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An Honest Trumpversation - The Political Podcast for the Rest of Us

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An Honest Trumpversation is the political podcast series for the rest of us. Follow along with host Carl Wilson as he tries to make sense of the upcoming election, understand the other side, and answer once and for all, could I really vote for Donald Trump? Leave the yelling, spin, and bias behind and take a fun, straightforward look at the candidates (including Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein), issues, big questions, and ourselves. Whether you're a Republican, Democrat, something else, or you've been avoiding all things political at all costs, this podcast is for you.

Latest Episodes

Episode 11: WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED?

Listen on iTunes The results are in and the wide myriad of thoughts and emotions sweeping over the country couldn’t be more diverse. So while my plan had been to peacefully ride off into the sunset of an overwhelming Clinton win as projected, that’s not what happened. Half the country is happy. The other half is soiling themselves and rocking back and forth in the corner. So I decided to pour myself a larger-than-normal glass of whiskey and talk through this. Let’s have An Honest Trumpversation about the election. Exit Polling Stats & Voter Breakdown (CNN)

46 min2016 NOV 9
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Episode 11: WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED?

Episode 10: DysTrumpian Future

Listen on iTunes In less than 24 hours millions of Americans will officially cast their vote, and tomorrow night we’ll finally have the answer we’ve anxiously been awaiting… “Who will be the next President of the United States?” If we believe the polls, that means about half of the country will at least be mildly relieved, and the other half? Angry, afraid, incredulous? Regardless of who you vote for, when those election results start rolling in the question on everyone’s mind will quickly turn to, “So now what?” What does life look like after the election? On this election-eve episode, we’re looking ahead to what life looks like in a post-election world. Imagine for a moment it’s Wednesday, November 9th. You wake up and feel what? Go ahead. Close your eyes. Just think about it. Now tuck that away in the back of your brain because we’re going to come back to it later. Election years are filled with emotions…hope, fear, anger, frustration, confusion…and so much of these ...

53 min2016 NOV 8
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Episode 10: DysTrumpian Future

Episode 9: Antisocial Media

Listen on iTunes Over the past few weeks I’ve made great personal sacrifices for this podcast. I’ve subjected myself to abuse, hate speech, and overwhelmingly close-minded rhetoric, all in the name of understanding. In search of the pro-Trump perspective, I went deep undercover into the dark underbelly of American culture – Twitter. I’ll tell you all about what I discovered and why it matters on this episode of An Honest Trumpversation… When I started this podcast, I said that the goal was to try and take a step back from the flood of typical election coverage, start with the basics, and objectively look at the candidates, issues, and stories to find out what’s really going on—to ask difficult questions, challenge my own assumptions, and to try to see how others, especially those who don’t share my views or beliefs see the world. To “walk a mile” in the other side’s shoes, see things through their lens, in the hopes that doing so would not only lead me to the truth, but h...

51 min2016 NOV 5
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Episode 9: Antisocial Media

Episode 8: October Surprise

Listen on iTunes With all the leaks, stories, allegations, and rumors emerging over the last month, a common phrase has come to the forefront of election talk: “October Surprise.” But what exactly is an October Surprise? What are the top stories heading into next Tuesday’s election, and what impact, if any, do these surprises have on voters? We’re answering these questions, and a few others, on this episode of An Honest Trumpversation… 85% of Americans polled recently had read, heard, or seen something about Clinton in the past day or two. 75% had read, heard, or seen something about Trump. Naturally, some of this is everyday campaign news and updates. Some is conversations with friends, family, coworkers. But a lot of it, especially right now, is something a bit more pointed. October surprises. So what is an “October surprise”? It’s a piece of news deliberately created or timed, though sometimes occurring spontaneously, to influence the outcome of an election, particularly ...

43 min2016 NOV 3
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Episode 8: October Surprise

Episode 7: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 3

Listen on iTunes Debate #3 is finally over and all that’s left to do is vote. Actually, it’s not that simple and a lot can happen over the next couple weeks, but as far off in the distance as the election seemed when we started this podcast, it’s now just two weeks away. Yes, in two weeks this will all be over…or will it? If Trump has anything to say about it, this could just be the beginning… On today’s episode, we’ll recap and react to the final debate and try to paint a clearer picture of the decision we’ll all be making in just a few short weeks, complete with a produce-inspired metaphor I’m sure you won’t get anywhere else. Last Wednesday night, nearly 72 million people tuned-in to the third and final presidential debate from Las Vegas. Early polling shows, for the most part, results consistent with the first two: Mainstream outlets are reporting that Hillary “won” the debate, and the question remains of whether or not Trump did enough to win over independent and un...

