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Can you stand your neighbors? Increasingly, the answer depends on what their politics are. We are moving away from people who disagree with us, and National Review writer David French says we're headed for a "national divorce." French says, "Americans tend to belong to their political tribe not so much because they love its ideas but rather because they despise their opponents." So we've decided to bring in guests who are close friends and political opposites. How do they maintain friendships? What can we learn from that?

Our guests:

  • Ernie Orlando, 8th grade social studies teacher at Churchville-Chili Schools
  • Joe Randise, IT manager
  • Tom Proietti, resident media scholar at St. John Fisher College
  • Tony Conte, professor of accounting at Monroe Community College

It has been almost two weeks since President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. What will it mean for our country?

Our guests weigh in on how the decision will affect the environment, the economy, diplomacy, and the future of alternative energy. In studio:

What should we make of President Trump's recent foreign trip? One way to assess its success is to understand how allies are viewing it.

Our guest, professor Randy Stone, is well positioned to address that question. He's the director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. He helps us see the impact of this trip and what it means for diplomatic relations going forward.

The failure of the American Health Care Act showed a sharp disconnect between the White House and the working class. Various polls showed the AHCA with anything from 17 to 30 percent approval, and it earned dismal marks from the conservative working class, too. But a number of liberal writers say that Democrats are missing an opportunity to learn from this episode. They argue that Democrats are obsessed with Russia, while Trump voters are concerned about health coverage and jobs.

So what can be done to win over the support of Trump voters, and what can we learn from the AHCA flop? Our guests:

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

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President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, we attempt to do just that for key tweets.

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President Donald Trump makes his first address to congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. WXXI News brings you coverage of the address on-air, online, and on your device. Here's where you can watch, listen, or stream the address:

TV: WXXI (cable 11/OTA 21.1)

Radio: AM 1370

Video Stream: Here on WXXINews.org just before 9 p.m.

It seems President Trump does not know much, if anything, about Frederick Douglass. We have some questions.

First of all, African Americans have suffered erasure and exclusion in many ways; does the President's ignorance have an impact? Second, it's Frederick Douglass. What exactly are we teaching in schools, and what should we be teaching? How can Trump have such limited knowledge of Douglass? Third, Trump promised during the campaign to offer real outreach to communities of color. What would that look like, in practice?

Many Americans remain hopeful that Trump will bring positive changes. What could those be? Our guests:

Last May, RIT journalism professor Andrea Hickerson spent two weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan as part of a human rights delegation. This week, she published an op-ed explaining how that trip enhanced her view of the role of oil.

Specifically, Hickerson says the trip has offered perspective on Donald Trump's choice of Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department. Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobile, a company that Hickerson says "has abdicated and exploited villages in Iraqi Kurdistan." Trump himself said of Tillerson, at a D.C. dinner last night, "He's led this charmed life. He goes into a country, takes the oil."

We talk to Hickerson about what she saw on the ground, and how she feels the news media can better cover this issue.

WXXI News, in concert with NPR News and PBS NewsHour, will provide coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration on-air and online. Here’s a complete rundown of our coverage:

Television

PBS NewsHour Coverage on WXXI-TV (cable channel 11/OTA 21.1) 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PBS NewsHour extended coverage on WXXI-WORLD (cable channel 1275/OTA 21.2) 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Radio

NPR News coverage on WXXI-AM  1370 and WEOS-FM 89.5 (Geneva) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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