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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, March 1

First hour: ROC the Riverway

Second hour: Rethinking solitary confinement

Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced awarded $50 million in state funding to redeveloping Rochester's riverway. The "ROC the Riverway" initiative aims to reestablish the Genesee River as the centerpiece of downtown Rochester. The city already has a number of proposed projects on the docket. We'll discuss them this hour, and we'll talk about what it would take to revitalize Rochester's waterfront areas. In studio:

  • Bob Duffy, co-chair of the ROC the Riverway Advisory Panel
  • Anne Kress, co-chair of the ROC the Riverway Advisory Panel
  • Clement Chung, member of the ROC the Riverway Advisory Panel, and past president of ROC City Coalition
  • Alex Yudelson, chief of staff for the City of Rochester

Then in our second hour, advocates for ending solitary confinement say long-term confinement is a form of torture, and they are pushing for legislative reform. Some correctional officers say that recent reforms in the system are to blame for an increased number of assaults on officers by inmates because inmates don't feel the threat of solitary confinement. We'll examine both sides of the issue with our guests: 

  • Jeremy Wright, activist and solitary confinement survivor
  • Pastor Matthew Martin Nickoloff, South Wedge Mission
  • Pastor Scott Austin, Artisan Church 
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.