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Connections with Evan Dawson

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Connections: Why younger adults are better than older adults at discerning fact from opinion

11/13/2018
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A new study by the Pew Research Center shows Americans over the age of 50 are worse than younger people at discerning facts from opinions. The research challenges ideas that younger people who are digitally savvy might be more susceptible to misinformation. In reality, researchers say exposure to television news – which is largely consumed by older people – is part of the issue because it sometimes blends facts and opinions. This hour, we discuss the results of the study and explore how...

Duration:00:50:51

Connections: Girl Scouts discuss the Boy Scouts welcoming girls

11/13/2018
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Starting in February, the Boy Scouts will welcome older girls into the organization and will drop the word “boy” from its namesake program. Cub Scouts began welcoming girls this past summer. So what do those changes mean for the Girl Scouts? We hosted a discussion on this subject with representatives from the Boy Scouts in August, and now, we sit down with representatives from the Girl Scouts to hear their reactions. We discuss the changes, what parents need to know, and what’s new with the...

Duration:00:50:59

Connections: How to run for office

11/12/2018
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What does it take to run for office? A record number of women ran for office this year, and many were first-time candidates who were part of a grassroots movement. This hour, our guests help us understand how to enter the political arena and gain campaign experience. They share their own experiences developing a volunteer base, financing a campaign, attracting donations, and networking. It's a preview of a forum tonight at Brue Coffee. In studio: Gary Pudup, former candidate for the 134th...

Duration:00:51:31

Connections: Javier Garza on journalist safety and immigration coverage in U.S. and Mexico

11/12/2018
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Are there parallels between attacks on the media in the U.S. and in Mexico? How is immigration covered by journalists in the U.S. and journalists in Mexico? We discuss these questions with Javier Garza, a journalist based in northern Mexico. He covers U.S.-Mexico bilateral issues and is an adviser on journalist safety. He's in Rochester as a guest of RIT , but first, he joins us on Connections. In studio: Javier Garza , journalist based in northern Mexico who is the host of Reporte100, a...

Duration:00:50:27

Weekend Connections: Week of November 5

11/9/2018
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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: Susan B. Anthony's illegal vote, and sexism in the 19th century; Centrism, with Congressman-elect Joe Morelle; The migrant caravan heading to the southern U.S. border, with retired ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne.

Duration:00:15:23

Connections: Musician and humanitarian Ayman Jarjour

11/9/2018
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Ayman Jarjour is a musician and humanitarian who is using his skills and talents to help refugees in camps around the world. He's in Rochester for a benefit performance on November 10. We sit down with him to discuss what he's learned through his work, and we'll hear from a local refugee who shares her story. In studio: Ayman Jarjour , musician and humanitarian Hani Ali, refugee from Somalia, and social worker in the guardianship program at Catholic Family Center Charlsey Bickett , executive...

Duration:00:51:14

Connections: The film, "The Limits of My World"

11/9/2018
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A film called "The Limits of My World" tells the story of a nonverbal young man with autism as he transitions from high school to adulthood. It will be screened at The Little Theatre on Monday, November 12. We talk about the challenges young adults like him face, and how parents, caregivers, and community members can help ease that transition. Our panel includes experts and parents who share their personal experiences. Our guests: Sarah Milko , executive director of AutismUp , and parent of...

Duration:00:50:26

Connections: Analyzing Tuesday's election results with local Democrats

11/8/2018
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We sit down with local democratic activists, elected officials, and challengers to discuss the results of Tuesday’s election. Democrats didn’t see the massive blue wave they had hoped for across the nation, but they did take control of the House for the first time since 2010, and gains were made on local levels. How significant were those national and local gains for the party, and what does it mean for its future? Our guests discuss those questions and more. Nate McMurray , challenger in...

Duration:00:50:55

Connections: Discussing antidepressants with psychiatrist and author Peter Kramer

11/8/2018
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Psychiatrist Peter Kramer is known for his writing on the social and ethical implications of anti-depressants. His bestseller, “Listening to Prozac,” explored what he called the “remaking of the self,” and how to approach that from medical and humanistic perspectives. Kramer is currently a clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. He’s in town as a guest of the University of Rochester, but first, he joins us on Connections to discuss his work.

Duration:00:50:53

Connections: Discussing U.S.-Central American policy with retired ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne

11/6/2018
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We sit down with Earl Anthony Wayne , retired ambassador to Mexico, Argentina, and Afghanistan. He discusses U.S. trade relations with Mexico, the new NAFTA, and the refugee caravan. Wayne is in town as a guest of the World Affairs Council of Rochester .

