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Vox's The Weeds Podcast by Ezra Klein

Vox's The Weeds Podcast

by Ezra Klein

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Hosted by three of the main forces behind the popular journalism website VOX, The Weeds Podcast is a weekly update on the nitty gritty of American policy. Coupling a wonk’s grasp on current events with a youthful, often funny style, hosts Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff and Matthew Yglesias dive deep into what’s really happening behind the latest debates on infrastructure, health care, trade, economics, immigration, and much more. With this podcast, you can expect careful, lively discussion on what’s moving the country forward, without the drama.


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Weeds Live!

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Apr 19, 2017


In front of their first-ever live audience, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Trump surprises, Singapore's health care system, and the impact of longevity inequality on retirement programs.

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Weeds in the Wild: Meet Joan, the Robotic Pelvis

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 14, 2017


Sarah and Byrd take a look at some policy experiments working to drive down teen pregnancy and abortion rates. They're showing promising results — but they're also under threat.

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The World's Worst Club

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


Sarah and Matt are joined by Dara Lind for a discussion of the United fiasco, Trump-era immigration enforcement, and pre-K's surprising health benefits. 













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Bonus Episode: The United States Attacks Syria

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 07, 2017


The United States has just intentionally bombed a Syrian regime target for the first time since the country’s civil war began in 2011.  Zack Beauchamp joins Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias to discuss how we got here, and the significance of chemical weapons, in this bonus episode of The Weeds.

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Nuclear Winter

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Apr 05, 2017


Jim Tankersley joins Sarah and Matt to talk tax reform, senate procedure, and the most exciting Swedish administrative data yet.












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A cheery discussion of global warming, Obamacare repeal, and death

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Mar 31, 2017


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt pick apart Trump's next executive order on climate, exhume the AHCA's corpse, and read a white paper about death.




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Weeds in the Wild: Postville

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Mar 24, 2017



It was the biggest workplace immigration raid the U.S. had seen to date. 389 workers, almost all of them Hispanic, were detained at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008.

On this episode of Weeds in the Wild, we look at the effects that this raid had across the state of Iowa, and then take a step back to understand how our immigration policies made this kind of raid possible. 

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Mad Dogs and Obamacare Repealers

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


Ezra and Matt are joined by Yochi Dreazen to talk about national security policy in the Trump era, the latest on ACA repeal, and research indicating the internet's not to blame for political polarization. 

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CB-uh oh!

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Mar 15, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Donald Trump's taxes, the disastrous CBO score of the GOP health care bill, and a study on how Chinese imports reduce Americans' marriage rates. 

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AHCApalooza

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Mar 08, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss how to pronounce the big new Republican health law, plus analyze its content and the puzzling politics surrounding its introduction. 

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Don't Call It a State of the Union

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to discuss Donald Trump's address to a joint session of congress through the lens of actual policy. 

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Death Panel If You Do, Death Panel If You Don't

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Feb 22, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk fake news, town hall protests, and research on why your cell phone bill is so high. 

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Weeds in the Wild: Sarah Goes to Kentucky

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


In another episode of their new podcast, Sarah and Vox's Liz Scheltens explore why Obamacare enrollees in Kentucky voted for Trump. 

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Privet, Amerika!

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the latest Russia-related scandal engulfing the Trump administration, the White House's lack of progress on policy, and new research on how Medicaid expansion reduced the divorce rate. 

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The Time Traveling Emanuel Brothers

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Feb 09, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about anti-Trump protests, cabinet confirmations, and health insurance age rating (exciting!) 

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SCOTUS, DBCFT, and Hitler's Highways

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Feb 01, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Neil Gorsuch, a controversial tax reform idea, and Nazi infrastructure building.

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The Don't-Call-It-A-Muslim-Ban

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Mon, Jan 30, 2017


Dara Lind joins Ezra and Matt to discuss Donald Trump's latest crackdown on immigrants and refugees.

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Gag Order and Infrastructure

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Jan 26, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about widely-misunderstood Trump administration efforts to shut up career civil servants, talk about infrastructure, and ask journalism's most pressing question: What's up with eggs?

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Inauguration Special

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Sat, Jan 21, 2017


Shortly after the inauguration ceremonies ended, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah gathered to analyze what it all means in the first Trump-era Weeds episode. 

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DeVos, Rigged Polls, and Quitting Bureaucrats

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Jan 18, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Trump's not-so-great hires, not-so-great polls, and new research into how career staff act during presidential transitions.

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Trump Cabinet, Obamacare Update, and Heroin

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Tue, Jan 10, 2017


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about the rush to hold hearings on Trump's cabinet appointees, the sudden emergence of trouble in repeal paradise, and an effort to cut down on pill abuse that backfired massively. 

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Sarah and Ezra Interview Obama About Obamacare

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Two weeks before he leaves office, President Obama sits down for a lengthy conversation about the lessons of the Affordable Care Act and the law's uncertain future.

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Happy New Year

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Jan 04, 2017


Sarah and Matt offer predictions for 2017, and offer tax wonk tips about when to time your child's birth. 

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Year-End Spectacular

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Dec 28, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt each review one big thing they learned in a tumultuous year for policy and politics. 

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Kentucky, the Rust Belt, and the Big Picture on Trade

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Dec 21, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about what Obamacare-using Trump voters are hoping for, which regions really need help, and a massive overview of the evidence on globalization and inequality.

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Russia and the American Dream

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Dec 14, 2016


Ezra and Matt discuss Russian hacking, Rex Tillerson, and inequality's role in reducing social mobility.

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Trump's Surprisingly Ambitious Education Agenda

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Dec 07, 2016


Matt is joined by Libby Nelson to discuss Donald Trump's big plans for K-12 education and his massive financial conflicts of interest.

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Assessing the Trump Cabinet — and Exploring How Recessions Affect Health

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Nov 30, 2016


Sarah and Matt take a deep dive into what Trump's cabinet picks say about how he will govern, with a particular focus on HHS Secretary-designate Tom Price. Also: an exciting white paper on recessions and health outcomes!

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Conflicts of Interest, Trump and the Media, and Rethinking Teen Pregnancy

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the extraordinary possibility of corruption during the Trump administration, the president-elect's unusual relationship with the media, and a new study debunking the old study about 16 and Pregnant. 

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Sneak peak: a new Vox podcast, about how policy effects real people

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Mon, Nov 21, 2016


This is a pilot episode of a new show Sarah has been working on, looking at the real-life stakes of policymaking. The show's name? That's for you to help us decide.

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The Trump Agenda

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about Obamacare repeal, deportations, and the House Democrats leadership fight.

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Trumpocalypse Now

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Nov 09, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at the causes and consequences of Donald Trump's shocking win.

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The Massive Policy Stakes of 2016

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


You may not know it from watching cable news — but both Trump and Clinton have very clear and very different policy visions for America. Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into their plans to change the country in the last pre-election episode. 

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Is Obamacare Failing?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Oct 26, 2016


Ezra, Matt and Sarah go deep into what's going wrong with Obamacare's rising premiums — and take on a research paper that helps explain a lot about Gilmore Girls (really!)

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Final Debate Special

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt rally after a late night to talk about the third and mercifully last presidential debate.

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Second Presidential Debate Special

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Mon, Oct 10, 2016


The morning after Clinton and Trump's debate in St. Louis, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt head to the studio to talk about internal Republican divisions, Trump's threat to throw Clinton in jail, and the surprising amount of policy the two candidates covered.

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Veep Debate and Cranky Judges

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Oct 05, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt debate Mike Pence's puzzling performance at the vice presidential debate and highlight new research on the surprising link between college football and prison sentences. 

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The First Debate and Pet Health Care

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Sep 29, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt try to take the policy content of the Trump-Clinton debate seriously and discuss important new research into out of control health care spending -- on pets.

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An Interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


The Weeds' Sarah Kliff heads to Capitol Hill to interview Secretary Burwell on all things health care. They talked about how to pay doctors to provide better care, the current state of the Obamacare marketplaces, and what she's learned about management running the federal government's largest agency. 

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Best Census Ever, the Trump Foundation, and Class Discrimination

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt get deep into the weeds of the latest Census report on income and poverty, briefly consider Donald Trump's ridiculous charity, and discuss new research into class-based employment discrimination. 

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Gender Wage Gap and the Mystery of State Legislatures

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Sep 08, 2016


Reunited after many summer vacations, Sarah, Ezra, and Matt take a deep dive into Claudia Goldin's theory of the gender pay gap and possible remedies. Plus hot new research that proves nobody cares about state government. 

