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.


Opaque, Conflicted, and a Lawsuit  

Jacob Weisberg talks to the former chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, about the Trump administration's lack of transparency and continuing conflicts of interest.

Slate Plus members, stick around at the end of the show for a conversation with Slate's Mark Joseph Stern about Neil Gorsuch's first week on the Supreme Court bench. If you're not a Slate Plus member you can join by going to

Identity Politics in the Trump Era  

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Upworthy's Parker Molloy to talk about the dreaded phrase, "identity politics," and why the Trump definition of working class leaves out a very particular group of workers.

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Lessons from Georgia's 6th  

Jamelle Bouie talks to the Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams, about the big takeaways from the special election on Tuesday night in Georgia's 6th congressional district.

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North Korea's Missile Testing Season  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Victor Cha, the former Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council under George W. Bush, about why there are no good options when it comes to North Korea.

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Many Men, Many Many Many Men  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Frank Bruni of the New York Times about his column, "Manhood in the Age of Trump."

Articles of Impeachment  

Jacob Weisberg and Harvard Law Professor, Noah Feldman, discuss the three most pressing categories from which the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump may be drawn – corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of democratic norms.

Defining the Mission in Syria  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Max Boot, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the missile attack carried out by the United States in Syria and what this means for President Trump's foreign policy going forward.

China. China? China!  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs columnist at the Financial Times, about Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.

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Slate Plus members, join Jacob for a follow-up interview with New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman about Fox News and the case against Bill O'Reilly. If you haven't yet joined Slate Plus go to:

Gorka, Bannon, and the View from Hungary  

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 rise of the right in Hungary and in America?

The Senate Standoff  

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.

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The Prelude to a Massive Intraparty Battle  

Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone about infighting in the Republican party.

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666 5th Ave.  

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 a deal on the property.

The Healthcare Vote That Wasn't  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Abby Phillip of the Washington Post about today's no-vote on the AHCA and where things go from here.

The State of the State Department  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Steve Coll, the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a writer at the New Yorker, about where things stand at the State Department and why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's silence is damaging to United States foreign policy.

What the Hell is Going on at Fox News?  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Gabriel Sherman about the space Fox News is occupying in the media as the go-to network for President Trump.

A Master Class in Bad Legislation  

Jacob Weisberg and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Vox's Ezra Klein to talk about how Donald Trump screwed himself on healthcare and why he isn't the "deal maker" he makes himself out to be.

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Much Ado About Nothing or Something?  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Lily Batchelder, NYU professor and former Chief Tax Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, about what we can take away from Donald Trump's revealed 2005 tax returns and what it means with regards to the President's proposed tax cut plans for the nation.

The Plot Against America  

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America and what the book can tell us about the current state of affairs in America.

A History of Racist Ideas  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Professor Ibram Kendi about the racial components of Trump's policies and the history of these racist ideas.

A Safe House for Refugees  

Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Jake Halpern about his latest piece in this week's New Yorker, "The Underground Railroad for Refugees."

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