The Weeds
The Weeds
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It is what it is
First of all, everybody stop criticizing Matt’s voice. That’s how he talks, it’s not going to change, and it’s not like someone else is going to do the talking on this podcast. Once upon a time the weeds was an ensemble project but right now it is Matt‘s project. If you are interested in these topics and his perspective – a big if - then you listen to every minute and wouldn’t really care if Matt started yodeling between sentences. If you don’t it’s not going to be for you.
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Stop Liking
If you want people to listen, stop using the word “like”. It is a filler and super annoying to the listener. I could only make it half way through the episode because I got so weary of the teenager style of language. If you want to be a professional, speak like one.
Stong Language Advocate
Once Sarah left, and after Matt lost his way, podcast was no longer a valuable listen.
Great Content, but that voice is not good...
One of the best podcasts for serious policy discussion. It’s brilliant in its detail while remaining accessible. If there is a flaw—it is that the host has one of the worst voices for the format. I love his analysis and contrarian approach, but he needs to consider vocal coaching. His voice fluctuates between a high pitched squeal, to the odd use of high rising terminal (uptalk). This is all fixable, and Mathew Yglesias is a talent.
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Need new hosts who speak properly
There are several topics I really want to listen to. The problem is I didn’t expect a show for adults to sound like a high school radio show. I haven’t heard the word “like” so much since the show “Square Pegs” in the 80s (was one of my favorite shows). When not talking strictly about the issue I feel like I’m listening to an episode of Square Pegs. Most of the podcasts I listen to have white hosts, I’m a black American by the way, and none of them sound like they’re just out of high school. That high pitched, up & down, grating, over-exaggerated & loud way of speaking is such a turn off. You know how to speak properly...speak it.
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Terrible theme song
Don’t always agree but appreciate the discourse and outside-of the box ideas. Some guests are quite sharp and provide good evidence for their theories. The theme song makes me flashback to terrible emo pop. Please for the love of god change it
Mitchel A.
I like it, sort of
I like it but dear god do the hosts and guests say “sort of” way way way too much. The guy this week in the vaccine episode says it between every clause. It’s unreal. They almost all do it.
Downhill without Sarah and Ezra
After a couple years of following, it’s time to jump ship. Matt’s insights by themselves are not engaging enough by without some of the former hosts. Sad, I really enjoyed it while it lasted.
I’m Done
Your show on Researching the Police was disgusting and dangerous. At one point you paused before suggesting that certain portions of the population be contained…what, behind barbed wire?!? I’m done with this podcast. You’re a disgrace to the profession of journalism.
Happy birthday!
Finally pulling the plug...
I miss the days with Jane Ezra and Sarah. Too much Matt is too much and I don’t have time for a Matt podcast. I’m just tired of your annoying take centric style which is also boringly predictable, maybe if he was just one of 3 permanent hosts it would be interesting I like Dara and think Jerusalem has potential but can only get to it through a mountain of self-centered dribble that is Matt After so many years unsubscribe
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Jerusalem is the best
Seriously, more episodes with her please! Love her thoughtful analysis and energy.
Step back
Matthew needs to back up from his mic, I’m liking the podcast but his voice is driving me crazy step back please
Interested fellow
Consistently Thought Provoking, but what a miss!
Come on, Vox Media. Seriously, you’re playing Facebook propaganda ads at the beginning of your program and then uncritically editorializing about Facebook on your episode The App Store War? The host didn’t even note that as a potential conflict point like they do in well-edited journalism. You could at least pretend you’re focused on covering “the weeds” on real policy instead of sucking up to your sponsors. Gross.
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Good Stuff
The Weeds is great.
Matthew Yglesias sounds like a squeaky dog toy when he first chimes in. This high-pitched SQUEE startles the animals on my block every time and sets off car alarms. One time I opened my front door and my yard was full of hundreds of wild geese all tearing each other apart, desperately attacking their own flock in an attempt to appease whatever dark god the geese serve. The Weeds must be a pretty good podcast because I still listen to it despite the mess of blood and feathers.
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Sorry, but Jerusalem was unlistenable
Speaking fast is fine .... but speaking in, literally run-on paragraphs one after the other without taking a breath AND speeding up (after starting fast) made it In comprehensible. I can correct for speed (play back at half speed) but not for lack of structure. I had to turn it off. Other than than that how was the play Mrs Lincoln?
Dreads Fan
Lots of Well-Ackshullyism
Superficially interesting, but there’s little exploration of the assumptions behind their worldview. Feels like an echo chamber that thinks it’s not an echo chamber.
Jason from GR
Excellent show about overlooked topics
While you do get an episode about mainstream issues occasionally, what I love about this show is that I am consistently surprised by the subject material. It’s very often a deep dive into a topic I knew little to nothing about beforehand. It’s super informative and also balanced/nuanced in a way that not many political podcasts are. Matt is an excellent host and routinely voices opinions and viewpoints from across the political spectrum (though still mostly staying on the left side of things). Dara is excellent and bounces off of Matt well. Jane, who is gone now, was my favorite host but the podcast has still held up even in her absence.
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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.
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Long term care episode 👎
Entire discussion of long term care policy was ableist and filled with completely inaccurate assessments of how LTC currently works, to the point of being misinformation. Anyone who listened to this should listen to Death Panel instead
Not impressed.
Have never heard such awful voice work. Um, hem, haw, poor enunciation, just awful to listen to. Could be great content, but the episodes I sampled were so acoustically awful I couldn’t get to it. Some writers need to write, unless they take speech lessons. A year later - the sound and diction issues are solved, only to reveal the most shallow and uniformed of small minds. Shouldn’t a health care policy reporter know something about Medicaid before flapping his gums about a tiny sliver of its service to Americans? Gave this a second chance, got my intelligence insulted.
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No More Jerusalem Demsas
This podcast needs help. I normally enjoy the content very much, but the guest hosts have been terrible lately. The latest episode with Jerusalem Demsas was the absolute worst. I couldn’t even make it to the end. She speaks way too quickly and sounds like a whiny little kid. The episodes with Matt and one guest are better. I hope this show pulls itself together soon.
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.
Can’t listen any longer
I used to find this podcast educating and a good discourse on topics, but this latest episode was so willfully obtuse that I have to unsubscribe now.
Favorite podcast
Love the Jerusalem/Dara/Matt combo! These episodes are so interesting and fun!
Recent Immigration topic
Very tired of this show framing the topics in a conservative view and generalizing what a democratic voter is. The constant bringing up of AOC. It doesn’t provide anything more informational than a cable news show. I kind of expected this podcast to clarify topics, instead I find it bashes, and tarnishes whoever it disagrees with. It’s slightly better than fox. But that is an extremely low bar.
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Garbage of a game
Jerusalem needs to s-l-o-w down!
That’s it. She talks too fast.
Smells Like Teen Spirit
As a 23 year old super-listener, not knowing Smells Like Team Spirit is the name of that song after 5 seconds is a Jerusalem problem, not a generational thing!
Jerusalem Great
Keep Having Her On
Appreciative Customer 96
Really enjoyed the episode with Jerusalem. Hope she becomes a regular!
Ceej M 1221
Love the pod but
Please focus on talking slower when important points are being made 👍🏻
Holy crap Demsas speaks so fast I thought I had accidentally clicked the playback speed button
I like this podcast but...
Jerusalem has great ideas but I cannot listen because the talking is way too fast. Please breathe. I am also a fast talker and I can hear how fast the talking is happening and I will try a slower speed via the app.
Jerusalem, lay off the Red Bull
Take a breath! Did she do a line of coke before the show? Lord have mercy. I don’t know when I’ve heard someone talk so fast.
Ezra Klein is an idiot
He’s so dumb that he makes David Brooks appear smart. Ezra, if I misgendered you, I apologize.
