The Biden/Harris campaign loomed over the park via a giant screen while delegates talked. Yehyun Kim /

Listen to highlights from our first-ever “Steady Habits Live!” event and more.

The Republican convention starts today, and it’ll be interesting to see if it’s anywhere near as weird as the Democratic convention last week. With no live audience because of Covid-19, the convention played even more like a scripted TV show than these events had already become.

And with no big, live event to go to, Connecticut’s Democratic delegates didn’t gather with their colleagues from around the country — they socially distanced in an otherwise empty Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford.

This episode – we’ll talk with CT Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas, CTNewsJunkie contributor Susan Bigelow, and Southern Connecticut State University political science professor Jonathan Wharton about the politics of the moment.

We’ll recap the Democratic Convention, preview the Republican one, talk about some drama in the state GOP that’s putting pressure on the party chairman J.R. Romano, and talk about one of John’s favorite subjects — why can’t Connecticut do early voting and mail-in voting like so many other states?

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.