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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, March 3, 2022

A medical worker prepares a vaccine
Max Schulte
medical worker prepares a vaccine

First hour: Local pediatricians on the latest with COVID-19 and children

Second hour: Can Earth use its intelligence to sustain its future?

The mask mandate has been lifted for schools in New York State, but children under five still cannot be vaccinated. Meanwhile, there remains a large disparity in vaccination rates between eligible adults and eligible children. Why? We talk with local pediatricians about the state of COVID-19 in kids, including vaccines, masking, and more. Our guests:

  • Mary Caserta, M.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, at the University of Rochester Medical Center 
  • Tina Sosa, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist at the University of Rochester Medical Center 

Then in our second hour, is Earth "smart?" It's a question astrophysicist Adam Frank and colleagues have been exploring over the past couple years. They define planetary intelligence as life's collective response to changes in the state of the entire planet. With that in mind, can Earth use its intelligence to sustain itself as it faces threats like climate change? We discuss it with our guests:

  • Adam Frank, Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester, and author of numerous books including "Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth" 
  • David Grinspoon, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, and author of numerous books including "Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future" 
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."

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