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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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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.

    These Rhetorical Devices Help Trump Maintain Power

    These Rhetorical Devices Help Trump Maintain Power

    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.
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    • 47 min
    What Does The Presidency Even Mean After Trump

    What Does The Presidency Even Mean After Trump

    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.
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    A Hinky Feeling From The Trump GOP

    A Hinky Feeling From The Trump GOP

    Virginia Heffernan talks to longtime GOP strategist Rick Wilson about evangelical political issues, media pundits, and stirring the ire of Rush Limbaugh.
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    • 50 min
    Why People Fall For Trump’s Political Cult

    Why People Fall For Trump’s Political Cult

    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.
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    • 52 min
    The Depth of the Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

    The Depth of the Pentagon’s Legal Concerns

    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.
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    • 54 min
    The Big Themes of Bit Trump Players

    The Big Themes of Bit Trump Players

    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.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

Nolsi ,

One of the Best

For those of us who are truly horrified at what the Trump presidency is doing to American values, this is the podcast to vent with. Brilliantly, irreverently, funny but so accurate, in my opinion. Great guests, too.

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So so good.

I live in Australia and blessed with ( until now) freedom from the craziness in the US and brexit. The warnings signs. The self care we need.

Page88 has calmed my soul

So love the monologues

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Is Trump a Disease?

This is the best and most important Trumpcast episode of all the hundreds I’ve listened to. Thank you. Challenging, insightful, truth-telling.

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