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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.

    Will Trumpism Survive Trump?

    Will Trumpism Survive Trump?

    In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude Jr. about why she thinks Trumpism will fizzle out after Trump leaves office—and why he thinks he won’t, and why it’s also dangerous to call it “Trumpism.”
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    • 13 min
    Biden, Hope, and Vaccines

    Biden, Hope, and Vaccines

    Virginia Heffernan talks to Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about public health and the second wave of the pandemic, reviewing New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID, and how Joe Biden will handle the pandemic once he’s in office.
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    • 47 min
    Should Biden Prosecute Trump?

    Should Biden Prosecute Trump?

    Virginia Heffernan talks to Jonathan Mahler, staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, about the possibilities for prosecuting Trump and the concept of “moving on” or healing from his crimes.
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    • 42 min
    What Will Become of Ivanka?

    What Will Become of Ivanka?

    Virginia Heffernan talks to Emily Jane Fox, National Correspondent at Vanity Fair and co-host of Inside the Hive, about what will happen to Ivanka after her father’s presidency ends, her art collection and tackiness, who will stay in her social circle and who will snub her, and insights from covering her over the last five years.
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    • 43 min
    How Trump Hacked the Presidency

    How Trump Hacked the Presidency

    In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School professor and co-author of After Trump, about why Donald Trump’s violation of norms come with more social or political penalties than legal ones, where his norm-crushing has potentially endangered us, and what reforms we can adopt to reduce those projected dangers.
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    • 12 min
    A Clownish Attempt at a Coup

    A Clownish Attempt at a Coup

    Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Jacob Weisberg, founder of Trumpcast and CEO of Pushkin Industries, and talks about the outrageousness of Trump’s coup attempt and why we’re still going to be OK, sorting out our feelings after election week, and a bookend to that fateful election night four years ago.
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    • 43 min

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