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.
The ‘Successful’ Political Candidate Template F...
No Sir, Romney Doesn't Like It
Wading Through The Democratic Presidential Pool
How Can Trump's Administration Actually Help Ce...
Explaining Trump To Young Adults
A Foxhole In The Cyberwar
Trump’s 2013 Deal With Aras Agalarov
Trump, The NRA, And More Illegal Activity
The Depths Of Disinformation In 2016
The Tragic Flaw Of James Comey
Those 80s Moments That Politicized Trump
It’s All About Mogilevich
Whodunit? Solving Trumpian Mysteries With A.G. ...
Trump’s Ex-Associates Hit The Courts
The Disaster Of Trump’s Disaster Management
Trump Retreats Into His Cocoon
Thirsting for Indictments
Is Your Candidate Racist? Apply the Gillum Test
Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform:...
Post-Election Truths of the Caravan
The GOP Loves Voter Suppression
Still Missing Khashoggi
Return of the Repressed
Is There A Latino Vote?
Catching Up on Manafort
She's Running: Trumpcast Presents The Waves
She's Running: Trumpcast Presents The Waves
HHS and Transgender Erasure
Where The Trump Tweets Began
The Midterm Elections Are Gonna Be Lit
Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival -- Th...
Sheldon Adelson’s Influence
Vindication at Last?
Benjamin Wittes admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal...
Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes on Kavanaugh
What should the FBI be examining about Judge Ka...
Trumpcast Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Fest...
Live from the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX.
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.
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.
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.
The New Trump Rallies [Teaser S+]
On the president's weird rallies, and what they mean as Trump's base unravels.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Outspoken John Brennan and What He Left Behind
Virginia Heffernan talks to Mattathias Schwartz about Trump revoking John Brennan's security clearance.
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.
Slow Burn | S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal
Season 2 of Slow Burn begins with the Clinton presidency hanging by a thread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Civility as a Cudgel
Jamelle Bouie talks to Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor at UVA's Miller Center, about the topic of "civility."
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon Further Review: What If Nixon Had Been Goo...
Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it.
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?
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.
The Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare's Tyrants
What the work of Shakespeare can tell us about Trump and the Trump era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liberal Democracy’s Misplaced Faith in the Future
Jacob Weisberg talks to Timothy Snyder, the author of The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.
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.
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.
Who Trashed the Party?
Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
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.
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.
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.
The Ghost of the Mueller Investigation
Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Hannah Seligson about Ivanka Trump.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
The Immigration Fight Escalates
Jamelle Bouie is joined by Vox’s Dara Lind to discuss the latest going on around Capitol Hill on immigration.
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).
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.
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.
The Truth Didn't Set Us Free
How Washington failed to handle Kremlin trolls.
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Michel Houellebecq's novel, Submission.
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Fred Kaplan about Trump’s new National Security Strategy.
The Impending Tax Bill
Jacob Weisberg chats with economist Jason Furman about the impending GOP tax bill and its economic impact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nixon's Slow Burn
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Leon Neyfakh about his latest series Slow Burn | A Podcast About Watergate.
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.
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha
A preview of Slate's eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker) and Katie Roiphe (NYU) to discuss Robert Penn Warren's first novel "Night Rider."
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.
Trumpcast Live From San Francisco
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and John Di Domenico are live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco!
The Fox News Survivor & Alec Baldwin
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Justin Peters who spent 3 weeks watching Fox News.
Slate Live Event: The People vs. Trump
Conversations about Trump's first year in office
"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.
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.
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,
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?
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.
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.
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.
Bob Mueller's Opening Salvo [UPDATED]
Virginia Heffernan chats with Matthew Miller, about George Papadopoulos' guilty plea.
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.
Ukrainian Politics in America
Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer and historian Anne Applebaum about the historical context of the Trump-Russian scandal.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan take your questions via tweet, phone, and snail mail in our first edition of #AskTrumpcast.
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.
Democracy vs. Itself
Jacob Weisberg checks back in with Yascha Mounk about the state of liberal democracy in America and abroad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holy Hell to Pay
Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about her working theory – nobody really knows what a constitutional crisis is.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the 25th Floor
Jacob Weisberg goes in-depth with Bill Browder about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower.
Lawyer Up, Bro
Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliott about his reporting surrounding Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
All the President’s Lies
Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about "Trump Lies."
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.
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.
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.
Through the Lens with Doug Mills
Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast.
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).
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.
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.
The Loneliness of Donald Trump
Rebecca Solnit reads her story The Loneliness of Donald Trump.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Blabbing President
Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner about the effects of Trump's blabbing tendencies.
The Fake News Bubble For Liberals
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Zack Beauchamp of Vox.
The Thing With These Investigations
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Jeffrey Toobin about the special prosecutor in the Russian investigation.
The Purest Boy Scout
Jacob Weisberg talks to WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff about Bob Mueller and Jim Comey.
Searching for Higher Ground
Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Josh Dawsey about the reactions within the White House to the last 36 hours.
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.
Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Katy Waldman about why the President's "uncontrollable rage powers his ruthlessness – and his ineptitude."
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.
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.
The Meaner Bill
Jacob Weisberg talks to the surgeon and writer Atul Gawande about the AHCA and why its passing would be a catastrophe for the very people that voted for him.
Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Imbach about the photos Melania Trump has taken over the years and what we can takeaway from them to learn more about our First Lady.
Trumpcast Live From The Tribeca Film Festival
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie discuss whether or not the Trump threat has receded.
The End of Values Voters
Virginia Heffernan talks to Reza Aslan about Christianity and religion as a whole in the age of Trump.
Caesar Non Supra Grammaticos
Virginia Heffernan talks to Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam Webster, about the way language has evolved, splintered, and changed in the Trump era.
The French Election Connection
Jacob Weisberg talks to European historian David Bell about the French elections and whether or not Americans should be buoyed by this weekend's results.
Opaque, Conflicted, and a Lawsuit
Jacob Weisberg talks to the former chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, about the Trump administration's lack of transparency and continuing conflicts of interest.
Identity Politics in the Trump Era
Virginia Heffernan is joined by Upworthy's Parker Molloy to talk about the dreaded phrase, "identity politics," and why the Trump definition of working class leaves out a very particular group of workers.
Lessons from Georgia's 6th
Jamelle Bouie talks to the Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams, about the big takeaways from the special election on Tuesday night in Georgia's 6th congressional district.
North Korea's Missile Testing Season
Jacob Weisberg talks to Victor Cha, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council under George W. Bush, about why there are no good options when it comes to North Korea.
Many Men, Many Many Many Men
Virginia Heffernan talks to Frank Bruni of the New York Times about his column, "Manhood in the Age of Trump."
Articles of Impeachment
Jacob Weisberg and Harvard Law Professor, Noah Feldman, discuss the three most pressing categories from which the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump may be drawn – corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of democratic norms.
Defining the Mission in Syria
Jacob Weisberg talks to Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the missile attack carried out by the United States in Syria and what this means for President Trump's foreign policy going forward.
China. China? China!
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gideon Rachman, of the Financial Times about Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.
Gorka, Bannon, and the View from Hungary
Virginia Heffernan talks to Lili Bayer, a journalist in Central Europe for Politico and The Forward, about the story of Sebastian Gorka (Trump's Chief Counter-Terrorism Adviser) and his far right wing roots.
The Senate Standoff
Jacob Weisberg talks to Emily Bazelon about the Democrats plan to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
The Prelude to a Massive Intraparty Battle
Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone about infighting in the Republican party.
666 5th Ave.
Virginia Heffernan talks to Bloomberg News reporter Caleb Melby about the Kushner family history and the building on 666 5th Ave. hemorrhaging money from the Kushner's.
The Healthcare Vote That Wasn't
Jamelle Bouie talks to Abby Phillip of the Washington Post about today's no-vote on the AHCA and where things go from here.
The State of the State Department
Virginia Heffernan talks to Steve Coll, the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a writer at the New Yorker, about where things stand at the State Department.
What the Hell is Going on at Fox News?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gabriel Sherman about the space Fox News is occupying in the media as the go-to network for President Trump.
A Master Class in Bad Legislation
Jacob Weisberg and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Vox's Ezra Klein to talk about how Donald Trump screwed himself on healthcare and why he isn't the "deal maker" he makes himself out to be.
Much Ado About Nothing or Something?
Virginia Heffernan talks to Lily Batchelder, NYU professor and former Chief Tax Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, about what we can take away from Donald Trump's revealed 2005 tax returns.
The Plot Against America
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America and what the book can tell us about the current state of affairs in America.
A History of Racist Ideas
Jamelle Bouie talks to Professor Ibram Kendi about the racial components of Trump's policies and the history of these racist ideas.
A Safe House for Refugees
Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Jake Halpern about his latest piece in this week's New Yorker, "The Underground Railroad for Refugees."
Undone By Scandal
Jacob Weisberg talks to John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, about the Trump/Nixon parallels and differences. Plus, will anybody in the Trump administration step up to play the role of "John Dean?"
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of Administration Sca...
Jamelle Bouie is joined by Matthew Miller to talk about what we know and what we can infer about Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador.
Tone vs. Substance
Jacob Weisberg talks with Virginia Heffernan and Will Oremus about Donald Trump's address to Congress.
Trump's War With the Press
Jacob Weisberg talks to Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, about how the media should respond to the President's remark that the press is the "enemy of the people."
What About Pence?
Virginia Heffernan talks to Nicole Hemmer about the balance of power shifting towards Vice President Pence and how he's doing all the real work of the Presidency. Also, what should we think of Trump voters today?
To Absorb or Not To Absorb?
Jacob Weisberg talks to The Atlantic's Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, about The Atlantic's coverage of President Trump and what stories to keep an eye on about the president's administration.
Overt Madness, Covert Purpose
Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's John Cassidy about Donald Trump's press conference and the GOP response to the reports linking members of the Trump administration to the Kremlin.
A Cry For Help
Jacob Weisberg talks to the former United States Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, about the latest New York Times story reporting that Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence.
The Unresolved Conflict of Interest
Jacob Weisberg talks to Eric Lipton, a reporter at the New York Times, about Don Jr. & Eric Trump and the unresolved conflict of interest problem.
The Return of the Dossier and The End for Flynn?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Lawfare's Managing Editor Susan Hennessey about the Trump administration's decision to not immediately appeal the travel ban halt.
No! They're Best Friends, Really!
Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi about the Steve Bannon/Reince Priebus relationship and how she's approaching her first week covering the White House.
Trumpcast Live From Washington DC
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and Dahlia Lithwick to talk about Steve Bannon, Trump's foreign policy, and how things will shake out with the courts and the Trump administration.
A Time for Bromides
Jacob Weisberg talks to Yascha Mounk about the first two weeks of the Trump administration.
The SCOTUS Dilemma
Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about Donald Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court and the bind it leaves the Democrats in.
The Magnitsky Act and The Looming Russian Danger
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, the investor and author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice.
The President's Executive Disorder
Virginia Heffernan talks to David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), about the effects of President Trump's executive order on refugees worldwide.
Not the New Normal: How the Media Should Cover ...
Live from the Skirball Center at New York University – A handful of New York's top editors talk about how journalists and the media at large can play a bigger role in making sure that fact prevails over fiction.
The Worst Case Scenario for Voting Rights
Jamelle Bouie talks to The Atlantic's Vann Newkirk about the dangers being proposed to voting rights by the Trump administration.
A Strategy for Dealing with the BS Parade
Jacob Weisberg talks to the press critic, Jay Rosen, about developing a strategy for journalists to cover the Trump administration.
Signals vs. Noise
Jacob Weisberg talks to CNN's Fareed Zakaria about Donald Trump's isolationist policies and whether Americans should be worried about the future of our democracy.
The Show About the 45th President of the United...
Virginia Heffernan talks to Julia Turner, Slate's Editor-in-Chief, about today's inauguration, Donald Trump's speech, and how to move forward in covering our new President.
The Anatomy of a March
Virginia Heffernan talks to Jo Miller, the showrunner/head writer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, about this weekend's Women's March on Washington.
A Message from Moscow
Virginia Heffernan talks to Alexey Kovalev, a Russia based journalist, about covering Vladamir Putin's pressers and what the American media should keep their eyes open for when covering Trump.
Jacob Weisberg talks to David Cole, the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, about his testimony at the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing and what the future may hold under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
A Question of Intelligence
Jacob Weisberg talks to David Corn of Mother Jones about today's press conference and the dossier published by BuzzFeed which talks about Donald Trump possibly being compromised by the Russians.
Hacks, Twitter, and Building a Resistance
Virginia Heffernan talks to Congressman Adam Schiff (Representing California's 28th Congressional District) about why he has been so vocal about the Russian hacks.
