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Chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Jacob Weisberg, chairman of Slate, along with Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie, and the writer Virginia Heffernan, talk to journalists, historians, ps...Show More

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A Time for Bromides

29:00 | Feb 4th, 2017

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

Acting Ethically in The Fog of War

29:36 | Dec 15th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Walter Shaub about the Office of Government Ethics, principled governance, and what it's like to run a federal agency.

Aggressive on Immigration

22:12 | Aug 1st, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Julia Preston of The Marshall Project about Donald Trump's immigration policies and how the system is failing immigrants and those seeking asylum from Central American gang violence.

Trump, Drug Smuggling, And The Opioid Epidemic

10:26 | Feb 14th

In this Plus preview, Leon Krauze talks to Vox’s German Lopez about the severe state of the opioid crisis, drug smuggling, a response ot the State of the Union, and how to effectively stop the flow of drugs into the U.S.

Trumpcast Live In LA

57:33 | Feb 13th

Enjoy our live show, recorded Feb. 7 at the Ace Hotel Theater in downtown Los Angeles and featuring a conversation with Virginia Heffernan, Leon Krauze, and Jamelle Bouie.  Special guests: Comedians Andy Kindler and Jake Johannsen, and our very own T...Show More

The BuzzFeed Revelations on Trump

40:26 | Feb 9th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Anthony Cormier from BuzzFeed News about the chain of bombshell news stories his team has published this month and the Mueller team’s response to his reporting. 

How Trump’s Inaugural Committee Got Into Trouble: Trumpcast Presents What Next

15:02 | Feb 7th

Inaugurations are ethically dubious in the best of times. So why is the Trump inaugural committee under investigation? Consider the scale of the swindle.Guest: Ilya Marritz, co-host of Trump Inc., a podcast produced by WNYC and ProPublica. Tell us wh...Show More

Calling Out Jared Kushner’s Insecure Clearance

40:28 | Feb 5th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) about why he’s called on Jared Kushner’s top-secret security clearance to be revoked, the process of gaining high-level security clearance, how Kushner’s access reflects on the administration, and what...Show More

The Collusion Story Info Spectrum

32:41 | Jan 30th

Yascha Mounk talks to Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and editor-in-chief of Lawfare Blog, about why having more facts doesn’t help us understand what’s happening in the collusion story, potential narrative arcs from what ...Show More

A (Roger) Stone In A Barrel

31:46 | Jan 28th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Garrett Graff, contributing editor at Wired and co-author of “Dawn of the Code War,”about takeaways from the Roger Stone indictment, the story buried over the weekend of Jared Kushner enabler Carl Kline, and sanctions lift...Show More

How The FBI Investigates A President

10:20 | Jan 24th

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to former FBI special agent and CNN contributor Asha Rangappa about the procedural end of investigative work, from documentation and justification to putting your head down and just doing the next right ...Show More

The Democratic Approach To Immigration In 2020

47:49 | Jan 22nd

León Krauze talks to Simon Rosenberg, president of DC-based think tank NDN, about recent polls indicating more Democrats may be supporting Trump’s border wall. Plus deep considerations for how 2020 Democratic candidates could approach immigration. 

Make Conservatives Great Again

33:13 | Jan 17th

Yascha Mounk talks to Charlie Sykes, editor-in-chief of conservative outlet the Bulwark and author of How the Right Lost Its Mind,” about Trump and the GOP, conservative vs. liberal values, the rise of tribalism, constitutional norms, Steve King, and...Show More

The Compromises That Create Kremlin Double Agents

46:20 | Jan 15th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bill Browder, financier and author of Red Notice, about Natalia Veselnitskaya, how the Kremlin influences even well-intentioned U.S. civil servants, the origins of the Magnitsky Act and the evolution of the Russian oligarc...Show More

Beacons Through Autocratic Gaslighting

12:23 | Jan 11th

Virginia Heffernan talks to Sarah Kendzior, author of The View From Flyover Country and co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation, on specific examples of Trump’s gaslighting, the strategies autocrats employ as they wield power, and why it’s important to ...Show More

The ‘Successful’ Political Candidate Template For 2020

32:15 | Jan 8th

On his first show as Trumpcast co-host, Yascha Mounk talks to Sam Koppelman, speechwriter for the Jon Favreau-run communications firm Fenway Strategies, about what traits successful political candidates share, what strategies candidates like Beto O’R...Show More

No Sir, Romney Doesn't Like It

34:11 | Jan 3rd

Virginia Heffernan talks to Matt Miller, MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst, about why he’s supportive of Romney’s op ed in the Washington Post amidst cries that it comes off as hollow talk. Also, who is Romney now? What are his policies? Where is th...Show More

Wading Through The Democratic Presidential Pool

34:48 | Dec 29th, 2018

León Krauze talks to Scott Detrow, NPR congressional correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, about the Democratic presidential hopefuls for 2020. Why are there so many potential candidates? Who really has a chance? Are there any dark h...Show More

How Can Trump's Administration Actually Help Central America?

33:52 | Dec 27th, 2018

León Krauze talks to Dr. Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Wilson Center, about the crisis in Central America, who is migrating, how President Donald Trump’s policies affect the region, and the need to move beyond aid to bu...Show More

Explaining Trump To Young Adults

37:07 | Dec 24th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Martha Brockenbrough, author of the YA novel “Unpresidented,” about breaking down the story of Trump, his bullying, and his ancestry. Includes forays into the dramatized letter Frederich Trump wrote to the prince regent of...Show More

A Foxhole In The Cyberwar

56:37 | Dec 20th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan hosts a roundtable with author Karen Schwartz and cyberwar expert Molly McKew exploring Russia’s relationship to tech, Facebook and Silicon Valley, the creepy control mentality of billionaire socialites, and the difference between ...Show More

Trump’s 2013 Deal With Aras Agalarov

14:26 | Dec 18th, 2018

This Trumpcast Plus trailer features part two of Virginia Heffernan’s talk with “Proof of Collusion” author Seth Abramson, where the pair put Trump’s trip to the Moscow Miss Universe Pageant under a microscopic lens. Plus, Trump’s ambition to build e...Show More

Trump, The NRA, And More Illegal Activity

30:48 | Dec 15th, 2018

León Krauze talks to Mike Spies, a reporter for nonprofit news outlet The Trace, which covers the U.S. gun violence crisis. Mike broke a story about how the NRA and the Trump campaign coordinated their advertising strategies during the 2016 president...Show More

The Depths Of Disinformation In 2016

47:00 | Dec 11th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones and co-author with Michael Isikoff of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. Included: The lack of media attentio...Show More

The Tragic Flaw Of James Comey

38:59 | Dec 8th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to analyst Mieke Eoyang, Vice President for Third Way’s National Security Program, about all things James Comey, including his testimony and takes on his role and righteousness, and what we would want to hear from him. Plus, ...Show More

Those 80s Moments That Politicized Trump

44:05 | Dec 6th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan tackles the history of Trump-Russia ties with Seth Abramson, author of “Proof of Collusion” and an arbiter of curatorial journalism. Virginia poses questions for Seth from Twitter, including a speed round examining the role of wome...Show More

It’s All About Mogilevich

11:30 | Dec 1st, 2018

In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Craig Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin, about Semion Mogilevich, Trump Tower and money laundering, and the odd connection with Chabad.

