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May 29, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to MSNBC and theGrio contributor Dr. Jason Johnson about Christian Cooper, George Floyd, who in society is allowed to scold in public, COVID’s impact on black lives, why the protests are rebellions and not riots, and deeper implications behind names like "Karen" and "Becky." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to MSNBC and theGrio contributor Dr. Jason Johnson about Christian Cooper, George Floyd, who in society is allowed to scold in public, COVID’s impact on black lives, why the protests are rebellions and not riots, and deeper implications behind names like "Karen" and "Becky." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to analyst and Fordham professor Dr. Christina Greer about white supremacy, the case for Stacey Abrams as Joe Biden’s running mate, whether black voters care less about policy than representation on the presidential ticket, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to writer Scott Sayare about Didier Raoult, the man behind Trump’s favorite unproven treatment for COVID-19, exploring his successes as a French microbiologist, his big personality, and how we got to this point where hydroxychloroquine made headlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to access every Trumpcast episode and support the show. (edited)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 8, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Rolling Stone D.C. Bureau Chief Andy Kroll about the specifics around Jared Kushner’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, the role of Oscar Health, the group of Bush-era doctors and epidemiologists calling themselves “Red Dawn,” and the collective amnesia in Washington, D.C. that prevents us from tackling sizable problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 30, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem about what it really means—and what it takes— to safely re-open the country and heal from the coronavirus pandemic, the Waffle House Index, and how this crisis may affect our values. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 24, 2020
How did Mitch McConnell become Trump’s enabler-in-chief? Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker, about McConnell’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, his connections to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Rusal’s Kentucky investment, the business endeavors of wife Elaine Chao, and his feelings about the nickname Moscow Mitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 17, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Mike Pesca, host of Slate podcast The Gist, about all things coronavirus, the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and what it might take to approach something that looks like normal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 14, 2020
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist covering pandemics, about the typical multi-tiered responses of politicians to viruses, epidemics and the climate crisis, covering Ebola, and how religion still ties into the way some epidemics are managed. To hear the full episode now, sign up for Slate Plus. Go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 9, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Mother Jones reporter Ari Berman about the 2020 presidential primary vote in Wisconsin, disenfranchised voters and a glance back at Jim Crow laws, why there’s ever any argument against mail-in votes, risks of the coronavirus negatively impacting the process of voting in the presidential election, and ways this could impact the process for the better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 8, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to New York Times op-ed writer Jennifer Senior about her latest piece exploring the effect of Trump’s narcissism on the coronavirus crisis, a profile of narcissists’ weaknesses, and the strategy of using “yes, and” on the president in order to sneak actual facts in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 3, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Tablet Magazine writer Carly Pildis about the tools some have used to cope while stuck in abusive situations at home during the coronavirus pandemic—also acknowledging a known abuser in the White House. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 1, 2020
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi about how Drs. Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci are using hostage-negotiating tactics to buy time and help all of us survive during the coronavirus crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 27, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to history professor and disaster expert Dr. Scott Knowles about how care is rationed in U.S. society, how the elite respond to panic, meditations on Albert Camus’s The Plague and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 24, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Elie Mystal of The Nation about continuing to commit to political issues even in the wake of biological troubles, freeing prisoners and caged children during the health crisis, patriarchy problems, the upcoming presidential election, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 20, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post reporter Sarah Ellison about Fox News’ evolving thinking on the coronavirus crisis, some of the more dangerous pundit downplays of the virus, their view that Trump is doing well handling it, and the need to bring back local news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 18, 2020
In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to psychology professor Dan McAdams about how Trump builds his internal narrative identity, and McAdams’ book The Strange Case of Donald J. Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 11, 2020
Virginia Heffernan welcomes David Enrich, a reporter for the New York Times and author of the book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction. Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to get access to every Trumpcast episode and support the show. Podcast production by Phil Surkis and Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Merritt Jacob. Follow @realTrumpcast on Twitter / https://www.twitter.com/realTrumpcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 6, 2020
Virginia Heffernan welcomes back author and leading cult expert, Steven Hassan, to talk about his latest book, The Cult of Trump, and about his own experience being lured into and then recovering from a cult.  Only Slate Plus members get to listen to every Trumpcast episode in full. Sign up now to get access to every Trumpcast episode and support the show. Follow @realTrumpcast on Twitter. Podcast production by Phil Surkis and Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 4, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Greg Dworkin, a Daily Kos contributing editor and the Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. They discuss pandemic preparedness, where to find facts, and how the eerily similar the Coronavirus and the Democratic primary election are reported.  Slate Plus members can listen ad-free! Sign up now! Follow @realTrumpcast on Twitter Podcast production by Phil Surkis and Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 28, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Natasha Bertrand, national security correspondent at Politico, about Trump’s move to temporarily hire loyalist Richard Grenell—who has no intelligence experience—as the top U.S. intelligence official, replacing acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 26, 2020
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mormon writer and activist Sharlee Mullins Glenn about the use of fear to manipulate politics, mistaken conflations of Mormons and Evangelicals when talking about conservative Christians, wedge issues that put Republicans in a hard position, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 22, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Windsor Mann (USA Today, The Week) about his penchant for epigrams, Neo-conservatism, more on the relationship between Republicans and Russia, Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 20, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Bill Kristol about Trump's impact on liberal democracy, the unexamined reward structure of becoming a Trumpist, American conservatism in decades past versus today and conservatives' relationship to Russia, isolationist language creeping into politics, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 14, 2020
In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to renowned author Dave Eggers about his new book, The Captain and The Glory, connecting with people at Trump rallies and the arch of Trump’s stump speeches, challenges to the “Trump followers are in a cult” theory, and whether Trumpites' minds can be changed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 12, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to political analyst Rachel Bitecofer about her new electoral theory sweeping the forecasting world, the outlook for 2020, swing voters, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 8, 2020
On the day he dropped his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee, Virginia Heffernan talks to former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh about facing Trumpites, the pressure to please conservative advertisers, when the Tea Party became populist, his now-infamous "grabbing my musket" tweet, and his pledge to support the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 7, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Joel Stein, author of the book In Defense of Elitism, about the different kinds of elites and the people who both love and hate them, connections between crafting and populism, and how to avoid taking the low road in politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 5, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Michael Rothfeld, New York Times reporter and co-author of The Fixers, about the special cadre of supporters and enablers that allowed Trump to rise to power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 31, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to ex-evangelical writer Chrissy Stroop, co-editor of “Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church,” about being raised in—and leaving—a fundamentalist discipline, what she learned in her religious school, Christian apologetics, where fundamentalism and authoritarianism intersect, and how she lost her visceral fear of Hell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 29, 2020
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to writer Karen Schwartz about her recent piece in NBC News about Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz, then dives deeper into Dershowitz’s former clients and the overall creepiness factor of it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 25, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, professor of rhetoric and author of Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump, breaking down how he uses language to control his audience, philosophical explorations of Hobbes and Descartes, the unexamined rhetorical life of Hillary Clinton, and rhetorical devices to watch in the 2020 presidential campaigns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 22, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey and Ben Wittes of Lawfare about their new book, Unmaking the Presidency, which explores Trump’s impact on the presidency and asks how his successor might be able to revive the role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 20, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to longtime GOP strategist Rick Wilson about evangelical political issues, media pundits, and stirring the ire of Rush Limbaugh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 9, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump, about why we fall for cults, Trump’s brainwashing, and stories of his own deprogramming from a political cult in the 1970s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 8, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Kate Brannen, editorial director of Just Security, about her story uncovering the unredacted version of emails, mostly between Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Elaine McCusker, the acting Pentagon comptroller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 5, 2020
Virginia Heffernan talks to Daily Beast White House reporter Asawin Suebsaeng about Jenna Ellis, Vanilla Ice, and reporting in the age of distraction and misinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 31, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Olivia Nuzzi of New York magazine about her coverage of Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, and reporting on presidential candidates and New York characters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 27, 2019
Virginia Heffernan catches up with John Di Domenico, the peerless voice behind our Trump tweets, and goes deep into his experiences working different gigs as a full-time professional Trump impersonator and what he does when engaging with Trump’s fans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 25, 2019
Kick back and lighten your political load with never-before heard interpretations of Trump’s most infamous missives by John Di Domenico, and a new sketch from Kate James and Ben Rameaka of the Trumpcast Impeachers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 21, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to renowned historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat about seeing Trump through an authoritarian lens, a deeper look at mafia culture, and how Trumpism will one day fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 18, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Eric Columbus, lawyer and Obama-appointed former member of the Senate Judiciary Counsel, about impeachment, Trump voters, Mike Pence, Bill Barr, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 12, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Third Way’s Mieke Eoyang about the House Judiciary mark-up conversation on impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 11, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to writer David J. Roth about his latest post on impeachment in New York Intelligencer and connections between the Hallmark Channel and Trumpland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
December 6, 2019
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
December 4, 2019
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
December 1, 2019
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
November 27, 2019
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
November 22, 2019
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
November 14, 2019
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
November 14, 2019
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
November 8, 2019
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
November 5, 2019
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
November 1, 2019
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
October 31, 2019
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
October 25, 2019
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
October 23, 2019
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
October 18, 2019
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
October 11, 2019
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
October 9, 2019
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
October 4, 2019
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
October 1, 2019
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
September 29, 2019
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
September 25, 2019
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
September 20, 2019
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
September 18, 2019
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
September 13, 2019
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
September 11, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to the New Yorker’s Susan Glasser about dropping in on Jim Mattis’ book tour, the worldviews of figures like Mattis and Rod Rosenstein, and not taking the reality stars of the Trump administration seriously. Finally, what Trump did in August.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 6, 2019
Anthony Scaramucci, the infamous 11-day communications director for President Donald Trump in 2017, talks to Virginia Heffernan about his conversion from Trumpism; his politics and his relationship to power; growing up working class; his wife, Diedre; fact-checking the Trump throwing a “dead-spiral through a tire” story; and the real story behind missing the birth of his son. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 6, 2019
Anthony Scaramucci, the infamous 11-day communications director for President Donald Trump in 2017, talks to Virginia Heffernan about his conversion from Trumpism; his politics and his relationship to power; growing up working class; his wife, Diedre; fact-checking the Trump throwing a “dead-spiral through a tire” story; and the real story behind missing the birth of his son. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
September 5, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to comedian John Fugelsang about men and problematic humor in the MeToo movement, the excuse of “political correctness,” mansplaining, Trump, atheism, and his new Off-Broadway show “Laughing Liberally.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 30, 2019
In this Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Eli Stokols, White House reporter for the LA Times–- who is fresh from reporting on Trump from the G-7 press pool–about how world leaders managed Trump now this time around, his G-7 specific “parade of lies,” and facing his usual lack of anything substantial to say. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 28, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Maya Gurantz, co-host of culture and politics podcast The Sauce, about the hacked Manafort texts, journalists’ efforts to confirm allegations, E Jean Carroll, “do me” feminism, #MeToo’s ability to free men from the Patriarchy. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 23, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Paul Waldman about how the Trump administration reconciles a fiscal policy that favors the rich with a populist message aimed at the working class. Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan and Ethan Brooks, with help from Danielle Hewitt.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 21, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Netflix recently released a documentary series based on his reporting.Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan and Ethan Brooks, with help from Danielle Hewitt.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 16, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Vanessa Grigoriadis, host of the Ivanka podcast Tabloid, about her lifestyle changes since her father came to office, life with Jared Kushner, her intelligence and bookishness, her relationship with New York high society, run-ins with Ivanka in real life, and how the rest of society relates to her.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 14, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to AC Valdez, editor of GunsAndAmerica.org and former Trumpcast producer, about the way we talk about guns in the US, how mass shootings are defined in media, strategies for de-escalating gun violence in gang situations vs. terrorism, united toxic male weirdness, and more.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 8, 2019
In an episode that originally aired as a Slate Plus exclusive on March 27, shortly after the horrendous attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, León Krauze talks to Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs and geopolitical reporter for the Washington Post, about white nationalism and white supremacy on social media, and what it might look like for President Donald Trump to handle these problems more responsibly. Also featuring fresh Aug.t 8 Trump tweets from John Di Domenico.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 7, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox, about our current bout of white terrorism, knowing versus understanding, why some groups lean on conspiracies and myths of the elite, the conservative argument of political correctness, and much more.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
August 1, 2019
In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mieke Eoyang, VP of Third Way’s National Security Program, about the realities of Dan Coats’ work while he was on the job, what could be in the future if Ratcliffe becomes Director of National Intelligence, and whether Mieke is a Mueller Report volume one or volume two person per our ongoing poll.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 31, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post columnist and constitutional law professor Harry Litman about the thickness of Trump administration lies and his experience working with Bill Barr.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 26, 2019
For a big think on former special counsel Robert Mueller's Wednesday testimony, Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Fordham Law professor Jed Shugerman.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 25, 2019
Robert Mueller's Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 24, 2019
This is the first half of the Robert Mueller's Testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 24, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas about Boris Johnson, UK voters and Brexiteers, and conservative nostalgia.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 19, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Scott Sagan, political science professor at Stanford University known for his research on nuclear weapons policy and nuclear disarmament, about the results of his recently co-authored poll gauging Americans’ desire to go to war with North Korea.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 16, 2019
Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Garrett Graff, director at the Aspen Institute and Mueller specialist, for a look-ahead of Mueller's testimony next week, his first response to the Mueller Report, and where it's particularly damning.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 13, 2019
Vicky Ward returns to Trumpcast to chat with Virginia Heffernan about Jeffrey Epstein.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 10, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Dr. Bandy Lee, psychiatrist at Yale University, for a deep, compelling new take on the long debate about Trump’s mental fitness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 3, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Kevin Kruse, professor of history at Princeton University, on battling revisions of Republican history on Twitter, racism as America’s original sin (and its other sins), the influence of Mike Pence and the religious right, and the narratives justifying their stances around the issues.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 28, 2019
Host Virginia Heffernan and special guest co-host Dahlia Lithwick of Amicus share an intimate conversation with journalist E Jean Carroll, author of "What Do We Need Men For," about details of the sexual assault she experienced from President Donald Trump, how she has responded, and as an advise columnist, what advice she would give to someone who faced her situation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 26, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to legal analyst Ross Garber about Mueller’s upcoming testimony, impeachment, and more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 25, 2019
León Krauze talks to Stephanie Leutert, Director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin, about how the migration crisis at the border is being handled, understanding the Northern Triangle, the role Mexico is playing in the crisis, and where in particular we should shift our current focus in the region.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 21, 2019
Virginia Heffernan chats with author Michael Wolf about Siege, the sequel to Fire and Fury, covering Steve Bannon, Trumpian doublethink, how Wolff gets sources to open up, and much more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 18, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to MSNBC’s Dr. Christina Greer on why Democrats are slow on impeachment, Trump and U.S. racism, the logic of reality TV, and more. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 13, 2019
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June 12, 2019
From our full day of live shows at Slate Day comes Trumpcast Live! Virginia Heffernan welcomes to the stage Kushner Inc author Vicky Ward and comedian Aparna Nancherla to talk about the Kushners, the anxiety olympics, Trump’s penchant for cheating and the casino roots of the term “collusion,” and much more. Plus incredible live improv by Kate James, Ben Rameaka, and Marla Caceres, the “Trumpcast Colluders.”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 8, 2019
Virginia Heffernan talks to Guardian reporter Carole Cadwalladr, bypassing Trump’s UK visit to talk conservatism and Facebook, Nigel Farage, Julian Assange, Brexit, and much more.Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
June 4, 2019
Yascha Mounk talks to Protect Democracy counsel and colleague Kristy Parker about the way Trump abuses power with regard to national emergencies and the border wall, specific ways he criticizes the press, and lawsuits against the president.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Comedian Steve Waltien gives his interpretation of Robert Mueller's statement this week.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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