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A new documentary called Photo City tells the story of Rochester’s past, present, and future as a hub for photography. It will be screened as part of the One Take Film Fest at The Little Theatre.

The filmmakers are from Ireland, and we talk to one of them about why his team chose Rochester as the subject of the film. We also hear from local photographers and filmmakers who will share their take on Rochester as a photo city. Our guests:

  • John Murphy, co-director, co-writer, and editor of Photo City
  • Arleen Thaler, socially-engaged photojournalist
  • Jack Garner, retired national film critic for Gannett Newspapers
  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Film Festival

The Parliament of World Religions is coming to Toronto, and Rochester is hosting a pre-Parliament event today. The parliament goes back to 1893, when organizers sought to create an international dialogue about religions and interfaith issues. This year, the theme is about the promise of inclusion.

Our guests discuss it:

Photo City

First hour: Parliament of World Religions

Second hour: New documentary highlights Rochester as a "Photo City"

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she’s considering a run for governor. The Democrat has never shied away from challenging her own party, including incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo.

We talk to her about why she is leaning toward a gubernatorial campaign, and which issues matter most to her.

First hour: Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

Second hour: Special rebroadcast - Black Panther as a cultural touchstone

This year marks the 100th anniversary of what's called the "greatest pandemic in history. -- the 1918 flu virus, also called the Spanish flu. That flu lead to the deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. Many people may think that an outbreak of that magnitude couldn't happen in today's world, but doctors say we are still vulnerable to pandemics.

Our guests discuss when the next worldwide pandemic will strike, what kind of flu strains we might see, and the latest research on flu viruses. In studio:

  • Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at URMC
  • Angela Branche, M.D., assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at URMC
  • Nana Bennett, M.D., professor in the Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences at URMC
  • Dave Topham, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology at URMC

We talk to Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, the defense attaché of Ukraine. He is in town to give a lecture at the University of Rochester, but first, we talk to him about the U.S. and NATO's role in Ukraine, what Vladimir Putin wants in Ukraine, and if compromise is politically feasible. Our guests:

  • Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine
  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

First hour: Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine

Second hour: When could we see the next flu pandemic?

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:

  • The opioid epidemic and pain management;
  • The crisis in Puerto Rico;
  • How parents of color are shielding their children from negative stereotypes in the media and books.

The College of Collectible Knowledge is back! We’re gearing up from the annual WXXI Appraisal Fair, so we bring you our version of Antiques Roadshow…on the radio.

We’re joined by appraisers in studio who answer questions about your antiques. In studio:

  • Jack Wanderman, owner of Jack Wanderman and Associates
  • Nik Wanderman, Jack’s son and partner in Jack Wanderman and Associates
  • Yvonne Jordan, owner of Shop 15 Antiques and Vintage