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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to banish tips. The governor has argued workers who rely on tips have a harder time coming forward with concerns, and consequently are more vulnerable to exploitation and harassment. But restaurant, car wash, and nail salon trade groups say the tipped credit is critical to their survival. 

We discuss it with our guests:

  • Art Rogers, James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Lento
  • Christina DiPilato, server at Rocco
  • Samantha Pompili, general manager of a local tavern

Oprah mania swept the Democratic Party in the past week -- but not everyone feels the same way about it. Some polling indicates that if Oprah Winfrey jumped into the presidential race, she'd instantly lead the field. Is she the answer for the American left, and for voters desperate to beat Donald Trump in 2020?

We discuss it, and we examine how longtime party workers feel about how Democrats should be building for the next elections. Our guests:

  • Beatriz LeBron, leader of the 25th Legislative District of the Monroe County Democratic Party, and newly appointed member of the Rochester City School Board
  • Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, leader of the 21st Legislative District of the Monroe County Democratic Party, and co-founder of La Cumbre, Latinos United for Progress 
  • Yversha Roman, leader of the 26th Legislative District of the Monroe County Democratic Party, and member of Women Elect 
  • Jamie Romeo, chairwoman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee

GOVERNOR CUOMO'S OFFICE

First hour: Oprah for President?

Second hour: Discussing Governor Cuomo's proposed plan to end the tip credit

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 investigation into sexual harassment allegations at the University of Rochester;
  • How Frederick Douglass would view race relations in 2018;
  • Challenges faced by adults with autism;
  • Ethics in the broadcast new industry.

We conclude our Dialogue on Disability Week with a conversation about "invisible" disabilities. Our guests share the challenges they face living with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In studio:

On Thursday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Mary Jo White announced the results of the independent investigation into how the University of Rochester handled sexual harassment allegations against professor Florian Jaeger. The complaints were made by Jaeger's former students and colleagues, including Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon. The report concluded that while Jaeger acted inappropriately and used poor judgment, he did not break the law or violate campus policy. 

Those who filed the complaint have expressed confusion, anger, and frustration with those findings. We hear from them this hour. Our guests:

  • Celeste Kidd, assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Jessica Cantlon, associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Steve Piantadosi, assistant professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Brad Mahon, associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Elissa Newport, former chair of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and current faculty member at Georgetown University
  • Ann Olivarius, lead counsel in the complainants' lawsuit against the University of Rochester
  • Richard Aslin, former professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester who currently works at Haskins Laboratory at Yale University

University of Rochester

First hour: Complainants react to investigation results at UR

Second hour: Dialogue on Disability - "Invisible" disabilities

The University of Rochester has taken criticism for how it handled multiple complaints of sexual harassment on campus, particularly regarding faculty. On Thursday, a new report was released with findings on what happened, and whether the University reacted appropriately.

We provided live coverage of the news conference focusing on the report's release.

*Note: On Thursday afternoon, the University of Rochester announced that President Joel Seligman resigned.

Geneva is the unofficial capital of the Finger Lakes, and one if the city's most successful managers is leaving. Matt Horn has been in the job for ten years, and has helped oversee a shift in Geneva's fortunes.

We talk to Matt, as well as the team that is temporarily replacing him, about the accomplishments, the occasional misses, and the top priorities going forward. In our WEOS studio:

  • Matt Horn, outgoing Geneva city manager
  • Sage Gerling, Doris Myers, Adam Blowers, interim Geneva city managers

University of Rochester

First hour: Outgoing Geneva City Manager, Matt Horn

Second hour: Live coverage of the University of Rochester's news conference

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