Slate's Trumpcast

Slate's Trumpcast

By: Slate Magazine, Panoply


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A quasi-daily podcast from Slate 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 writers Virginia Heffernan and Josh King, will be talking to journalists, 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 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 Trumpcast and ad-free versions of all your favorite Slate shows. Just go to to sign up.

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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 attention on Trump-Russia ties around the election, the carnival cast of characters that come with political scandals, and of course, collusion.

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, Rex Tillerson, the new UN ambassador and how Trump elects women to his cabinet, and more Trump-Russia.

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 women whitewashing Trump, the prospective futures of Ivanka Trump and Michael Flynn, and the best and worst case scenarios for Trump at this point.

It’s All About Mogilevich



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.

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 highly recommended!

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 indictments post-thanksgiving. 

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 perspective, the realities of what it takes to effectively manage these events, and calling out the lighter-fluid effect Trump’s words have on people and policy.This episode is brought to you by Robinhood. For a free stock like Apple, Ford or Sprint to help build your portfolio, sign up at

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 short list to leave the White House in the next few weeks, and why he still may have the support of some veterans.

Thirsting for Indictments



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 Assange, the art of hacker timing, and legal terms you might not know. This episode is brought to you by Blinkist. Go to to start your free trial today.

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 pool.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SimpliSafe, protect your home today with twenty-four seven monitoring for just fifteen dollars a month, visit Express VPN, take back your Internet privacy today. Find out how you can get 3 months free at