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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.

    It’s Gonna Be A Rough Summer for Racial Tension

    It’s Gonna Be A Rough Summer for Racial Tension

    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."
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    • 57 min
    Klobuchar? How About Stacey Abrams?

    Klobuchar? How About Stacey Abrams?

    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.
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    • 48 min
    How Didier Raoult Became Hydroxychloroquine's Hype Man

    How Didier Raoult Became Hydroxychloroquine's Hype Man

    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.
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    • 11 min
    Kushner Mess-Ups Thrive Under D.C.’s Collective Amnesia

    Kushner Mess-Ups Thrive Under D.C.’s Collective Amnesia

    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.
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    • 48 min
    “Opening Up” is a Meaningless Term

    “Opening Up” is a Meaningless Term

    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.
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    • 34 min
    The Myriad Misdeeds of Moscow Mitch McConnell

    The Myriad Misdeeds of Moscow Mitch McConnell

    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.
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    • 41 min

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