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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 7

Jul 7, 2020

Credit Rochester City School District

First hour: What do pediatricians think about kids going back to school in the fall?

Second hour: Remembering Jack Garner

What do pediatricians think about kids going back to school in the fall? The American Academy of Pediatrics made headlines last week with a call to put kids back in physical classrooms, if at all possible. Dr. Sean O'Leary helped write the guidelines, and he told the New York Times that we've learned enough since March to make adjustments to school environments: "Schools can do a lot of things to really make the environment as safe as possible." We talk to local doctors about how best to support kids this fall, no matter what decisions the state or districts make.

  • Dr. Stephen Cook, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and medical director at the New York State Department of Health
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong
  • Dr. David Topa, M.D., pediatrician at Pittsford Pediatric Associates

Then in our second hour, the passing of Jack Garner rocked the Rochester community this past weekend. Jack died at the age of 75, having built a storied career in movie criticism and Hollywood profiles. He never fully retired, and he was a constant contributor to countless programs and organizations, including WXXI and Connections. Our guests were friends and colleagues, and they remember a man known first and foremost for his kindness:

  • Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College
  • Gary Craig, public safety watchdog reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Film Festival
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for CITY Newspaper
  • Jeff Spevak, arts and life editor for WXXI News