Corporatists, Conservatives, Cronies, and Cranks
Slate's Chief Political Correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, talks to Jesse Eisinger, a Senior Reporter at ProPublica, about Donald Trump's economic team and specifically Steven Mnuchin.
NPD - A Revisit
Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan co-host today's show and talk to Dr. Lynne Meyer, a clinical psychologist, about narcissistic personality disorder and how it has and will continue manifest itself once President Trump is in office.
The End of American Leadership
Virginia Heffernan talks to Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group and a columnist at TIME magazine, about his latest piece "The Era of American Global Leadership Is Over. Here's What Comes Next."
Jacob Weisberg talks to Garry Kasparov, the former World Chess Champion and Russian pro-democracy leader, about Vladamir Putin's meddling in our election and America's response.
Enemies of the Planet
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill McKibben about Donald Trump's potential selection for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
The Good Fight
Virginia Heffernan talks to Yascha Mounk about the warning signs that signal the end of liberal democracies and how we can protect it.
The Brilliance of the Carrier Deal
Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Barro, Senior Editor at Business Insider, about Donald Trump's Carrier deal.
Manipulating the President-Elect
Virginia Heffernan talks to Will Saletan about his latest Slate piece, "How To Manipulate Donald Trump."
A Clear and Present Danger to Voting Rights
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bruce Ackerman, a professor of constitutional law at Yale, about the impending destruction of The Second Reconstruction.
This Could Get Unconstitutional
Guest host Virginia Heffernan talks to Asli Bâli, a professor of law and international human rights at UCLA, about what we learned from the past effects of NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) on Muslim communities
His Rise to Power
Jacob Weisberg talks to historian Timothy Snyder about his most recent Slate piece, "Him," and whether Hitler's rise to power can tell us anything about today.
The Shape of Racial Discourse in Trump's Admini...
Virginia Heffernan guest hosts today's Trumpcast to talk to Jonathan Chait, a columnist at New York Magazine, about Donald Trump's latest additions to his administration – Steve Bannon, Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn, and Senator Jeff Sessions.
One Big Giant Conflict of Interest
Jacob Weisberg talks to Paul Waldman of The Washington Post about how Donald Trump will use his presidency enrich himself and his family.
Six Rules for Surviving an Autocracy
Jacob Weisberg talks to the Russian-American journalist, Masha Gessen, about her rules for surviving an autocracy.
A History Teacher and a Historic Event
Jacob Weisberg talks to Kate Gaskill, a 10th grade teacher in Washington D.C., about how her students reacted to the election of Donald Trump and how she handled the conversation in her classroom.
The Morning After
Jacob Weisberg hosts a Trumpcast triple header.
Suppressing The Vote
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the Trump campaign's efforts to suppress and intimidate non-white voters.
A Repudiation of the Liberal Democratic Order
Jacob Weisberg talks to the Financial Times Chief Economics Commentator, Martin Wolf, about the economic future of America under a Trump presidency and its global consequences.
Project Alamo Or: How Trump Duped the Republica...
Jacob Weisberg talks to Joshua Green, a national correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek, about the Trump campaign's data operation in San Antonio, Texas.
The Alt-Right and a Deluge of Hate
Jacob Weisberg talks to David French, a writer at The National Review, about the alt-right trolls on Twitter and how a few hateful tweets turned into a deluge of racist comments and harassment against him and his family.
Cycles of Panic Redux
Jacob Weisberg talks to Harry Enten, FiveThirtyEight's senior political writer and analyst, about whether or not we have anything to worry about 12 days out from the election.
OK, You Win...
Jacob Weisberg checks in with Jan Jennings, a Trump supporter we spoke with on the show back in May, about where he stands on Trump today.
Dispatches From The Angry Patriot
Jacob Weisberg talks to Craig Silverman, the Editor of BuzzFeed Canada, about how Facebook timelines are creating an alternative reality and impacting our election.
The “I Will Keep You in Suspense' Edition
Jacob Weisberg joins Slate's Political Gabfest'ers David Plotz and Emily Bazelon to to discuss the third Presidential debate.
Trump Backers on Trial
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mike Murphy, GOP strategist and the host of Radio Free GOP, about the effects of Trump on the Republican party, whether or not people will split their ticket, and bringing Trump backers to account after the election.
Inside Trump's Head
Jacob Weisberg talks to the singer-songwriter, Aimee Mann, about her new song "Can't You Tell" where she enters the mind of Donald Trump.
