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Engaging Voters At An Earlier Age; Who Is Ebenezer Bassett?

Oct 15, 2018

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has announced she will resign from the post by year's end, raising questions and speculation as to who will fill the high-ranking vacancy.

This hour, we examine one possible candidate: former Connecticut U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. What qualifications would Lieberman bring to the position? And what would it take for him to be confirmed?

Later, we talk about trends in U.S. civics education. Are children who are exposed to the topic earlier more likely to develop into engaged voters?

And finally, controversy surrounding New Britain’s Paul Manafort Sr. Drive has drawn attention to a lesser-known Connecticut son, Ebenezer Bassett. Who was he? And how should the state honor his legacy? 

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POLITICO: White House considers 2 female ambassadors to replace Haley at U.N. - "White House aides have said the president is inclined to select a woman for the post, and -- while they stressed it’s still early in the process -- that they are looking to tap somebody already in the administration."

The Atlantic: Civics Education Helps Create Young Voters and Activists - "According to a report published earlier this year, just nine states and the District of Columbia require one year of government or civics classes in high school. But beyond that, most existing civics-education efforts focus on kids in high school and college who are of voting age or close to it -- not younger children." 

Connecticut Post: City votes to change name of street honoring Manafort's dad - "But Democrats on the council say the name draws attention to scandal. The council proposed renaming the road for Ebenezer D.C. Bassett, an African-American 19th-century educator and diplomat."


Centeral Connecticut State University's community conversation “How can we work together to preserve the legacy of Ebenezer D. Bassett?” will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Spottswood AME Zion Church in New Britain, Connecticut.

Listen to Connecticut Public Radio's Ray Hardman interview author and U.S. diplomat Christopher Teal about Basett's life here:

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.