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“Two people fell in love and we all showed up.” That was one of the many lines treasured by people all around the globe from Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The first African American Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church went viral with his energized message focused on the power of love. You may remember a similar sentiment from an interview with Curry on WXXI-TV’s Need to Know. It was too good not to share again.

The local maker scene in Rochester may be more prominent than some realize. From candles and clothing to bicycles and beer, there is a talented crew pursuing their passions while working to strengthen Rochester’s cultural landscape. Area makers will be featured in an upcoming event called: AfterTaste. It’s an effort born out of Rochester’s born collective. The mission: to connect the community with area creatives focused on moving the city forward.

It’s a story where at one moment you’re crying from laughter and the next from pain and heartache. For Lara Lillibridge, it’s simply her story. The author and writer who lives in Cleveland, was raised in Irondequoit where she experienced an upbringing unlike many other kids in the seventies and eighties. That childhood is detailed in a new memoir by Lillibridge titled "Girlish: Growing Up In A Lesbian Home." Lillibridge recently visited the Need to Know set to share her powerful story  - a memoir one described as “absolutely of its time.”

A rare family upbringing leads an author to pen her memoir. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll learn how sharing her unconventional childhood in Rochester could help at least one person feel less alone in the world.

Also on the show, we’ll hear about a local effort to shine a light on those breathing new life into the city – Rochester makers.

And before he stole the show at the royal wedding, he stole the hearts of those in the Rochester region. We’ll look back at a message from Bishop Michael Curry during an appearance on Need to Know.

What happens when you can't find the book you really need? You write it! That's what one Rochester-native did, and you'll hear her story this week on Need to Know.

You could say the names Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon have become synonymous with the fight to tackle sexual harassment. The two University of Rochester professors were named among TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” honorees for helping to expose harassment in the world of academia. This story was first reported in the fall when Kidd and Cantlon, among other current and former UR professors and students, filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint against the university. The complainants are now involved in a federal lawsuit against the University of Rochester. Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon recently stopped by the Need to Know set to provide perspective on this journey and the work ahead.

Anti-assault and harassment movements such as “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” have developed a public dialogue focused on women's issues around the world. But those aren’t the only movements making a difference. Rochester area residents don’t need to look far to find those educating and empowering people of their rights and their value. On this edition of Need to Know we meet a group of teens who, while small in number, say they have every intention of significantly influencing their peers on one particular issue.

The stories and allegations seem endless. From Hollywood stars and elected officials to news organizations and institutes for higher learning, the allegations of sexual assault and harassment are mind-boggling and disturbing. On this edition of Need to Know we ask: now that we’re at this time of “reckoning” in our society, are we transitioning from conversations about the horrid acts to actionable change?

It’s being called a time of “reckoning” locally and throughout the nation. On this edition of Need to Know we’ll hear from area scholars, leaders, silence breakers, and changemakers. They discuss what it will take to create concrete change in the effort to end sexual assault and harassment.

It started as an effort to unify African American writers throughout the Rochester region. Now, one writer calls it “a movement,” that enables authors of color to connect with the community and encourage young people to turn their thoughts and imaginations into stories. The efforts of the upcoming Rochester Black Author Expo, now in its 4th year, begs the question: how can teaching about black writers impact young people? On this edition of Need to Know we’ll also learn how African American literature is influencing generations of all ages?

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