Ongoing Coverage:

Evan Dawson

Connections Host

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

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Connections
3:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Books For The Season

We continue to present books for the season, including two authors with local ties:

Connections
3:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Cultural Awareness in Education

Our guest this hour is Zoe Weil, the founder of the Institute for Humane Education. She trains teachers to foster more cultural awareness in students. Examples: kids do not learn much about food and food labeling, and they don't know how animals are treated. Also, kids are not taught to understand where basic products, such as clothing, come from (and the conditions under which they're made). Weil was in Rochester to visit Rochester teachers. 

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Connections
4:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Connections: The Lessons Of The New Film "Interstellar"

The new film Interstellar asks us to think about the long-term impact of climate change. How will we find a new home for the human race if  Earth is decimated? This is a scientific mind-bender of a film. We've invited some real-life scientists to come in and review the likelihood that worm holes offer our best hope, and more. 

Guests are: Brian Koberlein / RIT senior lecturer of astrophysics'

Marcus Freeman / RIT PhD student in astrophysics;

Grant Gutheil / Nazareth College professor of psychology   

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Connections
4:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Connections: The Economics Of "A Christmas Carol"

A new book looks at the economic philosophy that drove the creation of Dickens' a Christmas Carol. In particular, author Carlo DeVito has done extensive research that shows exactly what inspired Dickens to create each individual character. Most interesting: On a late-night walk, Dickens came upon a gravestone for a man named Ebeneezer Scrogie. In real life, Scrogie threw big parties. His gravestone described him as a "meal man." You know -- a guy who can really host a dinner party.

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Connections
2:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Connections: The Local Knowledge Industry

This hour we take a look at the growth of the local knowledge industry. We have the founders of the Rochester Brainery, Stephanie Rankin and Danielle Raymo to discuss what you can learn, and we talk with the following instructors who teach at the Rochester Brainery:

  • Tony Esteves
  • Megan Mack, 
  • Rachel Gootnick
Connections
2:42 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Connections: Eating Local When it Snows

Eating locally sourced food is fine when the weather is warmer, but what happens when the weather turns colder...and it snows? The options are growing and we have a panel that can shine a light on our options:

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Connections
2:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connections: Homeless Plight in Western New York

A look at the homeless plight in western New York. It's the first of two interviews on this subject, and there are strongly divergent viewpoints. In December, we'll talk to the people behind Open Door Mission. Their concern is that some homeless people are being enabled without improving their troubles, such as alcoholism. Today's guests counter that these people are in crisis, especially now that the Civic Center garage is not an overnight option. With us to discuss this:

  • Arend Kingsland, member of the homeless community
  • Sister Grace Miller, House of Mercy
  • Harry Murray, sociology professor at Nazareth College
  • Cheri Honkala, social activist

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Connections
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connections: George H. W. Bush's New Biography Written By Curt Smith

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. 

Connections
3:08 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Connections: Should Monroe County Be A Single School District?

We preview a community forum taking place Wednesday night titled, "Would a metropolitan school district be good for Monroe County?" Writers and Books is sponsoring a series of discussions focused on public education and we preview it with our panel:

  • Mark Hare, Great Schools For All Coalition
  • Joe Flaherty, executive director of Writers and Books
  • Dan Drmacich chairman of The Coalition for Justice and Education
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Connections
2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Connections: The Monroe County Budget

Monroe County lawmakers have until December 9, essentially, to register their complaints or new ideas with the county budget proposed by County Executive Maggie Brooks. Democrat & Chronicle columnist Dave Andreatta pointed out on Sunday that oddly, the GOP almost never changes a thing, and the Democrats are powerless. We've invited the Brooks administration to join us, but they declined, so that leaves us with our panel of Dave Andreatta and County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews. 

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