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A bigger table: A look at third parties and our political system

A ballot offering Democrat, Republican, or None of the Above choices to check off with a red checkmark next to 'None of the Above.'
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Why is the two-party system so entrenched here in the United States?

This hour, we talk about third parties. We learn about a new third party, discuss the history and political viability of third parties, and talk with a third party candidate.


  • Dr. Amy Chai: Independent Party candidate for Connecticut’s 3rd U.S. Congressional District
  • Seth Masket: Author of The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy
  • Andrew Yang: Co-founder and co-chair of the new Forward Party; he previously ran as a Democratic candidate for president and for mayor of New York City

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Colin McEnroe, Jacob Gannon, and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.