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“A Wild Idea." That's the title of a new book that tells the story of the birth of the Adirondack Park Agency and the drama that ensued between environmentalists and private landowners in the shaping of the park. We talk with the author: Brad Edmondson , author of “A Wild Idea”저자 edawson@wxxi.org (Evan Dawson)
 
ROC the Future is gearing up to release its annual State of Our Children report. This year's document is a nine-year summary showing areas of progress and what needs further work. We talk about the data with our guests: Jackie Campbell , alliance director of ROC the Future Shaun Nelms , chair of ROC the Future Stephanie Townsend , communications an…
 
Perennial progressive candidate and Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout has formally announced that she will run for state attorney general in the 2022 election. Teachout, who got her degrees at Yale and Duke universities and grew up in Vermont, is better known to New Yorkers for her campaigns for political office. Teachout primaried then-Gov. An…
 
In the latest WXXI Business Report: A Monroe County-based hemp processing company is breaking ground this week on a new facility, as it looks toward expansion in the future, especially with changes in the state regulations on cannabis sales. An Albany-based hydrogen fuel cell company, which already has operations in the Rochester area, is expanding…
 
Libraries have faced a number of challenges as a result of the pandemic. From staffing shortages and branch closures to issues with affording digital content to supply chain issues, libraries are doing their best to adapt and adjust. This hour, leaders from local libraries and library organizations help us understand the current state of libraries.…
 
WXXI's Beth Adams recently reported on how the pandemic has affected the nursing profession. A national nursing shortage has impacted the number of patients that can be admitted to hospitals, wait times in emergency departments, and more. Despite that, the pandemic has inspired the next generation of nurses. The University of Rochester of School of…
 
Over the last two years, nurses have been hailed as front-line heroes, but the stress of the pandemic led many to quit or retire. Who are those who are ready to step in, and what are local teaching hospitals doing to support them? And a wildlife refuge in the Adirondacks loses its permits after years of violations, including bear escapes and a buri…
 
For more than 100 years, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has had special meaning -- the moment the guns went silent at the end of World War I. The Hochstein School commemorated Veterans Day with the ringing of a “peace” bell and the sounding of a trumpet at that very moment Thursday. The school’s namesake, Rochester native and violi…
 
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are asking Gov. Kathy Hochul to commit to full funding for a program for New York’s veterans who are coping with post-traumatic stress disorder from their time in service. Sen. Sue Serino, a Republican, and Assemblymember Didi Barrett, a Democrat, said the program -- known as the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer S…
 
A 1983 bombing in Beirut took the lives of more than 240 U.S. service members, including local Marines. We sit down with a veteran who survived the attack and a veteran who helped survivors. Our guests: Corporal Mike Zawacki, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Petty Officer Third Class Mike Bice, U.S. Navy veteran For more content featuring U.S. veterans, p…
 
When members of the military leave active duty, they may face challenges re-entering civilian life. We talk about Operation Green Light , a program geared at easing that transition. Our guests: Jason Skinner, U.S. Army veteran, and director of Livingston County Veterans Services Mike Eastman, Brigadier General (ret), and executive director of the E…
 
Rochester City Council overwhelmingly passed an extension of 485-a, a piece of legislation that offers tax breaks for housing developers. Today, we welcome a developer who says the public often fails to grasp the reality of housing development. That includes understanding AMI, or Area Median Income, and it also includes understanding exactly what d…
 
What's in the new infrastructure bill for climate action? Depending on who you ask, the bill was either a monumental failure or a building block for successful climate action. The global climate movement has made strides, but it has not yet produced the kind of coalition that can achieve the most ambitious goals. We discuss what's in the bill, and …
 
Recent reforms to the state’s bail process, including an end to most forms of cash bail, were a wedge issue in last week’s elections that helped Republicans make inroads in Democratic-dominated New York. The suburbs of Long Island are considered a swing region in statewide elections, and in the last decade, voters had been steadily electing more De…
 
New York Governor Kathy Hochul is offering incentives for children aged 5 to 11 years old to get vaccinated, offering entry to a drawing for free college tuition to a public university for those who get their shots in the next few weeks. Children under 12 became eligible for vaccines this week, and many parents have rushed to sign up their children…
 
The gender gap between college students is growing. In the 2020-2021 school year, men made up only about 40 percent of college students. We discuss why with our guests: Stuart Hencke , executive director of the Rochester Education Foundation Rachel Bailey Jones , professor in the School of Education at Nazareth College Rhakye Gibson-Cuffee, recent …
 
A local man was in prison for six years for a crime he didn't commit, and now he's suing the state and the people he says participated in a rush to judgement in his wrongful conviction. We talk to Anthony Miller and his attorneys. Our guests: Anthony Miller, Rochester resident who was wrongfully convicted Elliott Shields , civil rights attorny with…
 
The skills lab at the University of Rochester School of Nursing looks just like a hospital unit. Hospital beds are separated by curtains. Students break off into small groups as instructors walk them through specific parts of their training. On a Friday in late October, Andrew Pierle and Christian Tarantola were learning how to place a patient in r…
 
New York Governor Kathy Hochul, on the first full day that fully vaccinated foreign tourists were permitted to travel to the U.S., pledged to help the state’s tourism industry to recover by providing nearly half a billion dollars in grants. Hochul, in an event Monday at New York City’s Museum of Natural History attended by business and union leader…
 
Rochester City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to reauthorize a tax break that critics say has over-inflated luxury apartments downtown. It's not a sexy name: it's called 485-a, and it's designed to spur new development. Mayor-elect Malik Evans said on Connections last week that he had problems with the legislation in the past, but it has been…
 
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