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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, León Krauze, and Yascha Mounk 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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4.6 stars from 5,999 ratings
As we are struggling in the Disunited Kingdom with populism and a failure of our unwritten constitution, a flawed monarchy and an unelected House of Lords as well as an overpowering executive and an atrocious media landscape owned by overseas moguls such as Murdoch a weekly dose of Virginia...Read full review »
Worldturnedupsidedown via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/19/19
How else can any US citizen make any sense of the insanity that we define as the presidency. Laughlin brings some respite from the fear mongering we are all exposed to. A breath of fresh air ( at least until the air becomes unbreathable due to presidential regulatory action). Always a diverse...Read full review »
BackBlast0999 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/19
This podcast is uneven depending on who the guests are. Mostly center-left with thoughtful considerations on current events. Just always run a background check on guests. More than once they’ve had lobbyists on as “informed experts.” It’s stuff like this that erodes honest journalism.
Renofox via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/13/19
Recent Episodes
Virginia Heffernan talks to Susan Hennessey of Lawfare blog and the Brookings Institution about why President Donald Trump’s reported pleas to Ukraine to help him rough up Joe Biden constitute an impeachable offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Published 09/20/19
Virginia Heffernan talks to Allen Salkin, co-author of “The Method to the Madness,” about Trump’s struggles to fit in with the Hollywood in crowd, developing his reality TV life, and his visit to California.This is a preview of a Slate Plus episode. To hear this episode in full, sign up here for...
Published 09/18/19
Virginia Heffernan talks to information and political analyst Molly McKew about why we’re not getting more vital information from those leaving the Trump administration, institutional erosion, the lack of honorable men, lessons from Russia, and what she’s doing at the Oslo Freedom Forum in...
Published 09/13/19
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