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Weekly Show Premieres Wednesday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. on Connecticut Public Radio


HARTFORD – OCTOBER 7, 2020 – Most of us entered the year 2020 assuming that the Census, an impeachment trial, and the Presidential election would be the key defining political moments of the year. That all changed in early spring as the global COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, and uprisings over police violence and racial inequality captured the public’s attention.


Connecticut Public’s new radio show and podcast Disrupted, hosted by Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean explores how we move through disruption to create positive change.


Disrupted will feature voices raising new issues and new perspectives previously overlooked, so listeners can learn from these disruptions as we prepare for those yet to come.


“COVID-19 made visible the tremendous uncertainty and vulnerability we all face,” says Brown-Dean. “For me, the premise of the show rests on highlighting how ‘normal’ wasn’t working for large groups of people, and focusing on how we move through these disruptions to something that’s stronger, more inclusive, and more effective,” she continues.


“Over the past years, Khalilah has brought so much to our local programming as a guest and political analyst,” says Catie Talarski, Connecticut Public’s Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming. “We’re excited for her to step into the host role.”


Each episode will center on people, organizations, and groups who are working to bring positive change out of the disruptions we face. Khalilah Brown-Dean will explore access to health care, childcare, education as well as economic security and policing. But she doesn’t intend to stop there; the show will also explore how we make sense of these disruptions, how they reveal common bonds, and how we can move forward to a more equitable and united future.


Tune into Disrupted with Khalilah Brown-Dean on Connecticut Public Radio beginning Wednesday, October 7 at 2 p.m.,  every Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m. or stream anytime at or download the podcast at iTunes or Google Play.


About Khalilah Brown-Dean:
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar and author most recently of “Identity Politics in the United States.” A tenured Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University, she brings a keen eye toward the practical implications of democratic conflict. Brown-Dean is a preeminent expert on issues of American Politics, criminal punishment, mass incarceration, voting rights, and U.S. elections.


About Connecticut Public:
Connecticut Public is home to Connecticut Public Television and Connecticut Public Radio, which together serve nearly one million citizens each month, as well as many digital and online platforms. Through our mission to inform, educate, and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high-quality journalism, storytelling, education, and experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities.  Connecticut Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with a $22 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors.