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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.

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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.

    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.

    Waiting And Podcasting

    Waiting And Podcasting

    If you're reading this, it means that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has yet to issue a decision in a case brought by Republican lawmakers looking to strike down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration's COVID-19 stay-at-home order. The court heard arguments in the case earlier this week, and since then it's been a waiting game, leaving reporters and residents wondering what the conservative-dominated panel will decide, and what it will mean for how the state handles its response to the coronavirus going forward.

    Only In Dreams (About Wisconsin's Stay-At-Home Order)

    Only In Dreams (About Wisconsin's Stay-At-Home Order)

    This week, the fight between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration and GOP lawmakers over the state's COVID-19 stay-at-home rules was on full display in front of the courts, with Evers' side arguing it has the authority to make such orders and Republicans saying they need to be involved in the process. And the court agreed to hear the case. Meanwhile, groups representing state businesses — including bars and restaurants — continued to push their argument for reopening sooner than the governor has called for.

    Open Or Close

    Open Or Close

    It seems like we say it pretty much every week at this point, but this week the news in Wisconsin state government seemed really big and serious. Not only did Republican lawmakers file a lawsuit fundamentally challenging the way the governor's administration is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, there was also a sizable and intense rally at the state Capitol with protestors expressing anger at the state's response to the virus. And not to mention the outbreak continues to grow. At least this episode comes with some groovy tunes!

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

ANYNYNYNY59 ,

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.

Mr. Poultry ,

rectifies the humours!

what’s with the ‘humor has no place in this podcast’? blimey! somebody spill sour milk on your Cheerios? i get all the State news i can stand from three sharp people who really like each other. keep those bad jokes and giggles coming!

Beyond up ,

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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