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The Mincing Rascals from WGN Plus

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The Mincing Rascals from WGN Plus

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The Mincing Rascals 02.15.18: Florida school shooting and gun control, Melania Trump’s silence, harassment case in Madigan’s office turns discrimination case

2/15/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are WGN Radio’s John Williams and Steve Bertrand, and Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis. The shooting in Florida once again brings gun control into the national dialogue, a topic that the Rascals are tired of seeing the government repeatedly and deliberately circumventing. Amid Stormy Daniels’ continuing prevalence, the Rascals question First Lady Melania Trump’s silence. They then go on to discuss the discrimination case former campaign worker Alaina Hampton...

Duration:00:32:11

The Mincing Rascals 02.08.18: Jeanne Ives ad, JB Pritzker and Rod Blagojevich, “UnAmerican” Democrats, Rob Porter

2/8/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. They ask how negatively Jeanne Ives’ ad impacts her campaign, immediately following her presentation at the Tribune Editorial Board meeting last week. Then, the Rascals pick apart a newly exposed portion of the J.B. Pritzker and Rod Blagojevich conversation, in which the two discuss filling Obama’s senate seat with a black politician. The Rascals decide how American it was of the...

Duration:00:33:30

The Mincing Rascals 02.01.18: State of the Union, FBI memo, Richard Roeper, Joseph Berrios

2/1/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis, Eric Zorn and Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune. The Rascals begin by questioning the significance of President Trump recognizing parents of victims during the State of the Union. And, some other highlights from Trump’s first State of the Union are discussed. Then, Steve chucks his renewed ID at Scott. The Rascals ruminate over the likely upcoming release of the House intelligence memo on supposed...

Duration:00:37:04

The Mincing Rascals 01.25.18: Lies, FBI named a “secret society,” DACA vs. Wall, Duerson Act

1/25/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. In talking about the president, the Rascals wonder what categorizes an actual liar. Eric explains why he’s “increasingly alarmed” by a so-called “secret society,” albeit a society ironically described. The Rascals revisit their choice between a DACA deal and a wall, a decision due Feb. 8. The gubernatorial debate and its awkward silences comes up, as do campaign...

Duration:00:35:21

The Mincing Rascals 01.18.18: “S—hole”, #CuckooTrumpBrackets, Amazon HQ2, Blagojevich and Pritzker, Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump

1/18/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. They begin by questioning if President Trump actually used a profanity in an immigration meeting last week. That occurred just after the previous Mincing Rascals recording, and therefore wasn’t visited until today. The group discusses their favorite cuckoo Trump moments of the last six months, since John’s previous #CuckooTrumpBracket poll, to put together the next...

Duration:00:33:14

The Mincing Rascals 01.11.18: DACA vs. Wall, ICE raids 7-Eleven, Oprah for President, unemployment, Rauner vs. Pritzker

1/11/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn, Kristen McQueary and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. The Rascals wonder how authentic the behaviors were, displayed by actors involved in the immigration meeting Tuesday. They decide whether or not they themselves would rather build a wall instead of save Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). They discuss appropriate timing and place for ICE to raid in suspicion. They debate on the significance...

Duration:00:38:06

The Mincing Rascals 01.04.18: “Fire and Fury” and Steve Bannon, the nuclear “button,” Fake News Media Awards, Chris Kennedy on Mayor Emanuel

1/4/2018
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Kristen McQueary and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. They start off by questioning the credibility of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, following Wednesday’s news of a intriguing Steve Bannon quote about Trump after the book gained instantaneous popularity. Then, the Rascals discuss the anxieties that follow each of President Trump’s verbal attacks on Kim Jong-un. They explore the validity in President Trump’s upcoming...

Duration:00:34:15

The Mincing Rascals Bonus Episode: 2018 Predictions

1/4/2018
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On this short edition of The Mincing Rascals, WGN Radio Host John Williams and Chicago Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn reveal their predictions for the year to come, alongside of those of Chicago Tribune’s Kristen McQueary and Scott Stantis, and of WGN Radio’s Steve Bertrand. Those predictions span from political, to sports, to entertainment focuses. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3447756/3447756_2018-01-04-180356.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D4191.mp3

Duration:00:17:23

The Mincing Rascals 12.20.17: Republican tax plan, marijuana legalization, ATM red kettles and your questions answered in real time

12/20/2017
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Today, we live streamed our podcast for the Salvation Army. Every ring of the bell on this week’s episode indicates another generous donation to the organization in real time. The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. Not only do they talk about their pet topics of the day, but they also answer your questions! The Rascals begin by discussing the new tax plan, […]

Duration:00:50:21

The Mincing Rascals 12.20.17: Get involved in this week’s episode, with Salvation Army

12/18/2017
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This week on the Mincing Rascals, John Williams, Steve Bertrand, Eric Zorn, Scott Stantis and Patti Vasquez could answer one of your burning questions! Listen to find out how you can take part in this live Mincing Rascals event benefiting The Salvation Army. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3440870/3440870_2017-12-18-152110.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D4191.mp3

Duration:00:02:10

The Mincing Rascals 12.13.17: Alabama Special Election results, Forrest Claypool, Trump Tweets

