Odd Squad: Against the Odds

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:00pm

This October is “Odd-tober” on WXXI-TV, with an all-new Odd Squad one-hour special and the return of Halloween-themed family favorites from various PBS KIDS series.

Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools

Sun, 09/27/2015 - 9:00pm

In the 1940s, British headmaster Kurt Hahn set up a wilderness school to teach the skills young men needed to survive World War II: leadership, persistence, working together.

From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 9:00pm

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, those serving are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build better lives.

Teaching Teachers

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 9:00pm

This program looks at what it would take to improve American teaching on a wide scale.

The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 9:00pm

As the school season begins, WXXI-AM 1370 brings listeners radio documentaries that address important issues in education.

The Address

Sun, 09/13/2015 - 2:00pm

Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.

Rochester Teen Film Festival

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 5:30pm

See the winning entries from this collaborative, juried media competition.

Rethinking College

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 8:30pm

Rethinking College, a 25-minute film produced by Think College, explores the growing movement to include students with intellectual disabilities in higher education.

Local USA: Finding One's Voice

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 9:00pm

Searching for an artistic voice and a way of expressing oneself.

Why this dog looks a little sad . . .


The reason? This handsome dog will be missing owner Bob Sneider, the hardest-working jazz guitarist during The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  He (Bob) hosts jam sessions every night with his Trio, among other things.  I caught up with Bob on the interwebs.

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With the Jazz Festival here again, this must be a crazy and fulfilling time for you.  How do you prepare for those late night jam sessions?

 There is no preparing for the jam sessions. Years of practicing and developing a repertoire of several hundred songs and flexibility to play them in other keys / tempos helps. Physically, I am a gym rat. I go to the gym every day during the fest. Swim and cardio vascular stuff. That helps with endurance. Being mentally alert and thinking about planning the sets and working the list of sitters-in is key. I do not drink at all — just water and coffee.

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