Need to Know Rochester

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Need to Know Rochester
8:30 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

NPR's Michele Norris on Race, An Update on Lead Poisoning in ROC & "Fantastic Frank" Johnson

Damage to the brain and the nervous system, headaches, hearing loss and other illnesses can all be caused by lead poisoning. On this edition of Need to Know Rochester we look at new stats in the Greater Rochester community on this preventable disease. Also on the show – from a body bag to a stage sharing his story around the country. We’ll learn about local man Fantastic Frank Johnson’s journey to turn disability into ability and his hope of inspiring millions in the process. And NPR’s Michele Norris makes a stop in Rochester to give us a peek into America’s views about race through her Race Card Project.

Need to Know Rochester
11:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Growth for the Razorsharks & Local Child Authors Recruiting "Change Agents"

A big win this week for the Rochester Razorsharks. We talk with the man behind the professional basketball team that just took home the PBL Championship title. Owner and CEO, Dr. Sev Hrywnak, discusses new opportunities for growth for the Razorsharks in the Rochester area. Also on the show – we’re joined by two local child authors known as the “Change Agents.” We’ll find out how they’re making a mark on the world of literacy. And a special preview of the upcoming WXXI screening of Schools for South Sudan.

Need to Know Rochester
2:49 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Inside the ROC Razorsharks & Meet the Champions of Change

On this week's Need to Know Rochester, we talk with the owner of the Rochester Razorsharks the week of the big championship game. Dr. Sev Hrywnak discusses the team's winning streak, obstacles he had to overcome to keep the basketball team in Rochester and what's next for the Razorsharks.

Also on the show, we'll meet two Rochester elementary kids on a mission to make their peers successful entrepreneurs. They're known as the Champions of Change and they have a special message for today's youth.

Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Need to Know Rochester
9:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Impact of Movies On Marriages & The Lonely World of Young Black Opera Singers

Could movies actually help save your marriage? Ronald Rogge, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester says “Yes!” We dig into a study he co-authored to learn more about the impact of Hollywood films on marriages. Also on the show, African American opera stars have left a rich legacy, but who’s following in their footsteps?  Rochester-area Soprano, Brittany Walker, shares more about the somewhat lonely world for young black opera singers and what they’re doing to make an impact. And Highland Hospital is celebrating its 125th anniversary. We look back at some of its greatest achievements.

Need to Know Rochester
8:30 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Inside the Common Core

On this week’s Need to Know Rochester, we’re inside the classroom to get a glimpse of the Common Core in action. Everybody’s weighing in - students, teachers, parents and education leaders give their take and whether they think the new standards will last. Also on the show – we hear from the leaders of two private schools in our area who have said “no thanks” to the Common Core. They explain why. Also, we’re back in the kitchen to finish up an easy Italian meal to help celebrate the entrance of spring.

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Need to Know Rochester
2:45 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Common Core In Action

On this week’s edition of Need to Know Rochester – we’re inside the classroom to get a first-hand look at the Common Core…in action. We talk to parents, teachers & education leaders about the new standards as state testing kicks off this week in Rochester-area schools. We also hear from local private schools leaders about the Common Core. Some say they’ve got the cure for the new standards. And we complete our Italian cooking lesson with the owner of Fina’s Café.

Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Need to Know Rochester
8:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

"Opting-Out" of State Tests, Music & the Elderly, & Embracing Spring Through Italian Cuisine

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“Schools aren’t driving the bus anymore.” That’s according to one Rochester-area parent in regards to common core standards and assessments in New York Schools. On this edition of Need to Know Rochester, hear from parents involved in the local “opt-out” movement and learn why their kids will be refusing next week’s state exams.

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Need to Know Rochester
9:47 am
Tue March 25, 2014

The "Opt-Out" Movement, the Healing Power of Music & An Italian Treat for Spring

On this week’s Need to Know Rochester – we’ll hear from parents who say their kids will be “opting out” of next week’s state tests. Learn why and how area districts are responding to the “opt-out” movement of common core testing.

Also on the show, we’ll learn about the healing power of music for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Plus, a taste of Italy just in time for spring!

Watch this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Need to Know Rochester
12:58 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Feminism & Pop Culture, From the Top, & Finding Humor in the World of Caregiving

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On this week’s edition of Need to Know Rochester we discuss the B-word and a movement that’s reclaiming that word in an effort to generate activism and bring a thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media. Andi Zeisler, co-counder of the journal Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture talks with WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer prior to her presentation at the University of Rochester for Women’s History Month. Click here to learn more about events taking place at the U of R in celebration of Women’s History Month.

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Need to Know Rochester
3:24 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

From the Top & A Feminist Response to Pop Culture

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NPR’s famed classical music program, From the Top, is in Rochester this week. WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer sits down with renowned flutists Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway and From the Top host Christopher O’Riley. They look at the changes in music education and what it will take to help young classical musicians thrive in the midst of funding cut-backs in public education music programs.

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