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4:31 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Open Enrollment Update

We get updates on what is happening the second open enrollment period of the New York State of Health Marketplace with our guests:

  • Christine Wagner, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood center
  • Shannon Kelly, Health Insurance Assister, Trillium Health
  • Jeff Welcher, Account Consultant, Bene-Care
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3:36 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Connections: What is Saturnalia?

Our modern secular Christmas traditions have a surprisingly close link to an ancient Roman holiday. Most of us have never heard of Saturnalia, but it turns out that for hundreds of years, the Romans’ favorite holiday was in December, celebrated with decorations, candles, gift giving, and big holiday parties. There was seasonal music. Some Roman writers complained that Saturnalia season was bleeding into November. It all sounds so familiar! Even Santa Claus has parallels to classic mythology. Here to give us insight on this are:

  • Amy Vail, St. John Fisher professor
  • David White, Baylor University professor

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3:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Connections: Reviewing Wednesday's Casino and Fracking Decisions

We open with a conversation with James Wilmot, principal officer on the Lago Resort and Casino project that was selected to move forward by a state commission.  Then we’ll turn our attention to fracking and the future of energy. We have two guests affected by the state's decision to not allow fracking:

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4:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Connections: Are You a "Binge Watcher"?

What do our media consuming habits say about us? The pejorative term is “binge watching,” and it refers to watching an entire season of a show in one setting. Or it could refer to watching the entire Star Wars series in a weekend, or reading the entire Harry Potter series in a short burst.

Nazareth College professor Lisa Perks has studied this phenomenon and she has just published a book about it, called "Media Marathoning: Immersions in Morality". She believes there are positive aspects to it. But is it good for our health? How is media changing? Is appointment viewing dead? 

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4:46 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Connections: Christmas on the Battlefield; No Fracking in New York

Christmas on the battlefield. 100 years ago next week, the Germans and the British (along with the French and Belgian soldiers) laid down their guns for two days to celebrate Christmas. It happened on a battlefield early in the first world war, with thousands of corpses on that field. They concluded the Christmas service by singing Silent Night together.  30 years later, during World War II, a group of Americans brought Christmas back to a small town in Luxembourg that had been occupied and destroyed by war. The children of that town hadn’t celebrated Christmas in four years. An American (who happens to be from Pittsford) played Santa for the town, and to this day, he remains a celebrity for that Luxembourg village. He’s now 93 years old, and joins us to tell his story. We then play a partial rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing and reading Silent Night, Holy Night to mark the 1914 event. Christmas on the battlefield. 

Then, we get an update from Innovation Trail Editor Matthew Leonard about the Cuomo administration's decision to not allow hydrofracking in New York State.

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4:04 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Connections: Lying To Kids...Even About Santa

Is it wrong to lie to kids about Santa? What about Elf on the Shelf? Yes, seriously. Author Sam Harris wrote a book called Lying, in which he says there is no justification for just about any lie, ever. The single biggest question from readers was, "Wait, what about Santa?" To which Harris replies, "Especially Santa. Don't lie." Our panel will look at how to build trust, whether they agree with Harris, and more. They are:

  • Jodi Aman, counselor and relationship coach
  • Dr. Craig Cypher, psychologist
  • Katherine Sargent, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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8:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, December 16th

Credit NPR

First hour: Is it okay to lie to your kids about Santa?

Second hour: Hanukkah Lights special

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4:57 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Connections: Are They Really "Cage-Free" Chickens?

What do you know about the chicken you eat? Two weeks ago, the NY Times' Nick Kristof wrote a devastating takedown of the false advertising on behalf of Perdue. Turns out that "cage-free" means nothing, and most Perdue-contracted operations result in horrific conditions for the chickens. 

 So we wanted to know: Are there any locally raised chickens that live in much more humane conditions? The answer is: yes, but not many. We've reached out to Wegmans about their standards, too.  Our guests are:Denis Lepel, Lakestone Family FarmTim Haws, Autumn's Harvest FarmsFred Forsburg, Honeyhill Farm 

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4:47 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Connections: The Debate on Liquid Propane Gas Storage in FLX

More than 100 people have been arrested since October at the sight of a proposed expansion of liquid propane gas storage (LPG) near Seneca Lake. Many of the recent arrests are prominent business owners. The owners of a new high-wattage wine project -- one from California, one from Germany -- now say that if they had known this LPG project was going forward, they probably would have skipped coming to the Finger Lakes. So why has it gotten so heated? What's the latest development?

We've invited Crestwood Energy to join us. So far, no response, but they've given statements to other media outlets. We've also reached out to state lawmakers.

Our guest for this topic are:

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5:30 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Connections: Robert Greenberg

We welcome one of the most dynamic music educators in the country, professor Robert Greenberg. He’s hosting a new online show on Ora TV and has taught dozens of classes on music for The Great Courses series. 

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