Lake Affect Magazine is celebrating 25 years of publication this year. The bi-annual arts and culture magazine highlights the work of Rochester-based poets, writers, photographers, and artists.

Michelle Cardulla is the editor and publisher. She chose to dedicate Lake Affect’s anniversary issue to women – featuring 12 local women who have inspired and impacted the community. We sit down with some of them this hour to hear their stories, and we discuss the state of local publishing with Cardulla. In studio:

  • Michelle Cardulla, editor and publisher of Lake Affect Magazine
  • Jackeline M. Vazquez, firefighter
  • Maria Fischer, field representative for the Public Employees Federation
  • Rosalie M. Jones, artistic director for Daystar: Contemporary Dance-Drama of Indian America
  • Krystle Ellis, director of communications and special events at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is making waves with his new book, offering advice on how to raise children to become responsible adults. One of his ideas is to have kids travel more often, and not necessarily for fun. Sasse says kids need to experience diversity in the world in order to understand that there are other cultures and circumstances.

We discuss this with our guests, including Paul Burgett, who travels twice annually, often for a month at a time to immerse in a new place. In studio:

  • Paul Burgett, vice president and senior advisor to the president at the University of Rochester
  • Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester

This hour we are reflecting on rape: the reporting, the victims, the accusers, and the impact of the UVA story reported by Rolling Stone. We're joined by Susan Brison, chair of the philosophy department at Dartmouth College. Tuesday night, Brison will be the featured speaker at Hobart and William Smith Colleges' ongoing dialog aimed at enhancing a culture of respect. 

The unusually warm weather we've been having may cause many of Rochester's famed lilacs to bloom early.

Mark Quinn, Superintendent of Horticulture for Monroe County Parks, reminds people this warm weather isn't going to harm the flowers.

But to time the annual bloom with the start of the Lilac Festival in mid-May, we'll need some help from Mother Nature.

Quinn adds not all lilacs bloom at the same time. Even if many of the lilacs bloom early, many of the later ones will provide plenty of color for the upcoming Lilac Festival in mid-May.