36 min2016 OCT 25
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Episode 7: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 3

Episode 6: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 2

Listen on iTunes The second Presidential debate is in the books and if you’re anything like me, or most people, you’re finding it both unbelievable and difficult to watch. Just days after the double-whammy of Trump’s leaked audio tapes and the Clinton WikiLeaks, the debate climate was set for a perfect storm of chaos, thinly-veiled jabs, and all the fact-checking you can handle. Today I’m joined by my good friend Jordan Short who’s here to hopefully help me pull some life, and maybe even some hope, from the wreckage that was Sunday night’s debate. + Live Analysis from the Wall Street Journal + NPR Fact Check & Transcript + 3 Winners & 2 Losers from the Second Presidential Debate(Vox) + Check out some of the awesome work Jordan has done.

52 min2016 OCT 14
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Episode 6: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 2

Episode 5: Who’s That Girl? (Part 1)

Listen on iTunes Leaked tapes of Trump, Clinton emails, debate #2 in the books…the election is really starting to ramp up and we’re firmly planted in the thick of it for the next 28 days. Since we’ve already talked about Donald Trump’s story, this week we’re looking at Hillary Clinton. Who is she? Where does she come from? And is she as crooked, shady, or un-trustworthy as the pro-Trump camp claims? We’re talking about all this and more on this episode of An Honest Trumpversation… Jimmy Kimmel joked recently that people were giving him a hard time because he makes so many jokes about Donald Trump but never Hillary Clinton. Why? She’s boring. And compared to Donald Trump, yes, she’s the more boring of the two candidates. In many ways the allegations and controversies surrounding Trump and Clinton are very similar. Though they find themselves facing off in the Presidential race now, their paths to getting here couldn’t be more different. A few weeks ago we looked at some of ...

36 min2016 OCT 11
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Episode 5: Who’s That Girl? (Part 1)

Episode 4: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 1

Listen on iTunes 84 million Americans tuned into the most watched presidential debate ever last Monday night. In this episode, we’re talking about who won—or lost—the debate and what, if anything, did we learn? Did Clinton emerge as the rational, reasonable choice or the condescending witch with a tainted record? Did a kinder, gentler, more even-keeled Trump win over independent voters or did a radical anti-politician continue to shake things up? Are the American people the real losers in all this? References and supplemental resources: + Politifact Debate Fact-Check + CNN Politics Debate Fact-Check + NPR Debate Transcript with Fact-Checking + The Wall Street Journal on Trump/Clinton Tax Proposals + Tax Foundation Analysis of Trump’s Tax Plan + Tax Foundation Analysis of Clinton’s Tax Plan + New York Times On Moody’s Analysis ofNominees’ Tax Plans + Forbes on Moody’s Analysis of Nominees’ Tax Plans

44 min2016 SEP 30
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Episode 4: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 1

Episode 3: Trumpmander In Chief

Listen on iTunes National Security and the important role our President plays as Commander in Chief is very much at the forefront of the political conversation. In this episode, we’ll look at last Wednesday’s Commander in Chief Forum where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discussed their plans for keeping Americans safe, combating terrorism, and why they think they’re the best person for the job. Commander In Chief Forum Transcript Fact-checking the Commander In Chief Forum Commander In Chief Forum Transcript LAUER: Good evening, everyone, from the Carrier Intrepid here in New York City. In just a couple of short months, Americans are going to vote in a critical election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are vying not only to become president of the United States, but one of them will become the leader of the most potent military force the world has ever seen. I’m standing in a place where I can actually see the site of the World Trade Center. Fifteen years ago this week, the wo...

35 min2016 SEP 13
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Episode 3: Trumpmander In Chief

Episode 2: Trumpiography

Listen on iTunes This week we take a closer look at who exactly Donald Trump is by unpacking some of his story and the ways his past is showing up in this week’s big topics… Coming to America The Young Trumpet Contradictions The Women of Trump Showing His Age Extended show notes coming soon, but for now, here are a few of the websites referenced in this episode: The Washington Post: Trump Revealed The Trump Revealed Reporting Archive Playboy Interview: Donald Trump (1990) Playboy Interview: Donald Trump (2004) More to come. Thanks for listening!

