Connections

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First hour: RPD Chief Ciminelli on police body cameras

Second hour: Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello on zombie properties

We honor veterans this Memorial Day and welcome guests from Honor Flight Rochester. The non-profit organization flies veterans from the Greater Rochester area to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor. To date, 2,231 veterans have flown on 47 "missions."  

The veterans joining us in studio share their Honor Flight experiences and reflect on their service to our nation. Our guests:

  • Major Peter Glennon, co-founder and chairman of Honor Flight Rochester, and U.S. Air Force veteran
  • Corporal John Woods, Army Air Corps., WWII veteran
  • Private First Class George Haines, Army scout in the Pacific, WWII veteran
  • First Class Petty Officer Bill Diesel, U.S. Navy, Korean War veteran
http://honorflightrochester.org/

First hour: Honor Flight Rochester

Second hour: Independent Minds: At War in the Pacific

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

Should STEM become STEAM? We look at the growing movement to add arts to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Supporters say that adding arts allows students to incorporate creativity and critical thinking, not just rote memorization. Opponents say this is a distraction, and the United States needs even more emphasis on STEM.

Our panel explores the impact of turning STEM into STEAM:

  • Dr. Hitomi Mukaibo, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester
  • Katie Maley, art teacher at Brighton High School
  • Laura Arnold, physics teacher at Brighton High School
  • Ben McLauchlin, 2014 Brighton High School graduate and currently a sophomore at SUNY Binghamton

After focusing recently on single mothers, we turn our attention to young children in crisis. Our guests from the Crisis Nursery explain how they're keeping children safe when caregivers are in crisis -- poverty, no daycare, housing issues, no healthcare coverage.

The Crisis Nursery provides free, temporary childcare during family emergencies. The long-term goal is to prevent abuse, neglect, or homelessness. In other words: kids are in trouble, and the Crisis Nursery aims to prevent trauma, or make sure kids are not exposed to it. We examine its mission with:

Crisis Nursery

First hour: Helping kids avoid abuse and homelessness

Second hour: Should STEM become STEAM?

The Finger Lakes wine industry is getting ready to celebrate one of its biggest events of the year: the Rose Soiree in Geneva. The event on Linden Street has attracted hundreds of people in the past couple of years, and it puts the focus on a style of wine that has taken a while to gain traction.

We talk to winemakers about the event, the state of the industry, and more.

The Rochester City School District is moving toward adopting a new code of conduct, but plans are mired in controversy. The code is designed to lead to fewer suspensions, less of a police presence in school buildings, and more focus on restorative practices and structural racism.

Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski says the new code will fail without more funding and more staff support. Members of the Community Task Force who co-wrote the report with Urbanski disagree. Our guests discuss the code and the concerns. In studio:

  • Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association
  • Mary Adams, member of the Community Task Force and the Rochester City School Board
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute

First hour: The RCSD's new code of conduct

Second hour: 2016 Rose Soiree

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