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Coming up on Connections: Monday, April 6

Apr 5, 2020

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First hour: Will the pandemic convince Americans to move away from big cities? (*This hour was preempted by Governor Cuomo's daily briefing. It will be rescheduled.)

Second hour: Honoring the music of John Prine

Will the pandemic convince more Americans to live in the countryside, away from denser cities where the virus has spread more quickly? In the past week there has been a lot of discussion about COVID-19 and population density. New research finds that the disease is spreading through rural areas with significant speed, but of course the biggest caseloads are in cities like New York. So will this change the movement toward cities? Our guests weigh in:

  • David Riley, planner, and senior research associate for the Center for Governmental Research
  • Dr. Andy Aligne, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Howard Decker, architect, and board member for the Community Design Center of Rochester

Then in our second hour, fans around the world are pulling for songwriter John Prine, who is stricken with COVID-19. His wife has offered updates, saying that the legendary musician remains on a ventilator and has been in critical condition. We've asked local songwriters to offer their favorite renditions of John Prine songs, and we've put together a very musical hour to honor Prine and all those suffering during the pandemic. Guests:

  • John Dady, performing "Hello In There"
  • Ryan Sutherland, performing "Souvenirs"
  • Maria Gillard, performing "Chain of Sorrow"
  • Scott Austin, performing "Angel from Montgomery"
  • Roxy Elahi, performing "Summer's End"
  • Steve Piper, performing "Fish and Whistle"
  • Fran Broderick, performing "All the Best"
  • Sarah Eide, performing "Angel from Montgomery"