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Coming up on Connections: Monday, April 17th

Apr 17, 2017

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First hour: Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan

Second hour: Teaching climate change

Our guest, Robin Givhan, is the only person to win a Pulitzer Prize for fashion criticism. Writing for the Washington Post, Givhan took apart then-Vice President Dick Cheney's attire during a ceremony to mark the liberation of Auschwitz. She wrote, "The vice president was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower." And while diners in high-end restaurants routinely wear jeans and t-shirts, Givhan believes that changing norms do not absolve world leaders of solemnly marking occasions with their own fashion choices. She's coming to Syracuse University this week, but first she joins us to talk about her work, her book, and where we should draw the line when it comes to critiquing what someone else is wearing.

  • Robin Givhan, fashion editor for the Washington Post
  • Eric Grode, director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at Syracuse University

The NYS Science Learning Standards go into effect in July. With that in mind, we're focusing on how climate change is taught in the classroom. While specific standards regarding climate change education don't come into effect until middle school, there is an expanding focus on climate itself, and weather, and ecosystems in earlier grades. We'll explore the teaching, the training, and the consequences of kids not being climate literate. Our guests:

  • Lindsay Cray, executive director and co-founder of Earthworks Institute, and certified forest school instructor
  • Tiarra Worthington, earth science teacher at East High School, and mother of two
  • Chris Lajewski, director of the Montezuma Audubon Center
  • Cindy Culbert, homeschool educator, and mother of two