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Adam McFadden is running for Congress. The longtime member of Rochester City Council is one of four Democrats on the ballot for the June 26th primary. He details his ideas. It's the third in our series of interviews with the candidates.

First hour: 25th Congressional District candidate Adam McFadden

Second hour: How much influence do neighborhood groups have on shaping land use policies?

Frank De Blase is a well known music writer and photographer, and he's using his pen to tell the story of his own struggle with Parkinson's.

Frank writes about the new medical marijuana system: where does someone go to get it? What's the process like? It's an illuminating look at this young enterprise in New York State. Our guests:

  • Frank De Blase, music writer, photographer, and Parkinson’s disease patient
  • Dr. Michelle Burack, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, and clinical director for surgical therapies for the Movement Disorder Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Robert Horowitz, M.D., chief and professor of palliative care in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned just hours after the New Yorker published a piece containing allegations of physical and sexual abuse. It's a #MeToo case that further shakes the public trust in elected leaders. After all, Schneiderman has consistently praised women for coming forward, and vowed to be an ally in the movement.

Our guests discuss it:

First hour: Discussing the Schneiderman case

Second hour: Using medical cannabis to treat Parkinson's disease

We talk to Rochester Youth Climate Leaders about their recent Earth Day Summit. The students join us to share what they learned, what they hope to achieve with local environmental efforts, and their climate priorities.

In studio:

  • Linden Burack, 8th grade student at School of the Arts and Rochester Youth Climate Leader
  • Benny Smith, 11th grade student at Brighton High School and Rochester Youth Climate Leader
  • Hridesh Singh, 10th grade student at Brighton High School and Rochester Youth Climate Leader
  • Terry Smith, head of the Harley School’s Lower School
  • Cassidy Putney, co-founder and director of sustainability and communications for Impact Earth
  • Evan Zachary, director of Flower City Pickers

The Rochester City School District has released its proposed budget, and it has slated an increase in funding for bilingual education staff and services. The Children's Agenda recently released its analysis of that proposed budget.

The request for more funding comes after more than 500 students from Puerto Rico enrolled in the district. They moved to Rochester after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

We talk to education experts and parents about the kinds of services bilingual students need. Our guests:

  • Eamonn Scanlon, education policy analyst for The Children’s Agenda
  • Beatriz LeBron, commissioner for the Rochester City School Board, and parent
  • Myrna Gonzalez, president of the Bilingual Council, and parent
  • Wailany Olivo, parent of two children in the Rochester City School District
  • Lydia Rodriguez, translator and parent


First hour: How to meet the needs of bilingual students

Second hour: Rochester Youth Climate leaders discuss environmental priorities

Tom Nichols is the author of The Death of Expertise, a book that has become a smash success. It explores the decline in respect for experts in American culture.

Nichols was invited to speak at the College at Brockport, and he sits down with us to discuss the strong reaction his book has sparked. Nichols is also an expert in Russian affairs, so he weighs in on the Mueller investigation as well.

A new short film stakes a claim about feminism and the pro-life movement. Pro-Life Feminist tells the story of several women who consider themselves ardent feminists, and also passionate opponents of abortion. Monday night, the Brighton Memorial Library will show the film at 7 p.m.

One of the activists featured in the film is in Rochester for the event, and she joins us in studio, alongside a professor of gender studies who takes a different view about reproductive rights. Our guests: