Rochester City School Board president Van White has written a new children's book. It's called "Heroes," and it's about the everyday heroes in our lives: doctors, firefighters, caregivers. He joins us to talk about why he wrote the book and the importance of diversity and inclusion in literature.

Have you ever felt like your doctor had no time for you? Or that, when you finally had time with a doc, you felt rushed and unheard? Dr. Ron Epstein's new book aims to change all of that. It's called Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity. But what is mindfulness in a medical setting? Dr. Epstein says that the best doctors have it, and it allows them to connect with their patients in meaningful, human contexts. That's the difference between drumming through a routine, and listening long enough to realize that a shoulder pain might be something more sinister.

Dr. Epstein joins us to work through ways doctors can train themselves to be present, and connect with their patients -- raising the quality of care for everyone.

Torture. Sweeping police powers. Unlawful detention. Scandal at the highest level. We're talking about... Paris, roughly 340 years ago.

In a remarkable new book, professor Holly Tucker tells the story of l'Affaire de les Poisons -- the Affair of the Poisons, which rocked France and put a target on King Louis XIV himself. Louis responded by appointing Paris' first police chief, who kept voluminous records. Tucker's story reads like fiction -- witches! Black Sabbaths! Poisonous powders slipped into the wine glasses of nobles! -- but it's history, and it feels all too familiar to modern debates about whether torture works, and just how much we're willing to give up in the name of security. Tucker is our guest for the hour.

Democrat & Chronicle journalist Gary Craig has just published a book about the infamous Rochester Brinks heist. Craig pulls many threads together to spin this tale of deception, robbery, and murder. So who really did it? And where is the money? We've been looking forward to this discussion for a long time.

When it comes to literacy, we're number... seven? A new world ranking has Finland leading the way, and western hemisphere nations are struggling. It's national Children's Book Week, and we're focusing on what kids are reading.

We discuss the vital nature of literacy, along with efforts to identify the great books for kids. Our guests:

We talk with Joann Lublin, the management news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

While her work at The Journal has earned numerous accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize, Lublin's ascent to the newspaper’s highest ranks did not come without challenges. As one of the paper's first female reporters, she says she experienced sexual harassment, unequal pay, and a number of other obstacles. Lublin decided to share her experiences — along with those of more than 50 other high ranking female corporate executives — in a new book, Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.

She joins us to discuss leadership lessons and her thoughts on the future of women in the workplace.

Chuck Collins was 26 years old when he decided to give away his half-million-dollar family inheritance. He's the grandson of Oscar Mayer, and Chuck felt that he was getting too easy a ride through life.

In the several decades since then, Chuck has become a leading voice in debates about equality. That includes taxes, equal opportunity, privilege, and more. His new book is called Born On Third Base, and it's a call to the 1% to see how much their fortune is due to circumstance. It's also a call to the 99% to avoid wealth bashing, and starting looking to create alliances.

Collins is in Rochester on Monday, and he's our guest in the first hour.

Brian Alexander set out to write a book about how modern corporate culture destroyed his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio. What he ended up finding was a town reeling from corporate raiders, but still proud to vote for Donald Trump -- who has hired one of the men who helped gut the town's biggest employer, Anchor Hocking. It's the story of white working class America, struggling to maintain its identity as longtime jobs disappear.

Alexander tells us what he learned in his research, and what lessons we all might draw from his book, Glass House.

We continue our annual Connections tradition by talking to community leaders about their favorite books of the year. We also get insight into how they think, what they read, and why. Our guests:

  • Melanie Funchess, director of Community Engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester (This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa)
  • Dr. Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester (The Last Policeman by Ben Winters)
  • Rowan Collins, education coordinator for the LGBTQ Academy at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi)
  • Andrea Holland, communications coach, and event speaking and group learning strategist (Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online, Build a Business You Love, and Live the Life of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker
  • Van White, president of the Rochester City School Board (Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.)
  • Holly Anderson, executive director of the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty)
  • Kent Gardner, chief economist with the Center for Governmental Research (The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War by Robert J. Gordon; On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith; The Power Broker by Robert Caro; The Last Time I Saw You by Elizabeth Berg)
  • Mona Seghatoleslami, host and producer, Classical 91.5 FM (The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin)
  • August Deimel, winemaker at Keuka Spring Vineyards (Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital (The Nancy Drew Files by Carolyn Keene)

We continue our annual Connections tradition by talking to community leaders about their favorite books of the year. We also get insight into how they think, what they read, and why. Our guests:

  • Marvin McMickle, president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Black Prophetic Fire by Cornel West)
  • David Ryder, pastor at Flour City Church (Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis)
  • Evvy Fanning, English teacher at Pittsford Sutherland High School (Day by Elie Wiesel)
  • Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester (The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World  by Andrea Wulf)
  • Matt Haag, member of Rochester City Council (Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard)
  • Gary Craig, reporter with the Democrat and Chronicle (The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead)
  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director for Geva Theatre Center (Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow)
  • Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson)
  • Caitlin Meives, preservation planner for the Landmark Society of Western New York (Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach)