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The city of Rochester is hoping its river goes from “hidden gem” to highly populated destination.

This weekend marks the annual Genesee River Romance - with dozens of themed events, tours, fireworks, and more.

Jim Farr is the city’s director of parks and recreation. He joined WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson to offer a glimpse of some of the new development that could soon happen on the river.

In less than two weeks, there will be new CPR guidelines to follow. The rollout will happen on October 15th - but experts say the changes will be relatively minor.

Dr. Peter Salgo is the host of Second Opinion - which is producing a special episode to air the night of the 15th.

Salgo was a guest on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson - He told Evan that many people fear causing harm by performing CPR incorrectly.

It was a strange and potentially magical discovery: sheet music from the 1920s, delivered to Hochstein as a gift. They contacted author and historian Michael Lasser to see if the sheet music was of any value.

Sadly, it was largely a bust, but it sparked a big idea: Hochstein is turning 95 years old, and Lasser has helped organize a performance to honor its history. The music will come from 1918 to 1927, capturing the sounds of the time of its founding, and to honor the death of David Hochstein.

This is the story of a high-end fashion photographer whose life changed when, by chance, he bumped into a girl with albinism in Manhattan.

That moment changed Rick Guidotti, who went home and thought about people with genetic differences. He felt that too often, people with differences were dehumanized, treated as a disease in medical textbooks -- not as people. So he quit the fashion industry and created a new organization designed to honor beauty in all people. It's called Positive Exposure.

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 1st

Oct 1, 2015
Rick Guidotti

First hour: The remarkable story of a photographer who quit the fashion industry to focus his lens on people with genetic differences

Second hour: Live music to commemorate Hochstein's 95th anniversary

Think Before You Pink: we're entering Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means pink will be everywhere. You'll see it on NFL uniforms, on cars, on products in stores and on TV.

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester urges more transparency in the companies joining the pinking parade. Where is the money going? What critical questions can consumers ask? How can we make sure the pink ribbons aren't a scam?

Guests are:

Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Marianne Sargent, past advocacy committee chair  

Is Rochester a model for interfaith relations? We explore our own history with author and local professor Joe Kelly, whose new book traces Rochester's unique pact of mutual defense and understanding between the local Catholic Diocese and the Jewish community.

Kelly writes about the value of interfaith dialog and understanding, and it's a timely moment to join Connections: Pope Francis spoke of interfaith outreach in his U.S. visit last week. Guests are:

Will the flu shot be effective this year? Last year, the strains mutated, rendering some of the vaccines ineffective. We'll get a preview of flu season, and examine why the medical community expects this year to be different. And we'll answer listener questions about the flu vaccine: supply, how it's created, and more. Our guest:

Dr. John Treanor, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital

A new survey of thousands of college students finds that more than 1 in 5 women says she was sexually assaulted during her school-age years. Critics have attacked the methodology of the survey, but college leaders are responding by trying to emphasize ways to stop assault. Our panel will discuss the survey, the findings, the questions, and what to do next. Guests include:

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, September 30th

Sep 29, 2015

First hour: The history of interfaith relations in Rochester

Second hour: Think Before You Pink