Whodunit? Solving Trumpian Mysteries With A.G. Of Mueller, She Wrote

34:28 | Nov 29th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan gets into the gritty details with A.G. of indie podcast Mueller, She Wrote about everything from Paul Manafort to Oleg Deripaska. Also explored: Russian oligarchy ties, Viktor Yanukovych, and Marina Butina. Further reading links hi...Show More

Trump’s Ex-Associates Hit The Courts

40:57 | Nov 27th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Honig, CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, about Papadopoulos, proper sentencing for white-collar crime, and more speculations on the timing of Mueller indi...Show More

The Disaster Of Trump’s Disaster Management

31:12 | Nov 22nd, 2018

León Krauze talks to Dr. Scott G. Knowles, disasters and public policy expert and author of the book “The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risks in Modern America,” on Trump’s response to the California wildfires and other disasters from a policy perspect...Show More

Trump Retreats Into His Cocoon

39:01 | Nov 20th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Eli Stokols, White House reporter for the LA Times and political analyst at MSNBC, about Trump’s post-election mood and why it’s different from his other moods. Plus, his California wildfire gaffes, a guess at who’s on the...Show More

Thirsting for Indictments

10:44 | Nov 17th, 2018

In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan welcomes Daniel Goldman, MSNBC legal analyst and former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who reads the tea leaves and feels out the potential for Mueller indictments. Plus: Julian A...Show More

Is Your Candidate Racist? Apply the Gillum Test

37:49 | Nov 14th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith, who just penned a piece called “Trumpism is Racism, So Things Will Get Worse.” Also: the “Gillum Test” and this week’s heightened harassment of women of color in the White House press ...Show More

Sessions’ Last Act Deals Blow to Police Reform: Trumpcast Presents What Next

21:38 | Nov 11th, 2018

What Next is the new daily news podcast from Slate, hosted by Mary Harris. Today Trumpcast is proud to present the latest episode of What Next, which is all about former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Just as he was getting kicked out the door, Sess...Show More

Post-Election Truths of the Caravan

34:41 | Nov 10th, 2018

León Krauze talks to Karla Zabludovsky, Mexico Bureau Chief and Latin American correspondent for Buzzfeed News, who has been on the ground with the migrant caravan the conservative media focused on so heavily this election. They explore how the carav...Show More

The GOP Loves Voter Suppression

38:30 | Nov 8th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks voter suppression in the 2018 midterm elections with Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones covering voting rights and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Also, the significanc...Show More

Still Missing Khashoggi

34:26 | Nov 5th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan discusses the murder of Jamal Khashoggi with Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch, a sobering reminder that the current administration seems to be turning a blind eye to human rights abuses.Further Reading:World Leaders Should Reject ...Show More

Return of the Repressed

45:38 | Nov 1st, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN contributor and impeachment attorney Ross Garber about the recently unsealed Watergate “Road Map,” and what it could imply for any reports issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Further Reading:The Watergate “Road Ma...Show More

Is There A Latino Vote?

37:17 | Oct 31st, 2018

León Krauze talks with Roberto Suro, professor of public policy and journalism at the University of Southern California, about the much-buzzed-about Latino vote and the 2018 midterms. And John Di Domenico returns with more tweets.Further reading:What...Show More

Catching Up on Manafort

08:16 | Oct 29th, 2018

Now that Paul Manafort’s trials are over, we catch up with the story. Virginia Heffernan talks to Rachel Weiner, who’s been reporting from the courthouse for the Washington Post.

She's Running: Trumpcast Presents The Waves

1:10:42 | Oct 26th, 2018

This week, our friends at the feminism and politics podcast The Waves crafted an episode all about women and the midterm elections. Hosts Christina Cauterucci and Hanna Rosin are joined by Senior Political Reporter for Glamour Celeste Katz, and D.C. ...Show More

HHS and Transgender Erasure

35:06 | Oct 24th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Katelyn Burns, federal policy reporter for Rewire.News, about the HHS memo that could officially begin to erase transgender identity in government documents. Plus, our very own John Di Domenico is back with more tweets. Th...Show More

Where The Trump Tweets Began

42:26 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Peter Singer, co-author of the book “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” about how Trump began using social media to rebrand himself into political life, Mike Flynn’s Twitter habits, conspiracy theorists, and why ...Show More

The Midterm Elections Are Gonna Be Lit

30:40 | Oct 19th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Emmy award-winning political journalist Jeffrey Greenfield about the midterm elections and why the district races in New Jersey are so crucial for flipping the House, other important races to watch, and waning support for ...Show More

Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival -- The U.S. Relationship With Mexico

45:52 | Oct 16th, 2018

In a special live panel co-hosted by Slate and the Texas Tribune, Leon Krauze talks to Roberta Jacobson and Antonio Garza, two former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico, about the history of the relationship between the two countries, immigration, and harmfu...Show More

Sheldon Adelson’s Influence

09:20 | Oct 11th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Justin Elliott, a reporter at Pro Publica, about his new report on Sheldon Adelson, his donations to Donald Trump, and the influence he’s gained within the administration. Follow Trumpcast on Twitter: @realtrumpcastPodcast...Show More

Vindication at Last?

35:19 | Oct 10th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Franklin Foer, national correspondent for the Atlantic, who reported for Slate in 2016 on communications between a Trump server and a Russian bank. We’ll revisit the story in light of his recent piece for The Atlantic. Als...Show More

Benjamin Wittes admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record. So why wouldn’t he confirm him?

48:15 | Oct 5th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about why he admires Brett Kavanaugh’s legal record, but also why he wouldn’t vote to confirm Kavanaugh as a member of the Supreme...Show More

What should the FBI be examining about Judge Kavanaugh?

32:45 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Honig, former federal and state prosecutor and now a professor at Rutgers University about who the FBI should be talking to and the significance of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar entries.Also: what does Honig make o...Show More

Trumpcast Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX

1:27:16 | Oct 1st, 2018

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are back together in Texas to chat about Brett Kavanaugh, reporting on The White House, and the many investigations that may spring up if the Democrats take the House after midterms.Guests: Ana Ma...Show More

Ford's Testimony and The Real Brett Kavanaugh

30:34 | Sep 28th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern about Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh's hearing.

Ford's Credibility and Kavanaugh's Lies

30:36 | Sep 20th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Michelle Goldberg, columnist at The New York Times, about the latest surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, Christine Blasey Ford's allegation, and the #MeToo movement as a whole.Plus, getting exactly what you need from...Show More

Raising Red Flags and The Story of Our Time

37:40 | Sep 13th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier about his latest money trail story surrounding Aras Agalarov and some suspicious financial activity that happened after the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Plus, how illicit money moves around the...Show More

The New Trump Rallies [Teaser S+]

05:48 | Sep 11th, 2018

This is a teaser of the Trumpcast episode for Sept. 11, 2018. To listen to the full episode, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/trumpcastplus.Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jared Yates Sexton, a professor at Georgia Southern University and a close ...Show More

The Brett Kavanaugh Hearings in the Shadow of a Chaotic White House

33:54 | Sep 6th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick to discuss the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, Senator Kamala Harris' interrogation of the Supreme Court nominee, and the protests surrounding the whole event. Plus, the two also discuss the New York ...Show More

A Tower in Toronto and the Story of Kleptocracy

34:20 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Tom Burgis of the Financial Times about his story "Tower of Secrets: The Russian Money Behind a Donald Trump Skyscraper." The two discuss a deal in Toronto, why western real estate is sought after to clean money, and what more...Show More

A Campaign Finance Crash Course

33:40 | Aug 30th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Trevor Potter, Former Commissioner & Chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), to talk about how Trump may have violated campaign finance laws. Also, why has the FEC been so ineffective enforcing the laws and why ...Show More

SDNY, The Trump Organization, and Pardons

37:14 | Aug 28th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, to talk about Allen Weisselberg and if in fact his immunity means the investigations are getting deeper into the Trump Organization. Also, t...Show More

ICE and the Unfolding Immigration Tragedy

37:43 | Aug 23rd, 2018

León Krauze jumps into the host chair for the day to chat with The Atlantic's Frank Foer about his cover story on ICE, the fear in immigrant communities, and what to make of the Paul Manafort fiasco at the end of this week.Plus, John Di Domenico retu...Show More

The Cohen Plea and Manafort Verdict

24:39 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mimi Rocah, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, about Cohen's guilty plea and the verdict in the Manafort trial.

