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Coming up on Connections: Friday, February 9, 2024

Two men stand side-by-side in front of a building and trees
Jesús de la Torre and Robert Bilheimer

First hour: Filmmaker Robert Bilheimer and researcher Jesús de la Torre on "forced migration"

Second hour: Who should fill the federal judge seat in the Western New York District?

Academy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker Robert Bilheimer joins us to discuss his work, and his extended time at the border. Bilheimer has turned his lens on what he calls "forced migration," and particularly on the children whose lives have been torn apart. We discuss what he has seen, and what he is creating in his next film to share with the public. Our guests:

  • Robert Bilheimer, filmmaker with Worldwide Documentaries
  • Jesús de la Torre, research fellow at Hope Border Institute

Then in our second hour, advocates from local bar associations are calling on Senator Chuck Schumer to consider their recommendations for how to fill a federal judge seat with a lifetime appointment. The seat in the Western District of New York was recently vacated by Judge Frank Geraci, who assumed the status of Senior Judge. President Biden is responsible for nominating a new judge, and the Senate will confirm it. This hour, our guests discuss their recommendations, the position, and the impact it has on the district. Our guests:

  • Peachie L. Jones, president of the Rochester Black Bar Association
  • Langston McFadden, immediate past president of the Monroe County Bar Association
  • Josie Shepard Wilson, immediate past president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys
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.