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The war on "woke"

Workers prepare the stage for the 2022 meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando Florida on February 23, 2022.
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Workers prepare the stage for the 2022 meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando Florida on February 23, 2022.

Following the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, the phrase “stay woke” became a rallying cry among Black Lives Matter activists in Ferguson and beyond.

In the years since, the word “woke” has been weaponized by the right. Politicians like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are declaring a quote “war on woke,” going so far as to attempt to restrict what's being taught in schools. This hour, we’ll look at the anti-woke movement and what it means for the 2024 elections.

Plus, we break down what ranked choice voting could look like in Connecticut.

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Meg Dalton is the deputy director of storytelling for Connecticut Public where she provides editorial support for the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Frankie Graziano is the host of The Wheelhouse, focusing on how local and national politics impact the people of Connecticut.