While Trump rants and raves and we question how we ever ended up with this man as president, we can’t be distracted away from the other pernicious appointments and happenings in the White House.  One of the most baffling, sinister, and infuriating things about the Trump administration has been the blatant nepotism, placing unqualified family members in important roles. And no two members have proved as powerful or as dangerous as his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner. In this episode of Trumpcast, Slate’s podcast devoted to all things Trump, you can take a closer look at the Kushner family and how Jared and Ivanka ended up so cozily placed in major seats of power.

“Virginia Heffernan talks to Vicky Ward, author of ‘Kushner Inc.,’ about Jared and Ivanka’s rise to power; the influence and history of family patriarch Charlie Kushner; and the Trump and Kushner worlds of real estate and crime,” the description explains. You can listen to the entire episode on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.


The Trumpcast is always excoriating, entertaining, and insightful, but there’s something morbidly fascinating about Ivanka and Jared. Understanding the powerful Kushner family and their rise to the White House gives important context to the shameless nepotism and mismanagement we’re seeing today.