Coming Up On Connections: Monday, December 5th

Dec 4, 2016

Credit PBS

First hour: Overtime rules, labor, and issues facing workers

Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable looks at human evolution

A federal judge recently blocked an Obama administration policy that was going to give more workers overtime. We'll discuss this ruling, and we'll discuss issues facing the American worker more broadly. President-elect Trump has promised to protect American workers, but Harold Meyerson, executive editor of The American Prospect, says Trump's election is "an extinction-level event for American labor." Our guests:

  • Beth Cordello, chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Pullano & Farrow
  • Jesse Lenney, upstate political director of the Working Families Party
  • Carly Fox, Worker Justice Center
  • Paul Hypolite, New York State United Teachers

Our Monthly Science Roundtable asks the question, What does it mean to be human? We're not simply talking about the science of evolution -- although we'll talk about that! -- we're asking about culture, and religion, and human nature. Our guests:

  • Dr. Warren Allmon, director of the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, and professor of paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University
  • Rabbi Suzanne Brody, director of education at Temple Beth-El, Ithaca
  • Sally Grubb, exhibit coordinator for the Tompkins County Public Library