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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 200
September 17
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 189
June 10
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, standing a distance from police Chief Medaria Arradondo, watched as the chief outlined how the city will enforce the new

Listen: Protests roil locally, and nationally

Response to the killing of George Floyd impacts politics in Minneapolis and the U.S. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 188
June 3
Samaya Bunbuenano, 12, held her little brother Dayton Majors, 11, in front of a large mural of George Floyd on Wednesday at Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

Listen: Ellison ups charges in George Floyd case

Minnesota's attorney general announced the move as nationwide protests continue. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 186
May 20
Tim Walz at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on December 18, 2018. ] RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ renee.jones@startribune.com

Listen: As Walz turns the dial, critics turn up the heat

A gradual adjustment of rules on restaurants and other entities by Minnesota's governor comes amid a growing debate on the pace of pandemic-rules easing. 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 185
May 13
Governor Tim Walz speaks during a news conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with MMB Commissioner Myron Frans to discuss the State of Minnesota’s budget

Listen: Walz faces most consequential call yet

Minnesota's governor weighs whether, and how much, to "turn the dial" on the state's pandemic response. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Patricia Lopez and John Rash.
EPISODE 184
May 6
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz put his mask back on at the conclusion of a news conference Tuesday.

Listen: Rising deficit, COVID-19 deaths shake state

Minnesota faces extraordinary challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. 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
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
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
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 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 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.