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In Absentia looks at the history of political dysfunction in Bridgeport

Joe Burns, a small business owner in Bridgeport, protests outside of the Government Center where a woman was seen on video putting multiple piece of paper into a ballot box. “Enough’s enough,” he said. “We gotta take the city back.”
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Connecticut Public
Joe Burns, a small business owner in Bridgeport, protests outside of the Government Center where a woman was seen on video putting multiple piece of paper into a ballot box. “Enough’s enough,” he said. “We gotta take the city back.”

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.

GUESTS:

  • Bria Lloyd, Investigative reporter, Connecticut Public
  • Lisa Hagen, Federal policy reporter for CT Mirror and Connecticut Public

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.

Frankie Graziano is the host of 'The Wheelhouse,' focusing on how local and national politics impact the people of Connecticut.
Chloe Wynne is a producer for The Wheelhouse, hosted by Frankie Graziano. She previously worked as a producer and reporter for the investigative podcast series, Admissible: Shreds of Evidence, which was co-produced by VPM and Story Mechanics and distributed by iHeartRadio. She began her journalism career at inewsource, an investigative newsroom in San Diego, Calif., where she covered housing, education and crime. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2021, where she focused on audio storytelling.