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

Campaign spending, committee votes, budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. The "WPR Politics Podcast" is a weekly show about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR's Capitol reporters Laurel White and Shawn Johnson 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, budget memos. State politics can seem less than thrilling unless you know where to look. The "WPR Politics Podcast" is a weekly show about the ins and outs of Wisconsin's political news. Host John K. Wilson and WPR's Capitol reporters Laurel White and Shawn Johnson 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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Episodes

Freaky Fricast

10/19/2018
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In the closing weeks of the Wisconsin gubernatorial election, GOP incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony evers are both finding themselves touting issues that seem pretty squarely on the other side's turf. What gives when a Democrat is talking tax cuts and a Republican is cutting ads about health care protections? And how are they responding with one another creeping into their respective wheelhouses? Also: Mid-1970s goofy camp!

Duration:00:26:43

What Up With That (Polling Outcome)?

10/12/2018
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We're no strangers to talking about polling on the podcast and generally try to steer clear of reporting on every single microdevelopment in electorate opinions, but sometimes numbers come out that just leave you scratching your head saying, "What up with that?" Handy links: WPR's reporting on the lates Marquette University Law School poll. NBC News' reporting on their newest NBC News/Marist poll.

Duration:00:23:13

Doing Things Out Of Order

10/5/2018
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You're not alone if news this week has left you feeling that things are happening a bit out of order. State Republicans have solid control of government but they're waiting until after an uncertain election to take up an incentives package for Kimberley-Clark Corp. Why the strange timing? What does it all mean?

Duration:00:22:17

Adding, Subtracting, Deciding, Acting

9/28/2018
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These days it's easy to see politics as a crazy, unpredictable spectacle where nobody knows what'll happen next. But in reality, politicians are constantly making calculations — weighing the pros and con, the risks and benefits of taking a position or making a decision. That was certainly on display this week here in Wisconsin and in Washington. Also: A special appearance by a chill special guest.

Duration:00:25:54

Happy Birthday 2 Us

9/21/2018
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The WPR Politics Podcast is two years old! And speaking of things that are getting older: the 2018 election cycle. As we celebrate the pod growing and changing, why not take a look at some election news stories that have shifted with age? Also included: A classic 1962 signing performance.

Duration:00:26:02

An Unexpected Call

9/14/2018
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The governor is urging lawmakers to consider returning to the Capitol to take up a "Foxconn style" incentive package for consumer products company Kimberly-Clark. On this week's episode, we dial into the latest on what the proposal includes, what lawmakers are saying about it, and how the whole thing is playing out amid the height of election season.

Duration:00:16:42

So What'd I Miss?

9/7/2018
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The race for governor has been busy in the first few weeks since Wisconsin's primary, but whether these micro-developments have changed the race is up for debate.

Duration:00:20:43

Born To Be Wild(ly) Interested In Trade Policy

8/31/2018
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This week, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from around the world are in Milwaukee partying it up to celebrate the iconic Wisconsin motorcycle manufacturer's 115th anniversary. But it comes after the president of the United States has endorsed a boycott of the company over plans to move jobs overseas ... which, in turn, were a response to the president's trade policies. So do Harley lovers support Donald Trump's tariffs? Do they take kindly to his calls for a boycott? Can you pop a wheelie on a...

Duration:00:22:34

2018 Wisconsin Post-Primary Election Recap Podcast Special

8/17/2018
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Wisconsin's 2018 partisan primaries are history. Tony Evers and Leah Vukmir won the big-ticket races. Which means there were also plenty of candidates who didn't win. Why and why not? That is the podcast.

Duration:00:26:11

Closing Arguments: Live From Appleton

8/10/2018
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It's down to it in the eight-way Democratic race for governor in Wisconsin, with just a few days to go before the primary. So what are candidates' closing arguments to voters? Turns out it really depends.

