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We welcome a panel of attorneys to discuss the primary, and sometimes hidden, legal questions at play in the Kavanaugh hearings. We find that when attorneys from all ideological backgrounds discuss the hearings, they tend to focus on things that the lay public does not.

We explore those issues with our guests:

  • Sharon Stiller, partner and director of the employment law practice at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP
  • Chris Thomas, partner with Nixon Peabody
  • Melanie S. Wolk, Esq. partner at Trevett Cristo
  • Sharon Kelly Sayers, Esq., local attorney

First hour: Local attorneys discuss the Kavanaugh hearings

Second hour: Discussing sexual health and the new play, "Becoming Dr. Ruth," at the JCC

The City of Rochester is getting ready to celebrate its inaugural Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 8. The holiday will coincide with Columbus Day, which has long been controversial.

Our guests discuss the change, and what it means to grow up Native American . We also hear from the Italian-American community, which has varying opinions on the issue -- but has shown a devotion to keeping Columbus Day. Our guests:

When gentrification happens in our neighborhoods, who are the people most affected? Who is pushed out?

540WMain Community Learning Academy is working with a number of organizations to host a new edition of a conference on the subject of gentrification in Rochester. They'll explore what is being done to counter displacement and find solutions. We preview that conference with our guests:


First hour: Who is affected by gentrification?

Second hour: Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day

We're joined by former Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who authored the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Research shows that among similarly sized cities, Rochester is the single worst in the country when it comes to employment and poverty for people with disabilities. 

Harkin is the keynote speaker for the upcoming ROC EmployABILITY conference, which is focused on increasing employment opportunities and reducing poverty among people with disabilities. We preview that conference. In studio:

We talk with the winners of the Reimagine the Canals Competition, a $2.5 million contest aimed at transforming the Erie Canal into a hub for economic activity, recreation, and tourism.

We discuss the winning projects and what the developers hope for the future of the Erie Canal. In studio:

First hour: Reimagining the Erie Canal

Second hour: Former Senator Tom Harkin and the ROC EmployABILITY Conference

Unshackle Upstate has a new executive director, Michael Kracker, and new legislative scorecards.

We sit down with the pro-business organization's new leader to discuss how he sees the New York State landscape for business, politics, and growth.

Fashion Week of Rochester is back. Sponsored by the Center for Youth, the annual event celebrates national and local designers while raising awareness of the challenges faced by homeless youth and young people who are at risk for homelessness and human trafficking.

We sit down with Fashion Week organizers and participants to discuss what’s on tap for this year’s event, and how they hope their efforts will help vulnerable populations in our community. In studio:

  • Elaine Spaull, executive director of the Center for Youth, and member of Rochester City Council
  • Joan Lincoln, originator of Fashion Week of Rochester, and owner of Panache
  • Christopher Washington, emerging designer, and Lead the Way role Model
  • Iman Abid, board member for the Center for Youth, Lead the Way role model, and chapter director of the Genesee Valley Region of the ACLU