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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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    • 4.5, 5.2K Ratings

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.

    Following Kushner’s Receipts to Democide

    Following Kushner’s Receipts to Democide

    Virginia Heffernan talks to Katherine Eban, contributing editor for Vanity Fair and author of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom, about her recent piece on Jared Kushner’s botched COVID-19 response, and what happened when she followed a suspicious trail of his receipts.
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    • 43 min
    Black Uncles, White Uncles

    Black Uncles, White Uncles

    Virginia Heffernan talks to law professor Ekow Yankah about the different secrets in white and Black families, the archetypal uncles surfacing the disturbing truths about white supremacy from either side of it, Herman Cain, having opinions on scientific facts and living in a state of conspiracy-mindedness.
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    • 15 min
    Our Interview with Mary Trump

    Our Interview with Mary Trump

    Virginia Heffernan talks to Mary L. Trump, niece of Donald Trump and author of "Too Much and Never Enough," going further into family stories from the book and insights into the Trump family; Donald Trump's enablers and inability to laugh; his weird sexuality; and iceberg lettuce.
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    • 29 min
    The Collaborators and the Dissidents

    The Collaborators and the Dissidents

    Virginia Heffernan talks to Anne Applebaum, staff writer for the Atlantic and author of The Twilight of Democracy, about how collaborators and dissidents emerge during a regime like Trump’s — or East Germany’s, how anti-communists like herself moved away from the Republican party, and Laura Ingraham.
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    • 53 min
    Kremlin Bounties and Cancel Culture

    Kremlin Bounties and Cancel Culture

    Virginia Heffernan talks to writer Molly McKew, who covers Russian influence and info warfare, about the story of a Russian military intelligence unit offering Taliban-connected militants cash bounties to kill American service members in Afghanistan; denial of the story by the Trump administration; the concept of being at war Russia; and cancel culture. 
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    • 46 min
    The Search for Melania's Intelligence

    The Search for Melania's Intelligence

    In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to Mary Jordan, Pulitzer Prize-winning national correspondent for the Washington Post and author of The Art of Her Deal, about Melania Trump—getting to the mystery of who she was before she met Donald Trump, her education, the way she manufactures her image, where she fails as a FLOTUS, and the supportive role she plays in propping up her husband.
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

Meg CT ,

Best Interview with Mary Trump

This was an excellent, heartfelt interview. Virginia succeeds in connecting with Mary and putting her at ease. Intelligent and interesting questions. I have read Mary Trump’s book yet enjoyed gaining new insights into Mary’s father as well as her uncle and grandfather. Definitely worth listening to as Mary brings us a human perspective on this empty and destructive family.

Sammydog15 ,

Must Listen Podcast

The host is witty, smart, funny, and always inquisitive. It has an unfortunate title but alas after November I hope she breaks out a new podcast that focuses on current events. But whatever she does I will be listening.

Progressive 321 ,

Progressive

No truth just lies you can hear the hate in her voice pretty sad

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