Greg Potter
Sound Is Key To Podcasts
Matt, get out of the empty closet or add clothes to buffer the audio.
Pod Love
New Addition
Jerusalem is a great addition to the Weeds team!
Mannered, self-conscious, unlistenable
I have a long relationship with this podcast, and enjoyed the ones featuring Ezra the most. I have long felt that Matt’s way of speaking was irritating and intentionally eccentric, but the recent episode with Ms. Stewart was simply ridiculous. Two intelligent, sophisticated people screeching and vocal frying almost like they are competing to see who can sound most outlandishly sophomoric. Especially annoying is that for long stretches, both speak naturally and then Matt would start his shrill ‘Hot Take Diva’ crooning, and Emily began drawling her words like a drunken sorority girl, and I honestly thought this was a comedy bit. I looked down to see if I was listening to The Weeds, or a parody.
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Normally Great Content, Work on Delivery
The recent episode with Jerusalem was on a topic I typically like to listen to a lot. The only problem was Jerusalem’s delivery was so fast I couldn’t follow what seemed like intelligent points. I love this podcast so please slow down. If you need a two hour episode to get through the content then take the extra time. I’d actually like more of the weeds. Unfortunately listening at half speed was also unpleasant.
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Harder and harder to get through an episode.
Love the content but had to turn off the Feb 23 covid episode ten minutes in. The upspeak has been grating on me for some time but the vocal fry turns out to be my personal nails on a chalk board.
Vocal coaches are available
Please, Emily Stewart, you are smart, you are clearly an educated young woman with incredible points and valid arguments but you are killing your credibility with the vocal fry. Hire a vocal coach and try to work out the vocal fry or no matter the content of your words you will forever sound like a sorority girl who is annoyed that her professors don’t understand that her work is late because she was up late working on a strategy for Pref Night!
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u r missing the point
your antipope was so annoying. he and his family=trump inc. is being heavily investigated by DA offices in more than one State. That’s why the entire family has gone silent. u guys are up too close and appear to not at that close range see the entire picture.
The podcast is substantive and informative. Matt is an actual genius. It’s true that the podcast is fairly informal, but I’d rank that as one of its strengths. Complaints of uptalk and verbal pauses are from people plodding along on very high horses while the rest of the world is driving around in cars.
grammar police police
What more could you want?
I think Matt’s current twitter bio puts this well: you get the content as good as what you pay for it, and this is free! I think Matt and Dara are doing a great job these days—I miss Ezra, I miss Jane, but I can find them in other Vox Podcast Universe content™️. Matt invites smart and provocative people onto the podcast for interviews and clarifications on what the day’s policy arguments would actually mean if they got carried out, and Dara’s extensive knowledge of the immigration system’s ins and outs are worth sticking around for, even though the show has changed over the years. Keep up the good work folks.
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UpTalk and verbal pauses
I love the content of this podcast, but the UpTalk and 'Like' used as a verbal pause make me cringe so hard. It's always an internal debate in my brain if I want to endure the speaking to get to the ideas!
Miss Brown County
Yeah, I mean like you know
While the content is excellent the delivery is abysmal. Perhaps a remedial public speaking course for the hosts is in order. Listening to the podcast is like you know annoying and terribly like distracting due to all the “likes” and “like you knows”. Do better.
big fan, but big BUT
I love Matty and follow him on twitter. I used to read him at Slate. I enjoy disagreeing with him and agreeing with him. He’s very smart and awesome and funny and isn’t afraid to speak his mind but be perfectly polite. He’s taught me a lot. BUT the inflections that he and his guests have when they talk, “like kind of a question in a middle of a statement?” drive me batshit crazy.
Oh man
I thought it was the good kind of weeds
Very informative
This podcast is a lot more substantive than other political podcasts. Sometimes Matt’s voice goes really high and loud mid sentence and it can hurt with earbuds in. Can you fix that in in volume control?
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