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Connections with Evan Dawson

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Rochester, NY

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Weekend Connections: Week of September 9

9/13/2019
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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 health risks of vaping; Climate nihilism; The keto diet; Tax breaks for Midtown Athletic Club.

Duration:00:14:53

Connections: A local couple on their journey towards accepting themselves

9/13/2019
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New research from Pew Research Center shows that American support for same sex marriage has almost perfectly flipped in the last 15 years. In 2004, 60 percent of Americans polled said they opposed same-sex marriage, while 31 percent said they supported it. In 2019, 31 percent of Americans polled say they oppose same-sex marriage, while 61 percent say they support it. For the LGBTQ community in Gen Z, life is very different than it was for their parents and grandparents. We talk with an older...

Duration:00:51:18

Connections: Perspectives of living in a post-9/11 world

9/13/2019
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Wednesday marked 18 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and this hour, we have a discussion about how our guests’ perspectives about world issues changed as a result of the tragedy. Our panelists include people from two age groups: current (or soon-to-be) 18 year olds who were either not born or were infants at the time of the attacks; and current 36 year olds (or those just a bit older) who were 18 at the time of the attacks. They share their thoughts on living in a post-9/11...

Duration:00:51:08

Connections: Exploring the differences between the Canadian and U.S. election processes

9/12/2019
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national election, which will happen in six weeks. Imagine that: a national election campaign that goes from start to finish in less than two months. In the United States, the campaign is essentially endless, with official campaign events running for two years. Which system is better? Which is more productive in allowing the population to choose a leader? Our guests weigh in: Rob Shum , a Canadian who serves as a professor of public...

Duration:00:51:22

Connections: Understanding the health risks of vaping

9/12/2019
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Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after reports of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the products. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza is urging county residents to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the cause of those illnesses concludes. Is the nationwide response proportionate to the health risks? It’s a question debated by doctors and people who use vape products. We sit down...

Duration:00:51:16

Connections: Should Midtown Athletic Club receive tax breaks for its expansion?

9/11/2019
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Midtown Athletic Club is growing, and looked to Monroe County for taxpayer incentives as it expands. The county is supportive, saying that Midtown’s growth will result in new jobs and economic development. Critics contend that most Monroe County residents can not afford a Midtown membership, and this is a case of the rich getting richer without much ripple effect. Our guests debate it: Glenn William, general manager of Midtown Athletic Club Kent Gardner , chief economist with the Center for...

Duration:00:51:22

Connections: Discussing climate nihilism

9/11/2019
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Are you a climate nihilist? Author Jonathan Franzen wrote a piece for the New Yorker arguing that it’s time to spend more effort preparing for climate catastrophe, and less effort to stopping it. Franzen argues that humans are not going to do what is necessary to prevent devastating global warming. He wonders why there isn’t more conversation about this, and what it means. But climate policy experts respond that Franzen has botched some of the key facts to understanding climate change, and...

Duration:00:51:28

Connections: Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro

9/10/2019
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We’re joined by Rue Mapp, the founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro , a nonprofit organization that celebrates and inspires African American connections to and leadership in nature. Mapp will be in Rochester next week as a guest of the Genesee Land Trust , but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss the value of relationships with the outdoors. Our guests: Rue Mapp , founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro Gay Mills, Executive Director, Genesee Land Trust Regina Geames, Community Programs...

Duration:00:51:29

Connections: Discussing communication etiquette

9/10/2019
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When you receive a text message or a phone call, what is the expected time frame that you have to respond? What about an email – personal versus professional? Does it matter what your relationship is to the person who sent those messages? We have a conversation about the changing communication norms and social etiquette when it comes to digital technology. Our guests share their perspectives and their advice. In studio: Rashad Smith, project manager for "Shaping Our Stories" with Causewave...

Duration:00:51:17

Connections: Understanding the keto diet

9/9/2019
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What do you know -- and perhaps misunderstand -- about the keto diet? It's a popular approach to weight loss, but some clinicians and registered dietitians say it could have unintended consequences. We discuss what the keto diet is and how it affects the body. Our guests: Jill Chodak , clinical dietitian with the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center Leslie Fisher , registered dietitian with Rochester Regional Health Dr. Steve Cook , M.D.,...

Duration:00:51:41

Connections: Is appointment viewing on television making a comeback?

9/9/2019
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Netflix recently announced it will drop episodes of a new series weekly, instead of all at once. Hulu has already adopted the practice, and Disney and other competitors plan to do so. What does that mean for television binge culture? We talk about viewing habits and the must-see shows on streaming services and TV. Our guests: Todd Sodano , associate professor of media and communication at St. John Fisher College Bob Thompson , director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture...

