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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.

    How to talk to kids about the 2024 presidential election

    How to talk to kids about the 2024 presidential election

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

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

    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 Thomas: Secretary of the State of Connecticut
    Susan Raff: Chief political reporter, WFSB News Ch. 3
    Mark Pazniokas: Capitol bureau chief, CT Mirror
    Dr. Bilal Sekou: Hillyer College associate professor of politics and government, University of Hartford

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

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

    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.  
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    How are women faring in American politics?

    How are women faring in American politics?

    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 Jackson: Chair of the Africana Studies department, Wellesley College
    Sarah Sobieraj: Professor and Chair of Sociology, Tufts University
    Shefali Luthra: Health Reporter, The 19th

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

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

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

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

    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 Dudas: Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut
    Eric Deggans: TV critic, NPR

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Katie Redhead ,

Thank you

I am so saddened that the Wheelhouse format is another casualty of 2020. This show has been the closest thing I have to a “must listen” either live or via the pod. I appreciate all the insight and analysis, and the blend of hyper local with national politics and hope that you consider at least occasionally bringing back the format even if it’s no longer a regular weekly feature of where you live. Thanks for the good times! You’ll be missed

BrianMulhall ,

Used to be worth listening to

This show has managed to go from a must listen to to just awful in a matter of a few years. It’s sad it’s gone

David From Connecticut ,

Comprehensive Review of CT Politics

I do enjoy this show a lot. It gives a good overview of Connecticut Politics> Something that I listen to on my daily walk. . Truly appreciate all the work that is done to make this show possible

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