Trumpcast

Trumpcast

By Slate Podcasts

A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan and León Krauze talk to reporters, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.

Episodes

It’s Gonna Be A Rough Summer for Racial Tension

Virginia Heffernan talks to MSNBC and theGrio contributor Dr. Jason Johnson about Christian Cooper, George Floyd, who in society is allowed to scold in public, COVID’s impact on black lives, why the protests are rebellions and not riots, and deeper implications behind names like "Karen" and "Becky." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/2057m 51s

Klobuchar? How About Stacey Abrams?

Virginia Heffernan talks to analyst and Fordham professor Dr. Christina Greer about white supremacy, the case for Stacey Abrams as Joe Biden’s running mate, whether black voters care less about policy than representation on the presidential ticket, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/2048m 16s

How Didier Raoult Became Hydroxychloroquine's Hype Man

Virginia Heffernan talks to writer Scott Sayare about Didier Raoult, the man behind Trump’s favorite unproven treatment for COVID-19, exploring his successes as a French microbiologist, his big personality, and how we got to this point where hydroxychloroquine made headlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to access every Trumpcast episode and support the show. (edited)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/2011m 8s

Kushner Mess-Ups Thrive Under D.C.’s Collective Amnesia

Virginia Heffernan talks to Rolling Stone D.C. Bureau Chief Andy Kroll about the specifics around Jared Kushner’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, the role of Oscar Health, the group of Bush-era doctors and epidemiologists calling themselves “Red Dawn,” and the collective amnesia in Washington, D.C. that prevents us from tackling sizable problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/2048m 29s

“Opening Up” is a Meaningless Term

Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem about what it really means—and what it takes— to safely re-open the country and heal from the coronavirus pandemic, the Waffle House Index, and how this crisis may affect our values. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/04/2034m 28s

The Myriad Misdeeds of Moscow Mitch McConnell

How did Mitch McConnell become Trump’s enabler-in-chief? Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker, about McConnell’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, his connections to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Rusal’s Kentucky investment, the business endeavors of wife Elaine Chao, and his feelings about the nickname Moscow Mitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/2041m 31s

The Holy Trinity of Cuomo, Coronavirus, and Commerce

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mike Pesca, host of Slate podcast The Gist, about all things coronavirus, the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and what it might take to approach something that looks like normal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/2044m 52s

Coronavirus and the Struggle with Empirical Reality

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist covering pandemics, about the typical multi-tiered responses of politicians to viruses, epidemics and the climate crisis, covering Ebola, and how religion still ties into the way some epidemics are managed. To hear the full episode now, sign up for Slate Plus. Go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/209m 49s

Coronavirus Won’t Stop GOP Voter Suppression

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman about the 2020 presidential primary vote in Wisconsin, disenfranchised voters and a glance back at Jim Crow laws, why there’s ever any argument against mail-in votes, risks of the coronavirus negatively impacting the process of voting in the presidential election, and ways this could impact the process for the better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/2044m 17s

Narcissism Makes Trump The Worst Coronavirus President

Virginia Heffernan talks to New York Times op-ed writer Jennifer Senior about her latest piece exploring the effect of Trump’s narcissism on the coronavirus crisis, a profile of narcissists’ weaknesses, and the strategy of using “yes, and” on the president in order to sneak actual facts in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/2034m 44s

Surviving Abusers During Coronavirus Quarantine

Virginia Heffernan talks to Tablet Magazine writer Carly Pildis about the tools some have used to cope while stuck in abusive situations at home during the coronavirus pandemic—also acknowledging a known abuser in the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/2028m 58s

How Drs. Fauci and Birx Negotiate with Trump

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi about how Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci are using hostage-negotiating tactics to buy time and help all of us survive during the coronavirus crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/04/2012m 51s

Coronavirus Reveals Trump’s Disaster Fault Lines

Virginia Heffernan talks to history professor and disaster expert Dr. Scott Knowles about how care is rationed in U.S. society, how the elite respond to panic, meditations on Albert Camus’s The Plague and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/2046m 59s

Civil Liberties Still Matter In The Coronavirus Crisis

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Mystal of The Nation about continuing to commit to political issues even in the wake of biological troubles, freeing prisoners and caged children during the health crisis, patriarchy problems, the upcoming presidential election, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/03/2049m 2s

When Conservative Media Got Serious About Coronavirus

Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post reporter Sarah Ellison about Fox News’ evolving thinking on the coronavirus crisis, some of the more dangerous pundit downplays of the virus, their view that Trump is doing well handling it, and the need to bring back local news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/03/2041m 4s

The President Without A Psychology

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to psychology professor Dan McAdams about how Trump builds his internal narrative identity, and McAdams’ book The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/2012m 19s

The Bank That Backed Trump

Virginia Heffernan welcomes David Enrich, a reporter for the New York Times and author of the book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to get access to every Trumpcast episode and support the show. Podcast production by Phil Surkis and Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Merritt Jacob. Follow @realTrumpcast on Twitter / https://www.twitter.com/realTrumpcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/03/2057m 36s

Trump’s Mind Control Madness

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back author and leading cult expert, Steven Hassan, to talk about his latest book, The Cult of Trump, and about his own experience being lured into and then recovering from a cult.  Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to get access to every Trumpcast episode and support the show. Follow @realTrumpcast on Twitter. Podcast production by Phil Surkis and Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/201h 0m

Coronavirus and the Democratic Primary

Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Greg Dworkin, a Daily Kos contributing editor and the Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. They discuss pandemic preparedness, where to find facts, and how the eerily similar the Coronavirus and the Democratic primary election are reported.  Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to get access to every Trumpcast episode and support the show. Follow @realTrumpcast on Twitter Podcast production by Phil Surkis and Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/2039m 37s

Trump Revisits This Whole ‘Intelligence’ Thing

Virginia Heffernan talks to Natasha Bertrand, national security correspondent at Politico, about Trump’s move to temporarily hire loyalist Richard Grenell—who has no intelligence experience—as the top U.S. intelligence official, replacing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/2028m 48s

Fear is Our Common Political Enemy

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mormon writer and activist Sharlee Mullins Glenn about the use of fear to manipulate politics, mistaken conflations of Mormons and Evangelicals when talking about conservative Christians, wedge issues that put Republicans in a hard position, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/209m 21s

A Meditation on Conservatives Who Change Their Minds

Virginia Heffernan talks to Windsor Mann (USA Today, The Week) about his penchant for epigrams, Neo-conservatism, more on the relationship between Republicans and Russia, Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/2032m 37s

Bill Kristol's Long Strange Trip with Republicans

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bill Kristol about Trump's impact on liberal democracy, the unexamined reward structure of becoming a Trumpist, American conservatism in decades past versus today and conservatives' relationship to Russia, isolationist language creeping into politics, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/2057m 58s

Dave Eggers and the Red Hats

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to renowned author Dave Eggers about his new book, The Captain and The Glory, connecting with people at Trump rallies and the arch of Trump’s stump speeches, challenges to the “Trump followers are in a cult” theory, and whether Trumpites' minds can be changed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/2010m 43s

A New Election Forecasting Model for 2020

Virginia Heffernan talks to political analyst Rachel Bitecofer about her new electoral theory sweeping the forecasting world, the outlook for 2020, swing voters, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/2040m 19s

Joe Walsh's Mission is to Stop Trump

On the day he dropped his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee, Virginia Heffernan talks to former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh about facing Trumpites, the pressure to please conservative advertisers, when the Tea Party became populist, his now-infamous "grabbing my musket" tweet, and his pledge to support the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/2041m 7s

Elitists Versus Trump and the Populists

Virginia Heffernan talks to Joel Stein, author of the book In Defense of Elitism, about the different kinds of elites and the people who both love and hate them, connections between crafting and populism, and how to avoid taking the low road in politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/2042m 26s

Trump’s Contributions to the Fixer Economy

Virginia Heffernan talks to Michael Rothfeld, New York Times reporter and co-author of The Fixers, about the special cadre of supporters and enablers that allowed Trump to rise to power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/2051m 41s

Losing the Fear of Evangelical Hell

Virginia Heffernan talks to ex-evangelical writer Chrissy Stroop, co-editor of “Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church,” about being raised in—and leaving—a fundamentalist discipline, what she learned in her religious school, Christian apologetics, where fundamentalism and authoritarianism intersect, and how she lost her visceral fear of Hell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/2047m 47s

The Creepiness Factor of Dershowitz and Starr

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to writer Karen Schwartz about her recent piece in NBC News about Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz, then dives deeper into Dershowitz’s former clients and the overall creepiness factor of it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/2011m 35s

These Rhetorical Devices Help Trump Maintain Power

Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, professor of rhetoric and author of Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump, breaking down how he uses language to control his audience, philosophical explorations of Hobbes and Descartes, the unexamined rhetorical life of Hillary Clinton, and rhetorical devices to watch in the 2020 presidential campaigns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/2047m 41s

What Does The Presidency Even Mean After Trump

Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey and Ben Wittes of Lawfare about their new book, Unmaking the Presidency, which explores Trump’s impact on the presidency and asks how his successor might be able to revive the role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/201h 4m

A Hinky Feeling From The Trump GOP

Virginia Heffernan talks to longtime GOP strategist Rick Wilson about evangelical political issues, media pundits, and stirring the ire of Rush Limbaugh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/01/2050m 52s

Why People Fall For Trump’s Political Cult

Virginia Heffernan talks to Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump, about why we fall for cults, Trump’s brainwashing, and stories of his own deprogramming from a political cult in the 1970s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/01/2052m 59s

The Depth of the Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Brannen, editorial director of Just Security, about her story uncovering the unredacted version of emails, mostly between Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Elaine McCusker, the acting Pentagon comptroller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/2054m 36s

The Big Themes of Bit Trump Players

Virginia Heffernan talks to Daily Beast White House reporter Asawin Suebsaeng about Jenna Ellis, Vanilla Ice, and reporting in the age of distraction and misinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/2043m 9s

Writing About Political Characters From New York

Virginia Heffernan talks to Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine about her coverage of Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, and reporting on presidential candidates and New York characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/1951m 54s

The World Through the Eyes of a Trump Impersonator

Virginia Heffernan catches up with John Di Domenico, the peerless voice behind our Trump tweets, and goes deep into his experiences working different gigs as a full-time professional Trump impersonator and what he does when engaging with Trump’s fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/1910m 57s

A Very Special Holiday Trumpcast

Kick back and lighten your political load with never-before heard interpretations of Trump’s most infamous missives by John Di Domenico, and a new sketch from Kate James and Ben Rameaka of the Trumpcast Impeachers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/12/1925m 51s

A Historical Lens on Trump’s Authoritarianism

Virginia Heffernan talks to renowned historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat about seeing Trump through an authoritarian lens, a deeper look at mafia culture, and how Trumpism will one day fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/1943m 28s

A Backup Plan For Political Apocalypse

Virginia Heffernan talks to Eric Columbus, lawyer and Obama-appointed former member of the Senate Judiciary Counsel, about impeachment, Trump voters, Mike Pence, Bill Barr, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/1934m 35s

Wrangling Over the Articles of Impeachment

Virginia Heffernan talks to Third Way’s Mieke Eoyang about the House Judiciary mark-up conversation on impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/1935m 46s

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Impeachment

Virginia Heffernan talks to writer David J. Roth about his latest post on impeachment in New York Intelligencer and connections between the Hallmark Channel and Trumpland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/1945m 44s

They Do Talk About Impeachment in Trump Country

Virginia Heffernan talks to The Root’s Jason Johnson about middle America and impeachment, Matt Gaetz, and everything we project onto Nancy Pelosi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/1941m 52s

That ‘Trump is Anti-Corruption’ Defense

Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post opiner and Talking Feds host Harry Litman about the latest defense of Trump over Ukraine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/1940m 7s

All The President’s Misogyny

Virginia Heffernan talks to Christina Cauterucci, Slate staff writer and Waves / Outward co-host, about the book All The President’s Women, misogyny in show business and reality TV, The Apprentice, and the case of E. Jean Carroll. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/12/1943m 37s

Last Roundup of Impeachment Thoughts Before Thanksgiving

Virginia Heffernan talks to Crooked Media’s Brian Beutler about everything related to the impeachment hearings up to this point, how polling on support for impeachment has worked, the influence of Representative Adam Schiff, attacks on Joe Biden, Fiona Hill, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/1956m 32s

Slate Live: Women of Slate

Virginia Heffernan joins the women of Slate for a political panel on the night of the Democratic debates. Recorded live at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Weds. Nov 20, 2019.  First segment: What Next host Mary Harris moderates Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick and Slate staff writers Ashley Feinberg and Julia Craven. Second segment: Trumpcast host Virginia Heffernan moderates Thirst Aid Kit host Nichole Perkins and Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci. Live show produced by Faith Smith. Engineering and editing by Melissa Kaplan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/1959m 47s

Taylor and Kent Won’t Dance with the Stars

Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig about yesterday’s impeachment hearings, including our addiction to hyper-arousal, the work of Dan Goldman, the attempts to discredit William Taylor and George Kent, John Bolton not wanting to get caught up in a “drug deal,” and a grading of the Democrats’ in-court strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/1940m 55s

Irony, Solidarity, and the Internet

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of Anti-Social, about Facebook and the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s “tuberculosis” and other memes, the difference between word and lived experience, the philosophy of Richard Rorty,the line between speech and violence, and so much more. This is a preview of a Slate Plus episode. To hear this episode in full, sign up here for Slate Plus.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/1912m 3s

Transcripts Whispering Quid Pro No

Virginia Heffernan has a conversation with CNN commentator and lawyer Ross Garber about the Ukraine call, the transcripts coming out of the White House, Rudy Guiliani and Trump’s advisers, Rep. Adam Schiff’s strengths and weaknesses, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/1939m 13s

The Dangers of Trump’s Lower Court Judges

Leon Krauze talks to Slate staff writer Mark Joseph Stern about the dangers of the judges Trump appoints, and not just the SCOTUS—nearly one in four appeals court judges in the federal judiciary was appointed by Trump. These are lifetime appointments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/1931m 57s

Now Approaching the Trump Impeachment Endgame

Virginia Heffernan talks to Fordham Law’s Jed Shugerman about how we’re approaching the “end game” of impeachment, what might happen to Trump in the courts post-impeachment, clarifying statements from Trump private lawyer William Consovoy, Tish James, the Washington Nationals’ booing of Trump at the World Series, and much, much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1939m 58s

How National Defense Issues Play Out in U.S. Culture

Virginia Heffernan talks to Katherine Voyles about the way national defense issues play out in culture, and the culture of national defense issues. They also discuss Jim Mattis and Steve Bannon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/199m 37s

Say Yes to Rebuilding Post-Trump

Virginia Heffernan talks with law professor and MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance about Trump’s bloodlust, Turkey, building nonpartisan offices, that now-iconic Twitter image of Rep. Nancy Pelosi disciplining Trump, Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s pushback, and rebuilding after 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/1930m 27s

Real Activism in the Face of Trump Rot

Virginia Heffernan talks with activist lan Madrigal, known for their “cause play” work as the Monopoly Man, about the most potent times to be an activist, reckoning with the feelings that come up in our repressive politics, acknowledging trauma and being honest with your family, and the myths versus the realities of revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/10/1949m 15s

Trump Skewers the Pax Americana

Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Brannen, editorial director of Just Security, about Gordon Sondland’s opening statement, a glance at Russian interference, Trump’s bizarre letter to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, that bizarre Trump-Pelosi Twitter photo exchange, and the future for U.S. diplomacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/10/1946m 32s

There’s No Law in that White House Counsel Letter

Virginia Heffernan talks to Above the Law’s Elie Mystal, who breaks down the White House counsel’s letter attempting to invalidate the Trump impeachment inquiry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/1941m 52s

The Trump-Zelensky Call and the Language of Corruption

Virginia Heffernan talks to info warfare expert Molly McKew about the how the Trump-Zelensky call benefits Vladimir Putin, the Ukraine, javelins, disarmament, Hunter Biden, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/1943m 50s

Trump Voters and the Power of Twelve Angry Men

Virginia Heffernan talks to blogger Aneela Mirchandani about what the classic movie Twelve Angry Men can teach us about Trump supporters, the psychic permission Trump gives to his voters, and the archetypes of people that keep a con going. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/10/1942m 31s

The Brett Kavanaugh Epistemological Crisis

Virginia Heffernan talks to Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, New York Times reporters and co-authors of The Education of Brett Kavanaugh, about the process of reporting for the book, Kavanaugh’s middle-of-the-road college performance and tendency to stay by the keg, his unease around women during his college years, religion on the court, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/1951m 40s

The Dance Around Quid Pro Quo

Virginia Heffernan talks to Dahlia Lithwick, friend of the pod and host of Slate podcast Amicus, about everything happening with the Ukraine whistleblower debacle, quid pro quo, and abusing power in the workplace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/1911m 58s

The Trump Impeachment Story Is Unfolding

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jacob Weisberg, founder of Trumpcast, about how Pelosi threw down the gauntlet, the Senate spoke in unison, and the nation is now facing the impeachment of Donald Trump.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/1924m 38s

Urgent Concern: This Unambiguously Constitutes an Impeachable Offense

Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey of Lawfare blog and the Brookings Institution about why President Donald Trump’s reported pleas to Ukraine to help him rough up Joe Biden constitute an impeachable offense.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/09/1932m 17s

When Trump Tried to Move to Hollywood

Virginia Heffernan talks to Allen Salkin, co-author of “The Method to the Madness,” about Trump’s struggles to fit in with the Hollywood in crowd, developing his reality TV life, and his visit to California. This is a preview of a Slate Plus episode. To hear this episode in full, sign up here for Slate Plus.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/1912m 14s

Bolton and Mattis Are Not White Horses

Virginia Heffernan talks to information and political analyst Molly McKew about why we’re not getting more vital information from those leaving the Trump administration, institutional erosion, the lack of honorable men, lessons from Russia, and what she’s doing at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Taiwan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/09/1943m 7s

Decoding the Mystery of Jim Mattis

Virginia Heffernan talks to the New Yorker’s Susan Glasser about dropping in on Jim Mattis’ book tour, the worldviews of figures like Mattis and Rod Rosenstein, and not taking the reality stars of the Trump administration seriously. Finally, what Trump did in August. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/09/1936m 20s

Backstage on the Scaramucci Redemption Tour

Anthony Scaramucci, the infamous 11-day communications director for President Donald Trump in 2017, talks to Virginia Heffernan about his conversion from Trumpism; his politics and his relationship to power; growing up working class; his wife, Diedre; fact-checking the Trump throwing a “dead-spiral through a tire” story; and the real story behind missing the birth of his son.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/1948m 8s

Humor, Trump, and the Patriarchy

Virginia Heffernan talks to comedian John Fugelsang about men and problematic humor in the MeToo movement, the excuse of “political correctness,” mansplaining, Trump, atheism, and his new Off-Broadway show “Laughing Liberally.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/09/1948m 38s

Mr. Trump Goes to Biarritz

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Eli Stokols, White House reporter for the LA Times–- who is fresh from reporting on Trump from the G-7 press pool–about how world leaders managed Trump now this time around, his G-7 specific “parade of lies,” and facing his usual lack of anything substantial to say.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/198m 47s

The Hacked Manafort Texts and #MeToo

Virginia Heffernan talks to Maya Gurantz, co-host of culture and politics podcast The Sauce, about the hacked Manafort texts, journalists’ efforts to confirm allegations, E Jean Carroll, “do me” feminism, #MeToo’s ability to free men from the Patriarchy. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/08/1944m 25s

How Populist Messaging Obscures Conservative Policy

Virginia Heffernan talks to Paul Waldman about how the Trump administration reconciles a fiscal policy that favors the rich with a populist message aimed at the working class.  Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan and Ethan Brooks, with help from Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/1936m 21s

The Hidden Evangelical Power in Washington

Virginia Heffernan talks to journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Netflix recently released a documentary series based on his reporting. Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan and Ethan Brooks, with help from Danielle Hewitt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/08/1944m 26s

Ivanka and the Reckoning of New York Society

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis, host of the Ivanka podcast Tabloid, about her lifestyle changes since her father came to office, life with Jared Kushner, her intelligence and bookishness, her relationship with New York high society, run-ins with Ivanka in real life, and how the rest of society relates to her. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/1911m 57s

The Language Around Guns in America

Virginia Heffernan talks to AC Valdez, editor of GunsAndAmerica.org and former Trumpcast producer, about the way we talk about guns in the US, how mass shootings are defined in media, strategies for de-escalating gun violence in gang situations vs. terrorism, united toxic male weirdness, and more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/08/1940m 18s

Facing and Erasing White Terrorism

In an episode that originally aired as a Slate Plus exclusive on March 27, shortly after the horrendous attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, León Krauze talks to Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs and geopolitical reporter for the Washington Post, about white nationalism and white supremacy on social media, and what it might look like for President Donald Trump to handle these problems more responsibly. Also featuring fresh Aug.t 8 Trump tweets from John Di Domenico. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/08/1930m 36s

False Coherence and White Terrorism

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox, about our current bout of white terrorism, knowing versus understanding, why some groups lean on conspiracies and myths of the elite, the conservative argument of political correctness, and much more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/08/1948m 12s

What Dangers Could Loom Under Ratcliffe?

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mieke Eoyang, VP of Third Way’s National Security Program, about the realities of Dan Coats’ work while he was on the job, what could be in the future if Ratcliffe becomes Director of National Intelligence, and whether Mieke is a Mueller Report volume one or volume two person per our ongoing poll. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/08/1913m 34s

Barr and the Overman Class

Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post columnist and constitutional law professor Harry Litman about the thickness of Trump administration lies and his experience working with Bill Barr. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/1945m 20s

Which Volume of the Mueller Report are you?

For a big think on former special counsel Robert Mueller's Wednesday testimony, Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Fordham Law professor Jed Shugerman. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/1947m 47s

Robert Mueller's Testimony Before the House Judiciary Committee

Robert Mueller's Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/191h 32m

Robert Mueller's Testimony Before the House Intelligence Committee

This is the first half of the Robert Mueller's Testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/191h 22m

Bottle-Blond Clowns Take the Anglosphere

Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas about Boris Johnson, UK voters and Brexiteers, and conservative nostalgia. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/1940m 35s

Tendencies of the Nuclear-Prone

Virginia Heffernan talks to Scott Sagan, political science professor at Stanford University known for his research on nuclear weapons policy and nuclear disarmament, about the results of his recently co-authored poll gauging Americans’ desire to go to war with North Korea. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/1933m 33s

Trump the Criminal Co-Conspirator

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Garrett Graff, director at the Aspen Institute and Mueller specialist, for a look-ahead of Mueller's testimony next week, his first response to the Mueller Report, and where it's particularly damning. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/1937m 46s

The Jeffrey Epstein Complicity Machine

Vicky Ward returns to Trumpcast to chat with Virginia Heffernan about Jeffrey Epstein. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/1938m 26s

Is Trump A Disease? A Medical Perspective

Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Bandy Lee, psychiatrist at Yale University, for a deep, compelling new take on the long debate about Trump’s mental fitness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/1952m 32s

Is The GOP Finished? History Weighs In

Virginia Heffernan talks to Kevin Kruse, professor of history at Princeton University, on battling revisions of Republican history on Twitter, racism as America’s original sin (and its other sins), the influence of Mike Pence and the religious right, and the narratives justifying their stances around the issues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/07/1945m 53s

An Interview With E. Jean Carroll

Host Virginia Heffernan and special guest co-host Dahlia Lithwick of Amicus share an intimate conversation with journalist E Jean Carroll, author of "What Do We Need Men For," about details of the sexual assault she experienced from President Donald Trump, how she has responded, and as an advise columnist, what advice she would give to someone who faced her situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/1941m 24s

What We Want From Mueller’s Testimony

Virginia Heffernan talks to legal analyst Ross Garber about Mueller’s upcoming testimony, impeachment, and more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/1939m 55s

Understanding Mexico In The Migration Crisis

León Krauze talks to Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, about how the migration crisis at the border is being handled, understanding the Northern Triangle, the role Mexico is playing in the crisis, and where in particular we should shift our current focus in the region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/1937m 14s

The Trump Show Tales Of Siege

Virginia Heffernan chats with author Michael Wolf about Siege, the sequel to Fire and Fury, covering Steve Bannon, Trumpian doublethink, how Wolff gets sources to open up, and much more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/198m 56s

Democrats Dithering About Impeachment

Virginia Heffernan talks to MSNBC’s Dr. Christina Greer on why Democrats are slow on impeachment, Trump and U.S. racism, the logic of reality TV, and more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/1947m 47s

Trump’s Relationship With Jews

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13/06/1948m 55s

Trumpcast Live: Vicky Ward And Aparna Nancherla

From our full day of live shows at Slate Day comes Trumpcast Live! Virginia Heffernan welcomes to the stage Kushner Inc author Vicky Ward and comedian Aparna Nancherla to talk about the Kushners, the anxiety olympics, Trump’s penchant for cheating and the casino roots of the term “collusion,” and much more. Plus incredible live improv by Kate James, Ben Rameaka, and Marla Caceres, the “Trumpcast Colluders.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/191h 25m

Brexit, Media, And The UK In Trump Times

Virginia Heffernan talks to Guardian reporter Carole Cadwalladr, bypassing Trump’s UK visit to talk conservatism and Facebook, Nigel Farage, Julian Assange, Brexit, and much more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/1942m 10s

When Interpreting Power Means Abuse

Yascha Mounk talks to Protect Democracy counsel and colleague Kristy Parker about the way Trump abuses power with regard to national emergencies and the border wall, specific ways he criticizes the press, and lawsuits against the president. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/1935m 47s

Trumpcast Sketch: What Mueller Meant To Say

Comedian Steve Waltien gives his interpretation of Robert Mueller's statement this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/193m 8s

The Oracle Mueller Hath Spoken

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back MSNBC’s Matt Miller to talk about Mueller’s statement this week, Barr’s ideology, what Trump has accidentally revealed in doublespeak during the aftermath, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/198m 38s

Former Federal Prosecutors Agree On Trump

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Mimi Rocah, former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and MSNBC legal analyst, to talk about the letter about the Mueller Report she’s spearheaded signed by former federal prosecutors, Barr’s ongoing damage to rule of law, defiance of subpoenas, speaking in mobster code, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/1954m 15s

Of FOIAs And Buzzfeed Investigative Fights

Virginia Heffernan talks to Buzzfeed senior investigative reporter Jason Leopold -- who with partner Anthony Cormier has broken several Trump stories -- about FOIAs, cultivating specific sources, media mistrust, insights into a checkered past, and of course, those Buzzfeed stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/1952m 44s

Brainstorming Ways To Rekindle Democracy

Yascha Mounk talks to the Berggruen Institute’s Nicholas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels, co-authors of “Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism,” about how money influences government, Trump’s impact on democracy and capitalism, populism, owning robots, and ideas for what can be done. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/1936m 9s

The Case Of Candidate Joe Biden

León Krauze talks to Slate political writer about the Democrats’ struggle with Joe Biden, his double-digit lead in the polls, and why they hate him despite this significant advantage.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/1927m 41s

When Trump Trolls Give Up The War

Virginia Heffernan talks to David Weissman, once a hardcore self-described Trump troll, about his story -- how he first came into conservative writing and became involved in “Trump train” social media and group DMs, his interventions with media figures like Sarah Silverman, changing his viewpoints, and strategies to make yourself safe from Internet trolls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/1942m 6s

A Republican’s Journey Away From Trump

Virginia Heffernan talks to Max Boot, columnist for the Washington Post and author of “Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left The Right,” about his journey since Donald Trump took office. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/1943m 6s

Trump’s Finances Are Taxing

Virginia Heffernan dissects this week’s New York Times news on Trump’s tax losses with Richard Rubin, who writes about tax policy for the Wall Street Journal. Also discussed: Trump’s different mindset on taxes, his sources of income, and the cognitive dissonance between wealth and debt. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/1935m 7s

The View Of Putin From Moscow

Virginia Heffernan talks to Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev about why Russians taking over the White House is a far-fetched idea, Putin’s main selling points, the American right-wing influence on Russian politics, fake Cyrillic, kettle logic, Russian penpals, and leaving Twitter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/1941m 46s

Surviving A Post-Mueller Report World

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elliot Williams, former deputy assistant attorney general and current principal at public affairs firm the Raben Group, about the Mueller Report, Barr, Rosenstein, obstructions of justice, and several meaningful pop culture references to Game of Thrones and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/04/1949m 38s

Understanding Conspiracy In Trump Times

Yascha Mounk talks to Nancy Rosenblum and Russ Muirhead, co-authors of “A Lot Of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy,” about how and why conspiracies form, what makes a “theory,” and what conspiracies give to people.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/1932m 24s

Trump Dangers After the Mueller Report

Yascha Mounk talks to political activist and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov about their responses to the Mueller report, Trumpism, what the Democratic Party gets hung up on, Russia, and learning from Kasparov’s efforts to oppose Vladimir Putin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/1941m 1s

A Mueller Report Next-Day Debrief

On this first day after the release of the Mueller Report, Virginia Heffernan talks revelations and redactions with Jed Shugerman, Fordham Law professor and author of “The People’s Courts.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/04/1950m 53s

The Mueller Report: the Executive Summaries

Don’t have time to read the whole Mueller report? Now there’s a podcast for that. Listen to Slate’s Gabriel Roth and June Thomas read the special counsel’s executive summaries in our free mini-audiobook. Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch and Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/191h 0m

Finding Your Guts When The Spire Falls

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Dahlia Lithwick, host of Slate podcast Amicus, to talk Barr, Avenatti, Christine Blasey-Ford’s honor in TIME Magazine, and the strategies by which corrupt actors in the administration slip through our fingers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/198m 53s

Special: Has Mexico's President Turned His Back on His Own People?

To understand what’s happening on the border, you have to look at the policies and leaders on both sides of it. So, how has Mexico, under its new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, changed its approach to refugees and migrants fleeing north? And how has the Mexican president changed, himself? León Krauze, co-host of Trumpcast, joins What Next, Slate's daily news podcast, to explain. Subscribe to What Next via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Overcast, Google Play, or iHeart. Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/1918m 6s

Climate Change Meets The U.S. Border Crisis

León Krauze talks to the New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer about how climate change deepens the U.S. border crisis, stories of Central American migration, and the tremendous spiraling debt that is taken on to embark on this dangerous journey.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/1932m 10s

The Collusion Effect On Our Norms

Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump about Kristjen Nielsen, interpreting news headlines, Alpha Bank and the dossier, the non-disputable points of Adam Schiff, the Mueller Report to come, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/1945m 30s

Behind Closed Doors At Kushner Inc.

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vicky Ward, author of “Kushner Inc.,” about Jared and Ivanka’s rise to power; the influence and history of family patriarch Charlie Kushner; and the Trump and Kushner worlds of real estate and crime. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/1949m 50s

A Trip To Barr-A-Lago

Virginia Heffernan talks to Rick Wilson, author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies,” and journalist Molly Jong-Fast about the Barr letters, Trumpism, who is at risk after being touched by Trump, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/1938m 4s

Facing And Erasing White Terrorism

León Krauze talks to Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs and geopolitical reporter for The Washington Post, on the recent white terrorist attack in New Zealand, white nationalism and white supremacy on social media, and what it might look like for Trump to handle these problems more responsibly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/198m 39s

The Barr Letter Is Not The Mueller Report

Virginia Heffernan breaks down the weekend’s bombshell Mueller news with Jed Shugerman, Fordham Law professor, author of “The People’s Courts,” and co-author on an amicus brief in CREW v. Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/1946m 0s

Why Did Deutsche Bank Support Trump?

Virginia Heffernan talks to David Enrich, finance editor for the New York Times, about Deutsche Bank's relationship with Donald Trump, how they began working together, and the bank’s funding of Nazi activities during World War II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/1943m 43s

The Six Groups Within The 2019 Democratic Party

León Krauze talks to FiveThirtyEight writer Perry Bacon Jr. about how he defines six different groups within the Democratic party, where each stands on current issues, and how 2020 presidential candidates might fall within those factions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/1931m 44s

To Understand Trump World, Find The Women

Virginia Heffernan talks to Nina Burleigh, author of Golden Handcuffs: The Secret History of Trump’s Women, about Melania and Ivanka Trump, the controversy surrounding spa owner Cindy Yang, and the overlap of the legitimate and illegitimate worlds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/198m 55s

Fear As Right-Wing Media’s Plot

Virginia Heffernan talks to Nicole Hemmer, author of Messengers of the Right, about the motives of right-wing media and its impact, this week’s Tucker Carlson scandal, and the bigotry conversation surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/1940m 28s

2019 Ways To Spell Doomsday

Virginia Heffernan talks to nuclear research and policy-making expert Sharon Squassoni about the Trump effect on the Doomsday Clock, our nuclear situation worldwide, how climate change moves the minute hand, and a realistic look at what it would look like for a sitting president to consider using “the button” (which is really a briefcase). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/1952m 19s

Demystifying Putin’s Power And Clan

Yascha Mounk talks to journalist Julia Ioffe, who covers Russia, about the reality of Putin’s position, how he uses his pedestal, who relies on him for support, rumors overheard in Moscow, and what may come in the leader’s future.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/1935m 20s

Michael Cohen Testifies Before Congress, part 2

We know that many Slate podcast listeners were at work during Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 27, so we're going to bring it to you in podcast form.  In the previous episode you heard Cohen’s opening remarks. In part 2, the committee members begin their questioning.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/194h 17m

Michael Cohen's Opening Statement to the House Oversight Committee

We know that many Slate podcast listeners were at work during Michael Cohen's testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 27, so we're going to bring it to you in podcast form.  First we present Cohen's opening testimony--and the wrangling that preceded it. When the hearings are over, check back for the entire day's proceedings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/1954m 16s

All Eyes On Michael Cohen

Virginia Heffernan dissects Michael Cohen in court with four-time Trumpcast visitor Elie Honig, CNN legal analyst and former prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. Plus, Steve Waltien and writer John Glynn depict a conversation between the truth-teller Michael Cohen of 2019 and the reporter-threatening Michael Cohen of 2015. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/1938m 40s

How Our Branches Of Government Hold Up In 2019

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Dahlia Lithwick, host of Slate podcast Amicus, for a deep journey into the health of the judicial branch in Trump times, the leanings of justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch, the 25th amendment, Corey Robin’s New York Magazine thesis that Trump is “weak,” and whether we should still rely on our institutions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/1955m 18s

Where Do Black Conservatives Align With GOP Issues?

Yascha Mounk talks to Dr. Ted Johnson, senior fellow at the Brennan Center, about where black and white conservatives differ on racial issues and beyond, including economic policy and what they want in a 2020 presidential candidate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/1942m 13s

Paul Manafort And The Heart Of Collusion

Virginia Heffernan talks to Danny Cevallos, criminal defense attorney and legal analyst for MSNBC, about Paul Manafort and the theory that Trump is not the top of the Mueller investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/02/1944m 6s

Trump, Drug Smuggling, And The Opioid Epidemic

In this Plus preview, Leon Krauze talks to Vox’s German Lopez about the severe state of the opioid crisis, drug smuggling, a response ot the State of the Union, and how to effectively stop the flow of drugs into the U.S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/02/1910m 26s

Trumpcast Live In LA

Enjoy our live show, recorded Feb. 7 at the Ace Hotel Theater in downtown Los Angeles and featuring a conversation with Virginia Heffernan, Leon Krauze, and Jamelle Bouie.  Special guests: Comedians Andy Kindler and Jake Johannsen, and our very own Trump impersonator John Di Domenico.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/1957m 33s

The BuzzFeed Revelations on Trump

Virginia Heffernan talks to Anthony Cormier from BuzzFeed News about the chain of bombshell news stories his team has published this month and the Mueller team’s response to his reporting.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/1942m 56s

How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Trouble: Trumpcast Presents What Next

Inaugurations are ethically dubious in the best of times. So why is the Trump inaugural committee under investigation? Consider the scale of the swindle. Guest: Ilya Marritz, co-host of Trump Inc., a podcast produced by WNYC and ProPublica. Tell us what you think by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Follow us on Instagram for updates on the show. Subscribe to What Next via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, Overcast, Google Play, or iHeart. Or search for the show in your favorite podcast app.  Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Anna Martin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/1915m 2s

Calling Out Jared Kushner’s Insecure Clearance

Virginia Heffernan talks to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) about why he’s called on Jared Kushner’s top-secret security clearance to be revoked, the process of gaining high-level security clearance, how Kushner’s access reflects on the administration, and what’s to come in the next few months.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/1940m 28s

The Collusion Story Info Spectrum

Yascha Mounk talks to Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and editor-in-chief of Lawfare Blog, about why having more facts doesn’t help us understand what’s happening in the collusion story, potential narrative arcs from what we do know, and what we might be about to learn.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/1932m 41s

A (Roger) Stone In A Barrel

Virginia Heffernan talks to Garrett Graff, contributing editor at Wired and co-author of “Dawn of the Code War,”about takeaways from the Roger Stone indictment, the story buried over the weekend of Jared Kushner enabler Carl Kline, and sanctions lifted on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/1931m 46s

How The FBI Investigates A President

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to former FBI special agent and CNN contributor Asha Rangappa about the procedural end of investigative work, from documentation and justification to putting your head down and just doing the next right thing.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/1910m 20s

The Democratic Approach To Immigration In 2020

León Krauze talks to Simon Rosenberg, president of DC-based think tank NDN, about recent polls indicating more Democrats may be supporting Trump’s border wall. Plus deep considerations for how 2020 Democratic candidates could approach immigration.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/1947m 49s

Make Conservatives Great Again

Yascha Mounk talks to Charlie Sykes, editor-in-chief of conservative outlet the Bulwark and author of How the Right Lost Its Mind,” about Trump and the GOP, conservative vs. liberal values, the rise of tribalism, constitutional norms, Steve King, and how to get both sides of the aisle talking in a meaningful way again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/01/1933m 13s

The Compromises That Create Kremlin Double Agents

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bill Browder, financier and author of Red Notice, about Natalia Veselnitskaya, how the Kremlin influences even well-intentioned U.S. civil servants, the origins of the Magnitsky Act and the evolution of the Russian oligarchs, and what Putin might be doing next.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/01/1946m 20s

Beacons Through Autocratic Gaslighting

Virginia Heffernan talks to Sarah Kendzior, author of The View From Flyover Country and co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation, on specific examples of Trump’s gaslighting, the strategies autocrats employ as they wield power, and why it’s important to be relentless about calling out lies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/01/1912m 23s

The ‘Successful’ Political Candidate Template For 2020

On his first show as Trumpcast co-host, Yascha Mounk talks to Sam Koppelman, speechwriter for the Jon Favreau-run communications firm Fenway Strategies, about what traits successful political candidates share, what strategies candidates like Beto O’Rourke are employing, and a speechwriter’s power in a candidate’s world. This episode is brought to you by Omax Health. Go to tryomax.com/trumpcast today to get 60 percent off a one-month supply, plus free shipping and a 60-day money-back Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/1932m 15s

No Sir, Romney Doesn't Like It

Virginia Heffernan talks to Matt Miller, MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst, about why he’s supportive of Romney’s op ed in the Washington Post amidst cries that it comes off as hollow talk. Also, who is Romney now? What are his policies? Where is the GOP now? And are the Southern District of New York and the Justice Department competing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/01/1935m 11s

Wading Through The Democratic Presidential Pool

León Krauze talks to Scott Detrow, NPR congressional correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, about the Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020. Why are there so many potential candidates? Who really has a chance? Are there any dark horse candidates? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/1835m 48s

How Can Trump's Administration Actually Help Central America?

