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WCNY’s News and Public Affairs Director Susan Arbetter will convene monthly conversations on key issues important to the state of New York.  Stakeholders in government, labor, the environment, the community, law and business will join scholars and educators in a lively, in-studio presentation produced from WCNY’s Broadcast Studios.

Future episodes include:

  • Monday, FEBRUARY 13th – Episode 202
    • Being Poor:  Too Old to Work
  • Monday, MARCH 27TH – Episode 203
    • Being Poor:  Dope, but no Hope
  • Monday,  APRIL 17TH – Episode 204
    • Being Poor:  Poverty on the Edge
  • Monday, MAY 22ND – Episode 205
    • Being Poor:  Meet ALICE, the Working Poor
  • Monday, JUNE 19TH – Episode 206
    • Being Poor:  Real Stories of Hope

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Connect NY: 1/30/17

What does it look like when the financial deck is stacked against you? It is an arduous, uphill climb from which it is difficult to break free. WCNY’s Connect:NY series Being Poor: Real Stories of Poverty in 2017 will share the stories of our neighbors who make the hard choices every day that poverty forces upon them. Host Susan Arbetter will examine critical issues such as whether we have a society that discriminates against the poor and how urban poverty differs from rural poverty.  Join us for the next WCNY Connect:NY series.   Episode 201 Being Poor: The Cycle of Injustice This episode explores the story of Jamir, a teen with no former record who has recently been arrested several times for what he calls “walking while black”.  We spend a day with Jamir and his family, and the employer who helped him get back on track when the justice system failed him.  We follow up with a conversation with those most familiar with this issue to shed light on the challenges and potential solutions to this issue crucial to minorities living in urban poverty. Joining host Susan Arbetter for this conversation are:

  • Fabina Colon, Director, Multi-cultural Resource Center
  • Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director, New York State Defenders Association
  • Charles Khan, Organizing Director, Strong Economy For All Coalition
  • Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Phoebe Brown, Outreach Coordinator, Ultimate Re-entry Opportunity

 

This episode is the third in the new six-part series “Being poor in New York State.”  Host Susan Arbetter, WCNY director of public affairs, explores the experiences of those living in New York State without enough food, clothing, housing, money or means.  Being poor often means a daily struggle to fight a system seemingly stacked against those on the margins of society, while also fighting against desperation and hopelessness.

In this WCNY six-part “Connect: NY” series, viewers will learn about the choices and sacrifices the urban and rural poor must make to survive every day.

 

Connect: NY Episode 203 “Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope”

“Being Poor: Dope, but no Hope” explores those with drug addictions and continuous illegal drug usage and how their situations often spiral into a circumstance where they are living in poverty.  While much of New York State, and much of the nation has been dealing with an opioid crisis, young people in the Southern Tier face the additional burden of a stagnant economy. Many attribute the staggering rise in opioid addiction and deaths to a lack of hope about the future.

We meet a woman in recovery trying to get her life back on track after addiction led her to homelessness multiple times. Experts shed light on the challenges facing many addicts and recovering addicts living at and below the poverty line and what potential solutions and resources are available within the state of New York.

Joining host Susan Arbetter for this conversation are:

  • Indu Gupta, MD, MPH, Onondaga County Health Commissioner/Co-Chair of the Onondaga County Drug Task Force
  • Professor Dessa Bergen-Cico, Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders, Associate Professor Department of Public Health, Syracuse University
  • Alexis Pleus, Mother who lost her son to drug addiction/Founder of TruthPharm, Inc., a national advocacy 501c3 non-profit organization. Truth Pharm is working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with substance use disorders, and advocating for policy change to improve treatment options
  • Stephanie Campbell, Acting Executive Director, Friends of Recovery – New York

 

Episode 204: “Being Poor:  Poverty on the Edge” – Monday, April 17  

The focus of this episode will be poverty and the connection to the agricultural economy and business environment in New York State.

 

 

School Funding

Connect: NY Ep. 112

Constitutional Convention

 

It’s the last installment of our Connect: NY series on the Constitutional Convention. We lay out exactly what will happen if you vote YES on the referendum in November 2017. Plus, a look at how a convention might affect issues important to you, like the environment, criminal justice, education and corruption. A Constitutional Convention… from Imagination to Reality, next on Connect: NY!


School Funding

Connect: NY 111

Coming up on Connect New York, we explore how changes to the state constitution could affect education: new provisions could limit class size, require full-day pre-K, even change how we pay for education. But many stakeholders fear the risks of a convention, which include the possibility of pension rollbacks. Connect: NY unravels the pros and cons of a Constitutional Convention on education.


School Funding

Connect: NY Ep.10

On this edition of Connect:NY – Cleaning up Albany. In the last ten years, more than 30 former or current state office holders in New York have been convicted of crimes or accused of wrong doing. Could a Constitutional Convention help clean up Albany? How about take money out of politics? Re-calibrate power or institute term limits? The answer to all of the above is yes, but it comes with risks.


School Funding

Connect: NY Ep. 9

Episode 109 introduces the impact a Constitutional Convention in New York could have on the state’s legal system. Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association Dr. Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus, Canisius College John J. Warren, Executive Director, Central New York Services, Inc.


School Funding

Connect: NY 108

Forever Wild: Would a state constitutional convention strengthen or weaken this constitutional provision? We visit a ghost town in the Adirondack and a rustic hunting lodge along the Hudson in search of answers. Then experts and stakeholders weigh in on one of the most contentious provisions in our state’s constitution. It’s next on Connect NY.

 


Education

 

Receivership

Receivership

Connect: NY, Conversations That Matter To You. WCNY’s Susan Arbetter hosts New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and a panel of education stakeholders to discuss the Common Core in New York schools. The program is the first of six episodes of Connect: NY to feature conversations about education issues in the Empire State.


Common Core

Common Core

Connect: NY, Conversations That Matter To You. WCNY’s Susan Arbetter hosts New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and a panel of education stakeholders to discuss the Common Core in New York schools. The program is the first of six episodes of Connect: NY to feature conversations about education issues in the Empire State.


Opting Out

Opting Out

On this edition of Connect:NY: Opting out. The movement that challenged how New York tested its students. Will parents who refused tests this year, decide to opt their children back in now that new changes for education have been made at the state and federal levels. A closer look at testing, opting-out and parental engagement. Next on Connect: NY.


School Funding

School Funding

School funding in New York State. The Governor says we spend more on education than any other state in the nation. So why are many of our schools cut to the bone? And is the way we distribute state funding fair? Join Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and a panel of education experts for this critical conversation, next on Connect: NY


Achievement Gap

Achievement Gap

The achievement gap in New York schools. Graduation rates are on the rise. So why do white students remain more likely to receive a high school diplomas than black or Hispanic students? State education commissioners Maryellen Elia and a panel of experts weigh in on … on this edition of connect: NY


Teacher Evaluations

Teacher Evaluations

Teacher evaluations, How should good teaching be measured. Should student performance count? By how much? The link between student test scores and teacher evaluations was one reason behind last year’s opt-out movement in New York Schools. Can evaluations improve teaching? And how do we retain the best? Teacher Evaluations, Retention and Development. It’s next on Connect: NY


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Connect: NY – Being Poor, The Cycle of Injustice

Over the next 6 months, you will come face to face with people making impossible choices. You will see the differences and similarities between poverty in the inner city and on the farm. And as we dive deeper into the topic, we will show you how poverty isn’t always about money – sometimes it’s also about access to information.


Connect: NY – What Unites Us.

While there are plenty of issues that divide us as the presidential election shows, a tour through the chapters of New York’s history proves there is also much that brings us together. We look at Civil Rights, labor rights, women’s rights, abolition and more on this special presentation of Connect: NY – What Unites Us.


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention: Halley’s Comet of Change

Every 20 years, the state constitution sets a statewide referendum on whether to convene a constitutional convention. The next vote arrives November 7, 2017. Through 2016 and into 2017, WCNY will develop a campaign of content exploring this important expectation of the electorate, including a series of six episodes of Connect: NY so that voters are able to make an informed decision.


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention: Forever Wild

Forever Wild: Would a state constitutional convention strengthen or weaken this constitutional provision? We visit a ghost town in the Adirondack and a rustic hunting lodge along the Hudson in search of answers. Then experts and stakeholders weigh in on one of the most contentious provisions in our state’s constitution. It’s next on Connect NY.


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention: Criminal Justice

Episode 109 introduces the impact a Constitutional Convention in New York could have on the state’s legal system. Joining host Susan Arbetter for the conversation are: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association Dr. Peter Galie, Professor Emeritus, Canisius College John J. Warren, Executive Director, Central New York Services, Inc.


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention: Cleaning Up Albany

On this edition of Connect:NY – Cleaning up Albany. In the last ten years, more than 30 former or current state office holders in New York have been convicted of crimes or accused of wrong doing. Could a Constitutional Convention help clean up Albany? How about take money out of politics? Re-calibrate power or institute term limits? The answer to all of the above is yes, but it comes with risks.


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention: Education

Coming up on Connect New York, we explore how changes to the state constitution could affect education: new provisions could limit class size, require full-day pre-K, even change how we pay for education. But many stakeholders fear the risks of a convention, which include the possibility of pension rollbacks. Connect: NY unravels the pros and cons of a Constitutional Convention on education.


Connect: NY – Constitutional Convention: What happens next?

It’s the last installment of our Connect: NY series on the Constitutional Convention. We lay out exactly what will happen if you vote YES on the referendum in November 2017. Plus, a look at how a convention might affect issues important to you, like the environment, criminal justice, education and corruption. A Constitutional Convention… from Imagination to Reality, next on Connect: NY!


Connect: NY – Race, Policing and Respect

In this new episode of How can we foster both safety and mutual respect between communities of color and the police at a time when mistrust and misunderstanding is prevalent on all sides? We explore this nuanced situation with regional leaders and experts.


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