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Connections: Sonia Manzano discusses playing "Maria" on Sesame Street

9/25/2017
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For 44 years, you could find actress Sonia Manzano on Sesame Street playing the iconic character, "Maria." While loyal Sesame Street viewers knew her as a cheerful and supportive friend to Big Bird, Elmo, and Oscar, Manzano's role on the show was more than meets the eye: she was the first Latina woman many viewers ever saw on television, and she won 15 Emmys for writing scripts that explored a number of issues, including multiculturalism. Manzano is the keynote speaker for the YWCA of...

Duration: 00:51:40


Connections: Discussing ROC the Future's "State of Our Children" reports

9/25/2017
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ROC the Future is gearing up to release its 2017 State of Our Children report. The document tracks how Rochester's children are faring "from cradle to career." The 2016 report highlighted progress in third grade reading levels and a reduction in absenteeism, while demonstrating the need for improvement in students' math proficiency and parental involvement. So how did we do this year? We review the 2016 report and preview this year's findings, which are set to be released next month. In...

Duration: 00:50:02


Weekend Connections: Week of September 18th

9/22/2017
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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 debate over punching Nazis; The value of studying abroad, despite concerns about terrorism; Sean Spicer's appearance at the Emmys, and when entertainment and politics mix; Why more "average citizens" are running for office.

Duration: 00:20:48


Connections: Theater of War

9/22/2017
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Since ancient times, combat veterans have suffered from war stress, PTSD, and suicidal urges. The Veterans Outreach Center is bringing Theater of War to Rochester to examine those issues. The classic Greek story of Ajax depicts the warrior, struggling with pride, reputation, family, and ultimately suicide. Centuries ago, as today, it was difficult to talk about these issues. Theater of War aims to open the door to discussion and to healing. Our guests: Nick Stefanovic, veteran and board...

Duration: 00:50:42


Connections: Grandchildren of Gandhi and Dorothy Day

9/22/2017
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The grandchildren of two of the most prominent world figures will come together in Rochester for one night -- but first, they're on Connections. Gandhi and Dorothy Day worked for social justice through nonviolence. Their grandchildren, Arun Gandhi, and Martha and Kate Hennessy, will speak about their family legacies. It's particularly timely, with violent protests happening around the world. In studio: Arun Gandhi, grandson of Gandhi Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day Kate...

Duration: 00:49:28


Connections: Revitalizing the music scene in the Finger Lakes

9/21/2017
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We're broadcasting from WEOS, Finger Lakes Public Radio, and we're talking about efforts to revitalize the music scene in downtown Geneva. The Smith Center for the Arts recently brought in a new director and she has big plans for the performing arts venue. We talk with Susie Monagan about her vision. We also hear from the owner and the musical director of FLX Live , a music bar in downtown Geneva that's bringing new life to the scene. Our guests: Susie Monagan , director of the Smith...

Duration: 00:51:49


Connections: Celebrating new inductees to the National Women's Hall of Fame

9/21/2017
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We're broadcasting from WEOS, Finger Lakes Public Radio in Geneva, and we're talking to the co-presidents of the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. On September 16, ten new women were inducted into the Hall. We hear about their achievements, the induction process, and the Hall's goal to renovate the historic former Seneca Knitting Mill as its new home. Our guests: Betty Bayer, co-president of the National Women's Hall of Fame Eileen Hartmann, co-president of the National...

Duration: 00:49:26


Connections: What happens when we blend politics, journalism, and entertainment?

9/20/2017
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What happens when we blend politics, journalism, and entertainment? In one sense, we get appearances like Sean Spicer at the Emmys this past weekend. We also see such blending at Geva's Summer Curtain Call, and the White House Correspondents' Dinner in years past. But the Spicer appearance sparked some backlash amongst those who say it waves away the serious problem of lying for an administration; people who are more vulnerable aren't laughing at Spicer's star turn. So where is the line?...

Duration: 00:51:00


Connections: The debate over punching Nazis

9/20/2017
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The videos have gone viral: people punching Nazis in the streets. The latest involved a man in Seattle, wearing a Swastika armband. He takes a punch so violent that he is knocked unconscious and loses a tooth. While it might be tempting to laugh or share these videos, even people like Noam Chomsky warn that it's not a good idea to punch anyone -- Nazis included. There are still ideological debates to win, they say. Our guests: Kit Miller , director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence...

