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A number of elite athletes have come forward in recent months to share their struggles with eating disorders. They say the pressure to win and maintain a specific body weight and shape put them on a dangerous path.

We talk about the symptoms of eating disorders in athletes, and the most effective ways to recognize and treat them. Our guests:

  • Dr. Katie Rizzone, M.D., sports medicine physician at URMC
  • Gina Giannetti, sports dietitian for URMC Sports Medicine
  • Ali Wilkosz, clinical director of The Healing Connection
  • Amy O’Sullivan, former college soccer player, and advocate for eating disorder awareness

Students at Monroe Community College are expressing outrage after the college launched an active shooter drill on its Brighton campus this week without telling them the lockdown was planned. The college has since apologized for error and said it would ensure all future drills are identified.

Many students took to social media, saying they feared for their lives. They say in today’s climate, all drills should come with a warning. But some critics say such drills are not effective if those involved know there isn’t an actual emergency; they say the anxiety produced by unannounced drills leads people to react authentically and take the instances seriously.

We talk about how active shooter drills should be handled with our guests:

  • Tony Perez, chief of public safety at MCC
  • Kevin Booker, MCC student
  • Irvin Williamson, MCC student
  • Audrey Sample, MCC student

First hour: How should active shooter drills be handled?

Second hour: Eating disorders in athletes

The Oscars buzz continues, with this year’s winners changing how we view certain genres of film. Many people say the nods to The Shape of Water and Get Out have helped bring sci-fi and horror, respectively, back to the mainstream.

We talk about this year’s Oscar winners, and how the film landscape is changing. Our guests:

“What’s the Matter with Venezuela?” That’s the title of an upcoming lecture by Alexander Main, the senior associate for international policy at the Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington, D.C. Main says the mainstream media mischaracterize the economic and political crises in Venezuela; and his work focuses on debunking those narratives and showing how the crises are the result of multiple causes and the actions of external players, like the United States.

Main is in Rochester for a presentation at the Rochester Committee on Latin America, but first, he’s our guest on Connections. In studio:

  • Alexander Main, senior associate for international policy at the Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington, D.C.
  • Grania Marcus, member of ROCLA

First hour: What do the mainstream media get wrong about Venezuela?

Second hour: Are sci-fi and horror back in the mainstream?

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, police and prosecutors are trying to determine what constitutes a credible threat. In a video posted to YouTube called "School Shooter," a local rapper insulted police and referred to recent mass casualty events. Now he's facing a legal battle and a potential long prison sentence.

But many local attorneys argue that police and prosecutors are overstepping, and infringing on protected speech. Who's right? Our guests:

  • Mark Foti, chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, and former public defender
  • Chris Thomas, partner with Nixon Peabody
  • David Andreatta, columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle

President Trump promised tariffs when he was a candidate. Now that he's delivering, some business leaders are expressing shock and concern.

But why is this president being treated differently than previous presidents who also deployed tariffs? And what, exactly, would a trade war look like? Our guests discuss it.

  • Kent Gardner, chief economist with the Center for Governmental Research
  • Rob Shum, professor in the Department of Political Science at the College at Brockport
  • Amit Batabyal, professor of economics at RIT

First hour: The possible impact of the Trump administration's international tariffs

Second hour: The Randy Ross case - credible threat or free speech?

This past weekend, the NBA announced it is considering going back on a plan it has had in play for years: the so-called “one-and-done” age-limit rule. Right now, NBA players have to be at least 19 years old or one year removed from their high school graduations in order to be drafted.

But NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to slash that rule and start talking to elite players in high school. He is apparently sick of the scandals in college basketball, where top programs are accused of paying players and families illicitly, sometimes tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, gifts, and merchandise.  Silver says if the point was to get high school students to go to college for a little while, why encourage that if there’s scandal after scandal?

As the NBA considers whether to let high school players in the league directly, questions arise about the NCAA. Is it time that the NCAA pays athletes? And if yes, how would it work? Our guests weigh in:

  • Jeff DiVeronica, sports writer for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Carl Falk, sports talk radio host at Fox Sports 1280
  • Mike Waters, college basketball writer at syracuse.com and the Post-Standard
  • Andre Fontenette, 2004 Syracuse University graduate and former SU wide receiver