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The Mincing Rascals from WGN Plus

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The Mincing Rascals 06.13.19: “Code Red weather,” Obama Presidential Center lawsuit thrown out, U.S. Women’s Soccer, Disco Demolition

6/13/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They begin by debating who is right in the firing of Springfield Meteorologist Joe Crain, who criticized the use of “Code Red.” Then, the Rascals go on to discuss the disposed lawsuit against the city in the case of the Obama Presidential Center. Then, the group discusses the behavior of the U.S. National Women’s Team after its win […]

Duration:00:36:06

The Mincing Rascals 06.07.19: Springfield Bishop refuses communion, 42 pounds of THC chocolate, smoking in cars with kids

6/7/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They begin by discussing Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s refusal of communion to Speaker Mike Madigan and Senator John Cullerton, in response to the state’s new abortion laws. Then, the group debates a Chicago cancer patient’s charges for ordering 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate. The Rascals move on to argue over the rationale behind the House bill to […]

Duration:00:40:47

The Mincing Rascals 05.31.19: Mayor Lightfoot makes her strength known, Springfield deadline, Special Counsel closing remarks

5/31/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are Justin Kaufmann and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They start local, by discussing the turnaround in City Council, including Mayor Lightfoot’s order for Alderman Ed Burke’s resignation. Local topics also include bill deadlines today in Springfield, which include Illinois’ response to the national debate on abortion. Then, the Rascals give their takes on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s closing statement on the...

Duration:00:29:32

A message from the Mincing Rascals 05.30.19

5/30/2019
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Elif Geris, the producer of the Mincing Rascals, shares a message on behalf of your hosts, John Williams, Patti Vasquez, Steve Bertrand, Eric Zorn, Scott Stantis and Justin Kaufmann.

Duration:00:00:25

The Mincing Rascals 05.23.19: Speaker Pelosi is concerned, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on abortion, yearbook woes

5/23/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They start by debating Speaker Pelosi’s actual concern in President Trump’s wellness and Democrats’ consideration for his impeachment. The Rascals move on to discuss Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s inauguration speech, which included mention of abortion and women’s rights. Plus, they rate the new mayor’s first executive order. And the Rascals question the...

Duration:00:41:07

The Mincing Rascals 05.16.19: Trump Tower Chicago business declines, paying for prison, scooter sharing program, antiabortion in Alabama

5/16/2019
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The Mincing Rascals is John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. They begin by addressing the Trump Organization’s rationalization for the falling business at the Trump Tower. Then, the Rascals discuss the new law in Will County to charge those incarcerated for their time in jail. Plus, with the city of Chicago planning a pilot of a scooter sharing program, the Rascals have some qualms. The Rascals move on to the […]

Duration:00:37:20

The Mincing Rascals 05.09.19: The upside-down “OK” sign, a potential constitutional crisis, marijuana legalization

5/9/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They start by discussing the significance of the hand gesture one Cubs fan gave in the middle of an NBC Sports report. Then, the Rascals go on to debate whether or not the United States is undergoing a constitutional crisis. Meanwhile, they go on to talk about our “economic sugar high” in the time of President Trump. And, […]

Duration:00:36:26

The Mincing Rascals 05.02.19: Blackface and high school kids, graduated income tax, William Barr’s testimony

5/2/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are hosted by Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn, and joining him are Steve Bertrand and Erik Runge of WGN Radio. They begin by disagreeing about the importance of age in the case of the Homewood-Flossmoor high school kids who posted a video in blackface. The Rascals go on to opine on the graduated income tax, which so far, has passed through Senate. Then, they decide whether or not the Democrats should impeach Donald Trump. That’s after Attorney General […]

Duration:00:31:01

The Mincing Rascals 04.25.19: AJ Freund and the Department of Children and Family Services, Governor Pritzker’s “Game of Thrones”, race

4/25/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. They begin by discussing the capacity at which the Department of Children and Family Services can respond to a troubled family. That’s in light of the recovery of AJ Freund’s body. Plus, the Rascals disagree on that 9-1-1 call the police released to the public. Then, the group discusses the new “Game of Thrones” investigation of Governor […]

Duration:00:38:28

The Mincing Rascals 04.19.19: Mueller Report, bat flips, Kim Foxx texts, Notre Dame debate

4/19/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio. They begin by discussing the now-released Mueller Report, and what it means to the presidency. Then, the Rascals debate home run celebrations and the bat flip in the White Sox game Wednesday. Plus, they analyze the internal text message exchanges of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office, handed over to the Chicago Tribune. Finally, the Mincing Rascals weigh in on France’s debate over whether or not Notre […]

Duration:00:34:21

The Mincing Rascals 04.11.19: Graduated income tax, Lincoln Yards, AG Barr, college admissions fraud

4/11/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand, Patti Vasquez and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio. They begin by discussing Governor Pritzker’s graduated income tax plan. Then, the Rascals give their takes on the construction of Lincoln Yards, a widely debated city expense this week. They go on to deliberate the effectiveness of Attorney General William Barr’s claim that President Trump’s campaign was spied on. Finally, the Rascals decide whether or not they think Lori Loughlin should...

