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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 The Root’s Jason Johnson about middle America and impeachment, Matt Gaetz, and everything we project onto Nancy Pelosi.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post opiner and Talking Feds host Harry Litman about the latest defense of Trump over Ukraine.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Christina Cauterucci, Slate staff writer and Waves / Outward co-host, about the book All The President’s Women, misogyny in show business and reality TV, The Apprentice, and the case of E. Jean Carroll.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Crooked Media’s Brian Beutler about everything related to the impeachment hearings up to this point, how polling on support for impeachment has worked, the influence of Representative Adam Schiff, attacks on Joe Biden, Fiona Hill, and much more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Slate Live: Women of Slate

Slate Live: Women of Slate

2019-11-2200:58:351

Virginia Heffernan joins the women of Slate for a political panel on the night of the Democratic debates. Recorded live at the Bell House in Brooklyn on Weds. Nov 20, 2019. First segment: What Next host Mary Harris moderates Amicus host Dahlia Lithwick and Slate staff writers Ashley Feinberg and Julia Craven.Second segment: Trumpcast host Virginia Heffernan moderates Thirst Aid Kit host Nichole Perkins and Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci.Live show produced by Faith Smith. Engineering and editing by Melissa Kaplan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN legal analyst Elie Honig about yesterday’s impeachment hearings, including our addiction to hyper-arousal, the work of Dan Goldman, the attempts to discredit William Taylor and George Kent, John Bolton not wanting to get caught up in a “drug deal,” and a grading of the Democrats’ in-court strategy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Andrew Marantz, a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of Anti-Social, about Facebook and the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s “tuberculosis” and other memes, the difference between word and lived experience, the philosophy of Richard Rorty,the line between speech and violence, and so much more.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 has a conversation with CNN commentator and lawyer Ross Garber about the Ukraine call, the transcripts coming out of the White House, Rudy Guiliani and Trump’s advisers, Rep. Adam Schiff’s strengths and weaknesses, and much more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Leon Krauze talks to Slate staff writer Mark Joseph Stern about the dangers of the judges Trump appoints, and not just the SCOTUS—nearly one in four appeals court judges in the federal judiciary was appointed by Trump. These are lifetime appointments.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Fordham Law’s Jed Shugerman about how we’re approaching the “end game” of impeachment, what might happen to Trump in the courts post-impeachment, clarifying statements from Trump private lawyer William Consovoy, Tish James, the Washington Nationals’ booing of Trump at the World Series, and much, much more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Katherine Voyles about the way national defense issues play out in culture, and the culture of national defense issues. They also discuss Jim Mattis and Steve Bannon.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks with law professor and MSNBC contributor Joyce Vance about Trump’s bloodlust, Turkey, building nonpartisan offices, that now-iconic Twitter image of Rep. Nancy Pelosi disciplining Trump, Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s pushback, and rebuilding after 2020.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks with activist lan Madrigal, known for their “cause play” work as the Monopoly Man, about the most potent times to be an activist, reckoning with the feelings that come up in our repressive politics, acknowledging trauma and being honest with your family, and the myths versus the realities of revolution.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
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Alex Mercedes

great show!

Dec 7th
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Alex Mercedes

that was fun. maybe do the next one with both of you in the same room?

Dec 4th
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Stanley Roy

exactly the dint want to understand the reality of the situation

Dec 2nd
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Jasmin Leblanc

Does Trumpcast ever talk about reality instead of fantasy ? i listen weekly and it always seems to be easily debunkable subjects .... Virginia has a massive case of TDS .... hate to let you know that 2020 is already in the bag for President Trump .

Nov 29th
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Linda Sutton

Depressing...

Nov 10th
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Erin Taylor-Czerniak

please edit out the interjections! this is unlistenable.

Nov 1st
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Denita S.

This guy who reads djt tweets and now letters is great.

Oct 28th
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Alex Mercedes

Ian Madrigal is brilliant. please add them to the list of Guests Whose Chemistry Combines with Virginia's in an Exceptionally Entertaining Way. great show!

Oct 23rd
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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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