30 episodes

Campaign spending, committee votes, backroom deals and budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. "WPR Politics" is a weekly podcast about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR reporters clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.

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Campaign spending, committee votes, backroom deals and budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. "WPR Politics" is a weekly podcast about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR reporters clue listeners into stories they may have missed and tell them what's actually interesting about stories they've already heard a thousand times.

    A Mini Pod With Laur And Jo

    A Mini Pod With Laur And Jo

    The WPRPP crew was planning to take the holiday weekend off from podcasting, but there were a couple of major election-related court decisions this week that just had to be talked about. So here's a bite-sized but no-less-full-of-info episode about some judicial happenings that could have significant impacts in November.

    A Few Things That Happened This Week

    A Few Things That Happened This Week

    We've been off for a couple of Fridays, but boy did we pick a news-filled week to come back — there was a chaotic protest at the state Capitol that left statues toppled and a state senator physically assaulted; both the president and vice president made trips to Wisconsin; Democratic officials announced that their planned presidential nominating convention this summer in Milwaukee would be significantly scaled back; and to top it all off a new Marquette University Law School poll dropped.

    Protests, Outrage, Politics, Everything

    Protests, Outrage, Politics, Everything

    Wisconsin, along with communities across the country, was gripped with protests this week following the death of George Floyd, the black man killed last month in police custody in Minneapolis. It's an enormous story that we can only begin to cover in a single podcast episode, but here's some of what we observed in our reporting this week and how events are playing out in terms of state politics.

    Showing And Telling The News

    Showing And Telling The News

    Sure we could just tell you about the week's political news — the Wisconsin Elections Commission voting to send out millions of absentee ballot applications to Wisconsin voters; lawmakers and the governor's administration pointing fingers about delays in unemployment insurance payments; or the Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissing a lawsuit about local stay-at-home orders — but where's the fun in that when we can also share some of the random, personal hobbies and items that have been bringing us joy during these strange, strange times?

    Rounding Up A Good Time

    Rounding Up A Good Time

    Often in the age of the coronavirus, the news has been so big that our podcast episodes have focused solely on those major developments. But that doesn't mean we have to abandon everything from the old world. Yes, this week it's time for a good, old-fashioned roundup episode of the WPR Politics Podcast!

    Piecing Things Together

    Piecing Things Together

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the Evers administration's "Safer at Home" restrictions this week, transforming the state's response to COVID-19 into a veritable jigsaw puzzle of local policies. And the court's decision itself was no less of a puzzle, with a pile of dissents, concurrences and footnotes. So what does it all mean. We'll talk it through with the help of some early aughts pop rock.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

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Needs more info

Please give us the details. Saying that you don’t want to get into the “weeds” or it’s “inside baseball” or we we don’t want to go “down that rabbit hole” are all excuses for not being detailed and informative. Give us all the information. That’s why we listen.

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Quirky Cast Makes For Engaging Podcast

John, Laurel, and Sean’s is my favorite of the week. I’ve left Wisconsin for Capital Hill years ago, but I still consistently tune in to catch up on all my Wisconsin news. Their bite-sized pod makes for easily digestible stories that I use to impress all my Wisconsin friends back home. I just wish they made a short-form politics news podcast like this for all state/local governments.

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