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Dr. Ray Dorsey at the University of Rochester Medical Center has written a new book on Parkinson’s disease. The disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. Dorsey’s book is a “prescription for action.” He outlines the causes for the disease – many of them environmental – and directives for how to prevent the condition.

He joins us this hour to discuss his research. We also hear from a local woman living with Parkinson’s disease. Our guests:

  • Dr. Ray Dorsey, M.D., David M. Levy Professor of Neurology, director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and author of "Ending Parkinson's Disease"
  • Yvonne Hylton, woman living with Parkinson’s disease

First hour: Congressman Joe Morelle on the coronavirus relief bill (*This conversation was preempted by Governor Cuomo's press conference. It will be rescheduled for Friday.)

Second hour: Dr. Ray Dorsey on his new book, "Ending Parkinson's Disease"

Astrophysicist Adam Frank says this pandemic is a fire drill for climate change. Writing for NBC News, Frank says we're re-learning just how fragile life is. We have not conquered risk and uncertainty, much to our horror. But we are also learning how quickly we can mobilize to confront an emergency.

We discuss the painful lessons that can shape how our civilization deals with threats going forward. Our guest:

  • Adam Frank, astrophysicist at the University of Rochester

WXXI health reporter Brett Dahlberg joins Connections to share an update on the state of COVID-19 and personal protective equipment in Monroe County.

First hour: Discussing the ethics of dining and grocery delivery services during the pandemic (*This conversation was preempted due to Governor Cuomo's press conference, and will be rescheduled.)

Second hour: Astrophysicist Adam Frank on how the pandemic is a fire drill for climate change

Rochester City School District Superintendent Terry Dade joins us to talk about his draft budget. He discusses the challenging decisions facing the district, including cuts to teaching positions, services, and more.

Our guest:

  • Terry Dade, superintendent of the Rochester City School District

First hour: RCSD Superintendent Terry Dade on his draft budget

Second hour: Congressman Joe Morelle on the coronavirus relief bill (*This conversation has been rescheduled for Wednesday at noon.)

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 22 men and 1 in 24 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer during their lifetimes. There are multiple screening tools available for this type of cancer; doctors say those tools can help them find the cancer early, and in some cases, help prevent it.

This hour, we discuss colon cancer screenings with local medical professionals who tell us what we need to know. We also hear from two GI patients about their experiences. Our guests:

  • Dr. Danielle Marino, M.D., gastroenterologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dr. Patrick Okolo, M.D., gastroenterologist at Rochester Regional Health
  • Mike Tedesco, manager of health systems at the American Cancer Society, Northeast Region
  • Tina Cottone, GI patient at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and director of Strollin for the Colon 5K Run/Walk
  • Katie Papas, colon cancer survivor

*For more information about screenings for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancers, click here.

*This broadcast includes an update on the state of COVD-19 in Monroe County with WXXI health reporter Brett Dahlberg.

Social scientist and author Arthur Brooks says Americans need to “Love Your Enemies.” That’s the title of his most recent book. In it, he argues that agreement across the political spectrum isn’t necessary, but better disagreement is needed.

Professor David Primo at the University of Rochester has been teaching a course on the role of disagreement in a democratic society. He and several of his students join us to discuss issues related to political polarization, academic freedom, and diversity on college campuses. We also discuss how political disagreement has impacted responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Our guests:

  • David Primo, professor of political science and business administration, and Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor at the University of Rochester
  • Madelyn Candela, sophomore at the University of Rochester
  • Jonah Ricanati, senior at the University of Rochester
  • Maggie Sannicandro, senior at the University of Rochester

First hour: How to disagree better politically

Second hour: Discussing recommendations for colon cancer screenings