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The Irondequoit Police Department will be hosting its Police Community Relations Forum next week. The goal is to build community engagement and identify a two-year strategic plan for the police department using resident input. The forum is one of several hosted by the Greater Rochester Police Community Relations working group over the last two years.

This hour, we preview the Irondequoit forum and discuss 21st century policing. Our guests:

  • Chief Richard Tantalo, Irondequoit Police Department
  • Andrae Evans, member of the planning committee for the Irondequoit Police Community Relations Forum 
  • Rev. Patrina Freeman, member of the planning committee for the Irondequoit Police Community Relations Forum
  • David Seeley, Irondequoit Town Supervisor

The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is bringing experts in gender reconciliation to Rochester. Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin will give a presentation at Nazareth College and a retreat at the Clover Center next month. Their work focuses on healing the differences and divisions between men and women. They say addressing gender injustice is more important now than ever.

They join us to share their research and recommendations for creating a culture with gender equality. Our guests:

First hour: How to heal divides between men and women

Second hour: Discussing 21st century policing

Isn't it adorbs when we use words so frequently they officially get added to the dictionary? Maybe you read some of them this weekend when you gorged on guac with a rando because you were both hangry.

This hour, we discuss some of Merriam-Webster's 840 new words, and we talk about how and why language changes. Have a pen and paper handy because we test your knowledge and that of our guests:

  • Dan Mulcahy, creative director for Bush Communications
  • Amanda Chestnut, artist and communications coordinator at Flower City Arts Center
  • Kyle Semmel, executive director for Writers & Books

The New York Times made serious news last week with the publication of an op-ed by an anonymous writer – a senior official in the White House. Should the Times have published a piece by an anonymous source?

This hour, we’re joined by local journalists who discuss the standards and policies for using anonymous sources. In studio:

First hour: Discussing the standards for using anonymous sources in journalism

Second hour: New words added to the dictionary, part 3

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:

  • Why many women fear running in the dark;
  • How some Christians feel about showing mercy;
  • Issues surrounding student journalism and freedom of the press;
  • Job shaming.

An upcoming festival at Ganondagan explores Native American food and culture. We get a preview and discuss traditional and contemporary indigenous culinary experiences.

Our guests:

  • Chef Arlie Doxtator, chef with 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry
  • Peter Jemison, historic site manager for Ganondagan
  • Angela Ferguson, farm supervisor for the Onondaga Nation, indigenous food advocate, corn grower, and seed saver

Should schools cultivate patriotism? It's one question among many about patriotism in schools and society addressed in a new book called “Patriotic Education in a Global Age.”

The co-author is University of Rochester professor Randy Curren. He joins us to discuss his research, the difference between patriotism and nationalism, and the role patriotism might play in civic education.

First hour: Professor Randy Curren and his new book, "Patriotic Education in a Global Age"

Second hour: Discussing Native American food culture