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A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan and León Krauze talk to reporters, 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.

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Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Brannen, editorial director of Just Security, about Gordon Sondland’s opening statement, a glance at Russian interference, Trump’s bizarre letter to Turkish President Recep Erdogan, that bizarre Trump-Pelosi Twitter photo exchange, and the future for U.S. diplomacy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Above the Law’s Elie Mystal, who breaks down the White House counsel’s letter attempting to invalidate the Trump impeachment inquiry.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to info warfare expert Molly McKew about the how the Trump-Zelensky call benefits Vladimir Putin, the Ukraine, javelins, disarmament, Hunter Biden, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to blogger Aneela Mirchandani about what the classic movie Twelve Angry Men can teach us about Trump supporters, the psychic permission Trump gives to his voters, and the archetypes of people that keep a con going.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, New York Times reporters and co-authors of The Education of Brett Kavanaugh, about the process of reporting for the book, Kavanaugh’s middle-of-the-road college performance and tendency to stay by the keg, his unease around women during his college years, religion on the court, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dahlia Lithwick, friend of the pod and host of Slate podcast Amicus, about everything happening with the Ukraine whistleblower debacle, quid pro quo, and abusing power in the workplace.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Jacob Weisberg, founder of Trumpcast, about how Pelosi threw down the gauntlet, the Senate spoke in unison, and the nation is now facing the impeachment of Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey of Lawfare blog and the Brookings Institution about why President Donald Trump’s reported pleas to Ukraine to help him rough up Joe Biden constitute an impeachable offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Allen Salkin, co-author of “The Method to the Madness,” about Trump’s struggles to fit in with the Hollywood in crowd, developing his reality TV life, and his visit to California.This is a preview of a Slate Plus episode. To hear this episode in full, sign up here for Slate Plus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to information and political analyst Molly McKew about why we’re not getting more vital information from those leaving the Trump administration, institutional erosion, the lack of honorable men, lessons from Russia, and what she’s doing at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Taiwan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Alex Mercedes

thumbs down. hyperactive, repetitious delivery. not often I have to turn off a Trumpcast but this was one.

Oct 16th
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Eric Phelps

Liberal propaganda

Oct 14th
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Elizabeth Burns

Kavanaugh has no good name.

Oct 7th
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Barry Murphy

Outstanding. Different. Might appeal to those tempted to vote for Trump. Well done Virginia. Have you thought of writing an autobiography? Or an account of Trumpcast and how you came to join it?

Oct 4th
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Hamish Lamont

Really enjoyed that analogous way of looking at our troubled times. Well done.

Oct 4th
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Alex Mercedes

I'm at the 34 minute mark. I'm distracted by the anxiety I've felt since VH mentioned that all 12 jurors are "white" men. I'm anxiously wondering "what color is the accused?" and "what color is the judge?" and "why did she mention they were white?"

Oct 4th
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Alex Mercedes

I think the idea was library card vs a credit card. suggesting the girls were "easy" or "cheap" in old school parlance.

Oct 2nd
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Alex Mercedes

one in four? seems like 2 in four....or did I miss an episode?

Sep 29th
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Alex Mercedes

I, too, have struggled to understand the oft-referenced charm and persuasive powers of the man in the White House. but I'm beginning to get it after listening to the Scaramucci conversation here and paying closer attention to the day to day behavior of people in this small Kansas town. beginning to get it, how, in the current sociopolitical climate, the fear, uncertainty, diminished will and lack of imagination that define our lives make sheep of so many.

Sep 13th
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Alex Mercedes

"Grandpa Brain." yes. Thank you for saying it. old white guys club.

Sep 12th
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Hamish Lamont

One of my favorite episodes. What a scintillating conversation between the two of you. I was quite disappointed when you said "gotta go now" Susan is razor sharp, and the way she backs up what she says makes her even more powerful. Please have, no , *get* her back on! Cheers from New Zealand.

Sep 11th
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Alex Mercedes

I appreciate the chance to hear his story but whew! exhausting. his style of talking actually reminds me of trump.

Sep 7th
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Alex Mercedes

wow! that was great fun.

Sep 6th
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Change ling

Mansplaining? Really? Patronising. I used to love your show and your presenting. Thank you for all previous shows.

Sep 5th
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PodEsplanade

Always liked Fugelsang + Heffernan, but this distilled their essence for me as never before. 💙F's story of how he's not supposed to be here, how his parents BOTH vowed he wouldn't happen. The dark humor! 😎😂 Now I love them. 🖤

Sep 5th
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Alex Mercedes

I will bookmark this for later. for some reason, the guest's voice tone and pace are hard to take tonight. I finally noticed I was clenching my teeth and hit "STOP".

Aug 9th
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Karen Luehrs

Great clarification of today's hottest topic! Understanding white nationalism may be impossible, but we better try. We learned why in the worst possible way last weekend.

Aug 8th
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Alex Mercedes

i never miss an episode. this was great. VH has "chemistry" with this guest. I love when that happens.

Aug 1st
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Hamish Lamont

I'm with you Virginia! All things must end.

Jul 27th
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Alex Mercedes

me too: Schiff also brought me to tears. he could not have said it any more clearly.

Jul 26th
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