This week Brendan is joined by SUNY Brockport history professor Joe Torre to talk local history and about the effect of COVID-19 on higher education. Professor Torre is an expert on early American History and the crucial role that Central and Western New York played in the history of the United States in the first half of the 19th Century. They talk about the importance of the Erie Canal in the Market Revolution, the crucial religious developments that took place during the Second Great Awakening in the “Burned-Over District,” and the reform movements that came about as a result.
This week’s guest is Red Jacket Superintendent Charlene Dehn. We talk about what it’s been like guiding the district through the COVID-19 quarantine. We also discuss all the great things that have been happening at Red Jacket during the closure, the upcoming High School graduation, what school might look like in the fall, the upcoming budget vote, how Mrs. Dehn came to Red Jacket, and her love of flying.
This week Brendan is joined by a very special guest: former Syracuse Chiefs announcer Jason Benetti, one of the best young television play-by-play broadcasters in the nation. In addition to being the television voice of the Chicago White Sox, he also broadcasts college football and college basketball for ESPN. Jason has an incredible backstory. He nearly died when he was born 10 weeks premature, and as a result developed cerebral palsy. Brendan talks with Jason about overcoming his disability, what he’s been doing during the pandemic, what life was like for him as a high school student in suburban Chicago, accents, history and a whole lot more.