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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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
202
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
203
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
204
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
205
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
206
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
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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
208
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
209
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
210
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
211
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
212
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
213
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
214
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
215
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
216
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
217
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
218
"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
219
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
220
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
221
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
222
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
223
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
224
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
225
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
226
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
227
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
228
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
229
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
230
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
231
Upon Further Review: What If Nixon Had Been Goo...
Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it.
26 min
232
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
233
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
234
The Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare's Tyrants
What the work of Shakespeare can tell us about Trump and the Trump era.
26 min
235
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
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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
237
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
238
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
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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
240
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
241
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
242
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
243
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
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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
245
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
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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
247
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
248
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
249
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
250
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
251
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
252
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
253
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
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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
255
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
256
Who Trashed the Party?
Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
39 min
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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
258
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
259
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
260
The Ghost of the Mueller Investigation
Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Hannah Seligson about Ivanka Trump.
33 min
261
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
262
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
263
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
264
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
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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
266
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
267
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
268
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
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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
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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
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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
272
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
273
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
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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
275
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
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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
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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
278
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
279
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
280
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
281
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
282
$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
283
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
284
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
285
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
286
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
287
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
288
The Truth Didn't Set Us Free
How Washington failed to handle Kremlin trolls.
27 min
289
Submission
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Michel Houellebecq's novel, Submission.
35 min
290
Strategic Confusion
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Fred Kaplan about Trump’s new National Security Strategy.
27 min
291
The Impending Tax Bill
Jacob Weisberg chats with economist Jason Furman about the impending GOP tax bill and its economic impact.
26 min
292
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
293
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
294
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
295
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
296
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
297
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
298
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
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Nixon's Slow Burn
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Leon Neyfakh about his latest series Slow Burn | A Podcast About Watergate.
22 min
300
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