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Weekend Connections: Week of September 17

9/21/2018
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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: Dress codes and implicit bias; The sex abuse scandals in the Catholic church; The future of classical music; Trends in the beer industry, and the craft beer scene in Rochester.

Duration:00:17:58

Connections: What does it mean to graduate with a degree in sustainability?

9/21/2018
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St. John Fisher College has launched a new major: students can now graduate with a degree in sustainability. The program links the campus to the community in an effort to ignite conversations about sustainability across industries. We discuss the program, what it means to graduate with a sustainability degree, and how students can apply that knowledge after college. In studio: Michael Boller , Ph.D., associate professor in biology, and director of the sustainability program at St. John...

Duration:00:50:58

Connections: How data can help reform America's criminal justice system

9/21/2018
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The leader of a local nonprofit says her group is fixing a barrier that stands in the way of meaningful criminal reforms: a data gap. Measures for Justice President Amy Bach says America’s justice system needs better data to determine if the money spent on the system is effective in reducing crime and improving fairness. Bach joins us to discuss her research.

Duration:00:51:14

Connections: Author Dubravka Ugresic and her book, "American Fictionary"

9/20/2018
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Award-winning author Dubravka Ugresic is in Rochester to discuss her book of essays, American Fictionary . Ugresic fled war-torn Yugoslavia in the early 1990s for Amsterdam, and later, Middletown, Connecticut. It was in America that she says she was assaulted by Western consumerism; “strong personalities;” and an obsession with exercise, bagels, and public confession. In her book, she describes how she sees America – especially as a woman whose country was destroyed by war. She’s a guest of...

Duration:00:51:36

Connections: Discussing the future of classical music

9/20/2018
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What is the future of classical music in America? The Eastman School of Music is hosting three guest scholars this weekend who will help answer that question. They join us in studio for a preview of their presentations about teaching classical music in the digital age and the challenges future music leaders will face. Our guests: Robert Winter , distinguished professor of music at UCLA Robert Freeman , pianist, author, former director of the Eastman School of Music and the New England...

Duration:00:50:13

Connections: Discussing Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the Raise the Age campaign

9/19/2018
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We have a conversation about judge Brett Kavanaugh and the Raise the Age campaign. Advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility have wanted 18 to be the age for adult criminal responsibility. Now, some defenders of Kavanaugh say you cannot support raising the age and also want to hold him accountable for what he may have done when he was 17. Our panel discusses it. In studio: Elaine Spaull , member of Rochester City Council, and executive director of the Center for Youth Michael...

Duration:00:50:57

Connections: The debate over the dress code at Murphy's Law

9/19/2018
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A photo of the dress code posted at the bar Murphy’s Law on East Avenue has gone viral. While the owners say the policy was put in place nine years ago and reflects other dress codes in the area, many community members say it’s discriminatory. The policy states that after 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays anyone wearing a number of items – including bandannas or do-rags, camo, or Timberland work boots – is not allowed in the bar. When someone posted a photo of the policy on Facebook, it led to...

Duration:00:50:53

Connections: Dr. Eric Olson on Mexico's evolving criminal landscape

9/18/2018
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The World Affairs Council of Rochester kicks off its new season of speakers with a conversation about Mexico's evolving criminal landscape. There has been a great deal of news coverage of Mexican gangs, spurred by the White House. Dr. Eric Olson is Deputy Director of the Latin American Program and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His work focuses on the impacts of violence and organized crime on democratic governance. Dr. Olson...

Duration:00:50:53

Connections: Discussing "dying professions"

9/18/2018
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A new list of "25 dying professions you should avoid" has gone viral, and it's generating conversations about the occupations listed. While it may not seem surprising that door-to-door salesperson is on the list, do you think lawyer should have been included? What about mortgage broker, travel agent, or IT expert? This hour, we talk to professionals whose careers (or former careers) are on the list. Our guests: Caitlin Madison , communications manager at CDS Life Transitions Scott Malouf ,...

Duration:00:50:39

Connections: Why more Americans are choosing wine and spirits over beer

9/17/2018
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Research shows that when they go out for a drink, Americans – especially millennials – are more likely to order wine or cocktails over beer. Why? Many consumers say wine and spirits taste better, cost less, and are healthier. The news has the beer industry taking on new strategies to grow and maintain its customer base. Will those strategies work? This hour, we discuss if the decline in beer consumption is a trend, if beer has a marketing problem, and what the future of the alcoholic...

Duration:00:51:15

Connections: Is there a civil war within the Catholic church?

9/17/2018
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The Catholic Church is struggling with more allegations of sexual abuse and a widening scandal. Some Catholic writers have called it a civil war within the church. So how can the church heal? Will members stay throughout the storm? Our guests weigh in: Timothy Thibodeau , Ph.D., professor of history at Nazareth College Nora Bradbury-Haehl , author, interfaith youth worker, and Catholic writer Nancy Rourke , Ph.D., professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius College, and former...

Duration:00:50:21

Weekend Connections: Week of September 10

9/14/2018
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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: One family's experience with institutional racism; How police-community relations can change; How new words are added to the dictionary.

Duration:00:15:40

Connections: Gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe

9/14/2018
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On the heels of primary night, we continue our conversations about New York State politics. Larry Sharpe, the libertarian candidate for governor, is in Rochester for a series of events. Sharpe has been outspoken on a number of issues, including his pledge to repeal the SAFE Act and to push major reforms in the state education system. He joins us in studio for the hour to answer our questions and yours.

Duration:00:50:58

Connections: Brockport education leaders launch diversity certification program

9/14/2018
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The College at Brockport is rolling out a new program alongside the Brockport Central School District, and it comes with a message: understanding how to teach and live in diverse communities is not limited to urban areas. In the past several years, Brockport has seen incidents involving students or families that featured racist, sexist, or homophobic comments. At both the high school and college level, Brockport leaders want to ensure everyone has equal access to opportunities. The college...

Duration:00:50:19

Connections: The state of workforce development in Rochester and the Finger Lakes

9/13/2018
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We discuss workforce development in Rochester and the Finger Lakes. A local program has been highlighted by a statewide non-profit for its efforts to help young people gain valuable skills. We discuss the Green Visions program at Greentopia and the state of workforce development in our area. In studio: Morgan Barry, director of the Green Visions program at Greentopia Tiani Jennings, site manager for the Green Visions program at Greentopia David Miller, graduate of the Green Visions program...

Duration:00:51:34

Connections: Author Daniel Koretz and his book, "The Testing Charade"

9/13/2018
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With the start of the school year, we have a conversation standardized testing. Daniel Koretz is the author of "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better." He joins us to discuss why he thinks standardized testing has negative impacts on student learning. Our guests: Daniel Koretz , professor of education at Harvard University who teaches educational measurement, and author of "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better" Dan Drmacich, coordinator for the Rochester...

Duration:00:51:20

Connections: Local activist Miriam Zinter on the impact of institutional racism

9/12/2018
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Local activist Miriam Zinter recently posted a Twitter thread about her family's personal struggle with institutional racism. The thread went viral. Zinter joins us to share the challenges her father faced in the fields of education, the military, employment, housing, and more. We also discuss how and why recognizing and understanding institutional racism can lead to policy change.

Duration:00:51:04

Connections: Discussing satire, and the controversy surrounding the cartoon of Serena Williams

9/12/2018
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When tennis superstar Serena Williams was penalized multiple times during the U.S. Open final on Saturday, her reaction led to controversy. Williams told the chair umpire at the match that a man would not be criticized for the comments and behavior that she displayed. Many people agreed; others said even if that is the case, it doesn’t excuse her behavior. In the midst of this conversation, an Australian political cartoonist created an image of Williams stomping on her racket; her features...

Duration:00:50:22

Connections: Discussing 21st century policing

9/11/2018
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The Irondequoit Police Department will be hosting its Police Community Relations Forum next week. The goal is to build community engagement and identify a two-year strategic plan for the police department using resident input. The forum is one of several hosted by the Greater Rochester Police Community Relations working group over the last two years. This hour, we preview the Irondequoit forum and discuss 21st century policing. Our guests: Chief Richard Tantalo , Irondequoit Police...

Duration:00:51:28

Connections: How to heal divides between men and women

9/11/2018
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The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is bringing experts in gender reconciliation to Rochester. Cynthia Brix and Will Keepin will give a presentation at Nazareth College and a retreat at the Clover Center next month. Their work focuses on healing the differences and divisions between men and women. They say addressing gender injustice is more important now than ever. They join us to share their research and recommendations for creating a culture with gender equality. Our guests: Kit Miller ,...

Duration:00:51:22