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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.

    Bill Kristol's Long Strange Trip with Republicans

    Bill Kristol's Long Strange Trip with Republicans

    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.
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    • 57 min
    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

Customer Reviews

Locopath ,

The best pod on President Manbaby

The four-six minutes of each episode that is not commercials is usually pretty good. The best in-depth podcast on the disastrous presidency of Mango Mussolini.

nats_norw ,

Echo room

If you are wondering how conspiracy theories arise, this is one school example. The program worked professionally and one believes that this is really fact-based. then one more critical listener will eventually hear that one is only talking about what if and maybe. virtually no facts are discussed, one takes a really insignificant and everyday occurrence in the world and with a variety, what if and maybe, one makes it a giant thing. Quite the same as one sees, for example, the UFO hunters make amazing stories of pyramids and other ancient sites.

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Bra og morsom på en tragisk måte

En god kilde til nyheter om alt som er Trump. I blant skinner det gjennom at de kanskje er litt for glad i nyliberalisme. Hør episoden med Naomi Klein "The Trump Brand and the Conversation That Isn’t Happening on the Left". Episoden om Antifa er også veldig god.

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