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Connections with Evan Dawson

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Connections: "John Henryism" and mental health in the African American community

1/17/2018
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This hour, we have a conversation about mental health in the African American community, with a focus on the psychic cost of racism. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Reasons for that disparity include racism, socioeconomic factors, and higher levels of homelessness and exposure to violence. The strategy of coping with prolonged...

Duration: 00:50:40


Connections: Tom Golisano on "Tax My Property Fairly" campaign

1/17/2018
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Do you feel your property tax assessment is fair? Do you understand how the process works? Maybe more importantly, if you want to challenge your assessment, do you know how to do it? Our guest is Paychex founder and local philanthropist Tom Golisano. He's back to talk about his efforts to make the system -- in his words -- more fair for property owners. He says right now, it's too difficult to challenge your assessment. He says the process is inconsistent, often opaque, there's too little...

Duration: 00:52:02


Connections: Understanding the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

1/16/2018
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We talk about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act -- it's gun legislation, and it stands a good chance of going forward. The NRA has been calling for it for a long time. Essentially, the act says that while states have their own laws on concealed carry (some states are more permissive; others are more restrictive), all states would have to honor the laws of the other states. That means concealed-carry permit holders from one state could legally carry their guns to another state -- even one...

Duration: 00:51:30


Connections: Discussing Governor Cuomo's proposed plan to end the tip credit

1/15/2018
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to banish tips. The governor has argued workers who rely on tips have a harder time coming forward with concerns, and consequently are more vulnerable to exploitation and harassment. But restaurant, car wash, and nail salon trade groups say the tipped credit is critical to their survival. We discuss it with our guests: Art Rogers, James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Lento Christina DiPilato, server at Rocco Samantha Pompili, general manager of a local tavern

Duration: 00:51:53


Connections: Oprah for president?

1/15/2018
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Oprah mania swept the Democratic Party in the past week -- but not everyone feels the same way about it. Some polling indicates that if Oprah Winfrey jumped into the presidential race, she'd instantly lead the field. Is she the answer for the American left, and for voters desperate to beat Donald Trump in 2020? We discuss it, and we examine how longtime party workers feel about how Democrats should be building for the next elections. Our guests: Beatriz LeBron , leader of the 25th...

Duration: 00:50:57


Weekend Connections: Week of January 8

1/12/2018
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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 investigation into sexual harassment allegations at the University of Rochester; How Frederick Douglass would view race relations in 2018; Challenges faced by adults with autism; Ethics in the broadcast new industry.

Duration: 00:21:25


Connections: Dialogue on Disability - "Invisible" disabilities

1/12/2018
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We conclude our Dialogue on Disability Week with a conversation about "invisible" disabilities. Our guests share the challenges they face living with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In studio: Kerrie Giesen, client of the National MS Society, Upstate NY Chapter (NMSS) Randy Havens, client of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc. (EPI) Mike Radell, community educator and Camp EAGR director for Epilepsy-Pralid

Duration: 00:51:15


Connections: Complainants react to investigation results at UR

1/12/2018
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On Thursday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Mary Jo White announced the results of the independent investigation into how the University of Rochester handled sexual harassment allegations against professor Florian Jaeger. The complaints were made by Jaeger's former students and colleagues, including Celeste Kidd and Jessica Cantlon. The report concluded that while Jaeger acted inappropriately and used poor judgment, he did not break the law or violate...

Duration: 00:51:30


Connections: Findings from the report on alleged sexual harassment at UR

1/11/2018
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The University of Rochester has taken criticism for how it handled multiple complaints of sexual harassment on campus, particularly regarding faculty. On Thursday, a new report was released with findings on what happened, and whether the University reacted appropriately. We provided live coverage of the news conference focusing on the report's release. *Note: On Thursday afternoon, the University of Rochester announced that President Joel Seligman resigned.

Duration: 00:50:31


Connections: Outgoing Geneva City Manager, Matt Horn

1/11/2018
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Geneva is the unofficial capital of the Finger Lakes, and one if the city's most successful managers is leaving. Matt Horn has been in the job for ten years, and has helped oversee a shift in Geneva's fortunes. We talk to Matt, as well as the team that is temporarily replacing him, about the accomplishments, the occasional misses, and the top priorities going forward. In our WEOS studio: Matt Horn, outgoing Geneva city manager Sage Gerling, Doris Myers, Adam Blowers, interim Geneva city...

Duration: 00:50:31


Connections: Dialogue on Disability-Adaptive sports

1/10/2018
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Our Dialogue on Disability Week continues with a conversation about adaptive sports. According to the CDC, nearly half of adults with disabilities ages 18 to 64 do not get aerobic physical activity. Local organizations are helping to change that by offering opportunities in adaptive sports. We hear the stories of local athletes in those programs. Our guests: Michael Cocquyt, supervisor of SportsNet Jen Truscott, alpine skier David Grace, sled hockey athlete, who participates in many winter...

Duration: 00:52:02


Connections: How regulations impact farmers and small businesses

1/10/2018
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The New York Times recently published a piece describing the kinds of regulations under which farmers and small businesses work. It sparked conversations about which regulations are necessary and appropriate, and which create unnecessary burdens. We hear from local and regional farmers. Our guests: Elizabeth Henderson, retired farmer and writer Andy Fellenz, owner of Fellenz Family Farm Peter Ten Eyck, owner of Indian Ladder Farms

Duration: 00:50:57


Connections: "Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass"

1/9/2018
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Monroe County and the City of Rochester are teaming up with a number of local organizations to celebrate the legacy of abolitionist and Rochester resident Frederick Douglass. Douglass never knew the exact date of his own birth, but he eventually determined that he was born in February 1818. Now, 200 years later, the “Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass” project will help the community explore his life and work. This hour, we discuss Douglass’ legacy and his impact on Rochester,...

Duration: 00:51:12


Connections: How can tenants protect their rights?

1/9/2018
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More than 88,000 homeless families are living in shelters across New York State. That’s according to a new housing activism campaign called Housing Justice for All . The coalition of state advocacy groups is dedicated to helping low-income tenants and homeless New Yorkers secure affordable, safe, and warm housing. The movement was launched in early January, coming just days before tenants in two Rochester apartment complexes exposed inadequate heating and additional problems in their...

Duration: 00:51:27


Connections: Dialogue on Disability: A look at autism research and care in 2018

1/8/2018
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We begin 2018's Dialogue on Disability Week with a conversation about autism. New research published in JAMA indicates that the rates of autism spectrum disorder among U.S. children remained stable from 2014 to 2016. That's a change from earlier studies, which suggested that autism rates rose steadily over the past 20 years. The authors of the recent study pointed to changes in diagnostic criteria, more public awareness, and more children being referred to doctors as among the principle...

Duration: 00:51:25


Connections: Did the film Broadcast News predict the future of the news industry?

1/8/2018
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When the iconic film Broadcast News was released in 1987, director James L. Brooks gave audiences a well-researched and honest look at how network news was changing. Some say it served as a warning of how an increasing emphasis on attractive anchors and entertainment-driven ideas were growing at the expense of quality journalism. Did the film predict the future of the news industry? In a recent interview published in The Ringer, Brooks said he doesn't think his film created a lens for the...

Duration: 00:51:20


Weekend Connections: Week of January 1

1/5/2018
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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 debate over police officers' body-worn cameras; How to improve access to healthy food in all communities; Finding a balance between all modes of transportation.

Duration: 00:17:21


Connections: How music reflects the political mood

1/5/2018
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Whatever happened to Obama-era pop music? According to the New Yorker, it's already dated, even embarrassing. Matthew Trammell argues that music reflects the cultural and political mood, and already pop music has moved on from the buoyant, fizzy hits like Katy Perry's "Firework." Is that fair? Our guests discuss the ways music does, and does not, capture the current mood. In studio: Mona Seghatoleslami , host and producer for Classical 91.5 Saby Reyes-Kulkarni , music journalist Irene...

Duration: 00:51:43


Connections: Bills mania and the business of football

1/5/2018
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It's Buffalo Bills mania in Western New York. The Bills are back in the NFL playoffs for the first time in 17 years. But as fans celebrate, something ominous is happening for the league. Ratings are down. More parents are refusing to allow their kids to play football. We have some fun toasting the Bills, but we ask some serious questions, starting with this: if you won't allow your children to get on the field, should you be supporting the NFL at all? And what is causing the ratings...

Duration: 00:51:21


Connections: What's going on with food access in American cities?

1/4/2018
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There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about food deserts, and now so-called food swamps, and what's really going on with food access in America's cities. That's been a strong focus of Foodlink , whose chief program officer was just sworn in as one of Rochester's new members of City Council. We discuss how to make good food available for more people -- what works, what doesn't, from corner stores to SNAP to the farm bill. Our guests: Mitch Gruber , chief program officer for Foodlink...

Duration: 00:51:10

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