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When Political Economy Mugged Us

And left us Kimberly Guilfoyle’s weird glamour shots.

Episode Notes

Virginia Heffernan talks to prolific author Kurt Andersen about Evil Geniuses, his latest New York Times bestseller; liberalism in the ’70s through the aughts; economics and Reagan; and that creepy photo of Kimberly Guilfoyle and Gavin Newsom in a 2004 Harper’s Bazaar.

Podcast production by Melissa Kaplan. Engineering help from Richard Stanislaw.

Further reading:
• ”When Kimberly Guilfoyle and Gavin Newsom Were a Power Couple in the Liberal Elite,” by Heather Schwedel, Slate, Aug. 26
• ”Yesterday’s Crimes: Dog Mauling in the Eye of a Media Storm,” by Bob Calhoun, SF Weekly, May 22, 2017—looking back on the 2001 dog mauling case that made Guilfoyle a media star.

About the Show

A 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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