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October 16, 2019
Ezra and Matt break down some of the nerdier aspects of the fourth Democratic primary debate. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica More to explore: Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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. Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 16, 2019
Ezra and Matt break down some of the nerdier aspects of the fourth Democratic primary debate. Hosts: Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublica 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. 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. Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 15, 2019
The Aspen Institute's Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America's ballooning student debt loan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 11, 2019
Vox's judiciary reporter Ian Millhiser joins Matt to analyze the Supreme Court's new term and what the left gets wrong about the courts.Related articles:"The Supreme Court showdown over LGBTQ discrimination, explained" by Ian Millhiser, Vox"The new Supreme Court term starts today. Expect fireworks on abortion, LGBTQ rights, and immigration." by Ian Millhiser, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 9, 2019
Pete Buttigieg joins Matt to discuss his latest policy rollout and his broader thinking on health care.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 8, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry.Related pieces:"What’s wrong with a President Pence?" by Jane Coaston, Vox"9 scenarios for how the Trump-Ukraine impeachment process could end" by Matthew Yglesias, VoxWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 4, 2019
Mary Cunningham, vice president of Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy at the Urban Institute, joins Matt for part two of homelessness week to discuss the causes and potential solutions of homelessness. They dive deep into the data surrounding the issue, and take a look at President Trump's claim that homelessness is on the rise.More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
October 1, 2019
We’re live from the Texas Tribune Festival! Jane, Dara, and Matt take the stage to discuss the strange revival of interest in punitive approaches to the housing crisis and answer questions from the audience. References:"The New American Homeless" by Brian Goldstone, The New Rupublic"The most cost-effective way to help the homeless is to give them homes" by Matthew Yglesias, VoxWhite paper:"Ideology Justifies Morality: Political Beliefs PredictMoral Foundations" by Peter K. Hatemi, Charles Crabtree, & Kevin B. Smith, Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 27, 2019
Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies joins Matt to discuss why Americans have fewer kids than they say they want.More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 24, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down the scandal that seems to have set Trump on the road to impeachment.Links to resources discussed: “To beat Trump, try running an outsider” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox“The timeline of Trump’s decision to withhold aid to Ukraine is increasingly suspicious” by Sean Collins, Vox“A wave of moderate House Democrats are suddenly eager for an impeachment investigation” by Ella Nilson, Vox“Segregation and Violence Reconsidered: Do Whites Benefit from Residential Segregation?” By Michael T. Light & Julia T. Thomas (white paper)Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 20, 2019
The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum joins Matt to explain his new book, The Economists' Hour.More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey hereLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 17, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt explore how Trump “fixed” the asylum crisis.Links to resources discussed: “Trump's Asylum Policies Sent Him Back to Mexico. He Was Kidnapped Five Hours Later By a Cartel.” by Emily Green, Vice“Letter to the Orlando Sentinel” by Zora Neale Hurston“Student-Teacher Racial Match and Its Association With Black Student Achievement: An Exploration Using Multilevel Structural Equation Modeling” by Lisa M. Yarnell & George W. Bohrnstedt (white paper Matt referenced toward the end)“School Desegregation and Black Teacher Employment” by Owen Thompson (white paper)Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 13, 2019
After Vox's Tara Golshan reviews the third Democratic debate, Matthew Yglesias explains how Joe Biden wins even when he loses.News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Subscribe to Today, ExplainedLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 13, 2019
Vox climate reporter David Roberts joins Jane and Matt live in Seattle to break down the 2020 candidates' climate change plans.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, Vox David Roberts (@drvox), Writer, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 10, 2019
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry joins Matt to explain her push for sectoral bargaining.Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Mary Kay Henry (@MaryKayHenry) , International President, Service Employees International Union (@SEIU)More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us: Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 6, 2019
