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We're joined by Dr. Bradford C. Berk to discuss his new book, "Getting Your Brain and Body Back: Everything You Need to Know after Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke, or Traumatic Brain Injury." Dr. Berk was permanently paralyzed after a biking accident in 2009. He was back to work as CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center one year later.

In his book, Dr. Berk provides advice regarding medical care, mental health treatment, and technology to aid in recovery. He joins us for the hour to share his message and his research. Our guest:

  • Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., board certified cardiologist; Distinguished University professor in medicine, neurology, pathology, pharmacology & physiology, and physical medicine & rehabilitation; founder and director of the University of Rochester Neurorestoration Institute; and author of “Getting Your Brain & Body Back”

On the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison riot, we welcome Deanne Quinn Miller. She was five years old when her father, a prison guard, was killed at Attica. She spent decades pursuing both the full story of her father's death and justice for everyone involved -- including the inmates of Attica.

Her new book is called "The Prison Guard's Daughter," and it's co-authored by longtime Democrat & Chronicle reporter Gary Craig. Both co-authors join us:

  • Deanne Quinn Miller, co-author of "The Prison Guard's Daughter"
  • Gary Craig, co-author of "The Prison Guard's Daughter," and reporter at the Democrat & Chronicle

First hour: Deanne Quinn Miller and Gary Craig on their new book, "The Prison Guard's Daughter"

Second hour: Dr. Bradford Berk on his new book, "Getting Your Brain & Body Back"

First hour: Special rebroadcast - Schools navigate emotional outbursts about masking

Second hour: Special rebroadcast - The cotton tote dilemma 

We talk to students about the disparities between Rochester City School District and suburban schools during the pandemic.

Our guests:

  • Sarah Adams, sophomore at East High School
  • Mercedes Phelan, Western New York and Central New York regional director for Citizen Action of New York, and parent in the Rochester City School District
  • Max-Yamil Cabezudo-Brown, former youth organizer at Teen Empowerment, and senior at Allendale Columbia School

A number of state lawmakers are pushing for stronger gun control laws. At the end of the session in June, Democrats rallied in favor of a new legislative package. It includes laws that would require people seeking to purchase a gun to clear a mental health evaluation and pass a drug test, with both being certified by a doctor. A second law would require potential gun owners to take a five-hour gun safety course, complete a live firing test, apply for a hunting license, and show proof that they have a safe storage depository for the firearm.

Republicans are critical of the bills. Many prefer stronger enforcement of the state's current laws on illegal gun ownership. Assemblymember Demond Meeks sponsors the latter bill. He joins us to discuss gun safety and the package of bills he hopes will become state law. Our guest:

CITY Magazine reporter Gino Fanelli recently paid $65 for a T-shirt at a local CBD store. An eighth of an ounce of marijuana came as a complementary "gift" with the purchase. As Fanelli reports, it's one way retailers are working around state law, which prevents retail sales of the plant. The law does allow adults to transfer or give up to three ounces of marijuana to each other without compensation.

This hour, we examine cannabis law and the future of the recreational market with our guests:

Jacob Walsh / CITY Magazine

First hour: Understanding cannabis law in NYS

Second hour: Assemblymember Demond Meeks on proposed gun control legislation; RCSD students on reopening schools

When – if ever – should the classics be modernized? In a recent piece for the Atlantic Monthly, David Sims argues that the new Cinderella film available on Amazon Prime is “a mess”. Sims writes, “Like the worst modernizations, Cinderella feels like the result of out-of-touch executives trying to identify the hip new thing.”

Is Sims being overly critical? What are the characteristics of a successful adaptation? We discuss these questions and more with our guests:

The academic year begins this week, and for many students in the region, it will be the first time they will be back in the classroom full time. Experts say returning to full-time school will be a big adjustment for some students.

This hour, we discuss how educators and caregivers can be prepared to assist students who may have behavioral or mental health needs. Our guests:

  • Melissa Heatly, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Leah Hill, clinical engagement specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Shaun Nelms, Ed.D., superintendent of East High EPO, and associate professor (clinical) and interim associate dean for graduate studies at the Warner School of Education