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.


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.

To Absorb or Not To Absorb?  

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Atlantic's Editor-in-Chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, about The Atlantic's coverage of President Trump and what stories to keep an eye on about the president's administration.

Overt Madness, Covert Purpose  

Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's John Cassidy about Donald Trump's press conference and the GOP response to the reports linking members of the Trump administration to the Kremlin.

A Cry For Help  

Jacob Weisberg talks to the former United States Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, about the latest New York Times story reporting that Trump campaign aides had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence. Also, the two discuss the steps that need to be taken for an independent investigation and why the leaks coming out of The White House are a cry for help.

The Unresolved Conflict of Interest  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Eric Lipton, a reporter at the New York Times, about Don Jr. & Eric Trump and the unresolved conflict of interest problem.

The Return of the Dossier and The End for Flynn?  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Lawfare's Managing Editor Susan Hennessey about the Trump administration's decision to not immediately appeal the travel ban halt, the corroborations announced this evening in the Trump dossier, and whether the Washington Posts report on General Michael Flynn will be the last straw.

No! They're Best Friends, Really!  

Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi about the Steve Bannon/Reince Preibus relationship and how she's approaching her first week covering the White House.

Trumpcast Live From Washington DC  

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and Dahlia Lithwick to talk about Steve Bannon, Trump's foreign policy, and how things will shake out with the courts and the Trump administration.

This show was recorded on February 6th, 2017 Live from The Hamilton in Washington DC.

A Time for Bromides  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Yascha Mounk about the first two weeks of the Trump administration.

The SCOTUS Dilemma  

Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about Donald Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court and the bind it leaves the Democrats in.

The Magnitsky Act and The Looming Russian Danger  

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, the investor and author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice. The two discuss how business in Russia operates, the threats made on his life by Vladamir Putin, and the dangers facing our country with a President that's willing to curry favor to Russia.

The President's Executive Disorder  

Virginia Heffernan talks to David Miliband, the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), about the effects of President Trump's executive order on refugees worldwide.

Not the New Normal: How the Media Should Cover the Trump Presidency (Live Edition)  

Live from the Skirball Center at New York University – A handful of New York's top editors talk about how journalists and the media at large can play a bigger role in making sure that fact prevails over fiction in the coming months and years under a Trump administration.

This conversation was moderated by CNN's Brian Stelter.

And the panel included:
Jacob Weisberg, Chairman of The Slate Group and host/creator of Trumpcast,
Lydia Polgreen, Huffington Post
Borja Echevarría, VP and Editor in Chief, Univision Digital
and David Remnick, Editor, The New Yorker

Profits from this event went to benefit the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The Worst Case Scenario for Voting Rights  

Jamelle Bouie talks to The Atlantic's Vann Newkirk about the dangers being proposed to voting rights by the Trump administration.

A Strategy for Dealing with the BS Parade  

Jacob Weisberg talks to the press critic, Jay Rosen, about developing a strategy for journalists to cover the Trump administration.

Signals vs. Noise  

Jacob Weisberg talks to CNN's Fareed Zakaria about Donald Trump's isolationist policies and whether Americans should be worried about the future of our democracy.

The Show About the 45th President of the United States  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Julia Turner, Slate's Editor-in-Chief, about today's inauguration, Donald Trump's speech, and how to move forward in covering our new President.

The Anatomy of a March  

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jo Miller, the showrunner/head writer of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, about this weekend's Women's March on Washington, the smaller Trump protest marches popping up around the country, and why those can have an even more sustainable impact.

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.

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