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If you’re a news junkie — or maybe just news curious, we’ve got your weekly dose of Connecticut politics, tackling everything from tax cuts to human composting. Amplifying important local and national voices, The Wheelhouse walks listeners through the most important political stories of the week. You’ll hear from well-known political reporters, academics, and local journalists across Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.

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If you’re a news junkie — or maybe just news curious, we’ve got your weekly dose of Connecticut politics, tackling everything from tax cuts to human composting. Amplifying important local and national voices, The Wheelhouse walks listeners through the most important political stories of the week. You’ll hear from well-known political reporters, academics, and local journalists across Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.

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Political violence mars an already devolving race for the White House

7/17/2024
As the country witnesses yet another act of political violence, its citizens wonder about the impact words and weapons have on our lives. On the next Wheelhouse, we try to make sense of an assassination attempt in 2024. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:55:31

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Online safety is a top priority for lawmakers in 2024

7/3/2024
This week on The Wheelhouse, lawmakers are taking “reasonable measures” to protect children online through the “Kids Online Safety Act.” But does this act encroach on free speech? And is a TikTok ban really in our future? Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:30

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Focusing on Latino communities–and not on whether they’re for Biden or Trump

6/26/2024
Election coverage in 2024 has portrayed individual members of latino communities as a collective bloc. As coverage of polling sacrifices nuance over numbers, an opportunity is missed to delve into issues that a large percentage of Americans care about. Polls are used in the media, for example, to show that President Joe Biden is behind in his campaign–and that Latinos are breaking for former president Donald Trump. But, a report from the Brookings Institute, shows that Latinos are underrepresented in most polls. And that, “national election polls are not designed for sub-group analysis.” Today on The Wheelhouse, honing in on people and policy, and not on who prospective voters from the Hispanic Latino diaspora are going to vote for. This episode continues Connecticut Public and The Wheelhouse's election coverage, connecting people to policy. We’ve already tackled reproductive rights, how to talk to your kids about politics, and the role of the media in presidential elections. Help us cover local and national elections by filling out this survey online. GUESTS: Charles Venator-SantiagoUniversity of ConnecticutChristian PazVoxMaricarmen CajahuaringaConnecticut PublicSupport the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Moving in reverse: restrictions on reproductive care mirror bygone era

6/13/2024
Reproductive rights aren’t just at stake in states like Louisiana and Texas. They’re targeted—even in a so-called safe harbor Connecticut–by some lawmakers. Today on The Wheelhouse, what might the landscape surrounding reproductive care look like after November’s elections? And looking back, we’ll examine Connecticut’s complicated history with reproductive rights. GUESTS: Sonali ChakravartiWesleyan UniversityAmanda BeckerThe 19th The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:04

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Moving in reverse: restrictions on reproductive care mirror bygone era

6/12/2024
Reproductive rights aren’t just at stake in states like Louisiana and Texas. They’re targeted—even in a so-called safe harbor Connecticut–by some lawmakers. Today on The Wheelhouse, what might the landscape surrounding reproductive care look like after November’s elections? And looking back, we’ll examine Connecticut’s complicated history with reproductive rights. GUESTS: Sonali ChakravartiWesleyan UniversityShefali LuthraThe 19thAmanda BeckerThe 19th The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:04

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Misinformation about gender-affirming care is in the political playbook for elections in 2024

6/5/2024
More and more states are restricting access to gender-affirming care. It’s an issue that some politicians are centering in their political campaigns. But a 19th News/SurveyMonkey poll from 2023 found that only 17 percent of Americans believe politicians should focus on restrictions to gender-affirming care. So, today on the Wheelhouse, we’ll wade through misinformation to examine anti-trans rhetoric. GUESTS: Joanna WuestMount Holyoke CollegeTJ BillardNorthwestern University School of CommunicationKatelyn BurnsMSNBC The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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America’s embracing cannabis. As more states take on cannabis, how is its sale benefiting the public?

5/29/2024
The way we view cannabis has changed, particularly since states began decriminalizing its use and allowing residents to buy it. Most Americans now live in a state where cannabis for recreational use is legal. As jurisdictions embrace the cannabis industry, communities are addressing people disproportionately impacted by the “war on drugs” and cracking down on the distribution of illicit cannabis. Today on The Wheelhouse, how is the regulation of cannabis for recreational use going? Also on this episode, a check-in with radio host Jeremy Hobson ahead of his appearance in Waterbury, Connecticut on June 3. His live call-in show “The Middle” is coming to the Palace Theater. We’ll ask Hobson what the geographical–and philosophical–middle of America thinks about widespread legalization of cannabis. GUESTS: Natalie FertigJordan Nathaniel FensterCT InsiderJeremy HobsonThe Middle The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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How will Connecticut care for its aging population?

