Coming up on Connections: Thursday, December 14

Dec 14, 2017

First hour: Reviewing the year in climate

Second hour: Does Star Wars still resonate with audiences today?

One year into the Trump presidency, climate activists are taking their efforts to the statewide level. So what are their priorities for New York State in 2018? Here’s one idea: In New York, activists and advocates say that many of the vital technologies – the ones that would update and improve our outdated energy grid – can not be deployed at a meaningful scale. How can we change that? Our guest:

  • Suzanne Hunt, president of Hunt Green LLC

Then in our second hour, how much do you know about Star WarsThe Last Jedi comes out this week, and Star Wars fans are already making predictions about the film and the future of the franchise. But what if you’ve never seen Star Wars? Even if you’ve gone your whole life without seeing the films, surely you’ve absorbed some of the saga’s references through your friends and the media, right? Maybe not. This hour, we’ll talk Star Wars with super fans and with people (like producer Megan Mack) who have no idea who Boba Fett is. We’ll also discuss diversity in casting, the direction of the series, and if the films still resonate today. Our guests:

  • Tiffany Staropoli, Star Wars fan since 1980, and broadcast producer and director
  • Dan Howell, Star Wars fan and personal trainer
  • Katie Beczak, recruitment and communications specialist at RIT
  • Juan Vazquez, digital engagement producer for WXXI