Two Rallies, Two Stories
Jacob Weisberg talks to Studio 360's Kurt Andersen about Donald Trump's fascistic rally in Palm Beach, FL and Michelle Obama's heartfelt speech in New Hampshire yesterday.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Michelle Goldberg about the latest sexual assault accusations reported against Donald Trump.
Trumpcast Extra: The "Grabfest Post Debate Spec...
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Slate's Political Gabfest'ers David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson to debrief and decompress after the second Presidential debate.
The Boys on the Bus (Trumpcast Special)
Jacob Weisberg talks to Virginia Heffernan about yesterday's leaked Donald Trump recording.
The Conspiracy Guru Behind Donald Trump
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jon Ronson, author of the new Amazon Kindle single The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the "Alt-Right," about Alex Jones – the radio host who feeds Donald Trump his conspiracy theories.
It's Hard to Defend the Indefensible
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Mark Joseph Stern about the Vice Presidential debate and Mike Pence's record.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Margaret Sullivan of The Washington Post about the man who just can't help but squeeze all of the juice out of Donald Trump's rise to political prominence – Jeff Zucker.
The Queen Has Rabies
Jacob Weisberg talks to Professor Timothy Garton Ash about what free speech looks like in the electorate and in the media in the age of Trump.
A Historical Perspective
Jacob Weisberg talks to Professor Nell Irvin Painter, a historian at Princeton University, about how she views the rise of Trump through the prism of American history.
Trumpcast Extra: The “I'm So Relieved” Edition
Jacob Weisberg and the hosts of the Political Gabfest (David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson) team up for some post-Presidential-debate review.
A Debate for the Ages
Jacob Weisberg talks to Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight's senior political writer, about the upcoming debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Thinking The Unthinkable
Jacob Weisberg talks to Evan Osnos of The New Yorker about his latest story in this week's magazine about the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Michael Barbaro about his story in this past weekend's New York Times where he called Donald Trump a liar on page one.
Passing Off Charity As Your Own
Jacob Weisberg talks to David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post about The Trump Foundation and his investigation into Donald Trump's charitable givings (or rather non-givings).
Cycles of Panic
Jacob Weisberg talks to McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed News about Mr. Trump's upcoming check up on Dr. Oz, Colin Powell's leaked emails, and why we need to constantly remind ourselves how difficult it will be for Trump to win.
No Pay For Policy
Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Rogin of the Washington Post about the collapse of Trump's poor excuse for a Washington DC policy shop.
Milf Hunting with Roger (A Second City Special)
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Marshall, editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo, about his version of Occam's Razor when it comes to Donald Trump.
The Roger Ailes in the Room
Jacob Weisberg talks to Michelle Goldberg about why nobody is asking Donald Trump about the sadistic pervert advising his campaign – Roger Ailes.
Both Sides of the Border
Jacob Weisberg talks to Suzanne Gamboa, a Senior Writer at NBC News Latino, about Donald Trump's trip to Mexico and where his immigration speech landed on the political spectrum.
Opening the Trump Archive
Jacob Weisberg talks to Marc Fisher and Michael Kranish, reporters at the Washington Post, about their new vigorously reported biography – Trump Revealed.
Lifeboats for Republicans
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Will Saletan about how Hillary's speech in Reno last week was both an attack on the soul of the Trump campaign and an offer to Republicans to get off Trump's sinking ship.
Time Off For Good Behavior
Jacob Weisberg talks to Ana Marie Cox, the senior political correspondent for MTV News, about the Kellyanne Conway version of Donald Trump and whether or not it will last.
He Probably Doesn't Pay Any Taxes
Jacob Weisberg talks to the investigative journalist, David Cay Johnston, about the likely reason Donald Trump has yet to release his tax returns. Plus, who is Joey No Socks?
Mr. Brexit & Corey – A Love Story (A Second Cit...
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
The Apprentice – Trump's Campaign Edition
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine about Breitbart's Steve Bannon – Trump's latest campaign hire.
Creating The Monster That Is @RealDonaldTrump
Jacob Weisberg talks to Peter Costanzo, the man who got Donald Trump on Twitter.
The Lost World of White Christian America
Jacob Weisberg talks to Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute about the decline White Christian America.
"Second Amendment People..."
Jacob Weisberg talks to Alex Wagner of The Atlantic about Trump's latest...well...you know.
The Intervention (A Second City Special)
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
A Bunch of White Guys Named Steve
Jacob Weisberg talks to Annie Lowrey of New York Magazine about the word salad otherwise known as the Trump economic policy speech.
The Paul Ryan School of Contortion
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bret Stephens of The Wall St. Journal about the mental gymnastics Paul Ryan is performing around Donald Trump.
Time For An Intervention?
Jacob Weisberg chats with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen about Donald Trump's meltdown.
"Russia, If You're Listening..."
Jacob Weisberg talks to Michael McFaul, the former United States Ambassador to Russia, about Trump's latest call to have the Kremlin uncover Hillary Clinton's emails.
Barney Frank Confronts Sanders Loyalists (Live ...
Jacob Weisberg talks to former Congressman, Barney Frank, about the Bernie or Nothing's and why you need to stand with Hillary for LGBT rights.
Bernie or Burn It Down (Live from Philadelphia)
Jacob Weisberg talks to YahNe Ndgo, a Bernie Sanders supporter now stumping for Jill Stein, about playing the role of a spoiler in this year's election.
The Postmodern Manchurian Candidate
Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum about this weekend's DNC hack.
A Civic Obligation
Jacob Weisberg talks to Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter for Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal, about why he felt compelled to speak up about Trump now and the reaction he has received since.
Not Brokered, But Broken (Live From Cleveland)
Live from the floor at the RNC, Jacob Weisberg talks to Bryan Curtis, the Editor at Large of The Ringer, about the last three days of Donald Trump's circus of a convention.
The Mooch (Live From Cleveland)
From Slate's Facebook live session on Wednesday afternoon – Jacob Weisberg talks to Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, a Trump donor, about why he thinks everything will be just fine once Trump becomes President.
A Delegate From Carl Paladino’s Naughty List (L...
From Slate's Facebook live session on Tuesday afternoon – Seth Stevenson talks to Stefani Williams, a Utah delegate, about the threats she has received as a non-Trump supporting delegate at the Republican National Convention.
The "TP" Ticket
Jacob Weisberg talks to Ezra Klein about Donald Trump's VP pick, Governor Mike Pence.
Playing Footsie with Racists
Jacob Weisberg talks to Nick Confessore about the white nationalists supporting Donald Trump.
Should Republicans Thank Trump?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Sam Tanenhaus about why Trump is exactly the reckoning the GOP needed.
Why Hillbillies Love Trump
Leon Neyfakh talks to J.D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, about why the folks from back home are supporting Donald Trump.
The Moscow Mule
Leon Neyfakh talks to Frank Foer about his Slate cover story "Putin's Puppet."
A Case of the Trumps
Leon Neyfakh talks to Mark O'Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his patients psyches.
Leon Neyfakh talks to Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute about Donald Trump's trade speech.
The Talented Mr. Miller
Leon Neyfakh is joined by Julia Ioffe to talk about the young, articulate, and strange individual who warms up the crowd at Trump's rallies.
A Scottish Getaway
Leon Neyfakh talks to Scottish comedian Janey Godley about Donald Trump's trip to Scotland.
Now Seeking Donations
Leon Neyfakh talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus about the Trump campaign's money troubles.
The Campaign That Wasn’t
Leon Neyfakh talks to Sasha Issenberg about Trump's campaign, or rather, lack thereof.
Don’t Call Him a Fascist
Jacob Weisberg talks to Professor Stanley Payne about why we should reconsider calling Trump a fascist.
Is Trump Helping to Invite Terrorists Attacks?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Daniel Benjamin about Trump's rhetoric in the wake of yesterday's tragedy in Orlando and whether or not it's helping to invite terrorists attacks.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Helaine Olen about Trump’s wealth seminar, otherwise known as Trump University, and how several of those he scammed are still supporting him.
An Assault on the Rule of Law
Jacob Weisberg talks to Adam Liptak about whether or not Donald Trump has a 6th grader's understanding of civics.
The Gaudy Construction Project On His Head
Jacob Weisberg talks to Ashley Feinberg about yet another expensive, ugly construction project from Donald Trump – his hair. Plus, a conversation with Trump biographer, Michael D'Antonio.
The Other Side of His Wall
Jacob Weisberg talks to Enrique Krauze about how Trump is destroying decades of progress in Mexican-American relations.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Masha Gessen about the similarities and differences between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Wait Wait How Do You Make Fun of Trump?!
