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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 11

Jul 11, 2019

First hour: Exploring the legacy of Ross Perot

Second hour: Summer of Food - Getting inside the mind of a butcher

Ross Perot died at the age of 89 this week. We explore the legacy of Perot: wasn’t he supposed to usher in the age of the third party? It hasn’t materialized. Perot’s Reform Party went nowhere. The Green Party and Libertarian Party are struggling to attract members. Why is that? And we’ll discuss the myths and realities of Perotism, including the giant sucking sound to Mexico, and the claim that he cost George H.W. Bush reelection. Our guests:

  • Rob Shum, associate professor of political science at the College at Brockport
  • Tim Kneeland, chair of the department of history and political science at Nazareth College
  • Kevin Wilson, chair of the Monroe County Libertarian Party

Then in our second hour, our Summer of Food Series kicks off with a look inside the mind of a butcher. Kevin McCann is a classically-trained chef and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He launched McCann’s Meats in 2015. Since then, his shop has grown into a local institution, while Kevin has grown into… a much smaller waist size. We’ll talk about the art of the butcher; the rise of veganism; his physical journey; and we’ll preview the upcoming international butchery competition. Kevin was selected to be one of nine American butchers on the team.

  • Kevin McCann, owner of McCann’s Local Meats
  • Danny Johnson, team captain for the United States international butchery team