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Coming up on Connections: Friday, July 12

Jul 12, 2019

First hour: Discussing Pete Buttigieg's "Douglass Plan"

Second hour: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has a plan to combat systemic racial inequality. His "Douglass Plan," named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass, would create a $10 billion fund for black entrepreneurs over five years, while also investing in historically black colleges, reducing the prison population, legalizing marijuana, passing a new Voting Rights Act, and more. Buttigieg says his proposal is equal in scale to the Marshall Plan. We break down the Douglass Plan with our guests, and discuss its potential impact, successes, and gaps. In studio:

  • Adrian Hale, senior manager of workforce and economic development and education initiatives at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Simeon Banister, vice president of community programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Robin Wilt, member of the Brighton Town Board

Then in our second hour, it has been 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, and we discuss what it took for the U.S. to meet John F. Kennedy's goal. What kind of technology did we need to develop? And what did we learn from the mission? Our guests share the legacy of the moon landing, and discuss the current state of the space program and research. We'll also preview a number of local events and exhibits commemorating the moon landing. In studio:

  • Roger Dube, research professor emeritus at RIT
  • Brian Koberlein, senior lecturer of physics at RIT
  • Steve Fentress, director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Hillary Olson, CEO of the Rochester Museum and Science Center