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Listening to the "Playing Politics" podcast from the Star Tribune and WCCO Radio is like taking a seat at the Editorial Board table and hearing an informed and opinionated weekly discussion of all things political in Minnesota and the nation. "Playing Politics" features WCCO’s Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune’s John Rash in addition to editorial writer Patricia Lopez and columnists Lori Sturdevant and D.J. Tice – award-winning journalists who bring varied perspectives to the issues of the day.

EPISODE 202
October 7, 2020
President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Truman Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, after testing posit

Listen: The COVID campaign

President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis keeps the pandemic central to the election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 201
September 23, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg clapped after listening to students sing opera Oct. 3, 2019, at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.

Listen: Court fight convulses Congress, campaign

The debate over approving a Supreme Court justice impacts the 2020 election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 200
September 17, 2020
President Donald Trump talks with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos before a town hall at National Constitution Center, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, i

Listen: Trump's night with undecided voters

The president took questions in prime time as the national election looms. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.
EPISODE 199
September 10, 2020
President Donald Trump at a news conference Aug. 31 at the White House. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump told auth

Listen: Woodward book's bombshells

How will the the revelations about the president's handling of the pandemic play out in the campaign? Listen to the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 198
August 26, 2020
President Donald Trump arrives to address the Republican National Convention, in Charlotte, N.C., Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2020. Six months after Tr

Listen: The Republican National Convention

The virtual gathering is energizing the GOP base. But can it expand it? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 197
August 19, 2020
In this combination image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich speak

Listen: The real consequences of a virtual conventions

Online-only nominating gatherings will still impact the presidential election. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.
EPISODE 196
August 12, 2020
FILE - In this March 9, 2020, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice P

Listen: The Harris effect

How will the selection of Joe Biden's running mate impact the race? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 195
August 5, 2020
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey addresses protesters at a Defund the Police march to protest the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police

Listen: Walz, Frey spar over National Guard deployment

Differing accounts reveal a fissure between the Minnesota governor and Minneapolis mayor. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 194
July 29, 2020
Attorney General William Barr listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill, Tuesda

Listen: Hearings, but is anyone listening?

The appearance of Attorney General William Barr before Congress seemed to create more heat than light. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.
EPISODE 193
July 22, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz walks after providing an update on the state's plan to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities Tuesday, J

Listen: Minnesota's mask mandate

Gov. Tim Walz's move comes after several states and multiple Minnesota cities had acted to require masks. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jason DeRusha and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 192
July 15, 2020
Children arrive for classes at Forest View Elementary where social distancing is enforced.] Kids are back to school! Sort of. In what could be a previ

Listen: Schools loom as next big decision

The pandemic's impact on K-12 education is the just the latest issue facing state and local leaders. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis from WCCO Radio's Jason DeRusha and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 191
July 8, 2020
President Donald Trump listens during a "National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools," event in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday,

Listen: Pandemic, police and politics

In Washington and St. Paul, response to the crises split along intensifying partisan lines. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.
EPISODE 190
June 17, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, right, national security adviser, attend a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the Cabinet

Listen: Bolton bombshells emerge

The highly anticipated book by the former adviser to President Donald Trump is set to soon be released. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 183
April 29, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence visits the molecular testing lab at Mayo Clinic Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Rochester, Minn., where he toured the facilities

Listen: Mike Pence, unmasked at Mayo

The vice president's visit to the Mayo Clinic stirred controversy. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's D.J. Tice and John Rash.
EPISODE 182
April 22, 2020
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz provides an update on the state's response to COVID-19 during a news conference on Monday, April 20, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. A

Listen: Pandemic protest and process

Demonstrations against stay-at-home orders come amid Gov. Tim Walz's announcement of dramatically expanded testing. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 181
April 15, 2020
A sign put up by the Brooklyn Center Police Department reminded motorists of Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order.

Listen: Growing partisan divisions on pandemic response

Republican pushback in Minnesota and throughout the country reflects a widening divide on mitigation strategy. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 180
April 8, 2020
FILE -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, during a campaign rally in Boston, Feb. 29, 2020. No legi

Listen: Bernie Sanders leaves the race — and a legacy

The Vermont senator didn't get the Democratic presidential nomination, but helped frame the debate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 179
April 1, 2020
President Donald Trump has been reluctant so far to use his bully pulpit to urge governors to issue orders that would help effectively create a nation

Listen: The press, the president, and the pandemic

How should the news media cover the COVID-19 briefings at the White House? Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 178
March 25, 2020
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference against a backdrop of medical supplies at the Jacob Javits Center that will house a tempora

Listen: Mixed signals on pandemic

Federal and state responses vary widely as governors and President Donald Trump approach COVID-19 differently. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 177
March 18, 2020
President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a $46 billion emergency funding request to help the government fight the coronavirus and to reverse cuts pro

Listen: Pandemic response

The coronavirus crisis affects governance in Washington, St. Paul and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Jill Burcum.
EPISODE 168
January 8, 2020
A supporter of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah wears the words "powerful revenge" on her hand, ahead of the leader's televised speech in a so

Listen: Iran crisis cools – for now

A relatively restrained response from Tehran signaled that escalation wasn't immediate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 165
December 4, 2019
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.

Listen: Impeachment polarization

The House Judiciary Committee heard from constitutional scholars on Wednesday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 164
November 20, 2019
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

Listen: The Sondland and the fury

Impeachment inquiry testimony from the U.S. ambassador to the European Union implicated key administration figures, including President Donald Trump. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 163
November 13, 2019
Foreign Service officer George Kent an top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor are sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on

Listen: Lights, camera, impeachment

Public testimony in the House impeachment inquiry begins. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 162
November 6, 2019
The Capitol building in Washington, Oct. 31, 2019. The whistleblower who touched off an impeachment inquiry with his explosive complaint about Preside

Listen: Impeachment hearings set: What will Americans listen for?

The public phase of the inquiry begins next week. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
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