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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.

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    • 4.4 • 7.3K 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.

    It's time for class warfare

    It's time for class warfare

    Matt is joined by Faiz Shakir, a top adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders and the former manager of his 2020 presidential campaign, to talk about adopting a working class lens for crafting progressive policy, cultivating an ethic of solidarity, and about the organization he founded, More Perfect Union, which aims to craft media that centers working people. Faiz also gets Matt to go on the record about how his own feelings on Bernie have evolved, from the 2016 campaign to now.
    Resources:
    Mission Statement, More Perfect Union

    Guest:
    Faiz Shakir (@fshakir), Adviser, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Founder, More Perfect Union

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

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer
    Bernie Sanders, Would have won

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    The Weeds is a Vox Media Podcast Network production.
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    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 8 min
    Bidencare?

    Bidencare?

    Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Dylan Scott to examine the $400 billion portion of Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan that is designated for the "caretaking economy." Is this merely an expansion of Medicaid? Does it actually address fundamental structural issues in the economics of long-term care? Plus, some research is examined that helps illustrate the power of "defaults" in ACA-type health insurance marketplaces.

    Resources:
    "White House unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan, setting up giant battle over size and cost of government" by Jeff Stein, Juliet Eilperin, Michael Laris and Tony Romm, Washington Post (Apr. 1, 2021)
    "How Biden's infrastructure plan could leave child care behind" by Anna North, Vox (Apr. 3, 2021)
    "Joe Biden is stretching Obamacare as far as it can go" by Dylan Scott, Vox (Mar. 29, 2021)
    "Exclusive: Nearly 7 million uninsured Americans qualify for free health insurance" by Dylan Scott, Vox (Apr. 1, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott), Policy Reporter, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    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 8 min
    The politics of cultural criticism

    The politics of cultural criticism

    Matt is joined by Alyssa Rosenberg, cultural critic and opinion columnist at the Washington Post, to talk about the intersection of criticism and politics. Should J.K. Rowling's recent anti-trans political statements retroactively alter the critical appraisal of Harry Potter? Can one be a fan of a cop show like Brooklyn Nine-Nine without committing to the show's interior politics? And can a show operate without interior politics when it, like David Simon's The Wire, confronts problems in policing at the institutional level — but happens to be a sitcom?
    Resources:
    "Why the world's most powerful people just want to podcast and make TV shows" by Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post (Mar. 25, 2021)
    "'I was appalled to be tarred as misogynist': Variety critic hits back at Carey Mulligan's sexism accusations" by Catherine Shoard, The Guardian (Jan. 28, 2021)

    Guest:
    Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg), Opinion columnist covering culture, Washington Post

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

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    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 7 min
    All circuits matter

    All circuits matter

    Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser to discuss the future of judicial appointments in Biden Administration — starting with the spate of appointees announced on Tuesday, just as we began taping. They also discuss some new research about the historical roadshow of the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation around the country, and how this correlated with an uptick in racial violence in roadshow localities in the ensuing years.
    Resources:
    "What Biden's first list of judicial nominees tells us about his approach to the courts" by Ian Millhiser, Vox (Mar. 30, 2021)
    The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America by Ian Millhiser (Mar. 30, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser), Senior Correspondent, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    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 2 min
    The optimistic leftist

    The optimistic leftist

    Matt is joined by political scientist and author Ruy Teixeira to talk about how Democratic messaging has gone wrong, and how to get it right.

    Resources:
    "Immigrant Neighborhoods Shifted Red as the Country Chose Blue" by Weiyi Cai and Ford Fessenden, New York Times (Dec. 20, 2020)
    "The Five Deadly Sins of the Left" by Ruy Teixeira, American Compass (Oct. 13, 2020)
    "'Hidden Tribes,' the new report centrists are using to explain away polarization, explained" by Zack Beauchamp, Vox (Oct. 22, 2018)

    Guest:
    Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
    Host:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    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 3 min
    Is gun violence fixable?

    Is gun violence fixable?

    Matt and Dara are joined by Vox Politics and Policy Fellow Jerusalem Demsas to talk about gun violence and mass shootings in America. They discuss the recent shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, talk through the difference between real policy solutions and more superficial ones, and discuss several non-productive but entrenched aspects of the media landscape surrounding mass shootings, gun violence, and progressive reforms. Then, they take on some new research on the correlation between political polarization in a society and the presence of a "charismatic leader."
    Resources:
    "The long history of anti-Asian hate in America, explained" by Li Zhou, Vox (updated Mar. 5, 2021)
    "The history of tensions — and solidarity — between Black and Asian American communities, explained" by Jerusalem Demsas and Rachel Ramirez, Vox (Mar. 16, 2021)
    "America's gun problem, explained" by German Lopez, Vox (updated Mar. 23, 2021)
    "Here's What's Actually Being Done To Address Anti-Asian Racism" by Lydia Wang, Refinery29 (updated Mar. 19, 2021)
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica
    Jerusalem Demsas (@JerusalemDemsas), Politics and Policy Fellow, Vox

    Credits:
    Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

    As the Biden administration gears up, we'll help you understand this unprecedented burst of policymaking. Sign up for The Weeds newsletter each Friday: vox.com/weeds-newsletter.

    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 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
7.3K Ratings

7.3K Ratings

mastathunda ,

More Eps with Jerusalem

The episode on gun policy & the recent shootings was the only episode in the last several months that was anywhere near as engaging & Vox-brand 'educational' as 2017--2019 Weeds. I think a key value of this pod is hearing the Weedsy debate which has been steadily fading since Matt became host. More eps with Jerusalem.

ZestyItalian2 ,

Generally interesting; massive blind spots

This is generally a favorite podcast of mine, which makes the 2-star review I’m giving it right now strange.

Matt is a great intellect who deliberately invites viewpoints across a wide spectrum of agreement and disagreement for constructive, challenging discussion that almost never tips into performative pugilism the way other shows do.

Part of what I love about Matt is his ability to incisively challenge and puncture his guests and cohosts whenever they tilt too far in the direction of campaign copy and sloganeering. But this most recent episode with Faiz Shakir of the Bernie Sanders campaign was a frictionless platform for Matt’s guest to repeat every self-pitying or self-valorizing campaign myth, every rhetorical flourish, lie, half-truth, or slander of the Democratic Party from the last half decade of Bernie Sander’s monumentally destructive and counterproductive tenure in the national spotlight. Matt’s areas of overlap and philosophical agreement with Shakir seemed sincere and relatively benign, but were deluged by the narrative-building steamroller of Shakir relentless monologuing. Items where Matt had, even in very recent episodes, voiced clear and strong arguments on- including against student debt cancellation while a guest on Brian Beutler’s podcast Rubicon- went utterly unchallenged.

I kept waiting for Matt to show up. Not because every episode needs to be a contentious debate, but because the intellectual honesty of this particular episode was so far in the toilet as to be little more than a bitter score-settling ad for a campaign that lost badly.

Hugely disappointed in Matt’s inability to stand up to an old boss of his. Will make me question him more broadly from here on out.

bjohns383 ,

Good Stuff

Faiz!

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