vaccinating the world harder?

    White paper of the week: Better access to outpatient psychiatric care reduces crime

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy reduced crime in Liberia

    Hosts:
    Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox
    German Lopez (@germanrlopez), senior correspondent, Vox
    Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox

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

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    • 59 min
    Reshaping America’s cities

    Reshaping America’s cities

    Vox policy reporter Jerusalem Demsas talks with the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) about how the future of remote work could reshape America’s cities, upend US labor markets, and cause fundamental shifts in where people live. Derek and Jerusalem discuss how it would take only a small percentage of remote workers to impact the urban geography of the US — with complicated implications for electoral politics and the climate.

    References:

    Jerusalem's Q&A with housing economist Enrico Moretti on the future of remote work: Remote work is overrated. America’s supercities are coming back.

    Superstar Cities Are in Trouble [The Atlantic]

    How America Lost Its Mojo [The Atlantic]

    The Coronavirus is Creating a Huge, Successful Experiment in Working From Home [The Atlantic]

    Where Americans Are Moving [Bloomberg]

    Could a Heartland visa help struggling regions? [Economic Innovation Group]

    Host:
    Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox

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

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    • 58 min
    Pass the SALT?

    Pass the SALT?

    Dylan, Jerusalem, and Dara discuss congressional Democrats’ efforts to uncap the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, and how the party found itself proposing a massive tax cut for high-income households. They also dive into the deduction’s stated purpose (encouraging states to spend on social programs) and talk about other programs that could encourage states to invest in health and education. Finally, they examine a white paper showing that domestic violence crimes didn’t increase during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

    References:

    The state and local tax deduction, explained [Vox]

    SALT cap repeal would overwhelmingly benefit high income households [Tax Policy Center]

    Reconciliation may deliver a tax cut to the rich [Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget]

    5-Year SALT cap repeal would be costliest part of Build Back Better [Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget]

    Senators Menendez and Sanders show the way forward on the SALT cap [Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy]

    Easy on the SALT: A qualified defense of the deduction for state and local taxes [Daniel J. Hemel, University of Chicago Law School]

    Congress can help state and local governments prepare for a rainy day without repealing the SALT cap [Tax Policy Center]

    What you don’t know about fiscal federalism can hurt you [Milken Institute Review]

    Progressive politics from the ground up [CommonWealth Magazine]

    California is making liberals squirm [The New York Times]

    Effects of COVID-19 shutdowns on domestic violence in US cities [Amalia R. Miller, Carmit Segal, and Melissa K. Spencer, National Bureau of Economic Research]

    One explanation for conflicting reports on domestic violence during the pandemic [Aaron Chalfin, Twitter]

    Hosts:
    Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox
    Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox
    Dara Lind (@dlind), immigration reporter, ProPublica

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

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Most Dangerous Branch: Covid-19 v. The Constitution

    The Most Dangerous Branch: Covid-19 v. The Constitution

    Vox senior correspondent Ian Millhiser talks to law professor Nicholas Bagley about the pandemic — and how the courts are undermining the government's ability to respond to emergencies. They discuss the constitutionality of vaccine mandates, religious exemptions to public health laws, and court decisions undermining the power of public health agencies.

    References:
    Delegation at the Founding (Columbia Law Review)
    The Supreme Court’s coming war with Joe Biden, explained
    Religious conservatives have won a revolutionary victory in the Supreme Court
    A New Supreme Court case could gut the government’s power to fight climate change


    Hosts:
    Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) 

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

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.4K Ratings

7.4K Ratings

RParker1983 ,

New lineup, still good!

Was a huge fan of the Matt and Ezra led lineup, but really happy with Jerusalem, Dylan, and German as well! Still a loyal listener, to my own mild surprise.

Gothole ,

Please Stop Laughing.

As much as I find The Weeds to be an informative and well executed podcast, the insistent choice for hosts to laugh and giggle while discussing often serious content is not only annoying but in bad taste. If these topics are serious enough to warrant getting “into the weeds” i.e. job loss, climate change, gun violence, etc. why does every host seem to talk in this mocking giggling manner?

jennvs1972 ,

Leftist propoganda

If I could give it zero stars that would be it. Their ideology is all leftist propaganda. Covid. And the government taking control of our freedom. People are a bunch of idiots if they choose to listen to the nonsense they are spewing. People need to stop listening to the lies that the MSM is feeding you. Do your own research instead of listening to this big waste of time

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