Need to Know Rochester http://wxxinews.org en Growth for the Razorsharks & Local Child Authors Recruiting "Change Agents" http://wxxinews.org/post/growth-razorsharks-local-child-authors-recruiting-change-agents <p>A big win this week for the <a href="http://www.razorsharks.com/">Rochester Razorsharks</a>. We talk with the man behind the professional basketball team that just took home the PBL Championship title. Owner and CEO, Dr. Sev Hrywnak, discusses new opportunities for growth for the Razorsharks in the Rochester area. Also on the show – we’re joined by two local child authors known as the <a href="http://championsofchangeusa.org/">“Change Agents.”</a> We’ll find out how they’re making a mark on the world of literacy. And a special preview of the upcoming WXXI screening of <a href="http://interactive.wxxi.org/highlights/2014/03/schools-south-sudan"><em>Schools for South Sudan</em></a>.</p><p>http://youtu.be/AZ7_0_VGx_Q Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 21150 at http://wxxinews.org Inside the ROC Razorsharks & Meet the Champions of Change http://wxxinews.org/post/inside-roc-razorsharks-meet-champions-change <p>On this week's <em>Need to Know Rochester</em>, we talk with the owner of the Rochester Razorsharks the week of the big championship game. Dr. Sev Hrywnak discusses the team's winning streak, obstacles he had to overcome to keep the basketball team in Rochester and what's next for the Razorsharks.</p><p>Also on the show, we'll meet two Rochester elementary kids on a mission to make their peers successful entrepreneurs. They're known as the Champions of Change and they have a special message for today's youth.</p><p>Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.</p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/mPVkHPxbql8">http://youtu.be/mPVkHPxbql8</a> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:49:35 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 21105 at http://wxxinews.org The Impact of Movies On Marriages & The Lonely World of Young Black Opera Singers http://wxxinews.org/post/impact-movies-marriages-lonely-world-young-black-opera-singers <p>Could movies actually help save your marriage? Ronald Rogge, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester says “Yes!” We dig into a <a href="http://www.couples-research.com">study</a> he co-authored to learn more about the impact of Hollywood films on marriages. Also on the show, African American opera stars have left a rich legacy, but who’s following in their footsteps? &nbsp;Rochester-area Soprano, <a href="http://www.brittanywalkersoprano.com/">Brittany Walker</a>, shares more about the somewhat lonely world for young black opera singers and what they’re doing to make an impact. And Highland Hospital is celebrating its 125<sup>th</sup> anniversary. We look back at some of its greatest achievements.</p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/HXKdLqoXWoM" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/HXKdLqoXWoM</a></p><p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 21091 at http://wxxinews.org Inside the Common Core http://wxxinews.org/post/inside-common-core <p>On this week’s <em>Need to Know Rochester</em>, we’re inside the classroom to get a glimpse of the Common Core in action. Everybody’s weighing in - students, teachers, parents and education leaders give their take and whether they think the new standards will last. Also on the show – we hear from the leaders of two private schools in our area who have said “no thanks” to the Common Core. They explain why. Also, we’re back in the kitchen to finish up an easy Italian meal to help celebrate the entrance of spring.</p><p>http://youtu.be/RWJlEyinT5w Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20988 at http://wxxinews.org The Common Core In Action http://wxxinews.org/post/common-core-action <p>On this week’s edition of <em>Need to Know Rochester</em> – we’re inside the classroom to get a first-hand look at the Common Core…in action. We talk to parents, teachers &amp; education leaders about the new standards as state testing kicks off this week in Rochester-area schools. We also hear from local private schools leaders about the Common Core. Some say they’ve got the <em>cure</em> for the new standards. And we complete our Italian cooking lesson with the owner of Fina’s Café.</p><p>Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.</p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/uidKOPIM0Z0" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/uidKOPIM0Z0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:45:36 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20951 at http://wxxinews.org "Opting-Out" of State Tests, Music & the Elderly, & Embracing Spring Through Italian Cuisine http://wxxinews.org/post/opting-out-state-tests-music-elderly-embracing-spring-through-italian-cuisine <p>“Schools aren’t driving the bus anymore.” That’s according to one Rochester-area parent in regards to common core standards and assessments in New York Schools. On this edition of <em>Need to Know Rochester</em>, hear from parents involved in the local “opt-out” movement and learn why their kids will be refusing next week’s state exams. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:30:00 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20897 at http://wxxinews.org "Opting-Out" of State Tests, Music & the Elderly, & Embracing Spring Through Italian Cuisine The "Opt-Out" Movement, the Healing Power of Music & An Italian Treat for Spring http://wxxinews.org/post/opt-out-movement-healing-power-music-italian-treat-spring <p>On this week’s <em>Need to Know Rochester</em> – we’ll hear from parents who say their kids will be “opting out” of next week’s state tests. Learn <em>why</em> and <em>how</em> area districts are responding to the “opt-out” movement of common core testing.</p><p>Also on the show, we’ll learn about the healing power of music for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Plus, a taste of Italy just in time for spring!</p><p>Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.</p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/zBgGg_AruMo" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/zBgGg_AruMo Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:47:10 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20856 at http://wxxinews.org Feminism & Pop Culture, From the Top, & Finding Humor in the World of Caregiving http://wxxinews.org/post/feminism-pop-culture-top-finding-humor-world-caregiving <p>On this week’s edition of <em>Need to Know Rochester</em> we discuss the B-word and a movement that’s reclaiming that word in an effort to generate activism and bring a thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media. Andi Zeisler, co-counder of the journal <em>Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture</em> talks with WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer prior to her presentation at the University of Rochester for Women’s History Month. Click <a href="http://www.rochester.edu/diversity/celebrations/womenshistory/">here</a> to learn more about events taking place at the U of R in celebration of Women’s History Month.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:58:57 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20823 at http://wxxinews.org Feminism & Pop Culture, From the Top, & Finding Humor in the World of Caregiving From the Top & A Feminist Response to Pop Culture http://wxxinews.org/post/top-feminist-response-pop-culture <p>NPR’s famed classical music program, <em>From the Top</em>, is in Rochester this week. WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer sits down with renowned flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway and <em>From the Top</em> host Christopher O’Riley. They look at the changes in music education and what it will take to help young classical musicians thrive in the midst of funding cut-backs in public education music programs.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:24:09 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20791 at http://wxxinews.org From the Top & A Feminist Response to Pop Culture End the R-Word & ROC Launches New Initiatives in S. Sudan http://wxxinews.org/post/end-r-word-roc-launches-new-initiatives-s-sudan <p>On this edition of <em>Need to Know Rochester</em> – learn about a local campaign joining a national movement to put an end to a word some say is dehumanizing and offensive. Also on the show – we examine the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and <em>new</em> initiatives by local non-profits to help bring change and stability to the nation. It’s all part of the final installment of WXXI’s <strong>Schools for South Sudan</strong> series. And a look back at the most critical issues in Rochester during the civil rights movement. We’ll hear from leaders and educators in the community about whether those issues have been resolved.</p><p><span class="watch-page-link"><a href="http://youtu.be/_itz0tGtS3s" target="_blank">http://youtu.be/_itz0tGtS3s</a></span></p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/4Epsb8kfluE" target="_blank"> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:50:39 +0000 Hélène Biandudi Hofer 20598 at http://wxxinews.org