This close to election day, it’s easy for all conversation about politics to be about the horse race. But as this year has shown us, there are some enduring issues surrounding this election: voting rights, systemic racism, the impact of the pandemic on our political life, and the health of our democracy.

In this Steady Habits special election edition, recorded last Wedenesday, John Dankosky was joined by Quinnipiac University political science professor Khalilah Brown Dean, veteran Republican strategist Liz Kurantowicz and CT Mirror Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Pazniokas.

At the center of our conversation was the question: “Will bi-partisan cooperation and civility ever come back to American politics?”

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.