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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.

    Dave Eggers and the Red Hats

    Dave Eggers and the Red Hats

    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.
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    • 10 min
    A New Election Forecasting Model for 2020

    A New Election Forecasting Model for 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.
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    • 40 min
    Joe Walsh's Mission is to Stop Trump

    Joe Walsh's Mission is to Stop Trump

    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.
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    • 41 min
    Elitists Versus Trump and the Populists

    Elitists Versus Trump and the Populists

    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.
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    • 42 min
    Trump’s Contributions to the Fixer Economy

    Trump’s Contributions to the Fixer Economy

    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.
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    • 51 min
    Losing the Fear of Evangelical Hell

    Losing the Fear of Evangelical Hell

    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.
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    • 47 min

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