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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, March 19

Mar 19, 2020

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First hour: What would it take to create a municipal internet network in Monroe County? (*WXXI will air NPR's coverage of the White House press conference at the top of this hour.)

Second hour: Discussing the value of doing work that will outlive us

*WXXI will air NPR's coverage of the White House press conference at the top of this hour.

We look at the digital divide -- a serious problem on any day in America, and especially so during a pandemic. But what can be done? County legislators are looking at ways to bring more connectivity to everyone. They're looking at what it would take to do a municipal internet network. It's not simple, but it's important, and some lawmakers have come to look at the problem as a civil rights issue. Our guests are Monroe County legislators:

  • Rachel Barnhart
  • Howard Maffucci

The great Dolly Parton recently said on her podcast that she is recording music intended to be released after her passing. She's in good health! But she's thinking beyond her living years. Our guests discuss the value of doing work that will outlive all of us, whether it's related to climate change, art, culture, or something else. Let's get a little weird and existential. Our guests:

  • Jake Wojtowicz, ethics and philosophy writer, and professor of ethics at Brockport
  • Hannah Davis, visiting lecturer at RIT
  • Susan Levin, coordinator of the Rochester Women's Bike Festival