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: Remembering artist Wendell Castle||Wendell Castle, an icon in the furniture design movement, has died. Castle had deep roots in the Rochester community, and leaves a storied career and legacy. We discuss it with our guests: Jonathan Binstock , director of the Memorial Art Gallery Mimi||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing the Women's March, one year later||One year after worldwide women's marches, thousands more took to the streets in western New York and across the country. We discuss the issues central to the movement. We also discuss what it means to be active, beyond marching or protesting. Our guests||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of January 15||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 Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act; Property tax assessments, with Paychex founder Tom||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Challenges faced by women in comedy||A recent article in (585) Magazine aimed to cover the Rochester comedy landscape. The article was bolstered by many photos, and yet it featured almost entirely men. Why? Women in comedy responded, saying this is rather typical of how women tend to be||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: What's next for Rochester after the failed Amazon proposal?||Rochester did not make the cut for Amazon's HQ2. The final 20 cities were revealed on Thursday. It's a disappointment for the team that put together Rochester's proposal, but they point out that all of the finalists were large-market areas. We discuss||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Kate Lee O'Connor and Forrest O'Connor of the O'Connor Band||Webster native Kate Lee won a Grammy award in 2017 as part of the O'Connor Band , which won for Best Bluegrass Album. Lee has become a standout lead vocalist and violinist, and she plays alongside her husband Forrest O'Connor. They're in Rochester this||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing antidepressants and approaches to treating depression||The British writer Johann Hari has just released a new book about how to treat depression. It's a book that makes a case for a much different approach -- but that's not what is sparking the most controversy. In the book, Hari claims that antidepressants||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: "John Henryism" and mental health in the African American community||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||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Tom Golisano on "Tax My Property Fairly" campaign||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||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Understanding the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act||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||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing Governor Cuomo's proposed plan to end the tip credit||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||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Oprah for president?||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||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of January 8||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||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Dialogue on Disability - "Invisible" disabilities||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 N||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Complainants react to investigation results at UR||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||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Findings from the report on alleged sexual harassment at UR||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||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Outgoing Geneva City Manager, Matt Horn||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||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Dialogue on Disability-Adaptive sports||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||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How regulations impact farmers and small businesses||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 hea||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: "Re-energizing the Legacy of Frederick Douglass"||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||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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.