Thoroughly enjoyable podcast. Sarah, Matt, Ezra discuss interesting subjects like good friends having a conversation. The tone of the podcast is fun. The hosts seem to genuinely want to hear each otherâs opinions and rarely talk over the other.
Matthew, please stop saying âlikeâ every 3 seconds.
I enjoy the format, the coverage, and the range of perspectives that come from rotating different staff through the podcast. Definitely recommend if you want to keep up with issues coming out of DC. I am hoping we will get more Weeds in the Wild episodes too.
I really like this.
I'm finally done with this podcast after listening to Matt Yglesias make an incoherent, rambling argument about why liberals shouldn't advocate for stricter gun laws after mass shootings occur. He says that he thinks all guns should be illegal (even hunting rifles) but that liberals are up to something "fishy" when they push for much milder gun laws. Yglesias is famous for his contrarian, debate-club, "well actually" style of commentary. See #slatepitch. Like Anne Coulter and other famous media trolls, he stakes out unpopular positions to garner attention and/or try to convince us that his analysis is deeper and wiser than the rest of ours. He treats policy reporting like an intellectual game, rather than an important part of democracy that at its best can have positive influence on public policy. My recommendation to Matt: start a two-member debate club with Ted Cruz. Should be fun for the both of you. If/when Sarah Kliff hosts her own show, I'll be back to subscribe.
I like Matthewâs âhigh-rising terminusâ or whatever that other reviewer called it so much I do it myself now. English is meant to be sung, and the pitches and prosody often donât convey much meaning so just live with it or learn another language.
Overall I love the show and the idea of diving deeper into thoughtful discussions of current events. During the podcast Matt is always talking over his co-host who have organized their thoughts and present their ideas in an concise manner. During the episode on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico he would literally just repeat was said before him, and with the amount of pauses and stumbled words take twice as long to do it. On Gun Control he used anecdotal evidence to interrupt his co-host.
I've long been an admirer of the work of Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein, and this podcast consistently offers a refreshingly detailed, nuanced look at whatever policy issue is in the news. Matt is a far left contrarian, Ezra is a liberal-moderate thinker, Sarah Kliff is the reality check, and Dylan Matthews take is always worth hearing. Love these guys, keep up the good work.
Its amazing how their vocal ticks dont annoy themselves. They're so obvious and annoying it's maddening
During today's Australia Solved it's Gun Problem 10/3/2017 epidsoe, I did something I normally don't do - I stopped listening. The reason? I felt like it turned into a CNN talking-head panel of overtalk and gobbledygook. I listen to this podcast to get solid, researched information, not to be bounced from topic to topic because people don't like what the other person's saying. Matt's speech pattern is annoying -- buzzwords and the latest avoidance lingo doesn't get it with people who are looking for hard facts.Guns are a hot and emotional issue. But they are NOT a political issue. They are a social issue. Clean up your act, people, and remember WHY you do your job.
Very smart and in-depth look into the issues.
Love the content. Probably my favorite commentary available on podcasts. I think they are very fair and explain things that are happening thoroughly. They don't engage in cheap shots, they lay out the moving parts of policy to help you understand the complexities. I'm seeing some complaints about Matt's speech pattern but it doesn't bother me at all- personally I find him delightful. Ezra is one of the smartest guys out there and Sarah's commentary on the health care debate was some of the most valuable I've encountered. Keep up the good work fam.
Enjoy the well informed discussion, especially when they call out left/Democrat's for holding a dumb line that doesn't make sense. I also enjoy that they try to think through the other side and don't mix up the questions "what will happen?" With "what do I want to happen?"
I love Vox an The Weeds and Iâve been listening to it since it was first released. Been a wild run from the nitty gritty, sometimes blasÃ© policy deep dives of the pre-2016-election era to now. Still as thoughtful and in depth as ever.
Matt's voice and opinions are worst than his hairline. Love Ezra and Sarah though, keep on being awesome.
I could use just a smidge less on health care policy and a bit more on any other policy at all, but other than that I have nothing but praise.
Thoughtful takes on important issues. Love that stances arenât always predictable!
I love the content of this pod, but Matt Ygleslas up-speak is distracting, and makes it difficult to finish the entire pod. It seems to be increasing lately, and I don't understand the goal of this approach. Otherwise to all you keep up the good work! Discussions of health care are especially rigorous, Sarah.
I love this show. They make learning about what is going on in the world incredibly fun.
Great explanations of congressional policy arguments and processes. But in such a smart and interesting conversational format. Matt, Sarah and Ezra are awesome!!
Balanced, thoughtful and entertaining. One of the best podcasts in any category
First of all, I enjoy this podcast. Itâs interesting and informative, and I particularly enjoy the white-paper segment they often do. Itâs a wonderful way to learn about new research that you typically wonât hear reported in the news.That said, Iâm leaving a one-star review because Matthew either needs to make some serious changes or he needs to go. The high pitched thing he does with his voice EVERY time he speaks is unbearable. On top of that, he fills his speech with âlikeâ and âsort-ofâ. Why would you have such a poor public speaker host a show that is all public speaking?Guys, youâre losing listeners over your insistence to keep Matthew hosting the show. I tolerate him only for Sarah and Ezra. Let one of them host instead. Please.