Duration: 00:49:27


Connections: The impact of clinician burnout

9/19/2017
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What happens when doctors and nurses get overwhelmed? Every day, clinicians provide treatment for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. Being exposed to human suffering and having to face ethical challenges leaves many providers distressed, and sometimes, burned out. A Mayo Clinic study reported that in 2014, more than half of U.S. physicians experience at least one symptom of burnout, leading clinician burnout to be labeled as a public health crisis. What does this...

Duration: 00:50:58


Connections: First-time City Council candidates share their experiences running for office

9/19/2017
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City Council in Rochester had a number of new faces running for seats this year, but they didn’t all win the Democratic primary. What happens when you take that jump for the first time and it doesn’t work out? Do you stay involved? Do you run again? We talk to some of them about their experiences as first-time candidates, and what’s next. Our guests: Mary Lupien Shawn Dunwoody Dorian Hall Tom Hasman

Duration: 00:49:47


Connections: How students can apply lessons learned from studying abroad

9/18/2017
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When college students go abroad, they spend weeks, months, or even a year assimilating into a different culture. So how can they integrate those global experiences into their daily lives when they return home? That's the focus of an upcoming conference at SUNY Geneseo called ROC Your Global Future . We talk to conference organizers and returning students about how they can apply their international perspectives to our community and their educational goals. In studio: Sam Cardamone,...

Duration: 00:50:52


Connections: The impact of New York State's special education crisis

9/18/2017
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Parents of hundreds of children with special needs in New York State say their kids are not receiving the services they need. A recent report in the Democrat & Chronicle stated that in the 2016-2017 school year "nearly 400 3- and 4-year-olds in Monroe County were not evaluated for developmental delays within 60 days of their referral as required by law, according to local school district records.” The delay in referrals puts children at a developmental disadvantage, and at risk for needing...

Duration: 00:49:57


Weekend Connections: Week of September 11th

9/15/2017
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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: If Rochester could be home to Amazon's second headquarters; The Iran nuclear deal, with Ambassador Thomas Pickering; The Attica prison uprising; Poverty, with actress Andie MacDowell.

Duration: 00:21:48


Connections: Actress Andie MacDowell, and finding hope for people struggling with addiction

9/15/2017
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2016 marked the first time a U.S. surgeon general released a report addressing substance use disorders and health problems related to those disorders. According to the report, one in seven Americans will develop a substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives, but only one in ten will receive treatment. While a number of issues factor into the decision not to seek help – inaccessibility of treatment centers, personal beliefs about treatment, and more – the stigma attached to...

Duration: 00:51:10


Connections: How to engage in better public discourse

9/15/2017
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No one will ever change their mind, right? Is there any point in debating friends about politics or heavy subjects when the disagree? University of Rochester philosopher Richard Feldman says we can engage in better public discourse. He joins us in studio to discuss how.

Duration: 00:49:59


Connections: Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founder of African Ancestry

9/14/2017
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We’re joined by Dr. Rick Kittles . He’s the co-founder of African-Ancestry, the largest African lineage DNA database in the world. His work has been used to track the ancestry of people featured on PBS’ “Finding Your Roots.” Dr. Kittles is in Rochester as a guest of the Jordan Health Foundation, but first, he joins us on Connections to discuss his work.

Duration: 00:51:16


Connections: Exploring the power of the moving image

9/14/2017
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The Memorial Art Gallery is exploring new ways to create provocative portraits of subjects, and in its current exhibition, it’s using video. The MAG is partnering with renowned video artist Charles Atlas on a video installation called “Here she is...v1,” featuring iconic drag performer Lady Bunny. We discuss the exhibit and talk about the impact of the moving image. Our guests: Charles Atlas, film and video artist Jonathan Binstock , director of the Memorial Art Gallery John Hanhardt,...

Duration: 00:49:57


Connections: Debating so-called "clean meat"

9/13/2017
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What is all this buzz about "clean meat?" The idea is to eat meat that is grown in a lab, from stem cells -- no animal slaughter; no animal confinement; no carbon footprint associated with animal-based agriculture. Memphis Meats showed off a meatball made from cultured meat, and they have Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing millions. So if this is the future of meat, why are so many people pushing back? Our guests explain: Kevin McCann, owner of McCann’s Local Meats Marty O’Sullivan,...

Duration: 00:51:29


Connections: Heather Ann Thompson, author of a Pulitzer-winning book on Attica

9/13/2017
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Heather Ann Thompson won the Pulitzer Prize for her book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy . Thompson uncovered stories, documents, and information that the state kept suppressed for decades. We talk to her about the years she spent researching the true stories of what happened at Attica -- before, during, and after the uprising.

Duration: 00:50:03

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