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The Rochester Area Community Foundation is offering a webinar to help people and organizations affected by the pandemic better understand the CARES Act.

This hour, we’re joined by experts who will be leading to webinar. They discuss how organizations can access the federally-backed forgivable loans available through the program and how they work. They also answer listener questions about individual and small business relief. Our guests:

First hour: Discussing how organizations affected by COVID-19 can access loans through the CARES Act

Second hour: Congressman Joe Morelle on the coronavirus relief bill

Democrats have elevated Joe Biden to a nearly insurmountable delegate lead in the nomination process. But supporters of Bernie Sanders argue that Biden has largely been in the background during the pandemic, and they want Sanders to keep pushing. Biden has said he sees no point in debating anymore, and his camp wants Sanders to exit the race. Meanwhile, some Democrats are publicly wondering if there's an opening for New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

We talk about next steps during an unprecedented modern crisis. Our guests:

Expectant mothers are expressing concerns about a number of issues surrounding pregnancy during the pandemic. Many are exploring the option of home births in an effort to avoid the hospital setting. Others who plan to deliver in hospitals have questions about safety and precautions for themselves and their babies.

Our guests discuss those concerns and what families need to know:

  • Dr. Daniel Grace, M.D., division chief of maternal and fetal medicine, and associate chair of obstetrics at Rochester Regional Health
  • Dr. Courtney Olson-Chen, M.D., assistant professor of OBGYN at UR Medicine
  • Kathy Kingsley, expectant mother and freelance writer for CITY Newspaper
  • Lucia Petito, expectant mother

First hour: Pregnancy during the pandemic

Second hour: Discussing next steps for the Democratic Party

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