Duration:00:39:43

The Mincing Rascals 04.04.19: Chicago makes history, the Mueller Report, “Orange,” Joe Biden

4/4/2019
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The Mincing Rascals is John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. They start off by reflecting on the election of Lori Lightfoot, who made history as the first female, black and gay mayor in the country. Then, the Rascals talk about the subpoenaed full Mueller Report. They go on to dissect the mental wellness of President Trump following recent verbal gaffes, and they judge Joe Biden’s newly reported […]

Duration:00:35:05

The Mincing Rascals 03.28.19: Mayor Emanuel Sounds Off on Smollett, Betsy DeVos in Hot Water, & MORE

3/28/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. This week, the crew discussed the finalization with the Jussie Smollett case after the Mayor & Police Superintendent of Chicago expressed their heated stance on the dropping of all charges. They also checked in one last time on where they stand before we get a new mayor Tuesday, they question if the blood, sweat and tears of the […]

Duration:00:36:18

The Mincing Rascals 03.21.19: Trump attacks John McCain and George Conway, eliminating the electoral college, Preckwinkle pulls TV ads

3/21/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis from the Chicago Tribune. This week, they discuss Trump’s recent round of attacks on John McCain, George Conway, and others. Plus they consider Joe Biden’s potential candidacy and Elizabeth Warren’s suggestion that we eliminate the electoral college. Locally, they look at the mayoral race and how Toni Preckwinkle’s decision to pull her TV ads will affect her chances. Eric recommends “The...

Duration:00:37:56

The Mincing Rascals 03.14.19: College admissions fraud, Sexual orientation in race for mayor, Boeing 737 Max 8

3/14/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They start this week’s discussion with determining who is to blame most for the college admissions scandal involving Hollywood. The Rascals go on to address the Race for Mayor, which seems to have tackled LGBTQ issues in the last week. And, also locally, the Rascals address the state’s consideration for a tax for miles driven, and […]

Duration:00:36:21

The Mincing Rascals 03.07.19: The White House, R. Kelly rants, 2020 Presidential Election, campaign attack ads

3/7/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They start by discussing the plethora of on-goings in the White House, including Donald Trump’s academic records. Then, the Rascals critique R. Kelly’s interview on “CBS This Morning.” And, Steve delivers breaking news on the 2020 Presidential Election. Finally, the crew talks sports betting in Illinois and the most recent campaign attack ads. John...

Duration:00:36:47

The Mincing Rascals 02.28.19: The Mayoral Runoff, Michael Cohen’s testimony, a Jussie Smollett cartoon

2/28/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. They start by sharing their thoughts on the top two mayoral choices, Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Then, they judge the Michael Cohen testimony. The Rascals address a cartoon that was taken down by a California newspaper, which featured Jussie Smollett. Scott gives his take on that. And, the Rascals go on to compare the Oscars to […]

Duration:00:39:29

The Mincing Rascals 02.21.19: Jussie Smollett arrest, gun ownership laws, Obama Presidential Center lawsuit, the Illinois budget, the race for mayor

2/21/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They begin by discussing the Jussie Smollett arrest on charges of a staged attack. Then, the Rascals move on to hash out the changes that have been made to gun ownership laws, now that another mass shooting has taken place in Aurora. They switch gears to opine on the new lawsuit against the construction of the Obama Presidential Center […]

Duration:00:38:51

The Mincing Rascals 02.14.19: From die hard Cubs fan to White Sox fan, Jason Van Dyke is attacked in federal, Jussie Smollett, Trump rallies, presidential bids

2/14/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. The Rascals wonder how much impact the Cubs cable TV deal with Sinclair will have on fans. Then, they move on to discuss the appeal efforts for Jason Van Dyke’s sentence, after news that he was attacked in federal prison. The Rascals then talk about some of the holes observed in the Jussie Smollett attack story. […]

Duration:00:40:08

The Mincing Rascals 02.07.19: State of the Union, Joe Ricketts’ e-mails, black face, the race for mayor

2/7/2019
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. The Rascals begin by rating the State of the Union speech. Then, they discuss Joe Ricketts’ leaked racist e-mails. The Rascals go on to distinguish between racism and character play in the form of black face, and they opine on the future of the Virginia government. Finally, the Rascals judge business in City Hall, and how the next mayor […]

Duration:00:36:41