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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, León Krauze, and Yascha Mounk 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 Buzzfeed senior investigative reporter Jason Leopold -- who with partner Anthony Cormier has broken several Trump stories -- about FOIAs, cultivating specific sources, media mistrust, insights into a checkered past, and of course, those Buzzfeed stories.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Yascha Mounk talks to the Berggruen Institute’s Nicholas Berggruen and Nathan Gardels, co-authors of “Renovating Democracy: Governing in the Age of Globalization and Digital Capitalism,” about how money influences government, Trump’s impact on democracy and capitalism, populism, owning robots, and ideas for what can be done.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
León Krauze talks to Slate political writer about the Democrats’ struggle with Joe Biden, his double-digit lead in the polls, and why they hate him despite this significant advantage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to David Weissman, once a hardcore self-described Trump troll, about his story -- how he first came into conservative writing and became involved in “Trump train” social media and group DMs, his interventions with media figures like Sarah Silverman, changing his viewpoints, and strategies to make yourself safe from Internet trolls.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Max Boot, columnist for the Washington Post and author of “Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left The Right,” about his journey since Donald Trump took office.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan dissects this week’s New York Times news on Trump’s tax losses with Richard Rubin, who writes about tax policy for the Wall Street Journal. Also discussed: Trump’s different mindset on taxes, his sources of income, and the cognitive dissonance between wealth and debt.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev about why Russians taking over the White House is a far-fetched idea, Putin’s main selling points, the American right-wing influence on Russian politics, fake Cyrillic, kettle logic, Russian penpals, and leaving Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Virginia Heffernan talks to Elliot Williams, former deputy assistant attorney general and current principal at public affairs firm the Raben Group, about the Mueller Report, Barr, Rosenstein, obstructions of justice, and several meaningful pop culture references to Game of Thrones and beyond.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Yascha Mounk talks to Nancy Rosenblum and Russ Muirhead, co-authors of “A Lot Of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy,” about how and why conspiracies form, what makes a “theory,” and what conspiracies give to people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Yascha Mounk talks to political activist and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov about their responses to the Mueller report, Trumpism, what the Democratic Party gets hung up on, Russia, and learning from Kasparov’s efforts to oppose Vladimir Putin.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Alex Mercedes

excellent! this is why I am such a fan of Trumpcast. going in-depth with the in-depth guys! this is what keeping it real looks like. thank you!!

May 26th
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Alex Mercedes

Amber Cafve ?

May 26th
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Amber Cafve

Alex Mercedes naic

May 26th
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Andrew Potts

Hope indeed. I just wish I could have made out what he was saying a bit more. His words were almost unintelligible for me.

May 20th
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Alex Mercedes

excellent!!! wow! there is hope!

May 20th
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jack mchogoff

Alex Mercedes after watching the Democrat clown car I see no one other Donald Trump to vote for 2020.

May 20th
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Alex Mercedes

jack mchogoff your confidence in predicting the future is impressive. I don't possess that skill. all I can say is "we'll see" and "who knows?"

May 20th
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Tenman X

The problem is Kasparov is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He blames Democrats for putting forward unattractive candidate who are unattractive because they are centrist, yet he dismisses the "far left" as polarising and conflates them with the far right. He wants change, but only if everything remains the same. He wants to solve the problem with the same world view that created it - a true reactionary. He brings nothing new to the discourse that you won't hear from any establishment Democrat.

Apr 23rd
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jack mchogoff

Tenman X Trump 2020. this one is going to be even easier than beating hillbilly, the libturds have no one to run :-)

Apr 23rd
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jack mchogoff

Tenman X all I heard was, "liberalism is a mental disorder"......

Apr 23rd
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Alex Mercedes

I like the idea of hearing a champion game player's ideas about current events in the Big Game of American politics. somehow this conversation didn't deliver the promise of the notion and I am not sure why. Kasparov speaks in large-brush pronouncements but when pressed to provide specific details, he doesn't offer much.

Apr 23rd
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Tenman X

Alex Mercedes This is a classic case of doublethink. The political centre is unattractive, but the far left (a.k.a democratic socialist) can't win elections because they are divisive. We must not talk about policies (or proactive strategies for that matter). We just have to defeat Trumpism. This is why when pressed, he must retreat back into banal generalities. He is being intellectually dishonest... and he knows it.

Apr 23rd
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Joe Sznicer

OMG I love this podcast but I cringe every time this presenter pronounces the word American as "Ömarican" - I wish someone would take him aside and sit down with him for 5 or 10 minutes just having him repeat correctly: "American. American. American." No excuse for his continued butchering of this relatively simple speech act.

Apr 23rd
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Hayley The best

there's a theory that Kilymnik set the Trump team up. He used secured phone lines for all his calls except those made to the Trump team. The idea goes that he knew they'd be caught out, as he knew he was being surveilled, and that the unrest it would cause in the US would cause massive unrest and dysfunction. The Trump team shouldn't have been shady or foolish enough to fall for it, but that they did, inadvertently meant the Russians won more than the election.

Apr 21st
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James Ikenberry

This sucks

Apr 20th
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Alex Mercedes

excellent report on a critical and complex issue. one small correction: the poverty your guest described as "difficult for Americans to" imagine (maybe not the word he used) is difficult for many but not all Americans. some Americans are actually living in dire poverty, without running water or electricity in the home, if they have a home at all, and eating meat once a week with luck.

Apr 14th
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Melissa Hamblin Chargel

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Mar 24th
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Alex Mercedes

love how Trumpcast takes me deep into inquiries I would never have thought about pursuing. not that the discoveries are necessarily encouraging but I always come away better informed. thanks

Mar 22nd
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Alex Mercedes

do "differences of opinion" indicate a divided party? or just a sign that folks are creatively engaged in the process?

Mar 19th
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Alex Mercedes

would someone please tell your guest how to pronounce AOC's name? it will probably enhance his credibility.

Mar 19th
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Gee Whiz

big fan of Virginia Heffernan , but she's got a blind spot when it comes to Israel. she needs to work on that

Mar 17th
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Alex Mercedes

sounds good. I am still one of your loyal listeners on a fixed income with nothing left over but when my ship comes in, I'll be happy to support the superlative work you and other Slate stars do.

Mar 16th
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rich holmes

hello, when rep Omar spoke truth about aipac, Congress passes a resolution, NO resolution for African Americans. SMH, why not?

Mar 13th
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space_junk

It's not just men. It's boomer men. We should lock them out of public service and positions of authority. And keep them away from women. Because boomer guys are just gross.

Mar 7th
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Alex Mercedes

great episode! rare to actually learn something new on a podcast.

Mar 6th
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Joe Sznicer

Love Love Love Trumpcast

Mar 4th
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Alex Mercedes

Trumpcast at its best! excellent!! thanks! you are talking about what we're not talking about. keep going. "what will it take?!" is the core essential central question in so many ways.

Feb 27th
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