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Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on ConnectionsEvery weekday from noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone - 1-844-295-TALK (8255), email, Facebook or Twitter

WXXI reporter James Brown has done a deep dive on the future of Rochester's Inner Loop. City officials hope President Biden's infrastructure plan could help do away with what's left of it. A goal of that plan is to help reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and improve racial equity and access to services.

Community members living in areas where development would occur say they support plans to relink neighborhoods, but they worry that the city is moving too quickly or that residents won't be involved in decision-making. We discuss the issues with our guests:

  • James Brown, reporter for WXXI News
  • Nancy Hernandez Maciuska, Marketview Heights neighbor 
  • Suzanne Mayer, president of Hinge Neighbors

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First hour: What's next for Rochester's Inner Loop?

Second hour: What bees can tell us about the spread of microplastics 

Which films are on your summer movie list? From "In the Heights" to "The Green Knight" to "Space Jam: A New Legacy with LeBron James," movie buffs have a lot to choose from in the coming months.

Our guests this hour preview this summer's films and discuss how movie theaters have weathered the pandemic. Our guests:

Journalists from the USA Today Network have published allegations from more than 16 women that they were abused by a Christian youth camp leader in Western New York. The allegations date back to the 1990s and involve sexual and emotional abuse.

We talk to the reporters who have been working on this story for months. Our guests:

  • Sarah Taddeo, consumer watchdog reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle and USA Today Network's New York team
  • Georgie Silvarole, backpack reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle and USA Today Network's New York team

Tina MacIntyre-Yee and Shawn Dowd, USA TODAY NETWORK NEW YORK STATE TEAM

First hour: D&C reporters on their investigation of allegations against a Western New York Christian youth camp leader 

Second hour: Previewing this summer's films

We hear from two more candidates for Rochester City School Board. Our goal is to talk to all of the candidates before Primary Day.

Our guests this hour include:

We discuss a new partnership that offers mental health intervention services for Black and Brown victims of racial trauma and gun violence. It's a grassroots, on-the-ground effort to connect people with resources and assistance. 

The leaders say their work is not meant to be reactionary, but to ensure stability and good long-term outcomes. We discuss it with our guests:

  • Justin Morris, community activist
  • Megan Clifford, psychotherapist and mental health first aid instructor
  • Brandon Irons, entrepreneur and mental health therapy consumer

First hour: Discussing mental health first aid for victims of racial trauma and gun violence

Second hour: Candidates for Rochester City School Board, part 2

Something very strange is happening with trading cards – baseball cards especially, but also football cards, Pokémon cards, and more. Target recently announced that it would stop selling such cards, and local Target stores have posted signs saying that they’ve pulled the cards in order to protect the safety of the staff. Why would baseball cards make the staff unsafe? Turns out that during the pandemic, the card market exploded – and now buyers are competing for each new shipment, hoping to suck up the supply, find the most valuable cards, and make a profit. Some of this is due to the rise of the card grading industry, too. But does this mean the old cards in your basement are suddenly valuable?

Our guests help explain:

In a recent piece for CITY Magazine, editor David Andreatta detailed plans for a proposed Food Policy Council in Rochester. The council would address the city’s so-called food swamp – “an urban area with an abundance of food that is unhealthy and where healthy food is hard to find or afford.” Food swamps can lead to systemic unequal access to food, perpetuating the structural inequalities that already exist in a community.

So what would a Food Policy Council do? How would it work? Our guests discuss those questions and more:

  • David Andreatta, editor of CITY Magazine
  • Mark Winne, senior advisor to the Food Policy Networks
  • Mike Bulger, healthy communities project coordinator for Common Ground Health
  • Luvene Ford, tenant association president at Keeler Park Apartments, and member of the Food Policy Council planning team

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