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Trumpcast

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.

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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.
32 min
202
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.
26 min
203
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.
18 min
204
Upon Further Review: What If Nixon Had Been Goo...
Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it.
26 min
205
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?
28 min
206
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.
23 min
207
The Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare's Tyrants
What the work of Shakespeare can tell us about Trump and the Trump era.
26 min
208
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar
Hey Trumpcast listeners we wanted to introduce you to "Lend Me Your Ears," a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics.
41 min
209
A Slush Fund for Playmates, an Oligarch, and th...
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan and ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger to discuss the latest Michael Cohen story surrounding his Delaware LLC.
31 min
210
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.
24 min
211
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.
20 min
212
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.
36 min
213
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?
28 min
214
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 Russian agent," and why she kept having dreams of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.
30 min
215
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.
22 min
216
Us vs. Them Told in Two Parts
Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Mark Joseph Stern about the open 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.
30 min
217
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.
33 min
218
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 what her prosecutions of organized crime units for the SDNY can tell us about the Michael Cohen case.
38 min
219
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.
26 min
220
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.
18 min
221
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.
29 min
222
Trump’s Nativist Delusions and Peña Nieto’s Res...
Virginia Heffernan is joined by host of Slate's El Gabfest, Leon Krauze, to discuss Trump's renewed nativist delusions.
28 min
223
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.
29 min
224
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.
24 min
225
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.
23 min
226
Liberal Democracy’s Misplaced Faith in the Future
Jacob Weisberg talks to Timothy Snyder, the author of The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.
32 min
227
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.
25 min
228
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.
38 min
229
Who Trashed the Party?
Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
39 min
230
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.
30 min
231
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 and his actions in the UK.
25 min
232
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.
42 min
233
The Ghost of the Mueller Investigation
Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Hannah Seligson about Ivanka Trump.
33 min
234
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.
19 min
235
Stormy Sues, Sanders Slips, and Cohen Tries Ano...
Jacob Weisberg talks to the Washington Post's Beth Reinhard about the Stormy Daniels lawsuit and Michael Cohen's restraining order.
19 min
236
Democracy Gets a Checkup
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy, to talk about his new book and how democracies are holding up around the globe.
31 min
237
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.
31 min
238
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.
25 min
239
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?
24 min
240
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.
40 min
241
High School Revolutionaries Are Changing the Gu...
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.
33 min
242
Project Lakhta and Russia's Plan to Screw With ...
Jacob Weisberg talks to Just Security's Kate Brannen about the most recent round of Mueller indictments.
17 min
243
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.
25 min
244
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.
19 min
245
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.
27 min
246
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.
26 min
247
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.
23 min
248
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.
31 min
249
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.
31 min
250
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.
21 min
251
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.
14 min
252
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.
26 min
253
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.
19 min
254
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.
19 min
255
$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.
21 min
256
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.
24 min
257
The Immigration Fight Escalates
Jamelle Bouie is joined by Vox’s Dara Lind to discuss the latest going on around Capitol Hill on immigration.
24 min
258
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).
28 min
259
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.
38 min
260
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.
21 min
261
The Truth Didn't Set Us Free
How Washington failed to handle Kremlin trolls.
27 min
262
Submission
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Michel Houellebecq's novel, Submission.
35 min
263
Strategic Confusion
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Fred Kaplan about Trump’s new National Security Strategy.
27 min
264
The Impending Tax Bill
Jacob Weisberg chats with economist Jason Furman about the impending GOP tax bill and its economic impact.
26 min
265
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.
31 min
266
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.
25 min
267
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.
21 min
268
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.
18 min
269
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.
29 min
270
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.
22 min
271
Flynn Breaks, What's Next? (UPDATED)
Trumpcast 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.
35 min
272
Nixon's Slow Burn
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Leon Neyfakh about his latest series Slow Burn | A Podcast About Watergate.
22 min
273
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.
32 min
274
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
A preview of Slate's eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.
24 min
275
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."
35 min
276
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.
21 min
277
Trumpcast Live From San Francisco
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and John Di Domenico are live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco!
85 min
278
The Fox News Survivor & Alec Baldwin
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Justin Peters who spent 3 weeks watching Fox News.
27 min
279
Slate Live Event: The People vs. Trump
Conversations about Trump's first year in office
81 min
280
"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.
24 min
281
The People vs. Trump: Year One (Live with Tom P...
Jamelle Bouie is joined by former Virginia congressman, Tom Perriello to discuss Tuesday's election and the Democrats moving forward.
18 min
282
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,
22 min
283
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?
33 min
284
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.
23 min
285
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.
16 min
286
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.
29 min
287
Bob Mueller's Opening Salvo [UPDATED]
Virginia Heffernan chats with Matthew Miller, about George Papadopoulos' guilty plea.
41 min
288
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.
32 min
289
Ukrainian Politics in America
Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer and historian Anne Applebaum about the historical context of the Trump-Russian scandal.
24 min
290
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."
18 min
291
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.
27 min
292
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.
31 min
293
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?
22 min
294
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.
29 min
295
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.
29 min
296
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.
29 min
297
#AskTrumpcast
Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan take your questions via tweet, phone, and snail mail in our first edition of #AskTrumpcast.
30 min
298
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 and how it's recovering.
25 min
299
Democracy vs. Itself
Jacob Weisberg checks back in with Yascha Mounk about the state of liberal democracy in America and abroad.
34 min
300
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.
43 min