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EpiPen Prices, the Clinton Foundation, and Lead Exposure

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Aug 31, 2016




Why did EpiPen's price skyrocket 400 percent over the past decade? Sarah and Matt dive into the complex world of American drug pricing to find out. Also on this episode: understanding why the Clinton Foundation gets so much scrutiny, and a white paper of the week that shows how problematic a small level of lead exposure can be.

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Obamacare Update and Aging America

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are all together for a gloriously in-the-weeds discussion of the success and failure of the Affordable Care Act plus some hot new research with bad news for the future of economic growth.

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Think Tanks, Transition, and What Drives Trumpkins

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Ezra and Matt talk about conflicts of interest in think tank funding, Hillary Clinton's transition team, and the biggest study yet of who supports Donald Trump and why.

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Trump's tax plan, democratic legitimacy, and the Freakonomics of decisionmaking

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


Ezra is joined by Dara Lind and Libby Nelson to talk about Donald Trump's new tax plan — how it shows the difference between Trump and reform conservatives, between the Donald and Ivanka, between Democrats and Republicans, and the similarities between Trump and Paul Ryan. The trio also talks about what happens when elections lose legitimacy, and mull over a fascinating new paper by Steven Levitt — yes, the Freakonomics economist — that could change how you make decisions. 

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Interview with Atul Gawande

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Aug 03, 2016



With Ezra and Matt on summer vacation, Sarah is left to her own devices — and decides to share a fantastic interview from the Ezra Klein Show with surgeon and writer Atul Gawande.  Atul talks about the fascinating academic work he has in progress, attempting to improve end-of-life care and make hospitals safer, and how he became a writer in the first place.  

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DNC-Palooza

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


With Matt dispatched to Philadelphia, Sarah and Ezra are left to make sense of the Democratic National Convention. They discuss why it feels so different from the Republican National Convention last week, why it matters that a woman was just nominated for president, and whether Sanders could inspire a Tea Party of the left.

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Republican Convention Special

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


Matt, Sarah, and Ezra take a deep dive into the many detailed policies proposals discussed at the RNC in Cleveland.

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Basic Income and Police Shootings

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jul 15, 2016



Andy Stern joins Ezra, Sarah, and Matt to talk about his new book, Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream. Then, the regular cast considers new research on police use of force.

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Hillary Clinton. Yes, that Hillary Clinton.

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


A special presentation from the Ezra Klein Show:
 
My interview this week is with Hillary Clinton. You may have heard of her.

I won't bore you with Clinton's bio. Instead, I want to say a few words about what this interview is, as it's a bit different than the EK Show's normal fare (though I do ask her for book recommendations!).

I got about 40 minutes with Hillary Clinton. I wanted to use that time to try to answer a question I've had about Clinton for years: why is the candidate I see on the campaign trail so different from the person described to me by her staff, colleagues, friends, and even foes? I wanted, in other words, to try to see what Clinton is like when she's working her way through policy and governance issues. 

And so that's what we talk about. Among the topics we covered are:

- Extreme poverty, welfare reform, and the working poor
- Is it time for more deficit spending?
- Would more immigration be good for the economy?
- The difficulties of free college and universal health care
- What skills does a president need that campaigns don't test?
- What's on her bookshelf?
- Why America stopped trusting elites — and what elites should do about it

If you want more on this discussion, I also reported out a long piece on how Clinton governs — you can find it on Vox.com.

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Free College, Email Extravaganza, and the China Shock

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jul 08, 2016


Matt, Ezra, and Sarah talk about proposals to eliminate college tuition, the real issues behind Hillary's email server, and a new paper on a small policy change with huge consequences. 

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Brexit 2, SCOTUS on abortion, and the missing male workers

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the United Kingdom's descent into political chaos, a big win for abortion rights at the high court, and a big labor market mystery.

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Welfare reform, SCOTUS deadlock, and health care jerk

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Sat, Jun 25, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the alarming rise in deep poverty over the past 15 years, a fresh Supreme Court non-decision that imperils Obama's immigration policy, and what to make of the slowing rate of growth of health care spending.

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Guns, Brexit, and Free Condoms

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jun 17, 2016


Sarah and Matt discuss the nexus of terrorism and gun control, Britain's upcoming referendum, and an unintended consequence of school condom giveaways.

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5uper Tue5day

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Hillary Clinton's clinch of the Democratic nomination gives Sarah, Ezra, and Matt a chance to go deep on what we know about women in electoral politics.

