We talk about the recent losses to popular music: David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, and now Maurice White. Our guest, John Covach, is the Director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester. We listen to some of the classics and John will explain why each artist connected with such a large audience. We also preview a weekend Pop Institute show that will focus on 70's prog rock.

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At the back of the cafeteria at the World of Inquiry School in Rochester, tables are covered in colorful, patterned scarves, and teachers and students are wearing them. They're celebrating World Hijab Day.

Kelly LaLonde is an English as a Second Language Teacher at the school. She says the response to the event has been overwhelmingly positive.

"We had a hundred and fifty scarves that were donated from the community and they were gone 20 minutes into breakfast."

Senate Democrats are optimistic about their chances for winning a special election in April to replace convicted ex Senate Leader Dean Skelos .

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, in an interview with public radio and television   predicts the Democratic candidate in the race for the Skelos seat , Assemblyman and former prosecutor  Todd Kaminsky, will do “quite well”, and represents “a break from the past”.

“Which frankly, voters out there deserve and need,” Stewart Cousins said.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  Some 551 New Yorkers have been certified to obtain medical marijuana, nearly one month after the state's program began. 

More than 330 physicians, meanwhile, have registered with the state, a requirement for doctors who want to be able to authorize the drug for patients. 

The figures come from the state's Department of Health in response to questions posed Friday by The Associated Press. 

Geva's new production of To Kill a Mockingbird hits the stage February 16, and the theatre is tying threads throughout the local arts community. Students from School of the Arts (SOTA) are shadowing their professional counterparts, culminating in their own chance to perform the show. The George Eastman Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film version of To Kill a Mockingbird next week. And Writers & Books will host a class called "Re-Imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," allowing the public to get closer to the story before the production opens on stage. Our guests:

  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director, Geva Theatre Center
  • Skip Greer, playing Atticus Finch on the Geva stage
  • Catherine Yeager, member of the Moving Image Team, George Eastman Museum
  • Lorie Dengler Dewey, director of SOTA’s To Kill A Mockingbird and SOTA drama faculty member
  • Bill McDonough, student actor

Libraries say the state is short-changing them, and the fight is on. We talk about how libraries use public funding -- often to provide internet access to people who don't otherwise have it. We also discuss the future of libraries. How are they adapting to technology? Our guests:

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A top official at Roberts Wesleyan College says that many people at that  Chili-based school are angry about the racial epithets written on a dormitory wall this week. The college plans to respond aggressively to that incident.

Hundreds of students attended a  meeting at the college Friday to talk about the incident where the racial slurs were scrawled on the door and wall of a dorm suite, which is occupied by several African American students who are also members of the basketball team.

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)  Federal regulators say nearly $80 billion is needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region. 

An organization that lobbies for increased Great Lakes funding says that number comes from a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on the nation's water infrastructure.

Pollution from sewer overflows and stormwater runoff is one cause of beach closures and destruction of fish and wildlife habitat. 

First hour: The future of libraries

Second hour: To Kill a Mockingbird on the Geva stage; remembering 70s music and the recent pop music losses