Need to Know

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It’s not everyday that you hear a story similar to that of Pyar Mo. The young woman was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. At the age of 12 she was forced to flee her homeland with her family due to an ongoing civil war. Fast-forward seven years, she’s now the salutatorian of her graduating class and a filmmaker who documented her story of adversity and resilience in a film screening this summer at the Rochester Teen Film Festival. On this edition of Need to Know, Pyar Mor (joined by her digital media teacher, Laura Barstow) discusses her film Long Way Home, her story, and the work to support students facing insurmountable obstacles.

Re-energizing the indomitable Frederick Douglass. That’s what’s happening right now in our community in commemoration of the famed abolitionist’s bicentennial. Two hundred years after his birth, the work done by Douglass in Rochester, both the famous and the lesser-known, remains relevant. Reminders from Douglass that: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” continue to challenge us in our schools, churches, and households. On this edition of Need to Know, what it means to celebrate this living legacy in Rochester.

His is a legacy unlike any other. On this edition of Need to Know, how famed writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass continues to impact our society and why a community is working together to ensure that legacy lives on.

Also on the show, a story of adversity, resilience, and beating the odds. A recent high school graduate and filmmaker explains what it means to take the Long Way Home.

Need to Know recently launched a series looking into the unique, sometimes quirky, and other times mysterious double lives of people in our community. By “double lives” we’re referring to people pursuing careers they love, but also side hustles or passion projects that they say, helps them find purpose and meaning in life. On this edition of Need to Know we’re introducing you to firefighter and comedian, Santos Cruz.

Serving an underserved and under-resourced neighborhood through the arts. That’s the intention of a new theater that opened in June 2018 on Joseph Avenue in the City of Rochester. It’s called The Avenue Black Box Theatre. It’s being dubbed the first performing arts venue in the northeast quadrant. The theatre doesn’t intend to only serve, but to also transform a community one block at a time.  This edition of Need to Know explores how it will be done.

It’s a sport that originally went by the name “murderball.” As you probably figured out from that description, it’s a rough and tumble sport for those who love to push themselves to the limit and have a little fun. The competitive world of wheelchair rugby is flourishing in our region. But Chris Hilderbrant, the founder and manager of the Western New York league, The Wreckers, is on a mission to grow the team and diversify its roster.

Renowned and award-winning puppeteers from around the world will be coming to New York from June 14 - June 24 for the inaugural New York State Puppet Festival. It’s all happening in a small, rural town, with a mighty passion for art and a deep desire to expand your perspective of a childhood pastime.

Suicide rates are rising across the U.S. and they are a leading cause of death in our country according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, what’s important to understand is that suicide can be prevented. At a time when many are still reeling from the recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, we examine what can be done to prevent future risk.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, please call the national suicide prevention hotline. That number is: 1-800-273-8255.

On this episode of Need to Know, experts examine how the devastating outcome of suicide has become a public health tragedy. They also discuss the varied prevention efforts that can help save lives.

“Two people fell in love and we all showed up.” That was one of the many lines treasured by people all around the globe from Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The first African American Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church went viral with his energized message focused on the power of love. You may remember a similar sentiment from an interview with Curry on WXXI-TV’s Need to Know. It was too good not to share again.