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Will 2018 be the year of young voters? November’s election season is projected to be the first in which millennials will outnumber baby boomers as the largest voter-eligible age group. But will young voters go to the polls?

A new survey shows that only 28 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 say they are “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in the midterms. Why? We sit down with young voters to discuss it.

  • Patrick Coyle, graduate assistant at SUNY Brockport
  • Tom Hebert, communications director for Dr. Jim Maxwell for Congress
  • Marykatherine Woodson, assistant director for residence life at RIT

What if the most common narrative about millennials turned out to be untrue? According to the latest data, that seems to be the case. We're talking about how often younger workers change jobs. The oft-heard assumption is that millennial workers have to be ready for many career changes, due to an unstable economy. Another is that millennials want to change jobs often to allow themselves to refresh and refocus. But Lyman Stone's piece for Vox deconstructs those ideas, and offers a warning for what it means.

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"By age 35, you should….” That phrase is at the center of a debate about what’s realistic for millennials when it comes to everything from financial security to the kinds of forks they have in their kitchen drawers. All kidding aside, the meme has gone viral, especially the one the states, “By age 35, you should have twice your salary saved.” Is that realistic for millennials?

In the midst of that debate, the story of a Syracuse-area man has also gone viral. A judge has sided with the parents of Michael Rotondo, a 30 year old who has been living in their home for years, rent free. Rotondo’s parents took him to court after he refused to move out. Critics say by living with his parents and not looking for a job, Rotondo characterizes the “typical millennial.” Is that fair?

This hour, we discuss these stories, the financial landscape for millennials, and whether or not these perceptions ring true. In studio:

  • Sarah Jones, PR account executive with Dixon Schwabl
  • Matt Wagstaff, manager of new sales channels at BCBS
  • Chuck Wade, vice president and financial advisor for Brighton Securities

A recent Reuters/Ipsos national poll shows the Democratic Party is losing support among millennials. The results of the poll, published last month, also show that millennials increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy. That doesn’t necessarily translate into votes, but it has democratic strategists concerned as they head into election season.

We talk with local millennials about their political affiliations, how those affiliations may have changed, and how they feel about the party system. In studio:

  • Alex Hipolito, legislative assistant to Assemblymember Harry Bronson
  • Carolyn Hoffman, political strategist
  • Nick Nevinger, actor
  • Jessica Fleming, human services professional

Let’s face it: millennials sometimes get a bad rap — they’re often called selfish, entitled, or apathetic. But many people argue that this negative reputation is unfair and untrue, especially when it comes to philanthropy.

Generation Y is changing the game when it comes to giving money, expertise, and time. According to researchers, millennials are more committed to volunteering than young people a generation ago. They are also more likely to give to social causes, rather than organizations.

This hour, we break down the stigma millennials face, and we explore their motivations for giving. Our guests:

An increasing number of millennials check their horoscopes everyday, and more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. Why -- when science has proven that astrology isn't based in facts -- do so many people turn to it for guidance?

We discuss the psychic services industry (think palmistry, tarot-card readings, mediumship, etc.), epistemology, and more. Our guests:

Election Day is less than two weeks away, and while much is in question, one thing is indisputable: millennials could be a deciding factor in this year’s presidential race…if they vote. A Gallup poll found that only 47 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 say they will definitely cast their ballot on November 8. Why aren’t more millennials expected at the polls? Is it about the candidates, or the issues, or the outreach? And how have (or how will) so-called “millennial movements” impact the youth vote? We address all of these issues with our guests:

  • Dr. Ruth Milkman, distinguished professor of sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Illy Ali, bartender at Turcott’s Taproom
  • Jessica Lewis, principal publicist and owner of LáLew Public Relations
  • Hoody Miller, youth educator and garden manager for the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • BJ Scanlon, local Democratic activist

We discuss the Rochester Venture Adventure, a scavenger hunt designed to get people excited about the revitalization of Downtown Rochester. The event was created by High Tech Rochester (HTR) and AT&T after HTR surveyed young workers who said they want to live, work, and play downtown.

We talk about the future of the business culture downtown with our guests:

  • Ana Liss, managing director of business development at Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Dan Keeley, director of startup community development for High Tech Rochester
  • Kyle Psaty, senior director of marketing for Brand Networks

How can public radio attract younger audiences that will stay with the medium for...well, for life? That's a question with no single, easy answer, but addressing it is vital to public radio's future.

We explore the research about millennial media consumption, as well as ways to connect. And we discuss the difference between "skim" and "dive," and how it relates to listening habits. Our guests:

Do millennials need special considerations in the workplace?

It's a question that might sound patronizing, but employers are finding key factors that attract millennials: flexible schedules, meaningful work, opportunities to collaborate, and more.

We're building on the conversation started this past Thursday on Need to Know, with a look at what millennials are seeking at work. Our guests:

  • Ana Liss, managing director of business development at Greater Rochester Enterprise
  • Seth Eshelman, founder of Staach Inc.
  • André Primus, founder and director of RocShare