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When young people finish high school, they need to figure out what to do next. Growing up can be a daunting experience for everyone, but for people with disabilities, it can feel like arriving at a cliff. Exited explores this moment through the experiences of eight young people and their families as they search for a place to belong. It's a podcast about growing up and trying to find a place where you belong -- when you've been told your whole life that you're different.
 
More than 80 percent of public school teachers in the U.S. are white, and a WXXI News investigation has found that the disparity is much more severe in the Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes regions. Degrees of Diversity takes an in-depth look at diversity among local teaching staffs, and the steps, if any, the districts are taking to making their staffs better reflect their student population.
 
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A proposition on this fall’s ballot would give all New Yorkers a constitutional right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. Environmental groups say voters should say yes to the measure, while some business leaders in the state say it could have unintended consequences. Peter Iwanowicz with Environmental Advocates said Proposition Two amends …
 
According to new research, the number of people struggling with depression is up due to the pandemic. A study published in The Lancet Regional Health-Americas shows that the rise in rates due to COVID is worse than those associated with other large-scale traumatic events like severe weather or terrorist attacks. What do the experts recommend for pe…
 
According to new research, the number of people struggling with depression is up due to the pandemic. A study published in The Lancet Regional Health-Americas shows that the rise in rates due to COVID is worse than those associated with other large-scale traumatic events like severe weather or terrorist attacks. What do the experts recommend for pe…
 
Las Vegas Raiders football coach Jon Gruden resigned last week after the New York Times reported on emails he sent in which he made homophobic and misogynistic comments. This came after racist statements Gruden made about a union leader. Some of the emails were sent from his private account. Guest host Scott Fybush leads a conversation in which we …
 
Las Vegas Raiders football coach Jon Gruden resigned last week after the New York Times reported on emails he sent in which he made homophobic and misogynistic comments. This came after racist statements Gruden made about a union leader. Some of the emails were sent from his private account. Guest host Scott Fybush leads a conversation in which we …
 
When New Yorkers begin early voting on Saturday, their ballots will contain an unusually high number of propositions on issues from expanding voting access to whether everyone in the state should be guaranteed the right to clean air and water. There are five statewide proposals, as well as many local issues, to be decided. Since many of them aren’t…
 
Justus Singleton, a 16-year-old who attends UPrep High School, was one of hundreds of students who got to hammer nails, drill screws, and fit pipes at the 23rd annual Rochester Construction Career Day. Monroe County and local trades unions hosted the event at the county’s Fleet Center near the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airp…
 
What does it take for an artist to make a cover song truly their own? CITY Magazine editor Daniel Kushner explores that question with our guest. We also listen to some of the standout cover songs created by the artist. Our guest: Adam Kubota , bassist for Postmodern JukeboxBy edawson@wxxi.org (Evan Dawson)
 
The Rochester Jewish Book Festival kicks off October 24 with a special event featuring author Mark Oppenheimer. His book, "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood," highlights a road to healing. Guest host Scott Fybush talks with Oppenheimer about the hopes, fears, and tensions that those healing confront d…
 
The Rochester Jewish Book Festival kicks off October 24 with a special event featuring author Mark Oppenheimer. His book, "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood," highlights a road to healing. Guest host Scott Fybush talks with Oppenheimer about the hopes, fears, and tensions that those healing confront d…
 
A well–known local philanthropist is being remembered for her devotion to the Rochester community, and to supporting education about the Holocaust. Sheila Konar died last Saturday at the age of 87. Konar and her late husband Bill, were leaders of the William and Sheila Konar Foundation which donated to numerous local causes, but was also instrument…
 
Just days after delivering her daughter at Highland Hospital four years ago, Tashe Brown-Sanders was in so much pain that she had to go back to its emergency room. “I told the doctor I'm in pain and he says, ‘Oh, you just had a baby.’ I'm like, ‘No, something's wrong,” Brown-Sanders said. Doctors checked her blood pressure. It was skyrocketing. Mom…
 
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned from office nearly two months ago, is continuing to fight an August report by state Attorney General Tish James that found he had sexually harassed 11 women. Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin, is demanding an independent review of the report, which she said destroyed the former governor’s reputation. Glavin is accus…
 
Have you heard of Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET)? It's a form of mind-body medicine used to treat chronic pain. A documentary called "This Might Hurt" explores the role of the brain in chronic pain and how EAET can be used to manage it. Dr. Howard Schubiner is the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital i…
 
Have you heard of Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET)? It's a form of mind-body medicine used to treat chronic pain. A documentary called "This Might Hurt" explores the role of the brain in chronic pain and how EAET can be used to manage it. Dr. Howard Schubiner is the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital i…
 
The Biden administration recently announced it will be making big changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The news was celebrated by borrowers working in public service who have found the program's requirements to be confusing or too strict. For instance, what is considered "public service"? This hour, the experts help us understand the…
 
The Biden administration recently announced it will be making big changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The news was celebrated by borrowers working in public service who have found the program's requirements to be confusing or too strict. For instance, what is considered "public service"? This hour, the experts help us understand the…
 
Since COVID-19 vaccines became available, government leaders, non-profits, health authorities and others have looked for ways to inform and encourage people to overcome their hesitations to get the shots. The Golisano Children's Hospital pediatric practice recently found some success by offering the vaccines to not only eligible children, but also …
 
We discuss a new campaign at the House of Mercy. The Radical Compassion campaign is "actively working to preserve, promote and restore the dignity, value and independence of every human person without distinction or judgment." This hour, we talk about the goals of the campaign and we hear how radical compassion has helped the House of Mercy fulfill…
 
We discuss a new campaign at the House of Mercy. The Radical Compassion campaign is "actively working to preserve, promote and restore the dignity, value and independence of every human person without distinction or judgment." This hour, we talk about the goals of the campaign and we hear how radical compassion has helped the House of Mercy fulfill…
 
We begin the hour with a conversation about priorities for Rochester with City Council candidate Stanley Martin. Our goal is to talk with all of the Council candidates on the ballot prior to Election Day. Martin answers our questions and your about why she’s running and what she hopes to accomplish, if elected. Our guest: Stanley Martin…
 
We begin the hour with a conversation about priorities for Rochester with City Council candidate Stanley Martin. Our goal is to talk with all of the Council candidates on the ballot prior to Election Day. Martin answers our questions and your about why she’s running and what she hopes to accomplish, if elected. Our guest: Stanley Martin…
 
The Ibero-American Action League and Rochester Latinx leaders have released a 53-page document outlining their recommendations for how to address issues that impact Rochester’s Latinx community. This hour, we discuss the 2021 Rochester Latinx Agenda and its priorities relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our guests: Marlene Cortés , senior…
 
The Ibero-American Action League and Rochester Latinx leaders have released a 53-page document outlining their recommendations for how to address issues that impact Rochester’s Latinx community. This hour, we discuss the 2021 Rochester Latinx Agenda and its priorities relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our guests: Marlene Cortés , senior…
 
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