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We sit down with Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council. He’s in town as a guest of the Rochester chapter of the World Affairs Council.

We talk with Gopalaswamy about President Trump’s South Asia strategy, arms control, disarmament, international security, and more.

The City of Rochester has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a 2.8 acre site at the Port of Rochester. The RFP comes more than two years after a controversial plan to build a hotel and condominiums at the site faced major pushback from some residents. That plan fell through because the developer, Edgewater Resources, missed a deadline to provide the city with a detailed financial plan.

Last year, nearly 100 community members gathered at a charrette to brainstorm their priorities and goals for the area. The vision plan that resulted from that process is now included in the new RFP.

This hour, our guests discuss what they think will help make the Port a year round destination. In studio:

  • Molly Clifford, member of Rochester City Council
  • David Riley, planner and research associate at the Center for Governmental Research
  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester

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First hour: How can the Port of Rochester become a year-round destination?

Second hour: Discussing U.S.- South Asian foreign policy with Bharath Gopalaswamy

Last week in Rochester, police chased a suspect in multiple shootings as he drove a U-Haul through the city streets. The public watched the suspect and law enforcement exchange gunfire through videos posted by photographers on social media. At one point, the suspect pointed his gun at one of the photographers.

This hour, we talk to members of law enforcement and the media about the danger they face doing their jobs. In studio:

The new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that climate change is already further down the road that we had hoped, and without dramatic and quick changes, bad things are coming. In other words, it's worse than we thought.

Meteorological scholar Eric Holthaus responded by pledging to never fly in an airplane again, while listing other changes in his own life that he was willing to make for future generations.

Our guests discuss the path to dramatic change. In studio:

Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle

First hour: Discussing the UN's new climate change report

Second hour: The dangers faced by law enforcement and the media when responding to crime scenes

The term "elder law" can be a misnomer when it comes to the LGBTQ community. For example, does a 22-year-old trans person think the Elder Law Fair is relevant to them? Probably not -- but it can be if the person's family is hostile toward their gender identity. There are all kinds of legal pitfalls for the LGBTQ community, and we'll explore them in advance of the 2018 Elder Law Fair.

Our guests:

Katie Adamides, Staff Attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York.

Milo Primeaux, LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Attorney & Founder/CEO of Just Roots Consulting, LLC. 

Danny Palmer, person with chronic illness who has experienced the consequences of not having legal documents in place.

We welcome the Democrat and Republican running in the 133rd Assembly district race. 

In studio:

Barbara Baer (D)

Marjorie Byrnes (R)

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Recovery from opioid addiction;
  • Male violence and acceptable standards of behavior;
  • Social protest and understanding opposing idea 

Photojournalism has captured some of the most profound images of social and protest movements. RIT Press is hosting an upcoming exhibition titled "Whose Streets? Our Streets!"

It's a look at the images that tell stories from New York City during a period of tumult and change. The images focus on demonstrations regarding police brutality, queer activism, AIDS, race relations, war, the environment, and more. Our guests will discuss the power of these images.

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