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The Mincing Rascals 12.06.18: George H.W. Bush, Wisconsin and Michigan legislation struggles

12/6/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. The Rascals talk about the week of processions and perceptions in the funeral for George H.W. Bush. Then, they address the tensions and power struggle in Michigan and Wisconsin. Finally, the gang talks football. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3574459/3574459_2018-12-07-112359.64kmono.mp3 Eric recommends reading “The Day They Came for the Governor” in Chicago Magazine....

Duration:00:37:22

The Mincing Rascals 11.29.18: Alderman Ed Burke’s office raid, officers in the Laquan McDonald case, Illinois Bicentennial

11/29/2018
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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 Chicago Tribune. They kick off this episode with understanding for the undergoing raid of Alderman Ed Burke’s office. Then, they discuss the also in progress trial of two officers charged for their silence over the Laquan McDonald shooting. The Rascals move on to celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial. And, they address a recent tweet from one Donald Trump....

Duration:00:35:22

The Mincing Rascals 11.21.18: Giving thanks, Mercy Hospital shooting, Saudi Arabia and Trump, mayoral candidates

11/21/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Justin Kaufmann and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They start off this episode by sharing what they are thankful for. Then, they briefly try to tackle the topic of the tragic Mercy Hospital shooting and the role of guns. The Rascals go on to address the president’s statement regarding the U.S. and Saudi Arabia relationship, after the findings on Jamal Khashoggi’s death. And, the Rascals discuss the […]

Duration:00:37:39

The Mincing Rascals 11.15.18: Arresting liars, Melania Trump, Baraboo prom picture

11/15/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They are asked by a listener if a law should be enacted that makes it illegal for the president to lie, especially in cases like the edited Jim Acosta video. The Rascals then discuss how proper it was for First Lady Melania Trump to issue a public statement of her disdain toward a national security adviser. Plus, they say whether or […]

Duration:00:30:07

The Mincing Rascals 11.8.18: Turmoil in the Justice Department, Acosta’s cred pulled, post-midterm morale

11/8/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. The Rascals begin by discussing the firing of Jeff Sessions and where the fate of the Mueller investigation lies with under new AG Matt Whitaker. They also consider the Jim Acosta press conference affair and whether or not the White House was justified in pulling his credential; they take stock of the national sentiment as a […]

Duration:00:33:38

The Mincing Rascals 11.01.18: Birthright citizenship, Tree of Life shooting, Governor Rauner’s ad

11/1/2018
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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 the Chicago Tribune. They judge President Trump’s belief that he can sign away birthright citizenship. Then, the Rascals question President Trump’s remarks following to the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. They prepare to vote in the midterm election Tuesday. And, the group decides how much agency Governor Rauner had in creating that campaign ad with...

Duration:00:39:07

The Mincing Rascals 10.25.18: Mail bombs, latest Rauner ad, legalizing recreational marijuana, Megyn Kelly

10/25/2018
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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. They start off the episode by addressing responsibility in the discovery of explosive devices sent to several public figures’ homes and to CNN. Then, they discuss the impact of Governor Bruce Rauner’s latest campaign ad, in which J.B. Pritkzer is depicted as marrying Speaker Mike Madigan. The Rascals debate where the state would be, medically, if […]

Duration:00:31:35

The Mincing Rascals 10.18.18: Jamal Khashoggi death, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goodbye, J.B. Pritzker, confining 10-year-olds

10/18/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are Patti Vasquez and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They start off questioning the president’s priorities in the wake of the murder of a Saudi Washington Post reporter by the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Then, the Rascals go on to discuss the mayor’s final budget speech, an emotional one, and the points they think his speech neglected to identify. They debate the possible impact from the racial […]

Duration:00:36:30

Mincing Rascals 10.11.18: President Trump’s op-ed, “A Scary Time,” JB Pritzker “a trust fund baby”

10/11/2018
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Mincing Rascals is John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They begin the show by talking about the President’s op-ed in USA Today and what is to be learned about fact-checking. And, they judge Brett Kavanaugh’s performance when he swore in to become the next Supreme Court justice. Then, they move on to discuss the song Trump’s recent comment about the world young men live in today. The Rascals decide […]

Duration:00:38:11

The Mincing Rascals 10.04.18: Jason Van Dyke, Brett Kavanaugh vote, JB Pritzker’s toilets

10/4/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio. They talk about the Jason Van Dyke trial, on its final day as closing arguments are exchanged. Then, the Rascals discuss the latest in the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. Finally, the group gives their thoughts on the charge that JB Pritzker has ordered the removal of the toilets in his Gold Coast mansion. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3553363/3553363_2018-10-04-175903.64kmono.mp3 John...

Duration:00:36:35

The Mincing Rascals 09.28.18: Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify, but will Jason Van Dyke?

