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: How are we teaching kids about healthy relationships?||After another mass school shooting, it has been reported that the gunman had been pursuing one of the female victims. While the reports have clashed, it's possible that the gunman felt rejected, and decided to murder the young woman for not accepting hi||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing phase three of Reimagine RTS||The local public transportation system is about to change. "Reimagine RTS" is a year-long effort to revamp Rochester's public bus system to match community needs and desires. RTS just released phase three of the study. Phase three shares with the public||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing the Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series||The Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series is underway. It features films and performances that address the stigma attached to mental illness and behavior disorders, while providing messages of hope. One of the films in this year's lineup is the documentary,||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: What would cities designed by women look like?||Would cities look different if they were designed primarily by women? Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman thinks so. She’s an urban anthropologist advocating for gender equality in urban design. Johnston-Zimmerman will be in Rochester next week to speak at the||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Is it time to abolish the monarchy?||Amidst the fervor for the latest royal wedding, we explore the question: is it time to abolish the monarchy? Harry and Meghan enjoyed a worldwide audience that was intermittently fixated with things like the guests' dresses and the presence (or not) of||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The impact of language on dehumanization||President Trump referred to members of an international criminal gang as "animals." That sparked a debate about whether it's appropriate to use language that dehumanizes; the president has previously referred to Mexican immigrants as "rapists," while||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of May 14||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: Coming out as a gay athlete, with Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis; The possible||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Debating the standing ovation||When's the last time you gave someone a standing ovation? We have a little debate over when to stand, and when to stay seated. The critics say that we stand too often, and that has removed the meaning of standing ovations. It's the adult version of||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Olympic gold medalist and LGBTQ activist Greg Louganis||Greg Louganis, Olympic gold medalist and LGBTQ activist, joins us in studio. He discusses a range of issues, including the inclusion (or exclusion) of gay athletes in locker rooms, and the landscape for people with HIV. Our guests: Greg Louganis , Olymp||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: ROC Believers explore revitalization in Rochester's neighborhoods||Students from Genesee Community Charter School have teamed up with a local artist on a mural project to better understand Rochester’s neighborhoods. The ROC Believers join us to share what they learned about poverty, gentrification, and urban||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The documentary, Lake of Betrayal||A documentary called Lake of Betrayal tells the story of the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania, and how its construction forced the Seneca Indian people from their ancestral land. It’s a story of politics, commercialization, broken||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Has Kanye West lost touch with his roots?||Fans and critics of Kanye West are reacting to the rapper's recent comments about political figures and slavery. West has tweeted about his support for President Trump and right-wing figures, and has said slavery was a "choice." In a piece in the Atlant||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The future of sports betting in New York State||Sports gambling could soon be legal in New York State. This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided a 1992 federal law prohibiting sports betting was unconstitutional. Casinos and race tracks are celebrating the news; owners say the lift on||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Keeping teenagers out of the criminal justice system||We talk to teens involved with Rochester Teen Court . The program is in its 21st year and gives nonviolent teen offenders alternative sentencing in order to keep them out of the criminal justice system. Teen jurors recommend that sentencing for their||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The debate over redevelopment at Cobbs Hill Village||The debate over a proposed redevelopment project at Cobbs Hill Village continues, after Rochester City Council tabled a vote on the issue last week. Mayor Lovely Warren submitted an amended version of legislation to Council last Thursday. Developer||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Caring for caregivers||A group of local churches is concerned about the health of caregivers, and they're imploring caregivers, "You don't have to do it alone." It's a series of four events designed to help provide support and resources for caregivers. Our guests discuss it:||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing adjunct professors' efforts to unionize||Three-quarters of American college professors are adjuncts, according to various recent studies. The Atlantic Monthly framed the issue in terms of a battle for not just working professors, but the quality of higher education; the magazine explored the||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of May 7||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 allegations against former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; The||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How to change the identity of a neighborhood||What does it take to change the identity of a neighborhood? Residents of the Lyell Avenue neighborhood having been working to develop solutions to persistent challenges in the area, and now they want to share their work with the community. They will hos||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Why is the Democratic Party losing support among millennials?||A recent Reuters/Ipsos national poll shows the Democratic Party is losing support among millennials. The results of the poll, published last month, also show that millennials increasingly say the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy. That||5/11/2018||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.
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.