In 2015, Jackie Augustine lost her bid for mayor of Geneva by just 14 votes. Then, she dusted herself off and launched a 501c3 called BluePrint Geneva, designed to create new solutions for old problems. The organization has worked on environmental and economic justice, from composting to a food cooperative.

Augustine joins us to discuss why it can be so difficult to see old problems in new ways -- and how to pull together diverse groups to make change.

  • Jackie Augustine, founder and executive director of BluePrint Geneva, and member of Geneva City Council for 16 years

A photographer in Geneva is documenting how the city has navigated the pandemic. Photographer Jan Regan teamed up with longtime journalist Chris Lavin to tell Geneva's story through photos and essays. Their work is now available in a new book called "#porchportraits."

We talk with them about what they've learned about their city and its residents. Our guests:

  • Jan Regan, photographer, and co-author of "#porchportraits"
  • Chris Lavin, longtime journalist, co-author of "#porchportraits," and executive director of the Boys and Girls Club in Geneva

Geneva Police

Police in Geneva said their investigation of two incidents of racist graffiti has led them to a 12-year-old suspect.

A swastika and the words "white power" were spray-painted on a storage shed, and two swastikas were spray-painted on the outside of a church.

A search warrant was issued for the suspect's home Thursday night. Police said they found enough evidence there to support the filing of a hate crime. They said the 12-year-old is the only person involved in the crimes.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is being treated as a juvenile defendant.


(WXXI News & AP) There is a Finger Lakes connection to Saturday’s royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to address their 600 wedding guests.

It turns out Curry is a 1975 graduate of Hobart College.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva is looking into allegations that its president, Gregory Vincent, may have plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation.

Geneva is the unofficial capital of the Finger Lakes, and one if the city's most successful managers is leaving. Matt Horn has been in the job for ten years, and has helped oversee a shift in Geneva's fortunes.

We talk to Matt, as well as the team that is temporarily replacing him, about the accomplishments, the occasional misses, and the top priorities going forward. In our WEOS studio:

  • Matt Horn, outgoing Geneva city manager
  • Sage Gerling, Doris Myers, Adam Blowers, interim Geneva city managers

We're broadcasting from WEOS, Finger Lakes Public Radio, and we're talking about efforts to revitalize the music scene in downtown Geneva.

The Smith Center for the Arts recently brought in a new director and she has big plans for the performing arts venue. We talk with Susie Monagan about her vision. We also hear from the owner and the musical director of FLX Live, a music bar in downtown Geneva that's bringing new life to the scene. Our guests:

  • Susie Monagan, director of the Smith Center for the Arts
  • Ian Pattison, owner of FLX Live
  • Matthew Elkin, music director and talent buyer for FLX Live

Grass-roots activism is gaining in popularity, particularly since last fall's elections. In Geneva, we meet the Geneva Women's Assembly and Tools for Social Change, which are engaged in a wide range of local and national politics. We're broadcasting live from our WEOS studio in Geneva. Our guests:

  • Hannah Dickinson, member of the Geneva Women's Assembly, and director of the Writing and Enriched Curriculum Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Jeremy Wattles, co-founder of Tools for Social Change, and associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Mark Gearan is retiring. Gearan is the former director of the Peace Corps, and we ask for his thoughts on both the Clintons, and the current political climate in this country. We also discuss the cost of higher education, and how to make it more accessible.

We're broadcasting live from our WEOS studio in Geneva.

Have you ever found yourself driving to Buffalo, and you see the sign that says, "Welcome to Buffalo, an All America City?" And perhaps you've wondered, "Isn't it supposed to say 'All-American?'"

Turns out that there is such a thing as an "All-America City," and Geneva was just named one of ten 2015 such cities. What does it mean? Well, Geneva sold the national committee on jobs, graduation rates, quality of life, and more. So we'll look at the revitalization of Geneva: how is it working?

Our guests:

  • Matt Horn, Geneva City Manager
  • Sage Gerling, Geneva Director of Neighborhood Initiatives
  • Katie Flowers, Hobart and William Smith Colleges director of student engagement