Duration:00:50:43

Connections: What can we learn from Susan B. Anthony?

11/6/2018
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This week in 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony illegally voted in the presidential election. Two weeks later, she was arrested and fined $100. On this Election Day, we reexamine this moment in history and ask ourselves what lessons we can learn. What would Susan B. Anthony say to people not planning to exercise their right to vote? Our guests: Deborah Hughes , executive director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House Autumn Haag, special collections librarian and archivist for research and...

Duration:00:50:23

Connections: Young voters discuss "get out the vote" techniques

11/5/2018
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The turnout rate for young voters is typically far lower than overall turnout, with turnout for midterm elections having been particularly low. In 2014, for instance, census data shows that less than 20 percent of young people voted, compared to about 40 percent of the general population. What will we see tomorrow when voters head to the polls? This hour, we sit down with young people who are passionate about voting. They discuss their tactics and recommendations for getting out the vote. In...

Duration:00:51:54

Connections: Will Tesla come to Rochester?

11/5/2018
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Will we see a Tesla service center and dealership in Rochester? Last month on this program, Dennis Wilmot of Wilmorite revealed that his company was in talks with Tesla to explore the possibility of opening a service center at Eastview Mall. He said if that project were to move forward, the area may also see a Tesla dealership. Wilmot said that current laws would make it difficult see that project come to fruition. This hour, we explore those laws and the potential impacts of bringing Tesla...

Duration:00:51:36

Weekend Connections: Week of October 29

11/2/2018
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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: Remembering Kristallnacht, and how Holocaust survivors are reacting to the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue; Challenges and misconceptions faced by the transgender community; The rise of President Trump.

Duration:00:18:28

Connections: Nate McMurray, 27th Congressional District candidate

11/2/2018
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We sit down with Nate McMurray once more before the election. The Democrat is hoping to unseat Congressman Chris Collins in the 27th District. The race drew national attention after Collins was indicted in August in connection with insider trading. The Collins campaign denied an invitation to participate in this program; businessman Larry Piegza – who is running on the Reform Party line – was not available to join the conversation.

Duration:00:51:20

Connections: Assemblyman Harry Bronson

11/2/2018
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We continue our series of interviews with candidates for political office. This half hour, Assemblyman Harry Bronson joins us in studio. He’s the Democratic incumbent representing District 138. We talk with him about what he hopes to accomplish in Albany if reelected; issues impacting the LGBTQ community, including GENDA; and more. Bronson’s opponent, Patsy Iacovangelo, did not return multiple invitations to appear on the program.

Duration:00:22:26

Connections: Tracy Mitrano, Democratic candidate in the 23rd Congressional District

11/2/2018
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We continue our series of interviews with candidates for political office. This half hour, we’re joined by Tracy Mitrano , the Democrat challenging Congressman Tom Reed in the 23rd District. She joins us from the WEOS studio to share her platform and priorities. Congressman Reed did not return multiple invitations to appear on the program.

Duration:00:27:29

Connections: Assemblyman Mark Johns and challenger Andrew Gilchrist

11/1/2018
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We continue our series of interviews with candidates for political offices. This hour, we hear from Assemblyman Mark Johns and his opponent, Andrew Gilchrist , who are running in the 135th Assembly District.

Duration:00:51:46

Connections: What have we learned since Kristallnacht?

11/1/2018
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Next week marks 80 years since Kristallnacht -- the Night of Broken Glass -- which is commonly considered the forerunner to the Holocaust. What have we learned since then? We’re joined by two survivors of the Holocaust who share their remarkable stories, and how they think the lessons of history can apply to the challenges faced by refugees today. In studio: Werner Schenk , Holocaust survivor Warren Heilbronner , Holocaust survivor Bonnie Abrams, director of the Holocaust Center at the...

Duration:00:51:20

Connections: Why do people love horror movies?

10/31/2018
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It's Halloween, so we want to talk about why people love horror movies. What about the suspense and the gore is appealing to viewers, and how has the genre evolved over time? Our guests are horror fans: Ben Scrivens, owner of FRIGHT-RAGS Adam Lubitow , film critic for City Newspaper Meghan Murphy , artist, illustrator, and graphic designer Lisa Jadwin , professor of English at St. John Fisher College

Duration:00:51:13