Slate's Trumpcast

Slate's Trumpcast

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A quasi-daily podcast from Slate that sets out to understand the real Donald Trump. Jacob Weisberg, chairman and editor-in-chief of Slate, will be talking to historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is, and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.


The Anti-Fascists AKA The Antifa  

Virginia Heffernan chats with Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook to figure just who the antifa are and where they come from.

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The Press Conference That Did Him In?  

Jacob Weisberg is joined by fellow Trumpcast cohosts Virginia Heffernan and Jamelle Bouie to talk about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday and why this is a significant turning point in his presidency.

Slate Plus members, stay tuned after the show to listen to Jacob and Virginia chat about what the decent people in the Trump administration should be doing now. To sign up for Slate Plus go to

"There's Nothing New Under the Sun..."  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jamelle Bouie about the tragic events of this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and how this can no longer allow Americans to put their heads in the sand about what really got Trump elected.

The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 2)  

This the 2nd part of Josh King's chat with Chief Media Writer at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Jim Warren, about the competition between the Washington Post and The New York Times. They wrap up their conversation by talking about how the two are faring in the face of attacks by the President.

Read Jim Warren's his piece over at Vanity Fair by clicking here.

The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 1)  

Josh King talks to Chief Media Writer at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Jim Warren, about the competition between the Washington Post and The New York Times. Plus, how are those two organizations handling the attacks coming from Donald Trump and his administration and what might the future hold for both papers?

Check back in tomorrow for the 2nd part of our interview with Jim Warren and read his piece over at Vanity Fair by clicking here.

A Separate Narrative  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Osita Nwanevu, a writer at Slate covering conservative media, about what is happening over at Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting and why Trump is just making right wing media more of what they already were.

Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show to listen to Trumpcast producer, Jayson De Leon, chat with Slate's Ben Mathis Lilley about the latest news surrounding Paul Manafort.

30 Days at Trump International, D.C.  

Slate's Seth Stevenson talks to Washington Post reporter Jonathan O'Connell about how the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is changing the way people do business and politics in the city.

The Problem Solvers  

Josh King talks to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ 5th District) about the Problem Solvers – a group of 43 members of the House of Representatives split between both parties offerings solutions to stabilize the individual health care market.

Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to listen to producer Jayson De Leon chat with Steve Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas and co-editor-in-chief of the Just Security blog, about Robert Mueller's latest move – impaneling a grand jury in the Russia investigation.

The Short History of Generals as Chiefs of Staff  

Seth Stevenson guest hosts today's show and talks with Joshua Zeitz, a historian and contributing editor at Politico, about General John Kelly and whether his tenure as Chief of Staff will resemble that of General Al Haig during the Nixon administration.

Aggressive on Immigration  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Julia Preston of The Marshall Project about Donald Trump's immigration policies and how the system is failing immigrants and those seeking asylum from Central American gang violence.

Holy Hell to Pay  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about her working theory – nobody really knows what a constitutional crisis is. Also, have the Republican's finally found the line they won't let Trump cross?

Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to hear Virginia Heffernan chat with John Di Domenico, our voice of Donald Trump, about how he has come to love the character he plays and listen to him debut his Anthony Scaramucci impression! "It's uncanny, you won't even believe it's not him." [Heavy on the Italian accent].

Fascist Curious  

Jacob Weisberg chats with Bloomberg's Joshua Green about his new book Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. Where does Bannon get his ideology from? Is he a racist? And what is he making of Trump's attacks on Jeff Sessions?

Pardon Me, Mr. President.  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg columnist and professor of law at Harvard, Noah Feldman, about just who the President can and cannot pardon...including himself.

The Deregulation Invasion  

Josh King talks to ProPublica's Robert Faturechi about the Trump administration's secretive deregulation teams and just what you can do to help ProPublica unmask more information on the deregulation front.

Lies, Pardons, and Bringing Trump to Heel  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government at Dartmouth, about the President's many lies including his most recent ones featured in The New York Times interview with Maggie Haberman, Peter Baker, and Michael S. Schmidt.

Slate Plus members, stick around after the show to listen to producer Jayson De Leon chat with Jonathan Swans of Axios about his latest scoop – Anthony Scaramucci being named White House Communications Director.

The Many Missteps of Mitch McConnell  

Jamelle Bouie talks to ProPublica's Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, about how the majority leader is failing to deliver for the Republicans.

On the 25th Floor  

Jacob Weisberg goes in-depth with Bill Browder about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower.

Plus, the harrowing story of one man's walk along the border.

Lawyer Up, Bro  

Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliot 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 the Russia investigation on Jared Kushner's side – what does this mean for his case? And what impact do all these different lawyers on all these different sides have on the collection of defenses building up inside the White House?

Slate Plus listeners stick around after the show to hear our producer, Jayson De Leon, chat with Slate's Ben Mathis Lilley about his cover story "The Wasted Mind of Ben Sasse." If you're not a Slate Plus member go to to join. That's

It's Bad. It's Unpopular. It's The Return of the Health Care Bill!  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Patrick Caldwell, a health care reporter at Mother Jones, about the latest iteration of the Senate health bill and the politics surrounding it.

Intent, Motive, and Legal Implications  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel under Barack Obama, about the potential legal implications of Donald Trump Jr's story.

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