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Join Cap Times political reporter Jessie Opoien as she catches up with power players in Wisconsin politics about everything from their favorite beers to their policy ideals.

Wedge Issues The Capital Times

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Join Cap Times political reporter Jessie Opoien as she catches up with power players in Wisconsin politics about everything from their favorite beers to their policy ideals.

    Virtual Cap Times Talk: What do Wisconsin’s election results mean?

    Virtual Cap Times Talk: What do Wisconsin’s election results mean?

    Wisconsin's Spring Election was three weeks ago, but the debates about its lessons are still raging — here and throughout the country. What does it mean for the November election? Washington Post political reporter David Weigel and UW-Madison political science professor and pollster Barry Burden joined Jessie live, via Zoom, for a virtual chat.

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    • 59 min
    Stacey Abrams on voting rights, Wisconsin and the vice presidency

    Stacey Abrams on voting rights, Wisconsin and the vice presidency

    Stacey Abrams says she’s not campaigning to be Joe Biden’s vice president — but, if you ask her if she’d take the job, she won’t shy away from sharing her qualifications. 

    The former Georgia House Minority Leader and and 2018 gubernatorial candidate joins host Jessie Opoien this week, along with Cap Times politics reporter Briana Reilly, to discuss her voting rights group, Fair Fight, and what she thinks the rest of the country can learn from Wisconsin’s spring election. Abrams also discussed her Madison roots and, of course, the presidential election.

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    • 32 min
    Holy balls! It's Wausau Mayor-elect Katie Rosenberg.

    Holy balls! It's Wausau Mayor-elect Katie Rosenberg.

    April 7 was a big night for Katie Rosenberg. Not only was she elected mayor of Wausau, she also went viral on Twitter with her response to the news: "HOLY BALLS." At 36, Rosenberg is the second woman and the youngest woman ever to serve as mayor of the town where she grew up. Rosenberg joined Wedge Issues host and Cap Times opinion editor Jessie Opoien to discuss her campaign, her plans for the city, what she loves about Wausau and, of course, the tweet.

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    • 36 min
    Sarah Kendzior on 'Hiding in Plain Sight'

    Sarah Kendzior on 'Hiding in Plain Sight'

    Sarah Kendzior doesn’t hold back in her assessment of the Trump administration: "We do not have a government; we have a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government."

    In her new book, "Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America," she details Trump’s rise to power dating back to the 1980s. She was supposed to come to Madison to promote her book this month, but no one’s doing much traveling these days — so we chatted about the book with each other from our own homes. 

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    • 35 min
    Bonus Episode: Staying fit and positive while social distancing

    Bonus Episode: Staying fit and positive while social distancing

    In this bonus episode, we forget about politics for a bit and talk to Lisa Feran, a personal trainer and small business owner who has gotten creative, using Facebook to connect with her clients, about how to stay healthy and positive while social distancing.

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    • 17 min
    How is Wisconsin responding to the coronavirus outbreak?

    How is Wisconsin responding to the coronavirus outbreak?

    Cap Times state government reporter Briana Reilly and opinion editor Jessie Opoien have been keeping an eye on the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak. They talk this week (from separate locations) about what's known so far, and what they're watching for in the days to come.

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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Todd at UW ,

Essential listening for Wisconsin politics

Wedge Issues is one of the most informative sources for Wisconsin politics you can find. It was particularly invaluable to me during last year’s gubernatorial race, when Jessie interviewed all of the candidates and got them on record about important issues.

BadgerDQ ,

Informative and enjoyable

Jessie's genuine interest in the state politics comes through in this podcast, as it does her writing and reporting.

rander427 ,

Great way to catch up on state politics

Only been through 2 episodes but this has been a great way to catch up on state politics. Keep it coming!

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