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WXXI's Evan Dawson talks about what matters to Rochester and the Finger Lakes on Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370, WRUR FM 88.5, and online at WXXINews.org.

WXXI's Evan Dawson talks about what matters to Rochester and the Finger Lakes on Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370, WRUR FM 88.5, and online at WXXINews.org.
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WXXI's Evan Dawson talks about what matters to Rochester and the Finger Lakes on Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370, WRUR FM 88.5, and online at WXXINews.org.

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@WXXINews

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Episodes

Weekend Connections: Week of April 15

4/19/2019
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Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about: Health insurance, with Jonanthan Gruber, a key architect of the Affordable Care Act; Gun violence, and an effort to transform guns into garden tools; The story behind the Black Men Achieve Awards.

Duration:00:20:02

Connections: How to address racial disparities in STEM majors and professions

4/19/2019
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A group of graduate students at the University of Rochester is leading an initiative that encourages more people of color to pursue STEM-related majors and professions. According to the National Science Foundation, 70 percent of scientists and engineers employed full time are white, and underrepresented minorities in those professions earn less than their white co-workers. The Rochester Chapter of the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering has plans to address the disparities. We...

Duration:00:50:31

Connections: Understanding New York State's revenge porn law

4/19/2019
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New York State has joined a list of more than 40 other states in banning what experts call revenge porn. It refers to the venue for distribution of nude or sensitive images, usually after the end of a relationship. We talk about what the law says, and what psychologist hope we can learn about our behavior with digital technology and social media. In studio: Scott Malouf , attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law Tara Nolan -DeRose , mental health...

Duration:00:51:13

Connections: Previewing the "Beating Guns" tour

4/18/2019
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Invoking the idea of beating swords into plowshares, two men have written a book calling for us to beat guns into garden tools. The book, simply called "Beating Guns," is a layered approach to understanding gun violence. From the history of American gun enthusiasm, to the intertwining of gun culture with Christianity, the authors explore how we arrived as the most armed country. In Rochester, they’ll host an event in which citizens can turn in guns that will be melted down and turned into...

Duration:00:50:53

Connections: Understanding the history and cultural significance of Notre Dame

4/18/2019
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As the world watches France attempt to rebuild Notre Dame, experts tell us that there are historical parallels. Katherine Clark Walter, from the College at Brockport, says, “The major Gothic cathedrals of Europe were often born of renovations necessitated by devastating fires just such as this one and their renovation often foregrounded the relics these churches held as key to their spirituality and identity, so there is a fascinating meeting of past and present as the whole world now...

Duration:00:51:27

Connections: Reshaping Rochester - Diversity in the architecture profession

4/17/2019
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How would cities look different if there were more diverse voices involved in their design? Ashleigh Walton is an architect and a project manager at Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh. She’ll be in Rochester next week to give a presentation about social equity and design as part of the Community Design Center’s Reshaping Rochester Series. Walton joins us for a preview of that presentation, and we discuss the value of mentorship in the field. Our guests: Ashleigh Walton , project manager...

Duration:00:51:51

Connections: Jonathan Gruber on Rochester as an economic growth engine

4/17/2019
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We sit down with Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor at MIT who says Rochester is set to become one of America's growth engines. He’s in Rochester to discuss his book, “Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.” We talk to him about the promise he sees in Rochester. Gruber is also one of the key architects of the Affordable Care Act and the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform – Romneycare. We discuss healthcare and healthcare...

Duration:00:50:38

Connections: The Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards

4/16/2019
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We sit down with organizers and winners of the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards . The awards recognize men of color who have made outstanding commitments to the local community. In studio: Jermayne Myers, president of the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards Jamarr Myers, vice president of Rochester Black Men Achieve Ty Kelly, director of work scholarship at Wegmans, inductee in the Black Men Achieve Hall of Fame, and nominee for Distinguished Executive of the Year Donald Starver, talent...

Duration:00:51:35

Connections: Discussing the cultural politics of prison towns

4/16/2019
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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear about cities like Attica, Auburn, or Albion? For some people, it's the prisons located in those towns. Researchers at the University of Rochester are studying perspectives of prison towns, and how the presence of correctional facilities shapes socio-cultural, political, and economic life in the area. We hear about their work and what they've learned. In studio: Joshua Dubler , assistant professor of religion at the University of...

Duration:00:50:50

Connections: Discussing the future of grocery stores

4/15/2019
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We discuss the future of grocery stores with writer Jon Steinman. His book – "Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-Ops in the Age of Grocery Giants" – focuses on how consumer-owned food cooperatives can impact food systems and economies. Steinman is in Rochester as a guest of Abundance Food Co-op, but first, he joins us on Connections. Jon Steinman, author of "Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-Ops in the Age of Grocery Giants" Melinda McAuliff, marketing manager for Abundance Food Co-op...

Duration:00:51:23

Connections: Can American free enterprise solve climate change?

4/15/2019
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Can American free enterprise solve climate change? It's a question that will be addressed in an upcoming forum with former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis. He’ll be in Rochester on Wednesday as a guest of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club. Inglis joins our panel to discuss possible climate policies, a carbon tax, and more. Our guests: Bob Inglis , former Congressman and executive director of republicEn Linda Isaacson-Fedele,...

Duration:00:50:39

Weekend Connections: Week of April 8

4/12/2019
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Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about: The economic impact of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border; What caused the water crisis in Flint, Michigan; The first ever Deaf, black production of the August Wilson play, "Fences."

Duration:00:20:46

Connections: Discussing bias in determining which students are gifted

4/12/2019
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How do educators determine which students are gifted? Are there biases that come into play? We examine those questions with Dr. Donna For d of Vanderbilt University. She’s in town as a guest of Nazareth College, where she’ll give a presentation about culturally responsive gifted education. But first, she’s our guest on Connections.

Duration:00:50:30

Connections: How should potential wealth from legalized marijuana be distributed?

4/12/2019
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If New York State legalizes marijuana, Governor Cuomo says the profits should go largely to communities that have been disproportionately impacted by arrests and incarceration. So how can that be assured? We explore that question with our guests: Mohini Sharma, lead organizer at Metro Justice Robert Hoggard, board member for Metro Justice Mary Kruger, executive director of Roc NORML Steve VanDeWalle, deputy chief of Roc NORML

Duration:00:51:01

Connections: Previewing NTID's production of "Fences"

4/11/2019
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We preview a historic production of the August Wilson play, “Fences,” in Rochester. Members of the cast and crew of NTID’s production join us to discuss the first ever Deaf, black performance of “Fences,” which will be accessible to both Deaf and hearing audiences. WXXI News streamed this conversation on Facebook Live with captions. To view the video, click here . In studio: Aceyon Owens, speaker for the role of Troy Marqwan Holmes, signer for the role of Troy Malik Paris, signer for the...

Duration:00:51:00

Connections: Discussing Universal Basic Income

4/11/2019
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is making noise with a call for a UBI, a Universal Basic Income. He’s proposing $1,000 per month, for life, once a person turns 18 years old. Yang says the age of automation is going to threaten many more jobs than is currently understood. Our panel debates whether a UBI can be a viable way to transition the human era into the age of automation. In studio: Pete Nabozny , policy director at The Children’s Agenda Patrick Coyle , graduate assistant...

Duration:00:50:57

Connections: Monroe County District Attorney candidate Shani Curry Mitchell

4/10/2019
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We have the first in our series of interviews with the candidates for Monroe County District Attorney. In two weeks, we'll sit down with incumbent Sandra Doorley. Today, we welcome Shani Curry Mitchell .

Duration:00:50:57

Connections: Medievalist David Wallace on the history of race

4/10/2019
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White supremacist groups often point to medievalism and the Middle Ages in an attempt to justify their prejudices. They say during that time in history, Europe was quintessentially white. University of Pennsylvania medievalist David Wallace studies how contemporary hate groups misappropriate the Middle Ages. He's in town for presentations at the University of Rochester , but first, he joins us on Connections to talk about the history of race. In studio: David Wallace , Judith Rodin Professor...

Duration:00:50:55

Connections: How movie theaters maintain audiences in the digital age

4/9/2019
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How can brick and mortar movie theaters maintain and grow audiences in the digital age? We sit down with teams at the Cinema Theater and the Little Theatre to discuss how they handle competition from Netflix and other platforms, and what they see for the future of their industry. In studio: Scott Pukos , public relations coordinator for the Little Theatre Bri Merkel, artistic director for the Little Theatre Alex Chernavsky, co-owner of the Cinema Theater Audrey Chernavsky, co-owner of the...

Duration:00:50:47

Connections: Journalist Anna Clark on her book, "The Poisoned City"

4/9/2019
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Journalist Anna Clark explores how the Flint water crisis happened in her new book, "The Poisoned City." It's a historical look at what led to the crisis, how the community responded, and it provides a warning for cities across America whose infrastructure is aging. Clark is in town for a presentation at the University of Rochester, but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss her work. In studio: Anna Clark , author of "The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy"...

Duration:00:50:32