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Which spaces or places in Rochester matter to you? It's a question University of Rochester students and staff will ask as part of a new art project called Blank Placard Dance. The performance builds on an original activism project that emerged in San Francisco in the 1960s. Through dance, Rochester performers hope to map local areas community members deem important when it comes to activism. Participants say the project blurs the boundaries of public intervention and dance performance.

We preview it with our guests:

  • Missy Pfohl Smith, director of the Program of Dance and Movement and the Institute for the Performing Arts at the University of Rochester
  • Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, senior lecturer in dance, and director of Blank Placard Restaged at the University of Rochester
  • Catherine Ramsey, University of Rochester student organizer 
  • Almeta Whitis, community storyteller

We sit down with candidates for Rochester City Council. Our goal is to have conversations at length with the nearly 20 candidates before Primary Day.

Our guests this hour discuss their platforms and priorities, and their perspectives on different issues impacting Rochester. Our guests:


First hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 3

Second hour: Discussing the Blank Placard Dance project

We talk with registered dietitian Brenda Davis. Davis will be giving a presentation entitled “Debunking Keto, Paleo, and other Low-Carb Diets” at Rochester Lifestyle Medicine. She joins us, along with Dr. Ted Barnett, to discuss fad diets, plant-based eating, and more.

Our guests:

  • Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, author, member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s (ACLM) Type 2 Diabetes Reversal Task Force, and member of the ACLM’s Diabetes Reversal Expert Consensus Panel
  • Ted Barnett, M.D., founder and medical director for Rochester Lifestyle Medicine, founder and board chair of the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute, co-coordinator of the Rochester Area Vegan Society, chair of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s (ACLM) Type 2 Diabetes Reversal Task Force, and member of the ACLM’s Diabetes Reversal Expert Consensus Panel

What does reimagining Rochester’s public transit system look like? “Reimagine RTS” is set to launch May 17. The new mass transit plan will go live after a nearly year-long delay. We talk about what the design includes, how the new system will work, and it means for RTS customers.

Our guest:

First hour: What to expect from "Reimagine RTS"

Second hour: Debunking keto, paleo, and other low-carb diets

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg sparked some debate when he recently said, "There is racism physically built into some of our highways." Critics called it hyperbole, and mocked the statement for trying too hard to connect all problems to race. But historians have taken this opening to teach about the history that Buttigieg is referencing: redlining, highways destroying Black neighborhoods, inner loops, and more.

Our guests have their own stories to share: 

If more workers are going to do their jobs from home or from remote settings, even after the pandemic, what becomes of large office spaces? NPR reports that the pandemic could lead to an exodus of workers from downtown and centralized office buildings. That means pain for local tax rolls, and for nearby businesses that rely on foot traffic during lunch hours.

Is this a budding problem for Rochester? And how can office space be reimagined? Our guests explore it:

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First hour: With more remote work, what becomes of large office spaces after the pandemic?

Second hour: Discussing racism in American infrastructure

Various media sources report that alcoholism has increased due to the pandemic. Local researchers leading a study on the issue have noticed that participants’ drinking habits have changed; the data shows they are drinking more and differently due to pandemic stressors.

We talk with the experts about the research and how to help people struggling with alcoholism. Our guests:

  • Tim Wiegand, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Kenneth Conner, Psy.D., M.P.H., professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center