Duration:00:50:35

Weekend Connections: Week of September 2

9/6/2019
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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: Addiction, relapse, and recovery; Working in broadcasting as women of color, with Hélène Biandudi Hofer and Norma Holland; Grassroots efforts to address poverty, with representatives from Cameron Community Ministries.

Duration:00:22:02

Connections: Discussing the impact of Airbnb on travel culture

9/6/2019
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Airbnb has grown into a massive economic engine. We explore the impact on our travel culture; our expectations; and on the local economy. We discuss the complaints about Airbnb, and the way it fits into the gig economy in western New York. Our guests: Rachel Laber Pulvino , director of market communications and public relations for Visit Rochester Luke Skibba , frequent Airbnb customer Dolly Donnelly, Airbnb host Carl Schoenthal, owner of Beautiful Valley Guesthouse

Duration:00:51:31

Connections: Discussing race from the perspective of an #oldwhiteguy

9/6/2019
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John Calia says he’s tired of being blamed for all the ills of society, simply because he’s an older white man. He wrote a piece for the Democrat & Chronicle, arguing that the generalizations about white men are unfair and harmful. Calia is an executive coach and author, and he’s hoping his views will spark a conversation about better ways to discuss race in America. Frank Staropoli is also an older white man, and he’s the author of the blog "A White Guy in Rochester." Staropoli has a very...

Duration:00:50:58

Connections: Understanding the work of the Rochester chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women

9/5/2019
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In 1893, a group of Jewish women was asked to participate in the Chicago World’s Fair. When they realized that “participate” meant “serve coffee,” they branched out on their own. They created the National Council of Jewish Women, with a mission of redefining the work of women and the role of volunteering. A Rochester chapter was created in 1894, and it’s celebrating 125 years. Members work on a wide range of issues, from Holocaust education, combating homophobia, supporting MeToo, fighting...

Duration:00:51:47

Connections: Discussing the impact of Hurricane Dorian

9/5/2019
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Hurricane Dorian has caused a humanitarian crisis in the northwestern Bahamas, scraped Florida’s coast, and now the Category 3 storm is spinning off the coast of South Carolina. Experts say it could make landfall in North Carolina. This hour, we discuss the impact the storm has had – both in the Bahamas and in the U.S. – with a local businessman who is building a home in the Bahamas and leading relief efforts there, and with a representative from the American Red Cross. Matt Winslow, local...

Duration:00:50:18

Connections: Previewing Fashion Week of Rochester 2019

9/4/2019
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Fashion Week of Rochester is back, and we preview next month's events with organizers and designers. The annual event benefits homeless children and teens at the Center for Youth. We talk about Fashion Week’s impact and a new clothing collection named for the late Louise Slaughter. In studio: Elaine Spaull , executive director of the Center for Youth, and member of Rochester City Council Jeffrey Diduch, vice president of technical design at Hickey Freeman Robin Slaughter Minerva, daughter of...

Duration:00:51:22

Connections: Discussing grassroots efforts to address poverty and strengthen neighborhoods

9/4/2019
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When discussing efforts to address poverty or strengthen neighborhoods in Rochester, we often hear about heavily funded programs. But, there are a number of local, grassroots efforts that are making a difference in the community. This hour, we hear from some of the people involved with those programs. They join us to discuss what they're doing and the impact their work has had. In studio: Jennifer Muniga, executive director of Cameron Community Ministries Kaila Toppin, mentor at Cameron...

Duration:00:51:34

Connections: Hélène Biandudi Hofer and Norma Holland on the state of journalism

9/3/2019
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The Rochester broadcasting industry has seen several longtime journalists leave the business in recent weeks. WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer left the station this summer after a long career on the air to join Solutions Journalism Network. Norma Holland left WHAM-TV on August 20 after 23 years on the air at the station. She’ll begin a new career at a digital marketing company called Digital Hyve this month. We sit down with them to discuss how the business has changed over their careers, the...

Duration:00:51:53

Connections: Stories of recovery from ROCovery Fitness

9/3/2019
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According to data from the Monroe County Heroin Task Force, the number of deaths from opioid overdoses in Monroe County dropped to the lowest point in April, since tracking began. But since then, there's been a spike in the number of fatal overdoses. A local nonprofit called ROCovery Fitness is expanding to meet the needs of people throughout Monroe County and the Southern Tier who are struggling with different kinds of addiction. We sit down with ROCovery’s co-founder to discuss how the...

Duration:00:51:23