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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, September 30

Sep 30, 2020

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First hour: Is it time to change the voting age to 16? 

Second hour: Discussing the state of the pandemic locally

Is it time to change the voting age to 16? This week NPR profiled the man who is leading a national movement on lowering the voting age. He argues that young Americans will have to live longer with the consequences of policy making, so they should be able to join the voting process sooner. Critics argue that adults age 18-29 barely vote as it is. Our guests will debate the merits of changing the voting age:

  • Paul Hypolite, public affairs strategist
  • Allison Bourgeois, high school junior
  • Gary Pudup, veteran campaign organizer

Then in our second hour, a sharp one-day rise in COVID-19 cases in New York City sparked concern across the state. NYC saw its infection rate move from 1.93% to 3% in just 24 hours. Other regions, including Rochester/Finger Lakes, remain around 1%. Should we expect numbers to start moving upward? Our guests discuss the state of the pandemic locally. What do we know about community spread in our region? What do the demographics look like? How effective are we at containing and treating the disease? Our guests:

  • Dr. Emil Lesho, D.O., infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at Rochester Regional Health
  • Nancy Bennett, M.D., M.S., professor of medicine and public health sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center, founder and director of the Center for Community Health & Prevention, and co-director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute