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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

New York has passed one of the most ambitious pieces of parole reform in the country, and police leaders are not happy about it. The law is called the Less is More Act. It prohibits re-incarceration of people on parole for "technical violations" of parole. In other words, if a parolee misses a meeting, or flunks a drug test, they wouldn't automatically go back to jail.

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter published a list of dozens of people who have already been released under the law; he says these are violent offenders and the community is now less safe. Our guests debate it:

  • Korey Brown, Monroe County Undersheriff
  • Jim VanBrederode, chief of the Gates Police Department
  • Jacquelyn Grippe, Monroe County Senior Assistant Public Defender
  • Sebrone Johnson, senior vice president of operations for the Urban League of Rochester

First hour: Discussing the Less is More Act

Second hour: Dorothy Wickenden on her book, "The Agitators"

The CDC recently published a list of ideas about how to prepare for safe holiday celebrations. But most Americans are not going to consider another Zoom Christmas. So how can we transition into a rhythm of life that reduces risk while also acknowledging that COVID is here to stay?

That's the focus of a new piece from Dr. Lucy McBride. She writes that we can find serenity -- just like the old prayer says -- in focusing on what we can control, and accepting that which we can not change.

She joins us to talk about how to think about risk, and how to find peace in a world with endemic COVID. Our guest:

  • Lucy McBride, M.D., practicing internal medicine physician in Washington, D.C., and contributor to the Atlantic

Would hiring more women reduce incidents of police violence? Some data indicates the answer is yes. Recently, a Rochester forum aimed to answer questions about the lack of women in law enforcement, and what might change that.

We discuss it with our guests:

First hour: Would hiring more women reduce incidents of police violence?

Second hour: Dr. Lucy McBride on a COVID serenity prayer

Today is Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. In Rochester, a committee formed by Italian Americans has been working to determine the best way to honor Indigenous peoples while maintaining a day of celebration for Italian heritage.

Our guests discuss their work:

  • Ronnie Pollack, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Eagle Clan, co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee, and executive director of the Native American Cultural Center
  • Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Kathy Castania, co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee, member of the Italian Heritage Committee, and member of the SURJ ROC education committee

We continue our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council. Our goal is to talk with all interested candidates on the ballot prior to Election Day. This hour, we hear from Jasmin Reggler and Kim Smith about their backgrounds, platforms, and priorities for Rochester.

Our guests:

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First hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 2

Second hour: Discussing how to honor Indigenous Peoples and Italian heritage

Shannon Stirone is a science writer who says that lately, we've been looking at space all wrong. Whether it's space tourism led by billionaires or the recent obsession with aliens and UFOs, Stirone is asking us to refocus how we think about the stars.

We discuss it with our guests:

According to the Alzheimer's Association, by 2050, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia is projected to reach 12.7 million. What do families need to know about the diagnosis and treatment of the disease?

Our guests discuss the latest in Alzheimer's research, and we hear from former WROC anchor Maureen McGuire, whose father passed away from the disease in 2016. Our guests:

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