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: Revitalizing the music scene in the Finger Lakes||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||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Celebrating new inductees to the National Women's Hall of Fame||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,||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: What happens when we blend politics, journalism, and entertainment?||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||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The debate over punching Nazis||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||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The impact of clinician burnout||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||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: First-time City Council candidates share their experiences running for office||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? W||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How students can apply lessons learned from studying abroad||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||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: The impact of New York State's special education crisis||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||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of September 11th||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||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Actress Andie MacDowell, and finding hope for people struggling with addiction||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||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: How to engage in better public discourse||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||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founder of African Ancestry||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 Ro||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Exploring the power of the moving image||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...v||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Debating so-called "clean meat"||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||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Heather Ann Thompson, author of a Pulitzer-winning book on Attica||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||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Ambassador Thomas Pickering||Ambassador Thomas Pickering joins us in studio. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for part of the 1990s, and he's in Rochester as a guest of the World Affairs Council. Ambassador Pickering discusses a number of subjects with us, chief among||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: What can Rochester learn from other cities about urban waterfront development?||As city leaders and community members continue to debate the future of downtown development, some are looking to Rochester’s waterways as an asset in that revitalization. This hour, we discuss urban waterfront development with Mark Johnson, president an||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Discussing electoral reform||Voting reform remains a challenge to overcome in the U.S. and in individual states. According to the League of Women Voters, New York ranked 41st in voter turnout in 2016, with just more than 57 percent of eligible voters casting their ballots. While many||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections: Could Rochester be home to Amazon's second headquarters?||Amazon announced last week that it's looking for a home for its second headquarters. Could Rochester be in the running? Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy says yes, and he has already written two letters to Amazon CEO Jeff||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWeekend Connections: Week of September 4th||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: Mental illness and the case of Holly Colino; Why people believe in conspiracy theories,||9/8/2017||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.