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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.

    Coronavirus meets health reform

    Coronavirus meets health reform

    Ezra and Matt discuss Covid-19's impact on insurance premiums, the case for single-payer, and more.

    Resources:
    "Coronavirus May Add Billions to U.S. Health Care Bill" by Reed Abelson, NYTimes
    "The coronavirus crisis hasn't changed Joe Biden's mind on 'Medicare for All'" by Sahil Kapur, NBC News
    Briahna Joy Gray Tweet
    "Fighting coronavirus won’t help struggling Maine hospitals pay the bills" by Charles Eichacker, BDN
    "California’s rural hospitals can’t handle a coronavirus wave. ‘People will die,’ doctor warns" by Ryan Sabalow and Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee
    "Is U.S. Health Care Well-Equipped for the Coronavirus?" by Robert Orr, Niskanen Center
    "Trump rejects Obamacare special enrollment period amid pandemic" by Susannah Luthi, Politico

    Hosts:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox
    Credits:
    Producer and edited by Jeff Geld
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The mask fiasco

    The mask fiasco

    Jane, Dara, and Matt on the evidence for mask wearing, and a totally non-coronavirus white paper.
    Resources:
    "Why America ran out of protective masks — and what can be done about it" by German Lopez, Vox
    "Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired" by Zeynep Tufekci, NYTimes
    "It's Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work" by Ferris Jabr, Wired
    "Masks for Coronavirus Will Not Last Long in the West" by Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review
    "FACE MASKS: MUCH MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW" by Scott Alexander, Slate Star Codex
    "the global coronavirus epidemic: commentary on east asia’s response" by Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas, Contexts
    White paper

    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox
    Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica

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    • 1 hr
    When $2 trillion isn’t enough

    When $2 trillion isn’t enough

    Ezra and Matt analyze the huge but inadequate stimulus bill

    Hosts:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
    Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large, Vox
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    • 57 min
    Fighting coronavirus with corporate conscription

    Fighting coronavirus with corporate conscription

    Jane, Dara, and Matt on the Defense Production Act, wartime mobilization, and pandemic-induced autarky.
    Resources:
    "Trump’s excuses for not using the Defense Production Act are wrong — and dangerous" by Alex Ward, Vox
    "“We are desperate”: Trump’s inaction has created a crisis with protective medical gear" by Caroline Hopkins, Vox
    "The Defense Production Act, the law Trump is using to boost coronavirus supplies, briefly explained" by Alex Ward, Vox
    "How Ford's Willow Run Assembly Plant Helped Win World War II" by Tim Trainor, Assembly Magazine
    Willow Run
    White paper
    Hosts:
    Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior Correspondent, Vox
    Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics correspondent, Vox
    Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica

    More to explore:
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    • 57 min
    The story of Trump's swamp

    The story of Trump's swamp

    Jane talks to Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay about their new book "Sinking in the Swamp" on chaos at the White House and how President Trump differs (and doesn't) from prior administrations.

    As a note - this episode was recorded on February 26, 2020.

    Resources:
    "Too Many Trump Books Are Like Eagles Records. These Daily Beast Reporters Wanted Theirs to Feel Like a Mudhoney Album" by Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

    Sinking in the Swamp by Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay

    Guests:
    Lachlan Markay, (@lachlan) Reporter, Daily Beast
    Asawin Suebsaeng, (@swin24) White House Reporter, Daily Beast
    Host:
    Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox


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    • 59 min
    Devaluing black assets

    Devaluing black assets

    Brookings’ Andre Perry explains his research on how racism cripples black entrepreneurs and homeowners
    Guest:
    Andre Perry, (@andreperryedu) Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings
    Host:
    Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox
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