Impeachment, Explained

We are living through history, but keeping up with the unending stream of revelations, statements, tweets, and disputes is already difficult enough. If we’re going to understand this inquiry–and this presidency–we need to slow down the news cycle long enough to separate the signal from the noise. Every Saturday, Ezra Klein will do just that – through deep conversations with Vox reporters and leading policy voices about what’s going on, why it matters, and where it leaves us now.

News Commentary
Daily News
Democrats made a strong case against Donald Trump. Republicans are being punished for supporting it. Vox’s Zack Beauchamp explains.
23 min
Capitol punishment
Vox’s Andrew Prokop previews the historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Law professor Alan Rozenshtein explains what the Justice Department can and cannot do to prosecute insurrectionists.
26 min
A step past impeachment
Impeachment won’t stop the United States’ slide towards authoritarianism. Voter reform might.
22 min
Weeds 2020: The Bernie electability debate
Welcome to Weeds 2020! Every other Saturday Ezra and Matt will be exploring a wide range of topics related to the 2020 race.
55 min
Jill Lepore on what I get wrong
Welcome to the Ezra Klein Show
82 min
The impeachment trial convicted American politics
Ezra offers his key takeaways from the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
19 min
The McConnell effect
Mitch McConnell is not the source of our political dysfunction; he is the manifestation of it.
39 min
"Constitutional decay" in the US Senate
Constitutional expert Jeffrey Tulis on how the Senate trial works and what it means for our democracy
47 min
Impeachment and Iran
Why war with Iran won’t help Trump with impeachment, or reelection
39 min
Impeachment in, and beyond, the Beltway
Undecided voters in Pennsylvania weigh in on the impeachment process
60 min
Mr. Feldman goes to Washington
Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman on what it was like to testify before the Judiciary Committee
47 min
How Andrew Johnson’s impeachment created the te...
The impeachment analogue that most closely resembles what we are going through today isn’t Clinton or Nixon, it’s Andrew Johnson
52 min
Was Rudy Giuliani always like this?
Preet Bharara joins Ezra to discuss Rudy Giuliani - past and present.
55 min
What’s wrong with the Republican Party?
The story of this week is not what Donald Trump did. It is what Republicans are willing to accept and defend.
70 min
With obstruction of justice for all
Andrew Prokop breaks down this week's hearings and Brianne Gorod helps us understand the term “obstruction of justice.”
39 min
The biggest difference between Trump and Nixon ...
Nicole Hemmer on how the conservative media ecosystem lures Trump into disaster and protects him from the consequences
30 min
A no-BS guide to how the House impeachment proc...
Rep. Zoe Lofgren has been part of every modern impeachment. Here’s what she’s learned.
42 min
The Ukraine story is a Russia story
Ezra Klein and Evelyn Farkas discuss the Kremlin's central role in yet another crisis of American democracy
50 min
The four words that will decide impeachment
Ezra Klein and Gene Healy discuss the meaning of "high crimes and misdemeanors"
51 min
We are living through history
This will, in all likelihood, be the fourth time a U.S. president is impeached.
1 min