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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, August 5th

1 hour ago

First hour: Previewing the GOP presidential race

Second hour: The hidden costs of mental health

We sit down with the Democrat & Chronicle's Meaghan McDermott, who produced a comprehensive look at the industrial development agency, and how it uses our tax dollars. We'll examine the biggest projects awarded money by COMIDA, along with a look at which kinds of projects are getting our money. Our guests:

How can we turn the killing of Cecil the lion into something positive? Conservationists say that this is a teachable moment. It starts with a conversation about trophy hunting, the killing of big game for sport. And then it becomes a conversation about how we all interact with our environment, and the animals with whom we share this planet. This is where we'll take the conversation with our guests from the Seneca Park Zoo:

  • Pamela Reed Sanchez, executive director 
  • Larry Sorel, zoo director

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, August 4th

Aug 3, 2015

First hour: Lessons from the killing of Cecil the lion

Second hour: Understanding COMIDA

The monthly science roundtable returns, and this month we have a timely subject: the science and application of photonics. The roundtable:

  • Rob Clark, Senior vice president research, dean of Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and chairman of the AIM Photonics board of directors
  • Duncan Moore, professor of optics; director of entrepreneurship at University of Rochester
  • Mike Mandina, president of Optimax
  • Ryne Raffaelle, vice president of research at RIT

YUP. You're probably a closet preservationist. You care about the look of your city, your town, your neighborhood. You don't want just any big box store with a sea of parking spaces. You want a thoughtful approach to urban planning and you occasionally travel on foot, or bike, or something not called "car." Maybe it's time for you to meet the YUPs -- the Young Urban Preservationists:

  • Caitlin Meives, YUP co-founder and Preservation Planner at The Landmark Society of WNY
  • Laura Smith, co-founder of YUP 
  • Bradley Huber, member of YUP
  • Anna Lisa Keller, member of YUP

Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 3rd

Aug 2, 2015

First hour: Meet the YUPs

Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable focuses on photonics

The City of Rochester, and other municipalities, are making the roads more friendly for bicyclists. But for those that want to commute on two wheels, there are rules that we need to follow, especially at intersections. How should we behave at an intersection when we're on a bike? We asked Shana Lydon of Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport to give us advice.

We wrap up the great work that WXXI's Michelle Faust has done on the heroin epidemic in Rochester. We look back at the stories that made our "Heroin at Home" series, and play portions of interview that didn't make it to air.

We wrap our month-long series "Heroin at Home" by looking at how heroin addiction impacts families. We brought in a mother to give us some real-world insight that's happening here in Rochester. Our guests: