Playing Politics

Playing Politics

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 178: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Mixed signals on pandemic

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Pandemic response

President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a $46 billion emergency funding request to help the government fight the coronavirus and to reverse cuts pro

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Biden's big breakthrough

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Democrats debate (and shout)

Bernie Sanders, center, was a frequent target of his Democratic presidential rivals at Tuesday night's debate in Charleston, S.C.

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The Bloomberg factor

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the ?U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting, Wednesday, J

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: After New Hampshire, what's next for Democrats?

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at her election night party, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment, Iowa and the State of the Union

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.

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment questions

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment strategies emerge

In this image from video, impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Se

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment (and Iowa)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with impeachment managers Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Iran crisis cools – for now

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment strategies

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment polarization

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., during Wednesday's impeachment hearing.

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: The Sondland and the fury

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Lights, camera, impeachment

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Impeachment hearings set: What will Americans listen for?

The Capitol building in Washington, Oct. 31, 2019. The whistleblower who touched off an impeachment inquiry with his explosive complaint about Preside

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: 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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Taylor's damning testimony

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

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: 'Playing Politics' podcast: Trump talk from Minneapolis to the Mideast

President Donald Trump and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

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.