5/22/2024
Connecticut’s aging population is growing. Lawmakers are looking for solutions as complaints from elder care residents and advocates increase in the state. On the next Wheelhouse, how is the state addressing this problem? Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:58

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Closing the book on the short 2024 legislative session in Connecticut

5/15/2024
The Connecticut General Assembly has adjourned for the year. In an election year – and an era of fiscal discipline – there was only so much that was going to be done during a short legislative session to address climate change, funding shortfalls in education and shortages in affordable housing and child care. Today on The Wheelhouse, a look back at Connecticut’s 2024 legislative session and a look ahead at how state lawmakers will handle unfinished business. GUESTS: Mark Pazniokas CT MirrorSusan RaffWFSB News Ch. 3Michayla SavittConnecticut PublicSupport the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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The Arizona Coyotes are just the latest ‘one that got away’ from Hartford

5/8/2024
In April, a group of owners of National Hockey League teams approved the relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Utah. The move was a disappointment for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. Lamont had pitched the idea of the Coyotes coming to Hartford to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this year. Today on The Wheelhouse, what would it take for Hartford to get the NHL – and the Whalers – back? And later, May marks 25 years since a partnership between Connecticut and the NFL’s Patriots fell apart. We’ll revisit the May 1, 1999 dissolution of the Connecticut NFL project. GUESTS: Colin McEnroeThe Colin McEnroe ShowAndrew ZimbalistSmith CollegeDan HaarHearst Connecticut Media GroupSupport the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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The role of student activism amid a polarizing war

5/1/2024
Student-led protests of the Israel-Hamas War are growing as the fighting continues. Students camp out and call on their educational institutions to divest from companies they say support the killing of civilians – while the world reacts. This hour, we look at how the protests in support of civilians in Gaza – and the war in general – are being talked about and how that rhetoric affects the safety of Palestinian and Jewish people. GUESTS: Sharon OttermanNew York TimesEddy MartinezCT PublicJason StanleyYale UniversityGregg GonsalvesSupport the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:42

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In Absentia looks at the history of political dysfunction in Bridgeport

4/24/2024
Why does political dysfunction happen? What are the systems that enable it? A new four-part podcast from Connecticut Public looks for answers in Bridgeport, where corruption charges, allegations of absentee ballot misconduct, and machine politics have left some residents wondering if their vote even matters. Today on The Wheelhouse, catch the first episode of In Absentia. The podcast offers listeners a deep dive into the history of political dysfunction in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Plus, we’ll hear from Connecticut Public’s Lisa Hagen about Connecticut's federal delegation ahead of general elections in November. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Will Connecticut pass meaningful housing reform in 2024?

4/17/2024
Connecticut’s affordable housing crisis has taken center stage during the state’s 2023 and 2024 legislative sessions. This hour, are meaningful reforms on the horizon for state residents? And how have zoning ordinances, a lack of transit-oriented development, and “opt-in” programs contributed to the crisis at hand? Jacqueline Rabe Thomas:Hearst Connecticut Media GroupAnika Singh LemarYale Law SchoolGinny MonkConnecticut MirrorAbigail BroneConnecticut PublicSupport the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:31

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How to talk to kids about the 2024 presidential election

4/10/2024
Presidential election years are an emotional rollercoaster. And if you’ve been feeling anxious about the state of the country, there’s a good chance the children in your life have picked up on that. This hour, how should we talk to kids about the election? Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Connecticut's turn: Early, in-person voting debuts in 2024 presidential preference primary

4/3/2024
Connecticut’s 2024 presidential preference primary represented several things for state residents. It was a shot at relevancy, a chance to demonstrate against Democrats, and an inaugural crack at early in-person voting. This hour, we explore how Tuesday’s presidential nominating contest in the Nutmeg State shook out. Stephanie ThomasSusan RaffMark PazniokasDr. Bilal Sekou The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Beyond the binary of American politics and the two-horse presidential race

3/27/2024
Early polls suggest that voters want more options than just Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election. This hour, we look beyond the two-party system and ask what a non-Democrat or Republican candidate could mean for the race to the White House. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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How are women faring in American politics?

3/20/2024
Threats against women and threats against democracy are inextricably linked, according to experts who study and track gendered political violence. While threats to American democracy have manifested in events like the January 6 Capitol Riot, threats against women in politics have come in the form of harmful rhetoric and even targeted attacks. This hour, we explore how women are faring in American politics. Kellie Carter JacksonWellesley CollegeSarah SobierajTufts UniversityShefali LuthraThe 19th The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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The role of the media in the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election

3/13/2024
In the upcoming presidential election, democracy hangs in the balance. So, newsrooms across the country should hold up a mirror and ask: is our reporting shaping the race to the White House? Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:50

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In honor of the Oscars, how politics are showing up in Tinseltown

3/6/2024
We’ve heard buzz about the Oscars for months – the drama, the snubs, the countless interviews. Pretty soon we’ll finally get to watch it all unfold. But before we do, join us this hour as we explore how today’s most popular TV shows and movies reflect our political landscape. We’ll dive into how the horror genre has drawn inspiration from the world around us and how comedians are wrestling with ways to bring levity to real-life horrors. Jeffrey DudasUniversity of ConnecticutEric DeggansNPR The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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As the 2024 presidential election looms, political violence is threatening democracy

2/28/2024
Political tension is growing in America and beyond. And with the 2024 United States presidential election on the horizon, there’s concern that increased political tension will lead to violence. A recent national survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) reported that nearly a quarter of Americans support political violence – 23%. That’s an increase from 15% in 2021. This hour, we look at how the threat of violence impacts domestic and foreign politics. Katie ReisnerArchon Fung Harvard Kennedy SchoolKevin BoyleNorthwestern UniversityChris DoyleBria Lloyd Connecticut Public The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00