A recent piece in the Atlantic Monthly explores the efforts parents of color are making to shield their children from negative stereotypes. It highlights how many parents curate books, entertainment, and toys -- either eliminating or adding certain types of media -- with the goal of empowering their children and exposing them to positive images of characters that look like them. Parents say it's a challenge, and the results are mixed.

We hear from local parents who share their experiences and what they hope will change. Our guests: 

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, and aunt
  • Pastor Darryl E. Carter, senior pastor at JHKM Inc., and parent
  • Rodney Fields, parent
  • Shaun Nelms, associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, superintendent of East High School, and parent

As more women are speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace and beyond, women in the media industry — specifically, television news — are sharing their stories of how they’ve been harassed by viewers. It’s a pervasive problem, with women discussing how the men and women who watch them make inappropriate comments about their appearances, clothing, personalities, and more. Anchors and reporters say the comments are offensive, disgusting, and racist.

We’re joined by local reporters who share what they’ve experienced. Our guests:

When reports surfaced that not even BuzzFeed was meeting its earnings targets, young journalists might have wondered: is there a future in this field for me? BuzzFeed has been among the hottest media properties. If the strongest players are struggling, what does that mean for students considering journalism as a career?

We discuss job prospects and the news media landscape. In studio:

We convene a panel of journalists to discuss how things are covered and what is covered at all. Megyn Kelly from NBC News took a lot of criticism when she decided to interview conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. And what about journalists who have interviewed Richard Spencer, the white nationalist?

Our panel discusses who journalists should interview and why. Our guests:  

Author Seth Godin points out the following: "The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury's Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books." Godin writes that there has always been broccoli and candy when it comes to culture... but what happens if everything becomes candy?

What happens if all we read is click-bait? Heck, Godin notes that even Bravo and the History Channel have reality dating competitions. He urges us to "vote with our clicks," for starters, and we see if our panel agrees:

  • Erica Bryant, columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College
  • Eric Grode, director of the Goldring Arts Journalism program at Syracuse University and author of The Book of Broadway

We're living in an evolving technology landscape where it may sometimes seem like you can’t escape the glow of a screen. What does this mean for children?

More than 92 percent of kids have used a mobile device as early as four months old. While educational media has its benefits, too much screen time – especially of non-educational media – can have negative effects on kids' health and development.

So how much media exposure is safe for babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens? The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new screen time recommendations and a Family Media Use Plan. We break them down, talk about the effects screen time has on kids, and answer your questions. Our guests:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Murray, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Heidi Connolly, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Celeste Barkley, lead organizer for The Children’s Agenda

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In a world where digital screens are everywhere, the American Academy of Pediatrics has relaxed its recommendations for how much media exposure is safe for babies and toddlers.

The old rule was no screen time before the age of 2.

The new guidelines say for babies younger than 18 months, that's still true, with one exception: live video chats.

From 18 to 24 months, AAP suggests parents may introduce toddlers to educational programming for brief periods.

The Presstitutes is a new play written by Democrat & Chronicle columnist David Andreatta. It's a farce about journalists at a dying newspaper in Western New York who team up with a politician to save themselves.

We talk about the play's commentary on the state of journalism and politics in America today with our guests:

  • Dave Andreatta, columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle and author of The Presstitutes
  • Julie Philipp, senior engagement editor for the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Jeff Moon, director of The Presstitutes
  • Jim Memmott, journalist with the Democrat & Chronicle and professor at the University of Rochester

When is a scandal worth reporting? And when is a politician's sex life his or her own business?

Members of our media panel discuss how they (and their colleagues) decide which stories should be covered, and which should be left alone. And we trace the roots of the modern news media's scandal coverage to Senator Gary Hart, who was on track to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988 before scandal took him down. Hart might have thought he was playing by the old rules, but things changed. Is that a positive development? Our guests:

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has developed student journalists and promoted diversity in newsrooms for 40 years. The Rochester chapter of the organization (RABJ) has supported that mission in our community for the last decade. Our panelists discuss the impact of both the NABJ and RABJ, and provide a preview of the Salute to Excellence Gala on November 7, which will honor African American pioneers in Rochester media and award scholarships to students. Our guests: