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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Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
A preview of Slate's eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.
24 min
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
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
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
The Fox News Survivor & Alec Baldwin
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Justin Peters who spent 3 weeks watching Fox News.
27 min
Slate Live Event: The People vs. Trump
Conversations about Trump's first year in office
81 min
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bob Mueller's Opening Salvo [UPDATED]
Virginia Heffernan chats with Matthew Miller, about George Papadopoulos' guilty plea.
41 min
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan take your questions via tweet, phone, and snail mail in our first edition of #AskTrumpcast.
30 min
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
Democracy vs. Itself
Jacob Weisberg checks back in with Yascha Mounk about the state of liberal democracy in America and abroad.
34 min
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
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.
23 min
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.
31 min
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.
78 min
Strangers in Their Own Land
Jacob Weisberg, Phillip Gourevitch, and Katie Roiphe are back for the Trumpcast Book Club to discuss Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land.
42 min
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.
29 min
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.
19 min
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.
31 min
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.
24 min
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.
22 min
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.
25 min
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.
32 min
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.
25 min
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.
21 min
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.
24 min
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.
19 min
The Key to a Thousand Doors
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Rice, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, about Felix Sater and why his name may come up more and more as Mueller's investigation unravels.
22 min
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.
23 min
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.
30 min
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.
22 min
A Taxonomy of the Alt-Right, Alt-Light, and Alt...
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a writer at The New Yorker, about the many warring factions within the alt-right.
29 min
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."
23 min
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.
22 min
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.
23 min
"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.
21 min
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.
15 min
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.
29 min
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.
18 min
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.
19 min
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.
25 min
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 Al Haig during the Nixon administration.
23 min
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.
22 min
Holy Hell to Pay
Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about her working theory – nobody really knows what a constitutional crisis is.
30 min
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.
29 min
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.
25 min
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.
26 min
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.
26 min
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.
22 min
On the 25th Floor
Jacob Weisberg goes in-depth with Bill Browder about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower.
32 min
Lawyer Up, Bro
Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliott about his reporting surrounding Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
31 min
It's Bad. It's Unpopular. It's The Return of th...
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.
17 min
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.
24 min
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.
21 min
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.
30 min
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 G20.
32 min
Tensions Rising
Jamelle Bouie welcomes back Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, to chat about all the player's in the North Korea game.
20 min
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.
22 min
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.”
30 min
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.
20 min
All the President’s Lies
Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about "Trump Lies."
24 min
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.
20 min
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.
21 min
The Trump Brand and The Conversation Not Happen...
Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer Naomi Klein about how the "Trump brand" is the driving force behind the presidency.
29 min
Through the Lens with Doug Mills
Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast.
21 min
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).
20 min
The Testimony of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III
Virginia Heffernan talks to Matthew Miller, formerly of the Department of Justice, about the Jeff Sessions hearing and just what Bob Mueller could be up to behind the scenes.
28 min
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.
24 min
The Loneliness of Donald Trump
Rebecca Solnit reads her story The Loneliness of Donald Trump.
18 min
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.
21 min
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.
14 min
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.
29 min
No Consequences?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Andrew Revkin, Senior Reporter climate reporter at ProPublica, about the consequences (or lack thereof) of Trump's withdrawl from The Paris Climate Accords.
22 min
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.
25 min
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.
24 min
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.
16 min
The Blabbing President
Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner about the effects of Trump's blabbing tendencies.
29 min
The Fake News Bubble For Liberals
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Zack Beauchamp of Vox.
23 min
The Thing With These Investigations
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Jeffrey Toobin about the special prosecutor in the Russian investigation.
21 min
The Purest Boy Scout
Jacob Weisberg talks to WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff about Bob Mueller and Jim Comey.
22 min
Searching for Higher Ground
Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Josh Dawsey about the reactions within the White House to the last 36 hours.
18 min
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.
39 min
Trump's Anger
Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Katy Waldman about why the President's "uncontrollable rage powers his ruthlessness – and his ineptitude."
18 min
The Firing of James Comey (UPDATED)
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.
50 min
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.
20 min