León Krauze talks to Dr. Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center, about the crisis in Central America, who is migrating, how President Donald Trump’s policies affect the region, and the need to move beyond aid to building infrastructure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/12/1834m 52s

Explaining Trump To Young Adults

Virginia Heffernan talks to Martha Brockenbrough, author of the YA novel “Unpresidented,” about breaking down the story of Trump, his bullying, and his ancestry. Includes forays into the dramatized letter Frederich Trump wrote to the prince regent of Bavaria to keep him from being deported; the Trump family’s history with real estate; Woodie Guthrie’s anti-Trump song; and the powerful influence of Roy Cohn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/1838m 7s

A Foxhole In The Cyberwar

Virginia Heffernan hosts a roundtable with author Karen Schwartz and cyberwar expert Molly McKew exploring Russia’s relationship to tech, Facebook and Silicon Valley, the creepy control mentality of billionaire socialites, and the difference between mafias and oligarchic systems. Features a short cameo of Ex-FIFA official Chuck Blazer’s $6,000 Trump Tower apartment for cats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/1856m 37s

Trump’s 2013 Deal With Aras Agalarov

This Trumpcast Plus trailer features part two of Virginia Heffernan’s talk with “Proof of Collusion” author Seth Abramson, where the pair put Trump’s trip to the Moscow Miss Universe Pageant under a microscopic lens. Plus, Trump’s ambition to build enormous Russian towers, his relationship with Evangelicals, and a sketch exploring how Trumpian logic could “fix journalism.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/1814m 26s

Trump, The NRA, And More Illegal Activity

León Krauze talks to Mike Spies, a reporter for nonprofit news outlet The Trace, which covers the U.S. gun violence crisis. Mike broke a story about how the NRA and the Trump campaign coordinated their advertising strategies during the 2016 presidential campaign. Also covered: The NRA’s $30 million contribution in support of Trump in 2016 -- which is an exceptional amount of money for the association -- Marina Butina, and what it will take to turn around the U.S. gun crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/1830m 48s

The Depths Of Disinformation In 2016

Virginia Heffernan talks to David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones and co-author with Michael Isikoff of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. Included: The lack of media attention on Trump-Russia ties around the election, the carnival cast of characters that come with political scandals, and of course, collusion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/1847m 0s

The Tragic Flaw Of James Comey

Virginia Heffernan talks to analyst Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for Third Way’s National Security Program, about all things James Comey, including his testimony and takes on his role and righteousness, and what we would want to hear from him. Plus, Rex Tillerson, the new UN ambassador and how Trump elects women to his cabinet, and more Trump-Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/1838m 59s

Those 80s Moments That Politicized Trump

Virginia Heffernan tackles the history of Trump-Russia ties with Seth Abramson, author of “Proof of Collusion” and an arbiter of curatorial journalism. Virginia poses questions for Seth from Twitter, including a speed round examining the role of women whitewashing Trump, the prospective futures of Ivanka Trump and Michael Flynn, and the best and worst case scenarios for Trump at this point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/1844m 5s

It’s All About Mogilevich

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Craig Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin, about Semion Mogilevich, Trump Tower and money laundering, and the odd connection with Chabad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/12/1811m 30s

Whodunit? Solving Trumpian Mysteries With A.G. Of Mueller, She Wrote

Virginia Heffernan gets into the gritty details with A.G. of indie podcast Mueller, She Wrote about everything from Paul Manafort to Oleg Deripaska. Also explored: Russian oligarchy ties, Viktor Yanukovych, and Marina Butina. Further reading links highly recommended! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/1834m 28s

Trump’s Ex-Associates Hit The Courts

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Honig, CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, about Papadopoulos, proper sentencing for white-collar crime, and more speculations on the timing of Mueller indictments post-thanksgiving.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/1840m 57s

The Disaster Of Trump’s Disaster Management

León Krauze talks to Dr. Scott G. Knowles, disasters and public policy expert and author of the book “The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risks in Modern America,” on Trump’s response to the California wildfires and other disasters from a policy perspective, the realities of what it takes to effectively manage these events, and calling out the lighter-fluid effect Trump’s words have on people and policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/1831m 12s

Trump Retreats Into His Cocoon

Virginia Heffernan talks to Eli Stokols, White House reporter for the LA Times and political analyst at MSNBC, about Trump’s post-election mood and why it’s different from his other moods. Plus, his California wildfire gaffes, a guess at who’s on the short list to leave the White House in the next few weeks, and why he still may have the support of some veterans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/1839m 1s

Thirsting for Indictments

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan welcomes Daniel Goldman, MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who reads the tea leaves and feels out the potential for Mueller indictments. Plus: Julian Assange, the art of hacker timing, and legal terms you might not know.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/11/1810m 44s

Is Your Candidate Racist? Apply the Gillum Test

Virginia Heffernan talks Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith, who just penned a piece called “Trumpism is Racism, So Things Will Get Worse.” Also: the “Gillum Test” and this week’s heightened harassment of women of color in the White House press pool. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/1837m 49s

Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform: Trumpcast Presents What Next

What Next is the new daily news podcast from Slate, hosted by Mary Harris. Today Trumpcast is proud to present the latest episode of What Next, which is all about former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Just as he was getting kicked out the door, Sessions wanted to do one last thing: strongly limit the strength and use of consent decrees moving forward. It’s a move that deals a significant blow to the Department of Justice’s ability to reign in police abuse across the country. Today on the show: what is a consent decree? And what happens in one small town in Louisiana when Jeff Sessions takes office and decides to turn a blind eye to its abuses? This episode is brought to you Hello Fresh. For a total of $60 off (that’s $20 off your first 3 boxes) visit HelloFresh.com/WHATNEXT60 and enter WHATNEXT60. And by Merrill Lynch. Get the advice and guidance to help you live the life you want at ML.com/you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/1821m 38s

Post-Election Truths of the Caravan

León Krauze talks to Karla Zabludovsky, Mexico Bureau Chief and Latin American correspondent for Buzzfeed News, who has been on the ground with the migrant caravan the conservative media focused on so heavily this election. They explore how the caravan formed, how the coverage began, Mexico’s treatment of Central Americans, and one important, non-hype message people should take away from this story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/1834m 41s

The GOP Loves Voter Suppression

Virginia Heffernan talks voter suppression in the 2018 midterm elections with Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Also, the significance of Kris Kobach’s defeat and Florida returning voting rights to ex-felons. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/1838m 30s

Still Missing Khashoggi

Virginia Heffernan discusses the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch, a sobering reminder that the current administration seems to be turning a blind eye to human rights abuses. Further Reading:World Leaders Should Reject Saudi Whitewash Why the US has to Hold Saudi Arabia to Account for the Disappearance and Alleged Slaying of Khashoggi Saudi Arabia: Reveal Fate of Jamal Khashoggi Trump administration appears in no hurry to judge Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi killing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/1834m 26s

Return of the Repressed

Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN contributor and impeachment attorney Ross Garber about the recently unsealed Watergate “Road Map,” and what it could imply for any reports issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Further Reading: The Watergate “Road Map” and the Coming Mueller Report Grand jury report and recommendation to the House Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1845m 38s

Is There A Latino Vote?

León Krauze talks with Roberto Suro, professor of public policy and journalism at the University of Southern California, about the much-buzzed-about Latino vote and the 2018 midterms. And John Di Domenico returns with more tweets. Further reading: Whatever Happened to Latino Political Power? The Democrats Have a Latino Problem Democrats Can’t Count on Latinos to Swing The Midterms Latina Republican known as 'Maria Elvira' battles Donna Shalala for Fla. congressional seat Latinos Could Help Sway the Midterms Trump’s Manufactured Menace Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 17s

Catching Up on Manafort

Now that Paul Manafort’s trials are over, we catch up with the story. Virginia Heffernan talks to Rachel Weiner, who’s been reporting from the courthouse for the Washington Post. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/188m 16s

She's Running: Trumpcast Presents The Waves

This week, our friends at the feminism and politics podcast The Waves crafted an episode all about women and the midterm elections. Hosts Christina Cauterucci and Hanna Rosin are joined by Senior Political Reporter for Glamour Celeste Katz, and D.C. State Democratic Committeewoman Latifa Lyles to discuss how the ways women run for office have changed, if women really make better leaders, and how female politicians are depicted in the media. Podcast production by Danielle Hewitt. Research assistance by Alex Barasch. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: M. Gemi. For $50 off your first pair of shoes, go to mgemi.com/WAVES. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 10m

HHS and Transgender Erasure

Virginia Heffernan talks to Katelyn Burns, federal policy reporter for Rewire.News, about the HHS memo that could officially begin to erase transgender identity in government documents. Plus, our very own John Di Domenico is back with more tweets. This episode is brought to you by Blinkist. Go to blinkist.com/trumpcast to start your free trial today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 6s

Where The Trump Tweets Began

Virginia Heffernan talks to Peter Singer, co-author of the book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” about how Trump began using social media to rebrand himself into political life, Mike Flynn’s Twitter habits, conspiracy theorists, and why it’s tough to disconnect (even though we know better). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1842m 26s

The Midterm Elections Are Gonna Be Lit

Virginia Heffernan talks to Emmy award-winning political journalist Jeffrey Greenfield about the midterm elections and why the district races in New Jersey are so crucial for flipping the House, other important races to watch, and waning support for Nancy Pelosi.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 40s

Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival -- The U.S. Relationship With Mexico

In a special live panel co-hosted by Slate and the Texas Tribune, Leon Krauze talks to Roberta Jacobson and Antonio Garza, two former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico, about the history of the relationship between the two countries, immigration, and harmful effects of Trump’s nativism. Plus, why they never liked the term “Drug War.” This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SimpliSafe, protect your home today with twenty-four seven monitoring for just fifteen dollars a month, visit simplisafe.com/trumpcast. Express VPN, take back your Internet privacy today. Find out how you can get 3 months free at expressvpn.com/trumpcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1845m 52s

Sheldon Adelson’s Influence

Virginia Heffernan talks to Justin Elliott, a reporter at Pro Publica, about his new report on Sheldon Adelson, his donations to Donald Trump, and the influence he’s gained within the administration. Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcast Podcast production by A.C. Valdez and Shirley Chan. Further Reading: Trump’s Patron-in-Chief Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/189m 20s

Vindication at Last?

Virginia Heffernan talks to Franklin Foer, national correspondent for the Atlantic, who reported for Slate in 2016 on communications between a Trump server and a Russian bank. We’ll revisit the story in light of his recent piece for The Atlantic. Also, John Di Domenico is back with more tweets. Join Slate Plus to Hear More Trumpcast! Go to Slate.com/Plus Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcast Podcast production by A.C. Valdez and Shirley Chan. Further Reading:Suspended Animation in the Age of Trump Trump's Server, Revisited Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia? Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 19s

Benjamin Wittes admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record. So why wouldn’t he confirm him?

Virginia Heffernan talks to Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about why he admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record, but also why he wouldn’t vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a member of the Supreme Court. Further reading:Why I wouldn’t confirm Brett KavanaughKavanaugh’s Minnesota Law Review article, cited by Benjamin Wittes in this episodeKavanaugh on Judge David Barron’s book on Congress, the presidency, and war powers Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcast Podcast production by A.C. Valdez and Daniel Schroeder Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1848m 15s

What should the FBI be examining about Judge Kavanaugh?

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Honig, former federal and state prosecutor and now a professor at Rutgers University about who the FBI should be talking to and the significance of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar entries. Also: what does Honig make of the questions asked by Rachel Mitchell? And John Di Domenico returns with more tweets! Further reading:Rachel Mitchell did sex-crime victims a disservice Three things the FBI must investigate on Ford and Kavanaugh Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcast Podcast production by A.C. Valdez and Shirley Chan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 45s

Trumpcast Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are back together in Texas to chat about Brett Kavanaugh, reporting on The White House, and the many investigations that may spring up if the Democrats take the House after midterms. Guests: Ana Marie Cox and Ashley Parker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 27m

Ford's Testimony and The Real Brett Kavanaugh

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern about Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh's hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 34s

Ford's Credibility and Kavanaugh's Lies

Virginia Heffernan talks to Michelle Goldberg, columnist at The New York Times, about the latest surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, Christine Blasey Ford's allegation, and the #MeToo movement as a whole. Plus, getting exactly what you need from a Kavanaugh character witness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 36s

Raising Red Flags and The Story of Our Time

Virginia Heffernan talks to BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier about his latest money trail story surrounding Aras Agalarov and some suspicious financial activity that happened after the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Plus, how illicit money moves around the world and why this is the actual story of our time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 40s

The New Trump Rallies [Teaser S+]

This is a teaser of the Trumpcast episode for Sept. 11, 2018. To listen to the full episode, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/trumpcastplus. Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jared Yates Sexton, a professor at Georgia Southern University and a close observer of President Trump's rallies. They discuss Plaid Shirt Guy and what the rallies mean as Trump's base unravels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/185m 48s

The Brett Kavanaugh Hearings in the Shadow of a Chaotic White House

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick to discuss the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Senator Kamala Harris' interrogation of the Supreme Court nominee, and the protests surrounding the whole event. Plus, the two also discuss the New York Times Op-Ed released by an anonymous senior Trump administration official. John Di Domenico also returns with more tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 54s

A Tower in Toronto and the Story of Kleptocracy

Jacob Weisberg talks to Tom Burgis of the Financial Times about his story "Tower of Secrets: The Russian Money Behind a Donald Trump Skyscraper." The two discuss a deal in Toronto, why western real estate is sought after to clean money, and what more this says about the rise of kleptocracy around the world. Alex Shnaider has responded to Tom's story and can be read here in full: "An Article Littered With 'Ifs' and 'Possibilities.'" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 20s

A Campaign Finance Crash Course

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Trevor Potter, Former Commissioner & Chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), to talk about how Trump may have violated campaign finance laws. Also, why has the FEC been so ineffective enforcing the laws and why is Trump's case different from John Edwards? Plus, the up and down day of the White House flag as imagined by Steve Waltien and Asher Perlman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 40s

SDNY, The Trump Organization, and Pardons

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, to talk about Allen Weisselberg and if in fact his immunity means the investigations are getting deeper into the Trump Organization. Also, the two game out a few different pardon scenarios surroundings the president and Paul Manafort. Plus, Kate James and Asher Perlman do away with dog whistles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 14s

ICE and the Unfolding Immigration Tragedy

León Krauze jumps into the host chair for the day to chat with The Atlantic's Frank Foer about his cover story on ICE, the fear in immigrant communities, and what to make of the Paul Manafort fiasco at the end of this week. Plus, John Di Domenico returns with more tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 43s

The Cohen Plea and Manafort Verdict

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mimi Rocah, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, about Cohen's guilty plea and the verdict in the Manafort trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 39s

The Outspoken John Brennan and What He Left Behind

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mattathias Schwartz about Trump revoking John Brennan's security clearance. Also, what are we to make of Brennan's outspokenness? What about his legacy? And what did he leave in Trump's hands? Plus, the White House tries to clearly definite NDAs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 13s

Omarosa and Reality Show Politics

Virginia Heffernan talks to Lola Ogunnaike, host of "Entertainment Weekly The Show" about Omarosa finally making her way through the Trump love-hate cycle. How has she handled the press and how has the press handled her? Plus, what would an n-word tape do (if anything) about Trump’s already blatant racism? Oh and reality TV. A lot of it. Plus, John Di Domenico is back with more tweets! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 58s

Slow Burn | S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

Trumpcast presents a preview of the 2nd season of Slow Burn. For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Slow Burn every week. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1839m 51s

Learning From James Clapper's Life in Intelligence

Virginia Heffernan talks to James R. Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, about his book Facts and Fear: Hard Truths From A Life In Intelligence. What did he think of the North Korea & Putin summits? How can our institutions protect themselves from cyber threats? And what else are we to make of the Mueller GRU indictments? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 39s

Cyberwar and Security in the Trump Era

Jacob Weisberg talks to Clint Watts, the author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News, about the question of cyberwar. What is it? What counts? Does the United States have a clear strategy around it? And what's some basic internet hygiene we all can practice for safe surfing? Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the weekend's tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1838m 42s

Is the Facebook Problem Unfixable?

Virginia Heffernan talks to Siva Vaidhyanathan, the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, about the post-IRA indictment struggles at Facebook and whether or not it can be saved. Plus, Steve Waltien and Kate James join with a new Facebook ad and a doctor with a particular set of skills. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 25s

Why Trump and India Aren't Working Out

Jacob Weisberg talks to James Crabtree, the author of The Billionaire Raj, about the Trump administration's relations with India and why it's not working out. Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 18s

When the President Takes Putin's Side Over Yours

Jacob Weisberg talks to the former American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, about how he ended up in Putin's sights, Trump not confronting Putin, how the Kremlin abuse Interpol and more.  Plus, all the presidents' all caps statements. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 10s

Cohen’s Basement Tapes

Virginia Heffernan talks to Emily Jane Fox, senior reporter at Vanity Fair, about the Trump-Cohen tape that was released on Tuesday, its implications, and why if you don't understand the relationship between the two, you don't understand Trump's relationship to anybody. Plus, the new "hip" form of journalism over at AMI. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 4s

The Pieces of the Mueller Puzzle

Virginia Heffernan talks to Garrett Graff, a contributor at WIRED and the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program, about the shape of the Mueller investigation. How has the role of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein evolved over the last year? Plus, what's the mood amongst intelligence officials at the Aspen Security Forum? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 39s

The Man Putin Singled Out

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice campaign, about the moment his name came up during the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. Why does Vladimir Putin want him more than just about anybody else in the world? Plus, Putin's lies vs. Trump's lies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 45s

Trump’s Submission in Helsinki

Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum, a columnist at the Washington Post and the author of Red Famine, about the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. How will we remember it? Why has President Trump refused to confront Putin for attacking our democracy? And how is Trump's foreign policy advancing Putin's worldview? Plus, John Di Domenico returns with more tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 40s

Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Officers, Trump Prepares to Meet Putin Anyway

Virginia Heffernan talks to Max Bergmann, Sr. Fellow at Center for American Progress and Director of The Moscow Project, about the latest round of Mueller indictments and its effects in the lead-up to the Trump/Putin meeting next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 9s

The ACLU in the Trump Era

Jacob Weisberg talks to Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, about the mission of the ACLU in the Trump era and whether it's causing any tension in the organization. Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 55s

The Fight Liberals Should & Shouldn’t Pick with Kavanaugh

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School and Bloomberg to talk about Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The two discuss the implications of his nomination on Roe v. Wade and whether or not his writing suggests he'd be in favor or against indicting the president. Plus, Trey Gowdy wants this witch hunt to finish the hell up already! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 30s

Lessons from South Africa

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andries du Toit, a researcher and writer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, about the years before, during, and after apartheid and if there are any lessons we can take away from it for America today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 26s

Overcoming Class Cluelessness

Jacob Weisberg talks to Joan C. Williams, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings, about liberal condescension towards the white working class and what the coastal elites get wrong about some Trump supporters. Plus, John Bolton preps with Vladimir Putin for the Helsinki summit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 57s

Civility as a Cudgel

Jamelle Bouie talks to Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor at UVA's Miller Center, about the topic of "civility." How has the word been used to protect the status quo in the past? And is this what happens when a political system is failing a people? Plus, Steve Waltien, Asher Perlman, and Kate James return to teach us a lesson on civility. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 56s

The Supreme Court Without Justice Kennedy

Jacob Weisberg talks to Rick Hasen, a Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine, about Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court, the weight this will put on Chief Justice John Roberts, and whether or not this will finally motivate the left to vote on the courts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1819m 48s

The Travel Ban Stands and the Legacy of the Roberts Court

Jacob Weisberg talks to Emily Bazelon about SCOTUS and its decision on Trump's travel ban. Plus, what are we to make of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 30s

Detained Without Trial: A History of Concentration Camps

Jamelle Bouie talks to Andrea Pitzer, the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. The two provide context to a conversation being had today about whether the detention centers on the border merit comparison to concentration camps. Plus, what justifications have been used in the past to keep civilians detained without trial? What can history tell us about this moment? Also, John Di Domenico returns with a new set of tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 37s

The Reality of Family Separation and "Zero-Tolerance"

Jacob Weisberg talks to KPBS's Jean Guerrero about a migrant children facility she visited and why presenting yourself for asylum at a port of entry isn't all the administration talks it up to be. Then, Erik Hanshew, a federal public defender in El Paso, joins us to discuss the cases he's seeing along the border and how difficult it is to reunite a parent with their child (or children). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 37s

"It's All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care."

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick reads her cover story from earlier this week, "It's All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1813m 21s

Manafort Goes to Jail

Jayson De Leon jumps into the host seat for the day to chat about Paul Manafort's arraignment with Tierney Sneed of Talking Points Memo who was at the courthouse to watch the day's events unravel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1820m 24s

Clown Yalta

Virginia Heffernan talks to Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, about Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-Un and what, if anything, substantive came out of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 58s

The Sewage of Trump's Trade War

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Slate's Jordan Weissmann to talk about Trump's showdown with Trudeau on tariffs and the future of NAFTA. Plus, two soldiers receive their centuries-old wish. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 6s

Our Pardon Giving President Perverts the Pardon

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick to talk about Trump's performative pardons and how he continues to destabilize trust in our institutions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 37s

The Black Widow, The Giant, and the Tallest Tower in Europe

Virginia Heffernan talks to BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier about his story that broke today on Ivanka Trump's Olympic weightlifter connection to Vladimir Putin and what that has to do with Trump Tower Moscow. Plus, insight into the relationship between Michael Cohen and the president's daughter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1820m 45s

Gearing Up For a Subpoena Showdown

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham law school, to talk about the letter that leaked this past weekend wherein the president's lawyers all but admitted that he obstructed justice. Plus, what's the bigger game plan behind the leak and how can this effect Rod Rosenstein's oversight of the investigation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 17s

Trumpcast Live From Brooklyn

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Michael Avenatti to talk about his day in court and his strategy heading forward in the Stormy Daniels case. Plus, the three discuss Trump's "Spygate" (or, "Spyghazi," rather) and the cancellation of Roseanne's TV show after her racist tweets. Plus, Steve Waltien, Kate James, and Asher Perlman drop in after each segment with some improv comedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 9m

An Encyclopedia of Trump’s Dishonesty

Jacob Weisberg talks to Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star about his running tally of Trump's false claims and what the difference is between that and his lies. Also, if the President is just spewing crap all the time, what's the point of tracking it and organizing it into categories? Plus, the White House continues to have a major problem stopping leakers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 18s

Three Sketches on Two Stories (Bonus!)

For a Memorial Day weekend bonus episode, we've compiled three brand new sketches to share with you – from Don Jr's Trump Tower transcript to the reaction from Trump's base on the ZTE deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1810m 20s

Can You Indict the President?

Jacob Weisberg talks to Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School about what it would take to prosecute a sitting president. Plus, is the free speech decision about Trump's Twitter wrong? And is Trump taking a page out of Bill Clinton's book? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 45s

Trump's Challenge to Prosecutorial Independence

Jacob Weisberg talks to Rebecca Roiphe of New York Law School about the stress test Trump is putting on prosecutorial independence and how the DoJ is responding to it. Have you bought tickets to our live show yet? Our special guest is Michael Avenatti! We'll be live from The Bell House in Brooklyn on May 30th. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 5s

Draconian and Cruel Immigration Policies

Jamelle Bouie talks to Vox's Dara Lind about the latest moves the Trump administration has made on immigration and on the southern border. Join us for our live show in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 730PM (ET). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 43s

Upon Further Review: What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?

We're introducing you to a new show from Slate today called Upon Further Review! Listen to the first episode via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, or wherever you listen. Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it. That frustration fueled a persecution complex that would eventually bring down his presidency. How would history be different had Nixon been more than just a tackle dummy on his college football team? Upon Further Review and Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh explores that question, and other great what ifs from sports history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 25s

A Very Stormy Disclosure

Jacob Weisberg is joined by The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold to discuss Trump's repayment to Michael Cohen, what else we learned from the President's financial disclosure , and just what the hell is the Chicago Unit Acquisition LLC? Join us for our live show in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 730PM (ET). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 33s

A Torture Victim Speaks To Gina Haspel

Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist, Theo Padnos, about his open letter to Trump's CIA nominee, Gina Haspel. about his time spent in a Syrian torture prison and why, if it comes down to it, she must never obey torture orders from our Commander-in-chief. Join us for our live show in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 730PM (ET). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 42s

The Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare's Tyrants

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Isaac Butler, host of Slate's new podcast "Lend Me Your Ears," to talk about his show and what inspired it. Plus, Isaac and Virginia talk to the author of Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Stephen Greenblatt, about the psychic tyranny of of Shakespeare's tyrants and what the work of the playwright can tell us about Trump and our era. Go check out Lend Me Your Ears! And join us for our live show in Brooklyn, New York on May 30th! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 52s

Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

Hey Trumpcast listeners we wanted to introduce you to a new show! It's called Lend Me Your Ears and it's a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into a different Shakespeare play to explore how Shakespeare was responding to his current events, and how they map onto our own. In this first episode, Lend Me Your Ears is looking at one of Shakespeare’s most accessible works: Julius Caesar. Why was the Bard so fascinated with the fall of the Roman Republic? Why do we tend to turn to this play when we worry about society’s future? How have contemporary theater makers reinvented Shakespeare’s version of the story for their audiences, especially in troubled political times? Subscribe to Lend Me Your Ears on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Slate Plus members get a bonus episode of Lend Me Your Ears every month. Learn more at slate.com/shakespeare Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1841m 5s

A Slush Fund for Playmates, an Oligarch, and the President?

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan and ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger to discuss the latest Michael Cohen story surrounding his Delaware LLC. Be sure to join Trumpcast Live in Brooklyn on May 30th! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 17s

Trump Withdraws From Iran Deal In Spiteful Fashion

Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's War Stories correspondent, Fred Kaplan, about President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, grifting vs. grafting and more Trump tweets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 16s

Michael Avenatti is Beating Trump at His Own Game

Virginia Heffernan is joined by her co-host, Jacob Weisberg, to chat about pornstars, hush money, sex, and lies as enhanced by Rudy Giuliani this week. Join us at our live show in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday May 30th! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1822m 1s

The Real Answer to Russian Disinformation

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev to talk about the "Arena" project which analyzes disinformation, polarization, and tries to create a counter-response to all the noise. The three discuss the tactics of Russian disinformation, how to talk about it, and how to create a powerful counter narrative. Plus, the vetting of Ronny Jackson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1839m 43s

Reading into the Leak of the Mueller Questions

Virginia Heffernan talks to Eric Columbus, a former lawyer at the Department of Justice, about the leak of the Mueller questions and the questions themselves. What can we read into them? What do we make of the leak? Don't forget to buy tickets to our live show in Brooklyn, NY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 17s

Dreaming of Hillary on the Campaign Trail

Virginia Heffernan talks to the author of Chasing Hillary, Amy Chozick, about "New York Times worship," being what she calls an "unwitting agent of Russian intelligence," and why she kept having dreams of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Plus, the RNC is still digging for the right website to discredit James Comey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 2s

Is Trump's Chaos Beating the Press?

Jacob Weisberg is joined by the media critic, Jay Rosen, to talk about why he thinks Trump is winning and the press is losing. Plus, Rod Rosenstein has been under fire for so long that he's prepared himself for the phone call. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 23s

Us vs. Them Told in Two Parts

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Mark Joseph Stern about the opening arguments at the Supreme Court today surrounding Trump's travel ban and then is joined by Ian Bremmer to chat through his new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism. Do you have tickets to our live show yet? We'll be live at the Brooklyn Bell House on May 30th with a special guest! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 25s

The Book and Memos of James Comey

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan discuss James Comey's new book A Higher Loyalty and the recent batch of Comey memos that leaked on Thursday evening. Be sure to buy tickets to our live show on May 30th in Brooklyn, NY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 15s

How the Southern District of NY Flips Made Men

Virginia Heffernan talks to a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Mimi Rocah, about her start at the department in the early 2000s, working alongside Jim Comey, and what her prosecutions of organized crime units for the SDNY can tell us about the Michael Cohen case. Be sure to buy tickets to our live show on May 30th in Brooklyn, NY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1840m 47s

A Measured View of the Cohen Probe

Jacob Weisberg talks to Tim O'Brien, Executive Editor of Bloomberg View, to catch up about the latest surrounding the Michael Cohen story and why it may not be all the media is cooking it up to be. Plus, who are the two names we should be looking for as the investigation into the Trump organization moves forward? Steve Waltien and Asher Perlman improvised today's sketch in our Brooklyn studio. Did you like today's show? If so, show your support by voting for us for a Webby! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 50s

A Pruitt and a Pardon

Jamelle Bouie talks to Mother Jones' Rebecca Leber about the "liberties" Scott Pruitt is taking as a public official and how it's effecting the EPA as a whole. Trumpcast will be live in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 7:30PM (ET). Tickets are currently on sale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 25s

Raiding Trump's Fixer, Dealmaker, and Lawyer

Jacob Weisberg talks to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa and The New Yorker's Adam Davidson about the raid on Michael Cohen's office and why Michael Cohen is much more than just Trump's personal lawyer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 23s

Trump’s Nativist Delusions and Peña Nieto’s Response

Virginia Heffernan is joined by host of Slate's El Gabfest, León Krauze, to discuss Trump's renewed nativist delusions, the responses by the Mexican president and Mexican presidential candidates, and just what Americans can do to counter Trump's narrative. Did you like today's show? If so, show your support by voting for us for a Webby! And don't forget to catch Slate's Slow Burn Live in NYC on April 19th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 4s

The MBS-JK Connection Takes on the Middle East

Jacob Weisberg talks to Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker about the young 30-somethings trying to reform the Middle East – Jared Kushner and Mohammed bin Salman. How did they forge this relationship? What does Saudi Arabia want in the region and how is the White House emboldening them? Did you like today's show? If so, show your support by voting for us for a Webby! And don't forget to catch Slate's Slow Burn Live in NYC on April 19th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 50s

Sinclair's Local News Propaganda Bomb

Jacob Weisberg talks to Erik Wemple of The Washington Post about Sinclair Broadcasting, Trump's recent attacks on the press, and the decline of local news. Don't forget to vote for Trumpcast to win a Webby! And come check out Slow Burn Live in NYC! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 10s

All That Kushner Money

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jesse Drucker of The New York Times about the money coming into Kushner Co's hands (which Jared continues to have a significant stake in) from both foreign and domestic partners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 22s

Liberal Democracy’s Misplaced Faith in the Future

Jacob Weisberg talks to Timothy Snyder, the author of The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. The two discuss the shift from a politics of inevitability to a politics of eternity and just what that means. Also, Tim describes the ways in which Russia is attacking the American psychosphere and how modern oligarchies are using irrational immeasurable forms of strength to gain power on the world stage. Timothy Snyder's new book is available Tuesday, April 3rd. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 41s

Michael Cohen Must Be Kicking Himself

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox about the Stormy Daniels' 60 Minutes interview and just how Michael Cohen's role in the scandal could factor into the Mueller investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 24s

Trump Is Finally Getting the Team He Wants

Jacob Weisberg chats with Fred Kaplan about the departure of H.R. McMaster and the arrival of John Bolton. Also, Harry Litman, a former US Attorney, joins us to talk about the latest shakeups on Trump's legal team. Plus, Steve Waltien and Asher Perlman meditate on Paul Manafort's ankles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1841m 41s

Who Trashed the Party?

Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. They also discuss Andrew's latest story on Reddit and meditate on free speech and how we navigate the Internet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1843m 8s

John Kelly's Power and Failure

Jacob Weisberg talks to Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, about what it takes to be a successful Chief of Staff, how John Kelly reinforces Trump's partisan instincts, and why he has failed even by his own narrow definitions of the job. Plus, an incredible coincidence takes place in the Seychelles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 21s

The PutinCon Files

Virginia Heffernan is joined by The Guardian's Luke Harding and the Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice campaign, Bill Browder, to discuss Vladamir Putin, his actions in the UK, and just what message he's sending to the Western world. Today's show was recorded from PutinCon in NYC on Friday, March 16th, 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 31s

Rating the Trump-Russia Angles

Jacob Weisberg chats with Michael Isikoff and David Corn, authors of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. They discuss why Trump continues to show deference towards the Kremlin, his history with Russia, and rate the Trump-Russia angles up to this point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1846m 31s

The Ghost of the Mueller Investigation

Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Hannah Seligson about Ivanka Trump. How has she been able to escape the eye of the Mueller investigation & the critical eye of the media for so long? What can be done about it? Read Hannah's latest work for The Intercept, "Ivanka Trump Backed Flynn and Manafort. She Discussed Firing Comey. How Has She Evaded Mueller's Investigation?" and at the Columbia Journalism Review, "The Queen of Spin." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 59s

Rex Tillerson's Long Goodbye

Jacob Weisberg talks to Politico's Susan Glasser about the firing of Rex Tillerson and what (if anything) we can expect from the incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 37s

Stormy Sues, Sanders Slips, and Cohen Tries Another Fix

Jacob Weisberg talks to the Washington Post's Beth Reinhard about the Stormy Daniels lawsuit and Michael Cohen's restraining order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 36s

Democracy Gets a Checkup

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy, to talk about his new book, how democracies are holding up around the globe, and what liberals in America can do about the populist uprising. Plus, the plight of the Russian bots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 36s

Getting Whole

Virginia Heffernan talks to BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier about the FBI investigation that nearly had Paul Manafort before the Trump campaign, the result of that, and why Anthony doesn't think Paul Manafort will flip. Plus, the two try to make sense of the Nastya Rybka story which may entangle both Manafort and Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 19s

Overleveraged and Under Scrutiny

Jacob Weisberg is joined by The Washington Post's Shane Harris to discuss the fallout of Jared Kushner's security clearance downgrade and just how his role in the West Wing could be changing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 14s

A System of Silencing

Jacob Weisberg talks to Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker about Trump's way of silencing the women he has had affairs with. Plus, why did Jared get a down graded security clearance? Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 11s

The Big Facebook Talk

Virginia Heffernan talks to WIRED's Editor-in-Chief, Nick Thompson, and the Director of the Center for Media & Citizenship at the University of Virginia, Siva Vaidhyanathan, about all the issues that have plagued Facebook for the past several years and how the company is reacting after the Mueller indictments just one week ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1844m 21s

High School Revolutionaries Are Changing the Gun Debate

Dahlia Lithwick talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, about the current state of the gun debate. Plus, Mary Beth Tinker, of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, joins us for an inspiring message on student free speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 57s

Project Lakhta and Russia's Plan to Screw With America

Jacob Weisberg talks to Just Security's Kate Brannen about the most recent round of Mueller indictments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 0s

John Kelly and the Complicity Machine

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vox's Jane Coaston about the Chief of Staff, John Kelly, and his role in the Rob Porter story. Plus, more on security clearances and why we should be paying attention to how the details of this story are getting out of the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 21s

The Effects of Reckless Rhetoric

Jamelle Bouie talks to Jacob Levy, a professor of political theory at McGill University, about his essay "The Weight of the Words," and why we shouldn't just be brushing off Trump's rhetoric on the left or the right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 11s

The Partisan Attacks on Christopher Steele

Jacob Weisberg talks to John Sipher, a former senior member of the CIA's Intelligence Service, about Christopher Steele and the partisan attacks on him and his work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 34s

Releasing the Meme

Virginia Heffernan talks to information warfare expert Molly McKew about the #ReleaseTheMemo phenomenon and why it should alarm us that the campaign ultimately landed in our President's brain as the #1 item on his political agenda. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 47s

An Incomprehensible Dud of a Memo

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the release of the Nunes memo and why, despite its many flaws, it may still be a win for Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 37s

What if We Never See the Mueller Report?

Virginia Heffernan talks to Ross Garber, a defense lawyer who has represented three Republican governors during impeachment proceedings, about how Trump's lawyers could be thinking about defending their client. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 47s

How Paul Manafort's Life Unraveled

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Atlantic's Frank Foer about his most recent cover story on Paul Manafort and how the American hustler's life fell apart in recent years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 20s

The Outgoing McCabe and the Incoming Memo

Producer Jayson De Leon talks to Matthew Miller, MSNBC's Justice and Security Analyst & formerly of the Department of Justice, about the resignation of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the controversy surrounding the Devin Nunes memo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 59s

The Davos Man (Live from the WEF)

Jacob Weisberg is joined by BuzzFeed's Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, for a quick chat about Donald Trump's address to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1817m 56s

A Rot at the Core of the Republic

Virginia Heffernan talks to The Atlantic's David Frum about the Evangelical right's justification for Trump, how the people around him are holding up so far in their positions, and why he thinks what we're facing today is much more serious than Watergate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 0s

The Shutdown Vote (UPDATED)

Producer Jayson De Leon talks to Slate's Jim Newell about the run-up to the government shutdown. Then, how did the shutdown vote unfold? We have a play-by-play of sorts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 34s

Racism, The Dems, and #MeToo

Virginia Heffernan talks to the LA Times' Jamil Smith about Trump's racism, how the Democrats have fared over the past year, and what (if any) parallels they can find between the #MeToo movement and Trump's lies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 1s

$130,000 in Hush Money

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jacob Weisberg to chat about the Stormy Daniels story, Jacob's involvement in it, and how the story is important in the context of the dossier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 31s

A Dangerous, Bumbling, Racist Idiot

Jacob Weisberg talks to Brian Klaas, author of The Despot's Apprentice, about Trump's dictatorial tendencies and why the Republicans are still refusing to call out the President after his "shithole" comment yesterday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 29s

The Immigration Fight Escalates

Jamelle Bouie is joined by Vox’s Dara Lind to discuss the latest going on around Capitol Hill on immigration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 8s

10 Hours of Dossier Testimony

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan to pore through the release of Glenn Simpson's (Fusion GPS) testimony by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 13s

Obstructing and Burning

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, to discuss the recent revelations with regards to the President possibly obstructing justice. Plus, Asawin Suebsaeng, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast, joins us to discuss the Wolff story & his experience reporting on the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1842m 37s

The Commission is Dead, Not the Mission

Jamelle Bouie talks to Ari Berman, a writer at Mother Jones, about President Trump's now disbanded voter fraud commission and how the fight over voter suppression is still far from over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 25s

The Truth Didn't Set Us Free

Virginia Heffernan chats with Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter for the Washington Post, about how Washington failed to handle Kremlin trolls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 38s

Submission

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Michel Houellebecq's novel, Submission. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1839m 33s

Strategic Confusion

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Fred Kaplan about Trump’s new National Security Strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 12s

The Impending Tax Bill

Jacob Weisberg chats with economist Jason Furman about the impending GOP tax bill and its economic impact. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1830m 0s

All The President's Accusers

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Dahlia Lithwick and Jacob Weisberg to discuss all the sexual misconduct accusations against the President and what can be done about them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 53s

Acting Ethically in The Fog of War

Virginia Heffernan talks to Walter Shaub about the Office of Government Ethics, principled governance, and what it's like to run a federal agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 36s

Yet Another Round of Attacks on the Press

Jacob Weisberg chats with The Washington Post's Erik Wemple about Trump's most recent round of attacks on the press and about the reporting errors over the last week on the Russia investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 13s

Trump's Endorsement and Alabama's Senate Race

Jamelle Bouie talks to Geoffrey Skelley – associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. The two discuss the upcoming Alabama senate race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1822m 39s

The Russia Strand Trump Fears Most

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Guardian's Luke Harding about his new book Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win. Plus, our Secretary of State issues yet another denial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 5s

A Desperate Defense Knows No Bounds

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jeffrey Toobin (Senior Legal Analyst for CNN & Staff Writer at The New Yorker) to talk about Trump's defense in light of the most recent Flynn news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 26s

Flynn Breaks, What's Next? (UPDATED)

Producer Jayson De Leon chats with Just Security's Deputy Managing Editor, Kate Brannen. about the latest surrounding Michael Flynn's plea deal and where this all may point to next. Stick around after the break for Virginia Heffernan's conversation with TPM's Josh Marshall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1839m 26s

Nixon's Slow Burn

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Leon Neyfakh about his latest series Slow Burn | A Podcast About Watergate. Who are the lesser known characters of the scandal? What led to the Republicans ultimately turning on Nixon? And where does what we know now about Trump measure up on the Nixon scale? Listen to the first episode of Slow Burn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 35s

The Magnitsky Update with Bill Browder

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan are joined by Bill Browder to chat about the latest surrounding the Magnitsky Act, corruption, and those seeking to discredit his efforts worldwide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 5s

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha

Trumpcast presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.  People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 43s

Night Rider

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker) and Katie Roiphe (NYU) to discuss Robert Penn Warren's first novel, Night Rider. For the December book club we'll be reading Submission by Michel Houellebecq. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1839m 13s

A History of Bunk

Jacob Weisberg talks to Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center and poetry editor at The New Yorker, about his new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 48s

Trumpcast Live From San Francisco

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and John Di Domenico are live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco! The three hosts discuss Roy Moore, the Democrats and the question of impeachment, and the Russia investigation. Our special guest, Al Letson, joins for the last two topics. Plus, an audience Q&A and a lightning round answer to the question we've all been wondering – who's the dumbest of all the characters in the Russia scandal? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 29m

The Fox News Survivor & Alec Baldwin

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Justin Peters who spent 3 weeks watching Fox News. Plus, Jacob jumps on a quick call with Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen to talk about their new book You Can't Spell America Without Me - a parody of Donald Trump's first year in office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 29s

Slate Live Event: The People vs. Trump

The shocking results of the 2016 election left people wondering how our country would change under a Trump presidency. Many Americans feared the worst, some hoped for the best, and others leapt into action. Now, one year out, Slate will take stock of the year that was and celebrate the work of those who have served as a check on the administration. Join Slate writers for a series of one-on-one conversations with those at the forefront of politics, media, the law, and activism as they compare notes on the lessons, challenges, and victories they’ve seen over the past year—and what they expect from the next. Featuring … Jamelle Bouie, Slate chief political correspondent, in conversation with Tom Perriello, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Virginia Isaac Chotiner, Slate writer, in conversation with Jelani Cobb, staff writer for the New Yorker and professor at Columbia Journalism School Michelle Goldberg, New York Timescolumnist, in conversation with Tamika Mallory, Women’s March national co-chair and activist Dahlia Lithwick, Slate senior editor and legal writer, in conversation with Becca Heller, founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent, in conversation with Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change and hosted by Julia Turner, editor in chief of Slate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 21m

"The Last Republican President"

Josh King talks to Mark Updegrove, author of The Last Republicans, about why Bush 41 & Bush 43 may just be the last establishment Republicans to hold the presidency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 7s

The People vs. Trump: Year One (Live with Tom Perriello)

Jamelle Bouie is joined by former Virginia congressman, Tom Perriello, to discuss Tuesday's election and the Democrats moving forward. This is one of the five conversations from Wednesday night's live show. Follow us on Twitter for a heads up of when the full version will be available. And here's the best way to subscribe to Family Ghosts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1822m 28s

A Year Spent in Panic Inducing Bubbles

Virginia Heffernan chats with Slate's Laura Bennett & Allison Benedikt about the cover story they co-edited this week – The Year in Push Alerts: How Breaking News Became Our Lives, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 7s

The Giant Pool of Money Laundering

Jacob Weisberg gets an explainer from The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson about money laundering. Why do people do it? What does he see in the Manafort indictment?  Plus, Adam runs a theory of money laundering and the Trump organization by us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1837m 8s

Inching Closer to the Oval Office

Jacob Weisberg chats with the historian and author David Greenberg about how the latest revelations in the Trump-Russia scandal compare to those of Watergate. Plus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflection training. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 27s

Cut, Cut, Cut or Not So Much?

Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Jordan Weissmann about the GOP tax plan rollout and the nomination of new Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1819m 50s

A Long, Slow Revenge

Josh King jumps in for a weekday show to chat about the Frontline documentary, Putin's Revenge, with its producer-reporter, Jim Gilmore. Does Boris Yeltsin regret handing over the reins to Vladamir Putin? Why does Putin have it out for America? All that and more on today's show. Catch Part 2 of Putin's Revenge on Wednesday, November 1st at 10/9C on PBS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 14s

Bob Mueller's Opening Salvo [UPDATED]

Virginia Heffernan chats with former DoJ flack and current MSNBC justice and security analyst Matthew Miller about George Papadopoulos' guilty plea and why it was released after the Manafort and Gates indictments. Stick around after Virginia and Matt's chat for a conversation between Jacob Weisberg and Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1845m 11s

The Handmaid's Tale

Jacob Weisberg, Philip Gourevitch, and Katie Roiphe discuss what, if anything, Margaret Atwood's book can tell us about the Trump administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 39s

Ukrainian Politics in America

Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer and historian Anne Applebaum about the historical context of the Trump-Russian scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 10s

The Sound of a Rebel Yell

Jamelle Bouie talks to Ted Johnson, a fellow at New America and a veteran of the US Navy, about what Trump and the rest of the White House really mean when they call their critics "unpatriotic." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 58s

The Generals, North Korea, and Myanmar

Jacob Weisberg talks to Fred Kaplan about General Kelly's response to Trump's phone call with the widow of a US soldier who died during an operation in Niger. Plus, the two dive into the latest status surrounding North Korea and why the US government continues to be on the sidelines of what appears to be a genocide in Myanmar. Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to hear our interview with Rex Tillerson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 15s

Hello Dossier, My Old Friend

Virginia Heffernan talks to Business Insider's Natasha Bertrand about Trump's tweet this morning regarding the Steele dossier and why the firm behind it refused to testify to the House Intel Committee on Wednesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 49s

Impunity for Men Like Trump

Jacob Weisberg runs a theory by Emily Bazelon – with the election of Donald Trump is impunity for men like Trump coming to an end? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 15s

The Obama Backlash in Two Parts

Jamelle Bouie talks to Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, about the Obama backlash and Trump leaning into white racial resentment. Stick around after that interview to hear Trumpcast produer Jayson De Leon chat with Slate's Jordan Weissmann about the two health care executive orders Trump signed on Thursday. To sign up for Slate Plus go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 21s

Getting Off Easy

Jacob Weisberg is joined by ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger to talk about how Don Jr. & Ivanka Trump avoided felony fraud in a case involving the Trump SoHo project back in 2012. Plus, more on 'Moron'-gate & Rex Tillerson's "clear denial." Special thanks to Steve Waltien and John Di Domenico. Read the full story about Ivanka and Don Jr. over at The New Yorker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 16s

A Corker of a Story

Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Susan Glasser about the story of the weekend – Senator Bob Corker's rhetorical triple axel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 49s

#AskTrumpcast

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan take your questions via tweet, phone, and snail mail in our first edition of #AskTrumpcast. Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show for an exclusive Rex Tillerson sketch. If you're not a Slate Plus member go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus to sign up! Don't forget to join us at our live show in San Francisco on November 14th. You can find tickets and information at Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 6s

A Presidential Response?

Josh King talks to Sig Rogich, a Republican who helped make Las Vegas what it is today, about the events of this past week in the city, how it's recovering, and his response to the President's visit to the city compared to those of past presidents who've had to bring the country together after a tragedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 19s

Democracy vs. Itself

Jacob Weisberg checks back in with Yascha Mounk about the state of liberal democracy in America and abroad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1838m 21s

Trumpcast Live from IAB's Leadership Dialogues

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Studio 360's Kurt Andersen and Slate's Mike Pesca live in our Slate Brooklyn office to talk about Kurt's latest book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire. This was recorded as a part of IAB's Leadership Dialogues. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1846m 56s

Concern Trolling Jared

Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Josh Dawsey about Jared's private email use in the White House and the strange story behind how that story leaked. It's Pledge Week here at Trumpcast. Sign up for Slate Plus by going to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 18s

The Fine Points of Impeachment

Jacob Weisberg talks to Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School about his new book, Impeachment: A Citizens Guide, and the complexities involved in removing a President from office. We'll be live from San Francisco on Tuesday, November 14th! For tickets and more information go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 53s

Trumpcast Live From the Texas Tribune Festival

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and former executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, to discuss white supremacy, Democrats in Texas, and the 2016 election coverage. Plus, the team takes questions from the audience. This show was recorded as part of the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 21m

Strangers in Their Own Land

Jacob Weisberg, Philip Gourevitch, and Katie Roiphe are back for the Trumpcast Book Club to discuss Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land. Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go to Slate.com/Live. We're also still taking your questions for a future episode with Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan. Use the hashtag #AskTrumpcast on Twitter or send us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1845m 58s

The Last Person Standing

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanity Fair's Sarah Ellison about Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, and just what life in the administration has been like for the First Daughter. Read Sarah's story in Vanity Fair by clicking here. Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go to Slate.com/Live. We're also still taking your questions for a future episode with Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan. Use the hashtag #AskTrumpcast on Twitter or send us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 1s

Cornering Manafort

Virginia Heffernan talks to former FBI special agent & current CNN Legal and National Security analyst, Asha Rangappa, about the Manafort wiretap & the more detailed account of the raid on his home earlier this summer. Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go to Slate.com/Live. We're also still taking your questions for a future episode with Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan. Use the hashtag #AskTrumpcast on Twitter or send us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1822m 49s

Becoming the Opposition

Josh King talks to Philippe Reines, longtime spokesman and adviser to Hillary Clinton, about playing Donald Trump in debate prep and his former boss' book What Happened. Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show to hear our producer, Jayson De Leon, talk to The Ringer’s Editor-at-Large, Bryan Curtis, about ESPN’s Jemele Hill. To sign up for Slate Plus go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go to Slate.com/Live.   We're also still taking your questions for a future episode with Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan. Use the hashtag #AskTrumpcast on Twitter or send us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 26s

If You're Concerned and You Know It, Just Impeach

Virginia Heffernan talks to Matt Miller, formerly of the DoJ and currently an MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst, about the latest surrounding the Trump-Russia investigations. Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go to Slate.com/Live. We're also still taking your questions for a future episode with Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan. Use the hashtag #AskTrumpcast on Twitter or send us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 59s

The Party That Can't Govern

Jamelle Bouie talks to Julia Azari, a professor of political science at Marquette, about Trump's relationship with the GOP and why the Republicans can't govern. Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go to Slate.com/Live. We're also still taking your questions for a future episode with Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan. Use the hashtag #AskTrumpcast on Twitter or send us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 53s

How to Read L’Affaire Russe

Jacob Weisberg talks to Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes about who's saying what in the Trump-Russia investigation and why it's important to know the difference. You can read Ben's piece over at Lawfare by clicking here. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 40s

Facebook's Russia Problem

Virginia Heffernan talks to WIRED's Issie Lapowsky about the news from this week that Russian-linked accounts bought political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election. What does this mean for Facebook moving forward and why is this a problem that isn't going to go away? This week on Slate Plus, our producer, Jayson De Leon, chats with Slate's Jim Newell about Trump's deal with the Democrats on the debt ceiling. To sign up for Slate Plus go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 15s

The Big Debt

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg's Caleb Melby about Jared Kushner, the Kushner Company, and the mounting debt at their building – 666 Fifth Ave. Read Caleb's story "Kushners' China Deal Flop Was Part of a Much Bigger Hunt for Cash" by clicking here. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 13s

800,000 Hostages

Jacob Weisberg talks to Julia Preston of The Marshall Project about the end of DACA, its political motivations, and what this all means for the dreamers. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. One correction and one addition on today's show: Julia Preston covers immigration for The Marshall Project and as always, the great John Di Domenico is our voice of Donald Trump. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 9s

A New Breed of Lobbyists

Josh King talks to Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times about the new breed of lobbyists getting rich in Trump's Washington. Read Nick's full story in The New York Times Magazine by clicking here. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 10s

Lessons For a Recovery

Jamelle Bouie talks to Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the Flood, about the lessons of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and how they can be used going forward in Houston's recovery. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1822m 57s

The Key to a Thousand Doors

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Rice, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, about Felix Sater, Trump's original Russia connection, and why his name may come up more and more as Mueller's investigation unravels. Read Andrew's story The Original Russia Connection over at New York Magazine. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, Texas, for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of the New York Times, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 51s

The "Revolting" Administration

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Atlantic's McKay Coppins about the Trump cabinet appointees who over the weekend showed their lack of confidence in the President. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You can also leave us a voice message at: (646)-598-6510. Don't forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday September, 23rd at 7:30PM. We'll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson (Former Executive Editor of the New York Times) & Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Give us a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts by clicking here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 54s

The Pardon That Sets a Dangerous Precedent

Virginia Heffernan talks to Antonia Noori Farzan of the Phoenix New Times to get a background on the now pardoned ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio and just what the sentiment is in Phoenix and Maricopa County about the events of the last week. Then, Slate's Mark Joseph Stern joins Virginia to talk about the legal aspects of the President's pardon and why this may set a dangerous precedent moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 35s

The Complainer-in-Chief

Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone about Trump's week of complaining and just how vulnerable Republicans are to attacks by the President. Don't forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday September, 23rd at 7:30PM. We'll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson (Former Executive Editor of the New York Times) & Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Also, are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not?! With Slate Plus you can get ad-free versions of Trumpcast and bonus segments. And this week you can hear Trumpcast producer, Jayson De Leon, chat with Slate staff writer Josh Keating about Trump’s foreign policy. Join Slate Plus by going to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Give us a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts by clicking here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 9s

A Taxonomy of the Alt-Right, Alt-Light, and Alt-Etcs

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a writer at The New Yorker, about the many warring factions within the alt-right and rethinking how the left should respond to them moving forward. Don't forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday September, 23rd at 7:30PM. We'll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson (Former Executive Editor of the New York Times) & Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 26s

The Corruption of Carl Icahn

Jacob Weisberg talks to The New Yorker staff writer, Patrick Radden Keefe, about his latest piece "Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington" – a story about how an obscure EPA rule brought down the billionaire Trump adviser. Don't forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday September, 23rd at 7:30PM. We'll be live from the Texas Union Theatre with special guests Jill Abramson (Former Executive Editor of the New York Times) & Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). For tickets go to Slate.com/Live. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 45s

The Anti-Fascists AKA The Antifa

Virginia Heffernan chats with Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook to figure just who the antifa are and where they come from. Are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not? With Slate Plus you can get bonus segments of Trumpcast and ad-free versions of all your favorite Slate shows. Just go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus to sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 2s

The Press Conference That Did Him In?

Jacob Weisberg is joined by fellow Trumpcast cohosts Virginia Heffernan and Jamelle Bouie to talk about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday and why this is a significant turning point in his presidency. Slate Plus members, stay tuned after the show to listen to Jacob and Virginia chat about what the decent people in the Trump administration should be doing now. To sign up for Slate Plus go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 56s

"There's Nothing New Under the Sun..."

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jamelle Bouie about the tragic events of this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and how this can no longer allow Americans to put their heads in the sand about what really got Trump elected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 32s

The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 2)

This the 2nd part of Josh King's chat with Chief Media Writer at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Jim Warren, about the competition between the Washington Post and The New York Times. They wrap up their conversation by talking about how the two are faring in the face of attacks by the President. Read Jim Warren's his piece over at Vanity Fair by clicking here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1816m 56s

The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 1)

Josh King talks to Chief Media Writer at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Jim Warren, about the competition between the Washington Post and The New York Times. Plus, how are those two organizations handling the attacks coming from Donald Trump and his administration and what might the future hold for both papers? Check back in tomorrow for the 2nd part of our interview with Jim Warren and read his piece over at Vanity Fair by clicking here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 20s

A Separate Narrative

Jamelle Bouie talks to Osita Nwanevu, a writer at Slate covering conservative media, about what is happening over at Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting and why Trump is just making right wing media more of what they already were. Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show to listen to Trumpcast producer, Jayson De Leon, chat with Slate's Ben Mathis Lilley about the latest news surrounding Paul Manafort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 47s

30 Days at Trump International, D.C.

Slate's Seth Stevenson talks to Washington Post reporter Jonathan O'Connell about how the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is changing the way people do business and politics in the city. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1822m 57s

The Problem Solvers

Josh King talks to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ 5th District) about the Problem Solvers – a group of 43 members of the House of Representatives split between both parties offerings solutions to stabilize the individual health care market. Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to listen to producer Jayson De Leon chat with Steve Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas and co-editor-in-chief of the Just Security blog, about Robert Mueller's latest move – impaneling a grand jury in the Russia investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 32s

The Short History of Generals as Chiefs of Staff

Seth Stevenson guest hosts today's show and talks with Joshua Zeitz, a historian and contributing editor at Politico, about General John Kelly and whether his tenure as Chief of Staff will resemble that of General Al Haig during the Nixon administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 12s

Aggressive on Immigration

Jacob Weisberg talks to Julia Preston of The Marshall Project about Donald Trump's immigration policies and how the system is failing immigrants and those seeking asylum from Central American gang violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 27s

Holy Hell to Pay

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about her working theory – nobody really knows what a constitutional crisis is. Also, have the Republican's finally found the line they won't let Trump cross? Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to hear Virginia Heffernan chat with John Di Domenico, our voice of Donald Trump, about how he has come to love the character he plays and listen to him debut his Anthony Scaramucci impression! "It's uncanny, you won't even believe it's not him." [Heavy on the Italian accent]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 21s

Fascist Curious

Jacob Weisberg chats with Bloomberg's Joshua Green about his new book Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. Where does Bannon get his ideology from? Is he a racist? And what is he making of Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 48s

Pardon Me, Mr. President.

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg columnist and professor of law at Harvard, Noah Feldman, about just who the President can and cannot pardon...including himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 48s

The Deregulation Invasion

Josh King talks to ProPublica's Robert Faturechi about the Trump administration's secretive deregulation teams and just what you can do to help ProPublica unmask more information on the deregulation front. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 15s

Lies, Pardons, and Bringing Trump to Heel

Virginia Heffernan talks to Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government at Dartmouth, about the President's many lies including his most recent ones featured in The New York Times interview with Maggie Haberman, Peter Baker, and Michael S. Schmidt. Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to listen to producer Jayson De Leon chat with Jonathan Swans of Axios about his latest scoop – Anthony Scaramucci being named White House Communications Director. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1829m 16s

The Many Missteps of Mitch McConnell

Jamelle Bouie talks to ProPublica's Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, about how the majority leader is failing to deliver for the Republicans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 31s

On the 25th Floor

Jacob Weisberg goes in-depth with Bill Browder about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower. Plus, the harrowing story of one man's walk along the border. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1836m 1s

Lawyer Up, Bro

Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliott about his reporting surrounding Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, and the most recent developments in Trump's defense including the impending hire of Ty Cobb. Also, Jamie Gorelick is stepping back from the Russia investigation on Jared Kushner's side – what does this mean for his case? And what impact do all these different lawyers on all these different sides have on the collection of defenses building up inside the White House? Slate Plus listeners stick around after the show to hear our producer, Jayson De Leon, chat with Slate's Ben Mathis Lilley about his cover story "The Wasted Mind of Ben Sasse." If you're not a Slate Plus member go to slate.com/trumpcastplus to join. That's slate.com/trumpcastplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 42s

It's Bad. It's Unpopular. It's The Return of the Health Care Bill!

Jamelle Bouie talks to Patrick Caldwell, a health care reporter at Mother Jones, about the latest iteration of the Senate health bill and the politics surrounding it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1820m 47s

Intent, Motive, and Legal Implications

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel under Barack Obama, about the potential legal implications of Donald Trump Jr's story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 45s

Questioning the Trump-Russia Conspiracy

Jacob Weisberg talks to Masha Gessen about why she thinks the latest developments in the Donald Trump Jr. story aren't as revelatory as people are making it out to be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 24s

The Story That Sticks?

Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum, columnist at the Washington Post, about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Kremlin linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and why she thinks this could be the story that finally begins to sink members of the Trump campaign. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 10s

G-20 Speed Dating and a Lifeless Foggy Bottom

Josh King talks to Max Bergmann, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, about President Trump's trip to the G-20 and how Rex Tillerson is destroying the State Department. Read Max's latest Politico story, "Present at the Destruction: How Rex Tillerson is Wrecking the State Department," by clicking here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 29s

Tensions Rising

Jamelle Bouie welcomes back Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, to chat about all the players in the North Korea game and the potential catastrophic effects if President Trump makes the wrong move. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 53s

The Pence Shake Up and Republican Sentiments

Virginia Heffernan talks to Ashley Parker, a White House reporter at the Washington Post, about Mike Pence shaking up his staff and why Republicans in the Senate and the House are becoming less and less afraid of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 12s

How Does a Presidency End?

Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast. He talks to Frank Rich of New York Magazine about his latest feature, “Nixon, Trump, and How a Presidency Ends.” Slate Plus members stay tuned after the show for a bonus segment with Trumpcast producer Jayson De Leon and Slate’s Video Editor, Aymann Ismail. The two discuss Aymann’s new video series running on Slate, “Who’s Afriad of Aymann Ismail?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1834m 1s

The Health Care Fight is A Civil Rights Fight

Jamelle Bouie talks to The Atlantic's Vann Newkirk about how the repeal of Obamacare and the rolling back of Medicaid in the Senate health bill strikes a significant blow to racial equality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 0s

All the President’s Lies

Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about his piece, Trump Lies, where he catalogued nearly every outright lie Trump has told since taking the oath of office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 39s

The Bill That Gets Worse and Worse

Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Jordan Weissmann about the latest version of the healthcare bill and how, in many ways, it's worse than the bill proposed last month by the House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 37s

Senate Backrooms and a Defense for Mitch McConnell

Virginia Heffernan talks to Marc Ross, a Republican operative who worked for the McCain/Palin campaign, about Senate backrooms and why he thinks Mitch McConnell is playing his cards right with the healthcare bill. Plus, a special treat from Daniel Day-Lewis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 52s

The Trump Brand and The Conversation Not Happening on the Left

Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer Naomi Klein about how the "Trump brand" is the driving force behind the presidency. Also, should the left be fighting fire with fire? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 43s

Through the Lens with Doug Mills

Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast. He talks to New York Times photographer Doug Mills about his last days covering the shooting in Arlington, the James Comey testimony, and the bizarre cabinet meeting from earlier this week. Slate Plus members, stick around at the end of today's show to listen to Trumpcast producer Jayson De Leon chat with Alex Ward, a staff writer at Vox, about the all star team Bob Mueller is assembling for the Russia investigation and the investigation into potential obstruction of justice by our President. Not a Slate Plus member yet? Go to slate.com/trumpcastplus for a 2 week free trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 44s

Too Close for Comfort

Jamelle Bouie talks to Carolyn Fiddler, Political Editor at Daily Kos, about the Virginia gubernatorial race and why things on the Republican side were too close for comfort (to say the least). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 19s

The Testimony of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Virginia Heffernan talks to Matthew Miller, formerly of the Department of Justice, about the testimony of Jeff Sessions in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and just what Bob Mueller could be up to behind the scenes after hearing the verbal gymnastics of the former Senator. Plus, Don Jr. gives us the real meaning of "hope," finally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1831m 44s

Our President’s Cognitive Decline

Jacob Weisberg talks to Sharon Begley of STAT News about Donald Trump's cognitive decline and whether it's just a matter of age or something else. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 57s

The Loneliness of Donald Trump

Rebecca Solnit reads her story The Loneliness of Donald Trump. You can follow along or read the story on LitHub by clicking here. And hey, are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not? Join Slate Plus today to listen to Rebecca Solnit chat with Virginia Heffernan for this week's bonus segment. Just go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 18s

Oh Lordy Jim Comey!

Jamelle Bouie talks to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post about James Comey's testimony and whether or not this will change the Republicans' approach to Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 49s

Habing on the Trumps With Maggie Haberman

Virginia Heffernan talks to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times about who's being groomed for greatness in the Trump family and how they are or are not dealing with different conflicts of interest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1817m 30s

The Ship of State and Watch Where You Step

Virginia Heffernan talks to Steve Vladek, a professor of law at the University of Texas, about Reality Leigh Winner and what might be the most normal national security story in the history of the Trump administration. Plus, stick around for a chat with The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland about Trump's exchange of words with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and why the rest of the world is treading softly around our President. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1832m 32s

No Consequences?

Jacob Weisberg talks to Andrew Revkin, senior climate reporter at ProPublica, about the consequences (or lack thereof) of Trump's withdrawal from The Paris Climate Accords. Plus, Vladamir Putin knows why a hacker does what he does. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 32s

Criminal or Stupid or Criminally Stupid?

Jacob Weisberg talks to Tim O'Brien, Executive Editor at Bloomberg View, about the many webs Jared Kushner is tangled up in around the White House and in the Russia investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 27s

Will The Real "Covfefe" Please Stand Up!

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jared Yates Sexton, author of the upcoming book The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, about last night's tweet and what it means for reality...just in general. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 42s

Rep. Ted Lieu Talks Trump Abroad

Jamelle Bouie talks to Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA 33rd District) about the President's trip abroad and what he can expect when he makes his return stateside. Slate Plus members, stick around for an additional chat with Laurel Rosenhall, a reporter at CALmatters, who wrote about Congressman Kevin McCarthy's relationship with President Trump. Not a Slate Plus member yet? Join at slate.com/trumpcastplus to get bonus segments plus an ad-free version of the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1819m 58s

The Blabbing President

Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, about how Trump's blabbing tendencies are shifting geopolitics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 1s

The Fake News Bubble For Liberals

Jacob Weisberg speaks with Zack Beauchamp, senior reporter at Vox, who recently wrote a piece called "Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia." Beauchamp talks about who's producing this fake news, how it's spreading and the difference between fake news on the left and the right.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 13s

The Thing With These Investigations

Jacob Weisberg speaks with Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and The New Yorker about what we could expect as Mueller gears up as special prosecutor in the Russian investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1824m 46s

The Purest Boy Scout

Jacob Weisberg is joined by WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff to discuss his recent cover story for Politico, "What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1825m 31s

Searching for Higher Ground

Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Josh Dawsey about the reactions within the White House to the last 36 hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 21s

The Confidence Man

Jacob Weisberg, Katie Roiphe, and Philip Gourevitch discuss Herman Melville's The Confidence Man and just what the book can tell us about President Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1842m 23s

Trump's Anger

Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Katy Waldman about why the President's "uncontrollable rage powers his ruthlessness – and his ineptitude." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1821m 27s

The Firing of James Comey (UPDATED)

Updated at 6:00PM (EST) --- Jacob Weisberg chats with Lawfare's Editor-in-Chief (and friend of James Comey's), Benjamin Wittes, about how the Russia investigation proceeds from here and ponder what Comey's response will be. Plus, Virginia Heffernan talks to Tom Nichols about why Democrats and Republicans alike shouldn't be hysterical following yesterday's events. Trumpcast is brought to you by Blinkist, the app that transforms best-selling non-fiction books into powerful packs you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. Go to Blinkist.com/trumpcast right now to start your free trial or get three months off your yearly plan when you join today. Trumpcast is brought to you by Policy Genius. Shop and compare all the top rated life insurance companies in one place. Go to PolicyGenius.com today to save over 40 percent off other prices for life insurance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1853m 57s

The Wall St. Love Affair?

Jacob Weisberg talks to the New York Times' columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin about how businesses are modulating their reaction towards the Trump administration's varying policy positions and the President's Twitter feed. Also, is Gary Cohn next in line for Fed Chair? Trumpcast is brought to you by Indochino, the company that’s reinventing men’s fashion. Go to Indochino.com to get any premium Indochino suit for just $389, plus free shipping, when you use promo code trumpcast at checkout. Trumpcast is brought to you by theSkimm. Get all the important news you need every morning in one simple email. Sign up today at theskimm.com/trumpcast and you’ll be entered to win a 250 dollar Visa gift card. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1823m 29s

The Meaner Bill

Jacob Weisberg talks to the surgeon and writer Atul Gawande about the AHCA and why its passing would be a catastrophe for the very people that voted for him. Trumpcast is brought to you by Legacybox, the simple and affordable way to get your recorded moments digitally preserved on DVD or thumb drive. For a limited time, go to Legacybox.com/trumpcastto get a 40 percent discount on your order. Trumpcast is brought to you by Indochino, the company that’s reinventing men’s fashion. Go to Indochino.com to get any premium Indochino suit for just $389, plus free shipping, when you use promo code trumpcast at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1835m 25s

Melania's Tower

Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Imbach about the photos Melania Trump has taken over the years and what we can takeaway from them to learn more about our First Lady. Trumpcast is brought to you by Blue Apron. Create delicious meals at home with fresh ingredients delivered right to your door. Get your first THREE meals FREE – with FREE shipping – by going to BlueApron.com/trumpcast. Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. It’s time to elevate your underwear game to the next level. Get 20 percent off your first pair by going to MeUndies.com/trumpcast. Slate Plus members, stick around at the end of the show for a conversation with Slate's Katy Waldman about all the anonymous sources inside The White House. If you're not a Slate Plus member you can join by going to slate.com/trumpcastplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1826m 40s

Trumpcast Live From The Tribeca Film Festival

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie discuss whether or not the Trump threat has receded, how the opposition is faring against the Trump administration, and how the press is doing thus far in covering a President who's words don't mean anything. This show was recorded in front of a live audience at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 30th, 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/181h 8m

The End of Values Voters

Virginia Heffernan talks to Reza Aslan about Christianity and religion as a whole in the age of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1833m 54s

Caesar Non Supra Grammaticos

Virginia Heffernan talks to Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam Webster, about the way language has evolved, splintered, and changed in the Trump era. Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite magazines...all in one place. Right now, get a 14-day FREE TRIAL when you sign up by going to Texture.com/trumpcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1828m 27s

The French Election Connection

Jacob Weisberg talks to European historian David Bell about the French elections and whether or not Americans should be buoyed by this weekend's results. Trumpcast is brought to you by Policy Genius. Shop and compare all the top rated life insurance companies in one place. Go to PolicyGenius.com today to save over 40 percent off other prices for life insurance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/1827m 46s
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