Connections with Evan Dawson
By Evan Dawson
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WXXI's Evan Dawson talks about what matters to Rochester and the Finger Lakes on Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370, WRUR FM 88.5, and online at WXXINews.org.
||CleanConnections: Rochester's "Holiday Village," and recapturing Rochester's small town vibe||Rochester has a Holiday Village , complete with an outdoor skating rink. Last weekend saw thousands of people come out to shop for local goods, eat, and skate. And there was a common refrain: This is what towns used to feel like. But is that true? Do we||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Parenting LGBTQ youth||A debate erupted over social media when pop culture reporter and Billy Eichner advised parents-to-be to consider how they would react if they found out their child was gay. Eichner says if parents don't think they could handle that news, they shouldn't||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Different approaches to gift giving||We continue an annual Connections tradition of discussing new and interesting ideas for gift giving during the holiday season. This time of year, many of us feel the obligation to get gifts for others. Sometimes, it’s all about just checking a box –||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Stink bugs vs. samurai wasps||Stink bugs are just about everywhere, but good news: we’re releasing samurai wasps to kill them. If that perhaps doesn’t sound like a perfect idea, the experts are here to assuage your concerns. They explain how releasing one species to kill another||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Updates from the Rochester City School District||The Rochester City School District is in search of a new superintendent, while digesting the recent Acquino report. That report offered a tough assessment of the RCSD, claiming that often, decisions are made with the interests of adults in mind, not||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Atheists discuss belief and meaning||Author Andrew Sullivan wrote a piece about religion that has lit up the internet, with praise from some, like David Brooks, calling it one of the finest pieces on religion ever written. The criticism has been just as intense, with many atheists pushing||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How to rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic violence||Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt is speaking out about a video that caught him getting into a physical altercation with a woman. Hunt says he was embarrassed by the video and hoped to be given another chance in the NFL after he was||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of December 3||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 speech Frederick Douglass made about Abraham Lincoln in 1876; How empathy can be taugh||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Angelica Perez-Delgado and Hilda Rosario Escher of Ibero||We sit down with the outgoing and incoming presidents of the Ibero-American Action League . Angelica Perez-Delgado has been named the organization’s new president and CEO. This comes after longtime president Hilda Rosario Escher announced she would be||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act||Late last month, five members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced what climate activists are calling the most significant climate change legislation Congress has seen in more than a decade – and the bill was introduced by members of both||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Can empathy be taught?||Can empathy be taught? Helen Riess, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, said it can and she details how and why in her book, “The Empathy Effect.” While Riess’ book is new, the concept of teaching empathy – even at the elementary sc||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Does "leaning in" work?||Remember when Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg told women to “lean in?” This week, Michelle Obama said that stuff doesn’t always work, and she got a big round of applause when she said it. We talk to a panel of women about the concept of “leaning in||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Former U.S. Ambassador Ronald Neumann on foreign policy in Afghanistan, Persian Gulf||Ronald Neumann has served as U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, Bahrain, and Afghanistan, as well as a U.S. political advisor in Iraq. Now, he’s the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. Neumann is in Rochester as a guest of the||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Understanding dyslexia||How much do you know about dyslexia? About 40 million American children and adults are affected by the disorder, but research shows that not all pediatricians ask parents about signs of possible learning issues in their children. On Wednesday, Starbridg||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Historian David Blight and his book, "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom"||Historian David Blight has written a remarkable new biography on Frederick Douglass. The book, "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom" includes insights from a private collection of Douglass family letters. Blight joins us to discuss his work and||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of November 26||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: Concerns about cuts to early intervention childhood services in Monroe County; The HIV||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing advancements in HIV/AIDS research and treatment||World AIDS Day is Saturday. We're be joined by representatives from Trillium Health and the Out Alliance to discuss the latest in HIV/AIDS research and treatment. In studio: Dr. Bill Valenti , M.D., chief of innovation and staff physician at Trillium||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Lessons from the ROC2Change Student Summit on Race||We sit down with students from across Monroe County to talk about the ROC2Change Student Summit on Race . The theme of this year's event was intersectionality. Our guests share what they learned and how they hope to create a more equitable society. In||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Is there a brewing crisis in early intervention services in Monroe County?||Is there a brewing crisis in early intervention childhood services in Western New York? Monroe County is asking New York State to change the reimbursement rate for early intervention services. Critics are urging the county to increase services and fundi||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Understanding the situation in Ukraine||The situation in Ukraine appears to be on a razor's edge, with many Ukrainians concerned about Russian aggression. We discuss what's happening on the ground, and we hear from the local Ukrainian community. Our guests: Randy Stone , director of the Skaln||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Evan has a good combination of being kind, compassionate, and gentle with being firm on calling out BS. I’ve lived in Rochester for... a few years... and I still learn from him. He could easily go national but I hope he doesn’t.
Permanent Deacon in RC Church
I speak as someone whom Evan interviewed—he was a an excellent host: informed, thoughtful, clear in forming questions, imaginative. I was honored to be invited to be on the show with him.
It'll make you smarter
Evan has a wonderful way of moderating and adding to the discussions on his show. He is always prepared and respectful. It's a must-listen for any citizen of the Finger Lakes region.