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The Wheelhouse
Wednesdays at 9:00 AM & 8:00 PM, available as a podcast

Local and national politics, but with the noise turned down and the perspective turned up. The Wheelhouse works to make Connecticut politics more understandable…and more accessible.

  • As the country witnesses yet another act of political violence, its citizens wonder about the impact words and weapons have on our lives. On the next Wheelhouse, we try to make sense of an assassination attempt in 2024.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • This week on The Wheelhouse, lawmakers are taking “reasonable measures” to protect children online through the “Kids Online Safety Act.” But does this act encroach on free speech? And is a TikTok ban really in our future?Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Election coverage in 2024 has portrayed individual members of latino communities as a collective bloc. As coverage of polling sacrifices nuance over numbers, an opportunity is missed to delve into issues that a large percentage of Americans care about. Polls are used in the media, for example, to show that President Joe Biden is behind in his campaign–and that Latinos are breaking for former president Donald Trump. But, a report from the Brookings Institute, shows that Latinos are underrepresented in most polls. And that, “national election polls are not designed for sub-group analysis.” Today on The Wheelhouse, honing in on people and policy, and not on who prospective voters from the Hispanic Latino diaspora are going to vote for. This episode continues Connecticut Public and The Wheelhouse's election coverage, connecting people to policy. We’ve already tackled reproductive rights, how to talk to your kids about politics, and the role of the media in presidential elections. Help us cover local and national elections by filling out this survey online. GUESTS: Charles Venator-Santiago: Associate professor of political science and El Instituto, University of Connecticut Christian Paz: senior politics reporter, Vox Maricarmen Cajahuaringa: Latino communities reporter, Connecticut Public Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Reproductive rights aren’t just at stake in states like Louisiana and Texas. They’re targeted—even in a so-called safe harbor Connecticut–by some lawmakers. Today on The Wheelhouse, what might the landscape surrounding reproductive care look like after November’s elections? And looking back, we’ll examine Connecticut’s complicated history with reproductive rights. GUESTS: Sonali Chakravarti: Professor of government, Wesleyan University Amanda Becker: Washington correspondent, The 19th The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode. Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • More and more states are restricting access to gender-affirming care. It’s an issue that some politicians are centering in their political campaigns. But a 19th News/SurveyMonkey poll from 2023 found that only 17 percent of Americans believe politicians should focus on restrictions to gender-affirming care. So, today on the Wheelhouse, we’ll wade through misinformation to examine anti-trans rhetoric. GUESTS: Joanna Wuest, Assistant professor of politics, Mount Holyoke College TJ Billard, Assistant professor, Northwestern University School of Communication Katelyn Burns, Columnist, MSNBC The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • The way we view cannabis has changed, particularly since states began decriminalizing its use and allowing residents to buy it. Most Americans now live in a state where cannabis for recreational use is legal. As jurisdictions embrace the cannabis industry, communities are addressing people disproportionately impacted by the “war on drugs” and cracking down on the distribution of illicit cannabis. Today on The Wheelhouse, how is the regulation of cannabis for recreational use going? Also on this episode, a check-in with radio host Jeremy Hobson ahead of his appearance in Waterbury, Connecticut on June 3. His live call-in show “The Middle” is coming to the Palace Theater. We’ll ask Hobson what the geographical–and philosophical–middle of America thinks about widespread legalization of cannabis. GUESTS: Natalie Fertig, Federal Cannabis Policy Reporter, POLITICO Jordan Nathaniel Fenster, Senior enterprise reporter, CT Insider Jeremy Hobson, Host, “The Middle” The Wheelhouse is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Connecticut’s aging population is growing. Lawmakers are looking for solutions as complaints from elder care residents and advocates increase in the state. On the next Wheelhouse, how is the state addressing this problem?Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • The Connecticut General Assembly has adjourned for the year. In an election year – and an era of fiscal discipline – there was only so much that was going to be done during a short legislative session to address climate change, funding shortfalls in education and shortages in affordable housing and child care. Today on The Wheelhouse, a look back at Connecticut’s 2024 legislative session and a look ahead at how state lawmakers will handle unfinished business. GUESTS: Mark Pazniokas, Capitol bureau chief and co-founder, CT Mirror Susan Raff, Chief capitol reporter, WFSB News Ch. 3 Michayla Savitt, State government reporter, Connecticut Public Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • In April, a group of owners of National Hockey League teams approved the relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Utah. The move was a disappointment for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. Lamont had pitched the idea of the Coyotes coming to Hartford to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this year. Today on The Wheelhouse, what would it take for Hartford to get the NHL – and the Whalers – back? And later, May marks 25 years since a partnership between Connecticut and the NFL’s Patriots fell apart. We’ll revisit the May 1, 1999 dissolution of the Connecticut NFL project. GUESTS: Colin McEnroe, host of Connecticut Public’s The Colin McEnroe Show Andrew Zimbalist, professor of Economics, Smith College Dan Haar, columnist and senior editor, Hearst Connecticut Media Group Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Student-led protests of the Israel-Hamas War are growing as the fighting continues. Students camp out and call on their educational institutions to divest from companies they say support the killing of civilians – while the world reacts. This hour, we look at how the protests in support of civilians in Gaza – and the war in general – are being talked about and how that rhetoric affects the safety of Palestinian and Jewish people. GUESTS: Sharon Otterman: Reporter covering education, health, other issues in New York City, New York Times Eddy Martinez: Breaking News Reporter, CT Public Jason Stanley: Professor of Philosophy, Yale University Gregg Gonsalves: Associate Professor at Yale School of Public Health and Associate Professor at Yale Law School Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Why does political dysfunction happen? What are the systems that enable it? A new four-part podcast from Connecticut Public looks for answers in Bridgeport, where corruption charges, allegations of absentee ballot misconduct, and machine politics have left some residents wondering if their vote even matters. Today on The Wheelhouse, catch the first episode of In Absentia. The podcast offers listeners a deep dive into the history of political dysfunction in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Plus, we’ll hear from Connecticut Public’s Lisa Hagen about Connecticut's federal delegation ahead of general elections in November.Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  • Connecticut’s affordable housing crisis has taken center stage during the state’s 2023 and 2024 legislative sessions. This hour, are meaningful reforms on the horizon for state residents? And how have zoning ordinances, a lack of transit-oriented development, and “opt-in” programs contributed to the crisis at hand? Jacqueline Rabe Thomas: Investigative reporter, Hearst Connecticut Media Group Anika Singh Lemar: Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School Ginny Monk: Children’s issues and housing reporter, Connecticut Mirror Abigail Brone: Housing reporter, Connecticut Public Support the show: http://wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.