Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 19th

Apr 19, 2017

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First hour: Understanding the new Netflix show about teen suicide

Second hour: Art in turbulent times

One of the most talked about new shows is also one of the most controversial. The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is about a teen suicide. Some critics have praised the show as original and moving. Suicide prevention groups have said it glamorizes teen suicide, and they worry about the effect that could have on viewers. In fact, the Monroe County Office of Mental Health wrote a series of points to respond to the show, and to help guide young viewers. We'll discuss it with:

  • Kristina Mossgraber, events coordinator/walk manager at NAMI Rochester
  • Jenny Argentieri, parent and mental health advocate

The art community has a role in helping all of us deal with turbulent times. That means different things to different people, of course, but right now in Rochester, that concept is on display: at the Memorial Art Gallery; in theaters; in dance communities like Borinquen. The theme for Borinquen's upcoming event is "Together We Dance / United We Soar." At the MAG, Jonathan Binstock says, "Art connects us all across time and geography," and he believes current exhibits exemplify this. Our guests:

  • Jonathan Binstock, director of the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez, director of Borinquen Dance Theatre
  • Ajani Jeffries, founder of GoldnRd Creative Agency 
  • Sage Cruz Field, artist and painter