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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 16

Jul 16, 2019

Credit https://wayofm.org/shows/transformation-thursday

First hour: Understanding new data on gun violence in Rochester 

Second hour: Conversations with the women behind "Transformation Thursday"

We take a detailed look at shootings in the City of Rochester over the last four years. The Center for Public Safety Initiatives at RIT analyzed the data. We explore who is more likely to be shot and where, along with the impact of the resulting trauma on children and communities. We also talk about what policies may or may not work. In studio:

  • Irshad Altheimer, director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives at RIT
  • Janelle Duda-Banwar, senior research associate at the Center for Public Safety Initiatives at RIT

Then in our second hour, we celebrate Rochester Pride Week with a conversation about "Transformation Thursday." It's a new podcast hosted and produced by Amy Stephens and Penny Sterling, two local transgender woman who are outspoken advocates for the LGBTQ community. Stephens and Sterling join us to share their individual journeys, what they have learned, how they handle difficult conversations with friends and coworkers, and more. In studio:

  • Amy Stephens, comedian and co-host of  "Transformation Thursday"
  • Penny Sterling, storyteller, comedian, and co-host of "Transformation Thursday"