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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 179
April 1
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
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
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 176
March 4
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a primary election night rally Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Listen: Biden's big breakthrough

The former vice president advanced his chances at the top job after a strong Super Tuesday showing. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 175
February 26
Bernie Sanders, center, was a frequent target of his Democratic presidential rivals at Tuesday night's debate in Charleston, S.C.

Listen: Democrats debate (and shout)

The clash between candidates in South Carolina could be consequential for its primary — and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 174
February 19
Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the ?U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, Wednesday, J

Listen: The Bloomberg factor

The former New York mayor rises in the polls as he joins the Democratic 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 173
February 12
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at her election night party, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/

Listen: The 'Playing Politics' podcast on the New Hampshire results

The election's first primary scrambled the 2020 race. 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 172
February 5
In this image from video, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S.

Listen: Impeachment, Iowa and the State of the Union

Even by recent Washington standards, it's been an extraordinary week of news. 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 171
January 29
In this image from video, presiding officer Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts reads the first question from the majority during the impe

Listen: Impeachment questions

The U.S. Senate begins the question phase of the impeachment trial, while the big question of witnesses looms. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 170
January 22
In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Se

Listen: Impeachment strategies emerge

A sharp partisan divide marked the opening of the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. 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 169
January 16
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with impeachment managers Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

Listen: Impeachment (and Iowa)

Democrats debate as the Republican-led Senate takes up articles of impeachment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 168
January 8
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 167
December 18, 2019
Day breaks at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 2019. The House of Representatives convened on Wednesday to debate whether to i

Listen: Impeachment

The House's historic vote on impeachment will have a decidedly different reception in the Senate. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 166
December 12, 2019
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined from left by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Financial Services C

Listen: Impeachment strategies

Republicans and Democrats plan their next steps on impeachment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
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.
EPISODE 161
October 30, 2019

Listen: Attacks on impeachment process — and witnesses

Some supporters of President Donald Trump attempt to delegitimize diplomats and military officers. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 160
October 24, 2019
Ambassador William Taylor, is escorted by U.S. Capitol Police as he arrives to testify before House committees as part of the Democrats' impeachment i

Listen: Taylor's damning testimony

The U.S. envoy to Ukraine's account may accelerate the impeachment inquiry. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 159
October 9, 2019
President Donald Trump and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

Listen: Trump talk from Minneapolis to the Mideast

The president's dispute with Mayor Jacob Frey, his Syrian policy, and the U.S. House impeachment inquiry are at the center of controversy. 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 158
October 2, 2019
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine speaks while meeting with President Donald Trump at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York, Sept.

Listen: Impeachment issue intensifies

President Donald Trump lashes out at the U.S. House impeachment inquiry. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 157
September 25, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Pelosi announced that the House would begin a forma

Listen: Impeachment turmoil

The U.S. House Ukraine inquiry shakes up Washington and the nation. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 156
September 18, 2019
Listen: Trump focuses on the Mideast — and Rep. Omar

Listen: Trump focuses on the Mideast — and Rep. Omar

The president again targeted Fifth District U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar while contending with an international crisis. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast with WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 155
September 11, 2019
National security adviser John Bolton is interviewed, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Listen: Dissent disinvited

What the firing of John Bolton and "Sharpiegate" reveal about the White House. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.