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.

Episodes

Trumpcast Extra: The "Grabfest Post Debate Special" Edition  

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 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.

Trump's Anger  

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  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Tom Nichols about the firing of James Comey and why he believes this will not be the end of the Russia investigation.

Stay tuned to this feed for another interview between Jacob Weisberg and LawFare's Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes later today.

The Wall St. Love Affair?  

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 Fed Chair?

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The Meaner Bill  

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.

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Melania's Tower  

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.

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Slate Plus members, stick around at the end of the show for a conversation with Slate's Katy Waldman about all the anonymous sources inside The White House. If you're not a Slate Plus member you can join by going to slate.com/trumpcastplus.

Trumpcast Live From The Tribeca Film Festival  

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 anything. This show was recorded in front of a live audience at The Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 30th, 2017.

The End of Value Voters  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Reza Aslan about Christianity and religion as a whole in the age of Trump.

Caesar Non Supra Grammaticos  

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.

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The French Election Connection  

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.

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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 slate.com/trumpcastplus.

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."

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