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Connecticut Public Unveils In Absentia Podcast Examining Complex Politics In Bridgeport

Limited-run series delves into the city’s history of complex politics, the systems that enable it, and the people working to create a new vision for politics in Bridgeport. 

HARTFORD [April 18, 2024] - Connecticut Public is proud to announce the launch of its investigative podcast, In Absentia, which sheds light on the complex politics in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Developed by journalists from the newsroom, the storytelling unit and The Accountability Project -- the investigative reporting team at Connecticut Public -- this four-episode series explores the factors that shape local politics and the impact on residents.

For years, political operatives have been accused of subverting Bridgeport’s democratic process. Allegations of absentee ballot misconduct have led to fines, and state agencies have launched investigations into potential election malfeasance.

In Absentia unravels the web of issues that hinder local government. Co-hosts Bria Lloyd and Kate Seltzer tell the story behind a ballot box video that upended the city's 2023 primary election. They also explore the influence of Bridgeport’s political machine, the push to increase civic engagement among voters, and the enduring support for Bridgeport’s longtime mayor, who returned to public life after serving time in prison for municipal corruption.

"This podcast aims to amplify the voices of Bridgeport residents and explain the systems that perpetuate political dysfunction," Lloyd said. "We hope this series will spark meaningful conversations in the city and beyond."

"We're excited to bring In Absentia to our audience as part of our commitment to investigative journalism," said Jim Haddadin, editor for The Accountability Project. "This series offers a nuanced look at Bridgeport's political climate, providing residents and listeners with insight into the challenges the city faces and potential pathways forward."

In Absentia episodes drop Tuesdays, starting April 23rd. The series is available on all major podcast platforms. To listen to the trailer and for more information, visit ctpublic.org/bpt.

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