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The Next Four Years: A Weeds series

What’s at stake for Americans as the new Biden administration takes over the White House?


What’s at stake for Americans as the new Biden administration takes over the White House?

Matt Yglesias is hosting a special eight-episode limited series of Vox’s original talk policy and politics talk show, The Weeds. It will run on Fridays for eight weeks, starting on November 13, 2020, and running until mid-January 2021. Matt will be joined by policymakers and experts to discuss the likely consequences of the election and the challenges facing the incoming Biden administration.

We’ll cover everything from Cabinet appointments to relationships with Congress to the points of tension and the limits imposed by political and procedural reality as the Biden administration begins to develop and enact policies around the pandemic, the economy, immigration, and climate change, as well as potential changes to the Supreme Court.

How to make a Biden Boom

Episode 1 | Karl Smith, a Bloomberg columnist and adjunct scholar at the Tax Foundation, offers perspective on what worked about the pre-Covid-19 labor market, how Republicans in Congress are thinking about budgetary issues, and the prospects for bipartisan collaboration on full employment.

Joe Biden’s world

Episode 2 | Emma Ashford of the Atlantic Council casts a critical eye on President-elect Biden’s approach to national security — an area where he’s most likely to find agreement with GOP leaders but tensions with his own base.

The Covid-19 transition

Episode 3 | Kaiser’s Jennifer Kates joins Matt to explain the next steps in countering the pandemic.

An optimistic climate agenda

Episode 4 | Third Way’s Josh Freed and Jackie Kempfer explain a path forward for low-carbon policy in a time of divided government.

Beyond the student debt debate

Episode 5 | New America’s Kevin Carey explains loan forgiveness and the deeper problems with American higher education.

Fighting tech monopolies

Episode 6 | Antitrust and competition policy expert Charlotte Slaiman discusses the ongoing antitrust cases against Google and Facebook, the basics of antitrust litigation, and their outlook for the future of regulatory efforts to rein in the power of Big Tech through pro-competition policy.

Subscribe to The Weeds wherever you listen to podcasts — including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify — to automatically get new episodes when they publish. Be sure to join the Weeds Facebook group to talk about the episodes, and much more, with our growing Weeds community.

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