One of my favorite podcasts
Fantastic commentary and lots of fun to listen to. Political drama catnip.
I really like the show's breadth and depth of content, and I appreciate the team and their perspectives. This sort of intellectual discourse makes the world a better place. I do have two critiques. First, I think that the team members are pretty skewed toward the left. I don't have a problem with that. In fact, it can be a strength. But they could do a better job of being more objective in their analysis. So is this truly a problem? Maybe, maybe not. But for me, I think doing better to avoid bias would strengthen the show. Second, I don't find the occasional foul language helpful. I think it can hinder the conversation and detract from the content. Could this be my prudish nature overblowing things? Perhaps, but in-depth analyses like those in this show usually benefit from being more measured. (One non-essential point: Matt's speech habits can be distracting at times, but I still love him and am not bothered one bit!)
So much great discussion of interesting topics. Sarah's interview of Atul Gawande was excellent!
I absolutely love this podcast. The content is interesting and covered in-depth, and I could listen to it all day (and I did when I first found it-there were a lot of episodes to catch up on!). Thank you Ezra, Sarah, and Matt-you are amazing.
Shame on you, Matthew. You've lost my respect and my subscription to your pod. So disappointing.
This is a great podcast, and I'm delighted that it's now available twice a week. Looking at some other reviews, I find the criticism of Matt Iglesias's speech ridiculous; what counts is his knowledge and good sense!
no other podcast comes close... just a few people in a room talking but the level of policy expertise explained in (more or less) layperson's language is 100% unique
The weeds does an outstanding job going into great detail on issues and has excellent guests.
Excellent policy insights and news.
I like the content but the speakers drive me crazy. Dara Lind's vocal fry and the "quote unquote" in this last episode made me realize I'm paying more attention to the vocal idiosyncrasies than the info being presented. Too many other great podcasts to choose from to be tortured by this.
It's wonderful. In case that wasn't perfectly clear.
Good deep discussion but entertaining
I subscribe to 30-40 podcasts. My favorite is The Weeds. I look for it every Wednesday and Friday. Keep up the geat work.
Listened to my first podcast of The Weeds today. I will definitely be a regular listener from now on.Update: Still listening and loving The Weeds. Informative, enlightening discussions.
I've given this podcast many tries, content is good, but one of their hosts (or possibly a recurring insider) ends nearly every single sentence with an upward question/valley girl inflection and i just can't listen to it. It's surely one of those, don't notice until you do, then it's all you can focus on, annoyances l, sorry about that lol
I get you need to pay for content, at this point if be willing to pay a subscription to get all of these ads cut out...If Matt either stops hosting or gets a speech coach, because yes... the up talk gets annoying real quick.
This is an amazingly entertaining and informative podcast. I highly recommend everyone listen. Whether you agree with the views presented or not great information is shared.
Great for when you have time to listen to a discussion that requires your full attention. They often bring up ideas and angles that I haven't heard or thought of before.
Weeds is by far my favorite podcast; it's super-informative, and every episode is fresh. I started reading Matt Yglesias regularly in his Moneybox column on Slate years ago and always appreciate his take on things (still think the column on eating lunch outside was the best). Vox is great and Weeds covers so many topics; it's great to have one place to catch up. Thanks Weeds and keep 'em coming!(Middletown, CT)
I like the content but I have to agree with several reviews here, the hosts speak with raising intonation at the end, almost every single sentence. It's very annoying. I listened to 3 shows but I can't stand the uptalk. I'm deleting it.
Matt Yglesias is super smart and the two-a-week reboot with the rest of the Vox team (who are also really great) is exactly what this pod needed.
My life is enriched by this podcast. Thank you. The content is among the finest available. The sound production could be improved. For some reason, the volume varies in a distracting and unpleasant way. Otherwise, impeccable.
The Weeds is an apt name- this podcast and its hosts do a fantastic job at breaking down relevant national government policy issues. Whenever a dicey policy issue pops up in popular media, it helps to gain perspective of the nuance of the policy and it's context in history in order to better inform your opinions on the matter. Don't get caught passing biased judgements based on basic re-tweeted headlines. Know your stuff and engage intelligently in the conversation.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the speech patterns of people on this show are distracting. If you can get past that, it's like listening to a bunch of your really smart and informed friends talking through the issues of the day. I really enjoy this and Worldly and the Ezra Klein show, but I would strongly recommend getting rid of the distracting and contentless cold opens.
Matt, Sarah, & Ezra are a policy Justice League. They're all super in their own way, and they make a great team! I'm always happy when a new Weeds pops up in my feed. Wonderful show! (Matt is Batman.)
My favorite podcast. Matt is a great analyst and speaks well and uniquely. He is my favorite.
Excellent information and in-depth discussion, and not always boring.