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Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 12

Aug 12, 2019

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First hour: Special rebroadcast - Exploring state gun laws and activists' perceptions on personal gun ownership

Second hour: Remembering the life and work of Toni Morrison

We bring you a special rebroadcast this hour: it’s a discussion about gun safety and gun violence that had many of our listeners talking last week. We wanted to share it with you again because it raises a number of questions: Should there be mandatory firearms training for anyone who purchases a gun? What do local law enforcement officers and gun owners think about new gun storage laws in New York? And how does gun violence in families inform perspectives about gun ownership in those families? We’re joined by two members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. Cha Ron Sattler-LeBlanc and Toni Nelson each lost multiple family members to gun violence. While they both advocate for responsible gun ownership, they have different perspectives on if they themselves want to own guns. They share their stories, and we break down concealed carry laws, new state laws on gun storage, and a ban on 3D-printed guns with Monroe County Undersheriff Korey Brown. Our guests:

  • Cha Ron Sattler-LeBlanc, volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
  • Toni Nelson, volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and founder of M2 Foundation for Peace and Social Change
  • Sarah Dumrese, volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
  • Korey Brown, Monroe County Undersheriff

Then in our second hour, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison died last week at the age of 88. Morrison is perhaps best known for her work, “Beloved,” but her work spans six decades and includes novels, children’s books, plays, an opera, and more. As reported by Time Magazine, Morrison was largely ignored as a writer for about a decade in the 1970s, but that changed and she “widened the nation’s literary canon, serving as its conscience through trying times and establishing herself as the keeper of its marginalized histories.” She was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature, among many other accolades. This hour, we’re joined by local writers who discuss Morrison’s life and work, and her legacy reflecting and influencing the lives of black Americans. In studio:

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of “Love Like Sky”
  • Tokeya C. Graham, English professor, and founder of “We All Write” black women’s writing consortium
  • Lu Highsmith, program director of LuCreations Production, former leader of the Roc Bottom Slam Poetry team, and member of “We All Write” black women’s writing consortium