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Connections with Evan Dawson

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Connections: Howard Konar, founder of Common Ground

12/12/2017
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Is there a way to remove the stain of partisanship from politics? A local developer says yes. Howard Konar is the founder of a nonprofit called Common Ground , and he has written a book that aims to go beyond politics, and offer basic principles. Konar joins us to discuss his views and how centrism might be the cure to our polarized political culture.

Duration: 00:50:11


Connections: "Her Voice Carries"

12/11/2017
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"Her Voice Carries" is an art project led by Sarah C. Rutherford and features the unique stories of five women who are working and living in varying communities in Rochester. Each woman is photographed, interviewed, drawn, and painted. The project culminates in a final series of murals located throughout the five sections of the city with the intention to create a network of murals that weave a collective story. We hear from some of the women featured in the project. Our guests: Sarah C....

Duration: 00:51:01


Connections: Examining free speech issues

12/11/2017
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Cornell University is launching a new First Amendment Clinic, which will examine real cases that involve free speech and freedom of the press. The clinic will also conduct research regarding recent free speech issues. Our guests discuss the current state of the First Amendment and how it's approached in politics, journalism, and social media. In studio: Scott Malouf , attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law Jack Rosenberry , journalism professor at...

Duration: 00:50:08


Weekend Connections: Week of December 4

12/8/2017
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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: A new documentary that explores the aftermath of the 2015 mass shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club in Rochester; The African American homeschooling movement; How women in television news are harassed by viewers; Sibling survivors of suicide loss.

Duration: 00:22:01


Connections: The stories behind "The Night Before Christmas," and Monopoly

12/8/2017
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It's a pair of whodunits! We discuss the true stories behind a couple iconic things around the holidays, and they are not what they appear. We hear the creation stories of the poem, "The Night Before Christmas," and the board game, Monopoly. Our guests: Carlo De Vito , author of Inventing Santa Claus Mary Pilon , author of The Monopolists

Duration: 00:51:31


Connections: Learning about the Seneca White Deer

12/8/2017
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We're broadcasting from WEOS Finger Lakes Public Radio in Geneva for a conversation about the Seneca White Deer. The rare herd now finds its official, protected home at the Seneca Army Depot, the U.S. Army's former weapons storage facility near Seneca Lake in Romulus. This comes after a public bidding process that determined the future of the site and the deer population. Protecting the world's largest herd of white, white-tailed deer has been a dream decades in the making for Dennis...

Duration: 00:49:39


Connections: The impact of less materialistic gift-giving

12/7/2017
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We discuss alternative approaches to gift-giving during the holidays — those that are less materialistic. We hear what local families and doing about an issue that is a prime source of stress, according to mental health experts. Our guests: Joel Helfrich, parent Kim Maroldo, parent Melanie Funchess , parent, and director of community engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester Dr. Elizabeth Murray , M.D., parent, and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at...

Duration: 00:51:12


Connections: How women in TV news are harassed by viewers

12/7/2017
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As more women are speaking out about sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace and beyond, women in the media industry — specifically, television news — are sharing their stories of how they’ve been harassed by viewers. It’s a pervasive problem, with women discussing how the men and women who watch them make inappropriate comments about their appearances, clothing, personalities, and more. Anchors and reporters say the comments are offensive, disgusting, and racist. We’re...

Duration: 00:49:30


Connections: Understanding the Earned Income Tax Credit

12/6/2017
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We're discussing taxes -- specifically, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a federal and state anti-poverty program that assists low income households by giving them extra cash based on their income. In Monroe County, approximately 60,000 households will receive an average of $4,000 between the federal and state EITC. This hour, our guests help us understand what the EITC is, who it benefits, the pros and cons of the program, and what you need to know. In studio: Pete Nabozny...

Duration: 00:49:48


Connections: New documentary explores the aftermath of the 2015 Boys and Girls Club shooting

12/5/2017
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A new documentary explores the aftermath of the 2015 mass shooting at the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester. Raekwon Manigault, Jonah Barley and Johnny Johnson Junior were killed during the shooting, which took place during a Stop the Violence basketball tournament. In Move , first-time filmmaker Tam Little speaks with the victims' families and with community members who came together to reduce the violence in their neighborhoods. The film will be screened at The Little Theatre this month....

