Ep. 59: Preet Bharara Takes Us Inside SDNY
The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York chats with us about his decades of experience in law enforcement and on Capitol Hill, his friend James Comey, and the Russia probe-related work the SDNY is currently doing. Preet's new book is Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts On... Listen
Ep. 58: Inside The Wild Story Of A Massage Parlor Owner Linked To Trump
Josh Marshall, David Taintor and Josh Kovensky dive into the story of Cindy Yang, a complicated figure in the Trump world. Yang owns a number of massage parlors that have been accused of links to prostitution — but she also launched a consultancy that appears to sell access to Trump... Listen
Ep. 57: Why Would You Not Want To Be A Nuclear Power?
Josh Marshall and David Taintor discuss the Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit in Vietnam, what might come out of it, what their relationship has already achieved, and their unusual letters to one another. Then: We consider the prospect of a pardon for Paul Manafort, who will soon be sentenced. Listen
Ep. 56: Is The Russia Probe Really Ending?
Josh, David Taintor, and investigative reporters Tierney Sneed and Josh Kovensky explore a report from CNN that the Russia probe will wrap up as early as next week and what will likely happen to its many loose ends. They also talk about Roger Stone and Paul Manafort’s latest legal proceedings,... Listen
Ep. 55: Where’s The Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer Feud Headed?
Tierney Sneed joins Josh and David from TPM’s Washington, D.C., bureau to discuss the path forward for Congress’ newly announced plan to avert a government shutdown and to debrief on last week’s contentious hearing with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Then, David and Josh dig into that series of allegations... Listen
Ep. 54: What’s Inside The Trump Inaugural Subpoena?
Reporter Josh Kovensky briefs us on the potential scandals surrounding the Trump inaugural committee, an organization he’s been looking into for weeks but that was subpoenaed last night. And TPM’s executive publisher, Joe Ragazzo, joins us to discuss a rough two weeks for the news media, in which thousands of... Listen
Ep. 53: The Josh Marshall Podcast Is Back To Catch You Up On A Wild Week Of News
Josh and David discuss Trump’s resplendent capitulation to Nancy Pelosi on the State of the Union and, later, on the shutdown fight. Then, investigative reporter Josh Kovensky sits in to chat about Roger Stone’s indictment and House Democrats' many questions for Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, which they’ll get to... Listen
Ep. 52: The Worst (Best) Political Screw-Ups Of 2018
Josh, David and TPM's editor for special projects and prime, John Light, run through the winners of TPM's annual Golden Duke awards, named for the scandal-plagued former member of Congress Randy "Duke" Cunningham. From Michael Cohen to Rudy Giuliani to Jacob Wohl to Scott Pruitt, we look back at the... Listen
Ep. 51: TPM’s Tierney Sneed Takes Us Inside The Dramatic Flynn Hearing
TPM investigative reporter Tierney Sneed describes the scene in the courtroom where Michael Flynn was set to be sentenced Tuesday. The judge had harsh words for the former national security advisor before coming to an agreement with Flynn's lawyers to delay Flynn's sentencing. Listen
Ep. 50: Josh And Jeet Heer Talk Canada, American Exceptionalism, Rob Ford And Donald Trump
The New Republic's Jeet Heer talks about how the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was a precursor to President Trump. As a native Canadian, he also talks about his "continental" view of politics and his thoughts on the Russia probe. Listen
Ep. 49: Do We Need To Worry About Another Civil War?
Preeminent civil war historian James McPherson, the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University, joins Josh Marshall to discuss the fraut politics of 1850s and 1860s — and where we see their echoes today. Listen
Ep. 48: Trump Tower Moscow Is The Shiny Object Trump Has Been After For Decades
Seth Hettena, author of "Trump/Russia," talks about Donald Trump's pursuit of a real estate deal in Moscow dating back decades. Now that Michael Cohen has admitted that he pursued the Moscow real estate project deep into the 2016 campaign, we revisit Seth's reporting on why Trump wanted the deal so... Listen
Ep. 47: Boom! Cohen Pleads Guilty To Lying About Trump Tower Moscow Deal
Robert Mueller's quiet period appears to be over. On Thursday he struck a deal with Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the proposed Trump Tower deal in Moscow. And Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi continues to spiral on live TV. TPM reporters Tierney Sneed and Josh... Listen
Ep. 46: Rep. Ruben Gallego on Whether It’s Time for a Change in Dem Leadership
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) joins the podcast to talk about the changing political dynamics in his home state. He also gives his take on the ongoing debate within the Democratic Party about whether Nancy Pelosi should retake the speaker's gavel. Listen
Ep. 45: Why Is Wilbur Ross Fighting For Citizenship Question On The Census?
TPM reporter Tierney Sneed has been covering a trial in NYC on a controversial question that Wilbur Ross has pushed for on the Census. If Ross prevails, the question could have the effect of dramatically shifting political power away from Democratic areas and toward Republican ones. Tierney helps us break... Listen
Ep. 44: Greg Sargent Discusses The ‘Hardball Gap’ Between Dems And GOP
Washington Post writer Greg Sargent talks about his new book, "An Uncivil War," which focuses on current threats to American democratic institutions and how the left can capture a new pro-democracy spirit and run with it. Listen
Ep. 43: Democrats Had A Big Night At The State Level Too. Here’s How It Happened
While most of the country focused on the results of the U.S. House and Senate races, Democrats also had a big night in state legislative elections. Future Now's Daniel Squadron is back on the podcast to discuss the results of state-level elections, where Democrats may gain as many as 400-plus... Listen
Ep. 42: What Surprises Does Election Night Have In Store?
On the eve of Election Day, TPM's senior political correspondent Cameron Joseph breaks down the state of the 2018 race. Josh and Cameron take us through the key races that could determine control of the House and even Senate. Listen
Ep. 41: Mueller Probe Keeps Churning In The Background
TPM reporters Tierney Sneed and Josh Kovensky catch us up on the latest developments in the Mueller probe, which has been relatively quiet as the midterm elections fast approach. Tierney also takes us inside a particularly bizarre story involving conservative grifters targeting Robert Mueller's reputation. Listen
Ep. 40: The Most Important Forgotten Part Of Democracy
Former New York state Sen. Daniel Squadron, the executive director of Future Now, a group that tries to turn state legislatures blue, explains why state races are so important. He lays out several scenarios for how state elections could go on Election Day. Listen
Ep. 39: The Final Stretch Of The 2018 Campaign
After a brief hiatus, we are back. This week we are diving into the 2018 campaign as we enter the final stretch of election season. We discuss a few key races to watch and why what’s going on in state elections is just as important to pay attention to as... Listen
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. 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