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Ep. #38: TPM Reporters Take You Inside The Manafort Legal Saga
TPM’s own Tierney Sneed and Caitlin MacNeal have been covering Paul Manafort’s legal woes for months. On this week’s episode, they share what it was like to cover his weeks-long trial in Virginia and his guilty plea last week. They also discuss where the Mueller investigation goes from here. Listen
Ep. #37: The Most Disturbing Thing In A 50-Year Intelligence Career
Josh talks to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about his new book, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” Their conversation ranges from his early days in the military during Vietnam to the Obama presidency and President Trump’s perplexing relationship with Russia. “I’ve seen a... Listen
Ep. #36: Where The Voter Fraud Myth Comes From
Historian Rick Perlstein talks to Josh about how the 1960 presidential election helped catalyze decades of bogus voter fraud claims which we’re still hearing, constantly, today. Listen
Ep. #35: Holy Cow! We Talk to John Dean about Watergate and Trump/Russia
We talk to fabled Watergate figure John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House Counsel who was part of the cover-up and then went to the authorities. Find out why Dean trusted Nixon not to cross some lines he believe Trump will cross. Is Dean talking to Michael Cohen’s lawyer? And how... Listen
Ep. #34: Donald Trump Jr. Is More Central To The Russia Story Than People Think
Marcy Wheeler, the investigative journalist behind the blog Empty Wheel, joins the podcast to dig deeper into the infamous Trump Tower meeting. She also shares one aspect of the Trump-Russia story that people aren't necessarily following closely enough. Image Credit: Getty Images / TPM Illustration Listen
Ep. #33: Explaining Rudy’s Not Great, Bad, Totally Not Good Day
We attempt to pick up the pieces Rudy Giuliani left all over cable news this week. Did Trump's lawyer inadvertently reveal damaging information about his client, or was his revelation of yet another Trump Tower meeting part of his master plan all along? Image Credit: Getty Images / TPM Illustration Listen
Ep. #32: How The South Borrowed Its Voter Suppression Tactics From The North
Historian Gregory Downs discusses his feature article for TPM — the first in TPM’s ten-part series on voting rights and democracy. He discusses how today’s voter suppression battles date back to the post-Civil War period, how voter suppression tactics were developed not just to target freed slaves in the south... Listen
Ep. #31: Is Donald Trump A Russian Asset? It’s Not That Simple…
John Sipher, a former member of the CIA Clandestine Service, helps us figure out what in the world is going on with Trump and Putin. Sipher draws on his decades of experience in the CIA to explain that matters of intelligence and tradecraft are not always black and white. Image... Listen
Ep. #30: ‘It’s Definitely Alarming’ — Why Russian Hackers Accessing Dem Data Is A Big Deal
Campaign data guru Ken Strasma joins the podcast this week to help us understand a key part of the new Mueller indictments: that Russian hackers accessed DNC campaign analytics information in September before the 2016 election. Strasma worked on data operations for John Kerry's campaign in 2004, Barack Obama's 2008... Listen
Ep. #29: How Manafort’s Latest Legal Gambit Blew Up In His Face
TPM’s lead reporter on the Russia story, Tierney Sneed, joins us from Washington D.C. to talk through the first of Manafort’s trials, getting underway in Virginia later this month. Manafort’s sneaky attempts to push back the trial start date haven’t worked out quite the way he hoped, despite a judge... Listen
Ep. #28: How TPM Brings You The News
TPM managing editor David Kurtz joins the podcast to discuss how he came to the site and how it's grown over the years. After that, we discuss some of the big upcoming stories on TPM's radar and how we will go about covering them. But before that, we take your... Listen
Ep. #27: What Is Michael Cohen Doing? Does He Even Know?
The New Yorker's Adam Davidson joins us again to discuss the ongoing saga of Michael Cohen, including Cohen's recent sit-down with ABC. Does he understand the situation he's in? Davidson also helps break down the civil suit against the Trump Foundation. But before all that, we take your calls. If... Listen
Ep. #26: Why Midterms Matter: Here Are Just A Few Things Congress Could Investigate Under Dem Control
Today we're talking oversight — specifically, what Congress could investigate under Democratic control. From environmental issues to civil rights lawsuits, TPM's Matt Shuham helps us delve into the issues. Before that, we tackle a bizarre scene described in a recent New York Times report on investigative reporter Ali Watkins' relationship... Listen
Ep. #25: “You Guys Are Finally Going To Get That Bitch.” Was There Anti-Hillary Bias at FBI?
The big DOJ Inspector General report is notable for what it omits — evidence of anti-Hillary Clinton bias at the FBI, which appears to have influenced James Comey's actions leading up to the 2016 election. We break down some key questions the IG never addressed in his report on the... Listen
Ep. #24: Bombshell News Reveals Russia’s Attempts To Swing The Brexit Vote
Russia's election meddling wasn't restricted to the U.S. A bombshell report out of the UK over the weekend suggests that Russia also worked to swing the Brexit vote in favor of leaving the EU. We also preview two big stories to keep on your radar this week. Image Credit: TPM... Listen
Ep. #23: How Russia Honed Its ‘Information Weapons’ Even Before The 2016 Election
Retired Gen. Michael Hayden, author of the new book "Assault on Intelligence," discusses efforts Russia made to latch onto controversial narratives in the United States even before Donald Trump was running for President. Remember "Jade Helm"? Or Ebola coming across the southern border? Hayden, who served as NSA director and... Listen
Ep. #22: Did Trump Get His Trump Tower Cover Story From Putin Himself? (Pretty Likely)
We just learned that President Trump dictated his son's statement about the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, so we decided to take a look back at what else was happening around the time that the story came out in July 2017. It turns out there is a lot of evidence... Listen
Ep. #21: Making Sense Of The Entire Picture Of Trump’s Shady Real Estate Deals
New Yorker writer Adam Davidson has covered some of Donald Trump's shadiest deals. In this episode, Davidson walks through the recent global financial history that paved the way for Trump to pursue business with unsavory characters. Image Credit: TPM Illustration / Getty Images Listen
Ep. #20: The Trump-Russia Scandal Goes Global
The Middle East thread in the Trump-Russia story was substantially fleshed out this week. This thread comes with a new cast of characters — Elliot Broidy, George Nader, Erik Prince, and Israeli social media strategist Joel Zamel — and raises a new set of questions about the Trump administration’s dealings... Listen
Ep. #19: A Scandal Sandwich: The Unbelievable Saga Of The Missouri Governor’s Misdeeds
Typically one felony charge would be enough to sink a politician, but Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) has been hit with two. Then suddenly on Monday, the prosecution dismissed one of the charges against him. What's going on in the Show Me State? TPM reporter Allegra Kirkland takes us inside... Listen
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