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State Senator Rich Funke sits down with us for the hour to discuss state business, from ride sharing to the governor's free tuition plan, education spending to taxes.

First hour: State Senator Rich Funke

Second hour: Rochester Reads 2017: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Despite condemnation by the American Medical Association and all the major mental health professions, conversion  therapy designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual is still prevalent across the United States. Only five states and Washington, D.C. have outlawed the practice for licensed mental health providers. In fact, there may be hundreds of reparative therapy centers, but many are underground or protected by religious freedom laws. Researchers say the treatments -- which range from talk therapy to electroshock therapy -- have dangerous consequences.

A new film shot in and around Rochester tells the story of a gay teen's experience with conversion therapy. Our guests are from that film, Fair Haven:

  • Tom Malloy, producer and actor who plays Reverend Thomas
  • Kerstin Karlhuber, director
  • Jack Bryant, writer
  • Gregory Harrison, actor who plays Dr. Gallagher

Maciej Golubiewski, the consul general of the Republic of Poland, is in Rochester this week. Poland is one of six Eastern European nations appealing to the U.S. for help in standing up to Russia.

We talk to Golubiewski about a range of topics, including the U.S. Army's mission in Poland, U.S.-Poland relations within NATO under the Trump administration, and the future of trade between the two countries. Plus, we discuss the latest regarding the investigation of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman who worked to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin. Our guests:


First hour: Consul general of the Republic of Poland discusses U.S.-Poland relations

Second hour: The film, Fair Haven, and conversion therapy

John Vito lost his restaurant and cooking career when kidney failure nearly killed him. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he got the coverage he needed to survive, and he's found a way to keep cooking. His new project is called Cooking for Your Kidneys, a video series designed to help people who love to eat but are living with kidney disease.

John is always a colorful interview, and he discusses his own story, and his new venture. Our guests:

  • John Vito, Cooking for Your Kidneys
  • Mary Wier, registered dietician

We discuss the AHCA and how it could impact us here in Western New York. We talk about the debate over the so-called "Buffalo Bribe," and the possible impact on Medicaid recipients. And we try to answer a broad range of questions about costs, coverage, and more. Our guests:

  • Karen Shakerdge, WXXI health reporter and producer
  • Jane Dodds, fellow with the American College of Medical Practice Executives
  • Deborah Tschappat, grant writer at the Anthony Jordan Health Center
  • Dr. Sarah Liebschutz, distinguished service professor emerita at The College at Brockport
  • Christopher Bell, executive director of the Monroe County Medical Society, American Academy of Pediatrics NY 1, and the Genesee Valley Medical Foundation


First hour: What we know (and don't know) about the impact of the AHCA

Second hour: Cooking for your kidneys with John Vito

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has produced a television documentary series and children’s book series called “Rochester Legends.” Both projects feature interviews with noted African Americans who have made significant contributions to the community over the years. The illustrated books are geared to the third grade level. They tell the stories of our guests, and their outstanding contributions to the Rochester community:

  • Dr. Walter Cooper, research scientists, humanitarian, activist, and educator
  • Dr. David Anderson, history re-enactor and community leader
  • Constance Mitchell Jefferson, Minority/Women Business Enterprise Officer for the City of Rochester, and Constance Mitchell’s daughter
  • Richard McCullough, meteorologist, president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists, and owner of Mirusmedia

Political analyst and author Andrew Sullivan says it's time to demand a psychiatric evaluation of President Trump. Sullivan says Trump refuses to recognize reality or accept basic facts, and it's putting the country in danger.

But is it wise to psychoanalyze someone -- even the president -- from afar? Is it possible? Sullivan's not the only one who's made such comments.

We talk about what we know (and don't know) about the president, along with whether we tend to armchair-psychoanalyze people in our own lives. Our guest:

  • Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester