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Sleep deprivation is an epidemic among adolescents, according to pediatricians, and new research from the University of Rochester suggests that parents have more power to change this than they may think.

For the study, nearly 200 teens aged 14 to 17 kept diaries about the length and quality of their sleep for one week.


 A $10,000 gift will help 20 city high school students explore some career options.

Avangrid, the parent company of Rochester Gas & Electric, awarded the scholarship funds to the Urban League’s GEAR UP program.

From bagging groceries to scooping ice cream to delivering newspapers, summer jobs were a rite of passage for American teenagers. In 1978, 72 percent of Americans ages 16 to 19 were either working or looking for jobs. In 2016, only 43 percent of teenagers were active on the job market.

So what happened? It’s not that teens are lazy, it’s that their priorities have changed: instead of making money, many are focused on summer classes, internships, and building their resumes for college. They’re also facing some new competition in the workplace.

We talk about the current job market for teens, and the tradeoffs of paid work versus unpaid skill-building activities. Our guests:

  • Antwan Williams, director of youth services at RochesterWorks!
  • Eleanor Lenoe, Brighton High School graduate and incoming freshman at the University of Rochester
  • Simon Lenoe, Brighton High School graduate and incoming freshman at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Desire Rause, counselor at Greece Olympia High School

Dating violence is a widespread issue, and many teens who are victims of violence in relationships do not report their experiences out of fear. According to a 2011 survey conducted by the CDC, "23 percent of females and 14 percent of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age."

We'll discuss teen dating abuse and new initiatives that address barriers faced by survivors. Willow Domestic Violence Center is leading the way with local initiatives. It's opening a new state-of-the-art facility that includes an expanded emergency shelter, an expanded counseling center, and an onsite pet shelter.

Our guests:

There’s some debate over America’s favorite pastimes, but dining out, is holding its own next to football and binge-watching TV shows. Helene Biandudi Hofer recently visited a restaurant in Rochester hoping to solve any debate over where to eat. As she learned this isn’t just any restaurant, but a place where dreams and a mean dish of jerk chicken are being made every day.

More than half of Rochester's children live in poverty, and Rochester ranks No. 1 in child poverty rates among cities in comparably sized metro areas. The Urban Institute finds that Rochester is in the top 10, nationally, among cities for black-white disparity in employment and homeownership.

What is going to change those numbers? We examine several programs aimed at helping at-risk youth get their first job, keep that job, and graduate from school. Our guests:

Connections: Rochester Teen Book Festival

May 14, 2015

Jennifer Niven's book "All the Bright Places" has become a very hot piece of young-adult literature. It focuses on depression and suicide. The book is climbing just about every conceivable sellers list, and has earned some understandable comparisons to John Green's mega-hit "The Fault in Our Stars." Niven is in Rochester for the 10th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival. She's our guest for the hour, along with two other guests:

  • Charles Benoit – author of "Cold Calls", Rochester Native, Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest Panelist
  • Laura Jones – Professor at Nazareth College and the site coordinator for The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival.

In the first part of the show, we talk about new birth control recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Academy recommends that pediatricians suggest LARC (Long-acting reversible contraception) methods of birth control, including IUDs. We talk about these recommendations with Dr. Katherine Greenberg from URMC.

Then we talk with Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg from URMC about the outbreak of Enterovirus 68. 


Local child health experts are advising all pediatricians to pay close attention to how often teenagers consume energy drinks.

An article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered caffeine in large amounts places teens at higher risk for numerous health problems including anxiety and insomnia. 

Teens are finding creative ways to use social networking sites like Facebook to not only access drug dealers but hide their drug use from parents using coded statuses and blocking their access to uploaded pictures.

WXXI's LeShea Agnew visited a teen substance abuse treatment live-in facility in Rochester where teens openly shared how modern technology aided in their arrests and addictions.