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Welcome to Steady Habits: A CT Mirror Podcast, hosted by John Dankosky. Our goal is to foster meaningful conversations with newsmakers and the journalists who cover them. We're planning to dig into Connecticut's biggest stories in policy and politics. Let's get started.

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Welcome to Steady Habits: A CT Mirror Podcast, hosted by John Dankosky. Our goal is to foster meaningful conversations with newsmakers and the journalists who cover them. We're planning to dig into Connecticut's biggest stories in policy and politics. Let's get started.

    Connecticut Restaurants Face Future With "A Little Dread, A Lot of Optimism"

    Connecticut Restaurants Face Future With "A Little Dread, A Lot of Optimism"

    CT’s economic recovery is going to be slow, but the question looms: How slow? According to the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at UConn, it could take a decade or more to undo the pandemic's economic damage. Every sector of the economy is hurting, but damage to the restaurant industry might be the longest-lasting. The leisure and hospitality industry account for the largest number of those laid off this year, and thousands remain unemployed or underemployed as restaurants struggle to figure out how to serve a skittish customer base.

    A recent move by the state to open up to 75% indoor capacity doesn’t mean much to small restaurants that don’t have enough room to socially distance, and the outdoor dining boom that we saw this summer is facing the reality that winter is coming.

    On this episode of "Steady Habits," John is joined by Leeanne Griffin of the Hartford Courant, and chef Tyler Anderson, to explore how state restaurants have stayed alive - and how they are planning for an uncertain future.

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    • 31 min
    Election Special: Is The Health Of Our Democracy At Stake?

    Election Special: Is The Health Of Our Democracy At Stake?

    This close to election day, it's easy for all conversation about politics to be about the horse race. But as this year has shown us, there are some enduring issues surrounding this election: voting rights, systemic racism, the impact of the pandemic on our political life, and the health of our democracy.

    In this Steady Habits special election edition, John Dankosky was joined by Quinnipiac University political science professor Khalilah Brown Dean, veteran Republican strategist Liz Kurantowicz and CT Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas.

    At the center of the conversation was the question: "Will bipartisan cooperation and civility ever come back to American politics?"

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    • 53 min
    Devastated, One Connecticut Theater Fights to Survive

    Devastated, One Connecticut Theater Fights to Survive

    COVID-19 has sent a shock wave through multiple industries over the past seven months, but of all of industries barely hanging on through the pandemic - the performing arts might be taking the biggest blow. 

    Many theaters, playhouses, music clubs and art museums already existed on thin margins, but what happens when you take away the crowds for a year, maybe more? There are still many lingering questions about when these theaters can reopen, and when they do, will people want to come back?

    Broadway theaters in New York are shut down through May of next year. Meanwhile, Connecticut has its own performing arts crisis to contend with: six prestigious regional theaters, known as The Connecticut Flagship Producing Theaters, that have no clear pathway to reopening their doors. The six theaters banded together to ask the state for $12 million in CARES act funding, but this week, they learned that state grants would only total $9 million for the whole sector.

    Today on "Steady Habits," John is joined by his podcast producer Jessica Freedman, whose article, "COVID leaves Connecticut's theater scene seeking a way forward," is up on the CT Mirror now. On this episode, they dive into the collapse of one theater in particular: Goodspeed Musicals of East Haddam. 

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    • 26 min
    Can “Inclusive Growth” Help Cities Recover From Covid?

    Can “Inclusive Growth” Help Cities Recover From Covid?

    It’s no secret the pandemic has hit Connecticut’s economy hard. It’s also no secret that the Covid shutdown has hit the state’s black and latino communities the hardest.

    Pre-Covid, there were some more signs of life in Connecticut’s cities, especially in downtown areas. But those gains weren’t always felt in the neighborhoods. City residents have been saying this to political leaders for decades, and still, little was being done.

    The CT Mirror’s Tom Condon, a veteran reporter, has been exploring the different ways the state could make recovery more “inclusive.” This means everything from transportation and infrastructure improvements, to finding ways to get private investment into neighborhoods.

    The idea is called “inclusive growth,” and Tom has charted how it’s helped cities like Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Oakland. In a new series, launching today in The CT Mirror, he considers how these ideas could be put to work in Connecticut.

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    • 22 min
    Anchor Dennis House on Three Decades Covering Connecticut

    Anchor Dennis House on Three Decades Covering Connecticut

    Anyone who follows Connecticut politics and the news media was shocked when they heard that anchor Dennis House and WFSB were parting ways. After over 28 years on-air, House had become the face of the station, and one of the most prominent TV journalists in Connecticut. 

    He hosted the Sunday morning political show, Face the State, which regularly broke news and highlighted some of the best political reporting in Connecticut.

    In his conversation with John, he reflects on the ever-changing world of broadcast journalism, shares what he’s learned about moderating debates, and answers whether or not he would ever consider going into politics himself.

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    • 32 min
    Pollster Stan Greenberg Says Undecided Voters Have Already Decided

    Pollster Stan Greenberg Says Undecided Voters Have Already Decided

    Stanley Greenberg has been in the middle of Democratic Party politics for decades. His work as a pollster for Bill Clinton in 1992 helped reshape the party following years of losing ground to Republicans among working-class white voters.

    This year, Greenberg has been doing Zoom focus groups with some of these same types of voters - and he’s hearing about health care as the issue that’s most on people’s minds once again.

    In his wide-ranging conversation with John, he talks about what Democrats have learned over the years about populism; about how he’s surprised what a big issue climate change is for voters; and he tells John that he was pushing for Joe Biden to pick a different running mate.

    On this episode, Greenberg predicts that in November we will see "the biggest turnout in the history of presidential elections."

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    • 30 min

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