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First hour: Do we have the "right to be forgotten?"

Second hour: Comedian Paula Poundstone; U.S. Sailing coach Mike Ingham

We're examining the fractures in the local Democratic Party. For years, there's been discussion, both publicly and privately, about the battles in the party, and the lack of unity. At committee meetings last week, the frustrations bubbled over, resulting in a public letter condemning city councilman Adam McFadden for, among other things, race-based comments. But McFadden says the letter was filled with lies, and offers more examples of the under-handed behavior that has hurt the party. So can the Democrats heal?

Our guests:

  • Adam McFadden, Rochester City Councilman
  • Beatriz Lebron, leader of the 25th legislative district
  • Joe Rittler, communications director for Rachel Barnhart's campaign
  • Dawn Richardson, 25th legislative district committee member

The newest Gallup poll shows 60% of Americans support full legalization of marijuana. With several states legalizing marijuana, this seems to be a moment of change in the country, right? Well, perhaps not with Jeff Sessions serving as the Attorney General. Sessions recently said that marijuana was almost as bad as heroin, which surprised some experts who work in the field of opioid addiction. Sessions has said that good people don't smoke marijuana.

So what's next for weed? Our guests discuss it:

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First hour: What's next for marijuana?

Second hour: Examining the fractures in the local Democratic Party

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The Rochester Association of Black Journalists' "Rochester Legends;"
  • A local man's struggle with kidney disease, and his video series, "Cooking for Your Kidneys;"
  • Gay conversion therapy, and the new film, Fair Haven;
  • The discovery of the Trappist star system.

Rochester Reads is Writers & Books annual event, choosing one title for the community to read together. They've selected The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, a book about a death row in an ancient stone prison. Through the eyes of an inmate who finds escape in books and in re-imagining the life around him is woven a fantastical tale of the people he observes and the world he inhabits.

We talk to Denfeld about the book, and the upcoming events surrounding her visit. Our guests:

  • Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted
  • Kyle Semmel, executive director of Writers & Books
  • Karen vanMeenen, director of special projects at Writers & Books

State Senator Rich Funke sits down with us for the hour to discuss state business, from ride sharing to the governor's free tuition plan, education spending to taxes.

First hour: State Senator Rich Funke

Second hour: Rochester Reads 2017: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Despite condemnation by the American Medical Association and all the major mental health professions, conversion  therapy designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual is still prevalent across the United States. Only five states and Washington, D.C. have outlawed the practice for licensed mental health providers. In fact, there may be hundreds of reparative therapy centers, but many are underground or protected by religious freedom laws. Researchers say the treatments -- which range from talk therapy to electroshock therapy -- have dangerous consequences.

A new film shot in and around Rochester tells the story of a gay teen's experience with conversion therapy. Our guests are from that film, Fair Haven:

  • Tom Malloy, producer and actor who plays Reverend Thomas
  • Kerstin Karlhuber, director
  • Jack Bryant, writer
  • Gregory Harrison, actor who plays Dr. Gallagher

Maciej Golubiewski, the consul general of the Republic of Poland, is in Rochester this week. Poland is one of six Eastern European nations appealing to the U.S. for help in standing up to Russia.

We talk to Golubiewski about a range of topics, including the U.S. Army's mission in Poland, U.S.-Poland relations within NATO under the Trump administration, and the future of trade between the two countries. Plus, we discuss the latest regarding the investigation of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman who worked to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin. Our guests:

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