WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253 For Immediate Release

 

WXXI AND THE ROCHESTER MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER PARTNER TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE AND DIVERSITY
Part of the Museum’s RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibit, Opening January 19

Rochester, New York (January 11, 2013) – In conjunction with the traveling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, opening at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) on January 19th, WXXI and RMSC have launched a partnership to encourage community dialogue about improving our understanding of one another. WXXI News will explore the everyday experience of race, the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race, and the history of these ideas and experiences here in Rochester and across the United States.

Leading up to the opening of the exhibit, WXXI news will produce a series of five feature-length reports that explore the issues of race and diversity, including the political and cultural history of racism, the science and genetics of human biological diversity, the connection between race and health, the impact of racism at home, work and school, and ways to increase appreciation of diversity in our community. The reports will air on AM 1370 during Morning Edition (5 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), January 14-18.

WXXI Radio’s daily public affairs program, 1370 Connection, will produce a series of four one-hour programs in collaboration with radio station WDKX, Rochester’s locally owned urban contemporary station. Each Wednesday on January 16, 23, 30, and February 6 on AM 1370 1370 Connection will host a discussion with scholars, experts and listeners that examines the racial issues that have impacted Rochester’s culture, history and politics.

In February, the WXXI Listening Booth will be on site at the RMSC to capture the community’s stories about race and diversity. Exact date to be announced soon.

WXXI news reports, programming, and special events, in conjunction with RACE: Are We So Different?, are made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. To learn more, visit: WXXI.org/race.

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