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New research from Pew Research Center shows that American support for same sex marriage has almost perfectly flipped in the last 15 years. In 2004, 60 percent of Americans polled said they opposed same-sex marriage, while 31 percent said they supported it. In 2019, 31 percent of Americans polled say they oppose same-sex marriage, while 61 percent say they support it.

For the LGBTQ community in Gen Z, life is very different than it was for their parents and grandparents. We talk with an older lesbian couple about their lifelong journey towards accepting themselves and feeling accepted by others. In studio:

  • Barb Adams and Roz Pullara

Wednesday marked 18 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and this hour, we have a discussion about how our guests’ perspectives about world issues changed as a result of the tragedy. Our panelists include people from two age groups: current (or soon-to-be) 18 year olds who were either not born or were infants at the time of the attacks; and current 36 year olds (or those just a bit older) who were 18 at the time of the attacks.

They share their thoughts on living in a post-9/11 world – as Americans who either have never known life before the tragedy, and as those who grew into adulthood after living through that time. In studio:

  • Samiha Islam, senior at Brighton High School
  • Arielle Mahoney, sophomore at Nazareth College
  • Ty Gagnon, local improviser
  • Sareer Fazili, past president of the Islamic Center of Rochester

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First hour: Perspectives of living in a post-9/11 world

Second hour: A local couple on their journey towards accepting themselves and feeling accepted by others

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national election, which will happen in six weeks. Imagine that: a national election campaign that goes from start to finish in less than two months. In the United States, the campaign is essentially endless, with official campaign events running for two years.

Which system is better? Which is more productive in allowing the population to choose a leader? Our guests weigh in:

  • Rob Shum, a Canadian who serves as a professor of public policy at the College at Brockport
  • Paul Hypolite, an American who serves as a political strategist
  • Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, an American who serves as a political consultant and founder of LaCumbre

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after reports of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the products. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza is urging county residents to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the cause of those illnesses concludes.

Is the nationwide response proportionate to the health risks? It’s a question debated by doctors and people who use vape products. We sit down with local physicians to discuss the risks associated with vaping (and with cigarettes) and the latest into the investigations on pulmonary illness. We also hear from people who use e-cigarettes. In studio:

  • Dr. Mike Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Public Health Commissioner
  • Dr. Nicholas Nacca, M.D., emergency medicine and toxicology specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Scott McIntosh, P.h.D., associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Andrew Ribble, owner of Liquid Cloud Lounge and Greenhaus CBD

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First hour: Understanding the health risks of vaping

Second hour: Exploring the differences between the Canadian and U.S.election processes

Midtown Athletic Club is growing, and looked to Monroe County for taxpayer incentives as it expands. The county is supportive, saying that Midtown’s growth will result in new jobs and economic development.

Critics contend that most Monroe County residents can not afford a Midtown membership, and this is a case of the rich getting richer without much ripple effect. Our guests debate it:

Are you a climate nihilist? Author Jonathan Franzen wrote a piece for the New Yorker arguing that it’s time to spend more effort preparing for climate catastrophe, and less effort to stopping it. Franzen argues that humans are not going to do what is necessary to prevent devastating global warming. He wonders why there isn’t more conversation about this, and what it means.

But climate policy experts respond that Franzen has botched some of the key facts to understanding climate change, and they argue that his position is a dangerous one. We debate it:

First hour: Discussing climate nihilism

Second hour: Should Midtown Athletic Club receive tax breaks for its expansion?

We’re joined by Rue Mapp, the founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and inspires African American connections to and leadership in nature.

Mapp will be in Rochester next week as a guest of the Genesee Land Trust, but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss the value of relationships with the outdoors. Our guests:

  • Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro
  • Gay Mills, Executive Director, Genesee Land Trust
  • Regina Geames, Community Programs Coordinator, Genesee Land Trust