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The latest from The Gaggle at azcentral, a podcast exploring Arizona politics

Our reporting takes you behind the political headlines from newsmakers and The Republic reporters who know the battleground state like no one else.

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Count on Arizona politics (and politicians) always being in the spotlight.

On our podcast "The Gaggle," you can get the stories behind the headlines from the political newsmakers and reporters who cover politics news in battleground Arizona every day.

Our namesake is a play off of a press gaggle — the informal news briefings where reporters gather around elected officials or their staff while on the hunt for news.

Arizona Republic reporters Ronald Hansen and  Yvonne Wingett Sanchez gather audio for an episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast.
Arizona Republic reporters Ronald Hansen and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez gather audio for an episode of The Gaggle: An Arizona politics podcast. Nick Oza/The Republic

Each week, hosts Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen shine a spotlight on the biggest news from national, state and local levels.

The goal? Delve deeply into complex political and policy issues, to demystify the players and their motives and to provide you with clearer, more accurate information as you seek to understand issues confronting politicians from Congress to Maricopa County.

Arizona Republic and journalists have been covering Arizona politics since 1890. This is reporting and analysis from one of the state's most trusted sources.

Catch up with us wherever, whenever, by subscribing in your podcast app. You can subscribe to The Gaggle on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. New episodes post Wednesdays.

Listen to our latest episodes

The best way to listen is to subscribe to The Gaggle on your favorite podcast app, but you also can stream the full episode by clicking the arrow button below.

Notable Gaggle podcasts

The Gaggle's past episodes include newsmaking details and interviews with prominent politicians. 

Some highlights:

The Gaggle extensively covered the yearlong challenge to Democratic President Joe Biden's election. Here are some key episodes from the 2021 Arizona Republic series "Democracy in Doubt."  

Follow the politics team on Twitter

Follow national political reporters Yvonne Wingett Sanchez on Twitter @yvonnewingett  and Ronald J. Hansen @ronaldjhansen.

A rotating team of guests includes:

  • State government and politics reporter Stacey Barchenger @sbarchenger
  • State government and politics reporter Ray Stern @raystern
  • State government and politics and child welfare reporter Mary Jo Pitzl @maryjpitzl
  • Business reporter Ryan Randazzo @utilityreporter 
  • Education reporter Yana Kunichoff @Yanazure
  • Phoenix/Maricopa County reporter Jen Fifield @JenAFifield

Podcast producers:

Keep up with all the shows and all the news at @azcpodcasts

More podcasts from our team

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Interested in a bioscience podcast? Listen to The Lab at azcentral, where our reporters will take you across Arizona to answer bioscience questions large and small.

Interested in diving deep into Arizona history? Connect with our award-winning Rediscovering podcasts, on slain Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles and the controversial "show your papers" law, the nation's first of its kind, hard-line anti-illegal immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070.

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