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On Education Friday, we hear often about the value of play early in life... but what does the research say? Our guests will explain how play impacts learning, and how physical activity can set the stage for intellectual development. Our guests weigh in:

  • Cindy Anderson, occupational therapy/physical therapy supervisor at Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes
  • Stephanie Dickson, physical therapist, Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine, and is a well known Libertarian author. For many years, Shermer's position on firearms was the same as many of his Libertarian counterparts: he owned guns, he supported owners' rights, and he was concerned about government overreach. But Shermer studied the research, and even decided to remove guns from his home when he was going through marital problems. This past weekend, he wrote an article that explained his evolution on the issue, and why he's open to some form of gun control -- and even a partial ban on some of the most high-powered weapons. Shermer offers some of the best evidence that Americans can change their minds on guns -- an especially valuable lesson at a time when everyone seems so polarized and entrenched. He'll join us for the hour to take us through the latest research and the reactions he's gotten to his writing on the subject.

Coming up on Connections: Friday, October 9th

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Michael Shermer

First hour: Skeptic Magazine's Michael Shermer on the gun debate

Second hour: The evidence behind play-based curriculum

Is Rochester an arts town... that doesn't buy art? Are we a town filled with preservationists at heart... who don't know much about our history? These are uncomfortable but important questions. We'll explore them, and we'll get a look at an upcoming event with art and preservation at its core. Our guests:

  • Caitlin Meives, preservation planner with the Landmark Society of Western New York
  • Erich Lehman, Gallery 1975
  • Jason Barber, photographer and artist

On the same day that a wedding photo went viral showing a father inviting a stepfather to walk their daughter down the aisle, hundreds of kids were experiencing the negative impact of divorce. We're going to dig into the research that shows just how dangerous divorce can be for kids -- if the parents can't make an effort to get along. And we'll hear stories from professionals who see the impact on a near-daily basis. Our guests:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, Physician with REACH at the Bivona Child Advocacy Center and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Joanne Pedro-Carroll, clinical psychologist who specializes in helping children through divorce
  • Ella Van Loon, attorney who primarily represents children in Supreme and Family Courts

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 8th

Oct 7, 2015

First hour: The impact of divorce on children

Second hour: Rochester's identity as an art and preservation town

A $15 minimum wage is what Governor Andrew Cuomo wants for all of New York State. Earlier this year, Cuomo's wage board pushed through the wage for the fast food industry alone, but the governor says that's not enough. Our guests discuss the possible impact of a $15 wage. We're joined by:

  • Chris Wiest, Vice President of Public Policy with the Rochester Business Alliance
  • Colin O'Malley, Organizing Director for Metro Justice
  • Kent Gardner, Chief Economist with the Center for Governmental Research

We look at murder confessions, false or otherwise, after the recent report from WROC-TV that a convicted murderer in Attica State Prison is now saying he also killed someone else. Angel Carrasquillo now says he committed a 2001 murder in Rochester -- a murder for which a man named Jose Torres was convicted. Prosecutors say Torres was convicted because he confessed to the crime. Torres says it was a false confession, made when he was drunk, and now he wants to go home to his family. Carrasquillo says he has nothing to gain by stepping forward to confess to the crime. So what will prosecutors do now? And why would someone falsely confess to murder? Our panel will discuss this case and the broader issues related to it. 

  • Rachel Barnhart, WROC-TV anchor and reporter who broke the story
  • Matthew Hagen, attorney for Jose Torres
  • David Abbatoy, also an attorney

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, October 7th

Oct 7, 2015

First hour: False confessions and the Jose Torres murder case

Second hour: Debating a $15 minimum wage

In Rochester, there are two-and-a-half times more reports of domestic violence than New York's statewide rate. Why is that? Do we have a particular domestic violence problem... or has Rochester become a leader in offering support for those who come forward? We examine the new numbers from the Willow Domestic Violence Center. And we look at how our community has made progress in protecting children -- particularly those who witness domestic violence at a young age. In studio:

  • Jaime Saunders, President & CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center (formerly Alternatives for Battered Women)
  • Jeff Pier, Director of Programs and Services at Willow Center
  • Lisa Butt, President & CEO of the Society for the Protection and Care of Children