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We sit down with David Moore, the new director of the Office of Public Integrity for Monroe County. Moore was hired after a national search. He's had a long career in policing, but now he becomes a kind of county ethics cop.

We discuss how he plans to maintain his independence, how he views recent county events, and more.

The image of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old Syrian boy who was covered in dust and blood after aerial bombardment, has captured the world's attention. Why, some have wondered, did it require a stunning photo to finally force the world to consider the plight of the Syrian people?

There's not an easy answer, but we're reminded of the power of photography. In particular, we're reminded of the value of professional photojournalists at a time when many news staffs are making cuts.

Our panel discusses the power of photography to make change, and the value of trained professionals. Our guests:

  • Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle lead photographer
  • William Snyder, four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and chair of the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Jenn Poggi, former deputy director of the White House Photo Office and RIT visiting professor

Teachers across the country are preparing to talk to students about plagiarism by referencing Melania Trump's speech at last week's Republican National Convention. The Trump campaign says that Melania admires Michelle Obama, and mentioned some of her favorite lines from the First Lady's 2008 speech to one of her speechwriting assistants. Somehow, that entire passage made it into Melania Trump's speech.

We discuss a range of issues related to the plagiarism: how to detect it, how to avoid it, and why it matters. And we discuss the importance of crafting great speeches in the modern age. Our guests:

  • Curt Smith, presidential speech writer, author, and senior lecturer in English at the University of Rochester
  • Evvy Fanning, high school English teacher

What makes for an ethical, enduring, and excellent organization? A new book called Triple Crown Leadership explores this question and offers practical advice for creating good leaders.

The author, Bob Vanourek, will be the keynote speaker at an event on Wednesday sponsored by the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation and the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism. First, Vanourek joins us on Connections to share what he learned from interviewing more than 60 businesses in 11 countries. Our guests:

  • Bob Vanourek, co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations
  • Bob Whipple, CEO of Leadergrow Incorporated, RABEF board member, and charter member of the Rochester Chapter of Conscious Capitalism
  • Tom Brady, chair of the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and founder and president of XLR8

Governor Cuomo has been in a spat over ethics reform. Cuomo says he's made it clear that he wants further reforms; pro-reform groups want more than lip service. In fact, they want to end "three men in a room" once and for all. Can it happen? Our guests:

Ethics reform is at the center of the budget deal that was drafted over the weekend. But is it the tough, game-changing reform that Governor Cuomo claims? There are reasons to doubt the claims that this ethics package will make sweeping changes. Our guests will explain why, drilling into loopholes, as well as what made the cut. Our guests:

  • Karen DeWitt, WXXI News Capital Bureau Correspondent
  • Joe Spector, Albany Bureau Chief for Gannett
  • Bill Mahoney, reporter for Capital New York
  • Brian Kolb, minority leader of the New York State Assembly
  • Blair Horner, legislative director for NYPIRG
  • Katherine Smith, League of Women Voters

Recently, the ETHIEs were awarded. What are they? They’re awards given to Rochester area businesses and organizations that operate ethically. What exactly makes good business ethics and how does one get nominated, or win, an ETHIE?

We talk business ethics with:

  • Alan Ziegler, a member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation Board of Directors
  • Dom Genova, owner of Genesee Valley Motors and recipient of a 2014 ETHIE award
  • Bill Pollock, founder, president, and CEO of Optimation Technology