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Coming up on Connections: Friday, December 11

Rochester City Council Vice President at his barbershop on Jefferson Avenue.
Rochester City Council Vice President at his barbershop on Jefferson Avenue.

First hour: How NYS coronavirus policy is affecting struggling areas (*This discussion began during our second hour.)

Second hour: Author Leslie C. Youngblood and her new book, "Forever This Summer"

(*This discussion began during our second hour due to Governor Cuomo's press conference.)

Critics of state coronavirus policy argue that it has disproportionately affected areas that were already struggling economically. Leading the calls for a new approach is the vice president of Rochester City Council, Willie Lightfoot, who is also a professional barber. He brings us up-to-date on the latest developments.  Our guest:

  • Willie Lightfoot, vice president of Rochester City Council, and president of the United Professional Barbers and Cosmetologists Association (UPBCA), Inc.

Then in our second hour, we talk with local author Leslie C. Youngblood about her new book, "Forever This Summer." It's the remarkable sequel to her debut novel, "Love Like Sky." "Forever This Summer" continues the story of Georgie and her blended family, with Georgie and her mom spending their summer in Louisiana caring for Georgie's great aunt, who has Alzheimer's disease. During their stay, Georgie makes a new friend, Markie, and learns about how their family histories intertwine. It's a story about friendship, about loyalty and compassion, and about finding the truth. We talk to Youngblood about the book, her writing process, and about reaching diverse young readers with characters who look like them. Our guest:

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of "Love Like Sky" and "Forever This Summer"
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.