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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, September 13th

Sep 13, 2017

First hour: Heather Ann Thompson, author of a Pulitzer-winning book on Attica

Second hour: Debating so-called "clean meat"

Heather Ann Thompson won the Pulitzer Prize for her book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. Thompson uncovered stories, documents, and information that the state kept suppressed for decades. We'll talk to her about the years she spent researching the true stories of what happened at Attica -- before, during, and after the uprising.

In our second hour: What is all this buzz about "clean meat?" The idea is to eat meat that is grown in a lab, from stem cells -- no animal slaughter; no animal confinement; no carbon footprint associated with animal-based agriculture. Memphis Meats showed off a meatball made from cultured meat, and they have Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing millions. So if this is the future of meat, why are so many people pushing back? They'll explain:

  • Kevin McCann, owner of McCann’s Local Meats
  • Marty O’Sullivan, owner of Marty’s Meats
  • Ted Barnett, co-leader of the Rochester Area Vegan Society; and founder, executive director, and CEO of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine
  • Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Institute