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The election is over, but that doesn't mean the deep political divide in this country -- or, in many families -- has gone away. This hour, we talk with local people whose families have different political perspectives. They discuss how they navigate those differences in a productive way, and they share their recommendations for other families that are in similar situations.

Our guests:

  • Kit and Dave Miller
  • Sheryl Gates Westerman

ROC the Future has released its annual "State of Our Children" report card. It tracks key measures of wellbeing of children and youth in the Rochester area.

Our guests discuss what the data shows when it comes to education, health, and more, and their action items going forward. Our guests:

First hour: ROC the Future's 2020 State of Our Children report card

Second hour: How to navigate political differences in families

“Can your generation distinguish reliable from unreliable information on the internet? How much do you think that matters?” The New York Times recently posed those two questions in an article about news and media literacy. The focus was on young people, and the value of critical thinking skills.

Should news and media literacy should be required courses in schools? How can people of all generations better distinguish between trusted sources and misinformation? Our guests weigh in:

Can we ever trust the polls again? That's what many Americans are wondering after the presidential election saw Donald Trump once again out-perform many of the expectations set by state and national polls. What went wrong?

This hour, we talk to a pollster from Siena, a data analyst, and a professor who studies polling. They analyze the results and they explain how polling is done. They also discuss what kinds of changes might have to happen to make sure polls are still accurate enough to be helpful in the future. Our guests:

  • Joseph Burgess, data curator for the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University
  • Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute
  • David Primo, Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor, and professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester

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First hour: Discussing what happened with polling for the 2020 election, and how the polling industry may change

Second hour: Should news and media literacy be required courses in schools?

We recap what we know at this stage about the results of the election, and what we expect to see going forward.   

Our guests are local Democrats who discuss how their party has handled the election season:

A local man who was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic is sharing his remarkable story. Jeff Reese spent 26 days in the ICU at Strong Hospital, where he suffered a collapsed lung, shock, and cardiac arrest. Reese's doctors say he was on high doses of sedation, pain medication, chemical paralytics, and received maximum support from a ventilator. Members of his medical team says they learned a lot about the virus during this time -- when reports from Europe and New York City estimated a 60-80 percent mortality rate in patients who were critically ill. 

This hour, we talk to Jeff Reese and his doctors about surviving COVID-19. Our guests:

  • Jeff Reese, Rochester resident who survived a critical case of COVID-19
  • Anthony Pietropaoli, M.D., vice chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and medical director for the Medical Intensive Care Service at Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Mary Anne Morgan, M.D., associate professor in the University of Rochester Department of Medicine, and program director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: A local man shares his remarkable story of surviving COVID-19

Second hour: Recapping the results (so far) of the presidential election

A new photojournalism course at RIT is exploring how to tell stories of addiction and recovery. Participants include photojournalism majors and people with personal experiences with recovery -- doctors, counselors, family members of people who have lost their lives to overdose, and people who are currently in recovery. You can learn more about the exhibition here.

This hour, we talk about how the subject of addiction is covered -- and often stigmatized -- in the media and popular culture, and how they hope their work will change that. Our guests:

  • Graham MacIndoe, photojournalist and adjunct professor of photography at the Parsons School of Design at The New School
  • Susan Stellin, writer, journalist, and adjunct professor in the Journalism and Design Department at The New School
  • Chris Pridmore, author and blogger who is in recovery
  • Cheyenne Boone, photojournalism student at RIT