Jacob Weisberg talks to Peter Sagal, the host of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, about the difficulties of satirizing the un-satirizable.
Are You Nervous?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie to reassure everyone (kind-of) that Donald Trump will never be President.
Jacob Weisberg talks to John Di Domenico, our voice of Donald Trump about life as a Trump impersonator.
A Theater of Cruelty
Jacob Weisberg talks to Virginia Heffernan about The Apprentice.
Democracy Spawns A Tyrant
Jacob Weisberg talks to Andrew Sullivan about his New York Magazine cover story “America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny”
What to Call Donald Trump
Jacob Weisberg talks to Aaron James about different types of a-holes and where Trump fits in. Plus a sketch about "John Miller."
Nate Silver's Bad Prediction
Leon Neyfakh talks to Jordan Ellenberg and Dave Weigel about whether it’s fair or not to criticize Nate Silver for missing Trump.
Jacob Weisberg talks to John McLaughlin about the classified information candidates receive after the convention and how things can change if/when that candidate is Donald Trump.
Are the Republicans Done?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jonathan Chait about the state of the Republican party.
Where’s My Bailout?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jan Jennings about why he’s supporting Donald Trump.
A Man of His Generation
Jacob Weisberg talks to Stephen Metcalf about his Slate cover story "Donald Trump, Baby Boomer."
A Brief History of the Drumpfs
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gwenda Blair about three generations of the Drumpf family.
Dictators’ Favorite Sleazebag
Jacob Weisberg talks to Frank Foer about the history of Paul Manafort, Trump’s political strategist.
Here Come the Vichy Republicans
Jacob Weisberg talks to John Podhoretz, Editor at Commentary Magazine, about Vichy Republicans and striking back at Trump’s twitter supporters.
No Koch Money
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jane Mayer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, about the Koch brothers and whether or not they're serious about supporting Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
When He Sues You for 5 Billion Dollars
Jacob Weisberg talks to Tim O’Brien about what it’s like to be sued by Donald Trump.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mark Leibovich about Trump's transition into a more tolerable candidate.
Jacob Weisberg talks to Beppe Severgnini about the parallels between Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi.
Moral Larceny...With Flair!
Jacob Weisberg talks to Wayne Barrett about "the first detailed examination of Trump’s business practices to appear in the press." Plus, another round of Donald’s latest tweets.
A Public Display of Autoeroticism
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mark Singer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, about his 1997 profile of Donald Trump and whether he's changed in the past 20 years.
Reporting The Future From The Boston Globe
Slate’s Leon Neyfakh talks to Katie Kingsbury, Editor at The Boston Globe, about this weekend’s satirical front page that looks a year into the future at Donald Trump’s presidency.
My Mom's Voting For Him
Hanna Rosin of Slate's DoubleX Gabfest and NPR's Invisibilia calls her mother to ask why she's voting for Trump.
When Trump Doesn’t Win
Slate’s Jacob Weisberg talks to EJ Dionne about the results of the Wisconsin primary and why it’s OK for the media to be calling the demise of Trump (again).
What's With The White Working Class?
Slate’s Jacob Weisberg talks to Barbara Ehrenreich about the white working class.
Why This Podcast Isn't Neutral
Glenn Greenwald on media neutrality, objectivity, and the history of an opinionated press.
The GOP's Top Trump Buster
Jacob Weisberg talks to Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's top political strategist in 2012, about stopping Trump.
I LOVE Women!
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Christina Cauterucci about Trump's core philosophy: misogyny.
Brussels, ISIS & Islam
Jacob Weisberg talks to former Islamic extremist Ed Husain about how Trump is perceived within Muslim communities.
Seth Stevenson guest-hosts and talks to Columbia Business School lecturer Aaron Wallen about negotiation tactics.
Life on the Trump Trail
Leon Neyfakh guest-hosts and talks to Seth Stevenson about what it's like to write about a candidate who hates you.
A Campus Outlier
Jacob Weisberg talks to a college student about his support for Donald Trump.
A Contested Convention?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jeff Greenfield about possible GOP scenarios.
Let's Talk To A Shrink
Jacob Weisberg talks to Dr. Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist, about narcissistic personality order.
Is Trump A Racist?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article "How Trump Happened"
Slate's Trumpcast Trailer
A roundup of all things Donald Trump. Hosted by Jacob Weisberg.