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Accountable Care Organizations, more Swedish administrative data, and the big city recovery

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


With Ezra in sunny California, Matt and Sarah gets weedsier than ever as she attempts to explain to Matt the mysteries of ACOs before they discuss a brewing controversy over economic journal citations.

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Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, May 27, 2016


Health care innovation, did Dems rig the primary, and fetal stress: Sarah, Ezra, and Matt look at a specific case in America's great productivity slowdown, assess Bernie Sanders' complaints, and examine some exciting Swedish administrative data.

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90s nostalgia, Obamacare lawsuits, and the truth about abortion

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, May 20, 2016


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt look back at whether Bill Clinton deserves credit for the booming economy of the 1990s, survey the ongoing legal challenges to Obamacare, and dissect new research revealing some surprising facts about abortion rates around the world. 

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Competition in Obamacare marketplaces and how low-income housing can boost poor neighborhoods

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, May 13, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about which companies are succeeding and failure in the Affordable Care Act's new individual market and why, and delve deep into the weeds of some new research on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.



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Trump is the Republican nominee. What happens next?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, May 06, 2016


Trump is the last man standing in the Republican nominating contest — so Ezra, Matt, and Sarah spend this week's entire episode taking stock of what that means. How did the rise of Trump happen? What does it mean for the Republican party? And how much potential does this have to reshape America's political parties?

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Interview with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Mon, May 02, 2016


Max Fisher sits down with Defense Secretary Ash Carter to talk about the modern international environment, why Carter thinks great power rivalry is making a comeback, and for some deep weedsy talk about nuclear weapons.



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Land value taxes, soda taxes, and carbon taxes — oh my!

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


Every policy nerd has their favorite tax proposal — and today on the Weeds, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra talk about a few of theirs. What would happen if we abolished all taxes and replaced them with a land tax? Is it a good idea to tax sugary sodas? And how did the carbon tax become the default option in the environmental debate?

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Our undemocratic primaries, Obama's new fiduciary rule, and the challenge of information polarization

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


With Sarah still on vacation Ezra and Matt ask what we want out of our presidential nominating system, explain a new regulatory initiative that could save the middle class billions, and look at some new research on media consumption and polarization.
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Interview with Jason Furman

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


The Obama administration's top economist talks to Vox's Dylan Matthews about the challenges facing the American economy.

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Why inequality matters, Trump's delegate problem, and the geography of life expectancy

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


With Sarah on vacation, Matt and Ezra talk about the philosophical underpinnings of worries about inequality, take a look at Donald Trump's difficulty grappling with the delegate selection process, and discuss a blockbuster new paper that reveals huge city-to-city variation in how long poor people live. 

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What the hell is going on with tax havens, explained

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Ezra, Matt and Sarah use the Panama Papers to discuss how tax havens and shell corporations became such a big deal, and why America has done so little to stop them. Matt and Ezra argue a bit about the effectiveness of global governance. Economist Gabriel Zucman gets name-checked quite a bit. Sarah runs through some really surprising new Obamacare data (Medicaid fans — you know who you are — won't want to miss this!). 

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A medical struggle to digitize, a tax calculator, and a paper that explains Trump

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


It would be really weird to walk into a bank and have the teller take down your information on pen and paper. But it happens all the time in medicine — and we try to explain why. Also in this episode: a new tax calculator reveals how the candidates want to change your taxes, and a political science paper from 2014 helps predict the rise of Trumpism.

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Replacing No Child Left Behind, wonky March Madness, and Uber's productivity

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Mar 25, 2016


Special guest star Libby Nelson joins Sarah and Matt to explain the Every Student Succeeds Act, examine the strange history and economics behind the NCAA's non-payment of athletes, and break down some new research on why Uber works. 

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Super(b) Tuesday special

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Mar 16, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt discuss the results of the March 15 primaries and the state of the 2016 presidential election.

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The productivity slowdown, TrumpCare, and better textbooks

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Mar 11, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt talk about why Silicon Valley's technical marvels aren't visible in economic statistics, dive into the details of Donald Trump's surprisingly banal health plan, and tackle some new research on improving teaching by improving textbooks.

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Super Tuesday/Exhausted Wednesday special!

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


In this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt and Sarah discuss the results of Super Tuesday. Everyone is tired, so it gets a bit weird. Topics include whether Donald Trump is actually a moderate, how the election shows American politics is either polarizing or de-polarizing, and whether Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton would be a stronger general-election candidate. 

