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Slate's Trumpcast
A quasi-daily podcast from Slate that sets out to understand the real Donald Trump. Jacob Weisberg, chairman of Slate, along with writer Virginia Heffernan, and Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie will be talking to historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is, and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.
News & Politics
1
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
2
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
3
Lawyer Up, Bro
Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliott about his reporting surrounding Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
31 min
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
All the President’s Lies
Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about "Trump Lies."
24 min
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
Through the Lens with Doug Mills
Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast.
21 min
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
The Loneliness of Donald Trump
Rebecca Solnit reads her story The Loneliness of Donald Trump.
18 min
22
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
23
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
The Blabbing President
Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner about the effects of Trump's blabbing tendencies.
29 min
30
The Fake News Bubble For Liberals
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Zack Beauchamp of Vox.
23 min
31
The Thing With These Investigations
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Jeffrey Toobin about the special prosecutor in the Russian investigation.
21 min
32
The Purest Boy Scout
Jacob Weisberg talks to WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff about Bob Mueller and Jim Comey.
22 min
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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.
32 min
39
Melania's Tower
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.
23 min
40
Trumpcast Live From The Tribeca Film Festival
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie discuss whether or not the Trump threat has receded.
65 min
41
The End of Values Voters
Virginia Heffernan talks to Reza Aslan about Christianity and religion as a whole in the age of Trump.
30 min
42
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.
25 min
43
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.
24 min
44
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.
22 min
45
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.
21 min
46
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.
20 min
47
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.
19 min
48
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."
25 min
49
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.
45 min
50
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.
17 min
51
China. China? China!
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gideon Rachman, of the Financial Times about Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.
25 min
52
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.
25 min
53
The Senate Standoff
Jacob Weisberg talks to Emily Bazelon about the Democrats plan to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
25 min
54
The Prelude to a Massive Intraparty Battle
Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone about infighting in the Republican party.
24 min
55
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.
31 min
56
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.
17 min
57
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.
24 min
58
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.
23 min
59
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.
26 min
60
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.
16 min
61
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.
50 min
62
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.
20 min
63
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."
36 min
64
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?"
28 min
65
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.
22 min
66
Tone vs. Substance
Jacob Weisberg talks with Virginia Heffernan and Will Oremus about Donald Trump's address to Congress.
29 min
67
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."
23 min
68
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?
21 min
69
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.
24 min
70
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.
25 min
71
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.
24 min
72
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.
17 min
73
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.
27 min
74
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.
21 min
75
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.
73 min
76
A Time for Bromides
Jacob Weisberg talks to Yascha Mounk about the first two weeks of the Trump administration.
29 min
77
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.
15 min
78
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.
37 min
79
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.
21 min
80
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.
76 min
81
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.
22 min
82
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.
28 min
83
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.
32 min
84
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.
19 min
85
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.
26 min
86
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.
28 min
87
Confirmation Conversions
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.
29 min
88
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.
31 min
89
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.
24 min
90
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.
18 min
91
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.
29 min
92
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."
22 min
93
Putin's Meddling
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.
24 min
94
Enemies of the Planet
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill McKibben about Donald Trump's potential selection for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
22 min
95
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.
28 min
96
The Brilliance of the Carrier Deal
Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Barro, Senior Editor at Business Insider, about Donald Trump's Carrier deal.
30 min
97
Manipulating the President-Elect
Virginia Heffernan talks to Will Saletan about his latest Slate piece, "How To Manipulate Donald Trump."
20 min
98
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.
23 min
99
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
24 min
100
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.
32 min
101
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.
20 min
102
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.
20 min
103
Six Rules for Surviving an Autocracy
Jacob Weisberg talks to the Russian-American journalist, Masha Gessen, about her rules for surviving an autocracy.
19 min
104
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.
21 min
105
The Morning After
Jacob Weisberg hosts a Trumpcast triple header.
51 min
106
Suppressing The Vote
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the Trump campaign's efforts to suppress and intimidate non-white voters.
28 min
107
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.
22 min
108
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.
29 min
109
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.
26 min
110
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.
19 min
111
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.
16 min
112
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.
22 min
113
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.
64 min
114
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.
24 min
115
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.
21 min
116
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.
26 min
117
The Groper
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Michelle Goldberg about the latest sexual assault accusations reported against Donald Trump.
29 min
118
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.
25 min
119
The Boys on the Bus (Trumpcast Special)
Jacob Weisberg talks to Virginia Heffernan about yesterday's leaked Donald Trump recording.
23 min
120
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.
26 min
121
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.
22 min
122
The Enabler
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.
20 min
123
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.
27 min
124
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.
22 min
125
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.
28 min
126
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.
22 min
127
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.
21 min
128
LIAR
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.
15 min
129
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).
24 min
130
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.
20 min
131
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.
19 min
132
Milf Hunting with Roger (A Second City Special)
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
5 min
133
Trump's Razor
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.
16 min
134
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.
20 min
135
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.
13 min
136
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.
26 min
137
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.
21 min
138
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.
16 min
139
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?
18 min
140
Mr. Brexit & Corey – A Love Story (A Second Cit...
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
5 min
141
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.
19 min
142
Creating The Monster That Is @RealDonaldTrump
Jacob Weisberg talks to Peter Costanzo, the man who got Donald Trump on Twitter.
15 min
143
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.
18 min
144
"Second Amendment People..."
Jacob Weisberg talks to Alex Wagner of The Atlantic about Trump's latest...well...you know.
17 min
145
The Intervention (A Second City Special)
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
5 min
146
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.
21 min
147
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.
17 min
148
Time For An Intervention?
Jacob Weisberg chats with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen about Donald Trump's meltdown.
24 min
149
"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.
19 min
150
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.
17 min
151
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.
15 min
152
The Postmodern Manchurian Candidate
Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum about this weekend's DNC hack.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The "TP" Ticket
Jacob Weisberg talks to Ezra Klein about Donald Trump's VP pick, Governor Mike Pence.
18 min
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Playing Footsie with Racists
Jacob Weisberg talks to Nick Confessore about the white nationalists supporting Donald Trump.
18 min
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Should Republicans Thank Trump?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Sam Tanenhaus about why Trump is exactly the reckoning the GOP needed.
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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.
20 min
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The Moscow Mule
Leon Neyfakh talks to Frank Foer about his Slate cover story "Putin's Puppet."
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A Case of the Trumps
Leon Neyfakh talks to Mark O'Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his patients psyches.
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Trading Places
Leon Neyfakh talks to Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute about Donald Trump's trade speech.
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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.
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A Scottish Getaway
Leon Neyfakh talks to Scottish comedian Janey Godley about Donald Trump's trip to Scotland.
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Now Seeking Donations
Leon Neyfakh talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus about the Trump campaign's money troubles.
16 min
167
The Campaign That Wasn’t
Leon Neyfakh talks to Sasha Issenberg about Trump's campaign, or rather, lack thereof.
16 min
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Don’t Call Him a Fascist
Jacob Weisberg talks to Professor Stanley Payne about why we should reconsider calling Trump a fascist.
20 min
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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.
16 min
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Trumpcast University
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.
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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.
13 min
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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.
24 min
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The Other Side of His Wall
Jacob Weisberg talks to Enrique Krauze about how Trump is destroying decades of progress in Mexican-American relations.
15 min
174
America's Putin
Jacob Weisberg talks to Masha Gessen about the similarities and differences between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
22 min
175
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.
22 min
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Are You Nervous?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie to reassure everyone (kind-of) that Donald Trump will never be President.
24 min
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The Johnald
Jacob Weisberg talks to John Di Domenico, our voice of Donald Trump about life as a Trump impersonator.
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A Theater of Cruelty
Jacob Weisberg talks to Virginia Heffernan about The Apprentice.
18 min
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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”
19 min
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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."
19 min
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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.
21 min
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Trump Confidential
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.
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Are the Republicans Done?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jonathan Chait about the state of the Republican party.
19 min
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Where’s My Bailout?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jan Jennings about why he’s supporting Donald Trump.
12 min
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A Man of His Generation
Jacob Weisberg talks to Stephen Metcalf about his Slate cover story "Donald Trump, Baby Boomer."
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A Brief History of the Drumpfs
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gwenda Blair about three generations of the Drumpf family.
14 min
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Dictators’ Favorite Sleazebag
Jacob Weisberg talks to Frank Foer about the history of Paul Manafort, Trump’s political strategist.
16 min
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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.
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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.
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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.
16 min
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The Pivot
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mark Leibovich about Trump's transition into a more tolerable candidate.
19 min
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America's Berlusconi
Jacob Weisberg talks to Beppe Severgnini about the parallels between Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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What's With The White Working Class?
Slate’s Jacob Weisberg talks to Barbara Ehrenreich about the white working class.
11 min
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Why This Podcast Isn't Neutral
Glenn Greenwald on media neutrality, objectivity, and the history of an opinionated press.
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The GOP's Top Trump Buster
Jacob Weisberg talks to Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's top political strategist in 2012, about stopping Trump.
19 min
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I LOVE Women!
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's Christina Cauterucci about Trump's core philosophy: misogyny.
16 min
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Brussels, ISIS & Islam
Jacob Weisberg talks to former Islamic extremist Ed Husain about how Trump is perceived within Muslim communities.
14 min
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Negotiation 101
Seth Stevenson guest-hosts and talks to Columbia Business School lecturer Aaron Wallen about negotiation tactics.
19 min
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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.
19 min
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A Campus Outlier
Jacob Weisberg talks to a college student about his support for Donald Trump.
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A Contested Convention?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jeff Greenfield about possible GOP scenarios.
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Let's Talk To A Shrink
Jacob Weisberg talks to Dr. Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist, about narcissistic personality order.
10 min
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Is Trump A Racist?
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article "How Trump Happened"
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Slate's Trumpcast Trailer
A roundup of all things Donald Trump. Hosted by Jacob Weisberg.
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