Coming up on Connections: Thursday, May 16

May 16, 2019

Credit uber.com

First hour: Debating the merits of ridesharing and the future of Uber and Lyft

Second hour: Discussing the value and drawbacks of historical fiction

When Uber debuted as a publicly traded company last week, hundreds of drivers went on a one-day strike in protest. It wasn't a mass movement, but it was designed to send a message to the company regarding wages and work conditions. Drivers are paid a small fraction of the overall cost per ride, and while some drivers say it's a nice supplement to their income, others point out that it's almost impossible to make a living this way. Our panel debates the merits of rideshare and the future of Uber and Lyft. Our guests:

  • Jesse Lenney, state committee member for the Working Families Party
  • Paul Gangarossa, Uber driver
  • Arian Horbovetz, Uber driver and creator of the Urban Phoenix blog
  • Frannie Sobczak, union labor activist and former organizer and secretary/treasurer of the Workers United Rochester Regional Joint Board

Then in our second hour, Hamilton just wrapped up a sold-out run in Rochester. This hour, we dig into the history on which the show is built. Essentially, we're asking whether Hamilton is accurate. Or perhaps better put, is it accurate enough? There's always creative license taken with these kinds of shows or films, but historians point out that many Americans are getting their understanding of historical figures through the stage or screen. Our guests discuss it:

  • Michael Oberg, distinguished professor of history at SUNY Geneseo
  • LindaSue Park, award-winning author
  • Miriam Burstein, professor and associate chair of the Department of English at the College at Brockport