9/28/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand, Patti Vasquez and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They review the Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford hearing, the reason this podcast episode was postponed a day. And, as the Jason Van Dyke – Laquan McDonald murder trial nears an end, the Rascals deliberate the evidence and information provided by the defense. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3551415/3551415_2018-09-28-172915.64kmono.mp3

Duration:00:39:35

The Mincing Rascals 09.20.18: Jason Van Dyke trial day four, Christine Blasey Ford, Erika Harold, JB Pritzker

9/20/2018
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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. They discuss the first four days in the Jason Van Dyke – Laquan McDonald murder trial, and how meaningful such explanations are as that by the Cook County medical examiner. Then, the Rascals debate Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and how that should impact his confirmation. They go on to […]

Duration:00:40:20

The Mincing Rascals 09.13.18: Jason Van Dyke jury, hotel labor unions, a mileage tax, Hurricane Maria, Chicago Mayoral Race 2019

9/13/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Patti Vasquez and Justin Kaufmann of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune. They start by discussing the jury selection in the Jason Van Dyke trial, and the impact its demographic will have on the verdict. They then go on to discuss ways the hotel labor union strike has worked well for the employees this week. The Rascals debate the mileage tax that Governor Rauner’s newest attack ad on […]

Duration:00:37:44

The Mincing Rascals 09.06.18: Mayor Rahm Emanuel not rerunning, Jason Van Dyke trial, anonymous New York Times op-ed

9/6/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn and Steve Bertrand of the Chicago Tribune. They start by discussing why Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided not to run again for mayor of Chicago in 2019. And, they make their picks for most likely to win out of the current list of candidates. Then, the Rascals debate whether or not the Jason Van Dyke trial should be moved out of Cook County for a fair […]

Duration:00:38:22

The Mincing Rascals 08.30.18: Jason Van Dyke speaks out, the legal age to buy tobacco, Trump and McCain

8/30/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune. First, the Rascals evaluate Jason Van Dyke’s first public comments, the police officer who shot and killed Laquan McDonald. Then, they debate whether or not the legal age to buy tobacco should be raised to 21 after Governor Rauner’s veto. Plus, the Rascals judge President Trump’s eulogy – or lack thereof – to Senator John McCain. John recommends […]

Duration:00:34:33

The Mincing Rascals 08.23.18: Impeachment, “provocative dress” in school, 8-year-olds walking the dog and Michael Kopech

8/23/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. They begin this week’s episode by debating how they feel about talks of impeachment growing more and more prevalent. Then, they get local, as they discuss a Bronzeville school whose principal is facing backlash for calls to eliminate “provocative dress.” And, the Rascals discuss how justified it was for a Wilmette neighbor to call the cops on a parent who allowed […]

Duration:00:29:16

The Mincing Rascals 08.16.18: Trump’s war on the press, Omarosa’s tapes, Sarah Sanders on “black employment,” Rauner vs. Madigan

8/16/2018
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The Mincing Rascals, this week, are WGN’s John Williams and Steve Bertrand, and Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis. They discuss the 300+ newspapers that wrote editorials today pushing back against Trump’s attacks on the press, Omarosa’s tapes from inside the White House, Sarah Sanders’s response to questions about whether or not the president is a racist, and Rauner’s intensified attacks on Mike Madigan.

Duration:00:35:07

The Mincing Rascals 08.09.18: “Bait trucks” on the South Side, a possible mayoral term limit, Sinclair/Tribune deal falls apart, Alex Jones vs. the internet

8/9/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Kristen McQueary, Eric Zorn, and Scott Stantis from the Chicago Tribune. Today they discuss the “bait trucks” that Chicago Police recently deployed on the city’s South Side, the violent weekend, the possibility of a mayoral term limit, the now-dead Sinclair/Tribune deal, Alex Jones, and more. Steve recommends the Highwood Evening Gourmet Market: https://www.celebratehighwood.org/highwood-evening-gourmet-market/...

Duration:00:33:23

The Mincing Rascals 08.02.18: Highway protests, Willie Wilson’s money, gubernatorial ads, Patti Blagojevich, “CNN sucks!”

8/2/2018
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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 again the value of a protest that shuts down major highways, like that which will take place today, and end at Wrigley Field. Then, they get passionate about Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson’s method – or not – of handing out cash. The Rascals judge the mocking in gubernatorial ads. John has a special message for […]

Duration:00:35:21

The Mincing Rascals 07.26.18: Shutting down expressways, Willie Wilson, a Cubs ball, Cohen’s recording

7/26/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune. They start by debating the value of shutting down expressways in protest. Then, the Rascals disagree on Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson’s intentions in handing out money at a church event. They talk about the optics presented in a video from a Cubs game by social media, and another that displays law enforcement “shooting to kill.” And, finally, the Rascals […]

Duration:00:30:08