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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, May 12

May 12, 2021

First hour: A debate over crypto currency

Second hour: Journalist Olga Khazan on her book, "Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World" 

A group based in the Finger Lakes is organizing opposition to a Bitcoin mining operation. Crypto currency has made significant gains in the last six months and is more popular than ever. But to obtain certain forms of currency like Bitcoin, mathematical experts have to perform complex computer equations. We discuss how it works, why they there is opposition, and why crypto has been so hot.

  • Vinny Aliperti, owner of Billsboro Winery on Seneca Lake
  • Yvonne Taylor, co-founder and vice president of the Seneca Lake Guardian
  • James Harrington, CEO and founder of the Ugandan Water Project
  • Gary Palmer, owner and CEO of Minting Coins® at MintingCoins.com

Then in our second hour, would you describe yourself as "weird"? In her new book, "Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World," the Atlantic's Olga Khazan works to reclaim the word by emphasizing how being different can be a person's greatest strength. We talk to Khazan about why being an outsider is an asset. Our guest:

  • Olga Khazan, journalist, and author of "Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World"