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Connections with Evan Dawson

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Weekend Connections: Week of November 12

11/16/2018
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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: Polarization and its impact on democracy; Sexual assault in the military; Journalist safety in Mexico and the U.S.; Why younger Americans are better than older Americans at discerning fact from opinion.

Duration:00:18:56

Connections: Discussing the film, "The Good Mind," and Native American land rights

11/16/2018
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We discuss a documentary called "The Good Mind.” It explores Native American land rights through a look the Onondaga Nation’s battle with the U.S. government. We discuss treaties, what sovereignty means, and how to preserve Native American culture. Our guests: Ronnie Pollack, member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Eagle Clan, executive director of the Native American Cultural Center , and host of "Two Canoes with Ronnie Pollack" on WYSL 92.1 FM Michael Galban , curator...

Duration:00:52:01

Connections: Activist Jeremy Tjhung

11/16/2018
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What does it mean to devote yourself to a life of activism? We talk to a local activist who uprooted himself from New York City and left everything behind to help promote causes he cares about in Rochester. Jeremy Tjhung grew up on Akron, NY, where he says he was the only gay Asian kid in town. He moved to New York City to pursue a career in fashion and retail. In 2016, after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Tjhung joined Gays Against Guns, a grassroots organization committed to...

Duration:00:50:32

Connections: Discussing women's empowerment across the globe

11/15/2018
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The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and the University of Rochester are hosting several speakers as part of Rochester’s inaugural International Education Week. They join us in our studio to discuss a range of issues, including barriers to education and healthcare; factors that affect women’s empowerment across the globe; and how to create more equity in leadership. Our guests: Doris Gray , Ph.D., director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment at Al Akhawayn University Dr....

Duration:00:51:35

Connections: What are the impacts and remedies for polarization?

11/15/2018
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The terms “bubbles,” “silos,” and “echo chambers” are common in our current political dialogue, and they all relate to the broader concept of polarization. Philosopher Robert Talisse says while polarization is commonly acknowledged as detrimental to democracy, its impact stretches beyond partisan politics. This hour, we sit down with Talisse to discuss democracy, belief systems, and what he says is a surprising remedy for political polarization. Talisse is in town as a guest of RIT, but...

Duration:00:51:09

Connections: How a younger generation decides to dole out charitable donations

11/14/2018
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Research finds that American adults under the age of 30 are generous with their money, but more discerning than previous generations when it comes to where to give. We'll examine how to use charitable dollars wisely. Our panel includes young professionals from NextGen Rochester, a giving circle that is holding its annual showcase next week to help young workers see what their donations can do. Our guests: Andrew Brady, Co-founder of Conscious Capital Daphne Pariser, president/founder of...

Duration:00:50:40

Connections: Sexual assault in the military

11/14/2018
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Heath Phillips is a military sexual assault survivor who travels the country to share his story. He joined the military when he was 17. Phillips was repeatedly sexually assaulted and bullied, only to have his story dismissed by superiors. Eventually, Phillips' discharge was upgraded to honorable, after recognition of what he endured. He's a guest of Nazareth College, which is showing the film The Invisible War. The film documents cases of military sexual assault. Our guests: Heath Phillips,...

Duration:00:50:32

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