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Coming Up On Connections: Tuesday, October 11th

Oct 10, 2016

Credit WNYC

First hour: New documentary looks at the life and career of Mario Cuomo

Second hour: The growth of Unified Sports

Governor Mario Cuomo: Poetry and Prose is a new documentary that covers the life and career of the former New York governor. It comes from journalist Matt Ryan, who said he was surprised that no one had put together such a film before. Ryan was able to convince Mario Cuomo's son Andrew to sit down for an interview for the film, which goes deep into the archives. We'll talk about the stories that Ryan chose to include in his film. Our guests:

  • Matt Ryan, managing editor for New York NOW
  • Karen DeWitt, WXXI's Capitol Bureau correspondent

In our second hour: The Unified Sports program is growing in Western New York, but many of us are not familiar with the initiative. Our guests explain how "unified" means inclusion, and how the program is impacting hundreds of students locally. Our guests:

  • Billy Harmon, senior at Gates Chili High School, and student athlete with Unified basketball
  • Michael Saporito, tenth grader at Gates Chili High School, and student athlete with Unified basketball
  • Kimberle Ward, superintendent of Gates Chili Central School District
  • Tray Burton, Unified basketball coach at Edison Career and Technology High School in the Rochester City School District
  • Mike Murray, athletic director for Churchville-Chili Central School District
  • Dennis Fries, past president and current liaison to Unified basketball with Section V