Data for Progress co-founder Sean McElwee explains his strategy for a left-wing takeover of American politics, and the data-driven path to winning elections.Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) , Co-founder, Data for ProgressMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 3, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt talk about Donald Trump’s potential 2020 presidential primary challengers — Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, Justin Amash, and others, and what their bids mean for the post-Trump future. We also ruminate on a white paper exploring potentially racist hiring practices. Links to resources discussed: “Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld explains why he’s primarying Donald Trump” by Jane Coaston, Vox“The problem with primarying Trump” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Former Rep. Joe Walsh, once a Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist, is running for president” by Jane Coaston and Sean Collins, Vox“Decades before Trump, Marion Barry fooled D.C.” by Jane Coaston, MTV News“Ex-Newark Mayor Is Accused of Misusing Campaign Funds” by Richard Pèrez-Peña, New York TimesWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 30, 2019
Emma Ashford, a research fellow in defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, joins Matt for a wide-ranging discussion on China and the Middle East, the United States’ relationship with Russia since the Cold War, and the defense budget. They also explore the difference between restraint and realism, and whether or not President Donald Trump is an isolationist.More to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds
August 27, 2019
Ezra, Jane, and Matt talk about Trump's approach to China and what his critics get right and wrong.Links to resources discussed: “Making China Great Again” by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker“The past 3 wild days in Trump’s trade war with China, explained” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox“Trump’s puzzling trade war with China, sort of explained” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox“Why Elizabeth Warren is declaring war on an obscure trade policy” by Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox“Elizabeth Warren’s vision for changing America’s trade policy, explained” by Matthew Yglesias, Vox“The progressive case for free trade” by Hilary Matfess, Vox“The weak defenses of Elizabeth Warren’s trade plan” by Daniel W. Drezner, Washington PostWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Ezra Klein (@ezraklein), Editor-at-large Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. 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.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The Weeds
August 23, 2019
Yale's Hilary Matfess joins Matt to debate Elizabeth Warren's trade proposals, and the role of trade policy in progressive politics.Recommended reading:“The progressive case for free trade” by Hilary Matfess-------------------------------------------------------Join the Weeds Facebook group!News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Subscribe to Today, Explained
August 20, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss the 1619 project and its criticsRelated reading:“The 1619 Project” New York Times Magazine“Henry Clay, Edward Baptist, and the Whipping Machine” by Bradley A. Hansen“Cotton, Slavery, and the New History of Capitalism” by Alan L. Olmstead and Paul W. Rhode“Capitalism and Slavery” by John J. Clegg, New York University“Slavery and Anglo-American capitalism revisited” by Gavin Wright, Stanford UniversityWhite paper--------------------------------------Join the Weeds Facebook group!News comes at you fast. Join us at the end of your day to understand it. Subscribe to Today, Explained
August 16, 2019
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Jessica Schubel explains how Medicaid works, and how the White House is trying to undermine it.Join the Weeds Facebook group!
August 13, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt try to offer actual facts about prison suicide and new research on hot weather and crime.Related reading:“Jeffrey Epstein’s Death, in Context”’ by Ken White, the Atlantic"Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Underlines A Nationwide Problem" by Jesselyn Cook, Huffington PostWhite paper**********************************National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Join the Weeds Facebook group!
August 9, 2019
Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data for Progress joins Matt to discuss the vision of the Green New Deal, the need to link it to social justice, and whether or not it’s politically viable.Recommended reading:“No, climate action can’t be separated from social justice” by Julian Brave NoiseCatJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
August 6, 2019
ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to talk about the mass shooting in El Paso and what it means to take white nationalist violence seriously.Recommended reading:“The top House Republican is blaming video games for the weekend’s mass shootings” by Jane Coaston, Vox“A question for conservatives: what if the left was right on race?” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Crush This Evil” by The Editors, National Review“Who are the Trenchcoat Mafia?” BBC News“Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?” by Marilyn Manson, Rolling Stone“Network exposure and excessive use of force” by Marie Ouellet et al, Criminology & Public Policy (white paper)Join the Weeds Facebook group!
