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If you’re a news junkie — or maybe just news curious, we’ve got your weekly dose of Connecticut politics, tackling everything from tax cuts to human composting. Amplifying important local and national voices, The Wheelhouse walks listeners through the most important political stories of the week. You’ll hear from well-known political reporters, academics, and local journalists across Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns.
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The landscape in the automotive industry is constantly changing. And to be honest, we say that a lot. But it’s true. With new announcements and initiatives announced almost daily, it can be hard for dealers to know what’s next and how to respond. But Daniel Govaer and the team at the Wheelhouse is here to help. Let’s take the wheel!
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Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith sit down to discuss the latest news and developments with the Seattle Mariners, from the viewpoint of the front office. Listen to or download individual episodes below, subscribe via iTunes or use your RSS reader so you never miss a single episode.
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Some say opposites attract. What happens when you realize that you and your spouse have virtually nothing in common? Obviously, you start a podcast!!! In this podcast, Brian Boyd and Alejandra Herr take turns learning about topics that are important to each other. It is a crash course on what makes each other tick. Should be interesting and maybe even a great way to share an interest or two finally.
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2024 is shaping up to be an unprecedented year. From record levels of disinformation to a presidential candidate spending more time in court than on the campaign trail, democracy hangs in the balance. This hour, we’re holding up a mirror and asking: how should the press cover the upcoming presidential election. Jaden Edison: Justice Reporter, The C…
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How do you build a culture where people of all backgrounds can feel accepted and accept others? In this episode of the ASOTU Wheelhouse, host Daniel Govaer is joined by Dimitrius Naylor, Director of Cavender Nissan of San Marcos, Karen Byrd, GM of Colonial VW Subaru and Alan Brown, GM of Sam Pack’s Five Star Chevrolet. Throughout the episode, the p…
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Connecticut’s 2024 legislative session begins Wednesday. For the next three months, lawmakers will work to address some of the state’s most pressing issues. This hour, we’ll explore those issues, which include zero-emission vehicles, a lack of affordable housing, and traffic stop reform. And did you know that you have a stake in the outcome of the …
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A federal court has revived a lawsuit over a Connecticut policy that allows transgender girls to compete on girls’ sports teams. Meanwhile, the town of Enfield, Connecticut passed a new policy banning the Pride flag from being flown on town property. This week on The Wheelhouse, we explore how recent policy changes in Connecticut mirror those in th…
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Governor Ned Lamont says child care is a top priority for Connecticut’s 2024 legislative session. He tasked a panel of experts with proposing a plan to overhaul what many consider to be a broken system. In a few weeks, Lamont will present his proposal for the Blue Ribbon Panel’s first year of a five year plan to the Connecticut General Assembly. Fa…
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The 2024 presidential election is in full swing. Iowa held its Republican Caucus this week, and next week, New Hampshire will hold Republican and Democratic primaries. These states traditionally go first, but because at least 90 percent of the people living in Iowa and New Hampshire are white, that may change. The Democratic National Committee has …
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Today, The Wheelhouse is passing the mic to another Connecticut Public talk show, Disrupted. This hour, we learn about the State Elections Enforcement Commission which oversees voter fraud allegations and campaign finance. We'll also examine America's youngest voters, Generation Z. Ruby Belle Booth will provide insight on Gen Z's voting impact foll…
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Some conversations are worth extending. Last time on the ASOTU Wheelhouse, we looked at supportive strategies for our current and next generation of leaders in our industry focusing on empowerment, specifically addressing the unique challenges faced by women in the auto industry. Today we continued that conversation with new faces and topics. Host …
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In 2021, Connecticut passed a law mandating school districts to have curricula focused on quote "the science of reading." That refers to research-backed approaches to literacy like phonics. Initially, all school districts had until July 1, 2023 to implement an approved “science of reading” program. That deadline is now July 1, 2025. But not all sch…
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On this episode of the ASOTU Wheelhouse, we delve into supportive strategies for our current and next generation of leaders in our industry focusing on empowerment, specifically addressing the unique challenges faced by women in the auto industry. We will hear from different perspectives of women in auto retail and talk through ways to remove barri…
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Connecticut has hundreds of miles of shoreline, extending from Greenwich in the west to Stonington in the east. But many of these coastal communities have found ways to exclude certain people. In fact, there's a long history of segregation on our shores, dating back decades. This hour, we’ll unpack past and present beach access in Connecticut. Plus…
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During times of war, language can be a powerful tool. Political leaders can wield it to change hearts and minds, but also to justify the use of violence. Right now, political rhetoric is everywhere as the war between Israel and Palestine continues to unfold. So how does what we hear from politicians inform how we think about conflict? Today, we’ll …
