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Did Gen. Milley Go Too Far?

A new book is raising questions about Gen. Mark Milley’s efforts to constrain an unpredictable president.


Episode Notes

Gen. Mark Milley, the nation’s top military officer, is making sure the press knows about the role he played in safeguarding democracy under President Donald Trump. How singular were his efforts? And what do they reveal about our governmental institutions?

Guest: Fred Kaplan, Slate’s War Stories correspondent and author of the book The Bomb.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.