Black voters historically hold up Democrats, but are party Democrats holding up their end of the bargain?
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by Connecticut Public Radio
2d ago
A recent poll suggests that fewer Black Americans will vote for President Joe Biden this time around. On the next Wheelhouse, we dig deeper than the numbers – and look at why issues like global conflicts are upending the way we think about how people vote. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The role of the media in the 2024 U.S. Presidential Election
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by Connecticut Public Radio
1w ago
2024 is shaping up to be an unprecedented year. From record levels of disinformation to a presidential candidate spending more time in court than on the campaign trail, democracy hangs in the balance. This hour, we’re holding up a mirror and asking: how should the press cover the upcoming presidential election. Jaden Edison: Justice Reporter, The Connecticut Mirror David Folkenflik: Media Correspondent, NPR News Errin Haines: Editor-at-large, The 19th.  The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amaz ..read more
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Connecticut kicks off its 2024 legislative session Wednesday
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by Connecticut Public Radio
2w ago
Connecticut’s 2024 legislative session begins Wednesday. For the next three months, lawmakers will work to address some of the state’s most pressing issues. This hour, we’ll explore those issues, which include zero-emission vehicles, a lack of affordable housing, and traffic stop reform. And did you know that you have a stake in the outcome of the Super Bowl this year? Should the betting favorite win, sports betting operators in Connecticut would have to pay out a lot of bets. On this week’s episode, we’ll try and identify this year’s Super Bowl betting favorite. Susan Raff: Chief Politi ..read more
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The child care sector is in crisis. Will lawmakers address it in 2024?
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by Connecticut Public Radio
1M ago
Governor Ned Lamont says child care is a top priority for Connecticut’s 2024 legislative session. He tasked a panel of experts with proposing a plan to overhaul what many consider to be a broken system. In a few weeks, Lamont will present his proposal for the Blue Ribbon Panel’s first year of a five year plan to the Connecticut General Assembly. Families and child care providers are hoping to see major changes, like higher wages for child care providers and an increase in parent subsidies. But some wonder if the proposed plan will go far enough. This hour, we’ll explore the reforms needed to f ..read more
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Presidential primaries and what their locations say about inclusivity in elections
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by Connecticut Public Radio
1M ago
The 2024 presidential election is in full swing. Iowa held its Republican Caucus this week, and next week, New Hampshire will hold Republican and Democratic primaries. These states traditionally go first, but because at least 90 percent of the people living in Iowa and New Hampshire are white, that may change. The Democratic National Committee has proposed a reordering of the calendar, tapping South Carolina to send their voters to the polls first. This hour, we’ll unpack how meaningful a first-in-the-nation primary truly is. Plus, Trump’s ability to stay on the ballot in Colorado and Maine ha ..read more
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Disrupted: How Gen Z is changing politics
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by Connecticut Public Radio
1M ago
Today, The Wheelhouse is passing the mic to another Connecticut Public talk show, Disrupted.  This hour, we learn about the State Elections Enforcement Commission which oversees voter fraud allegations and campaign finance. We'll also examine America's youngest voters, Generation Z. Ruby Belle Booth will provide insight on Gen Z's voting impact followed by a Gen Z roundtable. Looking to dive deeper in today's discussion? Here are some resource links from the show. Register to vote Check your registration status and find your polling place Absentee ballot request Your Town Clerk an ..read more
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RERUN: How did reading become a political battlefield in the U.S.?
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by Connecticut Public Radio
1M ago
In 2021, Connecticut passed a law mandating school districts to have curricula focused on quote "the science of reading." That refers to research-backed approaches to literacy like phonics. Initially, all school districts had until July 1, 2023 to implement an approved “science of reading” program. That deadline is now July 1, 2025. But not all school districts are happy about this. So, why is “the science of reading” facing so much pushback? This hour, we’ll break down the past and present of the so-called “reading wars” in Connecticut and beyond. GUESTS: Emily Hanford: Senior producer and ..read more
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RERUN: The past and present of beach segregation in Connecticut
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by Connecticut Public Radio
2M ago
Connecticut has hundreds of miles of shoreline, extending from Greenwich in the west to Stonington in the east. But many of these coastal communities have found ways to exclude certain people. In fact, there's a long history of segregation on our shores, dating back decades. This hour, we’ll unpack past and present beach access in Connecticut. Plus, we’ll look at who does — and does not — get access to quality public spaces like parks. GUESTS: Andrew Kahrl: Professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Virginia and author of Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll an ..read more
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War of the words: The role of political rhetoric during wartime
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by Connecticut Public Radio
2M ago
During times of war, language can be a powerful tool. Political leaders can wield it to change hearts and minds, but also to justify the use of violence. Right now, political rhetoric is everywhere as the war between Israel and Palestine continues to unfold. So how does what we hear from politicians inform how we think about conflict? Today, we’ll examine the role of rhetoric in our politics — and how it can contribute to violence at home and abroad. GUESTS: Paul Achter: Associate professor of rhetoric, University of Richmond Ned O'Gorman: Professor of communication, University of I ..read more
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Will MAGA politics or Taylor Swift make a difference in 2024?
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by Connecticut Public Radio
2M ago
There are some major players in American politics. But one we don’t talk about enough is Taylor Swift. In September, Swift urged her fans on Instagram to register to vote. Vote.org reported a surge of 35,000 registrations after her post. Not only that, but the pop singer has had a political awakening in recent years. She’s gone from largely silent on politics to being outspoken on everything from her support for LGBTQ+ rights to her endorsement of Joe Biden in 2020. This hour, we’ll look at Swift’s political power — and the limits of it. Plus, is the MAGA movement still popular with ..read more
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