Coming Up On Connections: Monday, May 2nd

May 2, 2016

First hour: A behind-the-scenes look at the new podcast, Finding Tammy Jo

Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable examines electric vehicles

In 1979, the body of a teenage girl was found in a cornfield in Caledonia. For 35 years, her identity and her killer were a mystery. Half the mystery was solved in January 2015, when the girl was identified as Tammy Jo Alexander. The other half remains unsolved. Finding Tammy Jo is a new podcast produced by WXXI News and the Democrat and Chronicle. Co-hosts Veronica Volk and Gary Craig spent a year investigating the case and weaving together the threads of evidence and memories that have emerged. They join us on Connections to share their insight into Tammy Jo's story. We'll hear Episode 1 of the podcast, which launched on Sunday, and we'll provide a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Finding Tammy Jo. Our guests:

  • Veronica Volk, reporter for WXXI News
  • Gary Craig, reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle

In our second hour: Our Monthly Science Roundtable examines the technology behind electric vehicles. The Tesla Model 3 hits the market in about 18 months. Priced at $35,000, the car is already in high demand: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there are 400,000 pre-orders. So what could mass-market, affordable electric vehicles mean for the future of the automotive industry and the environment? What's next for green auto technology? Are self-driving cars, as Musk says, "life-saving," or will they lead to more distracted driving? We'll discuss all of this and more with our guests:

  • Roger Dube, research professor at RIT and owner of a Tesla Model S
  • Jeffrey Botticello, third year mechanical engineering student at RIT and team manager for RIT’s Electric Vehicle Team
  • Derek Gutheil, fifth year mechanical and computer engineering student at RIT and member of RIT’s Electric Vehicle Team