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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 29

Jan 29, 2020

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First hour: Debating the value of newspaper endorsements

Second hour: How to have conversations with young people about climate anxiety

The New York Times took some heat for its recent presidential endorsement process. Critics say it played out like an online reality show; others argued that the endorsement was puffed up into an inflated sense of self-importance. The Times responded that its editorial board wanted to take the process seriously, and with transparency. We ask our guests how they’ve come to view newspaper endorsements, and whether they choose to offer them. (CITY News does not, for example.) In studio:

  • David Andreatta, editor of CITY Newspaper
  • Michael Kilian, executive editor for the Democrat and Chronicle

Then in our second hour, NPR recently reported that clinical anxiety affects a small, but growing number of children and teens. One source of anxiety is climate change. This hour, we sit down with a pediatrician and a clinical psychiatrist to discuss how to have conversations about climate change with young people. We also hear from a local parent and climate change activist who shares her techniques and experience with this issue. In studio:

  • Dr. Michael Scharf, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Sandra Jee, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and general pediatrician at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Annalyn Gibson, M.D., child and adolescent psychiatry fellow
  • Sue Hughes-Smith, parent, and member of the leadership team for the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition