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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, November 23

North Star
North Star Coalition

First hour: North Star Coalition

Second hour: New words in the dictionary in 2021

A new coalition geared at rebuilding the community’s economy in an equitable way post-pandemic launched on Monday. Leaders with the North Star Coalition say they will help connect residents to funding opportunities and remove barriers to access. We talk about their work and their goals. Our guests:

  • Simeon Banister, executive vice president of the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Rosa Marie Curtis, president of Marvelous Mind Academy
  • Christina Stacy, principal research associate at the Urban Institute

Then in our second hour, in October, Merriam-Webster added 455 new words to its dictionary. Do you know the definitions of words like "copypasta," "otaku," and "ghost kitchen"? Our guests join us for a conversation about how language evolves, and we take a new words quiz "because" fun. Our guests:

  • Amanda Chestnut, artist and educator
  • Chris Fanning, director of communications at Writers & Books
  • Linda Sue Park, author