Sunday Conversation with Josh Durso

Sunday Conversation with Josh Durso

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Diving deeper into politics, news, education, social issues, and more with one-on-one conversations from the heart of the Finger Lakes.


Ep. #30: Saving Seneca Lake from HABs
Oct 5 • 31 min
What’s up with all the algae? While experts and scientists battle with the ‘what’ is causing dozens of blooms each summer in lakes around the region - spotters with one volunteer organization are putting in the work to alert residents about harmful algae…
Ep. #29: Trailblazing Across the USA
Sep 19 • 36 min
Alexandria ‘Alli’ Woodard, the newest addition to the Trailblazers PAC team is bringing renewed energy to the organization, as they go through an ever-important growing phase. For the organization started by Leslie Danks Burke, it means going national.…
Ep. #28: The Challenger
Sep 14 • 48 min
W. Casey McDonald is running for Congress. The Republican says his challenge to incumbent Rep. Tom Reed is based on the things he’s observed over the last several years. While challenging an incumbent comes with difficulties, he’s optimistic that with the…
Ep. #27: Roger Misso for Congress in 24th District
Aug 17 • 33 min
Roger Misso, a Red Creek native, says he’s running because there wasn’t time to waste. The Democrat is among the field of challengers, vying for support in the 24th Congressional District to challenge Rep. John Katko, the incumbent Republican, in the 2020…
Ep. #26: Battling Environmental Threats on Seneca Lake
Aug 10 • 34 min
While officials are working overtime across the state to understand harmful algal blooms, or HABs, a variety of other water quality issues are present. In the Finger Lakes, protecting water quality is crucial - not only because of the economic impact -…
Ep. #25: The Army Fights All Year
Aug 3 • 26 min
The Salvation Army is much more than just a thrift store, or seasonal campaign that’s as identifiable as any in the world. While a lot of folks think about the Red Kettle Campaign, or Salvation Army stores, of which there are several in the Finger Lakes -…
#24: Ryan Wallace on Solar Home Journey in the Finger Lakes
Jul 27 • 49 min
Lake Tunnel Solar Village is nearly full. That was the news we learned this week, as Ryan Wallace and Lake Tunnel Solar Village announced that 19 of the 20 units inside the development had been sold. At the time, Wallace said he was confident that the…
#23: Filling the Gaps
Jul 20 • 28 min
This week Josh Durso sits down with Emilie Sisson, of the Finger Lakes Rural Health Network discussing her work raising awareness and community education in rural parts of the region. Specifically, Sisson walks listeners through a unique training…
#22: Will Vaccines Kill Or Divide Us?
Jul 11 • 36 min
Vaccines are complicated. Recently, there have been a lot of questions about them. When New York State ended religious exemptions for vaccinations - doctors began getting even more questions about their safety, viability to protect, and the ramifications…
Episode #21: Three Bears Go To The Library
Jul 3 • 29 min
This week on a special Independence Day edition of Sunday Conversation - two of South Seneca’s strongest advocates step into the studio to talk about the Edith B. Ford Memorial Library, The Three Bears Complex, Downtown Ovid, and how the three are using…
Episode #20: Policing Heats Up
Jun 22 • 30 min
Earlier this year Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck was in-studio discussing his first month on the job following an uncontested election last fall. He succeeded longtime Sheriff David Gould. Now, Sheriff Schenck has several months under his belt. He…
Episode #19: The Leadership Change
Jun 14 • 39 min
What does the future of education look like in Seneca Falls? This year the Seneca Falls Central School District is undergoing a leadership change. Jeramy Clingerman will become superintendent of schools this summer, as longtime leader Bob McKeveny ends…
Episode #18: What happens if we run out of cops?
Jun 7 • 32 min
This week Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike discusses the challenge recruiting police officers and deputies in this modern, troubled era for law enforcement. He says that some of the stories seen on the national news - play against those who might be…
Episode #17: Poverty Grows as Population Shifts
Jun 1 • 39 min
This week’s Sunday Conversation dives into the work that one organization is doing to make communities in Cayuga and Seneca County better. It’s not an easy task - but it’s one that Diane Draheim and Marie Montgomery have embraced. Montgomery serves as…
Episode #16: Attention Future Journalists
May 26 • 63 min
What does the future of media - in all forms - look like in the years to come? To answer that question, we sit down with one of the individuals who is educating and developing the next-generation of talent. Steve Keeler, Director of the Media and…
Episode #15: Bucking Trends
May 18 • 27 min
Downtown Newark is exploding with growth. Mayor Jonathan Taylor says that growth and progress is happening thanks to perseverance of current, and past elected leaders. South Main Street has experienced the most-apparent visual overhaul. That project was…
Episode #14: Going Back To Work
May 11 • 32 min
Workforce development is that thing happening in the background that a lot of people take for granted in their local community. People are looking for jobs; and despite some of the narrative surrounding the Finger Lakes Economy - there are tons of them.…
Episode #13: Brothers in Blue
Apr 29 • 54 min
It’s not often that brothers share a career path. In this case, while not precisely the same - Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson and Brighton PD Chief of Police Mark Henderson have not only followed a similar career trajectory - but have grown to…
Episode #12: Red Cross Still Needs Blood
Apr 27 • 41 min
It was a busy year for the American Red Cross - Finger Lakes Chapter in 2018. This year has been no different, as volunteers and staff work harder than ever to keep up with a wide-range of response efforts in the region. Executive Director Brian McConnell…
Episode #11: Finger Lakes’ Fragile Environment
Apr 20 • 33 min
Throughout the winter, Peter Mantius spent his days reporting on some of the most-important environmental issues facing the Finger Lakes region. Doing so with more than 20 years of experience - Mantius broke the story about the DEC’s investigation into…
Episode #10: He’s Running
Apr 13 • 28 min
He’s running for re-election, a plethora of new laws have adversely impacted the way law enforcement do their job in the Finger Lakes, and that election calendar has been bumped up due to changes in Albany. It’s been a busy few months for Seneca County…
Episode #9: Billions Spent in NYS
Apr 6 • 39 min
Last week a $175.5 billion spending bill was passed. Some lawmakers believe that bill, which was packed with a number of consequential pieces of legislation - is proposed that way intentionally by the majority. “This legislation simply wouldn’t pass in a…
Episode #8: Exploring Upstate
Mar 30 • 61 min
Exploring is one of the most-essential functions of human existence. Our curiosity is often sparked by the thing that’s unknown, or the things we know less about. It’s the pursuit of knowledge, information, and other people. It’s been more than a…
Episode #7: “Scream Louder Than The Pessimists”
Mar 23 • 47 min
Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center has been working in Yates County for more than a decade. And last year Penn Yan won the $10 million prize connected to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative - setting off a chain of…
Episode #6: Fixing Representation
Mar 17 • 57 min
An increasingly small number of people are ‘satisfied’ with the way government works. That’s never been more true at the local level, where voters feel misled and misrepresented by the folks who have been chosen to serve. This week, W. Casey McDonald was…
Episode #5: Millennials and Social Media
Mar 9 • 28 min
A recent New York Times piece looked at young people and their affinity for ‘hustle culture’. Is it healthy? Is it creating a generation of workers who dislike, or worse yet, hate their jobs? A link to that story is below, but this week Maria Coleman…
Episode #4: Contract Negotiations
Mar 2 • 36 min
Wayne County Sheriff Bary Virts discusses the challenges of running a department that’s mid-contract negotiations, and also coping with the widespread shortage of law enforcement prospects. He also tackles some of the statewide initiatives that could…
Episode #3: Geneva’s Believer
Feb 16 • 50 min
When Jim Meaney founded the Geneva Believer - his goal was to inform city residents of the inner-workings of government. Over the years he has covered a string of important, relevant issues; and most-recently his coverage of the city manager search…
Episode #2: Changes in K12
Feb 16 • 47 min
Stephen Parker Zielinski has served as Superintendent of South Seneca Central School District for enough years to learn a lot about students, education, and the growth that is undertaken as student, faculty, and administrators evolve. He sat down with…
Episode #1: Marijuana Could Boost Upstate NY Economy
Feb 9 • 47 min
This week, longtime Victor Town Supervisor and Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren sits down for an exclusive, in-depth conversation about local issues, ramifications of statewide changes, and the upcoming election cycle, in which…