Oh, and Bernie Sanders has finally convinced Matt that free college —including for rich kids — is a good idea! 

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TPP, the Nevada Caucus, and the Great Texas Abortion clinic shutdown.

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


By popular demand, Sarah, Matt, and Ezra finally address the Trans Pacific Partnership before contemplating the GOP's ongoing self-immolation, and the real consequences of the war on Planned Parenthood.

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The Supreme Court vacancy and the possible collapse of American democracy

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt consider the case for reforming America's current practice of granting life tenure to Supreme Court Justices, discuss the political fight over replacing the late Justice Scalia, and ponder a 25 year-old work of political science that implies the United States is heading for a coup.

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Could more corruption fix American politics?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


Sarah, Ezra, and Matt use the New Hampshire primary results as a lens through which to discuss Jonathan Rauch's case for "political realism" as a governing philosophy.

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The Iowa Caucuses

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Tue, Feb 02, 2016


Who wins the 2016 election will hugely influence what type of policies Washington passes — and that's why Ezra, Sarah, and Matt devote this entire episode of The Weeds to dissecting the results of the Iowa caucus. We look at Bernie's surprising success, the declining strength of political parties, and how a Cruz administration would govern.

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Will taxing the rich hurt growth – and will third parties save politics?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


It’s one of the most fundamental disputes in Washington: what effect do taxes have on the economy? On this week's episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah work through some of the top papers to explain. Also on this episode: why a third party won't save American politics, and a new working paper that shows a surprising way to encourage students to attend high school.

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Ross Douthat on campus conservatism, being thankful for Donald Trump, and how to write so liberals will read you

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Tue, Jan 26, 2016


In this preview of Ezra's coming interview podcast, he interviews New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat. Douthat is the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save Themselves, and Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. He's also a fascinating political thinker with a skill that's rare in these polarized times: he's a conservative writing for an overwhelmingly liberal audience, and he's able to regularly disagree with his readers without alienating them. In this discussion, he tells Ezra about his winding path to the Times op-ed page, as well as his appreciation for Donald Trump, and his predictions for what could split both the Democratic and Republican parties. 

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Campaign finance and global inequality — with lead poisoning in between

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jan 22, 2016


On this episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive into one of Bernie Sanders' favorite campaign trail arguments: that money causes more Congressional dysfunction than partisanship. Also on this episode: why the lead poisoning crisis in Flint matters, and a discussion of a (not so great) paper of the week on global inequality. 

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Obama's Legacy, debating single payer, and Obamacare's jobs impact

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jan 15, 2016


Matt, Sarah, and Ezra reflect on Obama's successes and failures, take a look at Hillary Clinton's new attack on Bernie Sanders, and consider some research on the new health law's surprising lack of impact on the labor market.

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Immigration and the minimum wage — with an armed stand-off in between

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


America's immigration debate is peppered with terms like "path to citizenship" and "amnesty." Those catch phrases can mean vastly different things to different people — and on this week's episode of the Weeds, Vox's Dara Lind joins Sarah and Matt to explain. Also on this episode: understanding the family behind the armed stand-off in Oregon, and a new white paper that argues against increasing the minimum wage. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today atSquarespace.com. Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.

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Teen births are plummeting — and economists are judging your Christmas gifts

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Dec 25, 2015


In a very merry Christmas day episode of the Weeds, Ezra and Matt talk to Sarah about how why teen birth rate fell in half since the mid-2000s — and whether MTV's 16 and Pregnant might have anything to do with it. Also in this episode: an economic critique of Christmas presents and a deep dive into Hillary Clinton's pledge not to tax the middle class.

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Gentrification, a budget deal, and the decline of floating voters

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


Matt, Sarah, and Ezra lay out what is and isn't troubling about gentrification, break down congress' latest fiscal deal, and discuss a paper that explores why swing voting has become rare.

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Ezra interviews Ben Bernanke

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Tue, Dec 15, 2015


In this special episode of The Weeds, Ezra interviews former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about what it's like to manage the most powerful economic policymaking institution in the world during a financial crisis. They also talk about Bernanke's views on the Republican party, what he learned from George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and what happened when he went to Texas.

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Why health premiums rise, and how partisans discriminate

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Dec 11, 2015


Ezra, Sarah, and Matt are reunited at last for a deep dive into why patients in and out of Obamacare are paying more for health insurance, the rising tide of Islamophobia in the presidential campaign, and a look at fascinating new research on the psychological depths of contemporary partisanship. Have you heard The Message? It’s an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes.

