Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, February 13

Feb 13, 2018

First hour: Filmmaker Mara Ahmed on borders and nationalism

Second hour: The impact of the Red Wings in Rochester

A poll conducted in the aftermath of the Charlottesville rallies found that while few Americans will outwardly express support for white nationalism or racially-charged ideas, more than 30 percent say they think the country needs to “protect and preserve its White European heritage.” A local filmmaker is hoping to spark engaging conversations about multiculturalism and how homogenizing groups can lead to violence. Mara Ahmed has been outspoken about borders and nationalism, and about Islamophobia in America. We’ll discuss her work, and her reactions to the Trump administration’s policies on immigration and more. 

Then in our second hour, the Red Wings are staying in Rochester. The county and the team announced a ten-year deal at a news conference on Monday. This comes as a relief to fans who were worried about the team’s future in Rochester, and the possibility of having two empty stadiums in the city. We’ll discuss the deal and how a team like the Red Wings impacts the community. Our guests:

  • Naomi Silver, president and CEO/COO for Rochester Community Baseball
  • Scott Pitoniak, longtime Rochester sports columnist and author
  • Keith Gomez, Red Wings fan