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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, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices 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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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, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices 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.

    Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate

    Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate

    Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race. 
    Since the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders has become the clear frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic primary, spurring lots of debate over whether he could win in the general election. We discuss where the electability conversation often goes off-the-rails, why discussing electability in 2020 is so different than 1964 or 1972, the case for and against Bernie’s electability prospects, and the strongest attacks that Trump could make against Sanders and Joe Biden. 
    Then, we discuss Ezra’s favorite topic of all time: the filibuster. Ezra gives a brief history of this weird procedural tool, and we discuss why so many current Senators are against eliminating it.

    Resources:
    "Bernie Sanders can unify Democrats and beat Trump in 2020" by Matthew Yglesias, Vox
    "The case for Elizabeth Warren" by Ezra Klein, Vox
    "How the filibuster broke the US Senate" by Alvin Chang, Vox
    "Running Bernie Sanders Against Trump Would Be an Act of Insanity" by Jonathan Chait, Intelligencer
    "The Sixty Trillion Dollar Man" by Ronald brownstein, Atlantic
    "The Day One Agenda" by David Dayen, American Prospect

    Hosts:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox

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    • 57 min
    Going nuclear

    Going nuclear

    Jessica Lovering joins Matt to discuss nuclear power's role in combatting climate change.
    Guest:
    Jessica Lovering, (@J_Lovering) Fellow, Energy for Growth
    Host:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Black voters take the stage

    Black voters take the stage

    The New Republic's Osita Nwanevu joins Jane and Matt to discuss black voting patterns and the South Carolina primary.
    Hosts:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
    Osita Nwanevu (@OsitaNwanevu), Staff writer, New Republic
    Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox
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    • 57 min
    The year of housing reform

    The year of housing reform

    Mercatus' Emily Hamilton on what's working and what isn't to increase housing abundance.
    Guest:
    Emily Hamilton, (@ebwhamilton) Research Fellow, Mercatus
    Host:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
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    • 59 min
    Mike can get what done?

    Mike can get what done?

    Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s record as mayor of New York City.
    Related material:
    "National education ratings show NYC student test scores stagnant since 2013, ranks them about average for big cities" by Michael Elsen-Rooney, New York Daily News

    "Boost for Congestion Pricing in Manhattan as de Blasio Supports Cuomo Plan" by Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Jesse McKinley, NYT

    "The quiet, massive rezoning of New York" by Sarah Laskow, Politico

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    Hosts:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica
    Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox
    More to explore:
    Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Private equity, explained

    Private equity, explained

    Vox business and politics reporter Emily Stewart on the mysteries of one of America's most powerful industries.
    Guest:
    Emily Stewart, (@EmilyStewartM) Reporter, Vox
    Host:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

Hatin reviews ,

Right

Matthew’s constant use of the word right is distracting. I realize it’s just a tic, but it sounds as if he’s asking the listeners to ratify his every thought.
Smart people though.

fuzzystarcloud ,

good on you

I like this show most of the time. When I’m overwhelmed I delete some episodes to maintain my mental health. Sometimes I can’t absorb new information. That’s ok, I’m just a human, not a bot. I was interested in this show, and resisted, then subscribed maybe a year ago.

I have a mixed compliment for Matthew Yglesias: your voice is unique bro. Sometimes people’s voices bother me. You have the biggest range in a speaking voice I’ve ever heard, it is very high and very low. But your ideas, your thoughts and contribution is good, so I can listen to your sometimes irritating voice, because you are worth it. Please take that in the spirit it is meant. I am being honest here.

Thanks for giving me your two cents people 😬🤪😁🖖🏿💜 from a nerd who likes Star Trek, but is not a trekkie, in California

(p.s. if you’re interested in more on housing policy, you could try a show called ‘Previously in Europe’ with an episode called ‘Rents gone wild’ that I found interesting and satisfying. If you want a little more in the subject...)

kaleidopop ,

No.

Just no. It’s like being a fly on the wall on a phone call between a ditzy girl with bad vocal fry and douche-type of hipster. Ezra is too professional
for this. What’s more is that the other two hosts act like they are trying to have a discussion to talk to explain certain things... and they really don’t understand the topic and are understanding the whole topic for the first time - or else act like they’re too good to even talk about these topics. Like omg yes... they might know this or “whatever” or “right”... ugh. Horrible horrible skills. Isn’t there a class for learning how to not be a self-important filter bubbled vsco-girl douche????!!! I can’t believe these are journalists with a job + a podcast! Wow - low bar. I was actually looking forward to listening to this after so much respect for Ezra. Dude, Ezra, I get you’re the “nerd” in this trio, but you’re way above this fray. Tried a bunch of episodes, went back and read the other two hosts’ articles to remove my biases... but no, nothing learned, my ears hurt. I am a New York liberal too so don’t worry this has nothing to do with that kind of bias. Please stop podcasting and giving liberals a bad name.

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