Duration:00:31:44

Not The Same: Live From Appleton

8/10/2018
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GOP U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson will tell you themselves that not much separates them in their policy stances. But the rivals — and the big money backing them — are doing everything they can to show that they are not the same in some other important ways.

Duration:00:21:46

About That Thing We Said VI: The Dog Days Of Podcast

7/27/2018
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It might be unseasonably cool in Madison but, news-wise, it's the dog days of summer. Which means it's a perfect time for our periodic look back about stories that have changed, developed or turned out differently than we guessed. Let's play another round of About That Thing We Said!

Duration:00:19:25

Hot Takes Baby

7/20/2018
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Hot takes: Those political stories that take just a little bit of information and use it to draw big conclusions with a huge dose of certainty. For example, Wisconsin's candidates for governor have to file paperwork with the state showing how much money their campaigns have raised so far. But those numbers don't just stay numbers. They turn into stories about who's running the strongest race and is bound to come out on top in November. But which hot take is a long-burning fire and which is...

Duration:00:23:07

Duel Personalities

7/13/2018
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The political debate is much like a verbal duel with thrusts, parries and one-liners. This week, all eight of Wisconsin's Democratic candidates for governor displayed their rhetorical sparring abilities, sharing the stage for the race's first broadcast debate. Some made moves to stand out from the crowd; others took aim to land a good zinger. So what makes a successful debater in modern politics? Also: Mediocre Wisconsin beer and a glove.

Duration:00:25:13

Mo Money, Mo Tax Rebates

7/6/2018
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This week was the deadline for families to apply for $100-per-child state tax credits that have been heavily promoted by Gov. Scott Walker. But it turns out it's not quite that easy to give away money. While most eligible families requested the credits, more than 100,000 didn't. Meanwhile, people who buy things online will be more likely to have to pay a sales tax thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but per Wisconsin law, everyone will be getting an income tax break to offset...

Duration:00:17:37

2018: A Wisconsin Manufacturing Podyssey

6/29/2018
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President Donald Trump was in Wisconsin this week for the ceremonial groundbreaking of Foxconn's gigantic new manufacturing campus south of Milwaukee, a project that he and Gov. Scott Walker tout as wins for their respective administrations. But what about Harley-Davidson, the iconic Wisconsin motorcycle maker that Walker tightly embraces as part of his political identity but that the president has been lambasting recently over their tariff-dodging decision to move additional production...

Duration:00:24:10

And You May Find Yourself Remanded Back To A Lower Court

6/22/2018
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After months of waiting and multiple recent Monday mornings scanning Scotusblog, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on how to handle Wisconsin's landmark political redistricting case came as somewhat of an anticlimax. The justices punted. They remanded the case back to a lower court, ruling on standing but not on merit. So what the heck does that mean?

Duration:00:23:30

Reporters' Notebook: Raccoons, Hippies And Asset Valuations

6/15/2018
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In a show of pure radio epicness, Shawn and Laurel put together an 11-part feature series that aired over the past two weeks profiling the candidates for the 2018 governor's race. But there's a lot that gets left out when you have to squeeze an entire politician's story into four minutes. So this week they open up their reporter's notebooks and give some behind-the-scenes deets that nobody heard on the radio.

Duration:00:43:04

From Now On, Your Name Is...

6/8/2018
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Nicknames, especially those aimed at opponents, have long been a part of politics, but with the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump, they are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance, and Wisconsin is certainly not immune. The 2018 governor's race is providing fertile ground for nicknames, but what causes some to stick and others to fade away? And can reducing a political foe to a quick one-liner really sway voters?

Duration:00:17:40

Crankin' It Up To 10

6/4/2018
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Just like Wisconsin Republicans did last month, state Democrats held their party convention this past weekend in Oshkosh. But instead of two U.S. Senate hopefuls sparring, 10 — count them! — 10 candidates for governor were trying to seize the opportunity to stand out among the Democratic base. Also included: Short speeches, table gimmicks and oh so much music!

Duration:00:27:35