36 min2016 SEP 1
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Episode 2: Trumpiography

Latest Episodes

Episode 11: WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED?

Listen on iTunes The results are in and the wide myriad of thoughts and emotions sweeping over the country couldn’t be more diverse. So while my plan had been to peacefully ride off into the sunset of an overwhelming Clinton win as projected, that’s not what happened. Half the country is happy. The other half is soiling themselves and rocking back and forth in the corner. So I decided to pour myself a larger-than-normal glass of whiskey and talk through this. Let’s have An Honest Trumpversation about the election. Exit Polling Stats & Voter Breakdown (CNN)

46 min2016 NOV 9
Comments
Episode 11: WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED?

Episode 10: DysTrumpian Future

Listen on iTunes In less than 24 hours millions of Americans will officially cast their vote, and tomorrow night we’ll finally have the answer we’ve anxiously been awaiting… “Who will be the next President of the United States?” If we believe the polls, that means about half of the country will at least be mildly relieved, and the other half? Angry, afraid, incredulous? Regardless of who you vote for, when those election results start rolling in the question on everyone’s mind will quickly turn to, “So now what?” What does life look like after the election? On this election-eve episode, we’re looking ahead to what life looks like in a post-election world. Imagine for a moment it’s Wednesday, November 9th. You wake up and feel what? Go ahead. Close your eyes. Just think about it. Now tuck that away in the back of your brain because we’re going to come back to it later. Election years are filled with emotions…hope, fear, anger, frustration, confusion…and so much of these ...

53 min2016 NOV 8
Comments
Episode 10: DysTrumpian Future

Episode 9: Antisocial Media

Listen on iTunes Over the past few weeks I’ve made great personal sacrifices for this podcast. I’ve subjected myself to abuse, hate speech, and overwhelmingly close-minded rhetoric, all in the name of understanding. In search of the pro-Trump perspective, I went deep undercover into the dark underbelly of American culture – Twitter. I’ll tell you all about what I discovered and why it matters on this episode of An Honest Trumpversation… When I started this podcast, I said that the goal was to try and take a step back from the flood of typical election coverage, start with the basics, and objectively look at the candidates, issues, and stories to find out what’s really going on—to ask difficult questions, challenge my own assumptions, and to try to see how others, especially those who don’t share my views or beliefs see the world. To “walk a mile” in the other side’s shoes, see things through their lens, in the hopes that doing so would not only lead me to the truth, but h...

51 min2016 NOV 5
Comments
Episode 9: Antisocial Media

Episode 8: October Surprise

Listen on iTunes With all the leaks, stories, allegations, and rumors emerging over the last month, a common phrase has come to the forefront of election talk: “October Surprise.” But what exactly is an October Surprise? What are the top stories heading into next Tuesday’s election, and what impact, if any, do these surprises have on voters? We’re answering these questions, and a few others, on this episode of An Honest Trumpversation… 85% of Americans polled recently had read, heard, or seen something about Clinton in the past day or two. 75% had read, heard, or seen something about Trump. Naturally, some of this is everyday campaign news and updates. Some is conversations with friends, family, coworkers. But a lot of it, especially right now, is something a bit more pointed. October surprises. So what is an “October surprise”? It’s a piece of news deliberately created or timed, though sometimes occurring spontaneously, to influence the outcome of an election, particularly ...

43 min2016 NOV 3
Comments
Episode 8: October Surprise

Episode 7: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 3

Listen on iTunes Debate #3 is finally over and all that’s left to do is vote. Actually, it’s not that simple and a lot can happen over the next couple weeks, but as far off in the distance as the election seemed when we started this podcast, it’s now just two weeks away. Yes, in two weeks this will all be over…or will it? If Trump has anything to say about it, this could just be the beginning… On today’s episode, we’ll recap and react to the final debate and try to paint a clearer picture of the decision we’ll all be making in just a few short weeks, complete with a produce-inspired metaphor I’m sure you won’t get anywhere else. Last Wednesday night, nearly 72 million people tuned-in to the third and final presidential debate from Las Vegas. Early polling shows, for the most part, results consistent with the first two: Mainstream outlets are reporting that Hillary “won” the debate, and the question remains of whether or not Trump did enough to win over independent and un...

36 min2016 OCT 25
Comments
Episode 7: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 3

Episode 6: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 2

Listen on iTunes The second Presidential debate is in the books and if you’re anything like me, or most people, you’re finding it both unbelievable and difficult to watch. Just days after the double-whammy of Trump’s leaked audio tapes and the Clinton WikiLeaks, the debate climate was set for a perfect storm of chaos, thinly-veiled jabs, and all the fact-checking you can handle. Today I’m joined by my good friend Jordan Short who’s here to hopefully help me pull some life, and maybe even some hope, from the wreckage that was Sunday night’s debate. + Live Analysis from the Wall Street Journal + NPR Fact Check & Transcript + 3 Winners & 2 Losers from the Second Presidential Debate(Vox) + Check out some of the awesome work Jordan has done.

52 min2016 OCT 14
Comments
Episode 6: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 2

Episode 5: Who’s That Girl? (Part 1)

Listen on iTunes Leaked tapes of Trump, Clinton emails, debate #2 in the books…the election is really starting to ramp up and we’re firmly planted in the thick of it for the next 28 days. Since we’ve already talked about Donald Trump’s story, this week we’re looking at Hillary Clinton. Who is she? Where does she come from? And is she as crooked, shady, or un-trustworthy as the pro-Trump camp claims? We’re talking about all this and more on this episode of An Honest Trumpversation… Jimmy Kimmel joked recently that people were giving him a hard time because he makes so many jokes about Donald Trump but never Hillary Clinton. Why? She’s boring. And compared to Donald Trump, yes, she’s the more boring of the two candidates. In many ways the allegations and controversies surrounding Trump and Clinton are very similar. Though they find themselves facing off in the Presidential race now, their paths to getting here couldn’t be more different. A few weeks ago we looked at some of ...

36 min2016 OCT 11
Comments
Episode 5: Who’s That Girl? (Part 1)

Episode 4: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 1

Listen on iTunes 84 million Americans tuned into the most watched presidential debate ever last Monday night. In this episode, we’re talking about who won—or lost—the debate and what, if anything, did we learn? Did Clinton emerge as the rational, reasonable choice or the condescending witch with a tainted record? Did a kinder, gentler, more even-keeled Trump win over independent voters or did a radical anti-politician continue to shake things up? Are the American people the real losers in all this? References and supplemental resources: + Politifact Debate Fact-Check + CNN Politics Debate Fact-Check + NPR Debate Transcript with Fact-Checking + The Wall Street Journal on Trump/Clinton Tax Proposals + Tax Foundation Analysis of Trump’s Tax Plan + Tax Foundation Analysis of Clinton’s Tax Plan + New York Times On Moody’s Analysis ofNominees’ Tax Plans + Forbes on Moody’s Analysis of Nominees’ Tax Plans

44 min2016 SEP 30
Comments
Episode 4: Trump vs. Clinton, Round 1

Episode 3: Trumpmander In Chief

Listen on iTunes National Security and the important role our President plays as Commander in Chief is very much at the forefront of the political conversation. In this episode, we’ll look at last Wednesday’s Commander in Chief Forum where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discussed their plans for keeping Americans safe, combating terrorism, and why they think they’re the best person for the job. Commander In Chief Forum Transcript Fact-checking the Commander In Chief Forum Commander In Chief Forum Transcript LAUER: Good evening, everyone, from the Carrier Intrepid here in New York City. In just a couple of short months, Americans are going to vote in a critical election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are vying not only to become president of the United States, but one of them will become the leader of the most potent military force the world has ever seen. I’m standing in a place where I can actually see the site of the World Trade Center. Fifteen years ago this week, the wo...

35 min2016 SEP 13
Comments
Episode 3: Trumpmander In Chief

Episode 2: Trumpiography

Listen on iTunes This week we take a closer look at who exactly Donald Trump is by unpacking some of his story and the ways his past is showing up in this week’s big topics… Coming to America The Young Trumpet Contradictions The Women of Trump Showing His Age Extended show notes coming soon, but for now, here are a few of the websites referenced in this episode: The Washington Post: Trump Revealed The Trump Revealed Reporting Archive Playboy Interview: Donald Trump (1990) Playboy Interview: Donald Trump (2004) More to come. Thanks for listening!

36 min2016 SEP 1
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Episode 2: Trumpiography
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