Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, February 12

Feb 12, 2020

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First hour: Discussing Michael Bloomberg's candidacy 

Second hour: How to counter the rise of anti-Semitism and hate crimes

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won big in Tuesday night’s primary in New Hampshire. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg – who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on ads – skipped the event, but continues to rise in the polls. A Quinnipiac poll released Monday shows him in third, behind Sanders and Joe Biden, respectively. This hour, we’re joined by Bloomberg supporters who discuss his candidacy, his platform, and his chances for securing the nomination. We also hear from a Sanders supporter about the contest. Our guests:

  • Steven Barber, Bloomberg supporter
  • Jeffrey Clark, Bloomberg supporter
  • Karen Vitale, Sanders supporter, and co-founder of the Rochester Democratic Socialists of America

Then in our second hour, data shows anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes are rising across the country. Why? The news has left community members wondering how to address and counter these issues, both in conversation and in legal terms. This hour, we discuss hate crimes and hate speech from a number of angles. In studio:

  • Hava Leipzig Holzhauer, executive director of the Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies at Nazareth College
  • Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • Don Thompson, partner at Easton Thompson Kasperek Shiffrin LLP
  • Hillel Deutsch, assistant attorney general and president of Congregation Beth Sholom
  • Aidan, high school senior