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First hour: Astrophysicist Adam Frank on the value of expertise

Second hour: Addressing gaps the quality of care related to children's mental and emotional health 

The New York Philharmonic is the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra, but it wasn’t until 2014 that it welcomed its first black principal player. While that fact may seem staggering, recent data paint a bleak picture of the state of diversity in classical music: only 4% of orchestra musicians are either African American or Latino.

Organizers of this summer's Gateways Music Festival are committed to improving that percentage. The festival features musicians of African descent and works by African-American composers. Our guests give us a preview of the festival and discuss how to make classical music more accessible to underserved communities. In studio:

  • Jamal Rossi, dean of the Eastman School of Music
  • Paul Burgett, chairman of the board of the Gateways Music Festival, and University of Rochester vice president and senior advisor to the president of the University of Rochester
  • Lee Koonce, president and artistic director of the Gateways Music Festival
  • Dalanie Harris, double bassist, and sophomore at the Eastman School of Music

It's graduation season... so are the local graduates getting local jobs? It's the first in our series of conversations with freshly minted college graduates about their experiences navigating the job market. This week, we focus on the teaching profession. In studio:

  • James Flagler, 2017 graduate of St. John Fisher College, and substitute teacher at School 45
  • Danielle Maxwell, 2017 graduate of the College at Brockport, and soon-to-be teacher at Bicentennial North in Glendale, Arizona

Monroe Community College

First hour: College Grad Series, part 1 - The teaching profession

Second hour: The Gateways Music Festival and the importance of diversity in classical music

One of the forefathers of veganism does not like the term "vegan." T. Colin Campbell is the author of the seminal China Study, and over the decades, he's become a leading voice, challenging "nutritionism." Campbell has written a new manuscript that offers a new way to define nutrition.

Campbell is back in Rochester for a sold out event titled Nutritionism vs. Wholism: The Case for a New Medical Paradigm. We get a preview. Our guests:

  • T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and co-author of The China Study
  • Ted Barnett, head of the Rochester Area Vegan Society

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, and it exists in Western New York. Earlier this month, WROC-TV's Adam Chodak told the story of two women who were stolen away and trafficked by the same man, Kenneth White. White is serving a 13-year prison sentence while his survivors are telling their stories.

We talk to one of them, who hopes that by sharing her story, she can save lives. In studio:

  • Caitlin, human trafficking survivor
  • Adam Chodak, WROC-TV anchor and managing editor

First hour: Human trafficking survivor speaks out

Second hour: T. Colin Campbell on veganism, nutritionism, and wholism

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:

  • Climate change, with Living on Earth host, Steve Curwood;
  • The financial crisis and director Steve James' film, Abacus;
  • Restorative circles;
  • Going zero waste.

The College of Collectible Knowledge is back, just in time for WXXI's fifth annual Antiques Appraisal event on Saturday. The College of Collectible Knowledge is our version of Antiques Roadshow...on the radio. 

Our guests answer listeners' questions about their treasures, we preview the upcoming event, and we talk about what's hot and trending in the antiques world. In studio:

During this month's episode of Unleashed, we focus on two themes: animal advocacy and animal safety. Proposed legislation in Albany would make it a felony to kill or cause serious physical injury to a police work dog or police work horse. We hear from State Senator Catharine Young on why she sponsored "Mitchell's Law," and what she hopes it will accomplish.

Then, an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, with most succumbing to smoke inhalation. Some local fire departments are now better equipped to help reduce that number. Invisible Fence of Upstate New York recently donated pet oxygen masks to the Warsaw and Castile Fire Departments. It's part of the company's "Project Breathe" program, which aims to provide every fire station in the U.S. and Canada with pet oxygen masks. We talk to the assistant chief of the Warsaw Fire Department about how local firefighters will use these life-saving devices. 

Plus, veterinarian Dr. John Sampson from Greece Animal Hospital, and Rebecca Lohnes, behavior and training manager at Lollypop Farm, are in studio to answer questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

Congratulations to the winners of this month's pet photo contest, Helen Anderson and Dan Howell!