The Outspoken John Brennan and What He Left Behind

30:13 | Aug 17th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mattathias Schwartz about Trump revoking John Brennan's security clearance. Also, what are we to make of Brennan's outspokenness? What about his legacy? And what did he leave in Trump's hands?Plus, the White House tries to...Show More

Omarosa and Reality Show Politics

35:58 | Aug 15th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Lola Ogunnaike, host of "Entertainment Weekly The Show" about Omarosa finally making her way through the Trump love-hate cycle. How has she handled the press and how has the press handled her? Plus, what would an n-word ta...Show More

Slow Burn | S2 Ep. 1: Deal or No Deal

39:51 | Aug 10th, 2018

Trumpcast presents a preview of the 2nd season of Slow Burn.For 11 hours, Monica Lewinsky faced off against federal prosecutors who wanted her to help them take down the president and threatened her with decades in jail. Slate Plus members get a bonu...Show More

Learning From James Clapper's Life in Intelligence

29:39 | Aug 8th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to James R. Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, about his book Facts and Fear: Hard Truths From A Life In Intelligence. What did he think of the North Korea & Putin summits? How can our institutions protect...Show More

Cyberwar and Security in the Trump Era

38:42 | Aug 7th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Clint Watts, the author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News, about the question of cyberwar. What is it? What counts? Does the United States have a clear...Show More

Is the Facebook Problem Unfixable?

36:25 | Aug 4th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Siva Vaidhyanathan, the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, about the post-IRA indictment struggles at Facebook and whether or not it can be saved.Plus, Steve Waltien and Kate ...Show More

Why Trump and India Aren't Working Out

31:18 | Aug 1st, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to James Crabtree, the author of The Billionaire Raj, about the Trump administration's relations with India and why it's not working out.Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets.

When the President Takes Putin's Side Over Yours

35:10 | Jul 31st, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to the former American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, about how he ended up in Putin's sights, Trump not confronting Putin, how the Kremlin abuse Interpol and more. Plus, all the presidents' all caps statements.Go to simpl...Show More

Cohen’s Basement Tapes

37:04 | Jul 25th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Emily Jane Fox, senior reporter at Vanity Fair, about the Trump-Cohen tape that was released on Tuesday, its implications, and why if you don't understand the relationship between the two, you don't understand Trump's rela...Show More

The Pieces of the Mueller Puzzle

36:39 | Jul 20th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Garrett Graff, a contributor at WIRED and the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program, about the shape of the Mueller investigation. How has the role of Deputy Attorney General Rod Ro...Show More

The Man Putin Singled Out

21:45 | Jul 18th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice campaign, about the moment his name came up during the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. Why does Vladimir Putin want him more than just about anybody else in the world? Plus, P...Show More

Trump’s Submission in Helsinki

29:40 | Jul 16th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum, a columnist at the Washington Post and the author of Red Famine, about the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. How will we remember it? Why has President Trump refused to confront Putin for attacking our democracy?...Show More

Mueller Indicts 12 Russian Officers, Trump Prepares to Meet Putin Anyway

29:09 | Jul 13th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Max Bergmann, Sr. Fellow at Center for American Progress and Director of The Moscow Project, about the latest round of Mueller indictments and its effects in the lead-up to the Trump/Putin meeting next week.

The ACLU in the Trump Era

27:55 | Jul 12th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, about the mission of the ACLU in the Trump era and whether it's causing any tension in the organization.Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets.

The Fight Liberals Should & Shouldn’t Pick with Kavanaugh

33:30 | Jul 10th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School and Bloomberg to talk about Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The two discuss the implications of his nomination on Roe v. Wade and whether or not his writing suggests he'd ...Show More

Lessons from South Africa

30:26 | Jul 6th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andries du Toit, a researcher and writer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, about the years before, during, and after apartheid and if there are any lessons we can take away from it for America today.

Overcoming Class Cluelessness

34:57 | Jul 4th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Joan C. Williams, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings, about liberal condescension towards the white working class and what the coastal elites get wrong about some Trump supporters.Plus, John Bolton...Show More

Civility as a Cudgel

28:56 | Jun 30th, 2018

Jamelle Bouie talks to Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor at UVA's Miller Center, about the topic of "civility." How has the word been used to protect the status quo in the past? And is this what happens when a political system is failing a people...Show More

The Supreme Court Without Justice Kennedy

19:48 | Jun 28th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Rick Hasen, a Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine, about Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court, the weight this will put on Chief Justice John Roberts, and whether or not this will finally motivat...Show More

The Travel Ban Stands and the Legacy of the Roberts Court

27:30 | Jun 27th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Emily Bazelon about SCOTUS and its decision on Trump's travel ban. Plus, what are we to make of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts?

Detained Without Trial: A History of Concentration Camps

33:37 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Jamelle Bouie talks to Andrea Pitzer, the author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps. The two provide context to a conversation being had today about whether the detention centers on the border merit comparison to concentration...Show More

The Reality of Family Separation and "Zero-Tolerance"

37:37 | Jun 20th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to KPBS's Jean Guerrero about a migrant children facility she visited and why presenting yourself for asylum at a port of entry isn't all the administration talks it up to be. Then, Erik Hanshew, a federal public defender in El P...Show More

"It's All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care."

13:21 | Jun 18th, 2018

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick reads her cover story from earlier this week, "It's All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care."

Manafort Goes to Jail

20:24 | Jun 15th, 2018

Jayson De Leon jumps into the host seat for the day to chat about Paul Manafort's arraignment with Tierney Sneed of Talking Points Memo who was at the courthouse to watch the day's events unravel.

Clown Yalta

26:58 | Jun 12th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Alexandra Bell, Senior Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation, about Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-Un and what, if anything, substantive came out of it.

The Sewage of Trump's Trade War

31:06 | Jun 11th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Slate's Jordan Weissmann to talk about Trump's showdown with Trudeau on tariffs and the future of NAFTA.Plus, two soldiers receive their centuries-old wish.

Our Pardon Giving President Perverts the Pardon

30:37 | Jun 8th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick to talk about Trump's performative pardons and how he continues to destabilize trust in our institutions.

The Black Widow, The Giant, and the Tallest Tower in Europe

20:45 | Jun 6th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier about his story that broke today on Ivanka Trump's Olympic weightlifter connection to Vladimir Putin and what that has to do with Trump Tower Moscow. Plus, insight into the relationship between M...Show More

Gearing Up For a Subpoena Showdown

30:17 | Jun 4th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham law school, to talk about the letter that leaked this past weekend wherein the president's lawyers all but admitted that he obstructed justice. Plus, what's the bigger game plan behind...Show More

Trumpcast Live From Brooklyn

1:09:45 | May 31st, 2018

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Michael Avenatti to talk about his day in court and his strategy heading forward in the Stormy Daniels case. Plus, the three discuss Trump's "Spygate" (or, "Spyghazi," rather) and th...Show More

An Encyclopedia of Trump’s Dishonesty

25:18 | May 30th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star about his running tally of Trump's false claims and what the difference is between that and his lies. Also, if the President is just spewing crap all the time, what's the point of tracking it an...Show More

Three Sketches on Two Stories (Bonus!)

10:20 | May 26th, 2018

For a Memorial Day weekend bonus episode, we've compiled three brand new sketches to share with you – from Don Jr's Trump Tower transcript to the reaction from Trump's base on the ZTE deal.

Can You Indict the President?

35:45 | May 24th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School about what it would take to prosecute a sitting president. Plus, is the free speech decision about Trump's Twitter wrong? And is Trump taking a page out of Bill Clinton's book?

