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Sheldon Adelson’s Influence
Oct 11 • 9 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Justin Elliott, a reporter at Pro Publica, about his new report on Sheldon Adelson, his donations to Donald Trump, and the influence he’s gained within the administration. Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcastPodcast…
Vindication at Last?
Oct 10 • 35 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Franklin Foer, national correspondent for the Atlantic, who reported for Slate in 2016 on communications between a Trump server and a Russian bank. We’ll revisit the story in light of his recent piece for The Atlantic. Also,…
Benjamin Wittes admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record. So why wouldn’t he confirm him?
Oct 5 • 48 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about why he admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record, but also why he wouldn’t vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a member of the Supreme…
What should the FBI be examining about Judge Kavanaugh?
Oct 3 • 32 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Honig, former federal and state prosecutor and now a professor at Rutgers University about who the FBI should be talking to and the significance of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar entries.Also: what does Honig make of the…
Trumpcast Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX
Oct 1 • 87 min
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are back together in Texas to chat about Brett Kavanaugh, reporting on The White House, and the many investigations that may spring up if the Democrats take the House after midterms.Guests: Ana Marie…
Ford’s Testimony and The Real Brett Kavanaugh
Sep 27 • 30 min
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
Sep 19 • 30 min
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.Plus, getting exactly what you need from a…
Raising Red Flags and The Story of Our Time
Sep 13 • 37 min
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. Plus, how illicit money moves around the…
The New Trump Rallies [Teaser S+]
Sep 11 • 5 min
This is a teaser of the Trumpcast episode for Sept. 11, 2018. To listen to the full episode, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/trumpcastplus.Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jared Yates Sexton, a professor at Georgia Southern University and a close…
The Brett Kavanaugh Hearings in the Shadow of a Chaotic White House
Sep 6 • 33 min
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. Plus, the two also discuss the New York Times…
A Tower in Toronto and the Story of Kleptocracy
Sep 3 • 34 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Tom Burgis of the Financial Times about his story “Tower of Secrets: The Russian Money Behind a Donald Trump Skyscraper.” The two discuss a deal in Toronto, why western real estate is sought after to clean money, and what more this…
A Campaign Finance Crash Course
Aug 30 • 33 min
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. Also, why has the FEC been so ineffective enforcing the laws and why is…
SDNY, The Trump Organization, and Pardons
Aug 28 • 37 min
Virginia Heffernan is joined by Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, to talk about Allen Weisselberg and if in fact his immunity means the investigations are getting deeper into the Trump Organization. Also, the…
ICE and the Unfolding Immigration Tragedy
Aug 23 • 37 min
León Krauze jumps into the host chair for the day to chat with The Atlantic’s Frank Foer about his cover story on ICE, the fear in immigrant communities, and what to make of the Paul Manafort fiasco at the end of this week.Plus, John Di Domenico returns…
The Cohen Plea and Manafort Verdict
Aug 21 • 24 min
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
Aug 17 • 30 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Mattathias Schwartz about Trump revoking John Brennan’s security clearance. Also, what are we to make of Brennan’s outspokenness? What about his legacy? And what did he leave in Trump’s hands?Plus, the White House tries to…
Omarosa and Reality Show Politics
Aug 14 • 35 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Lola Ogunnaike, host of “Entertainment Weekly The Show” about Omarosa finally making her way through the Trump love-hate cycle. How has she handled the press and how has the press handled her? Plus, what would an n-word tape do…
Slow Burn | S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal
Aug 10 • 39 min
Trumpcast presents a preview of the 2nd season of Slow Burn.For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonus…
Learning From James Clapper’s Life in Intelligence
Aug 8 • 29 min
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. What did he think of the North Korea & Putin summits? How can our institutions protect…
Cyberwar and Security in the Trump Era
Aug 6 • 38 min
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. What is it? What counts? Does the United States have a clear…
Is the Facebook Problem Unfixable?
Aug 3 • 36 min
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 and whether or not it can be saved.Plus, Steve Waltien and Kate James…
Why Trump and India Aren’t Working Out
Aug 1 • 31 min
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.Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets.
When the President Takes Putin’s Side Over Yours
Jul 31 • 35 min
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. Plus, all the presidents’ all caps statements.Go to…
Cohen’s Basement Tapes
Jul 25 • 37 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Emily Jane Fox, senior reporter at Vanity Fair, about the Trump-Cohen tape that was released on Tuesday, its implications, and why if you don’t understand the relationship between the two, you don’t understand Trump’s…
The Pieces of the Mueller Puzzle
Jul 20 • 36 min
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. How has the role of Deputy Attorney General Rod…
The Man Putin Singled Out
Jul 17 • 21 min
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. Why does Vladimir Putin want him more than just about anybody else in the world? Plus,…
Trump’s Submission in Helsinki
Jul 16 • 29 min
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. How will we remember it? Why has President Trump refused to confront Putin for attacking our democracy? And…
Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Officers, Trump Prepares to Meet Putin Anyway
Jul 13 • 29 min
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 and its effects in the lead-up to the Trump/Putin meeting next week.
The ACLU in the Trump Era
Jul 12 • 27 min
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.Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets.
The Fight Liberals Should & Shouldn’t Pick with Kavanaugh
Jul 10 • 33 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School and Bloomberg to talk about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The two discuss the implications of his nomination on Roe v. Wade and whether or not his writing suggests he’d be in…
Lessons from South Africa
Jul 6 • 30 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andries du Toit, a researcher and writer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, about the years before, during, and after apartheid and if there are any lessons we can take away from it for America today.
Overcoming Class Cluelessness
Jul 4 • 34 min
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 and what the coastal elites get wrong about some Trump supporters.Plus, John Bolton…
Civility as a Cudgel
Jun 30 • 28 min
Jamelle Bouie talks to Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor at UVA’s Miller Center, about the topic of “civility.” How has the word been used to protect the status quo in the past? And is this what happens when a political system is failing a…
The Supreme Court Without Justice Kennedy
Jun 27 • 19 min
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 weight this will put on Chief Justice John Roberts, and whether or not this will finally motivate the…
The Travel Ban Stands and the Legacy of the Roberts Court
Jun 26 • 27 min
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 Concentration Camps
Jun 21 • 33 min
Jamelle Bouie talks to Andrea Pitzer, the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. The two provide context to a conversation being had today about whether the detention centers on the border merit comparison to concentration…
The Reality of Family Separation and “Zero-Tolerance”
Jun 19 • 37 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to KPBS’s Jean Guerrero about a migrant children facility she visited and why presenting yourself for asylum at a port of entry isn’t all the administration talks it up to be. Then, Erik Hanshew, a federal public defender in El Paso,…
“It’s All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care.”
Jun 17 • 13 min
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
Jun 15 • 20 min
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.
Clown Yalta
Jun 12 • 26 min
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
Jun 11 • 31 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Slate’s Jordan Weissmann to talk about Trump’s showdown with Trudeau on tariffs and the future of NAFTA.Plus, two soldiers receive their centuries-old wish.
Our Pardon Giving President Perverts the Pardon
Jun 8 • 30 min
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 Tower in Europe
Jun 6 • 20 min
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. Plus, insight into the relationship between…
Gearing Up For a Subpoena Showdown
Jun 4 • 30 min
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. Plus, what’s the bigger game plan behind the…
Trumpcast Live From Brooklyn
May 31 • 69 min
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 Stormy Daniels case. Plus, the three discuss Trump’s “Spygate” (or, “Spyghazi,” rather) and the…
An Encyclopedia of Trump’s Dishonesty
May 29 • 25 min
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. Also, if the President is just spewing crap all the time, what’s the point of tracking it and…
Three Sketches on Two Stories (Bonus!)
May 26 • 10 min
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?
May 24 • 35 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School about what it would take to prosecute a sitting president. Plus, is the free speech decision about Trump’s Twitter wrong? And is Trump taking a page out of Bill Clinton’s book?
Trump’s Challenge to Prosecutorial Independence
May 22 • 30 min
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.Have you bought tickets to our live show yet? Our special guest is Michael Avenatti!…
Draconian and Cruel Immigration Policies
May 18 • 21 min
Jamelle Bouie talks to Vox’s Dara Lind about the latest moves the Trump administration has made on immigration and on the southern border.Join us for our live show in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 730PM (ET).
Upon Further Review: What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?
May 17 • 26 min
We’re introducing you to a new show from Slate today called Upon Further Review! Listen to the first episode via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, or wherever you listen.Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem —…
A Very Stormy Disclosure
May 16 • 31 min
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?Join us for our…
A Torture Victim Speaks To Gina Haspel
May 15 • 26 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist, Theo Padnos, about his open letter to Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel. about his time spent in a Syrian torture prison and why, if it comes down to it, she must never obey torture orders from our…
The Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare’s Tyrants
May 11 • 28 min
Virginia Heffernan is joined by Isaac Butler, host of Slate’s new podcast “Lend Me Your Ears,” to talk about his show and what inspired it. Plus, Isaac and Virginia talk to the author of Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Stephen Greenblatt, about the…
Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar
May 10 • 41 min
Hey Trumpcast listeners we wanted to introduce you to a new show! It’s called Lend Me Your Ears and it’s a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig into…
A Slush Fund for Playmates, an Oligarch, and the President?
May 9 • 34 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan and ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger to discuss the latest Michael Cohen story surrounding his Delaware LLC.Be sure to join Trumpcast Live in Brooklyn on May 30th!
Trump Withdraws From Iran Deal In Spiteful Fashion
May 8 • 27 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate’s War Stories correspondent, Fred Kaplan, about President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, grifting vs. grafting and more Trump tweets.
Michael Avenatti is Beating Trump at His Own Game
May 4 • 22 min
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.Join us at our live show in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday May 30th!
The Real Answer to Russian Disinformation
May 3 • 39 min
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. The three discuss the tactics of Russian…
Reading into the Leak of the Mueller Questions
May 1 • 31 min
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?Don’t forget to buy tickets to our live…
Dreaming of Hillary on the Campaign Trail
Apr 28 • 33 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to the author of Chasing Hillary, Amy Chozick, about “New York Times worship,” being what she calls an “unwitting agent of Russian intelligence,” and why she kept having dreams of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.Plus, the…
Is Trump’s Chaos Beating the Press?
Apr 26 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by the media critic, Jay Rosen, to talk about why he thinks Trump is winning and the press is losing.Plus, Rod Rosenstein has been under fire for so long that he’s prepared himself for the phone call.
Us vs. Them Told in Two Parts
Apr 25 • 33 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern about the opening 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.Do you have…
The Book and Memos of James Comey
Apr 20 • 36 min
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.Be sure to buy tickets to our live show on May 30th in Brooklyn, NY!
How the Southern District of NY Flips Made Men
Apr 20 • 40 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Mimi Rocah, about her start at the department in the early 2000s, working alongside Jim Comey, and what her prosecutions of organized crime…
A Measured View of the Cohen Probe
Apr 17 • 28 min
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. Plus, who are the two names we should be looking for as…
A Pruitt and a Pardon
Apr 13 • 21 min
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.Trumpcast will be live in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 7:30PM (ET). Tickets are currently on sale.
Raiding Trump’s Fixer, Dealmaker, and Lawyer
Apr 10 • 32 min
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 and why Michael Cohen is much more than just Trump’s personal lawyer.
Trump’s Nativist Delusions and Peña Nieto’s Response
Apr 6 • 31 min
Virginia Heffernan is joined by host of Slate’s El Gabfest, León Krauze, to discuss Trump’s renewed nativist delusions, the responses by the Mexican president and Mexican presidential candidates, and just what Americans can do to counter Trump’s…
The MBS-JK Connection Takes on the Middle East
Apr 5 • 31 min
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. How did they forge this relationship? What does Saudi Arabia want in the region and how is the…
Sinclair’s Local News Propaganda Bomb
Apr 3 • 27 min
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.Don’t forget to vote for Trumpcast to win a Webby!And come check out Slow Burn Live in NYC!
All That Kushner Money
Mar 31 • 26 min
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
Mar 29 • 35 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Timothy Snyder, the author of The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. The two discuss the shift from a politics of inevitability to a politics of eternity and just what that means. Also, Tim describes the ways in which…
Michael Cohen Must Be Kicking Himself
Mar 27 • 28 min
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
Mar 23 • 41 min
Jacob Weisberg chats with Fred Kaplan about the departure of H.R. McMaster and the arrival of John Bolton. Also, Harry Litman, a former US Attorney, joins us to talk about the latest shakeups on Trump’s legal team.Plus, Steve Waltien and Asher Perlman…
Who Trashed the Party?
Mar 21 • 43 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. They also discuss Andrew’s latest story on Reddit and meditate on free speech and how we navigate the Internet.
John Kelly’s Power and Failure
Mar 19 • 34 min
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, how John Kelly reinforces Trump’s partisan instincts, and why he has…
The PutinCon Files
Mar 18 • 27 min
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, his actions in the UK, and just what message he’s sending to the Western world.Today’s show was…
Rating the Trump-Russia Angles
Mar 16 • 46 min
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. They discuss why Trump continues to show deference towards the Kremlin, his history with…
The Ghost of the Mueller Investigation
Mar 14 • 36 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Hannah Seligson about Ivanka Trump. How has she been able to escape the eye of the Mueller investigation & the critical eye of the media for so long? What can be done about it?Read Hannah’s latest work for The…
Rex Tillerson’s Long Goodbye
Mar 13 • 23 min
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 Another Fix
Mar 8 • 23 min
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
Mar 6 • 35 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy, to talk about his new book, how democracies are holding up around the globe, and what liberals in America can do about the populist uprising. Plus, the plight of the Russian…
Getting Whole
Mar 3 • 35 min
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. Plus, the two try to make sense of the…
Overleveraged and Under Scrutiny
Mar 1 • 29 min
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
Feb 27 • 28 min
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?Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey.
The Big Facebook Talk
Feb 23 • 44 min
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 for the past several years and…
High School Revolutionaries Are Changing the Gun Debate
Feb 22 • 36 min
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. Plus, Mary Beth Tinker, of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, joins us for an…
Project Lakhta and Russia’s Plan to Screw With America
Feb 16 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Just Security’s Kate Brannen about the most recent round of Mueller indictments.
John Kelly and the Complicity Machine
Feb 14 • 29 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Vox’s Jane Coaston about the Chief of Staff, John Kelly, and his role in the Rob Porter story. Plus, more on security clearances and why we should be paying attention to how the details of this story are getting out of the…
The Effects of Reckless Rhetoric
Feb 11 • 23 min
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
Feb 9 • 31 min
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
Feb 6 • 29 min
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
Feb 2 • 27 min
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?
Feb 1 • 34 min
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
Jan 31 • 35 min
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
Jan 30 • 24 min
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)
Jan 26 • 17 min
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
Jan 23 • 30 min
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)
Jan 20 • 23 min
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
Jan 17 • 23 min
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
Jan 16 • 25 min
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
Jan 12 • 28 min
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
Jan 11 • 28 min
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
Jan 10 • 32 min
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
Jan 5 • 42 min
Virginia Heffernan is joined by Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, to discuss the recent revelations with regards to the President possibly obstructing justice. Plus, Asawin Suebsaeng, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast, joins us to discuss…
The Commission is Dead, Not the Mission
Jan 4 • 25 min
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
Dec 28, 2017 • 31 min
Virginia Heffernan chats with Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter for the Washington Post, about how Washington failed to handle Kremlin trolls.
Submission
Dec 22, 2017 • 39 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Michel Houellebecq’s novel, Submission.
Strategic Confusion
Dec 20, 2017 • 31 min
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate’s Fred Kaplan about Trump’s new National Security Strategy.
The Impending Tax Bill
Dec 18, 2017 • 30 min
Jacob Weisberg chats with economist Jason Furman about the impending GOP tax bill and its economic impact.
All The President’s Accusers
Dec 15, 2017 • 34 min
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
Dec 14, 2017 • 29 min
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
Dec 11, 2017 • 25 min
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
Dec 8, 2017 • 22 min
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
Dec 6, 2017 • 33 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to The Guardian’s Luke Harding about his new book Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win.Plus, our Secretary of State issues yet another denial.
A Desperate Defense Knows No Bounds
Dec 4, 2017 • 26 min
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)
Dec 1, 2017 • 39 min
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.Stick around after the break for Virginia Heffernan’s conversation with…
Nixon’s Slow Burn
Nov 29, 2017 • 26 min
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate’s Leon Neyfakh about his latest series Slow Burn | A Podcast About Watergate. Who are the lesser known characters of the scandal? What led to the Republicans ultimately turning on Nixon? And where does what we know now…
The Magnitsky Update with Bill Browder
Nov 28, 2017 • 36 min
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
Nov 28, 2017 • 24 min
Trumpcast presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate. People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest…
Night Rider
Nov 24, 2017 • 39 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker) and Katie Roiphe (NYU) to discuss Robert Penn Warren’s first novel, Night Rider.For the December book club we’ll be reading Submission by Michel Houellebecq.
A History of Bunk
Nov 17, 2017 • 24 min
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
Nov 16, 2017 • 89 min
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and John Di Domenico are live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco! The three hosts discuss Roy Moore, the Democrats and the question of impeachment, and the Russia investigation. Our special guest,…
The Fox News Survivor & Alec Baldwin
Nov 13, 2017 • 31 min
Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate’s Justin Peters who spent 3 weeks watching Fox News. Plus, Jacob jumps on a quick call with Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen to talk about their new book You Can’t Spell America Without Me - a parody of Donald Trump’s first…
Slate Live Event: The People vs. Trump
Nov 13, 2017 • 81 min
The shocking results of the 2016 election left people wondering how our country would change under a Trump presidency. Many Americans feared the worst, some hoped for the best, and others leapt into action. Now, one year out, Slate will take stock of the…
“The Last Republican President”
Nov 11, 2017 • 28 min
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 Perriello)
Nov 9, 2017 • 22 min
Jamelle Bouie is joined by former Virginia congressman, Tom Perriello, to discuss Tuesday’s election and the Democrats moving forward. This is one of the five conversations from Wednesday night’s live show. Follow us on Twitter for a heads up of when the…
A Year Spent in Panic Inducing Bubbles
Nov 7, 2017 • 26 min
Virginia Heffernan chats with Slate’s Laura Bennett & Allison Benedikt about the cover story they co-edited this week – The Year in Push Alerts: How Breaking News Became Our Lives,
The Giant Pool of Money Laundering
Nov 6, 2017 • 37 min
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? Plus, Adam runs a theory of money laundering and the Trump organization by us.
Inching Closer to the Oval Office
Nov 3, 2017 • 27 min
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.Plus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflection training.
Cut, Cut, Cut or Not So Much?
Nov 2, 2017 • 19 min
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
Oct 31, 2017 • 33 min
Josh King jumps in for a weekday show to chat about the Frontline documentary, Putin’s Revenge, with its producer-reporter, Jim Gilmore. Does Boris Yeltsin regret handing over the reins to Vladamir Putin? Why does Putin have it out for America? All that…
Bob Mueller’s Opening Salvo [UPDATED]
Oct 30, 2017 • 45 min
Virginia Heffernan chats with former DoJ flack and current MSNBC justice and security analyst Matthew Miller about George Papadopoulos’ guilty plea and why it was released after the Manafort and Gates indictments.Stick around after Virginia and Matt’s…
The Handmaid’s Tale
Oct 28, 2017 • 36 min
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
Oct 26, 2017 • 28 min
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
Oct 24, 2017 • 21 min
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
Oct 20, 2017 • 31 min
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. Plus, the two dive into the latest status surrounding North Korea and why the US government…
Hello Dossier, My Old Friend
Oct 19, 2017 • 34 min
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
Oct 17, 2017 • 26 min
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
Oct 13, 2017 • 33 min
Jamelle Bouie talks to Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, about the Obama backlash and Trump leaning into white racial resentment. Stick around after that interview to hear Trumpcast produer Jayson De Leon chat with…
Getting Off Easy
Oct 11, 2017 • 33 min
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. Plus, more on ‘Moron’-gate & Rex Tillerson’s “clear denial.”Special thanks to…
A Corker of a Story
Oct 10, 2017 • 32 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico’s Susan Glasser about the story of the weekend – Senator Bob Corker’s rhetorical triple axel.
#AskTrumpcast
Oct 7, 2017 • 34 min
Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan take your questions via tweet, phone, and snail mail in our first edition of #AskTrumpcast.Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show for an exclusive Rex Tillerson sketch. If you’re not a Slate Plus member go…
A Presidential Response?
Oct 5, 2017 • 29 min
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, how it’s recovering, and his response to the President’s visit to the city compared to those of past presidents who’ve…
Democracy vs. Itself
Oct 3, 2017 • 38 min
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
Sep 30, 2017 • 46 min
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.This was recorded as a part of IAB’s Leadership Dialogues.
Concern Trolling Jared
Sep 29, 2017 • 26 min
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.It’s Pledge Week here at Trumpcast. Sign up for Slate Plus by going to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus.
The Fine Points of Impeachment
Sep 27, 2017 • 34 min
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.We’ll be live from San Francisco on Tuesday, November 14th! For tickets and…
Trumpcast Live From the Texas Tribune Festival
Sep 25, 2017 • 81 min
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. Plus,…
Strangers in Their Own Land
Sep 22, 2017 • 45 min
Jacob Weisberg, Philip Gourevitch, and Katie Roiphe are back for the Trumpcast Book Club to discuss Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land.Don’t miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and tickets go…
The Last Person Standing
Sep 21, 2017 • 33 min
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.Read Sarah’s story in Vanity Fair by clicking here.Don’t miss our…
Cornering Manafort
Sep 19, 2017 • 22 min
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.Don’t miss our upcoming live shows in…
Becoming the Opposition
Sep 16, 2017 • 34 min
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. Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show to hear our producer, Jayson De…
If You’re Concerned and You Know It, Just Impeach
Sep 14, 2017 • 27 min
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.Don’t miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more…
The Party That Can’t Govern
Sep 13, 2017 • 25 min
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.Don’t miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and…
How to Read L’Affaire Russe
Sep 11, 2017 • 28 min
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.You can read Ben’s piece over at Lawfare by clicking here.Do you have a question for us? Send us a…
Facebook’s Russia Problem
Sep 8, 2017 • 35 min
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. What does this mean for Facebook moving forward and why is this a problem that isn’t…
The Big Debt
Sep 6, 2017 • 29 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg’s Caleb Melby about Jared Kushner, the Kushner Company, and the mounting debt at their building – 666 Fifth Ave.Read Caleb’s story “Kushners’ China Deal Flop Was Part of a Much Bigger Hunt for Cash” by clicking here.Do…
800,000 Hostages
Sep 5, 2017 • 25 min
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.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. You…
A New Breed of Lobbyists
Sep 2, 2017 • 28 min
Josh King talks to Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times about the new breed of lobbyists getting rich in Trump’s Washington.Read Nick’s full story in The New York Times Magazine by clicking here.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet…
Lessons For a Recovery
Sep 1, 2017 • 22 min
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.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use…
The Key to a Thousand Doors
Aug 30, 2017 • 25 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Rice, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, about Felix Sater, Trump’s original Russia connection, and why his name may come up more and more as Mueller’s investigation unravels.Read Andrew’s story The Original…
The “Revolting” Administration
Aug 28, 2017 • 26 min
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.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag.…
The Pardon That Sets a Dangerous Precedent
Aug 26, 2017 • 33 min
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. Then, Slate’s Mark…
The Complainer-in-Chief
Aug 25, 2017 • 26 min
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.Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday…
A Taxonomy of the Alt-Right, Alt-Light, and Alt-Etcs
Aug 23, 2017 • 32 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a writer at The New Yorker, about the many warring factions within the alt-right and rethinking how the left should respond to them moving forward.Don’t forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas…
The Corruption of Carl Icahn
Aug 22, 2017 • 26 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to The New Yorker staff writer, Patrick Radden Keefe, about his latest piece “Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington” – a story about how an obscure EPA rule brought down the billionaire Trump adviser.Don’t forget about our live show…
The Anti-Fascists AKA The Antifa
Aug 18, 2017 • 26 min
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.Are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not? With Slate Plus you can get bonus segments of Trumpcast…
The Press Conference That Did Him In?
Aug 16, 2017 • 26 min
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.Slate Plus members, stay tuned after the show…
“There’s Nothing New Under the Sun…”
Aug 14, 2017 • 24 min
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)
Aug 13, 2017 • 16 min
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. They wrap up their conversation by talking about how the two…
The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 1)
Aug 12, 2017 • 32 min
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. Plus, how are those two organizations handling the attacks coming from Donald Trump and…
A Separate Narrative
Aug 10, 2017 • 21 min
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.Slate Plus listeners,…
30 Days at Trump International, D.C.
Aug 8, 2017 • 22 min
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
Aug 5, 2017 • 28 min
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.Slate Plus members,…
The Short History of Generals as Chiefs of Staff
Aug 3, 2017 • 27 min
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 General Al Haig during the Nixon administration.
Aggressive on Immigration
Aug 1, 2017 • 25 min
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
Jul 28, 2017 • 33 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about her working theory – nobody really knows what a constitutional crisis is. Also, have the Republican’s finally found the line they won’t let Trump cross?Slate Plus members, stick around after the…
Fascist Curious
Jul 26, 2017 • 32 min
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. Where does Bannon get his ideology from? Is he a racist? And what is he making of Trump’s attacks on…
Pardon Me, Mr. President.
Jul 24, 2017 • 28 min
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
Jul 22, 2017 • 29 min
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
Jul 21, 2017 • 29 min
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.Slate Plus…
The Many Missteps of Mitch McConnell
Jul 19, 2017 • 25 min
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
Jul 18, 2017 • 36 min
Jacob Weisberg goes in-depth with Bill Browder about Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower.Plus, the harrowing story of one man’s walk along the border.
Lawyer Up, Bro
Jul 14, 2017 • 34 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica’s Justin Elliott about his reporting surrounding Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, and the most recent developments in Trump’s defense including the impending hire of Ty Cobb. Also, Jamie Gorelick is stepping back from…
It’s Bad. It’s Unpopular. It’s The Return of the Health Care Bill!
Jul 13, 2017 • 20 min
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
Jul 12, 2017 • 27 min
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
Jul 11, 2017 • 24 min
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?
Jul 10, 2017 • 34 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum, columnist at the Washington Post, about Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with the Kremlin linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and why she thinks this could be the story that finally begins to sink members of the Trump…
G-20 Speed Dating and a Lifeless Foggy Bottom
Jul 8, 2017 • 35 min
Josh King talks to Max Bergmann, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, about President Trump’s trip to the G-20 and how Rex Tillerson is destroying the State Department. Read Max’s latest Politico story, “Present at the Destruction: How Rex…
Tensions Rising
Jul 6, 2017 • 23 min
Jamelle Bouie welcomes back Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, to chat about all the players in the North Korea game and the potential catastrophic effects if President Trump makes the wrong move.
The Pence Shake Up and Republican Sentiments
Jul 3, 2017 • 26 min
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?
Jul 1, 2017 • 34 min
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.” Slate Plus members stay tuned after the show for a bonus segment with Trumpcast producer…
The Health Care Fight is A Civil Rights Fight
Jun 29, 2017 • 24 min
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
Jun 26, 2017 • 27 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about his piece, Trump Lies, where he catalogued nearly every outright lie Trump has told since taking the oath of office.
The Bill That Gets Worse and Worse
Jun 22, 2017 • 23 min
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
Jun 21, 2017 • 24 min
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.Plus, a special treat from Daniel…
The Trump Brand and The Conversation Not Happening on the Left
Jun 19, 2017 • 32 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer Naomi Klein about how the “Trump brand” is the driving force behind the presidency. Also, should the left be fighting fire with fire?
Through the Lens with Doug Mills
Jun 17, 2017 • 24 min
Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast. He talks to New York Times photographer Doug Mills about his last days covering the shooting in Arlington, the James Comey testimony, and the bizarre cabinet meeting from earlier this week.Slate Plus…
Too Close for Comfort
Jun 16, 2017 • 23 min
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
Jun 14, 2017 • 31 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Matthew Miller, formerly of the Department of Justice, about the testimony of Jeff Sessions in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee and just what Bob Mueller could be up to behind the scenes after hearing the verbal…
Our President’s Cognitive Decline
Jun 12, 2017 • 27 min
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
Jun 9, 2017 • 21 min
Rebecca Solnit reads her story The Loneliness of Donald Trump.You can follow along or read the story on LitHub by clicking here.And hey, are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not? Join Slate Plus today to listen to Rebecca Solnit chat with Virginia…
Oh Lordy Jim Comey!
Jun 8, 2017 • 24 min
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
Jun 7, 2017 • 17 min
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
Jun 6, 2017 • 32 min
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. Plus, stick around for a chat with…
No Consequences?
Jun 2, 2017 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Andrew Revkin, senior climate reporter at ProPublica, about the consequences (or lack thereof) of Trump’s withdrawal from The Paris Climate Accords. Plus, Vladamir Putin knows why a hacker does what he does.
Criminal or Stupid or Criminally Stupid?
Jun 1, 2017 • 28 min
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!
May 31, 2017 • 27 min
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
May 26, 2017 • 19 min
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.Slate Plus members, stick around for an additional chat with Laurel Rosenhall, a reporter at…
The Blabbing President
May 23, 2017 • 33 min
Virginia Heffernan speaks with Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, about how Trump’s blabbing tendencies are shifting geopolitics.
The Fake News Bubble For Liberals
May 22, 2017 • 27 min
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Zack Beauchamp, senior reporter at Vox, who recently wrote a piece called “Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia.” Beauchamp talks about who’s producing this fake news, how it’s spreading and the difference between…
The Thing With These Investigations
May 19, 2017 • 24 min
Jacob Weisberg speaks with Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and The New Yorker about what we could expect as Mueller gears up as special prosecutor in the Russian investigation.
The Purest Boy Scout
May 18, 2017 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg is joined by WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff to discuss his recent cover story for Politico, “What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey.”
Searching for Higher Ground
May 17, 2017 • 21 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico’s Josh Dawsey about the reactions within the White House to the last 36 hours.
The Confidence Man
May 15, 2017 • 42 min
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.
Trump’s Anger
May 12, 2017 • 21 min
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)
May 10, 2017 • 53 min
Updated at 6:00PM (EST) —- 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 and ponder what Comey’s response will be. Plus, Virginia Heffernan talks…
The Wall St. Love Affair?
May 8, 2017 • 23 min
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. Also, is Gary Cohn next in line for…
The Meaner Bill
May 5, 2017 • 35 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Legacybox, the simple and affordable way to get your recorded…
Melania’s Tower
May 4, 2017 • 26 min
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 is brought to you by Blue Apron. Create delicious meals at home with fresh…
Trumpcast Live From The Tribeca Film Festival
May 1, 2017 • 68 min
Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie discuss whether or not the Trump threat has receded, how the opposition is faring against the Trump administration, and how the press is doing thus far in covering a President who’s words don’t mean…
The End of Values Voters
Apr 28, 2017 • 33 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Reza Aslan about Christianity and religion as a whole in the age of Trump.
Caesar Non Supra Grammaticos
Apr 27, 2017 • 28 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite…
The French Election Connection
Apr 25, 2017 • 27 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Policy Genius. Shop and compare all the top rated life insurance…
Opaque, Conflicted, and a Lawsuit
Apr 21, 2017 • 25 min
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.Slate Plus members, stick around at the end of the show for…
Identity Politics in the Trump Era
Apr 20, 2017 • 24 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by RealtyShares.…
Lessons from Georgia’s 6th
Apr 19, 2017 • 23 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Helix Sleep. For a…
North Korea’s Missile Testing Season
Apr 14, 2017 • 23 min
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.Slate Plus listeners, stick around for an extra…
Many Men, Many Many Many Men
Apr 12, 2017 • 29 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Frank Bruni of the New York Times about his column, “Manhood in the Age of Trump.”
Articles of Impeachment
Apr 10, 2017 • 48 min
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
Apr 7, 2017 • 21 min
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!
Apr 6, 2017 • 28 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs columnist at the Financial Times, about Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.Gideon’s latest book is: Easternization - Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline: From Obama to Trump and…
Gorka, Bannon, and the View from Hungary
Apr 5, 2017 • 28 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Lili Bayer, a journalist in Central Europe who writes for Politico and The Forward, about the story of Sebastian Gorka (Trump’s Chief Counter-Terrorism Adviser) and his far right wing roots. Plus, what are the parallels between…
The Senate Standoff
Apr 4, 2017 • 29 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Emily Bazelon about the Democrats plan to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Plus, the two discuss whether or not Neil Gorsuch has his eyes set on dismantling the administrative state.Trumpcast is brought to you by Blue…
The Prelude to a Massive Intraparty Battle
Mar 31, 2017 • 27 min
Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight’s Clare Malone about infighting in the Republican party.Trumpcast is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE by…
666 5th Ave.
Mar 28, 2017 • 34 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Bloomberg News reporter Caleb Melby about the Kushner family history, the building on 666 5th Ave. hemorrhaging money from Jared’s family, and the potential conflicts of interest with a Chinese insurance group looking to strike…
The Healthcare Vote That Wasn’t
Mar 23, 2017 • 20 min
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
Mar 22, 2017 • 27 min
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 and why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s silence is damaging to…
What the Hell is Going on at Fox News?
Mar 20, 2017 • 27 min
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
Mar 17, 2017 • 29 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to…
Much Ado About Nothing or Something?
Mar 15, 2017 • 19 min
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 and what it means with regards to the President’s proposed…
The Plot Against America
Mar 13, 2017 • 53 min
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
Mar 10, 2017 • 23 min
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
Mar 8, 2017 • 40 min
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
Mar 6, 2017 • 31 min
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 Scandal Response
Mar 3, 2017 • 26 min
Jamelle Bouie is joined by Matthew Miller, who was Chief Spokesman for the Department of Justice under President Obama, to talk about what we know and what we can infer about Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador.
Tone vs. Substance
Mar 1, 2017 • 32 min
Jacob Weisberg talks with Virginia Heffernan and Will Oremus about Donald Trump’s address to Congress.
Trump’s War With the Press
Feb 27, 2017 • 27 min
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?
Feb 24, 2017 • 24 min
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?
Feb 22, 2017 • 27 min
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
Feb 17, 2017 • 29 min
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
Feb 15, 2017 • 28 min
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. Also, the two discuss the steps that need to…
The Unresolved Conflict of Interest
Feb 13, 2017 • 20 min
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?
Feb 10, 2017 • 31 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Lawfare’s Managing Editor Susan Hennessey about the Trump administration’s decision to not immediately appeal the travel ban halt, the corroborations announced this evening in the Trump dossier, and whether the Washington Posts…
No! They’re Best Friends, Really!
Feb 9, 2017 • 25 min
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
Feb 7, 2017 • 76 min
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.This show was recorded on February 6th, 2017…
A Time for Bromides
Feb 3, 2017 • 32 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Yascha Mounk about the first two weeks of the Trump administration.
The SCOTUS Dilemma
Feb 1, 2017 • 19 min
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
Jan 30, 2017 • 37 min
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 two discuss how business in Russia operates, the threats made on his life by Vladamir Putin, and the…
The President’s Executive Disorder
Jan 29, 2017 • 21 min
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 the Trump Presidency (Live Edition)
Jan 27, 2017 • 76 min
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 in the coming months and years under a Trump…
The Worst Case Scenario for Voting Rights
Jan 26, 2017 • 25 min
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
Jan 25, 2017 • 31 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to the press critic, Jay Rosen, about developing a strategy for journalists to cover the Trump administration.
Signals vs. Noise
Jan 23, 2017 • 35 min
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 States
Jan 20, 2017 • 22 min
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
Jan 19, 2017 • 30 min
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, the smaller Trump protest marches popping up around the country, and why those can have an even more…
A Message from Moscow
Jan 17, 2017 • 31 min
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.
Confirmation Conversions
Jan 13, 2017 • 32 min
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
Jan 11, 2017 • 34 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to David Corn of Mother Jones about today’s press conference and the dossier published by BuzzFeed which talks about the President-elect possibly being compromised by the Russians.
Hacks, Twitter, and Building a Resistance
Jan 9, 2017 • 27 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Congressman Adam Schiff (Representing California’s 28th Congressional District) about why he has been so vocal about the Russian hacks, what journalism could look like going forward, and what a Democratic resistance looks like.
Corporatists, Conservatives, Cronies, and Cranks
Jan 6, 2017 • 21 min
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
Jan 5, 2017 • 32 min
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
Dec 21, 2016 • 25 min
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.”
Putin’s Meddling
Dec 16, 2016 • 28 min
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
Dec 12, 2016 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill McKibben about Donald Trump’s potential selection for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, and the other climate change denying members filling out the President-elect’s cabinet.
The Good Fight
Dec 8, 2016 • 32 min
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
Dec 5, 2016 • 34 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Barro, Senior Editor at Business Insider, about Donald Trump’s Carrier deal.
Manipulating the President-Elect
Dec 2, 2016 • 24 min
Virginia Heffernan talks to Will Saletan about his latest Slate piece, “How To Manipulate Donald Trump.”
A Clear and Present Danger to Voting Rights
Nov 28, 2016 • 27 min
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
Nov 23, 2016 • 28 min
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 and taking a deeper…
His Rise to Power
Nov 21, 2016 • 36 min
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 Administration
Nov 18, 2016 • 23 min
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. The two discuss…
One Big Giant Conflict of Interest
Nov 17, 2016 • 23 min
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
Nov 14, 2016 • 22 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to the Russian-American journalist, Masha Gessen, about her rules for surviving an autocracy.
A History Teacher and a Historic Event
Nov 11, 2016 • 24 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Kate Gaskill, a 10th grade history 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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Helix Sleep. Get a…
The Morning After
Nov 9, 2016 • 54 min
Jacob Weisberg hosts a Trumpcast triple header. First up, Isaac Chotiner joins us from his home on the west coast to talk about what we can expect from a Trump presidency. Then, Julia Turner, the Editor-In-Chief at Slate, is in-studio to reflect on the…
Suppressing The Vote
Nov 7, 2016 • 31 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about the Trump campaign’s efforts to suppress and intimidate non-white voters.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazines all in one place. Learn more about Texture and…
A Repudiation of the Liberal Democratic Order
Nov 3, 2016 • 26 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Winc. Get wine tailored to your taste delivered…
Project Alamo Or: How Trump Duped the Republican Party into Funding Their Own Destruction
Oct 31, 2016 • 32 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Joshua Green, a national correspondent at Bloomberg Businessweek, about the Trump campaign’s data operation in San Antonio, Texas and how the Republicans turned over $100 million dollars worth of data to Donald Trump which will…
The Alt-Right and a Deluge of Hate
Oct 28, 2016 • 29 min
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
Oct 27, 2016 • 22 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Helix Sleep. Get a great night’s sleep that’s…
OK, You Win…
Oct 24, 2016 • 19 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. You deserve comfortable underwear, and MeUndies is here to help. Get 20…
Dispatches From The Angry Patriot
Oct 21, 2016 • 25 min
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
Oct 20, 2016 • 64 min
Jacob Weisberg joins Slate’s Political Gabfest’ers David Plotz and Emily Bazelon to to discussthe third Presidential debate and the possible danger zones that exist for an opinionated journalist, like Amy Goodman, covering a protest.
Trump Backers on Trial
Oct 18, 2016 • 27 min
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
Oct 17, 2016 • 26 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazines all in one place. Learn more about…
Two Rallies, Two Stories
Oct 14, 2016 • 30 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen about Donald Trump’s fascistic rally in West Palm Beach, FL and Michelle Obama’s heartfelt speech in New Hampshire yesterday.Trumpcast is brought to you by the new film Denial. From the screenwriter of…
The Groper
Oct 13, 2016 • 33 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate’s Michelle Goldberg about the latest sexual assault accusations reported against Donald Trump.Trumpcast is brought to you by the new film Denial. From the screenwriter of The Hours and The Reader comes the true story of one…
Trumpcast Extra: The “Grabfest Post Debate Special” Edition
Oct 10, 2016 • 25 min
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)
Oct 8, 2016 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Virginia Heffernan about yesterday’s leaked Donald Trump recording.Panoply Survey We want you to tell us about the podcasts you enjoy, and how often you listen to them. So we created a survey that takes just a couple of minutes to…
The Conspiracy Guru Behind Donald Trump
Oct 7, 2016 • 31 min
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.Panoply Survey We…
It’s Hard to Defend the Indefensible
Oct 5, 2016 • 26 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern about the Vice Presidential debate and Mike Pence’s record on abortion, evolution, and dinosaurs.Trumpcast is brought to you by Wunder Capital. Earn up to 8.5% annually, while diversifying your portfolio,…
The Enabler
Oct 3, 2016 • 24 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. You deserve…
The Queen Has Rabies
Sep 30, 2016 • 30 min
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. Plus, are we in for a Brexit type of surprise of November 8th?Trumpcast is brought to you by Boll and Branch.…
A Historical Perspective
Sep 28, 2016 • 25 min
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 is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazines all in one…
Trumpcast Extra: The “I’m So Relieved” Edition
Sep 27, 2016 • 30 min
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
Sep 22, 2016 • 26 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight’s senior political writer, about the upcoming debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Thinking The Unthinkable
Sep 21, 2016 • 24 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Upstanders, a new podcast from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Rajiv…
LIAR
Sep 20, 2016 • 19 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Wunder Capital, an award winning online investment platform that allows…
Passing Off Charity As Your Own
Sep 16, 2016 • 27 min
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
Sep 14, 2016 • 24 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by…
No Pay For Policy
Sep 12, 2016 • 22 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Rogin of the Washington Post about the collapse of Trump’s poor excuse for a Washington, D.C. policy shop.Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. You deserve comfortable underwear, and MeUndies is here to help. Get 20% off…
Milf Hunting with Roger (A Second City Special)
Sep 9, 2016 • 8 min
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
Trump’s Razor
Sep 8, 2016 • 19 min
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 and how we can apply it to the things he said at yesterday’s Commander-In-Chief Forum.
The Roger Ailes in the Room
Sep 6, 2016 • 23 min
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
Sep 1, 2016 • 16 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Suzanne Gamboa, a Senior Writer at NBC News Latino, about Donald Trump’s day trip to Mexico and his hateful immigration speech later that night.
Opening the Trump Archive
Aug 31, 2016 • 29 min
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
Aug 29, 2016 • 24 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Ring. For a limited…
Time Off For Good Behavior
Aug 24, 2016 • 19 min
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
Aug 22, 2016 • 22 min
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?Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. You deserve comfortable underwear, and…
Mr. Brexit & Corey – A Love Story (A Second City Special)
Aug 19, 2016 • 8 min
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
The Apprentice – Trump’s Campaign Edition
Aug 17, 2016 • 22 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine about Breitbart’s Steve Bannon – Trump’s latest campaign hire.Trumpcast is brought to you by Boll and Branch. For luxury bedding at a low price, go to BollandBranch.com and use promo code…
Creating The Monster That Is @RealDonaldTrump
Aug 16, 2016 • 19 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Peter Costanzo, the man who got Donald Trump on Twitter.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazines all in one place. Learn more about Texture and start your free trial today by going to…
The Lost World of White Christian America
Aug 12, 2016 • 22 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute about the decline of White Christian America.
“Second Amendment People…”
Aug 10, 2016 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Alex Wagner of The Atlantic about Trump’s latest…well…you know.Trumpcast is brought to you by Wunder Capital. Invest in large-scale solar projects across the U.S. Create an account for free at Wundercapital.com/TRUMPCAST. Invest in…
The Intervention (A Second City Special)
Aug 9, 2016 • 7 min
Enjoy this special bonus sketch from our friends at The Second City.
A Bunch of White Guys Named Steve
Aug 9, 2016 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Annie Lowrey of New York Magazine about the word salad otherwise known as the Trump economic policy speech.Trumpcast is brought to you by Ring. Get 50 dollars off the Ring of Security Kit, which includes the Ring Video Doorbell,…
The Paul Ryan School of Contortion
Aug 4, 2016 • 20 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Bret Stephens of The Wall St. Journal about the mental gymnastics Paul Ryan is performing around Donald Trump.Trumpcast is brought to you by Framebridge. It’s never been easier or more affordable to frame all the things you love.…
Time For An Intervention?
Aug 3, 2016 • 27 min
Jacob Weisberg chats with Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen about Donald Trump’s meltdown.Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. You deserve comfortable underwear, and MeUndies is here to help. Get 20 percent off your first order when you go to…
“Russia, If You’re Listening…”
Jul 29, 2016 • 23 min
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 from Philadelphia)
Jul 28, 2016 • 21 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by SeatGeek, the easiest way to compare event ticket prices. Get a $20 rebate off…
Bernie or Burn It Down (Live from Philadelphia)
Jul 27, 2016 • 19 min
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
Jul 25, 2016 • 23 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum about this weekend’s DNC hack.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazines all in one place. Learn more about Texture and start your free trial today by going to Texture.com/TRUMPCAST.
A Civic Obligation
Jul 22, 2016 • 24 min
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)
Jul 21, 2016 • 17 min
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)
Jul 20, 2016 • 23 min
From Slate’s Facebook live session on Wednesday afternoon – Jacob Weisberg talks to Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, a Trump fundraiser, about why he thinks everything will be just fine once Trump becomes President.Trumpcast is brought to you by by Wunder…
A Delegate From Carl Paladino’s Naughty List (Live From Cleveland)
Jul 19, 2016 • 19 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by…
The “TP” Ticket
Jul 15, 2016 • 22 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Ezra Klein about Donald Trump’s VP pick, Governor Mike Pence.
Playing Footsie with Racists
Jul 14, 2016 • 22 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Nick Confessore about the white nationalists supporting Donald Trump.Trumpcast is brought to you by Framebridge, the easy way to custom frame all your photos and artwork. Go to Framebridge.com and use promo code TRUMPCAST to save…
Should Republicans Thank Trump?
Jul 12, 2016 • 26 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Sam Tanenhaus about why Trump is exactly the reckoning the GOP needed.Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. MeUndies makes the world’s most comfortable underwear in a variety of styles and patterns. Head to…
Why Hillbillies Love Trump
Jul 8, 2016 • 23 min
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
Jul 7, 2016 • 19 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Frank Foer about his Slate cover story “Putin’s Puppet.”Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Get access to your favorite magazines all in one place. Learn more about Texture and start your free trial today by going to…
A Case of the Trumps
Jul 5, 2016 • 16 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Mark O’Connell, LCSW, about how Trump is making his way into his patients psyches.Trumpcast is brought to you by Helix Sleep. Get a great night’s sleep that’s customized just for you. Go to HelixSleep.com/TRUMPCAST to get $50 off…
Trading Places
Jun 30, 2016 • 20 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute about Donald Trump’s trade speech.
The Talented Mr. Miller
Jun 28, 2016 • 24 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Ring. With Ring Video Doorbell, you can see and speak to anyone at your door from…
A Scottish Getaway
Jun 24, 2016 • 14 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Scottish comedian Janey Godley about Donald Trump’s trip to Scotland.
Now Seeking Donations
Jun 22, 2016 • 20 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus about the Trump campaign’s money troubles.Trumpcast is brought to you by Framebridge, the easy way to custom frame all your photos and artwork. Go to Framebridge.com and use promo code…
The Campaign That Wasn’t
Jun 20, 2016 • 19 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Sasha Issenberg about Trump’s campaign, or rather, lack thereof.
Don’t Call Him a Fascist
Jun 15, 2016 • 23 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Professor Stanley Payne about why we should reconsider calling Trump a fascist.
Is Trump Helping to Invite Terrorists Attacks?
Jun 13, 2016 • 19 min
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.
Trumpcast University
Jun 10, 2016 • 20 min
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
Jun 8, 2016 • 16 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Adam Liptak about whether or not Donald Trump has a 6th grader’s understanding of civics.Special thanks to our voice of Donald Trump, John Di Domenico.
The Gaudy Construction Project On His Head
Jun 6, 2016 • 26 min
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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture, the mobile app that gives…
The Other Side of His Wall
Jun 2, 2016 • 17 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Enrique Krauze about how Trump is destroying decades of progress in Mexican-American relations.
America’s Putin
May 31, 2016 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Masha Gessen about the similarities and differences between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.We are brought to you today by MeUndies, the world’s most comfortable underwear. Get 20% off your first order when you go to…
Wait Wait How Do You Make Fun of Trump?!
May 27, 2016 • 25 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Peter Sagal, the host of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, about the difficulties of satirizing the unsatirizable.
Are You Nervous?
May 25, 2016 • 26 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie to reassure everyone (kind-of) that Donald Trump will never be President.Trumpcast is brought to you today by Helix Sleep— a new kind of mattress company. At Helix Sleep, they run a 3D biomechanical model of your body…
The Johnald
May 23, 2016 • 28 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to John Di Domenico, our voice of Donald Trump about life as a Trump impersonator.
A Theater of Cruelty
May 20, 2016 • 20 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Virginia Heffernan about The Apprentice.
Democracy Spawns A Tyrant
May 18, 2016 • 22 min
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
May 16, 2016 • 21 min
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
May 13, 2016 • 24 min
Leon Neyfakh talks to Jordan Ellenberg and Dave Weigel about whether it’s fair or not to criticize Nate Silver for missing Trump.
Trump Confidential
May 11, 2016 • 19 min
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?
May 10, 2016 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jonathan Chait about the state of the Republican party.Today’s episode of Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. MeUndies makes the world’s most comfortable underwear in a variety of styles. Head to MeUndies.com/TRUMPCAST to get…
Where’s My Bailout?
May 6, 2016 • 15 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jan Jennings about why he’s supporting Donald Trump.
A Man of His Generation
May 4, 2016 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Stephen Metcalf about his Slate cover story “Donald Trump, Baby Boomer.”
A Brief History of the Drumpfs
May 3, 2016 • 17 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Gwenda Blair about three generations of the Drumpf family.
Dictators’ Favorite Sleazebag
Apr 29, 2016 • 19 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Frank Foer about the history of Paul Manafort, Trump’s political strategist.
Here Come the Vichy Republicans
Apr 27, 2016 • 20 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to John Podhoretz, Editor at Commentary Magazine, about Vichy Republicans and striking back at Trump’s supporters on Twitter.
No Koch Money
Apr 26, 2016 • 18 min
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
Apr 22, 2016 • 18 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Tim O’Brien about what it’s like to be sued by Donald Trump.
The Pivot
Apr 20, 2016 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mark Leibovich about Trump’s transition into a more tolerable candidate.
America’s Berlusconi
Apr 19, 2016 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Beppe Severgnini about the parallels between Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi.Today’s episode of Trumpcast is brought to you by MeUndies. MeUndies makes the world’s most comfortable underwear in a variety of styles. Head to…
Moral Larceny…With Flair!
Apr 15, 2016 • 24 min
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
Apr 13, 2016 • 28 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Mark Singer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, about his 1997 profile of Donald Trump and whether Donald has changed in the past 20 years.
Reporting The Future From The Boston Globe
Apr 11, 2016 • 14 min
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
Apr 8, 2016 • 16 min
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
Apr 6, 2016 • 28 min
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?
Apr 4, 2016 • 13 min
Slate’s Jacob Weisberg talks to Barbara Ehrenreich about the white working class.
Why This Podcast Isn’t Neutral
Mar 31, 2016 • 32 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Glenn Greenwald about media neutrality, objectivity, and the history of an opinionated press. Plus, a trip to the doctor’s office.
The GOP’s Top Trump Buster
Mar 30, 2016 • 21 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top political strategist in 2012, about stopping Trump.
I LOVE Women!
Mar 25, 2016 • 19 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Christina Cauterucci about Trump’s core philosophy: misogyny. Plus, a taste of Trump Wine!
Brussels, ISIS & Islam
Mar 24, 2016 • 17 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to former Islamic extremist (and now Senior Advisor at the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics) Ed Husain about how Trump is perceived within Muslim communities around the world.
Negotiation 101
Mar 23, 2016 • 21 min
Seth Stevenson guest-hosts and talks to Columbia Business School lecturer Aaron Wallen about negotiation tactics.
Life on the Trump Trail
Mar 21, 2016 • 22 min
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
Mar 18, 2016 • 14 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to a college student about his support for Donald Trump.
A Contested Convention?
Mar 17, 2016 • 17 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jeff Greenfield about possible GOP scenarios.
Let’s Talk To A Shrink
Mar 15, 2016 • 12 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Dr. Ben Michaelis, a clinical psychologist, about narcissistic personality order.
Is Trump A Racist?
Mar 14, 2016 • 16 min
Jacob Weisberg talks to Jamelle Bouie about his latest article “How Trump Happened”
Slate’s Trumpcast Trailer
Mar 14, 2016 • 3 min
A quasi-daily podcast from Slate that sets out to understand the real Donald Trump. Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chef of Slate, will be talking to historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is, and why this is…