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Connections: Exploring "senior relevance"

4/23/2018
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In 2014, Roger Angell wrote a piece for the New Yorker called "This Old Man," where he explored life in his nineties. He wrote about coping with the loss of friends and family, and what it means to be relevant when you retire. He shared experiences talking with friends in their sixties where he felt invisible: “Honored, respected, even loved, but not quite worth listening to anymore. You’ve had your turn, Pops; now it’s ours.” Our guests discuss how they are staying connected to the...

Duration:00:51:03

Connections: Young Men's Symposium: No Excuses

4/23/2018
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A new mentoring conference for high school students across Monroe County aims to help young men address recurring issues that impact their lives as they transition into adulthood. The “Young Men’s Symposium: No Excuses” will help students explore topics like character development, healthy relationships, responsible fatherhood, respecting women, coping with loss, and more. Research shows black male students are over-referred for disciplinary action in schools, and in the criminal justice...

Duration:00:49:34

Connections: Rochester Music Hall of Fame, Class of 2018

4/20/2018
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The Rochester Music Hall of Fame is inducting its 2018 class. We talk to three of the inductees — some of the greatest musicians of all time. They discuss their process, their time working with fellow greats in music, and what it means to them to be in the Rochester Music Hall of Fame. In studio: Steve Gadd, drummer of choice of Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Eric Clapton Tony Levin, bassist for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson John Beck, professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music...

Duration:00:51:33

Connections: W.J.T. Mitchell on "American Psychosis: Trumpism and the Nightmare of History"

4/20/2018
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W.J.T. Mitchell is a writer and a professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago. He’s in Rochester as a guest of the University of Rochester , discussing his piece, "American Psychosis: Trumpism and the Nightmare of History.” He joins us to share his perspective on the age of Trump in the context of capitalism and democracy.

Duration:00:51:16

Connections: How poetry can give marginalized groups a voice

4/19/2018
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It’s National Poetry Month, and we're joined by local, award-winning local poets who discuss their art, how poetry can give marginalized groups a voice, and about how we teach poetry in schools. In studio: Peter Connors, publisher for BOA Editions Chen Chen , poet Christine Kitano , poet and assistant professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College

Duration:00:51:24

Connections: New documentary highlights Rochester as a "Photo City"

4/18/2018
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A new documentary called Photo City tells the story of Rochester’s past, present, and future as a hub for photography. It will be screened as part of the One Take Film Fest at The Little Theatre. The filmmakers are from Ireland, and we talk to one of them about why his team chose Rochester as the subject of the film. We also hear from local photographers and filmmakers who will share their take on Rochester as a photo city. Our guests: John Murphy, co-director, co-writer, and editor of...

Duration:00:50:49

Connections: Parliament of World Religions

4/18/2018
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The Parliament of World Religions is coming to Toronto, and Rochester is hosting a pre-Parliament event today. The parliament goes back to 1893, when organizers sought to create an international dialogue about religions and interfaith issues. This year, the theme is about the promise of inclusion. Our guests discuss it: Dr. Larry Greenfield , executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago Dr. Susan Nowak , chairperson of religious studies at Nazareth College Dr....

Duration:00:50:50

Connections: Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner

4/18/2018
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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she’s considering a run for governor. The Democrat has never shied away from challenging her own party, including incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo. We talk to her about why she is leaning toward a gubernatorial campaign, and which issues matter most to her.

Duration:00:51:28

Connections: When could we see the next flu pandemic?

4/16/2018
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of what's called the "greatest pandemic in history. -- the 1918 flu virus, also called the Spanish flu. That flu lead to the deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. Many people may think that an outbreak of that magnitude couldn't happen in today's world, but doctors say we are still vulnerable to pandemics. Our guests discuss when the next worldwide pandemic will strike, what kind of flu strains we might see, and the latest research on flu...

Duration:00:51:53

Connections: Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine

4/16/2018
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We talk to Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, the defense attaché of Ukraine. He is in town to give a lecture at the University of Rochester, but first, we talk to him about the U.S. and NATO's role in Ukraine, what Vladimir Putin wants in Ukraine, and if compromise is politically feasible. Our guests: Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine Randy Stone , director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Duration:00:50:42

Weekend Connections: Week of April 9

4/13/2018
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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: The opioid epidemic and pain management; The crisis in Puerto Rico; How parents of color are shielding their children from negative stereotypes in the media and books.

Duration:00:22:43

Connections: The College of Collectible Knowledge

4/13/2018
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The College of Collectible Knowledge is back! We’re gearing up from the annual WXXI Appraisal Fair , so we bring you our version of Antiques Roadshow…on the radio. We’re joined by appraisers in studio who answer questions about your antiques. In studio: Jack Wanderman, owner of Jack Wanderman and Associates Nik Wanderman, Jack’s son and partner in Jack Wanderman and Associates Yvonne Jordan, owner of Shop 15 Antiques and Vintage

Duration:00:51:48

Connections: Discussing New York's proposed Reproductive Health Act

4/13/2018
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Under New York State law, women seeking abortions have 24 weeks to terminate their pregnancies. Otherwise, women are required to carry their pregnancies to term. A bill before the New York State Senate and Assembly called the Reproductive Health Act would allow licensed healthcare practitioners to perform abortions outside of that window if there is an absence of fetal viability or if the abortion is necessary to protect the mother’s life or health. We hear from people on both sides of the...

Duration:00:51:47

Connections: The state of equal pay in 2018

4/12/2018
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National Equal Pay Day just passed, and we’re taking a look at the state of inequality in pay between genders. We also look at new legislation related to sexual harassment in the workplace. In studio: Beth Cordello , chair of the labor and employment practice group at Pullano & Farrow Julie Damerell , associate professor emeritus at MCC

Duration:00:51:53

Connections: Reviewing the Zuckerberg testimony

4/12/2018
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Do you know someone who has left Facebook out of concerns about privacy? Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress over how his company handled user data and privacy, and the company's role in Russia's influence in the presidential election. We talk about what we learned from the testimony, the role of social media platforms when it comes to user data, and who owns and is responsible for content posted to social media sites. Our guests: Scott Malouf , attorney...

Duration:00:50:10

Connections: Debating the proposed trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes

4/11/2018
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Is a trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes a good idea for economic reasons or is it a bad idea to keep more garbage in a tourism-centered place? The debate focuses on a proposed project that some say is a necessary jobs creator, while others call it a potential disaster for a region focused on agriculture and tourism. Our guests debate the project. Michael Warren Thomas, talk show host and advocate for the Finger Lakes region Alan Knauf, lawyer representing Circular enerG

Duration:00:51:01

Connections: Are TV ad boycotts an effective way to protest speech?

4/11/2018
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Are TV ad boycotts an effective way to protest speech? The question comes after a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida called on advertisers to boycott Laura Ingraham's show on Fox News because Inghram mocked him on Twitter. Student David Hogg put pressure on a number of advertisers to pull their ads; about half of them did. Ingraham called the approach a "Stalinist" approach to change society, while other critics said the best way to counter speech is with more speech. So...

Duration:00:50:49

Special programming: The Opioid Crisis - The Ripple Effect

4/10/2018
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WXXI News partnered with ideastream in Cleveland and Oregon Public Broadcasting to bring you special coverage of the opioid epidemic in America. In this broadcast, Evan Dawson hosts a panel discussing pain management, prescription policy, and disparities in care related to the opioid crisis. Our guests: Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia , M.D., executive director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing, and assistant professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science...

Duration:00:51:50

Connections: How parents of color shield their children from negative stereotypes in the media

4/10/2018
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A recent piece in the Atlantic Monthly explores the efforts parents of color are making to shield their children from negative stereotypes. It highlights how many parents curate books, entertainment, and toys -- either eliminating or adding certain types of media -- with the goal of empowering their children and exposing them to positive images of characters that look like them. Parents say it's a challenge, and the results are mixed. We hear from local parents who share their experiences...

Duration:00:51:13

Connections: Can games be effective tools for learning and education?

4/9/2018
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Can games be effective tools for learning and education? Think of board games like Monopoly, card games that teach math or vocabulary, and video games, which are popping up in classrooms across the country. Our guests share their insight on educational games, examples of what works (or doesn't), and if more games should be incorporated into classrooms. In studio: Alex White, managing partner of Boldo's Armory Rabbi Owen Gottlieb , assistant professor of interactive games and media at RIT...

Duration:00:51:13

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