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It’s festival season, and that means film festivals. We preview three of them.

Guests include: 

Paul Allen, chairman of the board, Image Out LGBT Film Festival

Nora Brown, executive director, High Falls Film Festival

Elliot Fix, committee member/former chair, Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish International Film Festival

Bri Merkel, special events coordinator, The Little Theatre

We examine the Urban-Suburban program, which has seen controversy and growth in the past year. Our panel explains the mission, the benefits, and what’s next. 

Guests include:

Jeff Crane, West Irondequoit Supt.

Eboney Barnes, member of the Parent Advisory Council and her daughter Mahogany Barnes is a 9th grader at Irondequoit High School; she joined the program as a 3rd grader

Gabriel Marshall, Irondequoit High School, 00', and is  the Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)/Excel at Nazareth College

Sometimes a small archeological discovery can tell us more than we first realize. We're digging into the dirt of South Bristol, Ontario County, where just such a discovery is a window into our history. It's a preview of the ongoing "Science on the Edge" lecture series at the Rochester Museum and Science Center with Ann Morton of Morton Archeological Research Services.

We open with a conversation with Garrison Keillor. The master storyteller is bringing his live show to Canandaigua in a couple of weeks. He tells us about storytelling, the way the live show comes together, his favorite Lake Wobegone character, and his thoughts on retirement.

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, May 28th

May 28, 2015

First hour: Garrison Keillor

Second hour: History through archaeology

We’re talking Farm to Fork in Rochester with a new collaboration among the Public Market, the Westside Market, and the South Wedge Market. The goal is to promote the markets – and local food – more directly surrounding the markets. Ideally, this brings in more people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. We'll dive into this new collaboration with our guests:

What is sensitivity training, exactly? Henrietta supervisor Jack Moore defied calls for him to step down, saying he instead would take sensitivity training. This followed the release of a tape showing Moore making racially charged remarks. Does sensitivity training work? What does it entail? We’ll hear all about the process with someone who has been conducting anti-racism training for a long time, Rev. Myra Brown, parish minister of Spiritus Christi Church.

If Rochester's "Big Three" are no longer the same, then it might surprise you to learn that patents and intellectual property remain big business. That was the case decades ago, when Kodak led the way in innovations. Today, intellectual property remains a regional economic asset. The Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association is marking 40 years of Inventor of the Year awards, and yes, Rochester is still inventing things. The man who invented the digital camera will lead our panel discussion:

  • Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera
  • Dominic P Ciminello, IP attorney, Lee & Hayes
  • Sean Lahman, database reporter, Democrat and Chronicle

We're looking at the future of transportation as we look at what other cities have done -- and what might be possible in Rochester. It's the final lecture in the annual Reshaping Rochester series, and we'll preview it on Connections with our guests:

  • Norman Garrick, Ph. D., Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Speaker for the final RRCDC lecture
  • Crystal Benjamin-Bafford, Director of Service Planning, RTS  
  • Jim McIntosh, City of Rochester Engineer
  • Howard Decker,FAIA , RRCDC Rochester board member

Legendary musician and music industry executive Herb Alpert is coming to Rochester to play the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, but first he talks to us on Connections. We'll close the hour with a conversation with John Nugent, co-producer of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.