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It's our monthly science roundtable. You know how dwarf galaxies don't exactly fit the commonly discussed model of how our universe is formed? Right, me neither. But it's become a big debate in the scientific community: dark matter, dwarf galaxies, and whether we're doing it wrong. That's just the start of a mind-bending hour, with these guests from the RIT College of Science:

Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 4th

Aug 3, 2014

First hour: Monthly Science Roundtable

Second hour: Update on Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission

Connections: Two Weekend Events

Aug 1, 2014


In the first part of the hour, we discuss how wine and music have the potential to pair just as beautifully as wine and food. In the Finger Lakes, there's a growing wine-and-music scene, and it veers toward classical, jazz, and chamber music. 

On Saturday night, the Manhattan Chamber Ensemble performs at Ravines Wine Cellars' Geneva location. Other wineries have had similar success with these kinds of events.

Joining us to discuss the event is Lisa Hallgren, co-owner of Ravines Wine Cellars, and Richard Auldon Clark, Conductor and Music Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

Then we gear up for the 37th annual Park Avenue Summer Arts Fest that takes place Saturday and Sunday. We find out what to expect at the fest this weekend with Festival Organizer Jeff Springut and Festival PR Manager Randi Minetor.

Connections: Ward Stare

Aug 1, 2014

On Tuesday, Pittsford's own Ward Stare was named the new Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra principal conductor and musical director. The 31-year-old is played trombone with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the age of 11, later going on to Juilliard, and eventually, even at his very young age, to conducting opportunities around the world. He is currently a frequent guest conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ward and RPO Trombonist Mark Kellogg sat down to talk with Frank Cegelski and WXXI Classical 91.5 Morning Host Brenda Tremblay.

First Hour: The new Music Director of the RPO

Second Hour: Pairing wine & music in the Finger Lakes.

The newly appointed Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ward Stare, will be a guest on Connections on WXXI  on Friday.

Stare is a Pittsford native who has earned international accolades as a conductor, and he’s returning to his hometown to become the RPO’s 12th Music Director in its 91 years.

The 31 year old will be the youngest conductor ever for the RPO. His recent work included conducting with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He also served as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012.

Connections: Domestic Violence

Jul 31, 2014

The NFL announced last week, they have suspended Ravens running back Ray Rice two games for the alleged beating of his then-fiancé -- now-wife -- to the point that she lost consciousness. The league has faced criticism that the punishment sends the wrong message about domestic violence. We discuss greater cultural perspectives of relationship violence and local options for people in abusive situations with our panel: 

Jaime Saunders, CEO of Alternatives for Battered Women

Pat Huntington-Siegle, Rochester Police Department Victim Assistance Unit

Jeff Pier, director of programs and services for Alternatives for Battered Women

Connections: Education Funding

Jul 31, 2014

Superintendents in suburban and rural districts throughout New York State say they face a fiscal cliff. They accuse legislators of falling down on the job to equitably fund the state’s public education system. We’ll discuss the Gap Elimination Adjustment, plans to use settlement funds towards money still owed to schools, and proposals for future education funding with our panel: 

Jody Siegle, executive director of Monroe County School Boards Association

Mike Pero, superintendent of Pittsford Central School District and vice president of Monroe County 

Julie Christensen, superintendent of Kendall Central School District and president of Monroe County Superintendents

Rick Timbs, Statewide School Finance Consortium

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 31st

Jul 31, 2014

First Hour: School Funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment

Second Hour: Domestic Violence

Connections: Puerto Rican Festival

Jul 30, 2014

The Puerto Rican Parade and Festival kicks off this weekend. We chat with the organizers about the history of these events, and preview what will be coming up over the weekend. To sum up the hour, we’ll have a conversation about Latinos representation in the local media with our guests:

Geena Cruz, parade committee president

Orlando Ortiz, president of Puerto Rican Festival

Leslie Rivera, vice-president of Puerto Rican Festival

Julio Saenz, founder of ConXion, board member of Ibero-American Action League, and Author of “Rochester’s Latino Community”