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Connecticut's best journalists come out of the political trenches every Wednesday to join us on WNPR's weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse.

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Connecticut's best journalists come out of the political trenches every Wednesday to join us on WNPR's weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse.

    The Wheelhouse: It's Okay To Cry. Or To Chant.

    The Wheelhouse: It's Okay To Cry. Or To Chant.

    The country is jolted by the death of George Floyd, and by nation-wide demonstrations against police brutality that sometimes turned violent.  How did we get to this point? What should be done to make law enforcement and society more just? 

    Guests:

    David Collins -- Columnist for The Day in New London (@DavidCollinsct)

    Bilal Sekou -- Associate Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Hartford (@bilalsekou)

    Colin McEnroe -- Host of The Colin McEnroe show, and a columnist at Hearst Connecticut. (@ColinMcEnroe)

    Some reading suggestions for people trying to understand all of this:

    1. Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields

    2. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    3. Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Ransby

    4. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

    5. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

    6. White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

    7. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    8. Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler

    9. Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter by Jordan T. Camp

    10. The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

    11. Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

    List courtesy of Professor Bilal Sekou.  

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    The Wheelhouse: Coronavirus Political Divide, Prominent Justice Retires

    The Wheelhouse: Coronavirus Political Divide, Prominent Justice Retires

    This week, we take a look at the political divide on coronavirus in Connecticut and around the country.  But could there also be a seed of pandemic bipartisanship in the state?  We playback some of the judicial greatest hits of a high-profile member of the state Supreme Court.  How might Justice Richard Palmer’s retirement change the court? And a look at some award-winning reporting.

    Guests:

    Kaitlyn Krasselt -- Political Reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media (@kaitlynkrasselt)

    Jonathan Wharton -- Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at  Southern Connecticut State University (@PreppyProf)

    Colin McEnroe -- Host of The Colin McEnroe show, and a columnist at Hearst Connecticut. (@ColinMcEnroe)

    Join us on Twitter @wnprwheelhouse.

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    The Wheelhouse: Happy Reopening Day!

    The Wheelhouse: Happy Reopening Day!

    Is today the right time to start re-opening Connecticut’s economy after much of the state was closed to slow the spread of coronavirus?  We discuss the start of a phased-in reopening of businesses in the state.  We take a closer look at the problems plaguing the state Department of Public Health. Have they limited the agency’s capabilities during the pandemic?  Amid controversy over the attempted firing of the Partnership for Connecticut's new CEO, the Dalios pull out of the partnership. They blame two state lawmakers. 

    Guests:

    Dan Haar -- Columnist and Associate Editor at the Connecticut Post (@DanHaarColumns)

    Susan Raff -- Chief Capitol Reporter for Eyewitness News Channel 3 (@SusanRaff1)

    Colin McEnroe -- Host of The Colin McEnroe show, and a columnist at Hearst Connecticut. (@ColinMcEnroe)

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    The Wheelhouse: Prepping For Reopening, Replacing The Public Health Commissioner

    The Wheelhouse: Prepping For Reopening, Replacing The Public Health Commissioner

    Governor Ned Lamont has removed the Commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Public Health in the middle of a pandemic. How big are the problems faced by nursing homes trying to keep their elderly residents safe? We continue talking about the changes coming as the state gradually re-opens on May 20. And we share feats of strength and air grievances with a bit of a heavy heart, following the death of Seinfeld actor Jerry Stiller.

    Guests:

    Beth Hamilton -- Executive Editor of the Connecticut Mirror (@ekhamilton4)

    Kevin Rennie -- Hartford Courant Columnist and former state lawmaker (@DailyRuctions)

    Colin McEnroe -- Host of The Colin McEnroe show, and a columnist at Hearst Connecticut. (@ColinMcEnroe)

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    The Wheelhouse: Distance Learning Continues In Connecticut

    The Wheelhouse: Distance Learning Continues In Connecticut

    Parents have gotten news they were expecting about continued distance learning, but it’s still going to be a rough two months. Most states in the nation had already made this decision, including Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

    This hour, we talk about what this will mean for students and educators, and how schools might plan to reopen in the fall.

    Also, in Connecticut black residents are dying from COVID-19 in higher numbers per capita than white residents. So what is the state doing to get more testing to vulnerable communities?

    And some think Chris Dodd is an odd choice as co-chair of Joe Biden’s VP search committee.4

    GUESTS: 
    Colin McEnroe - Host of The Colin McEnroe Show, and a columnist for Hearst Connecticut (@ColinMcEnroe)
    Susan Bigelow - columnist at ctnewsjunkie.com (@whateversusan)
    Bilal Sekou-- Associate Professor of Politics and Government at University of Hartford (@bilalsekou)

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    The Wheelhouse: The Challenges Of Reopening Connecticut; Remembering Those We've Lost

    The Wheelhouse: The Challenges Of Reopening Connecticut; Remembering Those We've Lost

    May 20th. It’s the day that Governor Lamont’s closure orders run out. Will schools and nonessential businesses begin to open back up? That all depends on positive trends on COVID-19 hospitalizations, and access to testing.

    Meanwhile, the 47-member “Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group” has been meeting behind closed doors to give recommendations to the governor on how the state might begin to get back to any sort of normal.

    This hour we check in on what it might look like to reopen our state.

    Also, we remember Hartford Courant journalist Josh Kovner who passed away on Friday.

    GUESTS: 
    Mark Paziokas - Capitol bureau cheif at the Connecticut Mirror (@ctmirrorpaz)
    Daniela Altimari - covers state government and politics at the Hartford Courant (@capitolwatch)
    Colin McEnroe - Host of The Colin McEnroe Show, and a columnist for Hearst Connecticut (@ColinMcEnroe)

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What an entertaining, non-partisan take on politics. We need much more of this non-inflammatory kind of discussion and insight.

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