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Buckle up. It’s time for the Wheelhouse to dissect leads and follow-up process. Who should handle leads? How often should you follow-up? Where does AI fit in the process? On today, the longest ever episode of the Wheelhouse, host Daniel Govaer is joined by Jen Suzuki, President of eDealer Solutions, Kyle Mountsier, COO of ASOTU, Don Hall, President…
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There are some major players in American politics. But one we don’t talk about enough is Taylor Swift. In September, Swift urged her fans on Instagram to register to vote. Vote.org reported a surge of 35,000 registrations after her post. Not only that, but the pop singer has had a political awakening in recent years. She’s gone from largely silent …
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Hyundai will sell its vehicles on Amazon, and it potentially has huge ramifications for the auto industry. Fortunately, the Wheelhouse is here to break it all down. Daniel Govaer welcomes Brian Kramer, EVP of Cars Commerce, Matthew Haiken, Retailer Principal of Prestige Collection Auto Group, and new face Michael Wood, GM at Checkered Flag Auto Gro…
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Back in September, federal lawmakers came up with a temporary solution to avoid a government shutdown. But the continuing resolution they agreed upon expires in two days. Is Congress close to a spending agreement? This hour, we get the latest on that. Plus, Connecticut has set a goal to curb vehicle emissions to zero by 2035. But not everybody's ha…
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The retail auto industry has some questions about the EV narrative that’s being spun in the media and pop culture. Are dealers the problem? Is this whole thing a political issue? What do consumers actually want? And how many people actually plug in their plug-in hybrids? No one disagrees that EVs are coming and should come. The question is how do w…
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Tuesday was Election Day in Connecticut! From Bridgeport to Hartford, some of the state's big, and small, municipalities elected their next mayor. This hour, we tell you who won, who lost, and why it matters. Plus, a great panel of guests will dig into some of the races and tell us what they might mean for the state at-large. GUESTS: Livi Stanford:…
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For the past few weeks, The Wheelhouse has been hitting the campaign trail. The show has been featuring interviews with candidates for mayor across the state. Our final stop? Bridgeport! Bridgeport’s past two mayoral elections have been shrouded in controversy. In 2019 and in 2023, the word out of the Park City was all about absentee ballots, and w…
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Here are the things in the retail auto industry that we need to stop saying During today’s episode of the ASOTU Wheelhouse hosted by Daniel Govaer, panelists Liza Borches, Andrew DiFeo and Jen Suzuki talk about the words and phrases that we shouldn’t be using anymore, plus why Taylor Swift and Travis Kielce matter to the auto industry. 0:00 Intro a…
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For the past few weeks, The Wheelhouse has been hitting the campaign trail. The show is featuring interviews with candidates for mayor across the state. Today, Waterbury! Waterbury has long been known as the “Brass City.” In the early 20th century, it was a global leader in manufacturing — producing everything from brassware to watches and clocks. …
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For the next few weeks, The Wheelhouse is hitting the campaign trail! The show will feature interviews with candidates for mayor across the state. Today, West Haven! There are a lot of great things in West Haven, like Ed McCarthy’s Blue Devils, Savin Rock Park, and Zuppardi’s Apizza. But lately, those things have been overshadowed by turmoil at cit…
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For the next few weeks, The Wheelhouse is hitting the campaign trail! The show will feature interviews with candidates for mayor across the state. First up, Danbury. Danbury was historically known for its hats and hat makers. But now you might think of the city for its diversity. According to the US Census, 30 percent of the 87,000 people that live…
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Book bans. Mask requirements. What’s in our history books. These are just some of the issues that have divided school boards since the early days of the pandemic. School boards haven’t always been political battlegrounds. But these days, things are getting pretty heated. The non-profit news organization, ProPublica, found nearly 60 incidentsat scho…
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It all ties back to the customer and serving them better. On today’s episode of the ASOTU Wheelhouse hosted by Daniel Govaer, we talk about Rivian, BWM, Apple, car listing websites and a customer service survey. But at every conversation, our panelists Paul J Daly, Matthew Haiken, Kyle Mountsier and Jennifer Suzuki find ways to tie it practically b…
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Missed ASOTU CON? Don’t worry, we got you. On the first ever live appearance of the ASOTU Wheelhouse hosted by Daniel Govaer, we’re joined by Paul J Daly, Kyle Mountsier, Matthew Haiken, and the amazing Liza Borches graces us with her presence for the first time. Here’s what we cover in today’s episode: 0:00 Intro and Disclaimers 1:27 Daniel’s look…
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There’s a deadline looming. Congress has to pass a spending package – or at least an emergency one – by the end of the federal fiscal year, which is this Friday. Could a fight among Republicans in the U.S. House cause the government to shut down? How could that trickle down to Connecticut? This hour, we look at a fractured federal government. Plus,…
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Can former president Donald Trump legally become president again? According to experts on both sides of the aisle, the answer isn’t exactly clear-cut. From Colorado to Connecticut, there are efforts right now to bar Trump from the ballot in 2024. The legal argument against his candidacy comes down to one little-known provision in the 14 Amendment o…
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Jerry Dipoto is here to break down the playoff chase down the stretch. Jerry chats about the wonderful seasons Cal Raleigh and Matt Brash are having. Julio continues his amazing run and Jerry talks about what makes him so special To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more a…
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