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Perspectives with Curt Smith examines all aspects of life that matter to Rochester and Upstate New York, ranging from politics, education and health care to sports, religion and the arts. Each week listeners will hear compelling conversations with interesting and important people.
Airs: Saturday at 2pm-3pm on AM 1370 Repeats Tues. at 11pm-12am mid.
Streamed live: wxxi.org/listen
The program Perspectives with Curt Smith is no longer in production, however, this website as well as several recent episodes on our podcast feed are still available for a limited time.
This week, Perspectives explores politics in the wake of the New York State primary with Jeffrey Koch, Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Geneseo. The show breaks down politics into the national, state, and local level. Who is ahead in the Presidential contest: President Obama or Mitt Romney? Can incumbent U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand be threatened by New York's new Republican Senatorial nominee, attorney Wendy Long? What intriguing Upstate New York Congressional and other regional races loom on the horizon? This week, politics of every stripe, hue, and view, on Perspectives
Curt Smith brings many years of broadcast experience to WXXI. Raised in Caledonia, New York, Smith graduated from SUNY Geneseo. He was a Gannett reporter and Saturday Evening Post Senior Editor before becoming a speechwriter to President Bush in 1989. Since 1994, he has hosted radio talk shows for WHAM in Rochester and WISN in Milwaukee and the weekly TV series Perfectly Clear on Rochester’s WROC and Strike Zone on the Fox Empire Sports Network. In 1998, his WXXI Radio commentary was named "Best In New York State" by Associated Press and the New York State Broadcasters Association.
Currently Smith hosts Talking Point, a twice-weekly point-counterpoint discussion on WROC-TV, is a columnist for Upstate New York’s Messenger-Post Newspapers, and is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Rochester. Smith is the author of ten books, most recently What Baseball Means to Me (Warner Books 2002). He has written for and appeared in ESPN documentaries, including a series based on his book Voices of the Game. Smith has written for such publications as Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, appeared on network/radio programs including NPR, PBS, ABC's Nightline, CBS This Morning, Fox News Channel, CNN, and CNBC and hosted series at the Smithsonian Institution. Bob Costas says, "Curt Smith stands up for the beauty of words."
Perspectives will examine all aspects of life that matter to Rochester and Upstate New York, ranging from politics, education and health care to sports, religion and the arts. Each week listeners will hear compelling conversations with interesting and important people. Curt Smith will talk with national and regional newsmakers, to help listeners understand how issues and events affect them personally. With in-depth discussion, tough questions, and open dialogue, the series will be distributed to National Public Radio affiliates throughout New York State.
The one-hour Perspectives will offer a diversity of ideas and viewpoints. Smith’s guests will be similar to those he has interviewed on local radio and television. They include former President Bush, sportscaster Bob Costas, pollster John Zogby, commentator George Will, columnist Michelle Malkin, choreographer Garth Fagan, and former Rochester Mayor William Johnson. Each week, Perspectives will solicit audience questions for upcoming guests. Listeners will be invited to send their questions to email@example.com.