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.


A Message from Moscow  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Alexey Kovalev, a Russia based journalist, about covering Vladamir Putin's pressers and what the American media should keep their eyes open for when covering Trump.

Confirmation Conversions  

Jacob Weisberg talks to David Cole, the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, about his testimony at the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing and what the future may hold under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

A Question of Intelligence  

Jacob Weisberg talks to David Corn of Mother Jones about today's press conference and the dossier published by BuzzFeed which talks about the President-elect possibly being compromised by the Russians.

Hacks, Twitter, and Building a Resistance  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Congressman Adam Schiff (Representing California's 28th Congressional District) about why he has been so vocal about the Russian hacks, what journalism could look like going forward, and what a Democratic resistance looks like.

Corporatists, Conservatives, Cronies, and Cranks  

Slate's Chief Political Correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, talks to Jesse Eisinger, a Senior Reporter at ProPublica, about Donald Trump's economic team and specifically Steven Mnuchin.

NPD - A Revisit  

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan co-host today's show and talk to Dr. Lynne Meyer, a clinical psychologist, about narcissistic personality disorder and how it has and will continue manifest itself once President Trump is in office.

The End of American Leadership  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group and a columnist at TIME magazine, about his latest piece "The Era of American Global Leadership Is Over. Here's What Comes Next."

Putin's Meddling  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Garry Kasparov, the former World Chess Champion and Russian pro-democracy leader, about Vladamir Putin's meddling in our election and America's response.

Enemies of the Planet  

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  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Yascha Mounk about the warning signs that signal the end of liberal democracies and how we can protect it.

The Brilliance of the Carrier Deal  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Josh Barro, Senior Editor at Business Insider, about Donald Trump's Carrier deal.

Manipulating the President-Elect  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Will Saletan about his latest Slate piece, "How To Manipulate Donald Trump."

A Clear and Present Danger to Voting Rights  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bruce Ackerman, a professor of constitutional law at Yale, about the impending destruction of The Second Reconstruction.

This Could Get Unconstitutional  

Guest host Virginia Heffernan talks to Asli Bâli, a professor of law and international human rights at UCLA, about what we learned from the past effects of NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) on Muslim communities and taking a deeper look at Trump and his administration's views on a Muslim registry.

His Rise to Power  

Jacob Weisberg talks to historian Timothy Snyder about his most recent Slate piece, "Him," and whether Hitler's rise to power can tell us anything about today.

The Shape of Racial Discourse in Trump's Administration  

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 how these selections are bringing a whole new type of racism to the highest offices.

One Big Giant Conflict of Interest  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Paul Waldman of The Washington Post about how Donald Trump will use his presidency enrich himself and his family.

Six Rules for Surviving an Autocracy  

Jacob Weisberg talks to the Russian-American journalist, Masha Gessen, about her rules for surviving an autocracy.

A History Teacher and a Historic Event  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Kate Gaskill, a 10th grade 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.

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The Morning After  

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 mood at the Slate offices last night and how Slate will move forward in covering a Trump administration. And finally, Jamelle Bouie, Slate's Chief Political Correspondent, joins us in-studio to talk about why the race broke the way it did last night and how we move our national conversation forward from here.

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