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 to show solidarity with people of the Islamic faith||On Sunday afternoon, hundreds of people from different faiths and backgrounds gathered to support the Muslim community in Rochester. It was a scene that played out in many Islamic Centers around the world. This hour, we sit down with local Muslims to||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Understanding the MOLST program||Making decisions about end-of-life care can be challenging and confusing. A program called Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) seeks to help families through the process. MOLST forms record detailed descriptions of how patients and||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of March 11||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: Why a local woman says jail saved her life; The college admissions scandal, and who has||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing the 2019 Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductees||The Rochester Music Hall of Fame recently announced its 2019 class. This year’s inductees include Emmy-winning composer Jack Allocco, Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine, and folk singer Christine Lavin. The Hall also has a new home at 25 Gibbs Stre||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How local students are participating in "Fridays for Future"||Students from more than 100 countries are holding strikes, protests, and climate-change related events today as part of “Fridays for Future,” a movement that demands world leaders take action on global warming. The movement was initiated by Greta Th||3/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The value of letting children fail||When celebrity parents Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin were arrested this week, it set off a national conversation about what parents will do to help their children. According to law enforcement, Huffman and Laughlin paid bribes to agencies that woul||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing New York's "red flag" gun law||Governor Cuomo recently signed New York State’s “red flag” gun law. It’s a measure that allows a judge to determine if a citizen presents a danger to themselves or others, and if so, to have their guns confiscated. Supporters cheered the move; s||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: A behind-the-scenes look at the PBS show, "Nature"||We're joined by the team behind the PBS show, "Nature." Executive producer Fred Kaufman and filmmaker Ann Johnson Prum are in Rochester for a (sold out) screening at The Little Theatre. We get a behind-the-scenes look at how the episodes are produced,||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How to address gender pay gaps||When Google recently analyzed employee salaries, it discovered a group of men were collectively paid less than their female colleagues. That prompted the company to quickly correct the disparity. Critics say Google and other companies don't do the same||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How can colleges and universities help students bridge the political divide?||A group of professors from the University of Rochester have ideas for how colleges and universities can help students bridge political and social divides. We sit down with them for a conversation about civility during times of polarization. In studio:||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing the conditions faced by migrants at the U.S.-Mexican border||What are conditions like for people who have migrated to the U.S.-Mexican border? That’s the question a group of local community members had as they traveled down to meet migrants, DREAMers, and deported veterans. They join us to share what they obser||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Environmental activist and scientist Sandra Steingraber on environmental stewardship||We continue our series of conversations about statewide efforts to curb climate change. We be joined by Sandra Steingraber, a scientist, climate activist, and scholar at Ithaca College, who recently took her cause and research to Albany. She’ll be in||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How counselors are helping inmates transition back into the community||A local woman recently told WXXI News that jail saved her life. She participated in a program through the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where counselors help inmates struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, who would benefit from vocational traini||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of March 4||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: Israelis and Palestinians coming together to spread a message of nonviolence; Americans'||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The cultural impact of Jeopardy!||A long-running television game show that has inspired legions of fans and trivia buffs? What is Jeopardy?! We discuss the cultural impact of this classic game show and its future. Host Alex Trebek recently told fans that he was diagnosed with Stage IV||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How do cell phone notifications affect children and teenagers?||A high school teacher asked her students to turn their phone volumes up and asked them to record the number of notifications they received during a single class period. There were hundreds. That sparked a debate about everything from cell phones as||3/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Why climate activists are pushing back against the normalization of extreme weather||There is a discouraging new study about how humans are dealing with climate change. In short, we're getting used to it. And that's dangerous. The study finds that extreme weather can feel "normal" after only a few years, and that normalization could spa||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: New York State's Green New Deal||The Green New Deal is getting most of the attention when it comes to legislative ideas for combating climate change. But individual states are working on their own approaches. New York State is working on a number of policy plans and initiatives, and ou||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: "Spread the Word: Inclusion"||We get an update on the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, which seeks to eliminate the use of the "r" word and end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. The campaign has evolved to become "Spread the Word: Inclusion||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Combatants for Peace||An organization called Combatants for Peace says the best and only way to achieve peace and justice is through nonviolence. The participants are Palestinians and Israelis, who -- once in conflict with each other -- now work together to spread their||3/6/2019||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.