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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.

    The Former MAGA Soldier Who Skipped the War

    The Former MAGA Soldier Who Skipped the War

    Virginia Heffernan talks to former Trump troll David Weissman about his experiences overcoming trauma as a war veteran, his relationship with white supremacist personality Baked Alaska, the right-wing calls for civil war, the different factions of MAGA, and what’s going on in the minds of the insurgents.
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    • 38 min
    The 1/6 Insurgency

    The 1/6 Insurgency

    For this emergency episode reviewing today’s violence against Congress, we reached out to historian Joanne Freeman, author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress & the Road to Civil War. Dr. Freeman and Virginia Heffernan review the history of political violence in Congress and why these events had a different implication.
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    • 28 min
    Don’t Listen to the Lizard People

    Don’t Listen to the Lizard People

    Virginia Heffernan talks to cyberwarfare expert Molly McKew, author of the Great Power newsletter, about the Russian SolarWinds attacks, digital spies, 5G, lizard people, and other conspiracy theories.
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    • 38 min
    How Kathy Griffin Survived Trump

    How Kathy Griffin Survived Trump

    In this Trumpcast Plus preview, Virginia Heffernan talks to comedian Kathy Griffin about the beheading performance art piece seen round the world, which spiraled into a nightmare scenario of harassment, the cancellation of her comedy tour, subsequent Hollywood blacklisting, and frequent check-ins with the FBI.
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    • 14 min
    Rep. Adam Schiff on the Culture of Cheating

    Rep. Adam Schiff on the Culture of Cheating

    Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to talk about how Trump champions cheating and has a sour response to empathy, and why Schiff’s colleagues are so afraid to speak out against Trump’s misdeeds and behavior.
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    • 39 min
    What Trump’s Foreign Policy Abuse Cost Us

    What Trump’s Foreign Policy Abuse Cost Us

    As his presidential term draws to a close, Virginia Heffernan does an overview of Donald Trump’s impact on U.S. foreign policy with Mieke Eoyang, senior vice president for Third Way’s National Security Program.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.4K Ratings

5.4K Ratings

thomascobb ,

Laugh, cry, repeat

I tuned into this podcast during the end of the 2020 election and love it. Virginia has the a rare combo of shrewd political analysis and insights, the offbeat sense and sensibility of a Wes Anderson heroine and the irrereverant enthusiasm of a labradoodle puppy play date. Truly a must listen in these dark and confusing days. Thank you!

candacemHill ,

No

Awful

Matkh50 ,

Waste of time

To bad I had to put one star because this show is minus 3 stars

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