The Wheelhouse: Death Penalty; Political Musical Chairs; Native American Mascots

Catch up on news from the state capitol and beyond on our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse.
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Connecticut has a complicated relationship with the death penalty. Over more than 50 years, the state executed just two death row inmates because they asked for it. Two years ago it was repealed for cases moving forward, but last week, one more man was sentenced to die for a crime he committed before the repeal. Meanwhile, it was revealed that Connecticut doesn't have any lethal injection drugs on hand.

Also, The Wheelhouse will catch up on the political break-ups and hook-ups as candidates look for their perfect (running) mate.

We also talk to a reporter, columnist and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation about the letter that 50 U.S. senators sent to the NFL, asking them to change the name of the Washington franchise.


  • Colin McEnroe - Host of The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
  • Khalilah Brown-Dean - Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University
  • Matt DeRienzo - Connecticut Group Editor for Digital First Media
  • Mike Lawlor - Connecticut's Under Secretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning
  • Ian Donnis - Political reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio
  • Simon Moya-Smith - Writer, activist and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation; columnist and reporter for Indian Country Today Media Network and a contributor to CNN Opinion


At the end of the show, we listened back to Maya Angelou reading her poem And Still I Rise. Angelou died at the age of 86. You can watch the video of her reading here: