A number of new and evolving technologies were discussed at last week's Consumer Electronics Show. Facial recognition technology and location mapping were among them. 

RIT professor Steve Jacobs attended the show and will share what he learned. We also discuss the ethical and legal implications of those controversial technologies. In studio:

  • Steve Jacobs, professor in the College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT
  • Larry Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law

A woman raises thousands of dollars crowdfunding, but it turns out, her story is a lie. We talk about the ethics of crowdfunding and what the law says about honesty and dishonesty. In studio:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law
  • Lawrence Torcello, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at RIT

National news outlets are reporting that Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte is back for the season. It's called trend journalism and its generating free advertising for the corporate giant. Is that fair? Is it journalism?

This hour, we discuss the ethics of trend and calendar journalism and how they impact consumers and small businesses. And yes, we discuss whether pumpkin spice lattes are any good. In studio:

Do you trust capitalism? Do you trust the people behind the biggest corporate entities to be honest and protect the public?

Maybe those questions would have had different answers 10 or 20 years ago, but after scandal after scandal, public opinions have been shifting on capitalism – so much so that a Democratic socialist nearly won the presidency and could still run again.

The Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation believes capitalism can be a force for good, if businesses follow ethical practices. We talk about honesty, why we lie, and the lessons of business ethics with our guests:

  • Bob Whipple, Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation
  • Donna Dedee, CEO of Holy Childhood
  • John Keiser, professor of business management at the College at Brockport

The videos have gone viral: people punching Nazis in the streets. The latest involved a man in Seattle, wearing a Swastika armband. He takes a punch so violent that he is knocked unconscious and loses a tooth.

While it might be tempting to laugh or share these videos, even people like Noam Chomsky warn that it's not a good idea to punch anyone -- Nazis included. There are still ideological debates to win, they say. Our guests:

We sit down with David Moore, the new director of the Office of Public Integrity for Monroe County. Moore was hired after a national search. He's had a long career in policing, but now he becomes a kind of county ethics cop.

We discuss how he plans to maintain his independence, how he views recent county events, and more.

The image of Omran Daqneesh, a five-year-old Syrian boy who was covered in dust and blood after aerial bombardment, has captured the world's attention. Why, some have wondered, did it require a stunning photo to finally force the world to consider the plight of the Syrian people?

There's not an easy answer, but we're reminded of the power of photography. In particular, we're reminded of the value of professional photojournalists at a time when many news staffs are making cuts.

Our panel discusses the power of photography to make change, and the value of trained professionals. Our guests:

  • Max Schulte, Democrat & Chronicle lead photographer
  • William Snyder, four-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and chair of the photojournalism program at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Jenn Poggi, former deputy director of the White House Photo Office and RIT visiting professor

Teachers across the country are preparing to talk to students about plagiarism by referencing Melania Trump's speech at last week's Republican National Convention. The Trump campaign says that Melania admires Michelle Obama, and mentioned some of her favorite lines from the First Lady's 2008 speech to one of her speechwriting assistants. Somehow, that entire passage made it into Melania Trump's speech.

We discuss a range of issues related to the plagiarism: how to detect it, how to avoid it, and why it matters. And we discuss the importance of crafting great speeches in the modern age. Our guests:

  • Curt Smith, presidential speech writer, author, and senior lecturer in English at the University of Rochester
  • Evvy Fanning, high school English teacher

What makes for an ethical, enduring, and excellent organization? A new book called Triple Crown Leadership explores this question and offers practical advice for creating good leaders.

The author, Bob Vanourek, will be the keynote speaker at an event on Wednesday sponsored by the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation and the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism. First, Vanourek joins us on Connections to share what he learned from interviewing more than 60 businesses in 11 countries. Our guests:

  • Bob Vanourek, co-author of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations
  • Bob Whipple, CEO of Leadergrow Incorporated, RABEF board member, and charter member of the Rochester Chapter of Conscious Capitalism
  • Tom Brady, chair of the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and founder and president of XLR8

Governor Cuomo has been in a spat over ethics reform. Cuomo says he's made it clear that he wants further reforms; pro-reform groups want more than lip service. In fact, they want to end "three men in a room" once and for all. Can it happen? Our guests: