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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.

News Commentary
The Six Groups Within The 2019 Democratic Party
29 min
To Understand Trump World, Find The Women
8 min
Fear As Right-Wing Media’s Plot
37 min
2019 Ways To Spell Doomsday
49 min
Demystifying Putin’s Power And Clan
32 min
Michael Cohen Testifies Before Congress, part 2
257 min
Michael Cohen's Opening Statement to the House ...
54 min
All Eyes On Michael Cohen
36 min
How Our Branches Of Government Hold Up In 2019
52 min
Where Do Black Conservatives Align With GOP Iss...
39 min
Paul Manafort And The Heart Of Collusion
41 min
Trump, Drug Smuggling, And The Opioid Epidemic
10 min
Trumpcast Live In LA
55 min
The BuzzFeed Revelations on Trump
40 min
How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Troubl...
15 min
Calling Out Jared Kushner’s Insecure Clearance
37 min
The Collusion Story Info Spectrum
30 min
A (Roger) Stone In A Barrel
29 min
How The FBI Investigates A President
10 min
The Democratic Approach To Immigration In 2020
45 min
Make Conservatives Great Again
30 min
The Compromises That Create Kremlin Double Agents
43 min
Beacons Through Autocratic Gaslighting
12 min
The ‘Successful’ Political Candidate Template F...
29 min
No Sir, Romney Doesn't Like It
32 min
Wading Through The Democratic Presidential Pool
33 min
How Can Trump's Administration Actually Help Ce...
32 min
Explaining Trump To Young Adults
35 min
A Foxhole In The Cyberwar
54 min
Trump’s 2013 Deal With Aras Agalarov
14 min
Trump, The NRA, And More Illegal Activity
28 min
The Depths Of Disinformation In 2016
45 min
The Tragic Flaw Of James Comey
36 min
Those 80s Moments That Politicized Trump
41 min
It’s All About Mogilevich
11 min
Whodunit? Solving Trumpian Mysteries With A.G. ...
34 min
Trump’s Ex-Associates Hit The Courts
38 min
The Disaster Of Trump’s Disaster Management
28 min
Trump Retreats Into His Cocoon
36 min
Thirsting for Indictments
9 min
Is Your Candidate Racist? Apply the Gillum Test
35 min
Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform:...
21 min
Post-Election Truths of the Caravan
32 min
The GOP Loves Voter Suppression
36 min
Still Missing Khashoggi
31 min
Return of the Repressed
43 min
Is There A Latino Vote?
34 min
Catching Up on Manafort
8 min
She's Running: Trumpcast Presents The Waves
She's Running: Trumpcast Presents The Waves
70 min
HHS and Transgender Erasure
32 min
Where The Trump Tweets Began
40 min
The Midterm Elections Are Gonna Be Lit
30 min
Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival -- Th...
43 min
Sheldon Adelson’s Influence
6 min
Vindication at Last?
32 min
Benjamin Wittes admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal...
Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes on Kavanaugh
45 min
What should the FBI be examining about Judge Ka...
30 min
Trumpcast Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Fest...
Live from the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX.
84 min
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.
27 min
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.
27 min
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.
34 min
The New Trump Rallies [Teaser S+]
On the president's weird rallies, and what they mean as Trump's base unravels.
5 min
The Brett Kavanaugh Hearings in the Shadow of a...
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.
31 min
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."
31 min
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.
30 min
SDNY, The Trump Organization, and Pardons
Virginia Heffernan is joined by Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor in the SDNY, to talk about Allen Weisselberg and if in fact his immunity means the investigations are getting deeper into the Trump Organization.
34 min
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 ICE, the fear in immigrant communities, and what to make of the Paul Manafort fiasco at the end of this week.
34 min
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.
21 min
The Outspoken John Brennan and What He Left Behind
Virginia Heffernan talks to Mattathias Schwartz about Trump revoking John Brennan's security clearance.
27 min
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.
33 min
Slow Burn | S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal
Season 2 of Slow Burn begins with the Clinton presidency hanging by a thread.
38 min
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.
26 min
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.
35 min
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.
33 min
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.
28 min
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.
32 min
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.
34 min
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.
33 min
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.
19 min
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.
26 min
Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Officers, Trump Prep...
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.
27 min
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.
25 min
The Fight Liberals Should & Shouldn’t Pick with...
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School and Bloomberg to talk about Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
30 min
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 history of apartheid.
27 min
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.
32 min
Civility as a Cudgel
Jamelle Bouie talks to Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor at UVA's Miller Center, about the topic of "civility."
26 min
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.
18 min
The Travel Ban Stands and the Legacy of the Rob...
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?
24 min
Detained Without Trial: A History of Concentrat...
Jamelle Bouie talks to Andrea Pitzer, the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps.
30 min
The Reality of Family Separation and "Zero-Tole...
Jacob Weisberg talks to KPBS's Jean Guerrero about a migrant children facility she visited and to a public defender about clients he's representing along the border.
34 min
"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."
10 min
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.
18 min
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.
24 min
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.
27 min
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.
27 min
The Black Widow, The Giant, and the Tallest Tow...
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.
19 min
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.
27 min
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 case Stormy Daniels case.
67 min
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.
22 min
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.
9 min