August 2, 2019
Ezra and Matt dissect the six-hour, two-night July debate marathon.Vox’s guide to where 2020 Democrats stand on policyJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
July 30, 2019
ProPublica’s Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss the sexual assault case that’s also a political scandal and a financial puzzle.**White paper starts at 45:20**Recommended reading:“Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?” by the editors of The Intelligence“Jeffrey Epstein Burrowed Into the Lives of the Rich and Made a Fortune” by Khadeeja Safdar, Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Gregory Zuckerman, and Jenny Strasburg, Wall Street Journal“How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime” by Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald“Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.” by Tiffany Hsu, New York Times“What’s next in the Jeffrey Epstein case? A former federal prosecutor explains.” by Jane Coaston, Vox“Jeffrey Epstein's Accusers Are Finally in the Spotlight” by Lily Herman, Refinery29“Too many men think teenage girls are fair game. That gave Jeffrey Epstein cover” by Moira Donegan, the Guardian“Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate” by Connie Bruck, the New Yorker“How a Predator Operated in Plain Sight” by Lisa Miller, the CutWhite Paper
July 26, 2019
Yale law professor David Schleicher joins Matt to talk about why state and local politics don’t work anymore.Join the Weeds Facebook group!
July 23, 2019
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to discuss President Trump’s rhetoric around the small group of congresswomen known as “the Squad”: Reps. Ayanna Presley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. They also dive into Trump's crackdown on refugee resettlement and a white paper about the connection between student debt and job satisfaction. Recommended reading:“The Trump racism spin cycle” by Jane Coaston“Asylum Seekers That Followed Trump Rule Now Don’t Qualify Because of New Trump Rule” by Dara Lind“‘Send her back!’: Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar — and the response to them — represent a new low” by Aaron Rupar“Trump says he’s not concerned about being racist because ‘many people agree’ with him” by Aaron RuparJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
July 19, 2019
Verge editor-in-chief and Vergecast host Nilay Patel joins Matt in this special crossover episode to explain what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to circumnavigate liability for user content, really means. They also discuss Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to break up big tech platforms, and how it may or may not fix anything. Recommended reading:Why the internet's most important law exists and how people are still getting it wrong by Alex CastroFacebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke by Nilay PatelSubscribe to Vergecast!Join the Weeds Facebook group!
July 16, 2019
Worldly's Alex Ward joins Jane and Matt to explain Trump's more-tedious-than-it-sounds plan for military domination of the final frontier.Recommended reading:“Trump really, really wants troops in space” by Alex Ward“Trump wants a ‘Space Force.’ We have many questions.” by Alex Ward“Trump’s call for a Space Force, explained” by Alex WardJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
July 12, 2019
Cristina Novoa from the Center for American Progress joins Matt to talk about child care disruptions and possible solutions.“When Parents Can’t Find Summer Child Care, Their Work Suffers” by Cristina NovoaJoin the Weeds Facebook group!
July 9, 2019
ProPublica reporter Dara Lind joins Jane and Matt to answer your questions.
July 5, 2019
Reed College economist Kimberly Clausing joins Matt to talk about trade and the middle class.
July 2, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt on two big Supreme Court cases on gerrymandering and the census.White paper
June 28, 2019
Matt and Ezra weigh in on the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 cycle.Read more of Vox's coverage of the debate here: Winners and losers from night one of the debateWinners and losers from night two of the debateMatt on Warren's performanceEzra on Harris' performance
June 25, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the breakdown of trust that’s driving the latest crisis at the border.Related reading:The horrifying conditions facing kids in border detention, explainedWhite paper
June 21, 2019
Adriana Beltrán of the Washington Office on Latin America joins Matt to explain the deep roots of the migration crisis.
June 19, 2019
Nice Try! is a new podcast from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufelman on her quest to understand the perpetual search for the perfect place. Enjoy this special preview of the first episode, Jamestown: Utopian for Whom, and subscribe to Nice Try! for free in your favorite podcast app.
June 18, 2019
Jane and Ezra discuss the ongoing conservative crackup and the case of Parkland teen Kyle Kashuv.Related reading:A New ConsensusKyle Kashuv Becomes a Symbol to Conservatives Who Say the Left Can’t ForgiveAgainst David French-ismJane’s article about David French vs. Sohrab AhmariAgainst the Dead ConsensusKyle Kashuv on his Harvard crisisThe Illiberal Right Throws a TantrumIs the Religious Right Privileged? by Ross Douthat
June 14, 2019
Meg Wiehe from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy explains the leading progressive tax plans in Congress and how they differ from Trump’s tax cuts.Related reading:Understanding Five Major Federal Tax Credit ProposalsAmerican Family ActWorking Families Tax Relief ActLIFT ActLIFT+ Act
June 11, 2019
The Massachusetts senator joins Ezra Klein to explain her plans, and her plan to make the plans happen.
June 7, 2019
Matt sits down with Public Knowledge policy counsel Charlotte Slaiman to explain how US antitrust enforcement works and how it might better wrestle with Big Tech.
June 4, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's efforts to halt unauthorized immigration through Mexico by threatening tariffs, and a white paper on private prisons. Related reading:Dara’s “remain in Mexico” explainerTrump’s plan, explainedMexican president’s response to TrumpWhite paper
May 31, 2019
Bloomberg’s Karl Smith joins Matt to explain how the Federal Reserve’s errors discredited capitalism and how full employment can fix almost everything.
May 28, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down Trump's multi-front resistance to congressional oversight and increasing pressure on the civil service.Related reading:Trump vs. IRS lawyersThe shift at USCISWhite Paper
May 24, 2019
Libby Nelson and Dylan Scott join Matt to talk about 2020 Democrats' K-12 policyBernie's charter school plan - linkHarris' teacher pay plan - linkElizabeth Warren's case against the neighborhood school - linkOnline charter schools are bad - linkJoin The Weeds' Facebook community here
May 21, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the Michigan Republican's call to consider impeaching Trump.White paper
May 17, 2019
Brookings's Jenny Schuetz joins Matt to discuss subsidies, zoning reform, and much more.
May 14, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Joe Biden's claim that Trump is an aberration, plus some fresh research on the macroeconomics of bankruptcy.Related reading:Biden/aberration explainerBiden/bankruptcy explainerMOVE bombing
May 10, 2019
David Roberts joins Ezra and Jane to explain the policy and politics of the Green New Deal. Plus: Which candidate has the better climate plan, Beto O’Rourke or Jay Inslee?Related reading:The Green New Deal, explainedDavid Roberts on what’s in the Green New DealThe Green New Deal criticsThe case against incremental climate policyGov. Jay Inslee’s climate policy
May 7, 2019
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to talk about single-payer's big day on Capitol Hill and some hot administrative data from Rhode Island.Related reading:CBO reportDylan’s article on a Medicare-for-all hearingDylan’s other article on the Medicare-for-all hearing Sarah and Dylan on the different Democratic health care plans
May 3, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt discuss Dara's fresh reporting on asylum officers' complaints about Trump's "wait in Mexico" policy initiative.Related reading:Dara’s piece on asylum officers
April 30, 2019
Senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp joins Jane and Matt to share his reporting on the origins and evolution of a troubling new internet community.Related reading:“Our incel problem” by Zack BeauchampResearch paper
April 26, 2019
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt celebrate Vox's fifth anniversary with a look at the changing nature of the policy dialogue in Washington.This special episode of The Weeds was taped in front of a live audience at The LINE DC to celebrate Vox’s fifth anniversary. If you enjoyed it, we think you’ll also enjoy this live taping of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher featuring Julia Angwin, and this special episode of The Ezra Klein Show with Vox’s co-founders Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and Vox Media’s Publisher Melissa Bell.The Weeds is a Vox Media Inc. ProductionProduced by: Jeff Geld
April 23, 2019
Matt, Jane, and Andrew Prokop talk about the Mueller report — which one of them has actually read to the end.Related reading:Quinta Jurecic’s color-coded analysis of Mueller’s obstruction languageRick Hasen’s article on Mueller not prosecuting Donald Trump Jr.Full Mueller reportWhite paper
April 18, 2019
Ezra Klein joins Zack, Jenn, and Alex in a crossover episode with Worldly on Robert Mueller’s just-released report. They explain the special counsel's main findings on collusion with Russian election interference and on obstruction of justice and why they aren’t good for Trump. Then they zoom out and talk about what this whole episode reveals about the health of American democracy and how this gives a green light for Russia and other authoritarian powers to intervene in future US elections. Given how important this report is, and how early they got up to cover it, your intrepid hosts were too tired for jokes this week — sorry.The full text of the report, compiled by Alex for your reading pleasureA refresher on who's who in the Trump-Russia universeHere's a look at the collusion section of the report from ZackHere's another take from Zack on Attorney General William Barr's worrying role in all of thisTen examples of potential obstruction in Mueller's report How 11 legal experts evaluate the claims of obstructionZack and Future Perfect's Dylan Matthews break down the big winners and losers from the reportThe Big Vox Explainer on the Mueller report If you liked this episode, we think you’ll like Worldly and The Ezra Klein Show. Tap to learn more and subscribe for free to get new episodes.
April 16, 2019
Dara, Sarah, and Matt talk about the suspiciously timed retirement of Trump's sister, IRS enforcement, and new research on how police stops can actually cause crime.Related reading:ProPublica study on the EITC auditsWhite paper
April 12, 2019
Ezra returns to discuss filibuster reform and the legacy of Tommy Douglas with Sarah and Matt.Recommended reading:Tommy Douglas named greatest CanadianFilibuster reform explainerSanders and reconciliation explainerDoctor strike explainerWhite paper
April 9, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's personnel shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security and what's next for immigration policy.Recommended reading:Jake Tapper on Trump telling border patrol agents to ignore the lawThe White House’s wish list for DHS actionsHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation, explained
April 5, 2019
Matt, Sarah, and Dara copied this discussion of model legislation from an asbestos lobbyist.Recommended reading:USA Today articleArticle on 'ALEC'Research on model legislation 1Research on model legislation 2Research on model legislation 3
April 2, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt on President Donald Trump’s latest border moves and a new wrinkle in the story of the gender pay gap.Recommended reading:Explainer on Trump cutting off aidExplainer on border closureCNN report on Trump’s border briefingsThe US policy of returning Central American asylum seekers to wait in MexicoAn optimistic take on aid and El SalvadorA pessimistic take on aid and El SalvadorWhite paper
March 29, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt analyze three new policy proposals from Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris.Recommended reading:Amy Klobuchar's infrastructure plan Elizabeth Warren's agriculture planKamala Harris's teacher-pay planHuffPost feature on Harris's truancy policy We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 26, 2019
Sarah, Dara, and Jane discuss the Hill's response to Mueller, the DOJ's siege of Obamacare, and the benefits of IUDs.National Review articleZack Beauchamp's article on the reaction to William Barr's Mueller letterNew York Times article on Mueller reportWhite paperWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 22, 2019
Sarah, Jane, and Matt debate the value of policy details in the primary.We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 19, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt on the unexpected issue of the moment, plus Swedish administrative data on what makes a CEO.Suggested reading:White PaperOriginal Ta-Nehisi Coates essay on reparationsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 15, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the former US secretary of housing and urban development and 2020 presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest.We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 13, 2019
Vox takes culture seriously. Our coverage seeks to understand how our cultural touchstones work — and what they reveal about who we are.That's why we’re excited to introduce you to Switched on Pop. It's a podcast that digs into the cultural context and musical theory of pop music, and it's now part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.In this episode, you'll meet hosts Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding. You'll hear some of their favorite interviews, as they pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic. You can subscribe to Switched on Pop wherever you get your favorite shows. We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 12, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt sit down with the South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate, live from South by Southwest.We are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 8, 2019
Jane and Matt discuss Jacob Wohl and the intermingling of grift and conservative politics.Jane's article on Jacob WohlIraqi dinar on YouTubeCasey Newton's newsletter - The InterfaceWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 5, 2019
Sarah, Dylan, and Matt discuss Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare-for-all bill, its lack of pay-fors, and an interesting white paper on income transparency. Sarah on private insurance in other countriesDylan's interview with Matt BruenigSarah's interview with Rep. Jayapal on her billWhite paperWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3X6WMNF
