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In Absentia
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This four-part investigation tells the story of political dysfunction in Bridgeport, the systems that enable it, and what this all means for the residents who wonder if their vote even matters.

Episodes drop Tuesdays, starting April 23rd. Listen below or find us on your favorite podcast platform.

  • What systems enable political dysfunction? How can people in power be held accountable? In Bridgeport — and across Connecticut — people are working to change government through grassroots activism and election reforms. In Absentia is produced by Connecticut Public. Learn more at ctpublic.org/bpt.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Mayor Joe Ganim keeps winning elections with the support of Bridgeport’s Democratic political machine. Machine politics has a rich and controversial history in the United States. Today, critics say it’s thriving in Bridgeport — and that it’s holding the city back. In Absentia is produced by Connecticut Public. Learn more at ctpublic.org/bpt.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Once Joe Ganim was released from prison, he returned to the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he staged his political comeback. In 2015, Ganim defeated several candidates to become mayor once again — and he’s been in office ever since. In Absentia is produced by Connecticut Public. Learn more at ctpublic.org/bpt.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • In the 1990s, a young political newcomer named Joe Ganim became mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. At the time, he was considered a rising star in state politics. But his career took an unexpected turn, and the FBI got involved. In Absentia is produced by Connecticut Public. Learn more at ctpublic.org/bpt.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Why does political dysfunction happen? What are the systems that enable it? This four-part investigation looks for answers in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where corruption charges, allegations of absentee ballot misconduct, and machine politics have left some residents wondering if their vote even matters. In Absentia is produced by Connecticut Public. Episodes drop Tuesdays, starting April 23rd. Learn more at ctpublic.org/bpt.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.