Trump's Challenge to Prosecutorial Independence

30:05 | May 22nd, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Rebecca Roiphe of New York Law School about the stress test Trump is putting on prosecutorial independence and how the DoJ is responding to it.Have you bought tickets to our live show yet? Our special guest is Michael Avenatti...Show More

Draconian and Cruel Immigration Policies

21:43 | May 18th, 2018

Jamelle Bouie talks to Vox's Dara Lind about the latest moves the Trump administration has made on immigration and on the southern border.Join us for our live show in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 730PM (ET).

Upon Further Review: What If Nixon Had Been Good At Football?

26:25 | May 17th, 2018

We're introducing you to a new show from Slate today called Upon Further Review! Listen to the first episode via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, or wherever you listen.Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one proble...Show More

A Very Stormy Disclosure

31:33 | May 17th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold to discuss Trump's repayment to Michael Cohen, what else we learned from the President's financial disclosure , and just what the hell is the Chicago Unit Acquisition LLC?Join us for...Show More

A Torture Victim Speaks To Gina Haspel

26:42 | May 15th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist, Theo Padnos, about his open letter to Trump's CIA nominee, Gina Haspel. about his time spent in a Syrian torture prison and why, if it comes down to it, she must never obey torture orders from our Commander...Show More

The Psychic Tyranny of Shakespeare's Tyrants

28:52 | May 11th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Isaac Butler, host of Slate's new podcast "Lend Me Your Ears," to talk about his show and what inspired it. Plus, Isaac and Virginia talk to the author of Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics, Stephen Greenblatt, about the ...Show More

Lend Me Your Ears: Julius Caesar

41:05 | May 10th, 2018

Hey Trumpcast listeners we wanted to introduce you to a new show! It's called Lend Me Your Ears and it's a six-part podcast miniseries exploring how Shakespeare’s works have shaped our modern views on politics. Each month, host Isaac Butler will dig ...Show More

A Slush Fund for Playmates, an Oligarch, and the President?

34:17 | May 9th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan and ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger to discuss the latest Michael Cohen story surrounding his Delaware LLC.Be sure to join Trumpcast Live in Brooklyn on May 30th!

Trump Withdraws From Iran Deal In Spiteful Fashion

27:16 | May 8th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate's War Stories correspondent, Fred Kaplan, about President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, grifting vs. grafting and more Trump tweets.

Michael Avenatti is Beating Trump at His Own Game

22:01 | May 4th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by her co-host, Jacob Weisberg, to chat about pornstars, hush money, sex, and lies as enhanced by Rudy Giuliani this week.Join us at our live show in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday May 30th!

The Real Answer to Russian Disinformation

39:43 | May 3rd, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev to talk about the "Arena" project which analyzes disinformation, polarization, and tries to create a counter-response to all the noise. The three discuss the tactics of Russian disinfor...Show More

Reading into the Leak of the Mueller Questions

31:17 | May 1st, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Eric Columbus, a former lawyer at the Department of Justice, about the leak of the Mueller questions and the questions themselves. What can we read into them? What do we make of the leak?Don't forget to buy tickets to our ...Show More

Dreaming of Hillary on the Campaign Trail

33:02 | Apr 28th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to the author of Chasing Hillary, Amy Chozick, about "New York Times worship," being what she calls an "unwitting agent of Russian intelligence," and why she kept having dreams of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.Plus, t...Show More

Is Trump's Chaos Beating the Press?

25:23 | Apr 26th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by the media critic, Jay Rosen, to talk about why he thinks Trump is winning and the press is losing.Plus, Rod Rosenstein has been under fire for so long that he's prepared himself for the phone call.

Us vs. Them Told in Two Parts

33:25 | Apr 26th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Mark Joseph Stern about the opening arguments at the Supreme Court today surrounding Trump's travel ban and then is joined by Ian Bremmer to chat through his new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.Do you ha...Show More

The Book and Memos of James Comey

36:15 | Apr 20th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan discuss James Comey's new book A Higher Loyalty and the recent batch of Comey memos that leaked on Thursday evening.Be sure to buy tickets to our live show on May 30th in Brooklyn, NY!

How the Southern District of NY Flips Made Men

40:47 | Apr 20th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Mimi Rocah, about her start at the department in the early 2000s, working alongside Jim Comey, and what her prosecutions of organized c...Show More

A Measured View of the Cohen Probe

28:50 | Apr 18th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Tim O'Brien, Executive Editor of Bloomberg View, to catch up about the latest surrounding the Michael Cohen story and why it may not be all the media is cooking it up to be. Plus, who are the two names we should be looking for...Show More

A Pruitt and a Pardon

21:25 | Apr 14th, 2018

Jamelle Bouie talks to Mother Jones' Rebecca Leber about the "liberties" Scott Pruitt is taking as a public official and how it's effecting the EPA as a whole.Trumpcast will be live in Brooklyn, NY on May 30th at 7:30PM (ET). Tickets are currently on...Show More

Raiding Trump's Fixer, Dealmaker, and Lawyer

32:23 | Apr 10th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa and The New Yorker's Adam Davidson about the raid on Michael Cohen's office and why Michael Cohen is much more than just Trump's personal lawyer.

Trump’s Nativist Delusions and Peña Nieto’s Response

31:04 | Apr 7th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by host of Slate's El Gabfest, León Krauze, to discuss Trump's renewed nativist delusions, the responses by the Mexican president and Mexican presidential candidates, and just what Americans can do to counter Trump's narr...Show More

The MBS-JK Connection Takes on the Middle East

31:50 | Apr 5th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker about the young 30-somethings trying to reform the Middle East – Jared Kushner and Mohammed bin Salman. How did they forge this relationship? What does Saudi Arabia want in the region and how i...Show More

Sinclair's Local News Propaganda Bomb

27:10 | Apr 4th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Erik Wemple of The Washington Post about Sinclair Broadcasting, Trump's recent attacks on the press, and the decline of local news.Don't forget to vote for Trumpcast to win a Webby!And come check out Slow Burn Live in NYC!

All That Kushner Money

26:22 | Mar 31st, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jesse Drucker of The New York Times about the money coming into Kushner Co's hands (which Jared continues to have a significant stake in) from both foreign and domestic partners.

Liberal Democracy’s Misplaced Faith in the Future

35:41 | Mar 29th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Timothy Snyder, the author of The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. The two discuss the shift from a politics of inevitability to a politics of eternity and just what that means. Also, Tim describes the ways in which...Show More

Michael Cohen Must Be Kicking Himself

28:24 | Mar 27th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox about the Stormy Daniels' 60 Minutes interview and just how Michael Cohen's role in the scandal could factor into the Mueller investigation.

Trump Is Finally Getting the Team He Wants

41:41 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Jacob Weisberg chats with Fred Kaplan about the departure of H.R. McMaster and the arrival of John Bolton. Also, Harry Litman, a former US Attorney, joins us to talk about the latest shakeups on Trump's legal team.Plus, Steve Waltien and Asher Perlma...Show More

Who Trashed the Party?

43:08 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to The New Yorker's Andrew Marantz about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. They also discuss Andrew's latest story on Reddit and meditate on free speech and how we navigate the Internet.

John Kelly's Power and Failure

34:21 | Mar 19th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, about what it takes to be a successful Chief of Staff, how John Kelly reinforces Trump's partisan instincts, and why he has...Show More

The PutinCon Files

27:31 | Mar 18th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by The Guardian's Luke Harding and the Head of the Global Magnitsky Justice campaign, Bill Browder, to discuss Vladamir Putin, his actions in the UK, and just what message he's sending to the Western world.Today's show wa...Show More

Rating the Trump-Russia Angles

46:31 | Mar 16th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg chats with Michael Isikoff and David Corn, authors of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. They discuss why Trump continues to show deference towards the Kremlin, his history wi...Show More

The Ghost of the Mueller Investigation

36:59 | Mar 15th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist Hannah Seligson about Ivanka Trump. How has she been able to escape the eye of the Mueller investigation & the critical eye of the media for so long? What can be done about it?Read Hannah's latest work for T...Show More

Rex Tillerson's Long Goodbye

23:37 | Mar 13th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Politico's Susan Glasser about the firing of Rex Tillerson and what (if anything) we can expect from the incoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Stormy Sues, Sanders Slips, and Cohen Tries Another Fix

23:36 | Mar 9th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to the Washington Post's Beth Reinhard about the Stormy Daniels lawsuit and Michael Cohen's restraining order.

Democracy Gets a Checkup

35:36 | Mar 7th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy, to talk about his new book, how democracies are holding up around the globe, and what liberals in America can do about the populist uprising. Plus, the plight of the Russia...Show More

Getting Whole

35:19 | Mar 3rd, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to BuzzFeed's Anthony Cormier about the FBI investigation that nearly had Paul Manafort before the Trump campaign, the result of that, and why Anthony doesn't think Paul Manafort will flip. Plus, the two try to make sense of ...Show More

Overleveraged and Under Scrutiny

29:14 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by The Washington Post's Shane Harris to discuss the fallout of Jared Kushner's security clearance downgrade and just how his role in the West Wing could be changing.

A System of Silencing

28:11 | Feb 28th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker about Trump's way of silencing the women he has had affairs with. Plus, why did Jared get a down graded security clearance?Please fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey.

The Big Facebook Talk

44:21 | Feb 24th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to WIRED's Editor-in-Chief, Nick Thompson, and the Director of the Center for Media & Citizenship at the University of Virginia, Siva Vaidhyanathan, about all the issues that have plagued Facebook for the past several years a...Show More

High School Revolutionaries Are Changing the Gun Debate

36:57 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Dahlia Lithwick talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, about the current state of the gun debate. Plus, Mary Beth Tinker, of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, joins us f...Show More

Project Lakhta and Russia's Plan to Screw With America

21:00 | Feb 17th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Just Security's Kate Brannen about the most recent round of Mueller indictments.

John Kelly and the Complicity Machine

29:21 | Feb 15th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vox's Jane Coaston about the Chief of Staff, John Kelly, and his role in the Rob Porter story. Plus, more on security clearances and why we should be paying attention to how the details of this story are getting out of the...Show More

The Effects of Reckless Rhetoric

23:11 | Feb 11th, 2018

Jamelle Bouie talks to Jacob Levy, a professor of political theory at McGill University, about his essay "The Weight of the Words," and why we shouldn't just be brushing off Trump's rhetoric on the left or the right.

The Partisan Attacks on Christopher Steele

31:34 | Feb 9th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to John Sipher, a former senior member of the CIA's Intelligence Service, about Christopher Steele and the partisan attacks on him and his work.

Releasing the Meme

29:47 | Feb 6th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to information warfare expert Molly McKew about the #ReleaseTheMemo phenomenon and why it should alarm us that the campaign ultimately landed in our President's brain as the #1 item on his political agenda.

An Incomprehensible Dud of a Memo

27:37 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the release of the Nunes memo and why, despite its many flaws, it may still be a win for Trump.

What if We Never See the Mueller Report?

34:47 | Feb 1st, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to Ross Garber, a defense lawyer who has represented three Republican governors during impeachment proceedings, about how Trump's lawyers could be thinking about defending their client.

How Paul Manafort's Life Unraveled

35:20 | Jan 31st, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Atlantic's Frank Foer about his most recent cover story on Paul Manafort and how the American hustler's life fell apart in recent years.

The Outgoing McCabe and the Incoming Memo

24:59 | Jan 30th, 2018

Producer Jayson De Leon talks to Matthew Miller, MSNBC's Justice and Security Analyst & formerly of the Department of Justice, about the resignation of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the controversy surrounding the Devin Nunes memo.

The Davos Man (Live from the WEF)

17:56 | Jan 26th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by BuzzFeed's Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, for a quick chat about Donald Trump's address to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

A Rot at the Core of the Republic

30:00 | Jan 24th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to The Atlantic's David Frum about the Evangelical right's justification for Trump, how the people around him are holding up so far in their positions, and why he thinks what we're facing today is much more serious than Water...Show More

The Shutdown Vote (UPDATED)

23:34 | Jan 20th, 2018

Producer Jayson De Leon talks to Slate's Jim Newell about the run-up to the government shutdown. Then, how did the shutdown vote unfold? We have a play-by-play of sorts.

Racism, The Dems, and #MeToo

23:01 | Jan 17th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan talks to the LA Times' Jamil Smith about Trump's racism, how the Democrats have fared over the past year, and what (if any) parallels they can find between the #MeToo movement and Trump's lies.

$130,000 in Hush Money

25:31 | Jan 16th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jacob Weisberg to chat about the Stormy Daniels story, Jacob's involvement in it, and how the story is important in the context of the dossier.

A Dangerous, Bumbling, Racist Idiot

28:29 | Jan 12th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg talks to Brian Klaas, author of The Despot's Apprentice, about Trump's dictatorial tendencies and why the Republicans are still refusing to call out the President after his "shithole" comment yesterday.

The Immigration Fight Escalates

28:08 | Jan 12th, 2018

Jamelle Bouie is joined by Vox’s Dara Lind to discuss the latest going on around Capitol Hill on immigration.

10 Hours of Dossier Testimony

32:13 | Jan 10th, 2018

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Virginia Heffernan to pore through the release of Glenn Simpson's (Fusion GPS) testimony by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Obstructing and Burning

42:37 | Jan 6th, 2018

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, to discuss the recent revelations with regards to the President possibly obstructing justice. Plus, Asawin Suebsaeng, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast, joins us to di...Show More

The Commission is Dead, Not the Mission

25:25 | Jan 5th, 2018

Jamelle Bouie talks to Ari Berman, a writer at Mother Jones, about President Trump's now disbanded voter fraud commission and how the fight over voter suppression is still far from over.

The Truth Didn't Set Us Free

29:38 | Dec 28th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan chats with Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter for the Washington Post, about how Washington failed to handle Kremlin trolls.

Submission

39:33 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Katie Roiphe and Philip Gourevitch to discuss Michel Houellebecq's novel, Submission.

Strategic Confusion

31:12 | Dec 21st, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Fred Kaplan about Trump’s new National Security Strategy.

The Impending Tax Bill

30:00 | Dec 19th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with economist Jason Furman about the impending GOP tax bill and its economic impact.

All The President's Accusers

34:53 | Dec 16th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Dahlia Lithwick and Jacob Weisberg to discuss all the sexual misconduct accusations against the President and what can be done about them.

Yet Another Round of Attacks on the Press

25:13 | Dec 12th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with The Washington Post's Erik Wemple about Trump's most recent round of attacks on the press and about the reporting errors over the last week on the Russia investigation.

Trump's Endorsement and Alabama's Senate Race

22:39 | Dec 8th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Geoffrey Skelley – associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. The two discuss the upcoming Alabama senate race.

The Russia Strand Trump Fears Most

33:05 | Dec 6th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Guardian's Luke Harding about his new book Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win.Plus, our Secretary of State issues yet another denial.

A Desperate Defense Knows No Bounds

00:03 | Dec 5th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan is joined by Jeffrey Toobin (Senior Legal Analyst for CNN & Staff Writer at The New Yorker) to talk about Trump's defense in light of the most recent Flynn news.

Flynn Breaks, What's Next? (UPDATED)

39:26 | Dec 1st, 2017

Producer Jayson De Leon chats with Just Security's Deputy Managing Editor, Kate Brannen. about the latest surrounding Michael Flynn's plea deal and where this all may point to next.Stick around after the break for Virginia Heffernan's conversation wi...Show More

Nixon's Slow Burn

26:35 | Nov 29th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Leon Neyfakh about his latest series Slow Burn | A Podcast About Watergate. Who are the lesser known characters of the scandal? What led to the Republicans ultimately turning on Nixon? And where does what we know now...Show More

The Magnitsky Update with Bill Browder

36:05 | Nov 28th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan are joined by Bill Browder to chat about the latest surrounding the Magnitsky Act, corruption, and those seeking to discredit his efforts worldwide.

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate | Martha

24:43 | Nov 28th, 2017

Trumpcast presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate.  People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest...Show More

Night Rider

39:13 | Nov 24th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Philip Gourevitch (The New Yorker) and Katie Roiphe (NYU) to discuss Robert Penn Warren's first novel, Night Rider.For the December book club we'll be reading Submission by Michel Houellebecq.

A History of Bunk

24:48 | Nov 17th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center and poetry editor at The New Yorker, about his new book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.

Trumpcast Live From San Francisco

1:29:06 | Nov 16th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, Jamelle Bouie, and John Di Domenico are live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco! The three hosts discuss Roy Moore, the Democrats and the question of impeachment, and the Russia investigation. Our special gue...Show More

The Fox News Survivor & Alec Baldwin

31:29 | Nov 14th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with Slate's Justin Peters who spent 3 weeks watching Fox News. Plus, Jacob jumps on a quick call with Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen to talk about their new book You Can't Spell America Without Me - a parody of Donald Trump's fi...Show More

Slate Live Event: The People vs. Trump

1:21:57 | Nov 13th, 2017

The shocking results of the 2016 election left people wondering how our country would change under a Trump presidency. Many Americans feared the worst, some hoped for the best, and others leapt into action. Now, one year out, Slate will take stock of...Show More

"The Last Republican President"

28:07 | Nov 11th, 2017

Josh King talks to Mark Updegrove, author of The Last Republicans, about why Bush 41 & Bush 43 may just be the last establishment Republicans to hold the presidency.

The People vs. Trump: Year One (Live with Tom Perriello)

22:28 | Nov 10th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie is joined by former Virginia congressman, Tom Perriello, to discuss Tuesday's election and the Democrats moving forward. This is one of the five conversations from Wednesday night's live show. Follow us on Twitter for a heads up of when...Show More

A Year Spent in Panic Inducing Bubbles

26:07 | Nov 8th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan chats with Slate's Laura Bennett & Allison Benedikt about the cover story they co-edited this week – The Year in Push Alerts: How Breaking News Became Our Lives,

The Giant Pool of Money Laundering

37:08 | Nov 6th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg gets an explainer from The New Yorker’s Adam Davidson about money laundering. Why do people do it? What does he see in the Manafort indictment?  Plus, Adam runs a theory of money laundering and the Trump organization by us.

Inching Closer to the Oval Office

27:27 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with the historian and author David Greenberg about how the latest revelations in the Trump-Russia scandal compare to those of Watergate.Plus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflection training.

Cut, Cut, Cut or Not So Much?

19:50 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Jordan Weissmann about the GOP tax plan rollout and the nomination of new Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

A Long, Slow Revenge

33:14 | Oct 31st, 2017

Josh King jumps in for a weekday show to chat about the Frontline documentary, Putin's Revenge, with its producer-reporter, Jim Gilmore. Does Boris Yeltsin regret handing over the reins to Vladamir Putin? Why does Putin have it out for America? All t...Show More

Bob Mueller's Opening Salvo [UPDATED]

45:11 | Oct 31st, 2017

Virginia Heffernan chats with former DoJ flack and current MSNBC justice and security analyst Matthew Miller about George Papadopoulos' guilty plea and why it was released after the Manafort and Gates indictments.Stick around after Virginia and Matt'...Show More

The Handmaid's Tale

36:39 | Oct 28th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg, Philip Gourevitch, and Katie Roiphe discuss what, if anything, Margaret Atwood's book can tell us about the Trump administration.

Ukrainian Politics in America

28:10 | Oct 26th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer and historian Anne Applebaum about the historical context of the Trump-Russian scandal.

The Sound of a Rebel Yell

21:58 | Oct 25th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Ted Johnson, a fellow at New America and a veteran of the US Navy, about what Trump and the rest of the White House really mean when they call their critics "unpatriotic."

The Generals, North Korea, and Myanmar

31:15 | Oct 21st, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Fred Kaplan about General Kelly's response to Trump's phone call with the widow of a US soldier who died during an operation in Niger. Plus, the two dive into the latest status surrounding North Korea and why the US government...Show More

Hello Dossier, My Old Friend

34:49 | Oct 20th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Business Insider's Natasha Bertrand about Trump's tweet this morning regarding the Steele dossier and why the firm behind it refused to testify to the House Intel Committee on Wednesday.

Impunity for Men Like Trump

22:30 | Oct 18th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg runs a theory by Emily Bazelon – with the election of Donald Trump is impunity for men like Trump coming to an end?

The Obama Backlash in Two Parts

29:36 | Oct 14th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, about the Obama backlash and Trump leaning into white racial resentment. Stick around after that interview to hear Trumpcast produer Jayson De Leon chat wit...Show More

Getting Off Easy

29:31 | Oct 12th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg is joined by ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger to talk about how Don Jr. & Ivanka Trump avoided felony fraud in a case involving the Trump SoHo project back in 2012. Plus, more on 'Moron'-gate & Rex Tillerson's "clear denial."Special thanks ...Show More

A Corker of a Story

29:04 | Oct 11th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Susan Glasser about the story of the weekend – Senator Bob Corker's rhetorical triple axel.

#AskTrumpcast

30:21 | Oct 7th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg and Virginia Heffernan take your questions via tweet, phone, and snail mail in our first edition of #AskTrumpcast.Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show for an exclusive Rex Tillerson sketch. If you're not a Slate Plus membe...Show More

A Presidential Response?

25:34 | Oct 6th, 2017

Josh King talks to Sig Rogich, a Republican who helped make Las Vegas what it is today, about the events of this past week in the city, how it's recovering, and his response to the President's visit to the city compared to those of past presidents wh...Show More

Democracy vs. Itself

34:36 | Oct 4th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg checks back in with Yascha Mounk about the state of liberal democracy in America and abroad.

Trumpcast Live from IAB's Leadership Dialogues

43:41 | Sep 30th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg is joined by Studio 360's Kurt Andersen and Slate's Mike Pesca live in our Slate Brooklyn office to talk about Kurt's latest book Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire.This was recorded as a part of IAB's Leadership Dialogues.

Concern Trolling Jared

23:03 | Sep 30th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Politico's Josh Dawsey about Jared's private email use in the White House and the strange story behind how that story leaked.It's Pledge Week here at Trumpcast. Sign up for Slate Plus by going to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus.

The Fine Points of Impeachment

31:38 | Sep 27th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School about his new book, Impeachment: A Citizens Guide, and the complexities involved in removing a President from office.We'll be live from San Francisco on Tuesday, November 14th! For tickets a...Show More

Trumpcast Live From the Texas Tribune Festival

1:18:28 | Sep 26th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and former executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, to discuss white supremacy, Democrats in Texas, and the 2016 election coverage. Pl...Show More

Strangers in Their Own Land

42:43 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Jacob Weisberg, Philip Gourevitch, and Katie Roiphe are back for the Trumpcast Book Club to discuss Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land.Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and ticke...Show More

The Last Person Standing

29:46 | Sep 21st, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanity Fair's Sarah Ellison about Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, and just what life in the administration has been like for the First Daughter.Read Sarah's story in Vanity Fair by clicking here.Don't miss our...Show More

Cornering Manafort

19:34 | Sep 19th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to former FBI special agent & current CNN Legal and National Security analyst, Asha Rangappa, about the Manafort wiretap & the more detailed account of the raid on his home earlier this summer.Don't miss our upcoming live sho...Show More

Becoming the Opposition

31:11 | Sep 16th, 2017

Josh King talks to Philippe Reines, longtime spokesman and adviser to Hillary Clinton, about playing Donald Trump in debate prep and his former boss' book What Happened. Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show to hear our producer, Jayson D...Show More

If You're Concerned and You Know It, Just Impeach

24:44 | Sep 15th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Matt Miller, formerly of the DoJ and currently an MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst, about the latest surrounding the Trump-Russia investigations.Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For...Show More

The Party That Can't Govern

22:38 | Sep 13th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Julia Azari, a professor of political science at Marquette, about Trump's relationship with the GOP and why the Republicans can't govern.Don't miss our upcoming live shows in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA! For more info and ...Show More

How to Read L’Affaire Russe

25:25 | Sep 11th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes about who's saying what in the Trump-Russia investigation and why it's important to know the difference.You can read Ben's piece over at Lawfare by clicking here.Do you have a question for us? Send us...Show More

Facebook's Russia Problem

32:00 | Sep 9th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to WIRED's Issie Lapowsky about the news from this week that Russian-linked accounts bought political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election. What does this mean for Facebook moving forward and why is this a problem that is...Show More

The Big Debt

25:58 | Sep 6th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg's Caleb Melby about Jared Kushner, the Kushner Company, and the mounting debt at their building – 666 Fifth Ave.Read Caleb's story "Kushners' China Deal Flop Was Part of a Much Bigger Hunt for Cash" by clicking here....Show More

800,000 Hostages

21:54 | Sep 6th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Julia Preston of The Marshall Project about the end of DACA, its political motivations, and what this all means for the dreamers.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag. Y...Show More

A New Breed of Lobbyists

24:55 | Sep 2nd, 2017

Josh King talks to Nicholas Confessore of The New York Times about the new breed of lobbyists getting rich in Trump's Washington.Read Nick's full story in The New York Times Magazine by clicking here.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @re...Show More

Lessons For a Recovery

19:42 | Sep 1st, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the Flood, about the lessons of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and how they can be used going forward in Houston's recovery.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast o...Show More

The Key to a Thousand Doors

22:36 | Aug 31st, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Rice, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, about Felix Sater, Trump's original Russia connection, and why his name may come up more and more as Mueller's investigation unravels.Read Andrew's story The Origina...Show More

The "Revolting" Administration

23:39 | Aug 28th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to The Atlantic's McKay Coppins about the Trump cabinet appointees who over the weekend showed their lack of confidence in the President.Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hasht...Show More

The Pardon That Sets a Dangerous Precedent

30:20 | Aug 26th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Antonia Noori Farzan of the Phoenix New Times to get a background on the now pardoned ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio and just what the sentiment is in Phoenix and Maricopa County about the events of the last week. Then, Slate's Mar...Show More

The Complainer-in-Chief

22:54 | Aug 26th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone about Trump's week of complaining and just how vulnerable Republicans are to attacks by the President.Don't forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday Sept...Show More

A Taxonomy of the Alt-Right, Alt-Light, and Alt-Etcs

29:11 | Aug 24th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a writer at The New Yorker, about the many warring factions within the alt-right and rethinking how the left should respond to them moving forward.Don't forget about our live show in Austin, TX for the Texa...Show More

The Corruption of Carl Icahn

23:30 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to The New Yorker staff writer, Patrick Radden Keefe, about his latest piece "Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington" – a story about how an obscure EPA rule brought down the billionaire Trump adviser.Don't forget about our live ...Show More

The Anti-Fascists AKA The Antifa

22:47 | Aug 19th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan chats with Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook to figure just who the antifa are and where they come from.Are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not? With Slate Plus you can get bonus segments of Trumpc...Show More

The Press Conference That Did Him In?

23:41 | Aug 16th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg is joined by fellow Trumpcast cohosts Virginia Heffernan and Jamelle Bouie to talk about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday and why this is a significant turning point in his presidency.Slate Plus members, stay tuned after the s...Show More

"There's Nothing New Under the Sun..."

21:17 | Aug 14th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Jamelle Bouie about the tragic events of this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and how this can no longer allow Americans to put their heads in the sand about what really got Trump elected.

The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 2)

15:41 | Aug 13th, 2017

This the 2nd part of Josh King's chat with Chief Media Writer at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Jim Warren, about the competition between the Washington Post and The New York Times. They wrap up their conversation by talking about how the t...Show More

The Last Newspaper War (Pt. 1)

29:05 | Aug 12th, 2017

Josh King talks to Chief Media Writer at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Jim Warren, about the competition between the Washington Post and The New York Times. Plus, how are those two organizations handling the attacks coming from Donald Trum...Show More

A Separate Narrative

18:32 | Aug 10th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Osita Nwanevu, a writer at Slate covering conservative media, about what is happening over at Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting and why Trump is just making right wing media more of what they already were.Slate Plus listeners,...Show More

30 Days at Trump International, D.C.

19:42 | Aug 8th, 2017

Slate's Seth Stevenson talks to Washington Post reporter Jonathan O'Connell about how the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is changing the way people do business and politics in the city.

The Problem Solvers

25:17 | Aug 5th, 2017

Josh King talks to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ 5th District) about the Problem Solvers – a group of 43 members of the House of Representatives split between both parties offerings solutions to stabilize the individual health care market.Slate Plus mem...Show More

The Short History of Generals as Chiefs of Staff

23:57 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Seth Stevenson guest hosts today's show and talks with Joshua Zeitz, a historian and contributing editor at Politico, about General John Kelly and whether his tenure as Chief of Staff will resemble that of General Al Haig during the Nixon administrat...Show More

Holy Hell to Pay

30:06 | Jul 28th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about her working theory – nobody really knows what a constitutional crisis is. Also, have the Republican's finally found the line they won't let Trump cross?Slate Plus members, stick around after t...Show More

Fascist Curious

29:33 | Jul 27th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg chats with Bloomberg's Joshua Green about his new book Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. Where does Bannon get his ideology from? Is he a racist? And what is he making of Trump's attacks o...Show More

Pardon Me, Mr. President.

25:33 | Jul 24th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg columnist and professor of law at Harvard, Noah Feldman, about just who the President can and cannot pardon...including himself.

The Deregulation Invasion

26:00 | Jul 22nd, 2017

Josh King talks to ProPublica's Robert Faturechi about the Trump administration's secretive deregulation teams and just what you can do to help ProPublica unmask more information on the deregulation front.

Lies, Pardons, and Bringing Trump to Heel

26:01 | Jul 21st, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Brendan Nyhan, Professor of Government at Dartmouth, about the President's many lies including his most recent ones featured in The New York Times interview with Maggie Haberman, Peter Baker, and Michael S. Schmidt.Slate P...Show More

The Many Missteps of Mitch McConnell

22:16 | Jul 20th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to ProPublica's Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, about how the majority leader is failing to deliver for the Republicans.

On the 25th Floor

32:46 | Jul 18th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg goes in-depth with Bill Browder about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower.Plus, the harrowing story of one man's walk along the border.

Lawyer Up, Bro

31:27 | Jul 14th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to ProPublica's Justin Elliott about his reporting surrounding Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, and the most recent developments in Trump's defense including the impending hire of Ty Cobb. Also, Jamie Gorelick is stepping back ...Show More

It's Bad. It's Unpopular. It's The Return of the Health Care Bill!

17:32 | Jul 13th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Patrick Caldwell, a health care reporter at Mother Jones, about the latest iteration of the Senate health bill and the politics surrounding it.

Intent, Motive, and Legal Implications

24:30 | Jul 12th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel under Barack Obama, about the potential legal implications of Donald Trump Jr's story.

Questioning the Trump-Russia Conspiracy

21:09 | Jul 11th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Masha Gessen about why she thinks the latest developments in the Donald Trump Jr. story aren't as revelatory as people are making it out to be.

The Story That Sticks?

30:55 | Jul 11th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum, columnist at the Washington Post, about Donald Trump Jr's meeting with the Kremlin linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and why she thinks this could be the story that finally begins to sink members of the Trump...Show More

G-20 Speed Dating and a Lifeless Foggy Bottom

32:14 | Jul 8th, 2017

Josh King talks to Max Bergmann, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, about President Trump's trip to the G-20 and how Rex Tillerson is destroying the State Department. Read Max's latest Politico story, "Present at the Destruction: Ho...Show More

Tensions Rising

20:38 | Jul 6th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie welcomes back Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, to chat about all the players in the North Korea game and the potential catastrophic effects if President Trump makes the wrong m...Show More

The Pence Shake Up and Republican Sentiments

22:57 | Jul 3rd, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Ashley Parker, a White House reporter at the Washington Post, about Mike Pence shaking up his staff and why Republicans in the Senate and the House are becoming less and less afraid of Trump.

How Does a Presidency End?

30:46 | Jul 1st, 2017

Josh King guest hosts a weekend edition of Trumpcast. He talks to Frank Rich of New York Magazine about his latest feature, “Nixon, Trump, and How a Presidency Ends.” Slate Plus members stay tuned after the show for a bonus segment with Trumpcast pro...Show More

The Health Care Fight is A Civil Rights Fight

20:45 | Jun 29th, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to The Atlantic's Vann Newkirk about how the repeal of Obamacare and the rolling back of Medicaid in the Senate health bill strikes a significant blow to racial equality.

All the President’s Lies

24:24 | Jun 26th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about his piece, Trump Lies, where he catalogued nearly every outright lie Trump has told since taking the oath of office.

The Bill That Gets Worse and Worse

20:22 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to Slate's Jordan Weissmann about the latest version of the healthcare bill and how, in many ways, it's worse than the bill proposed last month by the House.

Senate Backrooms and a Defense for Mitch McConnell

21:37 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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.Plus, a special treat from Daniel Day...Show More

The Trump Brand and The Conversation Not Happening on the Left

29:28 | Jun 19th, 2017

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

21:29 | Jun 17th, 2017

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 P...Show More

Too Close for Comfort

20:04 | Jun 16th, 2017

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

28:29 | Jun 14th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Our President’s Cognitive Decline

24:42 | Jun 12th, 2017

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

18:03 | Jun 9th, 2017

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 Vir...Show More

Oh Lordy Jim Comey!

21:34 | Jun 9th, 2017

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 Trumps With Maggie Haberman

14:15 | Jun 7th, 2017

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

29:17 | Jun 6th, 2017

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 wi...Show More

No Consequences?

22:17 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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?

25:12 | Jun 1st, 2017

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!

24:27 | May 31st, 2017

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

16:43 | May 26th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The Blabbing President

29:46 | May 24th, 2017

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

23:58 | May 22nd, 2017

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 betwe...Show More

The Thing With These Investigations

21:31 | May 19th, 2017

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

22:16 | May 19th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg is joined by WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff to discuss his recent cover story for Politico, "What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey."

Searching for Higher Ground

18:06 | May 17th, 2017

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

The Confidence Man

39:08 | May 15th, 2017

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

18:12 | May 12th, 2017

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 (UPDATED)

50:42 | May 10th, 2017

Updated at 6:00PM (EST) --- Jacob Weisberg chats with Lawfare's Editor-in-Chief (and friend of James Comey's), Benjamin Wittes, about how the Russia investigation proceeds from here and ponder what Comey's response will be. Plus, Virginia Heffernan t...Show More

The Wall St. Love Affair?

20:14 | May 8th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The Meaner Bill

32:10 | May 5th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Legacybox, the simple and affordable way to get your recorded ...Show More

Melania's Tower

23:25 | May 4th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Blue Apron. Create delicious meals at home with fresh...Show More

Trumpcast Live From The Tribeca Film Festival

1:05:23 | May 1st, 2017

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 me...Show More

The End of Values Voters

30:39 | Apr 28th, 2017

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

Caesar Non Supra Grammaticos

25:12 | Apr 27th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up to date with your favorite...Show More

The French Election Connection

24:31 | Apr 26th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Policy Genius. Shop and compare all the top rated life insurance c...Show More

Opaque, Conflicted, and a Lawsuit

22:08 | Apr 22nd, 2017

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...Show More

Identity Politics in the Trump Era

21:08 | Apr 21st, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by RealtyShares. R...Show More

Lessons from Georgia's 6th

20:43 | Apr 19th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Helix Sleep. ...Show More

North Korea's Missile Testing Season

19:52 | Apr 14th, 2017

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.Slate Plus listeners, stick around for an ex...Show More

Many Men, Many Many Many Men

25:54 | Apr 13th, 2017

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

Articles of Impeachment

45:10 | Apr 10th, 2017

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

17:50 | Apr 7th, 2017

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!

25:03 | Apr 7th, 2017

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.Gideon's latest book is: Easternization - Asia's Rise and America's Decline: From Obama to Trump and B...Show More

Gorka, Bannon, and the View from Hungary

25:22 | Apr 6th, 2017

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 be...Show More

The Senate Standoff

25:50 | Apr 4th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by...Show More

The Prelude to a Massive Intraparty Battle

24:13 | Mar 31st, 2017

Jamelle Bouie talks to FiveThirtyEight's Clare Malone about infighting in the Republican party.Trumpcast is brought to you by The Great Courses Plus, a video learning service that offers lectures on all kinds of topics. Get the first full month FREE ...Show More

666 5th Ave.

31:31 | Mar 29th, 2017

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 s...Show More

The Healthcare Vote That Wasn't

17:08 | Mar 24th, 2017

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

24:19 | Mar 23rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

What the Hell is Going on at Fox News?

23:45 | Mar 20th, 2017

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

26:38 | Mar 17th, 2017

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.Trumpcast is brought to you by Texture. Texture lets you stay up...Show More

Much Ado About Nothing or Something?

16:11 | Mar 15th, 2017

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 prop...Show More

The Plot Against America

50:21 | Mar 13th, 2017

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

20:08 | Mar 10th, 2017

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

36:50 | Mar 8th, 2017

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

Undone By Scandal

28:29 | Mar 7th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, about the Trump/Nixon parallels and differences. Plus, will anybody in the Trump administration step up to play the role of "John Dean?"

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of Administration Scandal Response

22:47 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Jamelle Bouie is joined by Matthew Miller, who was Chief Spokesman for the Department of Justice under President Obama, to talk about what we know and what we can infer about Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador.

Tone vs. Substance

29:04 | Mar 1st, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks with Virginia Heffernan and Will Oremus about Donald Trump's address to Congress.

Trump's War With the Press

23:55 | Feb 28th, 2017

Jacob Weisberg talks to Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, about how the media should respond to the President's remark that the press is the "enemy of the people."

What About Pence?

21:08 | Feb 25th, 2017

Virginia Heffernan talks to Nicole Hemmer about the balance of power shifting towards Vice President Pence and how he's doing all the real work of the Presidency. Also, what should we think of Trump voters today?

To Absorb or Not To Absorb?

24:23 | Feb 22nd, 2017

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

25:57 | Feb 17th, 2017

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

24:47 | Feb 15th, 2017

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 nee...Show More

The Unresolved Conflict of Interest

17:33 | Feb 14th, 2017

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?

27:57 | Feb 11th, 2017

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 Post...Show More

No! They're Best Friends, Really!

21:59 | Feb 10th, 2017

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

1:13:24 | Feb 8th, 2017

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, ...Show More

The SCOTUS Dilemma

15:50 | Feb 1st, 2017

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

36:32 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 t...Show More

The President's Executive Disorder

21:51 | Jan 29th, 2017

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)

1:16:38 | Jan 28th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The Worst Case Scenario for Voting Rights

22:34 | Jan 27th, 2017

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

28:37 | Jan 25th, 2017

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

Signals vs. Noise

32:06 | Jan 24th, 2017

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

19:40 | Jan 21st, 2017

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.