March 1, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt excavate the most contentious moment in the Cohen hearing in a hunt for "racist bones."Recommended reading:Dara on the Meadows/Tlaib standoff Jane on Steve King
February 26, 2019
Sarah and Matt discuss the recent spate of stories about the Minnesota senator — and an announcement from Ezra!Relevant articles:Paper on the Jill Robinson EffectBuzzfeed Klobuchar storyHuffington Post Klobuchar storyKelsey Piper story on the fake white paper
February 22, 2019
Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Elizabeth Warren's universal child care plan — and the other options on the table.Relevant articles:Alvin Chang wealth tax explainerJonathan Cohn day care storyQuebec day care studyWarren's child care planThe Family Fun PackHead Start negative evaluationHead Start positive evaluation
February 19, 2019
Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to explain what we've learned from the latest developments in the Russia investigation.Andrew's article on Jerome Corsi's unreliable bookArticle on the redacted Manafort transcriptMarcy Wheeler articleSpecial counsel regulation textTrump Tower Moscow explainer
February 15, 2019
Dara, Sarah, and Matt explain the border security deal and Trump’s plan to bypass Congress.Dara's articleMatt's article on non-legislative priorities
February 12, 2019
Dylan Matthews joins Sarah, Ezra, and Matt to discuss five new plans on poverty from leading Democrats.Dylan's ArticleSarah's Article on Childhood WealthElizabeth Warren's Housing BillCory Booker's HOME Act
February 8, 2019
Virginia is embroiled in multiple blackface scandals — and Jane Coaston, Sarah Kliff, and Dylan Scott are here to talk about it.Video about Slavery in the US Medical SystemJane's Article
February 5, 2019
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt break down the latest twist in the Medicare-for-all debate — plus rigorous new research on Facebook.White Paper
February 1, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt break down HR 1 — the first bill from the new Democratic majority.
January 29, 2019
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt analyze the presidential candidate’s first popular book and review new evidence on the dangers of opioid marketing.Ezra's ArticleMatt's ArticleWhite Paper
January 25, 2019
Jane, Ezra, and Matt have a slightly ill-timed discussion about the Pelosi-Trump showdown and the politics of the wall.
January 22, 2019
Sarah, Dara, and Matt discuss Trump's latest proposal, suspicious ER billing practices, and SNAP investigationsSarah's articles about hospital ER feesWhite Paper
January 18, 2019
Sarah, Dara, and Matt analyze the prolonged shutdown's impact on the future of the federal workforceReference Articles:The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of lifeFBI, federal agents see cases hampered, lives rattled as shutdown continuesThe American Action Forum explainer on the Anti-Deficiency ActHow the Border Patrol union became Trump’s closest shutdown alliesby Dara LindWhy Don’t Unpaid Federal Workers Walk Off the Job?
January 15, 2019
Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider the ethics and economics of a 70 percent top marginal rateAmericans misperceive racial economic equality
January 11, 2019
Jane, Dara, and Matt explain the argument over economic populism that’s roiling the conservative world
January 8, 2019
Matt, Sarah, and Dara take questions from our audience Book Recommendations: The Field of Blood by Joanne B. Freeman Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou Stories: The 17 saddest moments of Jeb Bush’s very sad campaign by Dara Lind Despite congressional pressure, Amtrak can’t get its story straight on train-boarding rules by Matthew Yglesias Do No Harm by Sarah Kliff
January 4, 2019
Dara, Jane, and Matt explain why a shutdown is not The Purge and delve into the all-important difference between slats, bollards, and walls
January 1, 2019
Jane Coaston joins Dara, Ezra, and Matt to talk about the racial panic tearing America apart and also salt. References and further reading: Ezra's piece on the changing demographics in America Identity Crisis book mentioned by Ezra Salt white paper This episode is a rebroadcast from July of 2018.
December 28, 2018
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt share what they learned in 2018, predictions for 2019, and their favorite research of the year. Links: Matt's white paper pick Sarah's white paper pick Ezra's white paper pick Sarah’s ER opus Ezra on white threat
December 21, 2018
Jane, Dara, and Matt analyze the substance and political context of the big bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. References and further reading: German Lopez explains the First Step Act Jane’s piece on Kanye West’s meeting with President Trump James Forman Jr. examines why many African American leaders supported the war on crime
December 18, 2018
Sarah, Ezra, and Matt decide it’s not too soon to start talking about the 2020 election. Plus — Obamacare litigation forever! References and further reading: Matt’s explainer on the Democratic field for 2020 Matt’s piece on Joe Biden’s policy ideas A previous episode of The Weeds on the Obamacare lawsuit Ezra’s piece on the Texas ruling against Obamacare
December 14, 2018
Matt, Dara, and Jane discuss what happens when engineering crushes dreams. Links: For an in-depth read on the border wall, here's a great explainer. The GAO report Dara cited can be found here. And here's the Atlantic article that Matt mentioned about the ICE crackdown
December 11, 2018
Jane, Ezra, and Matt consider Paul Ryan’s legacy and new research on crime and the minimum wage. References and further reading: Ezra’s piece on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s legacy Matt’s essay following the announcement of Paul Ryan’s retirement Ted Cruz’s confusing tweet of Beto O’Rourke speaking on the shooting of Botham Jean A white paper examines the effects on criminal recidivism when states increase minimum wages Annie Lowrey’s piece in the Atlantic on a jobs guarantee
December 7, 2018
Special guest Tommy Vietor of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the World joins Dara and Matt to break down the anti-Saudi backlash sweeping Washington.
December 4, 2018
Jane, Ezra, and Matt talk about state-level GOP power grabs and the curious case of Trump’s disappearing populism. References and further reading: Tara Golshan’s piece on the recent legislation proposed by GOP lawmakers David Frum’s book and Yascha Mounk’s book on populism and the threat to democracy Ezra’s conversation with Nate Silver Matt’s explainer on the Indiana Carrier factory Michael Brendan Dougherty’s essay on the support Trump needs after the 2018 elections A research paper on Americans’ misconceptions of the major political parties
November 30, 2018
Dara and Matt explain the situation at the border now that the caravan has finally arrived. References and further reading: Li Zhou explains the liberal blowback against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Vox’s piece on the shutdown negotiations The weird outlet mall at the border Dara’s article on the asylum bottleneck A New York Times piece on the current conditions in Tijuana The Washington Post breaks down the “Remain in Mexico” policy Dara outlines what we still don't know about “Remain in Mexico”
November 27, 2018
Dylan Scott joins Sarah and Matt to break down eight different plans circulating to expand government health insurance programs. References and further reading: Sarah breaks down five competing health care plans from Democrats Dylan lays out the Urban Institute’s proposed health care plan A white paper finds ICE partnerships with local police led to a decline in elementary-school enrollment of Hispanic students Are you interested in more discussions around health care policy? Join our Facebook community for conversation and updates. 
November 23, 2018
Our Thanksgiving special is an episode of The Impact -- a show about how policy shapes our lives hosted by Sarah Kliff. This season, Sarah and her team are focusing on the most exciting, innovative ideas at the state and local level. This episode, they're in Vermont, looking at a radical law to equalize education funding. Like what you’re hearing? Find The Impact on Apple Podcasts|Google Podcasts|Spotify|Stitcher|Overcast|ART19
November 20, 2018
Jane, Ezra, and Matt explain a new brand of right-wing politics rising under conditions of permanent opposition. References and further reading: Jane’s piece on the driving force that is California-style conservatism A white paper examining which voters supported Medicaid in Maine’s 2017 referendum John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck explain the 2016 presidential election through identity politics in their book Identity Crisis
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