12/13/2017
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This week, the Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Kristen McQueary, Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. The Rascals start of the show discussing the slim defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama special election and what that means for the winner Doug Jones. They also discuss the recent resignation of now former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and the implications of people in power lying to investigators. It wouldn’t be another day […]

Duration:00:36:25

The Mincing Rascals 12.07.17: Cook County property tax assessment, Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks, Al Franken resigns, President Trump slurs

12/7/2017
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They begin by discussing the holes in Joseph Berrios’s system of property tax assessments. They wonder if Chance the Rapper could be “grandstanding” in his donations to Chicago Public Schools, following one he encouraged from Google. Then, the Rascals theorize that Al Franken has resigned to boost the image of the Democratic Party. Finally, they discuss possible reasons for President Trump’s conspicuously slurred speech yesterday, as he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel....

Duration:00:28:54

The Mincing Rascals 11.30.17: President Trump’s tax plan and tweets, Representative Luis Gutierrez, Matt Lauer, express to O’Hare

11/30/2017
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The Mincing Rascals has a guest star this week: WGN Radio’s Patti Vasquez. She joins John Williams and Steve Bertrand, and Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. The group jumps into this episode with discussion of how realistic President Trump’s proposed tax plan is. They go on to agree on the impact of Trump’s daily tweets, calculated or not. The Rascals wonder why Representative Luis Gutierrez will not be running for Congress in 2018. A topic that’s been explored in […]

Duration:00:37:17

The Mincing Rascals 11.22.17: Sexual assault acknowledgments, Trump and Judge Roy Moore, Trump and LaVar Ball, Cook County Board President

11/22/2017
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Kim Gordon and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. They discuss the speed at which sexual assault accusations are being addressed and resolved. Then, the Rascals discuss President Trump’s defense of Judge Roy Moore, which involves his political party. They debate the optics of Trump’s desperation to be thanked by LaVar Ball for his release from a Chinese jail. Then, the Rascals judge the previous Cook County Board...

Duration:00:34:45

The Mincing Rascals 11.16.17: Senator Al Franken, Incarceration and the Fifth, President Trump and the detained UCLA basketball players

11/16/2017
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn, Kristen McQueary and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. First, the Rascals debate the appropriate repercussions to a photo surfacing of Senator Al Franken’s past life as a comedian. Then, they discuss the several defenses used against sexual assault allegations towards Judge Roy Moore. They go on to talk about continued incarceration in cases that involve an ex Chicago sergeant’s framing, and the fifth...

Duration:00:33:32

The Mincing Rascals 11.09.17: Texting and walking, DNAInfo, 2016 Presidential Election anniversary, Virginia governor race

11/9/2017
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis of Chicago Tribune. They discuss reasoning for the shut down of DNAInfo Chicago, whose New York edition has unionized. The Rascals weigh the logic behind Aldermen’s effort to find those who look at their phones in an intersection. They discuss the president’s purpose and accomplishments, with today being the anniversary of his election. Those include his efforts to create a new tax […]

Duration:00:35:04

The Mincing Rascals 11.2.17: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Uncle Fester and the Weinstein Effect

11/2/2017
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio and Kristen McQueary, Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. They begin by discussing Eric’s Facebook post comparing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Uncle Fester of The Addams Family. They debate the logic of being able to caricature the physical characteristics of a man but women must be left alone. The Rascals also look at the “Weinstein effect” and the many accusations of sexual […]

Duration:00:26:30

The Mincing Rascals 10.26.17: Senators Flake and Corker, the Trump tax plan, Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan, #MeToo

10/26/2017
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. They begin by discussing Senator Jeff Flake’s speech during a lunch with Republican lawmakers Tuesday, and Senator Bob Corker’s remarks towards the president. Then, the Rascals try to understand how President Trump will execute the new tax plan. They play with the meaning behind Governor Rauner’s reelection campaign ad, in which surrounding states’ governors thank House...

Duration:00:36:51

The Mincing Rascals 10.19.17: Calling Gold Star families, #MeToo, Sanctuary City status, Taco Bell

10/19/2017
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This week, the Mincing Rascals are John Williams and Steve Bertrand of WGN Radio, and Kristen McQueary and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. The Rascals begin by discussing who initially politicized President Trump’s calls to Gold Star families. The Rascals wonder what #MeToo has done to change sexual assault statistics. Then, after a heated exchange between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Senator Dick Durbin Wednesday, the Rascals debate how cases of illegal immigrants who commit crimes in...

Duration:00:31:37

The Mincing Rascals 10.12.17: Cook County soda tax repeal, immediate Chicago fix, protective netting, Harvey Weinstein

10/12/2017
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The Mincing Rascals are John Williams, Steve Bertrand and special guest Kim Gordon of WGN Radio, and Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn of Chicago Tribune. A discussion of the drastic change in votes that led to the repeal of the Cook County soda tax leads to the discussion of word choice feminism. Then, the Rascals determine the underlying message in President Trump’s proclamation that the Chicago crime rate can be resolved “immediately” by one unnamed cop. They go on to depict […]

Duration:00:34:26

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