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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 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.
EPISODE 154
September 4, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 30, 2019. Under intens

Listen: After new round of shootings, will anything change?

They prompted renewed calls for Washington – and St. Paul – to act. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Adam Carter and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 140
March 6, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke to attendees of a Minneapolis immigration round table discussion in January.

Listen: Omar controversy continues

The Fifth District Democrat may be implicitly rebuked by her congressional colleagues. 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 129
December 13, 2018
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Listen: Oval Office spat suggests tough governing times ahead

A televised dispute between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders shows how political dynamics are shifting in Washington. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 128
December 5, 2018
In an undated photo from his presidential library, President George H.W. Bush. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43r

Listen: Mourning a man, and an era

Former President George H. W. Bush's passing evokes calls to improve the political environment. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 127
November 29, 2018
FILE - In this May 23, 2018, file photo, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a h

Listen: Mueller investigation targets Manafort

The ongoing probe of the 2016 campaign comes back into focus. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 83
October 17, 2017
A voter displays a "I voted" sticker in a polling station at the Chinese Community Church in Washington, April 3, 2012. Voters are headed to the polls

Listen: How and why we make Editorial Board endorsements

Endorsements will begin next week for key races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis on that and other political topics from WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's Scott Gillespie and John Rash.
EPISODE 71
July 19, 2017
Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, was fatally shot by police in a south Minneapolis alley Saturday night.

Listen: The global, local impact of the Justine Damond case

The shooting of the Minneapolis woman brings police-community relations to the forefront. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 70
July 12, 2017
FILE -- President-elect Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in New York, Jan. 11, 2017. Two weeks after Trump clinched the Republ

Listen: Collusion question clouds White House policy priorities

Donald Trump, Jr.'s email exchange has dominated the news narrative in Washington and beyond. Hear the "Playing Politics" podcast analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.
EPISODE 69
July 7, 2017
President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, wave after arriving Thursday for the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Listen: Trump turns to international issues

The president travels to the G-20 Summit and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after his speech in Poland. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 68
June 30, 2017
Spc. Carter Johns of the Minnesota National Guard took part in the Saber Strike 17 training exercise in Lithuania. Participants noticed similarities i

Listen: Minnesota National Guard members train in Lithuania

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green interviews John Rash about his trip to Lithuania to cover the Minnesota National Guard taking part in a multinational military exercise called Saber Strike 17.
EPISODE 67
June 15, 2017
FBI Evidence Response Team members document the scene at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park following a shooting in Alexandria, Va., June 14, 2017. The shoot

Listen: A nation reflects on a tragic shooting

A deplorable act of violence, this time targeted at a congressional baseball team. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and D.J. Tice.
EPISODE 66
June 7, 2017
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, left, and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats to testify before the Se

Listen: Capitol Hill hearings amplify Russia issue

Senators questioned top Trump officials as Washington braced for former FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Thursday. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 65
May 31, 2017
Gov. Mark Dayton at his news conference early Tuesday evening.

Listen: Legislative loggerheads

The special session in St. Paul still didn't solve the impasse between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-led Legislature. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's Jordana Green and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Patricia Lopez.
EPISODE 64
May 24, 2017
Some lawmakers huddled under blankets at 6:33 a.m. as the special session 7:00 a.m. adjournment time came closer.

Listen: Legislative session goes up to – and over – the last minute

Despite a budget surplus and a special session, lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on key budget bills. Hear the "Playing Politics" analysis from WCCO Radio's John Williams and the Star Tribune Editorial Board's John Rash and Lori Sturdevant.