WXXI AM News

Coming up on Connections: Friday, December 29th

Dec 28, 2017

First hour: U.S. life expectancy declines again

Second hour: Are we to blame for fake news?

Life expectancy in the US declined again in 2016, a trend that likely will continue when 2017 numbers are in.  Drug-related deaths and suicide are major contributors.  Our panel discusses this alarming development, and what might turn it around.

  • Eric Caine, former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester
  • Jim Wesley, drug chemist and former head of the drug section of the Monroe County Crime Lab
  • Kent Gardner, economist with the Center for Governmental Research

Then, is fake news our own fault? Mike Johansson says in many ways, it is. He's a lecturer of communication at RIT with experience in a number of newsrooms. We'll talk about who's to blame, and what we can do to stop being so susceptible. Our guests:

  • Mike Johansson, lecturer of communication at RIT
  • Randy Gorbman, news director for WXXI
  • Julie Philipp, senior engagement editor at the Democrat & Chronicle¬†