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.


Senate Backrooms and a Defense for Mitch McConnell  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Marc Ross, a Republican operative who worked for the McCain/Palin campaign, about Senate backrooms and why he thinks Mitch McConnell is playing his cards right with the healthcare bill.

The Trump Brand and The Conversation Not Happening on the Left  

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  

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 members, stick around at the end of today's show to listen to Trumpcast producer Jayson De Leon chat with Alex Ward, a staff writer at Vox, about the all star team Bob Mueller is assembling for the Russia investigation and the investigation into potential obstruction of justice by our President. Not a Slate Plus member yet? Go to for a 2 week free trial.

Too Close for Comfort  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Carolyn Fiddler, Political Editor at Daily Kos, about the Virginia gubernatorial race and why things on the Republican side were too close for comfort (to say the least).

The Testimony of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III  

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 gymnastics of the former Senator. Plus, Don Jr. gives us the real meaning of "hope," finally.

Our President’s Cognitive Decline  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Sharon Begley of STAT News about Donald Trump's cognitive decline and whether it's just a matter of age or something else.

The Loneliness of Donald Trump  

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 Heffernan for this week's bonus segment. Just go to

Oh Lordy Jim Comey!  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post about James Comey's testimony and whether or not this will change the Republicans' approach to Donald Trump.

Habing on the Trump's With Maggie Haberman  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times about who's being groomed for greatness in the Trump family and how they are or are not dealing with different conflicts of interest.

The Ship of State and Watch Where You Step  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Steve Vladek, a professor of law at the University of Texas, about Reality Leigh Winner and what might be the most normal national security story in the history of the Trump administration. Plus, stick around for a chat with The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland about Trump's exchange of words with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and why the rest of the world is treading softly around our President.

No Consequences?  

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?  

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!  

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  

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 CALmatters, who wrote about Congressman Kevin McCarthy's relationship with President Trump. Not a Slate Plus member yet? Join at to get bonus segments plus an ad-free version of the show.

The Blabbing President  

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  

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 fake news on the left and the right. 

The Thing With These Investigations  

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  

Jacob Weisberg is joined by WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff who recently wrote the Politico cover story What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comeyto talk about just that.

Searching for Higher Ground  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Josh Dawsey about the reactions within the White House to the last 36 hours.

The Confidence Man  

Jacob Weisberg, Katie Roiphe, and Philip Gourevitch discuss Herman Melville's The Confidence Man and just what the book can tell us about President Trump.

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