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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

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First hour: Special rebroadcast - Reactions to the total solar eclipse

Second hour: Special rebroadcast - Danielle Ponder on creating the theme song for the TV series, "Manhunt"

We have special rebroadcasts on Connections today.

Rochester's next moment in the path of totality will arrive in 2144. In this special rebroadcast, we discuss the remarkable moments in darkness, the buildup, and now the surreal aftermath. We welcome listeners to share their experiences, too. Our guests:

  • Deb Ross, chair of the Rochester Eclipse Task Force
  • Dan Schneiderman, eclipse partnership coordinator for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and co-chair of the Rochester Eclipse Taskforce
  • Scott Fybush, WXXI reporter and anchor, and member of the Rochester Eclipse Task Force
  • Brian Koberlein, astrophysicist and science writer with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Kirstyn "Kiki" Smith, co-organizer of “A Total Eclipse of the Park”
  • Roger Dube, Ph.D., physicist and emeritus professor at RIT; and Mohawk, Turtle Clan/Abenaki, and fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Then in our second hour, Rochester’s own Danielle Ponder has achieved another career milestone. The internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter was chosen to create the theme song for the Apple TV+ series, “Manhunt.” The historical thriller follows the hunt for John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. In this special rebroadcast, we talk with Ponder about writing and performing the theme, entitled “Egún.” We’re also joined by history professor Justin Behrend to discuss why the assassination and hunt for Wilkes Booth still captures our attention. Our guests:

  • Danielle Ponder, internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter
  • Justin Behrend, professor of history at SUNY Geneseo