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Dietary fat and climate change

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


Matt is joined by special guest stars Julia Belluz and Brad Plumer to discuss the science of eating fat, the Paris climate conference, and the public health implications of climate change. The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful. Have you heard The Message? It’s an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes.

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Childbirth, retirement, and terror in between

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt discuss the flaws in the DC elite's favorite idea: raising the retirement age, consider how to respond to terrorist attacks (with a bonus digression about 19th century anarchist assassins), and debate a striking new data set that shows the baffling variation in how frequently different hospitals perform c-sections rather than traditional childbirths. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.

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We know how to eliminate poverty. So why don't we?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Nov 13, 2015


On this week's episode of the Weeds, fellow Vox editor Dylan Matthews joins Sarah and Matt for what is certainly the most in-depth discussion of basic income ever broadcast. Would it really just work to give every American a base salary, regardless of whether they worked or not? Also on this episode: a recap of the best policy tussles in the Republican debate, and a fascinating white paper on why colleges don't punish cheaters — even when they get caught. This podcast is brought to you by Spotless, a sexy and bold drama laced with dark humor from Esquire Network. Learn more about Spotless by downloading ‘Coming Clean’ a roundtable podcast that goes behind the scenes of TV’s best dark dramas, and tune into the Spotless series premiere November 14 at 10/9c on Esquire Network. Today’s episode of The Weeds is sponsored by the American Heart Association, which is urging lawmakers to save physical education. The average school gets just $764 every year for physical education. Go to heart.org/LetThemPlay to learn more and take action.

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How politics is making us stupid

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Nov 06, 2015


Facts rarely seem to win any political debate — and on this episode of the Weeds, Matt, Ezra, and Sarah use political science research to explain why. Also: the case for softball debate questions and a troubling new study on rising death rates among white, middle-aged men. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace: Build it Beautiful. This episode is also brought to you by Audible, with over 180,000 audiobooks and spoken-word audio products. Get a free audiobook of your choice at www.audible.com/weeds

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Are we counting poverty all wrong?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Oct 30, 2015


This week, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt finally deliver the equivocal takes on gerrymandering that America has been waiting for, dive into the weeds of the big budget compromise, and tackle what may be the dorkiest policy issue of all time — the use of survey vs administrative data to measure household level poverty. Today’s episode of The Weeds is sponsored by the American Heart Association, which is urging lawmakers to save physical education. The average school gets just $764 every year for physical education. Go to heart.org/LetThemPlay to learn more and take action.

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Want to fix inequality by taxing the rich? Good luck.

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Oct 23, 2015


In this week's episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Matt, and Sarah dive head first into a new Brookings white paper about income inequality (and how to not to fix it). We also imagine what a Joe Biden administration could have been, with a commander-in-chief who considers Republicans friends rather than enemies. This episode of The Weeds is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com.  Enter offer code WEEDS at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace: Build it Beautiful.

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The Weeds: Can the government trick you into dieting?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Oct 16, 2015


On this week's episode, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate a little known Obamacare program, learn all about Nordic economies, and take on a new white paper forcing health economists to rethink deductibles. 

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Arthur Brooks on think tanks, happiness, and management

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Thu, Oct 15, 2015


In a special edition of The Weeds, Ezra interviews Arthur Brooks —head of the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, a New York Times columnist, a major influence on Jeb Bush, and a surprisingly snappy dresser. Really.

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Would single payer health care work in America?

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Oct 09, 2015


In the second episode of the Weeds, Ezra, Sarah, and Matt debate whether nationalized health care could work in America, what solutions are really needed to solve the country's mass shooting issue — and introduce an exciting new, regular segment: white paper of the week! 

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Ezra, Matt and Sarah Try to Podcast

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Fri, Oct 02, 2015


In this first episode of the new Vox.com podcast the weeds, Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias look at why Hillary Clinton is trying to gut a major part of Obamacare, how Donald Trump's tax plan made Matt sad, and whether American politics is becoming structurally biased towards outsiders like Trump and away from insiders like Bush. It gets real nerdy, real fast. This episode was sponsored by Audible.com. For a free audio book and a 30 day free trial, head to Audible.com/WEEDS

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Vox's The Weeds Promo

Author: Vox / Panoply / Ezra Klein / Sarah Kliff / Matt Yglesias
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


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