"Retro Report" Series Sneak Peek Screening & Discussion

"Retro Report" Series Sneak Peek Screening & Discussion

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Take a sneak peek at a new PBS series that provides historical context to today's headlines, followed by a panel discussion.

This fall WXXI-TV brings you Retro Report, a new one-hour magazine format series hosted by journalist Celeste Headlee and artist Masud Olufani and featuring New Yorker humorist Andy Borowit. The series offers viewers a fresh perspective on current headlines, revealing their unknown — and often surprising — connections to the past. You can check out the series before the television premiere as WXXI presents a special preview followed by a panel discussion moderated by Connections' Evan Dawson on Monday, September 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre. Panelist TBA soon.

The event is free, but reservations are required. A link to our reservation page will be up August 15.

This event is part of RETRO LOCAL initiative fund, which is made possible by PBS.

More about the series:
In today’s 24-hour news cycle, with breaking headlines, all-news networks and online outlets constantly competing for attention, Retro Report aims to widen the discussion, revealing the story behind the story, providing new insights into how today’s events have been shaped by the past. Each episode will explore four distinct stories, closing with “Now It All Makes Sense,” a special segment featuring the wit and wisdom of author and comedian Andy Borowitz.

Topics to be explored include how decades-old research on human behavior shows that social media’s addictive power is by design rather than chance; why half a million children still have dangerously high lead levels even though it was banned from gasoline and household products decades ago; how the sex education policies of today are informed by failures of programs created during the Clinton era; and why mandatory arbitration agreements enacted on Wall Street 20 years ago have negatively impacted today’s #MeToo movement.