Duration: 00:51:28


Connections: The latest with the net neutrality debate

12/5/2017
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What will internet access in America look like without net neutrality laws? FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to scrap the current net neutrality rules; the FCC will vote on his plan December 14. In recent days, a number of experts have spoken out about false or misleading public comments submitted to the FCC. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office is investigating claims that more than half of the nearly 22 million public comments sent to the FCC about net neutrality...

Duration: 00:49:13


Connections: Challenges faced by sibling survivors of suicide loss

12/4/2017
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Each year, more than 44,000 people die by suicide, leaving their friends and family looking for answers. Experts say siblings are often overlooked, and are not receiving the mental health support they need. The Sibling Survivors of Suicide Loss group says about 25,000 people each year become sibling survivors of suicide, and can experience thoughts of taking their own lives. This hour, we discuss the challenges siblings face. In studio: Patrick Scahill, founder and chairman of Superfly...

Duration: 00:51:33


Connections: The African American home-schooling movement

12/4/2017
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An increasing number of African American families are turning to homeschooling. Parents say they want to protect their children from institutional racism, and they want their children to learn African American history outside of a Eurocentric curriculum. According to an estimate by the National Home Education Research Institute, the number of African American children who are home-schooled grew by about 10 percent between 2012 and 2016. That estimate puts the total number of black...

Duration: 00:49:04


Weekend Connections: Week of November 27

12/1/2017
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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 Nationalist's Delusion," with journalist Adam Serwer; Racial injustice in cities across America, including Rochester; Reactions to seeing racism up close in the suburbs, with Pittsford Town Board Member-elect, Kevin Beckford; The challenges faced by refugees in the United States; The pain and difficulty women experience...

Duration: 00:24:48


Connections: How can we end the AIDS epidemic?

12/1/2017
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About 150,000 people in our country are infected with the HIV virus – but don’t know it. We discuss new research and treatment in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. Our guests: Stephen Dewhurst , Ph.D., vice dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and associate vice president for health sciences research at the University of Rochester Dr. Bill Valenti , M.D., co-founder and staff physician for Trillium Health Jasan Ward, member of the NYS “HIV...

Duration: 00:50:10


Connections: Author David Osborne on "Reinventing America's Schools"

12/1/2017
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In his book, Reinventing America’s Schools , author David Osborne argues that we should treat every public school like a charter school. He suggests an emphasis on autonomy, accountability of performance, diversity in school design, and parental choice. Osborne is in Rochester to meet with school leaders to discuss his ideas for the future of education, but first, he joins us Connections.

Duration: 00:49:49


Connections: How the GOP's tax plan would impact graduate students

11/30/2017
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Last week, we heard from Congressman Tom Reed on why he wants the GOP tax plan to pass; today we hear from some who oppose it. Grad students in particular are concerned that it will balloon their expenses, blocking their career paths. And in Rochester, a bipartisan coalition of mayors and supervisors spoke about their concerns. We get their perspective on who will be impacted, and how. Scott O'Neil, University of Rochester graduate student Helen Davies, University of Rochester graduate...

Duration: 00:51:18


Connections: Adam Serwer on "The Nationalist's Delusion"

11/30/2017
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Adam Serwer , correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly , joins us to discuss his recent piece titled "The Nationalist's Delusion." The piece has been hotly debated since its publication, and many prominent writers of color call it a landmark in analyzing America's history with white nationalism.

Duration: 00:49:54


Connections: Discussing New York State's spending on local farm foods

11/29/2017
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Is New York State spending enough on food from local farms? A new report from the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Farmland Trust says the state can do more. Four years after Governor Cuomo passed the Food Metrics Law to encourage state institutions to buy fresh food from farmers, it isn’t clear how much the state is actually spending on local foods. The report estimates the number could be about 10 percent, but it recommends an increase in spending to 25 percent. The groups say...

Duration: 00:51:32


Connections: The changing media landscape, and the future of jobs in journalism

11/29/2017
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When reports surfaced that not even BuzzFeed was meeting its earnings targets, young journalists might have wondered: is there a future in this field for me? BuzzFeed has been among the hottest media properties. If the strongest players are struggling, what does that mean for students considering journalism as a career? We discuss job prospects and the news media landscape. In studio: Dick Moss , news director for the Democrat & Chronicle Lauren Peace , suburban trends reporter Shappelle...

Duration: 00:49:46

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