Innovation Trail

3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canalway Trail; Nuclear Secrets

The economic impact of the Erie Canal; what a nuclear conflict would've meant to the U.S. a half century ago.

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and policy for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.

3:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections - Innovation Friday: Preserving Upstate's Heritage; Health Insurance

Preserving upstate New York's heritage, and then discussing health care.

We start by looking at measures designed to provide incentives for preserving and repurposing upstate’s industrial heritage, and leveraging the region’s changing demographics. We discuss this with the President of the Preservation League of New York State Jay DiLorenzo. 

Then, It’s been a big week in the nation’s courts of appeal with conflicting rulings on the legality of Federal health insurance subsidies. What does it all mean? We’ll talk to Researcher Kev Coleman from the website about the developments that have the potential to unpick the Affordable Care Act. 

2:28 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Air Guard's Drone Crash in Lake Ontario Caused by Multiple Malfunctions

MQ-9 Reaper Drone
Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Multiple communication and navigation failures on 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.

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Home Rule
4:09 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Court of Appeals Rules Towns Can Ban Fracking Within Their Borders

The Court of Appeals has decided that town governments in New York can prohibit hydrofracking within their borders, whether or not the state eventually starts issuing permits. As Matt Richmond reports, the decision ends a nearly three-year-long court fight.

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Medical Interpreting and Reporters Roundup

The need for medical interpreters since the start of the Affordable Care Act.

In this hour of Innovation Friday we’re to find out about the importance of medical interpreting. The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has created a huge demand for interpreters working in the healthcare sector where LEP or Limited English Proficiency is one of the biggest issues driving readmission rates.

We’ll talk to a locally based trainer, and interpreters themselves about the challenges, and we’ll wrap up the show with a roundup of stories from the Innovation Trail including a nod to National Homeowners Month. 

2:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Paperless Offices and Eco-friendly Road Paving

What happened to the paperless office, and can road paving be more eco-friendly.

If you’ve ever cheered your way through that famous scene in the movie "Office Space" where a frustrated user demolishes a malfunctioning laser printer, you’ll enjoy the first hour of "Innovation Friday" when we ask, whatever happened to the paperless office? We’ll talk to the originator of a Rochester-based company about how something as basic as printing a document becomes the subject of innovation. It’s a long way from the Xerox photocopier to printing from the Cloud.

Then, if you’ve never stopped to think about it…what’s environmentally unfriendly about road surfacing? We'll highlight a company that makes an eco-friendly road seal.

4:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Local E-Health Records Sharing System Informs Statewide Plan


Hospitals have been working for years to digitize patient’s medical records, but now New York state is expanding a system to centralize the record-keeping of multiple hospitals.

A patient’s medical history may be in the computer at their primary care doctor’s office. And their records may be digitized at the hospital they’ve been treated at, "however, many of those systems can’t easily or fluently communicate with one another," says Dr. Rainu Kaushal, who chairs the Weill Cornell Medical College’s healthcare policy program.

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Innovation Trail
10:19 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Ithaca couple use Haitian connection to build sustainable business model in upstate

Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse at home in Ithaca, New York
Credit Jim Day/WXXI

Many new startup companies end up running their new business out of their homes, and that's the case for Stephane Jean-Baptiste and Yve-Car Momperousse who live and work in Ithaca, New York.

Their sustaining business model relies heavily on their relationship with the land and people of Haiti.

They’re aiming to be both successful and socially-responsible entrepreneurs, and help re-build the island nation devastated by the 2010 earthquake.

2:57 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Connections: The Science Roundtable


The June version of our monthly Science Roundtable.

It's our monthly science roundtable. We take a look at the science of self-control and addiction with professors from the University of Rochester. On the roundtable today: Celeste Kidd and Benjamin Hadyen, assistant professors of brain and cognitive sciences; and Dr. Geoffrey Williams, professor of general medicine and associate professor of clinical/social psychology.

Carbon Emissions
11:45 am
Mon June 2, 2014

EPA Emissions Plan for New York State Wants 45% Reduction on 2005 Levels

Dunkirk Power Station, Lake Erie
Credit Kate O'Connell/WXXI

The Clean Power Plan will 'unleash market forces' and 'protect local economies and jobs'  said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in her speech outlining the guidelines that aim to cut carbon pollution levels by 30% compared to 2005 levels.

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