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Coming up on Connections: Friday, September 13

Sep 13, 2019

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First hour: Perspectives of living in a post-9/11 world

Second hour: A local couple on their journey towards accepting themselves and feeling accepted by others

Wednesday marked 18 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and this hour, we have a discussion about how our guests’ perspectives about world issues changed as a result of the tragedy. Our panelists include people from two age groups: current (or soon-to-be) 18 year olds who were either not born or were infants at the time of the attacks; and current 36 year olds (or those just a bit older) who were 18 at the time of the attacks. They share their thoughts on living in a post-9/11 world – as Americans who either have never known life before the tragedy, and as those who grew into adulthood after living through that time. In studio:

  • Samiha Islam, senior at Brighton High School
  • Arielle Mahoney, sophomore at Nazareth College
  • Ty Gagnon, local improviser
  • Sareer Fazili, past president of the Islamic Center of Rochester

Then in our second hour, new research from Pew Research Center shows that American support for same sex marriage has almost perfectly flipped in the last 15 years. In 2004, 60 percent of Americans polled said they opposed same-sex marriage, while 31 percent said they supported it. In 2019, 31 percent of Americans polled say they oppose same-sex marriage, while 61 percent say they support it. For the LGBTQ community in Gen Z, life is very different than it was for their parents and grandparents. We talk with an older lesbian couple about their lifelong journey towards accepting themselves and feeling accepted by others. In studio:

  • Barb Adams and Roz Pullara